IT was following an illegal rave in woods in Bolton that a pair of DJs decided to launch their own club night.
And from those underground beginnings, the party brand Mute was born, landing Daniel Sanders and Keiran Sharples, from Tonge Moor, stints behind the decks at some of Europe’s best clubs.
Now the pair can be heard working their musical magic at iconic Manchester club Sankeys, which is back in full swing with its series of spring events, following a hiatus last year.
Mr Sanders, aged 25, from Astley Bridge, said: “I started playing there in 2008, at a night called Kaluki.
“At the same time, we started our own night called Mute.
“I stopped doing Sankeys and started to concentrate on Mute. As that’s grown, they’ve asked us to go back.”
The musical pair, who used to play bars and clubs in Bolton town centre, including J2, Mawdsley Street, now host the second room at the Tribal Sessions night at Sankeys, held on the first Friday of every month.
With a no-holds barred, any genre style, their sets have been drawing positive feedback from club-goers both in the North West and at Sankeys and Space in Ibiza.
Mr Sanders, a former Sharples School pupil who has been DJing since he was 17, said: “Keiran and I love what we do.
“We do put our heart and soul into it and I think that comes across.”
Speaking of the Tribal Sessions night, Mr Sharples, aged 28, who works as a promoter for Black Dog Ballroom in Manchester, said: “They gave us a carte blanche to do what we wanted up there so it’s like our own little night in itself.
"We’re really pleased because Tribal Sessions has got quite a good reputation around Manchester.
“Sankeys was the first club we ever started going to.
“It’s been our inspiration so it’s gone round full circle.”
Mute at Tribal Sessions is on tonight and Friday, June 6 before Sankeys closes for the summer season.