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Interview & Guest Mix: Bonnie Blaze.

 

Please introduce yourself..

 

Hi my name is Eleni aka DJ Bonnie Blaze.
I’m originally from South East London now currently situated in Peterborough UK.

 

How many years have you been Djing out in clubs?

 

I’ve been DJing since I was 19 years old since December 2001.
My boyfriend ( who I was seeing at the time ) brought me my first pair of decks for my 19th birthday.
I taught myself to mix in 2 weeks and got to play my first ever live set in 2002 at Jamm in Brixton

 

How do you balance being a parent and Djing?

 

Although it is quite difficult at times I still manage to fit my DJing and goals around parenting because luckily like their mother they are junglists and don’t mind me playing my music or following my dreams just as long as they come first so I have to prioritise well.

I would like to be able to start doing radio shows from home or at a studio and I plan to do some guest appearances or some radio shows too very soon.

What my goals for the next few years will be getting my head down in the studio and stuck into music production.

 

Who has kept you motivated & inspired you over the last few years within D&B?

 

When I started out mixing I had two goals one to bring the Old Skool sounds back into the raves as I missed them and wasn’t hearing them out much back then and that I wanted to inspire more and more females to want to DJ as you got to admit they wasn’t enough females in Jungle and Drum and Bass back in the early 00’s.

In regards to my sets I use to play a lot of 94-96 Jungle mainly, I was lucky enough to have borrowed a lot of my cousins records so I could practice and use to play out when I finally got to that point in my DJing.

Back then I was playing a lot of tunes from 1991 hardcore right up to 1996 Jungle and Drum and Bass because I wanted to start from the beginning due to being an Old Skool lover.

My inspirations go way back to some of the originators like Fabio & Grooverider, DJ Hype, DJ Randall, Micky Fill, Aphrodite and DJ Rap to name a few.

More recently I’ve been inspired by the likes of Bladerunner, DJ Hybrid, Aries, Epicentre, Benny L plus many more also artists that are working hard as DJ’s in the scene like Andy C and Nicky Blackmarket pushing boundaries and are out there playing through the whole spectrum in their 5 hour sets.

Plus we cannot forget all of the female artists doing their thing in the scene right now, they inspire me the most to keep doing what I love.

 

 

Where can we see and hear you next?

 

Here’s a list where you will be able to catch me playing out next.

So far confirmed are…

– Jungle Revival @ Club Aquarium, Old street on 5th April 2019.

– T Promotions 1st Bday Bash @ Protocol, Vauxhall on 20th April 2019 (Day time event).

– Unity in the Sun 2019 repping Jungle fever in Corfu, Greece from 20th May – 27 May 2019.

– Lakefest 2019 (More details to follow soon) dates between 8th – 11th August 2019.

 

Do you prefer 60 minutes sets or 90 minutes?

 

I’m going to say I really prefer 90 min sets.

When I’m playing out live in clubs I enjoy seeing people dancing and smiling to your live sets and I like to have plenty of time to express myself through my sets, plus time always goes so quick when you’re having fun.

If I’m mixing at home I prefer 60 mins sets as it isn’t quite as liberating and I just want to hurry up and finish my recording (if I’m making one at the time) and get it up on my mix cloud so others listen and enjoy the music too.

 

Which Dj/Producer are you enjoying at present?

 

The DJs/Producers I’m feeling at present have got to be Mrs Magoo, Frenetic and Holly-May, Euphonique, DJ Jessie Jo, Lady V Dubs.

DJ CALI, Aries, DJ Hybrid, Bladerunner, Veak, Benny L, DJ Blacklist, Jaguar Paw & Yush, Lydia Briggsy, Dizzy Blonde, DJ Choppah, Spectrasoul, DJ G Luis, Operator M, Mantra, Djiin.

Sista-Matic, DJ Bagpuss, DJ Relm, Lavery, Uncle Dugs, Billy ‘Daniel’ Bunter, The Fat Controller plus too many more to list right now…

 

Any final words,special thanks,mentions?

 

Finally…. I want to send some shouts and special thanks/mentions to all my family and friends and people who have booked me and supported me over the years plus more.

All these special mentions are in no special order D.V.S MC  for booking me (one of my first epic bookings) Grant Epidemik, MC Deefa and Mr Joseph for organising me to play at Fizzy Wednesdays.

DJ Chalkie White for giving me my first set on a boat on the Thames, my friend Marc (Owner of the event Rave Utopia)

Funki and Simon for booking me for Moondance events, Billy Bunter, Sonya and The Fat controller for believing in me and booking me to play out in Corfu at Unity in the sun in 2018 and now again May 2019.

Lisa Dizzy Blonde for our b2b sets at Moondance and getting me up on Kool fm as one of her guests.
DJ Bagpuss and DJ Relm, Briggsy, Papa Gee, Uncle Dugs and Sarah, Luke DJ Skyz, Lavery, Rachel EC and Vinyl Junkie, Aaron V, Clayton Hines aka Mr Renegade for believing in me and giving me bookings the last two Renegade hardwares.

DNBE Girl sisters DJ Kisscut, Basscake, Bassline Beanie, Lady Niki and Kan Jacca, Barry from Swoop promotions.

My brother from another MC Deanie Rankin, my friend Jay for making so many this possible for me right now doing what I love in the music also DJ Operator M, DJ G Luis, DJ Reggie Ryder, MC Testsite, Cara, DJ Gravity for my booking at Blueprint, Kyx, DJ Lady Eliza, 7EVEN, Dubplate Bass, My partner in crime Theo Luis, another brother from another Roger Gateson, and so many more people I could be here all day….

Thank you all for all of your support….

 

Here’s one super bassy jungle/dnb mix from DJ Bonnie Blaze…

Exclusive Interview & Guest Mix: Promo ZO

Introducing Promo ZO a female Dj from Maidstone Kent U.K.

A lady you may of heard of already as Promo ZO has been working hard for many years within D&B but usually behind the scenes.

We asked a few Qs to find out more & what Promo ZO has planned for 2019.

 

Your Dj name is quite unique and stands out, any specific meaning behind the name?

Yea it’s kind of transferable!

My name is Zoe so in comes the abbreviation “ZO” and I have always been involved in some form of promotions, from club, vinyl, brand and product so it just kind of works and has stuck. 

When and why did you start to listen to and mix D&B?

I was taken in by D&B as a kid, we would listen to cassette recordings of Nicky Blackmarket and Ellis Dee in class, not that it was on the curriculum!

I then discovered if I hung out of my bedroom window with a coat hanger attached to my radio aerial I could pick up London’s Kiss 100 FM and tune into incredible specialist Jungle Drum and Bass shows hosted by the likes of Hype, Kenny Ken and Jumping Jack Frost. I remember listening to Pascal’s P-Funk Era on repeat on my Sony Walkman, it got me. 

