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Exclusive Interview & Guest Mix: Pod Imiya

Hey Pod Imiya and thank you for answering my questions for drum+basics. Let’s start with the important one: where did you get your name from?

Pod has been a nickname for a while, but it wasn’t unusual enough to come up in searches online which made it difficult for people to find my mixcloud etc, so I added ‘Imiya’. It’s just a girls name which I thought sounded nice. Very boring answer!

How did you get in to dnb/jungle?

Me and my friends at school used to listen to jump up when we were teenagers. When I moved to Manchester, I didn’t know many people who were into DnB (there was big tech house craze.) I started going to raves on my own, at first just in Manchester and then in other cities, mainly London. I’d get a late megabus down and then the first one back in the morning. Initially it was techy DnB nights, like Cyberfunk with Xtrah and Visionobi. When I first started going alone I would stay sober, pick a spot on the dancefloor and stay there dancing all night.

I got into jungle more fully after a wicked night at Dolphin warehouse in Manchester, where Fanu, Storm and Stretch played. I didn’t really know about the underground jungle scene at the time, I loved oldskool stuff but didn’t realise there were so many people still making it and putting on nights. After meeting Stretch I found out about AKO beatz, and ended up going to an AKO night in Brum. It was a different vibe to the nights I was used to. The music was mental, I’d never heard anything like it really. The crowd was older and people talked to each other more. Everyone seemed to have a deep level of respect for each other and the music, and a passion for it to carry on through the generations. There was no aggro or guys trying it on. It felt like how I imagined raves would feel like. I didn’t really know anyone but felt completely welcome and met loads of great people. After that I found out about Rupture, Skeleton and others, and got to know people (including my 4 DnB parents) who I always look forward to seeing! Mostly at raves I still spend the whole time on the dance floor though, and catch up with people at afters. I still love techy DnB nights! But I think they’re better to go to with mates than alone.

How did you become a dnb/jungle DJ? Do you remember your first gig?

I DJ’d a bit in school but gave up playing in front of people coz I’d get too nervous. My friend Frank got me back into it, about 4 years ago I think. He asked me to play my first gig, which was a small Hit & Run event, where I played b2b with DJ Servo. I felt sick before it, but then it was a proper buzz, I loved it. For ages I practised on mates CDJs while I saved up to get some. I still get so nervous that I can’t see properly before playing out. But the nerves go away a couple of tunes into a set.

Any tips for beginners?

I am a beginner! So I’m looking for tips rather than giving them out haha!

The one thing I feel like I’d have to say is to value the fact that our music is underground. Whenever a type of dance music gets too big, it gets infected with all the capitalist shite that goes with the pop music industry. The music gets watered down and cleaned up, raves turn into concerts, producers and DJs turn into celebrities, people forget about the history and ignore the culture. In small scenes the music can be as mad or intense as you like. There’s great community and DIY spirit. That’s what makes it so good! You can’t really use the music as a career move or for personal gain. The people I have most respect for are the ones who’ve been working and raving hard since the 90s, not motivated by making loads of money or being famous, just putting in the time because they love the music and care about the scene.

Tell us about your first rave experience.

I went to a hospital records takeover, I think when I was maybe 15. I remember hearing DnB in my head for weeks after, and thinking it was the best thing ever. Hospital records was a big part of getting into DnB for me as a young teenager, I think they are for a lot of people my age. They have the power to get young people into DnB who have never even heard it before, which is why they should be leading the way with inclusivity. To be honest, it’s only in the last few years that I’ve even begun to realise how badly they’ve been failing at doing that, thanks to groups like eq50 and people sharing their perspectives.

You live in Manchester – how is the music scene and rave scene there? I still haven’t been there for a rave!

Yeah I’ve lived here for about 6 years now. I think it’s the best city in the world, no question. The music scene is great, we’ve got Hit & Run, Levelz and the Mouse Outfit, and the legendary shop Eastern Bloc. Formless is my favourite night. Walking into Formless feels like coming home. It seems like everyone knows each other and the music is always next level. You should come to the next one, you can stay round my flat!

Do you produce music as well?

Yes, but I’m not very good yet, I’m still learning. It’s more just something fun to do than serious.

You’ve also done a mix for us – wicked! What can you tell us about that?

Well, I have to be honest, I was redlining at points so there is clipping! I get too gassed when mixing at home, which I don’t think the neighbours are too happy about. It’s a mix of jungle and DnB, a lot of dark tunes and some more uplifting ones. I was going to record a mix on vinyl, but I’m not good enough yet.

Favourite DJs and producers?

Oh shit, there’s so many! For DnB producers, maybe Elements of Noize, Arcon 2, The Advocate and Rufige kru. I love all the alien techstep from 97, that’s definitely my favourite year for DnB. For newer stuff, I like Andy Skopes and Response and Pliskin, coz they can make a tune rough but still emotional or euphoric. They make come up tunes! Also, I bought martianMan’s digital discography recently, which was a bargain, he’s a machine.

For DJs – DJ Future always stands out in my mind. He closed a night at a festival I went to, and it was mad. Yorobi’s sets are always great, and I always listen to Tim reaper and Devnulls blog to the oldskool.

I think I get more hyped for my mates DJ sets these days than big names on a line up. All the Diggin in the crates crew are amazing DJs, everyone’s got their own style. And of course my mate Chris (Anomalies) who makes it look easy!

How are you coping in this lockdown?

I live with my boyfriend (who loves electronic music as much as I do), so we’ve had each other. I’m happy being in my flat most of the time to be honest. Music takes up all my spare time and outside of raves I don’t really have a social life anyway, which I don’t mind to be honest! I do miss working in the lab though.

The lab? This sounds interesting…

Im part of a team which research experimental nuclear physics in Manchester and CERN, which is partly finding out about atoms by firing lasers at them. we are also trying to build a detector for measuring tiny amounts of radioactive stuff in the environment, which would be useful for finding leaks in things containing radioactive material, and tracing people who might be trying to separate plutonium for the wrong reasons. It’s really hard and I basically never feel like I know what I’m doing, but it can be fun, and I prefer working in the lab to the computer.

