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Featured Event: Sine – & Function:al London ft John B,Randall,Storm & more.

This friday Sine are proud to announce one of the DnB scenes most well respected producers; Digital bringing his imprint label night to Lightbox, London in collaboration with SINE & Function Records to present ‘FUNCTION:AL – with an exceptional line-up delivering the finest DnB – so if you like ya beats & bass then get involved!!
Line up:
John B (Bluenote Set)
Randall
Storm
Digital b2b Spirit
Double O
Chef
Flava
MCs: GQ & Blackeye.

Also remember on Thursday 6th April the Function crew host Lightbox live 019, featuring the legend DJ Storm alongside Rupture’s finest Double O and hosted by the mighty MC AD – Streaming live from Lightbox main ahead of Friday’s main event FUNCTION:AL.

For more info >>> http://bit.ly/lblivefunctional-rsvp.

Tickets can be purchased from the following link…

https://www.residentadvisor.net/event.aspx?933429

Here’s a Blue Note promo mix from headliner John B.

 

 

 

 

Drum+Basics Exclusive Guest Mix from : Rivmic.

Rivmic has been around D&B for many years but sadly private life can sometimes take over & stop fanatics from pursuing & bringing their talents forward.

 

Next year we will be seeing Rivmic come back & do what he does best.

 

Here’s Rivmics Mix & Blend to bring 2016 to an end!

 

Drum+Basics Event – Dj Stretch Ako Beatz + more

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Free Entry  

( Print off official invite which can be found bottom of this page )

Friday 16th December.

11PM – 3AM.

Venue

The Cavern 
The Buttermarket 
Howard Street 
Shrewsbury 
Shropshire
SY1 2LF

* Over 18s only – Bring photo I.D *

Line Up…

* STRETCH *
AKO BEATZ
(Reinforced Records)

Our special guest for the night is Stretch Ako Beatz ( Reinforced )

Check the link to know more…

http://drumandbasics.com/exclusive-interview-guest-mix-ako-beatz-dj-stretch/

* INFLUENTIAL B2B JUNGLETTE *

Two local DJs who happen to be a couple will be providing the best in some dark rollers!

* UNDEFINED B2B ROCA *

Undefined is a new upcoming producer Jack Humphreys whose tunes are just pure gold..alongside we have Roca bringing some true lush vibes!

* DJ SWELL *

Swell will be representing the Mass Effect DnB which was an event many years go in Shrewsbury.

* M_A *

Drum+Basics own M_A ( birthday girl ) will be stepping up.
She’s usually the other side of the decks,so not to be missed!

* MCs DRIBBZ & SLIMIFY D *

These two will be jumping on the mic for DJ Swell Mass effect reunion set..

For more info head over to our Facebook event page

 https://www.facebook.com/events/203155153458785/

Official invite to gain Free Entry.

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Resonate DnB : Triptik.

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Triptik, a DJ and Producer who is finally making his debut into the DnB scene after being discovered behind the decks at an after party.

 

Hailing from Maidstone, his preference for a deep, layered mix of bass driven, rolling DnB, with a musical edge, is what his sound is about.

With his own music in the works, I’m sure you will see Triptiks’ name more frequently from now on.

 

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Here’s a promo mix.

 

 

Exclusive Interview: FD – Sun & Bass Curator 2016.

FD has deep roots in Europe’s underground scene which sees him providing varied styles of D&B in his DJ sets.

 

FD music production has the same characteristics of his mixes,ambient ,up beat & unique elements.

 

FD has had releases on recognisable labels like Soul:R, Metalheadz, Critical and Subtitles.

 

In the studio he has already collaborated with well-respected producers including Lenzman, Ulterior Motive, Fracture and vocalist Collette Warren.

 

Here’s a short Q&A with FD.

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What gave you the push to start music production?

I was 19 and had a good friend who had already been making tunes for some time.
He offered me to come and make some tracks and I really enjoyed it, even if I had no idea what was going on!
We did a few together and I quite got the bug for it.
Eventually about 5 or 6 years later I bought my own set up, and that’s when I started taking things a bit more seriously – although I’d say I didn’t make a tune I was happy(ish!) with till about 4/5 years later!

Over the last few years you have collabed with various producers & last couple of releases have been solo.
Will we see this more often in 2016 or will you be back in studio working alongside others?