In my home town of Maidstone in Kent we were lucky enough to have the legendary Atomics night club which was home to epic weekly events such as Heat and Pure Science plus we had an amazing record store Plastic Surgery Records, from there the culture became a lifestyle. I would have a go at mixing at friends after parties plus I worked at a couple of South London record shops and when it was quiet I’ll have a little roll out, I then soon bought my first set of 1210’s.  

 

You’re a lady whose been involved within D&B for many years, recently here at Drum+Basics we’ve noticed you’re now Djing more at numerous events and fully back doing radio..

When and where can D&B fanatics expect to see/hear you mixing again?

You can catch me live every Wednesday on Bassdrive from 2-4pm GMT broadcasting to the most dedicated Drum & Bass listeners across the globe.

That’s 8am-10am CET so for my American listeners it’s a breakfast show with quite a difference! 

I played out at the last Middle Skool at Work Bar which was really good fun, since then a few promoters have reached out so fingers crossed I will have some 2019 gigs to announce soon. 

Will you be adventuring down the music production route?

I am!

I’m often in the studio with KG and also 2Shy, between us we have cooked up a few beats. 

 

As a female DJ, have you noticed the sudden urge in females being inspired and stepping up within the music industry?

Yes, I think it’s great that more ladies are stepping up in every role.

I have worked amongst many women in the music industry over the years, those in key positions, some that are behind serious headline acts, clubs, events and labels. Some whom have hired me, some whom have helped make artists who they are today. 

My female DJ inspirations are comprised of ladies like Lisa Lashes, Kemistry, Storm, Lottie, Miss Pink, Lisa Loud, Smokin’ Jo and DJ Rap. Granted they are not all D&B DJ’s but none the less they are inspirational trail blazers in their own right. I am pleased to see that female DJs are beginning to be represented equally on line-ups, it is about time that the balance was right and it’s great that promoters are becoming more conscious of the often male-heavy bills yet they also have to be mindful not to book for the sake of gimmick, token or trend. 

What has been your biggest achievement so far?

Woah!

Beating Cancer!

Ok I know it’s not quite a music related achievement but it’s a big deal and it certainly put a lot of things into perspective for me. The support I received from the D&B family was incredible. Once in remission I did a charity skydive and donations came in from across the scene, I surpassed my target thanks to support from the likes of Andy C, Pascal, Delta Heavy, Ulterior Motive and many more scene figures to the point that the campaign was in the top 3 per cent of JustGiving campaigns that month.

That’s going to be a really hard one to top!

 

What are your plans, main goals for 2019?

To get stuck into more production.

I’m really liking the sound of the colabs that I’ve been a part of so the goal is really to progress on that and see where it leads. Maybe some releases, maybe some events, what matters to me is that whatever IT is, that it’s organic.

Of course any special thanks, mentions, final words?

Big thanks to you MaryAnne for taking the time to speak with me. 

I must send thanks to Keria EOC and all of the Middle Skool crew, Greg from Secondary School for pinching his brother’s cassette tapes, 2Shy MC, KG, Louis, Donovan, all the Bassdrive family and the amazing listeners.

Out to the ladies representing since day; Caroline, Jo Hines, Zara, Alicia, Tasha, Empress, Robyn Chaos and not forgetting MC Jakes, Anile, Digital, Total Science, Randall, GQ, Frost, Bryan G, Audio, Calyx, Night Shift, The Prototypes and everyone supporting.

I see you! 

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 www.mixcloud.com/promozo 

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 www.twitter.com/promozo

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Exclusive Interview: Indidjinous

So first thing first; your name, Indidjinous. What’s the story behind that?

There are two meanings behind it. “Didj” is short for didjeridu, the instrument I use in much of my music. So I changed the spelling of “indigenous” to “Indidjinous” to emphasise the didjeridu reference. I also chose the name because it evokes the tribal vibes that characterise my sound.

You have been playing the didjeridu since 1998, what drew you to this ancient instrument?

The didjeridu appealed to me because I hated learning the piano as a small child, which just felt like a chore. I’m sure it instilled an important musical sensibility in me, but at the time classical music lessons, anything that involved reading music, was not enjoyable. When I saw a didjeridu played up close in a world music store in California, it seemed so wild and limitless compared to a ‘normal’ instrument. I gave it a try and discovered I’m more of a wind instrument kind of person.

You grew up in San Francisco but have lived in other places in the US and now you are in the UK. Can you tell us about that journey and how you ended up here?

I moved from the SF Bay Area to Santa Cruz, California for college in 1998. That’s also when I first started playing didjeridu and got obsessed with drum & bass. At that time the dn’b scene in Santa Cruz was smaller than the dominant San Francisco scene, but it was uniquely vibrant and I feel lucky to have been part of it. Our small but authentic scene incubated heavy hitters like Boreta from the Glitch Mob, Matty G from Dub Police, EPROM from Warp Records, Red Army from Samurai Music and Nick Argon of Argon Records.

I moved to Washington D.C. for graduate school in 2007 and later New York City, getting involved in both cities’ dn’b scenes along the way. I eventually moved home to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2012 and for the first time really embraced the dn’b scene there. My plan was to remain there forever but in 2015 I met a woman from London and my life turned upside down! I very unexpectedly got married and moved to London in 2016. I miss home but have no plans to return to California anytime soon.

You mentioned how dnb came in to your life, but there can be quite a long way to start producing it as well, and now you’re also a DJ. What happened?

I was exposed to dn’b in the mid 90’s through mix tapes and the occasional rave, but I didn’t really get hooked until the techstep sound matured around 1998-99. At that time I was becoming good friends with some house and breakbeat DJs and they took me to the 20,000+ people underground massives happening in California at that time. After wandering into the dn’b rooms a few times I got hooked. Dieselboy’s name was on the best line ups and after I picked up one of his mixes, it was all over. I became quickly addicted, listening to his mixes and playing my didjeridu along with them. Soon I started to perform over other DJs. It wasn’t until I graduated university in 2002 that I actually started making drum & bass, and of course I’d sample my didjeridu a lot and I still do. DJing came last. I had made so many tracks but didn’t have a way to perform them, so I had no choice but to learn!

Any releases we can look forward to?

Confirmed releases for 2019 so far:

1. My second collab LP with Centaspike on Tech Itch Recordings, called Continental Convergence.
2. A collab on Paragon’s Iris LP on Tech Itch Recordings.
3. A collab with DJ E on the RESIST:ED FOUR compilation on Tech Itch Recordings.
4. Two tracks, each with a different Russian producer, coming out on the American label AGN7 Audio.

As a producer you’ve collaborated with a few other artists. Do you prefer to produce alone or with someone else? 

I love both collaborating and working solo. Over the last six months I’ve been included in a series of experimental production sessions with the techstep label Biotic. Every week I meet with Facs, Scythe, Synchronise and several others with the goal of creating an entire tune in one night! I’ve accumulated a lot of unfinished projects during these sessions that I’m really excited about, so my challenge now is to finish the best of those and get them released. This brand new mix is a taste of those rough projects, including collabs with Facs & Scythe

Do you have your own studio? What is/are your best tool/s?