What’s next for Pod Imiya?

It’s hard to know at the moment, with no raves or festivals happening. I wanna get better at mixing vinyl, coz there’s so much great music which isn’t available digitally, and it’s the best way to support the artists you rate.

Any famous last words?

Big up yaself! Thanks a lot for asking for a mix and interview. And big up my other half of course. Also big up Chris (one of my best mates and founder of Anomalies), and the mad Manc Mother Earth, Tasha (the one and only StalkaDJ), and the Diggin in the Crates and Confield crews. Big thanks to Rich Reason, and to everyone who has booked me, shared my mixes, or even just told me they rate my sets!

Exclusive Interview & Guest Mix: Catalyst .AD

Thank you for taking time for the interview and making for us an exclusive mix. Your new EP “Off The Chain” is released today on Conjunction Recordings which you manage. The EP is available exclusively on Beatport for 2 weeks then all other stores on 13th July. Your first EP “Coming Home” is also re-released today and it’s available on JunoDownload.

Conjunction Recordings is a new music label launched in the summer of 2019. How was the first year of the label? What kind of challenges do you face managing it?

The first year was brilliant for us. I had always thought about setting up a label after having worked for other D&B labels and a record shop business in the past. The title track for the first release (Coming Home) was inspired by and sampled from the record-breaking Red Bull Stratos Space Dive. I had a very talented friend, Simon Vella, who produced an animated video for the title track and sent this off to Red Bull. We were all really pleased when Red Bull came back and loved the whole idea, they kindly then offered to share it with their audience on social media which was great exposure for us. The plan from the outset was quality rather than quantity so we had aimed at putting out 4-5 releases a year, however the recent lockdown situation coupled with a kidney donation to my brother in the U.S meant that things had to be pushed back a bit. The landscape for record labels has changed so much in recent years with streaming etc so you really have to maximise certain things now in order to be noticed in quite a saturated market. 

Wow, that’s an amazing start of the label! Hope both of you are well. That’s true, streaming has made some changes in the scene. Why did you start and what is your vision with Conjunction Recordings?

Having worked behind the scenes at labels in the past, it had always been my ambition to do something myself one day. A few years ago, I invested in my own studio which in turn resulted in more output so it seemed a good idea to create a platform to release my own music. I didn’t want to tie the label to a specific genre so the music policy is varied as I also like to produce more down tempo tracks at 140 BPM, it’s always good to have variety on a label and keeps things more interesting and unpredictable. Our focus will always be quality rather than quantity, we are looking to have around 4-6 releases a year with some of these being 4 track E.P.’s so there should be a healthy supply!

It’s great that you’d like to have more variety on the label and keep it interesting like that. Who inspired you producing “Off The Chain” EP?

Good Question! I would have to say the title track “Off The Chain” was definitely inspired by the late Spirit (R.I.P.). I was always a massive fan and strongly believe that the kind of sound and style he championed needs to live on. Hip hop has always been a big influence for me so that’s where the vocal hook came from.  We had aimed to release the E.P. much earlier this year but due to lockdown situation we had to hold back. In a strange way the title track is now quite relevant now that the restrictions are being eased!

Great work on the release and all tracks have a unique sounding and a great, catchy melody. Everyone can find their favourite. Speaking of which, which is your favourite track from the EP?

That’s a tough one but I would have to say the remix from DJ E. When I showed him the original idea his eyes lit up and I could see he had some ideas buzzing round his head.  I was amazed at how quick he went to work on it and when he sent me back the remix I was blown away. He’d managed to capture the original vibe of the track yet somehow put his own unique twist on it. The classic breaks he also used went really well with the whole hip hop idea and the reese was just devastating.

I read on Conjunction Recordings website that in the recent years you have dedicated more of your time to production. What made you want to start producing in the first place rather than just being a listener?

I’ve always juggled dj-ing with some production over the years, I started out as a radio DJ and production just progressed from that.  Production started to take over more from when I was involved in the “Able Danger” project where we had some releases on big labels. I found it increasingly harder trying to hold down my weekly radio show on top, then unfortunately I was diagnosed with an inner ear condition that left me with some damaged hearing and chronic tinnitus in one ear, so I soon realised I had to limit the exposure and use my ears more wisely.

That’s a real challenge but you deal with it really well, hats off! Do you master your own tracks?

No, I would love to one day but as I mentioned just now, my hearing is slightly compromised so I rely on Fanu who has really helped me in this area. I think it’s also always good to have a second pair of ears on your music as your ears can play tricks with you, mine certainly do at times!

That’s a really good advice. What is your studio set up?

So, my studio consists of a PC and large Nektar midi keyboard. I also have my technics turntables connected for sampling, however a lot of the time I use computer-based instruments and synths such as Massive and Serum, with Ableton Live. I spent quite a bit of time getting the acoustics correct in my studio and have treated certain parts of the room so I get a good clear sound when working. I also have 2 Rokit 5 monitors which are really good to work with.

What advice would you give people who have just started making music?

I would say to persevere and don’t try to run before you can walk. When I first started out, I would get so carried away with an idea and not spend enough time on the actual sound quality, so I would listen back weeks down the line and feel really disappointed when I compared my stuff to released music. I would also highly recommend checking out tutorials online, there are some amazing video tutorials available these days, I find it quite refreshing now how producers are keen to share their ideas and skills rather than keep them secret. Education and Bass have really been a game changer in this respect and I have learnt so much from them.

Thank you for the great advices. What’s coming next for Catalyst .AD?