A lot of my early releases were collabs as I love working with people, i find it really enjoyable – but i then wanted to spend some time doing some solo stuff and really try to develop what ‘FD’ stood for, and get better at my craft.
I’ve really enjoyed doing that, but as I said, I love working with people too, so I’ve just recently started some collabs with a few producers whose work I like and respect and I hope some of them will see the light of day of soon!

Any producers you wish to work with?

Quincy Jones! Of course many good dnb ones too…

On that note,forthcoming releases?

I’m currently finishing EPs for SUNANDBASS Recordings and CIA, i hope they’ll see the light of day at the back-end of 2016, early 2017.

When can we expect you in the UK Djing?

I’m about a fair bit, have had some great gigs in London and Bristol recently – looking forward to many more!

FD has been officially announced as one of the Curators for this years Sun & Bass festival in Sardinia.

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Do you have a lot of input with Sun & Bass recordings?

Yes, I’m helping with the label and releasing music with them.
My next EP should be coming soon!

Recently numerous of D&B producers have started their own record label…
What’s your opinion on this?

I understand why people do it, and it’s something I’ve personally always wanted to do.
It’s a great feeling to be able to control how a product looks, sounds, feels all the way from start to finish and you can really make it exactly how you want.
There’s also financial benefits too and you can control scheduling to suit you etc.

So you’re saying you would consider starting an independent record label?

 Yes deffo.

Any final words?

Thanks a lot for having me and apologies for the longness! 

Many Thanks FD.

Keep up to date with FD music here…

& social media here https://www.facebook.com/fdbeats

 

 

 

Exclusive Interview & Guest mix: 2nd Base.

2nd Base.

Two males

( Phuture Dee & K-I )

Have joined forces.

They both have numerous amounts of personal experience within D&B.

Fresh talent coming your way as a duo.

As you know Drum+Basics like to know more.

Here’s a quick interview.

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You two have been into D&B for quite some time now,there must have been a huge impact on you from various producers.
Who inspired you & how did you both come together?

P-DEEWell back many years about 16 years ago I was actually friends with K-I father who was DJ at the time & that’s how we were introduced back in 1988.

There was huge impacts on us both from a huge collection of tunes on record labels such as Hospital,Ram & Renegade to name a few, obviously I’m a lot older than K-I but from the help of being a friend of his father we got to know each other and this was how we were formed and began our friendship and share the passion we have for the music D&B & we both have the same taste in all the different styles well i think we have….

Question for P-Dee – So when you were a DJ back all those years ago & still are, were you playing out at events or was it on a radio station?

I was Djing on a pirate radio station called WAX FM 102.4. I throughly enjoyed playing on that station and the vibes were great.

Now to this present day you have continued playing out on radio stations,tell us some more..

So yeh me and K-I DJ on Emergency FM 3 shows a week.

http://emergencyfm.com

Tuesday 8pm-10pm……….Fridays 4pm-6pm……….Saturday 4pm-6pm.

 It’s the full spectrum really we don’t pigeon hole music we try to provide it all.
We do a lot of soul-searching with the music we play, yeh we like the deeper minimal sound & we like the liquid vibes one thing i dislike is jump up.

K-I I’m the one who provides the jump up,if that’s what he dislikes it doesn’t matter really along as we both play what we love and keep it well varied we are happy.

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Do you think there are certain producers or various styles that are under-rated at present?

P-DEEWe do think that liquid is so under-rated, hence why we play it as much as possible in our mixes.

We feel that certain producers or styles come into an age bracket..

The older you are,you become more mature with what you listen too and really we have noticed same with events in the U.K too.

Like a few weeks back we attended Redditch Sublime events, everyone was a lot older & knew a lot about the producers playing sets that night & had a really underground vibe and everyone appreciated the music a lot more.

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Anyway let’s get into the production side of things.
You’ve recently teamed up together.
Who does what in the studio?

P-DEEWell production is not fairly new with K-I, he has been producing for a while now & has various projects on the go but Djing on the radio was the first call.

  I felt that I shown a big interest in wanting to learn production but i do sit there and wonder how everything can be done so well from K-I.

I mainly give the ideas & then K-1 structures it well together.
I’ve got to give him a lot of credit for showing me and helping me gain more interest.

K-IA lot of people look at production tools and it seems all alien to them but with myself it one big interest,i currently use Ableton, various Vsts & Sausage Fat.
Sounds funny but its a great production tool.

So will this mean we can hear some forthcoming material from you both?

P-DEEWell everything is still in the pipeline but K-I has a numerous amount forthcoming.