Since moving to a tiny flat in London I’ve had to downgrade my studio. At first it felt like a major drawback, but it forced me to invest in some really good headphones and I think my mix downs have actually gotten better for it. It’s just frustrating sometimes because I don’t have loud monitors or serious bass to sit back and listen to. So I have methods for compensating like testing my tracks through different stereos and bass-heavy headphones. My best tools are my microphone, guitar FX pedal and didjeridu as that gives my tracks originality and an analogue element. I use didjeridu in about half my tracks. It’s like an organic synth.

You’re not only a DJ and producer, you’re also heavily involved with Tech Itch Recordings events. Can you tell us how this came up and the story behind that?

Living in the US, you become accustomed to interacting with UK producers purely through the Internet. When I found myself living in London, I knew I had to meet the artists I work with face to face. That desire, and also my impression that the London scene in 2016 lacked a techstep night, was the inspiration for a Tech Itch Recordings label night. The timing seemed right also because the label was expanding to include several new artists in London. We’ve happily settled at Rolling Stock on Kingsland Road where we have a regular event about every two months. Residents include myself, Paragon, DJ E, Structure, Voyage, Terror Cell, Layer 3, Xanadu and Blackeye MC.

What’s your main focus right now?

My act consists of DJing while playing didjeridu through a microphone. If I don’t practice regularly I lose my edge, so to stay sharp I’m beginning a regular broadcast series soon that will air every two weeks. I find accountability is the best way to instil willpower. A regularly scheduled broadcast will force me to practice! Here’s a taste of my act:

 

Aside from the weekly Biotic production sessions and DJ/didjeridu-ing practice, I’m always working with Tech Itch and the residents to plan out events in the UK and internationally.

When are you playing out next?

I’m excited for my debut show in Timisoara, Romania on 12 January. It will be the first Tech Itch Recordings event hosted outside the UK. We’ve also got another Tech Itch night lined up in Bristol on 8 March at the Black Swan which will be savage!

Tech Itch in Romania – that’s amazing! How did that happen? Any plans to bring Tech Itch to other cities too?

Romania has a thriving dnb scene at the moment and they got in touch with Tech Itch Recordings to see if we could send out some artists. We’d been looking to expand our event overseas and this seemed like a perfect opportunity. So we are working with the very reputable Nomad Audio crew at the moment to co-host our first international event on 12 January and hopefully this will be a regular occurrence for the label, not just in Romania but other countries as well. Crews interested in co-hosting a Tech Itch event in their area please drop me a line: mikeindidjinous@gmail.com

When is the next Tech itch night – and WHY is it on Thursdays in London?!

Aside from the Romania show mentioned above, the next Tech Itch event in London is on Thursday 31 January. We chose Thursdays because (at the time) there were no other Thursday night events so it made scheduling easier and put us on a unique night. Weeknights also have less overhead, which allows us to keep it free. Another reason is that our club features mainstream music on Fridays and Saturdays so we wouldn’t fit their weekend vibe. I wouldn’t rule it out in the future though. Our shows outside London are always on the weekend!

That is very exciting! What can you tell us about the line up?

We’re excited too! This is a release party for Paragon’s Iris LP. This collab-heavy album is heavily focused on grimey, industrial rollers and includes DJ E, Cypher, Voyage, Zigril, Code 906, Furious and myself. In addition to Paragon, we’ve got Source Direct making his second appearance at Rolling Stock, as well as Cypher, Y2, Operator, Structure and Blackeye MC. This event is free with RSVP. For more information, head to the Facebook Event Page

How do you choose DJs for an event?

The aim is to go beyond a typical club event and generate a genuine artist community, so we book techstep producers (or DJs that show an authentic passion for the Tech Itch Recordings vibe). All performers are afterwards encouraged to submit demos for the ongoing RESIST:ED compilation series (RESIST:ED FOUR just released this month) which helps to inspire collaboration and synergy among performers. We want our event to help catalyse the growing techstep renaissance.

When you’re not being very busy within the dnb scene you are also involved with politics, tell us a bit about that! What is your ‘normal’ job?

I am the campaigns manager at Open Rights Group, a non-profit organisation working to protect “digital rights”. Basically it’s like a human rights organisation focused strictly on how people are treated online. So that means we fight digital censorship, the government’s mass surveillance programme, and we also fight for laws to protect your personal data from tech giants like Facebook. It’s exciting work and similar to what I used to do in Washington D.C.

Any famous last words or shout outs?

BIG THANKS to all the residents who have stuck with our vision for the event! Thanks also to everyone who’s made it out, we promise to take things to the next level this year!

Thank you!

Tech Itch / Facebook / Store / Instagram

Indidjinous / SoundCloud

Behind The Event: Method Twenty Four

Let’s start from the beginning – who are you and how did it all start?

Method Twenty Four is a group originating from Corsham, Wiltshire but mainly working in Bristol. We own a custom sound system as well as promoting events in Bristol, mainly dnb events however we also span out to hip hop and dubstep. As well as this we run a small, tight nit agency with artists such as Grey code, Mystic State, GROUND, Taelimb, Wingz, Transparent and a few others.

I think it all began when we were around 15 years old, we were lucky enough to have loads of mates who were already in the dnb scene (Mystic State who at the time were putting stuff out on Flexout Audio) which heavily influenced us. Then because we weren’t old enough to get into clubs we got ourselves some speakers and began running small free parties in local spots.

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

Again, our background stems from most of our older mates who I guessed we looked up to at the time. They were producing drum and bass and we kind of got into it that way.

Where does the name come from?

The name comes from an old crew tag used for graffiti writing, we just liked writing the letters MTF and then needed them to stand for something so came up with ‘Method Twenty Four’.

Do you guys remember your first rave?

Other than the parties we first did my first proper rave was Ebola Ball Halloween free party in 2014, it was a crazy illegal rave in the centre of Bristol in some huge warehouse. There were thousands of people and the stack of speakers was ridiculous.

Then the first legal rave was when we were 17, some promoters asked us to bring some amps to Lakota in Bristol for a jungle event, (can’t remember the name). In the end our amps broke and the main room didn’t have any power!

Do you DJ as well?

A couple of us mix and have began to learn to produce music on Abelton, we will hopefully start putting out some of our own music in the next year or so!

Favourite venue and favourite rave?

Jesse: My favourite venue is The Black Swan, it’s just so nitty and you can bring the biggest system you can think of into there. My favourite rave was probably the dispatch takeover at the void stage on the last night of Outlook 3 years ago.

River: My favourite club is The Trinity Centre, it’s an old church with high ceilings and a large space, always has a great atmosphere and the thick walls means it’s normally pretty loud.

My favourite rave was probably our own ‘MethoDNB 04’ we’d put so much work and time into it and when it came down to the night it just popped off. All the dj’s smashed it and the place was packed all night.