In terms of the label, after this release, I am aiming to put out a couple of liquid tracks which I have had in the pipeline then we will be putting out an E.P. from DJ E which we are really looking forward to. I will also be including a collab track with him on this. I can tell you now though the title track is a monster! I also have some remixes lined up from some new and fresh popular talent coming through, and also some tracks with my wife (K.I.M.) who also works with the label. Besides this I also have a fair amount of other tracks lined up which I am pushing out to some other labels. Hopefully once the restrictions ease, I will also be back out playing live again with some guest radio shows lined up as well as some events.

We are looking forward to listen to these planned releases on Conjunction Recordings. Keep up the great work! 😊

Until that dear readers, have a listen to this wicked mix exclusively made for us at Drum+Basics where you can hear two tracks “In The Shadows” and “Off The Chain”  from the newest 4 tracks EP “Off The Chain”. ❤️

Exclusive Mix: Rebel One Mix

Introducing the Rebel One album which you can pay what you like for to get all 18 tracks from the Rebel Music Bandcamp page. 100% of proceeds from this album will go to the very worthy cause ‘NHS Charities Together’.

Living in such integral times, an age which presented a ‘curve ball’ that none of us were expecting. This unexpected blow has had us all tested in many ways. Not being able to leave the house, a crucial art of the solution for us all in moving forward and getting over this thing – together.

Life has always been on a ‘time sensitive basis’ so to speak. Many of us within this new time frame, will be feeling a little ‘lost’ – without certain direction. This is perfectly natural since our daily routines have all been thrown into the air, without warning.

This being said: it is a known fact that music is an amazing healer! With this newfound time for most of us, the question is are you ready to get your home sound system busier than EVER!? The mighty Rebel Music cru have assembled, putting together their collaborative, creative energy forces to give YOU another; outstanding, world class fresh off the bassline press album.

What better way to relax, unwind – dance (at home), channel your positive energy during these unprecedented times. Presenting: The Rebel One Album!

Rebel Music is already operating with a distinct ‘family ethic’, assembled faster than the ‘The Avengers’ to bring to you, the good people a fresh album – of outstanding quality all over. If you are a first time Rebel listener you are in for an incredible ride, a unique journey through the sounds of Drum & Bass. If you already know the optimum quality, that Rebel consistently deliver then you just must hit ‘play’ to engage that new sound. – Let the journey begin!

It is noted and appreciated within these difficult times that not many of us have the money to spare for such a good cause. Therefore, it has been of the upmost importance that Rebel Music release this album with the option to get it for free. This in turn, enabling Rebel Music to provide the listeners with the sounds you need, plus – giving valid donations to the amazing NHS. Bless.

Download the album now! Donate what you can.
Also you can hear all 18 tracks here, in this mix from Omega Point.

 

TRACKLIST:

Kolectiv (feat Shady Novelle) – Come To Me
Spratto – Warmth
Equilibrium – One Day
Omega Point – Forgotten Lands
Convex – Goober
NC-17 – God Complex
Inner Terrain – Analogue Alone
Creatures – The Unknown
Confusious – Quality Control
OB1 – The Pianist
Science Of Man – Second Look
Taelimb – Calidiscope
Dark Ops – Sequence
Tephra & Arkose – Vibrations
Hadley – Psycosis
RMS – Out Of Dodge
Whycheck – Southside
Skuff – Forever Today

Exclusive Guest Mix: Omega Point – Another World

Omega Point bio:

Omega Point aka Martin became involved in the Jungle / Drum & Bass scene from an early age, charting his origins in Drum and Bass as far back as the mid 90’s no less. Being around an older brother who had fallen in love with the underground scene a few years former around ‘93’ pre music divide, Omega Point followed suit also taking an interest in rave music himself.

Always the keen professional, Omega’ soon picked up the art of vinyl mixing. It wasn’t long within these early years that the urge to create his own music became unstoppable. By the turn of the millenium Omega’s began seeking the necessary skills and knowledge to do so. It was from here that he started to produce, whilst also studying music at an academic level.

Omega Point made his mark into the drum and bass movement, in the spring of 2017 with the release of his debut EP Frostbite, released through the imperative imprint Beat Spectrum. The EP was definitive in itself, showcasing Omega Points skills in the studio. Offering big funk driven beats, large twisted basslines, and experimental sound design all combined as the perfect showcase for this gifted creator.
On first listen to his work it’s easy to see that the producer and DJ primarily looks to explore the deeper, darker edges of the drum and bass scene.

Since his first release Omega has gone on to bring his sounds out on Lockdown Recordings, Rebel Music and Inhabit Recordings and currently in 2020 has further projects in the making with all 3, so keep your ears peeled!

 

Tracklist:

Dom and Roland – Innersense – Metalheadz
Logistics – Dreamer of Dreams – Hospital Records
Need For Mirrors – M.I.A – V Recordings
Survival – Terrain – Exit Records
Omega Point – Skink – Lockdown Recordings
Skeptical – Duck Soup – Exit Records
Philth and Bredren – Closer to You – Flexout Audio
Icicle – Dreadnaught (tease) – Shogun Audio
Cybin & Trex – Play – Trust Audio
Fierce & Cause 4 Concern – Carrier – Quarantine Records
Need For Mirrors – So Below – V Recordings
Omega Point – The Mission – Lockdown Recordings
Digital – Dreamer – Function Records
Marcus Intalex & Jubei – Lubbly Jubbly – Metalheadz
Jungle Jungle – Total Science – Metalheadz
Omega Point – Listening – Beat Spectrum
J Kenzo – Katoku – 31 Records
Marcus Intalex & S.T Files – Warp 3 (Total Science Remix) – C.I.A
Mako & Fields – The Gap – Metalheadz
Forest Drive West – Set Free – Rupture
Ed Rush, Optical & Fierce – Alien Girl – Prototype
Gremlinz & Jesta – Departed – Metalheadz
Omega Point – Another World – Lockdown Recordings
Deskai – Night Owl – Scientific Records
Skeptical – Grub – Exit Records
Source Direct- Web of Sin – Metalheadz
Mako & Andy Skopes – Mercenary – Dispatch Recordings
Fields- Full Court Press – C.I.A
Fierce & Zero T – Second Nature – Quarantine Records
Omega Point – Romeo & Juliette – Lockdown Recordings

Exclusive Interview & Guest Mix: Lubi J

Hey Louise FK aka Lubi J and thank you for answering my questions for drum+basics. I’ve been doing a little research on you and what I found is that you’re a wicked DJ, you’re part of the platform Ladies Of Rage Cardiff, you work on the radio and also an all around brilliant person! 

