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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 Interview: Indidjinous

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any releases we can look forward to?

Confirmed releases for 2019 so far:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s your main focus right now?

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

 

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

When are you playing out next?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How do you choose DJs for an event?

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

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

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

Any famous last words or shout outs?

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

Thank you!

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Indidjinous / SoundCloud

Featured Mix: Mindset Christmas Mix

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Weekend Planner

Tonight, Friday

London

Diffrent Music presents Fearful ‘Interference’ LP Launch @ AAJA Deptford. FREE!

Oval Space x Different Circles: Mumdance Shared Meanings Launch. Tickets

Soundcrash Present…. Roni Size ‘New Forms’ Live. Tickets

FABRICLIVE: Get Hype, Epidemik 23rd Birthday & Four 40 Records. Tickets

Brighton

A History of Jungle w/ Randall @ Pattern. Tickets

Bristol

MTF Presents The Chikara Project – Connections LP Launch Party @ Jack Of Diamonds. Tickets

Saturday

Bristol

Bris-Tek 22 – ft Maztek b2b Signal b2b Billain 3hr Set @ The Black Swan. Tickets

London

Diggin In The Crates @ Intense Records

Innersoul: 7th Birthday – DJ Marky @ Fire. Tickets

Distant Planet @ Venue MOT Unit 18. Tickets

Hexagon with Special Guest: A Sides & Ana Trif @ Work Bar. Tickets

Loose Lips 4th Anniversary – LL X UVB 76 X Voitax @ Five Miles. Tickets

Brighton

WAH x One Inch Badge Presents Pendulum. Tickets

Behind The Event: Method Twenty Four

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

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

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

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

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

Where does the name come from?

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

Do you guys remember your first rave?

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

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

Do you DJ as well?

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

Favourite venue and favourite rave?

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

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

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

How do you choose the DJs for your line up?

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

When is the next one and what can we expect?

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

Dream line up?

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

What’s the goal?

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

What’s next for MTF?

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

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

Any famous last words or shout outs?

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

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

Thank you guys!

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

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Featured Mix: Sweetpea – Sine Warehouse Sessions Promo Mix

Sweetpea blends her way through a heavyweight selection ahead of SINE Warehouse Sessions w/ LTJ Bukem, Bladerunner, T>I and loads more in London. Final tickets available here

Featured Mix: Mindset – Kapow! Promo Mix

Catch Mindset at Kapow! this Saturday 10th November at Work Bar alongside Code, Makah, Stevie Therapy, Skyz, Rhi-Spect, Retro, Blaine, Lioness & Crook. Hosted by: Illmatika, Blacka, Rinsa, DVSMC, Bamski & Junglecris.

Get your tickets here

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. “

Free download: Seba – Promo Mix for Spearhead Presents @ EGG:LDN – 2nd Nov 2018

Seba goes in the mix to give you a taste of things to come when he hits EGG:LDN for Spearhead Presents on the 2nd Nov.

Grab tickets here

Lineup: Calyx & Teebee, Rene LaVice, Fabio, Cyantific, John B, Seba, Dexcell, Redeyes, A1rshots, BCee, Anile, DJ Lee, Carlito & Addiction, Phil Tangent, Saikon, Walk:r, Lens, Villem & McLeod, Zero T, Mako, Riya, Insular

Plus in Cell 200: The History Lessons
Fabio (Liquid Classics
Seba (All Vinyl)
Utah Jazz (History Set)
BCee (All Vinyl)

MC’s Across 4 Rooms:
2shy, Degs, Dynamite, Fava, K-Eye, LX One, Ruthless, Seige, Tempza, Visionobi

Free download: Vykhod Sily Podcast – Flashback Guest Mix

Featured Mix: SWEETPEA & SICKNOTE Addictive Behaviour Promo Mix for FABRICLIVE 19.10.18

SWEETPEA & SICKNOTE go in the mix to drop some Addictive vibes ahead of our debut Room 3 takeover for FABRICLIVE as part of Fabric’s massive 19th Birthday weekend celebrations!

Catch Sweetpea & Sicknote 19/10: Get tickets HERE

Addictive Behaviour Line-Up:

SURVIVAL ● SCRIPT ● MYSTIC STATE ● DATA 3 ●
TEPHRA & ARKOZE ● INVADHERTZ ● SICKNOTE & SWEETPEA ●
SMUSKIND & SAUNDERS ● GUSTO ● HAINSEY ● JO JO

Follow Sweetpea:
SoundCloud → @sweetpeadnb
Facebook → www.facebook.com/SweetpeaDnb/

Follow Sicknote:
SoundCloud → @sicky
Facebook → www.facebook.com/Sicknotemusic/

Addictive Behaviour:
SoundCloud → @addictive-behaviour
Facebook → www.facebook.com/AddictiveBehaviour/

Featured Event: Liquescent- Birmingham


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

 

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

Lab 11

 Birmingham.

Line- up duties….

 

LTJ Bukem
Randall
Submorphics
Mantra

 

Hosted by : Visionobi / Ruthless

 

Tickets : skiddle.com/e/13282942

 

We fired over a few questions regarding Liquescent event.

Here’s a quick Q & A.

 

Please introduce yourself…

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

 

How many years have you been hosting Liquescent events?

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

 

Are they monthly or a few times a year?

So this past year we have had 5 shows.

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

 

How many promoters are involved?

Me and my business partner Ian own Liquescent.

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

We carefully curate our line ups.

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

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

 

Do you have a dream line up?

Yeh tbh we book the people we want.

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

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

 

Any final words, special thanks?

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