How do you choose the DJs for your line up?

Mostly we just book artists who we listen to and think others will like, we always try promote new comers that others may not have heard of before but you have to find a balance between big / new names to draw in the crowds.

When is the next one and what can we expect?

Our next event is The Connections LP Launch party for The Chikara Project. If you haven’t already checked out The Chikara Project, you should. The event features several artists from our agency as they all feature on the LP. Going to be a really sick night and will be the first time we have run our entire system together so will be pumping for sure.

Dream line up?

There are so many I could pick from but if we had to narrow it down to 6 or so would probably be Alix Perez, Skeptical, Randall, Arkaik, Bredren and GROUND. GROUND is pretty new to the scene but he’s definitely one to watch out for and his mixes are insane!

What’s the goal?

Eventually we would like to have our own stages at festivals and run boat parties at the likes of Outlook festival. We will just keep growing our sound system and agency roster, hopefully one day we will be able to fully live off of music, I think that’s the main goal.

What’s next for MTF?

Our next big move is Methodnb05 on the 2nd of Feb at The Black Swan. Line up includes some really good artists like Xtrah and QZB as well as a BNKR takeover.

We’re also expanding the agency trying to find new emerging talents and push their music!

Any famous last words or shout outs?

Big up to all the artists on our agency, and to all the people to that come to our events and support us. It’s a special feeling when you’ve put months of work into an event and then to see it go down and see everyone loving it!

And finally, a special shout out to Unknown Sound System, they really helped us out with our first few big events and definitely taught us a lot! RIP Wardy.

Thank you guys!

Check out their next event on the 23 November at Jack Of Diamonds in Bristol with DJs like Philth, Mystic State, Phaction, Taelimb & Conscience, Crypticz, Ethos, Intrinzic Music along with Tephra & Arkoze as well as their resident DJ’s. Get your tickets here

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Featured Event: Liquescent- Birmingham


Liquescent are stepping up a notch or two this year…..

 

5th October they return with their 1st birthday celebrations at

Lab 11

 Birmingham.

Line- up duties….

 

LTJ Bukem
Randall
Submorphics
Mantra

 

Hosted by : Visionobi / Ruthless

 

Tickets : skiddle.com/e/13282942

 

We fired over a few questions regarding Liquescent event.

Here’s a quick Q & A.

 

Please introduce yourself…

I’m fez from Birmingham and co-owner of Liquescent.

 

How many years have you been hosting Liquescent events?

Our next event on 5th October is the 1st bday !!

 

Are they monthly or a few times a year?

So this past year we have had 5 shows.

We are trying to aim for 6-8 shows a year, every 6-8 weeks roughly during 2019…

 

How many promoters are involved?

Me and my business partner Ian own Liquescent.

We have a team of promoters who we run and manage other events, which helps.

 

 

Do promoters in Birmingham work around each other so there’s no clashes?

On a whole yes, but not everyone likes to share dates so clashes do happen.

Proudly we’re not one of those and like to work with others in the local scene.

 

The line up for your next event is across the full spectrum very diverse, do you think this will pull in more music lovers on the night & will work well in Birmingham?
As i’ve noticed D&B in Birmingham is mainly dominated by one sub genre…

We carefully curate our line ups.

We don’t believe that there should be boundaries in drum and bass.

Although we prefer Liquid and odd bit of jungle, generally we like to pick artists who we like to listen too.

 

Do you have a dream line up?

Yeh tbh we book the people we want.

There’s a few which we can’t atm due to exclusivities but that’s not to say we can’t in the future.

You just never know what’s around the corner these days.

 

Any final words, special thanks?

                          Yeah thanks to everyone who has attended and supported us this year.

 

 

Exclusive Interview & Guest Mix: Taelimb

Hey Taelimb and thank you for answering my questions for drum+basics! Let’s start with the obvious; your name. Where did you get that from?

I went through loads of names years back when trying to settle on something and every time I found a cool name there were already hundreds of other DJs who had got there before me. So I decided to come up with something random. Now when you Google Taelimb, nothing but me comes up. I only wish I had made it a one syllable word so that people couldn’t miss pronounce or misspell my name.

You are a DJ and you produce music; how did you start? Have you experimented with other genres as well?

I started out making hip hop when I was around 18 because that and Jungle was what the London scene was all about. Now I mainly release DNB and definitely enjoy producing it the most. I’ve started to enjoy DJing more recently, it’s far more fun playing out to a crowd than to a wall in my bedroom.

Where do you make your music and what’s your set up like?

Most of my music is made at home on my set up in my bedroom, mainly on my headphones (Beyerdynamic dt880 pros). I also have a pair of Yamaha 880s, which for the money are awesome. Apart from that, it’s just an iMac, some good plugins and a midi key board. I only really go in to the studio for final mix downs and to test masters, etc.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I draw inspiration from all kinds of places, sometimes I just go wondering around my house with my Zoom, recording all kinds of stuff to sample and then manipulate on the computer.

Also just trying to listen to as much music as possible from non DNB genres, like grime, house dub even metal.

Favourite DJ/producer right now?

OOOOoooh thats hard! Can’t pick one! but defo Breakage, Alix Perez, Arkaik, Conscience, Amoss, Fre4nkcy, Data 3, I could go on and on and on…

Do you do any collabs as well?

My longest standing collaborator is Conscience; he’s the only one who will really put up with me. But I generally find I work best on my own. I also finished tracks with Fearful and Anile. I’ve got loads that I have started with other people though I just never seem to get them finished.

Your new EP has recently been released on Demand Records. Tell us about that!

YES! Finally got something out, the EP is called Snapback. I haven’t released in ages but I’m now back in full production mode. Got loads more projects in the pipeline so keep your eyes peeled on my Instagram and Facebook pages. There’s a mix of tunes in there, so should be something for everyone, a bit for the dance floor and some deeper stuff too.

When you’re not being a cool producer, what do you do?

I am a carpenter and build studios, acoustic spaces and refurbish houses and flats. I also love martial arts, which I have been doing in various forms since I was 15.

I haven’t seen you out in AGES – do you still go out raving?

Yeah I do, but it tends to be more so when I’m playing out or have been invited somewhere specifically. I still love raving, but it just gets harder and harder to recover these days!

When can we see you DJ anytime soon? Just played a DNB Arena night at Studio 338, which is a sick venue. Next up I’ve got a gig in Bristol on the 23rd November with the MTF crew. They are relatively new to the scene but they put on banging nights.

You’ve done a wicked mix for us, tell us a bit more about it.

Tried to take you on a little journey through some of the new and old music out there that is inspiring me at the moment and gets me excited about what’s happening in our scene at the moment.

What’s next for Taelimb?

At the moment really trying to make a big push for next year – got a load of projects; one in particular that i’m quite excited about involving Joe Raygun and Visionobi. I also have a couple of other EP’s coming in the next few months so keep an eye out for those too!