Tell us about Radio Cardiff.

The station itself is a community station, it’s been around for over 10 years now and I’ve been doing a weekly dnb/jungle show on there since it started. I tend to have local guests down most weeks, either doing a mix or sharing production, talking about events and having a chat. I’ve been fortunate to have Dr Meaker and Digital down too, talking about events they were doing in Cardiff.

Radio was always my first love – most of my friends will vouch for the fact that I have no problem talking at great length so its the perfect platform! I started when I was 17 on hospital radio and then studied radio at uni so it’s been great to keep doing it and to be able to use it to support the local scene.

How did you get involved in the DnB/jungle scene?

I fell in love with dnb/jungle when I was about 16/17 and then started djing at uni in 2000. I got a few gigs at uni through the DJ society and played in a couple of local bars. Then when I came back to Cardiff in 2002 I got my first residency at a night called Submerge. I was mainly playing liquid back then although I’ve always enjoyed the darker side of dnb and jungle, which is more what I play now. I’ll always have time for liquid though.

I then went through a phase in the late 00’s where I fell in love with funk, soul and disco and started playing that out for a few years, but I quickly fell back into playing DnB again and have stayed in the jungle ever since.

You’re also heavily involved with Ladies Of Rage Cardiff – sounds really interesting! 

So Ladies of Rage (LOR) is a network for women and non-binary that aims to support more diversity in underrepresented music genres. Like the EQ50 network and other groups that have been set up recently, a few like-minded people came together sharing a view that we wanted to help change the scenes, specifically in in Cardiff and the surrounding areas, give womxn a platform to meet, learn new skills, jam in a safe space and perform live. We’ve only been around for about 18 months and in that short time we’ve grown to over 350 members in our Facebook group.

We have an active group of around 60+ members that meet and participate in events. We’ve put on 3 big showcase events, one just recently for International Womxn’s day on 7 March with 40 artists performing live. We also have some festival sets line up this year and we recently started a monthly show on Life FM every second Sunday, which came around through a meeting with Mel Lioness at a Hospital Women in DnB event last year.

More than that though, the network has been pretty amazing just in terms of making connections and empowering each other. I’ve made friends for life through LOR and it’s been so good to see people go from writing poetry and lyrics at home, keeping it to themselves for years to then be on stage confidently sharing those words. And being able to help someone start DJing after years of wanting to and then seeing them record mixes and start promoting themselves is awesome.

We’ve definitely seen a bit of a shift in more diverse line-ups but there’s a long way to go yet, as is the case all over.

Our Facebook page has full details for anyone interested in finding out more or getting involved.

I know you’re based in Cardiff, are you from there too? 

Yes, pretty much lived here all my life apart from going away for uni. Cardiff is pretty small for a capital city, but it has a lot going on.

How’s the dnb scene in Cardiff? 

The scene has been bubbling along nicely for years now. We’ve got a number of big and small promoters pushing nights out regularly that cater for most tastes. Lots of heavy dnb and liquid being catered for with well established and emerging artists headlining – though not many women! Quite a few local dj nights run too which gives local artists a platform to play. The more underground jungle side of the scene is a bit less catered for. There’s definitely heads that appreciate it but it’s the one side of the scene that Cardiff hasn’t quite cracked compared to Bristol, Manchester and London. I’d love to see more artists from this side of the scene in Cardiff and obviously more female headliners in the future too but there are less venues available now. We have a few solid venues like The Vaults, Clwb Ifor Bach and Kongs, which play host to many of these nights, plus the student union which Bedlam hosts big events at a few times a year, but we’ve had a number of great venues close in recent years, which is really sad. The dnb scene has definitely felt it, but we keep on keeping on.

You arranged a big night in Cardiff in November last year where you invited Function:al with Digital at the vaults, how did that come about?

I first linked up with Digital when he was booked to play a couple of years ago and I was supporting. Had a great night and got on really well and following on from that the Function family collaborated on 2 events with a promoter here and I supported both times along with Ransom – one of Cardiff’s finest – and we just kept in touch and decided to do something that supported the diversity goals of Ladies of Rage.

The Function:al event was Cardiff’s first 50/50 dnb line-up. We had Randall, Storm, Digital and Djinn headlining with Blackeye and our local MC, Missy G, hosting. Then myself and some epic local djs supporting the main room, again 50/50 split with a Ladies of Rage takeover in the second room.

It was a great night, we had loads of positive feedback and it was a much needed diversity milestone.

Dream line up?

A tough question! If certain artists were still around it would probably be; Seba, Equinox, Digital, Spirit, Kemistry and Storm. Marcus Intalex, Calibre, Coco Bryce, Mantra and Djinn could easily be on there too tho…

Favourite DJ/producer?

Seba is pretty much my favourite producer, everything he makes is magic, whether dark or uplifting. I’m really loving Coco Bryce’s production at the moment too and Djinn’s production is incredible – amazing drums and I’m hoping to hear some new stuff from her soon.

Favourite DJs; I saw Equinox playing b2b with Bkey for the first time recently and his set and general stage presence blew my mind. I really enjoy watching DJs that are quite animated and enjoying themselves, it’s infectious.
Storm will always be one of my favourite DJs too – her selection is second to none.

What’s next on your agenda?

I’m very excited and grateful to be playing at Boomtown this year b2b with one of my favourites, Ransom and the epic Comma Dee on the mic duties. I’ve never played at Boomtown before so feeling really hyped for this.

