Behind The Event: Hexagon

Hey Jenny from Hexagon and thank you for answering my questions! What is Hexagon and how did it all start?

Hexagon is a drum and bass collective of 6 friends who love the music and the scene so much that we decided to start our own regular event. This all started, as many music things do, in someone’s living room. The founding 3 of us would play for so many hours straight week in week out, till one day someone said we should start a night. I took on making that happen and once the other 3 were also on board, within a month we had booked our first party at Work Bar which was perfect in terms of location and capacity, and also because it was so well known already on the scene thanks to its mid-week DJ Mag events there.

Where does the name come from?

The name comes from the fact that there’s 6 residents and we wanted a strong name and logo. Hexagons are found everywhere in nature and it’s the strongest geometric shape there is.

What is your background in the drum&bass/jungle scene?

We all come from different places and our ages span from 20s to 40s so we have varied backgrounds. Lady Lena, our most talented and experienced DJ, has been cutting her teeth on the scene for couple of decades now. Our 2 youngest both come from Czech and we also have myself and my husband Alex who grew up in Cyprus, so we all bring a very different style to our mixing and tune selection. That’s why our tag is “6 sides of cutting edge drum and bass”.

Do you guys remember your first rave?

6 DJs with 6 different answers here. All of us put down strong roots in Fabric though. Those Friday nights made regulars of us all.

Favourite venue & favourite rave?

Fabriclive is still hard to surpass, especially now it’s found its feet again after that horrible fiasco when the council tried to shut them down.

Do you all DJ as well?

Absolutely! We all bring something to the table on top of DJing though. Some of us promote harder, some bring in the connections and experience, some bring technical skills. I bring in the leadership and organisational skills. But we all contribute equally and that’s the whole point of having a collective.

How do you go about choosing DJs for a Hexagon night?

When we started it was just the 6 of us playing but we soon realised that was no way to go forward. So we reached out to some of our closest contacts and found so many amazing DJs wanted to get involved. From the second event we already had our first special guest, none other than McLeod from Spearhead, who also does our t-shirts by the way. We followed up with Benny L, Philth, Ed:it, Phil Tangent, A Sides and that was just in our first year.

When is the next one and what can we expect?

This Saturday at Bar 512 in London from 9.30 pm until 6 am with SCAR (both of them!), HLZ, MD and Wreckless! Plus Hexagon residents of course.
21st April we are taking over room 2 in legendary Volks, Brighton with Metalheadz in room 1!!
And you can always catch us and guests on Studio 808 every 2 weeks, Saturdays 4-6 pm.

Dream line up?

We’ve always said that getting DLR to do a b2b with Octane again would be a dream come true! Having said that, every line up we have is a dream for us because we’re so happy and privileged to have these amazing DJs playing with us.

What’s the goal for Hexagon?

We want to settle in our new home at 512 for now but one of the big goals we always had in mind was hosting room 2 on a big Label night and with Metalheadz in Volks on 21st April this is already becoming a reality! Hopefully more to come.

What’s next for Hexagon?

We’re planning some regular rooftop parties for the summer and possibly getting involved in some festivals here in the UK and also in Europe. Watch this space…

Any famous last words or shout outs?

I was just thinking about this quote this morning coincidentally:
‘Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”‘ H.S. Thompson

For more information, follow Hexagon Collective on Facebook and get your tickets for this Saturday HERE

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