Other than that I am getting some help from a friend of mine Paleblu. He has been helping to manage me and my socials, pushing Taelimb as a brand etc so hopefully this will lead to generally getting a bigger following behind me and open up more opportunities in the DNB comunity

Any famous last words or shout outs?

Big up to all who have supported the new EP, legends!!!! and Carlos at Demand for putting in so much work for such little reward, man is a diamond and the label should get more credit!

Obvs all my Flexout gang and the all the girls repping hard for our scene right now!!! Big up Sweetpea, Kyrist, Djinn and all the others putting in the hard work, about time we had a push for some more female involvement in the DNB scene.

Oh yeah and Paleblu for hooking me up with his show on reprezent radio 107.3fm, will be on every 2nd month – first one in October with Breakage and MC Visionobi

Vykhod Sily – The New Order

An insight to Vykhod Sily

 

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Vykhod Sily is a brand you should be familiar with If you are into your beats more abstract, dark and meticulous. Launching in 2013 Rustee has been delivering specially crafted podcasts taking you on excursions through 85/170bpm electronica music and has a whole series of guests from established DJs all the way through to exciting underground live acts.

Fast forward to 2018 and with careful plotting VS has now released their 2nd project as they now have made it an imprint, bringing you the same ethos as the brand, solid top quality 170 from the likes of dreadmaul, Akinsa & Ghoulcut to name a few. We had a quick catch up with Rostislav (Rustee) the curator and mastermind behind everything.

DBS: Good afternoon and big thank you for your time today Rostislav, so let’s take it all the way back to 2013 with a generic ‘’how did the podcast start’’ question…?

VS: Ez. Huge thanks for having me on this interview. Let’s go back even a bit further in time. Just before the VS podcast started itself I had had a little mix series encompassing 85BPM dubby/tribal sounds called “Rusty Dub”. It was 5 mixes in there back in 2012 featuring the vibes of The Untouchables, Morphy, Thing and many others. So this very mix series shaped the future VS podcast concept as I was keen on dark and deep sounds in that vein. After closing the “Rusty Dub” I was still full of intention to keep on exploring those vibes and was also thinking of doing a podcast on a regular basis. Everything happened pretty quickly. I got a radio slot offering from my old friend and having already a podcast name in mind I launched Vykhod Sily on djstation.ru being aired weekly on Thursdays. In the very beginning, the podcast was strictly halftime dnb but the boundaries got pushed very soon.

DBS: What is your musical history/background, I know you have got a strong passion for funk and soul do you think if you weren’t doing 170 you would be going down those routes? Also, how has the Russian scene grown in regards to electronic music since you started?

VS: Have been a dnb head actually since 1997, following Metalheadz, GLO, Moving Shadow labels. So I’m calling them a “formative influence” to me as a listener. In connection to funk & soul music the more I was listening to dnb stuff in 90’s the more interested I got in samples and the sources for them. So back in 2005, I started buying 45’s records and playing out in my city. Actually, I still keep going 2 ways now, one is drum-n-bass in the shape of a blog and a podcast/label and the other is my soul/funk alter ego where I’m spinning vinyl on a regular basis in Yekaterinburg. Talking about the Russian scene evolving since 2013, yeah the movement has been grown significantly with all the new guys producing appeared on the scene. We have Torn being released on Horo, Dailiv, Hidden Tactics, Code 906, Protagonist, and my others as far as the new names are concerned. Those guys are getting recognized in the deep drum-n-bass circuits outside Russia and this is a wicked thing.

DBS: Now onto the label, I feel when someone builds a brand up it’s the natural progression to then move onto an imprint or events, how was the transition for you and what are your goals?

VS: I was often asked why we didn’t start a label. The time wasn’t right for that a few years back maybe. In 2017 we (with my fellow mate Virulent Green) launched a crowd-sourcing campaign on Patreon with the main aim to build up a community and to set up a label being supported by the people who have been following us. It worked quite well. Up to now, we have 2 releases which came into existence with the assistance of our Patreon heads. All the releases are given away for free. Download them in 320 from patreon.com/vykhodsily_podcast/releases.

DBS: Could you tell us anything about future releases?

VS: Yeah, we have the following roster for the next 6 releases:
VS003 – Ahmad & Akinsa
VS004 – Dailiv & Cryptographic
VS005 – DYL & Spiraal Aurel
VS006 – Entire & Istota
As you might notice all the releases will be the result of a collab work. We started with that concept and we will follow that way, connecting guys together and giving them new spaces to create.

DBS: Time for a quick top 5 now….producers you’re feeling?

VS: Andy Skopes, Dissident, Dubmonger, Owl, Blocks & Escher

DBS: Any Last Words?

VS: Big shout to the worldwide VS family, to the people who have been sticking with us for these 5 years (subscribers, DJ’s, bloggers). Maximum respect to all the artists bringing the new sounds and pushing the boundaries. The project is going on strong thanks to the constant dnb scene evolving. And I believe we are in for a long and joyful way to go. So hold tight.

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VS002 – GhoulCut & alg0rh1tm – Out now!

‘’Social Box’’  kicks things off with the pop-gun synth-bass, intricate percussion edits and looming pads, think of it as a journey through the underworld this track is bursting with emotion which keeps everything locked in nicely  A sublime, stripped back groove which pulsates with a technoid insistency

‘’Faraway Dreams’’ gets trippy with the drum space, haunting tribal soundscapes and live elements, The atmospheric susurration, the constant manipulation of that drum pattern, with a little distortion here or some glitching there. If you’re going to make a track with minimal elements those elements have to be perfect, and this is close to it.

 

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Exclusive Interview & Guest Mix: Dutchie.

Who and when inspired you to become a Dj?

It’s going to sound ridiculous…but I remember when I first saw Kevin and Perry Go Large! and, even though it is supposed to be a comedy, I was just amazed at the clubs and the music. I wanted to DJ too! I was  big into trance and club music as it was what I was brought up around. One day at around 10 years old I discovered Nasty Habits – Shadow Boxing and the rest, as they say, was history !

Has D&B took over your life?

I think it has yes. In the most positive way ever though! I always loved the music before. I never knew anybody else that was into it though. Eventually I met people in my area that also liked drum and bass. It wasn’t until I transitioned to the other side of the decks that it fully began to take over my life though. Most of my friends now are drum and bass related. Most of my conversations down the pub on a Saturday night are drum and bass related too (ha!)

What is the main thing you enjoy the most within this music?

It honestly has to be the community of people I have met. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the amazing people I have met along the way. I have made friends for life in this scene. I found love a few times in this scene (even if we did end up having to call it a day) and I just love the fact we all get together to get merry and dance about like nutters. It’s fantastic and the novelty really will never wear off !!!

I’ve noticed you’ve been in the studio producing music..
Tell us more?

