Symphonica is a fresh & brand new project, which fuses together two different worlds: the raw power & soul of the orchestra, and the heavy bass & beats of the DJ!
The show involves a mixture of brand new compositions – which pit string sections against scratch skills, double bass against synth bass – and some classic tracks, played as you’ve never heard them played before – by a whole orchestra!
You couldn’t just have any DJ at the head of this project, It had to be Mr Switch – World DJ Champion, the reigning DMC World DJ Champion. Having already cut his teeth alongside orchestras – as the first DJ in history to play at the BBC Proms – this time, alongside composer Miles Hancock, Mr Switch employs his expert knowledge of turntablist trickery and dancefloor destroying beats to remix the orchestra live, giving a foot-friendly twist to classical sounds.
After premiering at Boomtown Festival in 2015, Symphonica has toured venues and festivals across the UK, including Glastonbury Festival, Village Underground, Shambala Festival and London Remixed Festival. In 2016, Symphonica & Mr Switch were nominated for ‘Live Act Of The Year’ at the AIF Festival Congress Awards, alongside Jack Garratt and Blossoms.
“Wonderful! Just the sort of thing you come to a festival to discover!” – Steve Lamacq (BBC 6Music)
“The entire stage was electrified with the energy of the phenomenal 20-piece orchestra Symphonica and at its heart Mr Switch, spinning and scratching at the speed of light, seamlessly mixing beloved dance tracks and transforming them into something so powerful. I was truly hypnotised by this act!” – Continental Drifts
“Dope!” – DJ Jazzy Jeff