K-II have something forthcoming on Soul Trader Records.

 ” Progression moving forward. ” 

There’s been various remixes of my tunes from Duo Science & Voltage.
I’m currently working on a project with Bcee, all mainly solo projects at present.

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So when we were doing the official Skype interview my daughter popped her head in & asked both of you a good question.
What advice would you give to all those teenagers out there wanting to start in the music industry?

K-IThe most valid point would be, buy some Technics ha ha.

P-DEEBe yourself don’t follow the crowd,create your own personality.

K-IAlso its important that you don’t follow these kids who use the sync button so learn how to beat match.

P- DEE – Be original & push the boundaries too.

So you’ve probably noticed we’ve had our summer already this year but what have you both got planned for the rest of the year?

K-I – Well 29th July there’s a 3 track ep from myself on MWS digital a new founded label also got to sort something out for Ray Keith so mainly in studio.

BOTH – We would love to be booked to DJ out this year so yeh hopefully someone shows interest in what we do.

P-DEE – I’m heading back to Redditch Sublime for Back 2 The Future, we will just be getting our heads down and keeping ourselves occupied with the music.

Any tunes that help you through the summer?

P-DEE – For me too many but all we got to say is  ” CALIBRE ” – Godfather of DnB!

Of course any final words?

P-DEE – Thank you so much we are very humbled to be asked to do this means a lot.

We love to entertain and appreciate for you taking time out to do this,thanks to my Mum and Dad all the family really for the support also ALB.

There’s so many to thank but we like to say thanks for giving us the music Basic Forces & Scenic & Advisory for hosting Sublime nights.

Reform Records also Canadian lot Dj L + Lady J for the support.

K-I – Big love to all the labels, Run Audio,Good News Boppers.

Emergency FM.

Stamina & TK Wax FM.

 

Exclusive Interview & Guest Mix: ALEGRIA

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Hey Alegria great to be chatting to you…

Hey there, thanks for asking me to chat.,it’s a privilege and my pleasure!

 For those who don’t know tell us a bit about yourself…

My real name is Piotr Hauser, and I go by the name of Alegria (that’s ah-leg-RIYA, not a-LEG-ri-ya, mind…). It’s the Portuguese word for “joy/happiness”, and it’s been given to me in the world of capoeira the afro-brazilian martial art, which I practiced for about 8 years until hurting my back and other life obligations coming into play.

It organically became my DJ name, when I started out.

I’ve been spinning drum & bass since 2009 (which is rather late considering how many people have been following this music since day dot, but it also means I’m not a jaded old junglist who got bored with everything already.

I run a series of DNB nights in my city of Poznań (Poland),the events are named after the crew – DrumObsession.

Those who know me, know this particular name fits like a glove, cause I’m positively obsessed about the music and I guess you could even call me a DNB nerd… I also host two weekly radio shows every Wednesday: “DrumObsession” on Bassdrive.com (4-6 pm GMT) and a traditional radio show (aka no mixing) called “Połamana Lekkość Bitu” on my local FM station, 98,6 MHz – Radio Afera (10-11 pm GMT).

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How does DNB compare where you live with the UK?

To be quite honest, it doesn’t.

Polish crowds didn’t really get to experience this music since the early 2000s, rave culture never really made it here, so the hardcore and jungle fundamentals weren’t established.

 Some of those styles made its way over here, but in general I’d say the majority of DNB event-goers follow the mainstream names but don’t seem so inclined to dig.

That being said, we’re one of the few events in the country that tends to attract the real heads, the diggers, the passionate nerds and just good people.

Some travel hundreds of miles to celebrate with us which is something I imagine is almost extinct a habit in the UK.

Is there anything you wish to change within D&B in your home country?

That’s a tough one.

I’d love it if more people took their time to research the music, its roots and history. That would then open them up to even more richness that the genre has.

Then again it takes education from the promoters for people to start doing that, I think.

We know the importance of that aspect, so we always try to incorporate that educational aspect and take risks with our bookings.

A few years ago I would have said: the unity between promoters from different towns and their cooperation, but we’ve come a really long way and I’m proud to be friends with so many crews, some really prolific.

We are all trying to build something here!

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Why & how did you start DrumObsession?

Now that’s a question I can’t answer, because I wasn’t the one who founded it!

Kriss_J and Artiztix did back in 2006, and it started with the event name (because back then both of them were in different crews but were already running events together).

Somehow it evolved into them becoming a crew and their night became a regular staple of the IQ Club.