I’ve been keeping it on the DL…but I’ve been plugging away trying to learn the craft. Dark jungle is what I think I’m leaning more naturally towards creating. Hopefully you will see some Dutchie productions soon. I was just keen not to rush anything. If I’m gonna do it, I’m gonna do it properly! 😉

When can we see you next Djing?

I will next be performing at Epidemik in Stevenage on the 19th of May alongside the GTA crew! I performed at Epidemik’s 21st Birthday Bash with GTA back in November 2016 – we are thrilled to be asked back. Each of us in GTA provide a unique flavour within drum and bass and jungle.

Any big plans for the rest of the year?

Just to really work hard on getting some more bookings in the darker, more headzier side of the scene. That’s really where my passions lie when it comes to production and my own creations and I would love to be more involved on that side ! I am slowly getting there (I came into this scene not knowing anybody really!) So fingers crossed. I also want some Dutchie productions to see the light of day! One step at a time though aye…

What’s your opinion on females getting more attention within D&B just due to that fact they’re female?

This is a sore subject for me. I will be honest…I hate it. I’m not going to be naive, I know a good percentage of people probably only paid attention to, say, my live streams because I’m a woman. I’d like to think, though, that once they clicked play the focus turned more on the tunes. I do wish the whole webcam thing wasn’t an option. With a name like ‘Dutchie’ too people would never know if I was male or female. I honestly hope the attention spreads more equally as time goes on. We’re here for tunes.

Thank you to Maryanne for having me on Drum and Basics !

I am stoked to have conducted this interview and I love the work you do. It is great to be a part of it. Thank you :)

Exclusive Interview: Ray Uptown.

Drum+Basics have been getting to know Ray Uptown since his release on Metalheadz alongside SCAR a few years back.

 

We thought it’s about time we sent him some questions.

Here’s a quick interview with Ray Uptown.

 

 

 

You have recently landed in the U.K.
Why did you decide to travel overseas to the U.K?

See some family and friends,hear some great dnb and see how it’s done here.

 

Was the long journey from America just for the music?

Not at all, my bro,bros [Sense Mc,Tephra & Arkoze of DYING STAR & GOAT Team Alpha],Scar,Lewes Eldridge and Jason Athwal[Intel Ukb] are all here to name a few, these are good people in my life,it was a must to meet up.

Turns out there is opportunity to teach music production,recording and song writing with Studio 808,shouts to Paul Wilkinson and Alex Finney [Studio 808] they really have together over there,was very impressed.

 

Whats your opinion on U.K D&B?

It’s very street.

It’s so hiphop it’s not even funny.

The vibe at the first event I attended [Delirium at The Volks,Brighton] was beyond real to witness, rammed and SO loud ha..

That show was Randall and Scar,Halogenix, I linked with Mike [Script] and drove down to Brighton with Tephra,it was jokes…Shouts to them.

 

When and where will you be Djing?

May 12th-Launch w/ Anile // Dbr Uk // Sense Mc-London,England.

May 18th & 20th-Sol Fud & Initial w/ Sense Mc-Dublin,Ireland.

June 8th-Rough Tempo Livecast w/ Sense Mc-Braintree,England.

 June 9th Hexagon / DYING STAR & GOAT Team Alpha
Tephra // Arkoze // Ray Uptown // Sense Mc, London.

 

 

Let’s talk about your music production.

Previous releases from yourself were on Metalheadz which in my eyes is a huge achievement.

Thank you.

It def changed my life for the better. I couldn’t have ever thought something like this would happen, it’s been such a blessing.

 

So how did it all happen?

Been a fan of Scar, [Survival & Script] and def wanted to work with them musically.

I was just consistent on keeping in touch about projects and life as we could. Timed up right,happened to unknowingly contact Steve Survival during the process of [Scar] recording the Orkyd Project Lp with Naomi Pryor and Eleanor Higgins they sent some ideas to me, I found the one I vibed most with and everyone involved [Goldie,Ant Tc1,Scar] really liked my vocal I recorded which ended up being “Your Mistake” w/ Naomi Pryor from Australia.

I was pretty blown away at the response and final product.

 

Have you been producing music while over here in the U.K and who with?

Yea for sure, got right to all three outlets, recording vocals, playing out and producing dnb with the fellas.

Started a few projects [DYING STAR w/ [Sense Mc // Tephra // Arkoze // Ray Uptown] as well as GOAT Team Alpha which is [Sense Mc & Ray Uptown]as well as collabs w/ many others that I cant say right now,still creating and getting things lined up for release.

 

 

Any forthcoming releases?

Yea, no doubt, lookout for some dnb production with “Crankshaft and Manta” for Uk Breakbeat In May-April 2018 plus a dnb production collab with Grey Code [Dispatch Recordings] that I’m happy to say will be released this year [2018] on Methlab Recordings.

Shouts to everyone involved,I feel great about it all.

 

As always any special thanks and mentions?

Many thanks to my mother Aery Jean Upton [Rasheedah] for being my biggest fan,I love you very much ma.

Shouts to my brothers Jason and Malcolm back home in Vallejo.Shouts to The Bay to LA to DC and everyone trying to do something positive out there.

Shouts to Goldie,Ant Tc1,Scar,Naomi Pryor,Eleanor Higgins and Metalheadz for having me involved with the Orkyd Project and the legendary label.

Shouts to Thomas Reece,Nick Modern,Lewes Eldridge,Jason Athwal [Intel for Uk Breakbeat],Rob Machete at Respect L.A.,Golden State Drum And Bass,Stamina Sf,Shelter Sf,Dystopia Dnb in Oakland,I Love LA[Apx1 & Crs?],Resonate D.C.,My Hawaii folks,Cree at Spawntaneous Prod.,Dave Bass Windu,Patrick Currier,Elm Imprint,Becka Ward,Adred,Grooverider,Darrell Invaders,Seba,Secret Operations,Robert Manos,Klute,Paul Smith,Total Science, Xtrah, SS,Formation Records,Mainframe Recordings,Rockers 175,Minority Dnb Recordings,Dexta,Diffrent Music,Cecil Ramey,NC-17,Sense Mc[brother],Rhys Tephra,James Arkoze,[lil brobros],Paul Wilkinson & Alex Finney[Finstar] for Studio808 [Watch out for monthly live stream and production/writing courses]

Andy Skopes,Phil Tangent,Wish,Crime.Wav,Cypher,I could go on forever,so many good people in my life to thank.

Thank you Mary-Anne and Jenny,Ben at Drum & Basics and to everyone who has believed in me..

All love-Ray Uptown #DyingStar #GoatTeamAlpha

Exclusive Interview with Din Is Noise

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Din is Noise Records is a unique label based in Beirut, Lebanon which touches upon Dark 170, Experimental & Techno

”DIN (din is noise) is the start of a furtherance in the underground scene’s auditory evolution

We had the pleasure of catching up with Nadine Assaf the label founder & manager who launched DIN back in 2014 and has been growing to be go-to imprint for all your experimental needs.

