Undoubtedly one of Plymouth’s most established and skilled Techno DJs, Oorpi Techno’s creator and patriarch CALReK has been a prominent feature of the local underground music scene for over 25 years. Combining both his love of quality underground music and technical knowledge, CALReK has brought the true sound of underground techno to Plymouth, cities across the UK and to countless other countries.
Circa 1995/1996, realising the need to stay one step ahead of the game, CALReK felt that producing his own tracks was a natural progression. Oorpi 1 and Oorpi 2 were soon cut on vinyl and in 1997, the well known and respected local DJs The Instructor and Pathogen premiered them at Oorpi Techno at the highly reknowned Plymouth venue The Cooperage to the Oorpi regulars, and they instantly became classics. Oorpi Techno were the pioneer’s in the techno scene not only for the cutting-edge techno music that each Oorpi DJ supplied, but also for the unique Oorpi Techno atmosphere created by installing fresh and new environments at each event, and integrating state of the art computer visuals.
Oorpi also pioneered broadcasting live audio and visuals to the globe via CALReK's Video Chat room aka LVC, software which he purposely built for this task. The Oorpi techno events made a positive and lasting impression by incorporating the very best in Opus sound reinforcement systems available at the time. Oorpi later coined the term Technologically Advanced as the theme for their events, which has both inspired and set the standard.
Driven by his passion, in his spare time he studied piles of programming manuals. The result was Plymouth’s first undeground internet radio station in 2001 built entirely from scratch. This was a perfect showcase of CALReK's lifelong philosophy Do More Things, and the station was named DMT Net Radio and was a global success!
Always keen to contribute to the University where he worked, CALReK set up Club DMT and brought Oorpi quality to the Student Union dancefloor.
Having celebrated Oorpi’s 12th anniversary in 2007, CALReK laid to rest the very successful Oorpi Techno events and following on from Oorpi Techno started the successful (UDP) Underground Dance Parties which was a cross genre event involving the best of local talent from a multitude of genres. Following on from UDP, in 2008 CALReK created ETULOSBA which became the events to be at for Real Underground Techno & Electronika music lovers featuring headline artists from all across the UK as well as the creme of local talent.
CALReK has headlined at many large events overseas in recent years, such as the very successful Mexhanika festivals in Russia, the Technosphere festivals in Russia and Ukraine, as well as being a resident DJ for the Technosphere organisation and performing on the mainstage many times at the massive Kazantip festival in Crimea, often returning as a popular Techno DJ.
In 2018 CALReK created Communiqué as he decided to kick start what had become a uneventful scene. To kick off the new event, CALReK brought down to Plymouth the underground techno UK legend Mike Humphries! Continuing on from Communiqué, CALReK was invited to join longstanding local legendary underground party massive Disco BizKIDS and has since become been a core DJ of the BizKIDS team.
Despite his technical skills, CALReK is a strong believer in maintaining the human element, and if the occasional mix drifts a little, so what? In an age of locked grooves and digital perfection, his presence behind the decks leaves the listener in no doubt that his sets are live and unplanned, spinning with unrivalled finesse.
Watch this space to see what CALReK has in store for the future! 2022 also will be another busy year!
Remember DMT: Do More Things!