Also playing at Big Love with the Concrete Junglists crew supporting Bukem and will do a set as part of Ladies of Rage. Big love is a great festival in Hay-on-Wye, it’s quite small but really intimate with loads of different music.

I’ve also just started to dip my toe into production. I never really thought it was for me until recently and Digital has been a big influence for me and I’ve had some great advice. It’s still very early days, but so far I’m (mostly) enjoying the long, learning and creative process!

You also done a mix for us. What can we expect from that?

I’m a big fan of the journey-style mix. This one has a lot of dark jungle and dnb flavours with a few twists and turns along the way

Any famous last words?

Just big ups to everyone doing positive things for the scene right now, supporting and pushing new artists and bringing fresh sounds to the dance!

You can follow Lubi J on Facebook & Instagram

Exclusive Guest Mix: DJ Reevah

About Reevah:

Been into Jungle DNB since 98/99. Big fan of early ram, virus, v, hardware, metalheadz. Got into mixing around the same time starting out on vinyl and slowly progressing to pioneers.

Went raving to the legendary Manga and Jungle Majik nights in Edinburgh where I saw Fierce, Fabio, Kid, Doc Scott, Hype, Calibre, SS, Randall all destroy the dance many times.

After a long break away from mixing I came back and started to record mixes and posting on mixcloud (something I will never stop doing).. occasionally I play out and warm up the dance with my selection of underground beats.

Im a loyal customer of dnb and mainly look to Sofa Sound, Dispatch, Delta9 Recordings, Trust Audio, Critical, 1985 Music, Mac 2, 31 and many more to provide the high grade beats.

Dnb for me is very strong at the moment although could do with less gun fingers and more actual mixing.

Tracklist:

1) DLR – Banana Bread
2) Skeptical – Snail Trail
3) M-zine – Axiomatic
4) Trex – Too Far
5) Black Barrel – Lock Stock
6) Trex – Escape From Shaolin
7) Sl8r – No Fuss (Kiril remix)
8) Skeptical – Musket
9) Kasra – Mecanique
10) Natural Forces – Deadlock
11) Talkre – Isolation
12) Talkre – Charon
13) Jabaru – Explode
14) Kid Drama, Garvo – DRAK
15) Sl8r – Raptor
16) Quadrant – Offset
17) M-zine – Scrutinise
18) Madcap – Step To This
19) SubMarine – Grunge
20) Trex – Rock Paper Scissors
21) M-zine – Blinkered
22) Jabaru – Present
23) M-zine – Harrump
24) Bredren – Get Physical
25) Dub Head – Bring You Back Online
26) Entita – Cascade
27) Ewol & Skylark – Agur
28) Survey – Shining
29) Lovely – J’undastan
30) Trex – Shut Down
31) Talkre – The Bug
32) Hydro, War – New Territories

Exclusive Guest Mix: Furious Freaks

1) Furious Freaks & Lifesize MC – Mosquito (Twisted Minds Remix)
2) Furious Freaks – Corrupted Minds
3) Logics – Shield (Qua Rush Remix)
4) Furious Freaks – Lines (feat MC. Shot)
5) Furious Freaks – Big Boy Tempo
6) Phentix – Tools
7) Furious Freaks & Maart – Icebird (Futical Remix)
8.) Ripple & Furious Freaks – Time
9) Ripple & Furious Freaks – Space Moth
10) Bladerunner – Energy Weapon
11) Furious Freaks – Glass Shield
12) Need For Mirrors – Motto
13) Navigator – Choose One (Serum Remix)
14) Furious Freaks & Magenta ft. Brejchus – Na Stage (Ripple Remix)
15) Furious Freaks & No Cure – Polar (A-Cray Remix)
16) Phase – Motion
17) Bladerunner – Don’t Stop
18) Millbrook – What Now
19) Bcee & S.P.Y – Is Anybody Out There (The Vanguard Project Remix)
20) Ill Truth – The Syndicate
21) Ripple & Furious Freaks – Spirit
22) Bou – Fox Trot
23) Eastcolors – Dreams (VIP)
24) Fourward – Alien
25) Ripple & Furious Freaks – Security Lockdown
26) Document One feat. Takura – Shutdown
27) Bou – Cat Women
28) Houbass – Toxic Psychosis (Furious Freaks Remix)
29) Upgrade – Sekkle 30) Furious Freaks – Jaro (VIP)

Exclusive Guest Mix: DJ Psyche – Strictly Vinyl

Strictly DnB vinyl mix from DJ Psyche exclusively for us at Drum+Basics

Track list:

1. Stakka & Skynet feat. Keaton – Isolation – [Underfire]
2. Digital & Spirit – Backlash – [Phantom Audio]
3. DJ Ron – The Raid – [Parousia]
4. Break – Catch Off – [Quarantine]
5. Technical Itch & Ice Minus – Altered Beast – [Moving Shadow]
6. Djinn – Pressure – [Foundation X]
7. Digital – 157 – [Advanced Recordings]
8. Champa B – Deadlights – [Skeleton Recordings]
9. J Bionic & Horrific James – Hellraiser – [Horrific Recordings]
10. S.P.Y. – Till Dawn – [Metalheadz]
11. Total Science – Jungle Jungle – [Metalheadz]
12. Threshold – Mars Attacks – [Fresh86]
13. D Bridge & Vegas – True Romance – [Metalheadz]
14. Digital – Flava – Horrific James – Voice Of The Jungle – [Function Records]
15. Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Palamino Remix – [Technique]
16. Sicknote feat Jim Bone– Re Up – [Locked Up Music]
17. Mampi Swift – Zion – [Charge]
18. Spirit – Solitaire Remix – [Metalheadz]
19. Omni Trio – Byte Sized Life (Shimon Remix) – [Moving Shadow]
20. Madcap – Empire Dub – [Skeleton Recordings]
21. Influx UK feat Singing Fats and Regina – Souls Unit – [Formation Records]
22. Total Science Quadrant, Idris – False Alarm (Villem Remix) – [C.I.A.]
23. Karl K, Kaos & Jae Kennedy – All Night Long (Matrix & Fierce Remix) – [Circle Recordings]
24. Section x Flashback – Light In Your Mind – [Locked Up Music]
25. Ram Trilogy – Gridlock – [Ram Recordings]
26. Future – We Are Not – [Skeleton Recordings]

Exclusive Interview & Guest Mix – MADCAP

MADCAP

Dj/Producer/Remixer from Chinnor, Oxfordshire.

