Byron Yeates is a DJ and heads the record label Radiant Love. Based in Berlin, he has in the last years served his signature sound at Panorama Bar, Tresor and Shelter Amsterdam. Yeates’ recent mixes have been featured by the likes of DJ Mag, in which he was profiled for the ‘Fresh Kicks’ series; Honey Soundsystem; and Cómeme. He also holds a bimonthly residency at Berlin’s Refuge Radio.
Yeates’ sets, which have been known to span over 8 hours, bounce, tease, punch and often soar. They are inflected with an attitude that can at once be incredibly playful and theatrically sincere, a duality that animates the queer lineage of electronic dance music in which Yeates places himself. The femme vocal is mixed into thumping progressive trance, which in turn meets a throwback house track, or swerves down to the nod of downtempo. What remains consistent through Yeates’ selections is a heady depth, keen and delicate melodies, and a forcefulness that never lets surprise step off the dancefloor.
Since November 2019, Yeates’ label Radiant Love has released an array of trance-oriented EPs by artists both local and abroad. The catalogue is filled with floor-ready cuts that also reward a close listener – the RL sound is rich with unexpected timbres and textures, clever melodic lines and rhythms pivoting far off the 4/4. A sampling can be heard on the label’s annual international women’s day compilations, which arrange tracks from the community cohort of DJs and producers and direct profits to charities around Berlin.