About Dave


Tribal tech house producer Dave Richards is a man of multiple worlds. He was born just outside of Chicago, but grew up in the South. He became a lover of electronica during the early 80’s thanks to a few well known movie soundtracks (Chariots of Fire and Tron to name a few), but he didn’t fully embrace it until the early 90’s while under the influence of artists like Moby, Oakenfold, Timo Maas, Steve Lawler, Medway and more. Today, his influences have expanded to include Saeed Younan, Chus & Ceballos, Robert Hood and Green Velvet. A few of his favorite labels include Southpark Records, Defected Records and of course Hooj Choons.

As a producer his loyalties are torn between Chicago house sound and a much darker force infused by Atlanta, GA’s urban and tribal house flavors. Usually, it’s that darker force that wins out in his productions. Unrelenting percussion, techie baselines and progressive top ends comprise the signature sounds of a Dave Richards’ production.

Dave also runs the underground label MK837 with his partners in crime Reiche and Raskal. The label is in its seventh year now and is approaching its 100th release. As part of that label, Dave, Reiche and Raskal host a weekly podcast called Ground Under and is a roundtable discussion focused on electronic music production and the electronic dance music industry. He also co-hosts a companion podcast called Ground Under: AM, which features DJ and live PA sets from themselves, MK837’s artist and various friends.

When he’s not trying to solve the secrets of the musical universe, Dave can be found fulfilling his role as husband and father. By day though, Dave is a user experience architect for a major corporation in Atlanta.