 

Madcap has a long history of providing smooth grooves for our listening pleasure he is one talented man with many releases on record labels listed below.

 

Creative Wax // Good Looking // Smooth n Groove // Phuzion // Mac II // Criminal // Jazzsticks // Fokuz // AKO Beatz // Renegade // Step Back Sessions // Sonata // Celsius // Uncertified Music // Soul Deep // Warehouse Wax // Side Chain // Immerse // Steel Fingers.

 

Also winner of Movement / Technics / DJ Magazine DJ Competition – 2002
Winner of ‘Mix Tape of the Month’ IDJ Magazine – 2004.

 

 

You began Djing many years ago.

What was the actual year and why did you begin Djing?

 

Towards the end of 1992 at the young age of 12.

For the love of the music of course. I was obsessed with early Rave / Hardcore music.

I used to listen to 3rd hand copies of tapes I & was intrigued to why the music continued in the mix & love the scratching from Dj’s like Hype & Sy.

I would learn about the Dj’s through magazines like Eternity & Blaze.

The first parties I ever went to were down at the local youth clubs.

Older DJs in the area would play & I’d be fixated what they were doing & would go home & practice what I witnessed. 

 

Why did you start producing music?

 

I grew up in a very musical household.

My Dad was a singer/songwriter & in the very early days of my life had a studio in our front room.

My Mum is a piano teacher & to this day works at a local school. I never properly learnt to play an instrument, but an old friend was taught by my Mum.

I heard he made beats so we swapped tricks with me teaching him the basics of Djing & in turn him introducing me to producing using a program called Octamed.

We never had anything released but it was a good leaning experience.

I believed it was a natural progression after DJing & took me a number of years to get to the stage of producing tracks on my own & having the confidence to play them to a crowd in a club.

 

For many years now you’ve been releasing your music.

Is there any tune that stands out the most for you and gave you more motivation to keep producing music?

 

It’s probably the first tune I signed to Good Looking called ‘Inflated Tear’ alongside Villem.

Having tunes on this infamous label & support from LTJ Bukem gave me confidence & encouragement.

 

 

You had many DJ residencies at events across the country also promoting events in local towns.

Would you consider residencies and event promotion again or are you more focused on being in the studio?

 

Of course, I would love another residency.

As for promotion, never say never!!!

I did events from the mid 90’s up until a few years ago.

They were great times, but currently I’m focused on DJing, producing & co-running Creative Wax, but if the right opportunity presented itself, I would consider it.

 

You completed remixes of legendary tunes for LTJ Bukem, Nookie / Cloud 9, Tom & Jerry aka 4 Hero & DJ Monita.

 

Including Cloud 9’s Moving Shadow classic ‘You Got Me Burning Up’ & Nookie’s Reinforced release ‘A Drum, A Bass & A Piano’.

 

While remixing those tunes did you feel more pressurised and found the whole process stressful ( as your remixing ultimate classics ) or was it all plain sailing? 

 

It was an honour to remix these tracks, as they were all favs of that golden period of Jungle / D&B.

I don’t really recall feeling major pressure, but I wouldn’t say it was always plain sailing when working on them.

After doing possibly 10 mixdowns of ‘You Got Me Burning Up’ my wife kindly asked me to work on something else for a while. Haha. 

 

Talk us through your studio equipment and how you nail the perfect mix down.

 

I currently use an IMac using Logic X with plug-ins including Native Instruments Komplete, Arturia, Sound Toys & a few more.

I use Soundforge to cut up samples either through the computer or off the Technics 1210’s & run it all through Adam Audio monitors using a Focusrite soundcard.

I also have a Komplete Kontrol Keyboard, Maschine MKII, Mini Korg, Roland TR-8 & TB-03 & couple of pairs of KRK monitors. You can never have enough speakers to test your new tunes on ;)

As for mixdowns, I’m still trying to perfect it & learning all the time. 

 

 

What advice would you give to all those up and coming DJs/Producers?

 

Most importantly do it because you enjoy it.

Study the art & history.

You have to put a lot of time & energy in, so don’t expect overnight success. 

 

Forthcoming releases?

 

An EP due out soon alongside the late great Andy Skopes on Dispatch.

Vinyl due out on Utopia Music.

Break’s Symmetry (alongside Jack Boston).

Forthcoming vinyl due with Randall’s Mac II, Monita’s Skeleton Recordings & Myriad Recordings.

Projects in the making with Soul Deep & Smooth N Groove.

I also a couple of remixes to announce later this year which I’m super excited about.

 

Forthcoming sets?

 

Gigs planned for London, Manchester & Gloucester, keep your eyes peeled for more info.

 

Any special thanks, final words?

 

To my wife Mel & son Flynn, all my family, friends, artists, promoters, label owners & everyone that supports my music, Big love!

Thanks to D+B for the opportunity to do the mix & Q&A.

Here’s an exclusive guest mix from MADCAP…

 

 

For bookings please contact: madcap1980@gmail.com

 

Check the socials to stay up to date with news, releases & gigs

https://www.facebook.com/MadcapDJ/

https://www.instagram.com/maddersuk/

 

 

Exclusive Interview & Guest Mix: LS Dare

Hey LS Dare and thanks for chatting with us!

How long have you been DJing?

