Keepsakes, the moniker of British-Kiwi producer and DJ James Barrett, has been going from strength to strength in the murky world of techno in the past few years. With EPs pressed to wax on Ansome and Ossian’s South London Analogue Material and Germany’s Mindcut, appearances on the last two instalments of Mord’s Herdersmat compilations, plus European tours in 2016 and 2017, Keepsakes has been working hard to push his crunchy sound and diverse DJ sets internationally.
Furthermore, Barrett co-founded the Haven club night alongside Jaded Nineties Raver in 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand - aiming to introduce a new generation of Kiwis to the weirder and harder side of house and techno. At the beginning of 2018 this also expanded into a vinyl-focused record label, launching with an EP of screechy bangers from the Haven co-founder and also featuring appearances from Ansome, Ayarcana, and Tommy Holohan in its first year.
Now residing in Berlin, Keepsakes is now focused full time on bringing a tough and eclectic vibe to dance floors worldwide - utilising his productions, DJ sets, and label to push a techno focused sound with flickers of house, electro, bass music and breaks while still maintaining a distinct crunchy character.