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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! 

 www.promozo.com

 www.mixcloud.com/promozo 

 www.facebook.com/promozo

 www.twitter.com/promozo

 www.instagram.com/zopromo

Exclusive Guest Mix: Neurotoxin

Drum+Basics Featured Mix – Structure B2B M_A w/host Johnny 5.

 

Last Friday our very own M_A here at Drum+Basics stepped up and was Guest DJ on Structure DnB, Life FM.

Hosted by Johnny 5.

 

Take a listen…

 

 ” Drum + Basics very own M_A in the building!!

Proper vibes on this one, she absolutely smashed it!

Rolls out a guest mix for first hour before b2b madness.

Enjoy. “

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

Exclusive Guest Mix: Tim Reaper

Exclusive Guest Mix: Moralz

Something a bit different from Moralz.

Enjoy!

Exclusive Guest Mix: Blaine

We are very pleased to introduce our latest exclusive guest mix, this time from the one they call Blaine.

Track list

Luiqicty – Deepe Vibe
SCAR – One of Our Own
Digital, Flava, Horrific James – LAVA
Black Barrel – Time-Tombs
Rude Operator – Arrowhead
SD – Elevator Swing
Kasra – Truly One (Enei Remix)
Voltage – Submarine
Jubei and Marcus Intalex – Lubbly Jubbly
Foreign Concept, Monty – Ron Millonario
SCAR – Close My Eyes (ft. Martyna Baker)
SD – Cold Blade
SCAR – Clear as Day
Nymfo, ZeroZero – Soundboy
Arkaik, Mystic State – Cobalt
Vorso – Needle (QZB Remix)
Break, Kyo – Who Decides
Break, Fields, Villem, Mcleod – Intention Dub

Enjoy <3

Guest mix: Drum+Basics Promo Mix – Missin Link

Drum+Basics Event Promo Mix: Missin Link – Flex Records.

Drum+Basics Presents

Line-Up

MONITA – Skeleton Recordings

FUTURE – 117 – Juice Recordings – AKO Beatz

STRUCTURE – Life Fm – Rude Fm

MISSIN LINK – Flex Records

CHIMERA – Ronin Ordinance

M_A – Drum+Basics.

Hosted By – SOPHEYE & VOICE MC

Tickets £5

M.O.T.D

Challenge 21 Bring I.D.

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 Guest Mix: Melos

Melos’ has been long-standing resident DJ of Lincolnshire for many years now, throwing parties and putting on events for nearly 25 years.

A true vinyl junkie at heart, he has also been hard at work in the studio churning out over 200 releases over the last 8 years on Baker Street Records, 22 Digit, Soul Deep Recordings, Deeper Vision, Vibration Records, Deconstructed Recordings, New Progress LTD, Liquid Brilliants and many others.

DJ support over the years has come from Laurent Garnier, Krysko, Slam, Brothers Vibe, Stacey Pullen, Iron Curtis, Vince Watson, Deetron, LTJ Bukem, London Elektricity and Annie Nightingale showing without a doubt that Melos is not a one trick pony.

Deep house and techno is a big passion for him but his roots in 90’s hardcore and ambient jungle always steers him towards drum & bass music in his DJ sets and production.

Melos is all about good music, no matter the style.

Plain & simple!

Links to Melos’ music production and previous mixes.

https://www.mixcloud.com/melosmusic/

https://soundcloud.com/melosrecordings

Check out Melos’ guest mix for Drum+Basics here.

 

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.