I bought my first decks at 14 (2000), I would go to record shops but wasn’t sure of the names and titles and would end up buying a load of shit record’s lol, I quickly gave up Djing after that. By 18 I knew a lot more about DnB and I would go to my mate Fred’s house and have go on his decks, I loved it and soon got the hang of it, I then got some cheap direct drive’s what were pretty lame so quickly saved up for my Technics :). So short answer 18, 15 years ago.

How did you get in to that?

Listening to Pirate radio, I used to record all the sets I liked and then listen back to them. I’d also nick a few of my older sister’s Cd’s, I remember she had Roni Size (New Forms)…. I was feeling that from an early stage.

Your DJ name is very unusual – what’s the story behind that?

I’ll give you A long answer… I used to be called Robin Hood and about 4 years ago I wanted to change my name, I didn’t think Robin Hood fitted the direction I was going in. I was living with my Dad at the time and I was trying to think up a name for ages then I came up with LS Dare, so my Dad’s name Is Alasdair, So I sort of slimed his name down, Plus I thought it plays on the whole LSD vibe :)

What kind of DNB are you playing?

Some of artists I’m feeling at the moment are Tyrone, Madcap, Ilk, X Nation. I play tunes from 93 to the present day, anything from Jungle, Liquid, Deep, Late 90’s Tech Step, Rolling Dnb and Halftime.

Favourite DJ and producer?

Dj: Killing me with this question, so hard I’ll say a few because it’s to hard to name one Andy C (Man is Jedi), Loxy and of course Randall

Producer: Spirit and Total Science

Do you DJ any other genre than DNB?

I used to Dj Garage/Dubstep/HipHop/RnB and different styles of House. That was more under The Robin Hood alias. I played some amazing gig’s under that alias, Several festival’s such as Outlook. I had a residency at The Westbury in Kilburn and a residency at A Nightclub in Greece.

You are involved with From The Vaults at AAJA Deptford, how did that happen and can you tell us what’s that is all about?

I started From The Vaults with Tom (VoiceMc). One of our friends Sam owned a bar called AAJA, Tom was doing a Dj set there and I came to watch, we both fell in love the place and realised that we had both wanted to start a Jungle/DnB party for years. The ethos behind From The Vaults is Jungle/Dnb past, present and future bought to you by trusted selectas and hosts/mcs.

Where do you see From The Vaults in the future?

There will be more parties at Aaja, also The 1st Birthday is in October. Although i’m moving on from FTV, the one just been was the last one I was involved in. I’m off on a new venture, so watch this space. The badman Voice Mc will be flying the flag for FTV and I wish FTV and Voice all the best in putting on dope party’s.

You’re a raver too – what do you prefer, DJing or go out?

That’s a very tough question, DJing would slightly edge in front. I love putting tracks together, I love mixing, hearing new tunes old and fresh And for me it’s one of the best buzzes in the world, to step up at the right event, festival, party and smash down A set to people that enjoy the music just as much as me, massive buzz. I’m blessed to have played at some of the event’s I have.

First ever rave?

I went to a dancehall rave when I was 16 it was at Tudor Rose in Southall there was always some madness going on there, pretty sure it kicked of that night! First DnB rave was at Fabric when I was 18, I left Fabric on such a high, the club was amazing, the vibe was sick, I literally went every Friday after that for two months on the trot, I was hooked!

Do you produce as well?

A little, I don’t know enough to be fair, need to get back on it. I made a tune with my mate Phil (Philth) end of last year, that was fun and inspiring.

What music are you listening to at home?

Soul, Funk, Reggae, Dancehall, Techno, literally all sorts depends what mood I’m In.

What’s next fort LS dare?

More regular promo mixes, hopefully a few show’s here and there back on Rude Fm, some more bookings (cough cough promoters), a new event and production.

You have done a wicked mix for us, what can you tell us about it?

I recorded this mix a few months ago, when I started selecting tracks for the mix I was drawn towards the summery vibe.

There’s quite a few styles in there…
Soulful vibes, rolling amens, some new tracks from this year, a bit of middle skool and finishes up with some gems from the mid 90’s.

I feel it all links up well and has a rolling journey to it, I hope you enjoy it

Famous last words or shout outs?

Big up, Fred, My Dad, Dozer, RudeFm crew, Voice Mc, From The Vaults for 6 awesome party’s and shouts to everyone in attendance. Everyone in Jungle and Drum and Bass that makes it such a fun solid amazing scene.

Exclusive Guest Mix: Onism Qi – Translation Mix

Tracklist:

Basic Biology – Subtle
Stavrogin – Echo Ins
Throwing Snow – Tantrum
Benton – Cut Up
LMajor – The Power (Boxwork Remix)
Borai & Denham Audio – Make Me
Thomas B & Ghast – Peregrine
Onism Qi – All My Friends Are Dead
GREAZUS x Sinistarr – UR4CR33PER
Basic Biology & Ghast – What Didn’t You Say
Dead Mans Chest ft. Coco Bryce – The Dead Will Dance
Tsuruda – Taboo
Onism Qi – 96 Dreamer
Mad Zach – Further Than It
BROCKHAMPTON – ST. PERCY
Ghast – Pyrrhic
Crypticz & Itoa – Street Drinker
Onism Qi – Circuitous
Quentin Hiatus – Hold Fast
Boddika & Joy Orbison – Dun Dun (Danny Scrilla Flip)
Up High Collective & Vorace – Helophio’s Hunt
GREAZUS x Sinistarr – Mother F
Quentin Hiatus – Red Controller
Severity – Hyperghetto
DLX – Sumtin Like This
Dexcell – Landscape
Halogenix – Would You
Alix Perez – White Lies
Onism Qi – Patroller

Interview & Guest Mix : Enbe – Nu:Generation DnB

Dj Enbe is a male Jump Up DnB Dj / Producer from Leamington Spa is currently bringing new events to Birmingham and is the head honcho of Nu:Generation DnB, a producer and and valued member of Fully Charged performing team.