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Hello Nadine, firstly thank you for taking the time to have a talk with us today. Could you tell us about your musical journey all the way up to discovering D&B and starting the Imprint?

Hello, thank YOU for the feature.
My musical journey! This might take an eternity to describe and I’d probably still won’t be able to put it into words. I had always been interested in music, I always felt that my ears are so keen that they can detect quality music from the very first beat. I don’t know if this has anything to do with both of my parents being musicians, but whatever, if it has, then I’m thankful :P

You’re gonna probably laugh at me now, but I tell you, when the DVD “Global” by PVD came out in 2003, I was 17 then, (i’m 32 today), it was love at first sight! it was what actually got me into wanting to delve more into the infinite world of electronic music.
To make a long story short, I had my generous share of electronic music in all its aspects and genres: house, minimal, trance, techno, drum n bass, IDM, alternative, and hip-hop…

But it wasn’t until the early 2000’s (2005, 2006, 2007 ) that I was introduced to drum n bass and hardcore music in general through a local movement under the name of “Kaotik System” that was the first to actually showcase, breakcore, drum and bass and hardcore music, back in 2003

Is there much of a bass music community in Beirut?

The bass scene in Beirut is currently not extinct but it’s not as large as what it used to be, however, the local crowd is always hungry for good music, but you can tell that the majority is geared towards more house and techno than drum n bass.
The case was a bit different back in early 2000, (2003) to be precise, it was when “Kaotik System” a local movement dedicated to promoting breakcore, hardcore, d&b music, started launching its series of secret parties, and they actually grew a fairly big crowd until they stopped in 2013.
Other promoters tried to take on the legacy, but things aren’t obviously the same anymore, especially that techno parties are way more accessible in Beirut nowadays than they used to be.

What would be the best way of describing Din Is Noise contribution and sound?

Din is noise was launched with many purposes;
– exposing the local scene to a new genre of electronic music, geared toward the experimental side
– showcasing different and left field music regardless of the genre focusing on its dark and experimental aspect, if you go back a bit with din’s back catalog, you’ll notice lots of experimental, dark minimal techno and some noise too. – offering the artists a free platform where they can expose their sound with no restrictions, and where they are offered free services as a sign of support from the label for their hard work
– Din focuses on the visual side by delivering solid visuals that contribute in bringing “sound” to life

So on the subject of music, I loved the Out of Fuel release it blew my socks off, could you give us a rundown of things coming up?

A joint compilation was actually released in collaboration with Onset Audio, right after Out of Fuel. Illuminate; a 13 track benefit compilation album, featuring some of the most exciting names in alternative bass and drum and bass music, where all proceeds go to families in Puerto Rico, it looks like a successful release so far and we’re quite happy about it.

2 forthcoming releases I can reveal now and I keep the rest on the down low.
A three track ep release with Tobe:n, a very promising artist, you’ll be surprised with what he has in store for you, including a remix from the boys who’ve been recently killing it “Out of Fuel”

And another release by “Lums”, really looking forward to this one, especially that it has both the jungle and autonomic aspects, very promising!

Who are your influences within this spectrum?

This is always a very hard question to answer for there are so many good artists out there, the deeper you dig, the higher the quality you find, I’m always influenced and inspired by so many artists on a daily basis but to be fair, I’m gonna say:
Squarepusher, Autechre, Aphex Twin, Amon Tobin, Gridlock, Kid Drama, Dissident, Instra:mental, Photek, Dillinja, Source Direct, Venetian Snares, Dom & Roland, Om Unit, Plug aka Luke Vibert aka Carrier District aka Wagon Christ…, Fanu, Felix K, Fis, Rockwell, Synth Sense, Consequence, Shackleton, Bop.. to name a few.

The female movement within the scene is becoming very strong and it’s really refreshing to see, what are your views on it?

To be very honest with you, I have never personally felt of any less important than men neither in the scene nor in life, instead, I’ve always felt responsible for making a change and taking part in the music industry in any and every way possible. Knowing that the scene being a male-dominated industry is a fact and seeing how so many ladies are stepping up, as djs, producers, promoters and label owners, it actually gladdens me to see us thrive, and would love to see more of that, for the scene needs this diversity, it actually makes it well-balanced and consistent.

Could you give us a quick top 5 producers for you at the moment?

So many good producers out there…
Pessimist
DAAT
Overlook
Entire
Dyl
Alg0rh1tm
Not to mention that all the artist are doing a great job with every release.

Any advice to those wanting to get into forging a label of their own?

Know your sound, have a goal, let your passion lead you, make sure you contribute to making a change in the scene, most importantly, build a name that will always be remembered.

Last thing, what do you want to see more of in D&B?

Quite happy with the amount of quality music that is currently being released. So keep it coming! Would probably like to see more of the artists that have been quite absent from the scene.

Thanks for your time and good luck with the rest of the year…any last words?

Thank YOU for the feature again :) Good luck with Ronin Ordinance and full support!

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https://soundcloud.com/dinisnoiserecords

Support the latest offering from DIN & Onset Audio as mentioned above…
Illuminate, A 14 track Benefit Compilation LP featuring some of the most exciting names in alternative drum & bass, bass music, and ambient.
All proceeds will go to Puerto Rico disaster relief via the grassroots, community-based charity, “Friends Of Puerto Rico”.
Purchase the album here: goo.gl/KSsRGq

 

Exclusive Interview & Guest Mix: Future.

Future started buying records 1989, started Djing 1990.

His early days of a DJ started on Trance-fm middle of 1991 moving onto Raw-fm which became Don-Fm.

 

Back in 1992/93 Futures first gig was “World Party” at linford studios in Wandsworth.

 

Future began working at Lucky Spinn Records in 1993/94,ran an event @ the Gas club called Tempest in 1994/95.

More recent Rupture, Jungle Syndicate, Technicality, Outlook festival Sydney Australia.

 

Then to the present Dream Fm, Life Fm & sets at AKO Beatz forthcoming set at our own event Drum+Basics presents real sound of the underground.

 

First record release was on Federation records 1999 with a track called “The Truth” & Neo on Compasite records.

 

Other releases on DSCi4, 117 records, Criminal records, Mute:8 records, Lost Dubs, Bustle Beats, Skeleton Records & with more to come on AKO Beatz.

 

It’s looking good for 2018 & 2019.

 

Hey Future,what a journey you’ve already had within D&B.
What’s been the biggest achievement so far?

Hey Mary-Anne, many thanks for asking me to do this interview.

My biggest achievement so far has been my E.P on 117 with Trax ‘ Is it safe? ‘ & ‘ Evil place ‘ which kicked off the record label 117.

Also my remix of Babylon which was nominated as ‘ Best Jungle Track of 2017 ‘.

Still being involved in the music which in my eyes is a big achievement.

 

Obviously there has been a lot of inspiration.
Anyone in particular?

The whole inspiration thing comes from so many different genres of music, off the top of my head my main influences have been a lot of electro Hip-Hop mid/late 80s obviously early 90s Hip-Hop.