I guess the “why?” can only be answered one way, they wanted to hear the drum & bass vibe that was under represented in our city (despite neither of them are actually FROM Poznań, but it’s the biggest city in the area).

Fast forward to 2009. Artiztix found my first ever hour-long DNB mix I posted on a polish forum called dnb.pl, then suggested to Kriss_J they book me to play warm-up at one of their events and approached me about it.

I bet back then I was really rubbish but somehow they saw potential and wanted to have me on board.

Now after I started taking initiative as a promoter  my main goal was to bring artists whom I love but whom no-one in Poland dared to book before.

We still try to keep that cutting edge mentality nowadays and we were the first to bring artists like A Sides, Calculon, Dave Owen, DFunk, Icicle, Flaco, FD, Foreign Concept, Halogenix (even though I got him for an off-shoot night I did). Hydro, Jaybee, Komatic, LM1, LSB, Mako, Mark System, Moresounds, Naibu, Paul SG, Phil Tangent, Presha, Random Movement, RoyGreen & Protone, SCAR, Sinistarr, Stray, Technicolour, Tokyo Prose, Triad, Villem.

Any forthcoming events?

You literally caught me after our last DrumObsession of the season, which was our gig #73 (or technically #84 if you count our birthdays and the special ObsessionDrivenBass nights – whenever a Bassdrive-related headliner comes to town).

Moresounds played a live act, which was a first for us, but also a first time in Poland for him.

Turned out to be a wicked night of fusing the DNB and jungle aesthetic with the hectic grooves of juke/footwork and lots of bass.

We are in the process of setting new dates for the 2016/2017 season but I can already tell you the 8th of October is gonna be a special one… Our 10th birthday event, so save the date and fly over if you wanna experience some good vibes that’s way different from any English gig.

As for my gigs outside of DrumObsession, I am proud to announce my debut UK gig courtesy of Scenic & Advisory aka Sublime DNB at The Queens Head in Redditch!

They have a wicked following of heads who know!

I attended one of their events back in Birmingham in 2011 and they’re organising a massive weekend 8-9th July.

15 Years of Dispatch Recordings on Friday and Metalheadz on Saturday.

I’m blessed to be part of the Friday lineup alongside Randall & MC Conrad, Ant TC1, Survival, Amoss, Philth, Denial, MC Fokus and LJ High, and the Saturday also has a wicked lineup, so come check it out!

13321784_10206228075291802_1962312604867202557_nCan we see you being a D&B soldier at Sun & Bass this year?

Standard!

Ever since attending my first one in 2009 I’m hooked and SAB is my Mecca.

I need to do an annual pilgrimage to gather vibes for the year to come and I love meeting all the worldwide family there!

So yeah, front row centre for all the artists that I love and that I can manage to catch.

Big ups to Stefano and all the crew for a great job they’ve been doing all these years, nuff love!

Are you still head of PR and Marketing for Jazzsticks Recordings?

Sadly not.

Paul and I parted ways some time around 2014 but I’ve been helping him out since the label’s birth.

Then again he always had a really clear vision of what he wanted to achieve with Jazzsticks, so there was no way I could help him with A&R.

Then there’s also the fact Jazzsticks is such a tight-knit family of prolific jazzy DNB producers, that he probably rarely has the need to even look for music beyond that group even now!

I am currently involved in helping Mako promote Utopia Music and manage their fan page as well as their official Soundcloud and Youtube channels.

Again, I’m more a “trusted intern” and friend than a decisive person.

Steve Mako just like Paul is a man with a strong vision of how the label should grow and develop but I’m proud and honoured to be part of his team!

For all those reading this, what advice could you to them about becoming more involved in DNB?

Just do it!

In all seriousness though, it all depends on how much time you got on your hands.

I don’t think I need to stress the importance of listening to as much music as possible to be up to date with what’s going on in your favourite labels and areas of the genre, but yeah being a fan is key.

Everyone wants to be a DJ, a promoter, a producer and basically anyone that’s “above” a punter, when the truth is,it’s the fans that are the most important and it’s their support that can elevate any artist to the top or make them succeed.

If you wanna get involved in helping your favourite labels, artists or promoters just hit them up and let them know.

There’s never enough helping hands in the scene, and it will likely not go unnoticed!

 

Of course any final words?

I wanna send a big shout-out to anyone who made it this far in the interview.

It’s commendable, I like to talk a lot and people nowadays have the attention span of a goldfish, so big up!