 

Which consists of myself Enbe, Dutty Mowgli & Mcs Kolapse & Skinn-E.

https://linktr.ee/enbednb

 

We had a quick chat with Enbe to get to know more…

 

 

How long have you been Djing?

Firstly id like to say a massive thank you for this invite to have a chat with yourselves..

Music runs very deep within myself as it’s always been a getaway from my life and my earliest experiences and it was inevitable music would play a massive part of my life but I started Djing when I was 17, I bought a pair of turntables with my first ever pay check, but back then I was mixing Garage, Hip Hop aswell and Drum and Bass..

I really fell in love with dnb once jump up started to come into it’s own a few years later..

I had my first set out in 2005 at a small event in Birmingham called dnb shop and haven’t looked back since, I had a spell on the sidelines and came back with an absolute bang, I’ve since performed at most of the major brands including Innovation vs Random Concept in 2008, sticky, United sounds , Nu:Era, Bassmans bash which is Random Concept led, and a small event in Belgium too..

I’ve learnt a lot on my way and have now finally found how to get this music game right, so it’s only a matter of time and with my hard graft and constant effort to make it.

 

What is Nu:Generation DnB?

I am the only member of Nu:Generation, I run it on my own as a label, events and radio station which will soon be a studio based station.

I set it up in 2014 and kept it going except for when my son Ashton was born thats when I took a break from music to settle in.. ever since then and this last 12 month’s especially Nu:Generation has been doing some pretty big things including the big event for mine and fellow fully charged member Dutty Mowgli bday bash in November then a pre Xmas Mash Up in December.

www.facebook.com/nugenerationdnb

Birthday bash in May which i am going to do a boat party and really celebrate in style.

It’s also a label too, this year has been event focused so my releases, one release every other month but they are doing well and you can find our catalogue at

https://www.junodownload.com/labels/Nu%3AGeneration+DnB/

Next up on the label is a impressive Ep from Kre and nice mixture of jump up and rollers and it’s such a well produced Ep that I’m proud to release.

 

 

 

You live in Leamington Spa but shall be hosting events in Birmingham, why did you choose Birmingham?

Yeah Leamington is my home but when it comes to Drum and Bass then Birmingham is my home.

I’ve got an affinity with the place and it’s always been the place to be when it comes to Drum and Bass in my eyes.

The scene is incredible here at the moment with some other brands putting on amazing shows and some incredibly talented artists and home sweet home and all that..

I do plan on branching out to other areas but Birmingham always is and always will be the place to be for Drum and Bass..

 

Birmingham DnB scene is dominantly Jump Up.
When planning an event in Birmingham among other Jump Up promoters did you find any difficulties or do you all support each other?

I find with any kind of promoting wether it be a music event, a building company or just any kind of promoting in general it’s difficult because of competition but you have to try to go one step further and graft and really give it something special.

I’ve trained in music business, social media, marketing, branding and a lot of workshops to improve myself as a music businessman and it seems to be paying off, in terms of the other promotor, no I don’t find difficulties with them whatsoever, everybody here loves the scene and wants it to thrive and are all good people so if you study the scene right you know what’s going on and set your dates accordingly and if they are talented wether they run another brand or not then I will book them.

For me it’s all about the love of music, the scene and what I do..

 

 

 

You also do many live streams on AA1radio.
When is the next live stream?

Me and my Fully Charged team do our shows on AA1 every Monday from 8pm-10pm and we bring special guests.

It’s 2 hours of raw power and I love to perform with them..

 

I noticed you did a set without any MCs and promoted it as an MC free zone.
Do you prefer having no MCs on your set?

Mc Free Zone isn’t a set it’s a mixtape series I do without Mcs just so I can get more content out and give the listeners a chance to really hear me.

I love to perform and be involved in music in any way shape or form but I do prefer Mcs on my set because they help the performance and always give the set that something extra.

Fully charged Mcs Kolapse and Skinn-e are absolutely incredible and I love to perform with all of my team and they are all making me very proud of them and how far they are coming.

We recently played at Bassmans last bash and we all put in a big shift and the room was absolutely rammed.

 

 

Any more info we should know about yourself?

Yeah I’m not only into my DnB.

I also do Graphic Design and a Videographer too.

I get a lot of work in those so I’m happy with anything I do, I’ve also got an interview on camera with Limelight T.V to look forward to and also I’m doing a project called Enbe Expeditions where a cameraman follows me to and from bookings and films my escapades which I’m really looking forward to..

I’ve got my mc free zone mix series every other month and I’m also doing a mix series called the producer mix series where I take one producer and mix only their tracks into a mixtape for release once a month.. the first one is filthy habits out now 31st August..

 I am sitting on alot of tracks ready to be released aswell as the monthly releases from Nu:Generation where I’m excited to be releasing from artists such as Damage Report, Total Recall, Top Dolla and Kre to name a few, I’ve also got a full up booking schedule so you can catch me at a dance near you soon, I’m also going to be doing some impressive collab soon with a couple. I can’t let that out of the bag just yet.

Above it all though I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of my wife and kids, they’ve helped me grow into what I am today and I may not be the greatest man alive but it’s striving to be and that makes u who you are, I’ve still got a long way to go to be where I want to be so my goal is to keep doing what I’m doing and when my opportunity arises I have to make sure i take it.

 

Final words?

Head on over to my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/enbednb or scan my QR code which will take you directly to all my links where you can access free content and so much more..

Also head on over to Nu:Generation on Facebook and check out our forthcoming releases and eup coming events and make sure u lock into our Fully Charged Takeover show for free giveaways and event entry..

A big shout out to my Fully Charged team, the management at AA1 Radio, Mc Toddlah for his support, my agent Alex for all his help and advice, all the ravers and promotors…

( event details below )

https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Birmingham/The-Tunnel-Club/NuGeneration-DnB-Presents—Enbe-amp-Dutty-Mowglis-Birthday-Bash/13547234/

https://www.facebook.com/events/407825163311429/?ti=icl

Listen to Enbe Full Jump Up DnB mix here….