There’s been too many influences but the main one for me that sticks out the most within D&B.

 ‘ GOLDIE ‘

Due to his early 90s influences with Reinforced Records & Timeless Album.
That album stands the test of time.

 

There’s a lot of mixed opinions on Jungle at present,most are quite negative due to misrepresentation on social media and on event flyers.
What’s your opinion on this?

I think the music is at it’s best all sub-genres of D&B.

It’s good to see the influence of breaks and amens, all the original elements of the early days influencing the sound again. The discovery of new talent is great aswell for the music and a lot of new artists coming through.

Jungle on the whole is getting a lot of attention which is great but for me a lot of people don’t know the difference between Jungle,Jump Up D&B due to poor media articles where you can tell that there’s been no knowledge/research where the music really stems from.

A wise man once told me in a conversation relating to this that there are plenty of mans at present on the band wagon, we will see what soldiers are still standing when the dust has settled.

 

Your music has been released on many record labels.
Is there any labels that you wish to release music on?

No I’m really happy with what I’ve got at present, being creative and expressing myself within my music is a blessing and anything more that comes about in the future will be even more of a blessing.

The labels I have already had releases on truly mean a lot to me.

 

Forthcoming releases?

AKO BEATZ – Dynamical Forces E.P Alongside Eric Electric

Pre – order 27.04.18.

http://akobeatz.com

JUICE RECORDS.

 

Which do you prefer Djing or Music production?

At present it’s all about the music production for me but I really enjoy doing gigs but my creativity is music production as the more I produce music the more i learn.

 

Any gigs coming up?

Not many except your event which I’m really looking forward to as the line up is really diverse and looking forward to playing out some hard breaks, testing new material.

Playing at a festival in Cambridgeshire in June.

I’m not really concentrating on that side of things at present just working on tunes.

 

Any final words, special thanks?

Big thanks to everyone who has been supporting my music in the last 7 years may it continue.

Got to say a big thanks to DJ Trace for believing in me back in the day and pushing my music through with the DSCi4 release and 117.

Monita Skeleton Records. Code Bustle Beats. Mark Fuller Mute:8.
Stretch AKO Beatz . Andy & Undercover Agent at Juice Records.

Essential links for more info on Future forthcoming releases.

http://akobeatz.com

https://www.facebook.com/GaryFuture    

Check out Futures Exclusive Guest Mix & what you can expect at our next event.

Exclusive Interview: Missrepresent

Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions for Drum+Basics!

You’ve been in the dnb/jungle scene for a while now, how long is it and how did you first come across it?

Hey thanks for reaching out.

I’ve been DJing now 17 years, after a stint of attending raves such as Helter Skelter as a kid and Accelerated Culture. I used to always wander from the hardcore rooms into the jungle rooms, big smokey rooms with people swaying to big bassy tunes, and I fell in love with the vibes and music. I remember the whistles and horns, dancing on stage and ended up watching Nicky Blackmarket at The Brunel Rooms in Swindon one night thinking I’d love to do that. I was working as a store manager at Domino’s Pizza when I was 19, attending house parties and the boys wouldn’t let me touch their precious Technics so my franchisee bought me my first set of Numark decks and mixer, and I practised loads. Gloucester is a small city and everyone knows everyone, and word got round I was mixing well and I got a set at Jo Jo’s in Stroud with Micky Finn headlining and within 6 months I was playing European gigs which progressed to worldwide bookings abroad.

You produce, DJ and also run your own record label Sliced Note Recordings. What do you enjoy the most and how did you end up doing all of this? What else are you involved with within the music industry?

I enjoy it all. I started DJing, I then got into producing, which led onto running my label. That then progressed to interviews and doing work on DNBMuzik, which has now progressed to JDNB. Fortunately I have a great team on JDNB, that site is huge amounts of work, we get about 250 emails a week now which have to be replied to and posted up. I do audio interviews for DNBHQ – shouts to J Swif there he is a good bloke and a good friend of mine, and I also write peoples bio’s. On top of that I make artwork and make music videos. I’ve done a series of music videos recently for Trauma who is based in Cambridge. I guess, it’s all creative work, and I really enjoy making things and creating music and art.

What’s the hardest part of being an artist/DJ/producer? Has it changed over time?

The late or early drives home. Playing 6am sets and then having to drive 2 hours home is a killer! The only thing that has changed is the equipment, and it’s changed for the better as I no longer have to lug a massive record box around, it’s just a couple of USB’s and headphones which is great!

It’s been a lot of talk lately about the lack of females in the dnb/jungle scene, what do you think?

Well if people think it’s bad now, they should of been around 17 years ago when I started out, when I could literally count the amount of women on two hands. Yes it’s bad but it’s nothing like it used to be. I set up LadiesOfDNB to showcase the women we have in dnb and it’s worth seeing how many beautiful, talented ladies we do have about.

You’re a raver too, do you remember your first rave? Do you still go out even if you’re not playing?

Of course! It was Helter Skelter at The Sanctuary Milton Keynes. (RIP). I was 15! A long time ago but that music has been in my veins ever since.

I have 2 young babies, with my husband as only childcare, so rarely go out now as when I’m off, which isn’t often, he is then out, so we are both making the most of our weekends. I think being a DJ is pretty good at getting you out to places, and I always know loads of people at events so I have a good catch up and socialise when I’m out and enjoy it still.

When you’re not being busy with music, what do you do?

I’ve just taken up horseriding again and training for my BHS stages which are pretty intense. It’s getting me extremely fit though! I love to make music videos and artwork, but to be honest with everything I do, I don’t really get much spare time! I’m usually at my laptop when the babies are asleep!

What’s next in store for you?

I’m working on a 2 track jump up EP, and I have a track finished with Cutty Ranks, just waiting for a release date. I have a 2 track project in the works with my friend Ollie, aka Exception and I’ve been asked to do several remixes recently but just don’t want to commit until I get these projects out of the way – which I’m finding time quite hard to find.

When can we see/hear you play?
  
Jul 14 2018 Stardust – The Monetry Digbeth Birmingham

Jun 30 2018 Playaz BBQ SoBar Southampton
Apr 28 2018 Basskicks Leicester
Apr 25 2018 Guest Mix On Rinse With Harry Shotta On Marcus Nasty Show
Apr 14 2018 Audio Assault Brighton Volks – Jungle Set
Apr 07 2018 Paris – This Is Drum & Bass
Mar 31 2018 Dirty Dubz – The Peacock Peterborough
Mar 28 2018 Rough Tempo – The Full Range – Late Weds 1am

Any famous last words?

Just thank you to everyone who’s supported me for the last 17 years and big up all the artists, promoters and ravers who keep our awesome music scene alive! Thanks to you as well for reaching out. Big up ;) x

Visit Missrepresent.com for more information and follow her on Soundcloud, Facebook, Twitter & Instagram

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