On the real though, one love to my DrumObsession family (Artiztix, Impakt, Zoo-E, Yan Koveeaq, Sebastian Grzesiak and Kriss_J whereever he may be), gotta big up my Bassdrive.com family, far too many to mention, but of course mad props to DFunk, Dvus, Magik and Overfiend – the four owners keeping the thing running for so many years now, much respect to every single one of the people attending our events and supporting DrumObsession and everything I do.

Biggest of ups and the largest amount of love goes to the love of my life – Zuzia. Thank you for putting up with me for over 3 years now and not breaking a sweat. You are my biggest inspiration, supporter and motivator.

One last shout to the Drum+Basics readers out there and beyond: you make the drum & bass scene what it is.

Use your power wisely.

Elevate the artists who really have something interesting to say in their music.

Support your local promoters so that they can bring bigger and better acts for your listening pleasure.

Do not pirate music!

Also love one another, for we are all one (shouts to OneMind aka Mako & DLR, getting me on hippie vibes hahah).

Here’s the exclusive guest mix from ALEGRIA…..

Exclusive Interview & Guest Mix: Dan Science Lab Sessions

Here’s a quick interview with Dan Science who is currently representing Brazil with his radio show The lab Sessions.

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 How did the passion for D&B begin?

The D&B came into my life in 2006, with the passing of years I decided to become a Dj.
Then in 2012 I started to study in a XXXperience School Anhembi Morumbi and D-Edge project graduating in 2013.

How did you build the platform for Lab Sessions?

The Program The Lab Sessions is transmitted by site dnbradio.com.br Tuesdays with a duration of 1H:30. 
Always including a special guest with an exclusive mix.
I always have programmes scheduled.

What keeps pushing you to carry on with Lab Sessions?

What keeps me keep going is this interaction with the world and the passion I have with the music, it makes me work much harder for everyone.

Who do you wish to have as an exclusive guest on Lab Sessions?

I have had many guest mixes for The Lab Sessions including Enei, Total Science, Redeyes, DBR UK, Malaky, and others. My main dream is to have as guests are Stray, dBridge, Ivy Lab, Alix Perez, Lenzman, A.I, Sam Binga and many more.

 What else can we watch out for from yourself?

More dedication to D&B also trying to push Lab Sessions more.

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Any music production?

Haha music production is very hard for me.

(Forren may persuade me).

There’s so many new record labels being set up would you consider starting one?

Not really,there are many record labels that are incredible but I’m crazy about Critical Music and Soul: R.

Which producer is inspiring you at present?

Love Calibre but at present for me it is Genio,they are my inspiration at present also Stray, Forren and Alix Perez.

What would be your dream line up for an event?

There are big parties in this world,

I would have to say in my country Brazil it would be Marky & Friends, Forbass & Tendence, Blackminds but then when i think about it Europe i.e club Fabric, Sun & Bass and other events have my dream line ups.

Of course Drum + Basics classic question…

Any final words?

Drum + Basics site is amazing, interviews, mixes & interviews .. Happy to be invited to be interviewed.
This is my first interview for an English D&B site & to share some of my work.
I want to first thank God, thank the Drum + Basics for the invitation and all for believing in my work, I am very happy.

Check out Dan Science The Lab Sessions ….

DanScience features The Lab Sessions, every Tuesday at 18:30hs (brazilian time) here in Brazil DNB Radio!
18:30PM(Brazilian Time)
http://dnbradio.com.br/index/

Here’s Dan Science Exclusive Guest Mix for Drum+Basics

Free Download: DJ MIX_R Just-another-Mix May 2016

Exclusive Interview & Promo Mix: DNB4LIFE + DJ XTC

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What is it?

& Who?

Let’s find out more…

So this year we’ve seen a new adventure happening for you both
DNB4LIFE.

What’s it all about?

First of all we would like to say thank you to you guys for taking the time to ask me some questions. It’s our first interview, so we are kind of excited to do this!

Secondly we would like to thank the people that have shown faith from the start, understand what we are all about and are our residents: XTC, Codebreaker, DJ Dutchie, Hijak, Agman Gora and Jesse Writes.

Without these guys we would not have a platform to build on – so we thank you!

DNB4LIFE is something that I (JG) have been thinking about for some time and we felt that this year was the right time to bring it to the forefront and get it out there.

First and foremost we are a promoter of the music we all love, that is where our passion comes from and that is what we will be about.

 The music!

The scene is very healthy at the moment, but we feel we can add something by doing events in areas of the country where the music can be pushed a bit more. Of course we will be heading into London for some events, but we feel now is the time to really push the music all over the UK & Ireland, and even overseas.

Secondly, we think it is important to have the next generation involved as much as we can. So over the next few months you can expect some announcements where we will add some up and coming talent to our brand as residents and give them a platform to build from. We think this is very important to keep the music and the scene moving forward.

Who manages this?

Me, Jasper (JG) and Adam (DJ XTC)

Take us back to the beginning why & how did this all start?

I kind of started it in my head a couple of years ago when I sensed a real positive shift in the scene and started to talking to various people in the industry about doing something like this to see what the reaction was.

Nearly everyone I spoke to felt the same and thought it was a good idea. So it was then really that I started linking up with people, to take advice on how to approach it and come up with ideas on how I want DNB4LIFE to be, ready for it be launched.

There is a long line of people who I need to thank for their support, input, advice and help!

Is there anything that is not fitting the bill for you personally and you’ve decided to take it on yourself to fill that gap?

There is one thing that we have been seeing a lot of on social media – which is something we will be focusing on for the next couple of years – and that is people outside of the usual DnB hotspots, the likes of London, Bristol, Birmingham, Brighton etc. asking for nights local to them.

With the cost of transport and accommodation it can be a rather expensive to travel to one of these locations for one night, so we are going to try to do something about this. It will take a lot of effort (a lot of local councils will need persuading) and time, but we believe we have the network behind us to make it happen.

Another thing which everyone is aware of is that venues are continually closing down, for a variety of reasons. Some of these have supported our scene and have played an integral part in promoters being able to put on events for years.

There are too many to mention, but an example of this is the Silver Bullet in London, who have just this week posted something on their page saying their lease might be bought out by a restaurant chain.

 We would urge all your readers to sign this petition:

 https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/savesilverbullet

 also we ask if everyone can support this campaign

  http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/save-silver-bullet

It is vital that these venues stay in existence!

We will be doing what we can to support these venues.

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So is there any forthcoming events & any partnerships with other promoters?

Our next event is for the mighty AKO Beatz label in Dublin on the 4th of June where we are collaborating with Jenni Junglist Promotions:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1772751572957498/

 Then on the 9th of June (If you are in Holland – this is a free event!) our friends over at Mass Productions have invited us to showcase some of our talents in Utrecht. Our resident DJs Dutchie, XTC and MC Agman Gora will be representing us there.
https://www.facebook.com/events/889234041187303/

 On the 11th of June we have our first collaboration with a very talented bunch of guys called Deep Knowledge. For this one we have the legend that is Doc Scott coming to Essex hosted by the extremely talented MC Sense. This will be the first of many over the next 12 months so keep your eyes peeled!
https://www.facebook.com/events/453645601512697/

 2nd of July we are hosting the Official Outlook Launch for Essex in Chelmsford. W are immensely proud of this line up and we are very proud to be working with a brand like Outlook for the next couple of years.
https://www.facebook.com/events/471944769669707/

 The 6th of August we are collaborating with Payback to put on another night for AKO Beatz at PST Club in Birmingham. More details on this to follow but the date and venue are locked down for this!

 The last date which we have confirmed is one that we are already hyped about and that is an AKO Beatz Halloween label party on the 29th of October at Bar 512 in London – Trust us this one is going to be ridiculous!

 Finally, the collaboration we are all very excited about is one we are starting this year with DJ Stretch, head honcho at one of our favourite labels: AKO Beatz. We will be doing multiple promotions for his label all across the UK & Ireland this year and we have some amazing nights planned!

 So this gives our thoughts on collaboration away.We think it is very important to collaborate.

Producers in our industry do it all the time and we think for us it is important to do the same. It keeps things fresh and varied and people always have ideas that you might not have thought of.

 Will these be on a regular basis?

All these events will have a repeat event in the near future and will feature heavily on our schedule for 2017.

I think it is important that we give people something regular to look forward to and bring them fresh and varied line ups across the country and outside of the UK & Ireland as well.

 

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Will this be a worldwide adventure?

As you know we recently had our first ever event over in Malta where we joined forces with MIB Crew (massive thanks to Jahh Roland) under the banner ABC DNB and that was a big success.

The scene is growing over there and the crowd was something to behold.We are already planning our return later this year and have some things planned for next year as well.

As we mentioned earlier we want to take things as far as we can. DnB is a worldwide thing and we want to be part of it. Holland will feature heavily next year (with Jasper being Dutch that sort of makes sense) and we are having conversations with people in various countries, as far as Canada and even Australia for 2017.

What will DNB4LIFE be achieving from this?

There will only be one thing that will benefit from this and that is the music and the people.

 Any final words?

We are here to stay and will give 100% at everything we do.

We thought about saying a special thank you to this person and that person, but we’re too worried we will miss someone out!

So, to all those who have given advice, been there to help with everything and to those that are supporting us – THANK YOU!

You know who you are. And to the rest of you; we’ll see you on the dance floor at a venue near you very soon.

Many Thanks DNB4LIFE

Here’s an exclusive promo mix from DJ XTC

Exclusive Interview & Guest Mix: Olski

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Olle Hagström / Olski Dj/Producer from Stockholm Sweden has recently released a great track alongside Blaztiks.

 

Not much is known about Olski so Drum+Basics asked him a few Qs.

Hey Olski, 
For many years you have been producing.
How come recently we seem to be hearing your production being released & not all them years ago?

When I stopped working with SKV18 I was really self conscious about my mixdowns. I was just never happy but some of my friends kind of ended up forcing me to send some tunes to labels.

Soul deep was the first label that released my tunes and that got the ball rolling. As a producer I think it’s good to take the time to develop and make stuff that you are 100% happy with before trying to get signed.

Tell us about your present release…

It’s a collaboration single between me and another swede, Blaztiks. He had sent a batch of impressing tunes to a friend of mine via aim (bigup 2-stars). My friend suggested that me and Blaztiks should work together so I got in touch with him and we started working instantly.

We ended up with 4-5 solid ideas for tunes and finished the ones we thought was best and I sent them to Alex (Facing Jinx) who signed them to Peer Pressure.

I’m very happy with the outcome and I think our styles mix very well together.

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You can expect an EP from me on Peer Pressure aswell as a single on Ronin Audio.

Hopefully one more single but that’s not scheduled yet. Other than that I’m also working on a Hip Hop project with two other guys that will be releasing an EP some time this year.

Do you prefer working alone or doing collabs?

The way I do collabs is mostly by sending projects back and forth with producers that are situated somewhere else.

So even if I do collabs I work alone for most of the time. If I have a solid idea of what I want a tune to sound like from beginning to end I prefer doing that alone but sometimes it’s really refreshing when someone else have a great idea so that you can focus on just making that idea into its full potential.

Drums,details or small x-factoresque quirks for instance.

What’s your studio set up & where?

I mostly make music at home and have this kind of old very small and basic setup. Midi keyboard,access virus,a Technics sl 1210, some weird mics etc.

I have great monitors but prefer to use headphones (senheiser hd-25) because my apartment isn’t acoustically treated and I know them very well sonically.

I also love working with field recordings and try to do recording sessions in the city when I have the time. When it comes to software I prefer Logic 9 but also have Logic x and Reason installed.

1459717_553365208075936_90546286_nWhat is influencing you to produce music & who are your top producers within Drum & Bass?

From an emotional point of view it’s everyday life, grey weather and big concrete housing. Usually I will start a tune with a quick drumloop and then add some sample that I chop and tweak and build a track around that.

So it can be anything from Jazz and World music (hate that term though) to Old School Hardcore/Rave.

My top producers within the scene vary from time to time but obviously Calibre, Breakage and D-bridge have all had a special place in my heart for many years.

What will you be providing the listeners for the rest of 2016?

2016 is the year that I will showcase the darker and slightly rougher side of my sound. I had a period last year when I mostly did darker rollers so a lot of these tunes will surface this year.

On the other side of the spectrum I’m currently working with Facing Jinx on some harmonic and more mellow tunes. Really excited about that.

My EP will be a sort of homeage to the labels and producers that have inspired me through out the years.

My interpretation of the vibes that drew me in to the scene to begin with.

Any final words?

If you like my music follow me on social media for the lastest updates
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/olskidnb/
instagram: olski_official
twitter:olskiskv18

Carrier/The promise is out now on Peer Pressure Records.

Available in all major online music stores.
Big up to everyone that is supporting my music!

Here’s the Exclusive guest mix for Drum+Basics from Olski

Exclusive Interview & Guest Mix: Missin’Link.

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Missin’Link from Shrewsbury,Shropshire will be hitting London @ True Romance event presents Official Re-Launch of FLEX Records this February..

 

Missin’Link has been producing for many years but never thought that he was capable of having a release until last year with releases on Reformed & Flex.

 

Now he’s determined to keep the releases rolling.

 

Let’s find out more…

 

Hey Missin’Link,

I’ve known you for many years and have sat in your old studio & had the pleasure of hearing your tunes in progress.

Dillinja vibes!

 

How come back then you never sent those tunes to record labels to gain interest & feedback?

I guess I was never satisfied with the tunes I was writing – for me it was more about learning the craft.

I must of wrote hundreds of tunes too, most are still on hard disk somewhere.

Also 10-15 years ago sending demo’s was a little more complicated, there was no Soundcloud or Facebook – I remember being introduced to MySpace and thinking wow!

The only track I ever did send out was a “Back2you” remix of 4Hero’s Mr Kirks Nightmare – I think I came runner up.

https://soundcloud.com/simonmissin/mr-kirks-nighmare-back2you

Things changed for me in the years after my eldest daughter was born so producing and Dj’ing were pushed to the background.

& have you still got your music from many years ago to share with us all?

I still have tracks from 2003 on my hard disk, i will certainly bring some of them back to life.

Theres some great ideas amongst them but at the time i didn’t have the ability or the technology to finish the ideas off.

Things have changed dramatically since, I recently found a box of old Akai and Atari floppy disks from around 98-99 in my Attic.

 Last year you have had releases on Flex & at present you’ve been pushing your music more.

What do you wish to achieve this year?

Last year saw the release of two tracks on Reformed plus the “Substance EP” on Flex so I definitely want to continue writing and releasing more music, I’ve got my workflow nailed now plus a lot of inspiration.

Again I’ve got another little addition to my family so finding a work/life balance is priority but I’m determined not to let it affect my music as much this time, having a few releases behind me has definitely given me more motivation.

I’d also like to get a few more Dj bookings this year, playing out seems to ignite a fire for me which in turn reflects in the music I write.

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So Flex is doing a one off event..

Tell us some more about the event & what we can expect from you on the night?

So yeah, legendary Flex records is back!

To celebrate we’re hosting a re-launch party alongside True Romance.

The main man himself L Double is headlining along with Randall and JJ Frost. We have a lot of fresh Flex artists on the line-up too and even a live PA with DBO General performing “Arsonist” – It’s going to be an awesome party to celebrate the return of one of the scenes pioneering labels.

You can catch me playing an early set, I have a few dubs I want to test on the night so get your backsides down to the Qube project in London Feb 19th.

Have you any production at present which includes other producers,vocalists?

Of course the “Because of you” track on the EP features the voice of Drum+Basic’s own MaryAnne.
Currently nothing solid, although I’ve had a lot of interest from other artists.

I’d like to get some work done with other Flex artists like Motiv, L Double and of course our mutual friend CPH.

I’m currently in talks with a good vocalist too, which I’m really looking forward to.

I’ve still got a lot of work in the pipeline to get through first for releases on Reformed as well as an exciting remix of a classic Flex track.

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Why did you start your weekly radio show on GlobalDnB?

Mainly to keep the ball rolling after the birth of my youngest daughter, I’ve had to turn down release offers due to time constraints but I didn’t want the trail to go cold.

I thought a good way to keep promoting my music was to play weekly on the radio, the opportunity came up so I grabbed it,globaldnb.com is a great station too, I’ve had lots of support from DJ’s like Charks, nJam and DJ Funk.

The show also offers opportunity to other DJ’s – the idea with the “Link’Up Show” is that I offer I guest slot each week to another DJ and they share the spotlight.

Can you see yourself continuing with music production in 10 years time?

Always, yes.

When can we expect your next release?

I’ve been working on a few tracks for a liquid compilation on Reformed which is due out end of Feb so keep your eyes out for that, plus lots of stuff lined up for Flex and other labels, this is going to be a busy year for me.

Any final words?

I would like to say a massive thank you to Jason Influential and to Chris CPH for kicking me back into production despite me having so much else going on.

Shout to all the DJ’s at Global, all the artists at Flex, a huge thanks to Mark Vyper at Reformed and last but no means least – Josh and Lee at Flex for believing in me.

Don’t forget to lock in to globaldnb.com Saturdays 6-8pm and check my Soundcloud page for exclusives and free downloads, hopefully we’ll see you at the Flex re-launch party 19th Feb.

Many Thanks Missin’Link for answering my Q’s & providing a mix.