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Tonight, Friday

London

Elements DNB – 2nd Birthday Bash @ The Castle

Jungle Splash @ Fire & Lightbox

Whitepark Presents Terra Firma @ Work Bar

Plymouth

Drop presents: Technimatic [Through The Hours LP Tour] @ Club Zero AKA The Factory

Birmingham

Amusement 13 Group presents… Drum N Bass Free Party

Bristol

Wide Eyes: Dub Pistols Jungle Set @ Lakota

Saturday

Bournemouth

Planet V Future Tour @ The Old Firestation

London

Scrambled @ Redon

AKO BEATZ Foundation Jungle 2 @ Bar 512

Cardiff

Junction: Jungle All Night @ Undertone

Bristol

Dissonance002 Presents Tim Reaper & Dwarde @ Cosies!

Featured Event: 117 Records – This Bank Holiday Sunday.

As Winter bites and we look forward to Spring, 117 returns home to The Victoria for Episode 3.

 

It’s been just over a year since the last Easter event and once again our lineup will feature 3 signature year sets from some of the earliest pioneers in the genre.

 

As usual the Victoria will be providing its warm vibe serving only the finest craft brews, spirits and food at pub prices!

 

See you on the other side of the bookcase.

Limited tickets on the door so make sure you head down early!

Line – Up

 

Trace
Source Direct (95 Set)
Digital (94 Set)
Nookie (93 Set)
Stretch (Jungle Set)
Vicious Circle B2B Quartz
DJ Future B2B Monita
Dwarde B2B Tim Reaper
Voytek B2B Ilk
Effra

MCs – Blackeye / Gusto / Sopheye

Behind The Event: Lucidity DNB

Hey guys!
Thank you for answering my questions for drum+basics. Who are Lucidity?

ALEX: Hey Jenny! So yeah, we are Lucidity DnB – founded in 2016 with the mission of bringing the deep and techy side of the drum and bass scene that we love, to our local town. It started really at the slight frustration of essentially having to travel to London to catch something we were totally into. It started off with 2 guys, me and a guy called Jack Sutherland, who at the time was the manager of the local music venue called The Ramsgate Music Hall (more on that later). I at the time was running a sound system called Infekted Hertz, and put on small parties with local dj’s and friends. He wanted me to help with the promotion, and supply the sound system for the second room at The Music Hall, after a successful first event, things went full steam from there. Jack has since left to go travelling, but we still talk about Lucidity when we get the chance.
Funnily Jack was replaced with another Jack – Jack Vickers, another passionate head, who joined the team at the end of 2016 to help with the running and promotion of the brand.

I’m always interested in to know where people get their rave name from. What is your story?

ALEX: Credits go to Jack Sutherland here, he said. “Lucid means expressed clearly; easy to understand. I wanted the events to be straight up with their purpose – to bring something upfront and different each time. Lucid is a cool word that made sense at the time and it just kind of sounded cooler as Lucidity.”

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

Just very committed fans! Other than the events under Lucidity and the local DJ’ing and producing we do not have any background at all.

How do you go about choosing DJs?

JACK: It’s not always about who want to play at our events, it has become more about what is financially viable for us, being at the bottom end of the country in an area that isn’t really well populated with people that are into the sound we represent. When we started in 2016 we announced a series of label nights that were happening throughout the year, which were Spearheads, Critical, Dispatch, Metalheadz and Peer Pressure. These included some of the top artists in the scene like Hybrid Minds, Hyroglifics, LSB, Bcee, MC Tempza, Kasra, Ivy lab, MC Mantmast, Zero T, DBR UK, MC Fokus, Facing Jinx, HLZ, Philth, Collette Warren, Scar, Commix, MC Visionobi, Dom & Roland, Klute, MC Gusto, Script.

This year we have decided to go for a different approach. We want to book artists that are perhaps not as well known but will still provide the top quality experience we have always promised. So for our next event we have got DJ E & Blackeye MC coming to play. I actually bumped into DJ E at a tech itch night a month or two back and spoke to him about Lucidity and some of the issues we have finding DJ’s to play which led to me asking him to come down for our next event. There was a few artists at that party I respect, and I had the same conversation with them, so already we have some great ideas for the year ahead.

Dream line up?

Ed Rush & Optical but a proper virus set, Philth, Smyla, Mefjus in 2015, Audio hardware/virus set, Technical Itch… We could go for quite a while really but we’ll keep it short and sweet and these are the first few that popped to mind.

What’s the goal for Lucidity?

To just continue what we’re doing really, we love to bring something different to our area and to push the sound we love by always looking to work with other brands, labels and artists.

What’s next?

Watch this space..

Any famous last words or shout outs?

I definitely want to shout out everyone that has got involved with Lucidity, come and played or helped out in anyway, big up! Jack Sutherland, Will Spinout, Oversight, Jake Lee, all the crew down the music hall, the guys from F1 Sound co ltd for providing hench sound systems and lighting, script, everyone that has done design work for us, justin, jungletrain.net, big thanks to you!

Thank you!

For more information, head to Lucidity DNB but get your tickets for Saturday here!

28/6, London. Drum+Basics Presents… @ The Castle

Line Up

EQUINOX
Scientific Wax

MINDSET
Rude FM / D.I.T.C

FUTURE
117/Juice/Skeleton/AKO

RHI SPECT
Garage Splash/Unity in the sun

RENO..
VDUB Radio

M_A..
Drum+Basics

On Mic Duties..

SOPHEYE & VOICE MC

Limited capacity at venue so make sure you grab a ticket

The Castle

44 Commercial Road, E1 1LN London, United Kingdom

Behind The Event: Hexagon

Hey Jenny from Hexagon and thank you for answering my questions! What is Hexagon and how did it all start?

Hexagon is a drum and bass collective of 6 friends who love the music and the scene so much that we decided to start our own regular event. This all started, as many music things do, in someone’s living room. The founding 3 of us would play for so many hours straight week in week out, till one day someone said we should start a night. I took on making that happen and once the other 3 were also on board, within a month we had booked our first party at Work Bar which was perfect in terms of location and capacity, and also because it was so well known already on the scene thanks to its mid-week DJ Mag events there.

Where does the name come from?

The name comes from the fact that there’s 6 residents and we wanted a strong name and logo. Hexagons are found everywhere in nature and it’s the strongest geometric shape there is.

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

We all come from different places and our ages span from 20s to 40s so we have varied backgrounds. Lady Lena, our most talented and experienced DJ, has been cutting her teeth on the scene for couple of decades now. Our 2 youngest both come from Czech and we also have myself and my husband Alex who grew up in Cyprus, so we all bring a very different style to our mixing and tune selection. That’s why our tag is “6 sides of cutting edge drum and bass”.

Do you guys remember your first rave?

6 DJs with 6 different answers here. All of us put down strong roots in Fabric though. Those Friday nights made regulars of us all.

Favourite venue & favourite rave?

Fabriclive is still hard to surpass, especially now it’s found its feet again after that horrible fiasco when the council tried to shut them down.

Do you all DJ as well?

Absolutely! We all bring something to the table on top of DJing though. Some of us promote harder, some bring in the connections and experience, some bring technical skills. I bring in the leadership and organisational skills. But we all contribute equally and that’s the whole point of having a collective.

How do you go about choosing DJs for a Hexagon night?

When we started it was just the 6 of us playing but we soon realised that was no way to go forward. So we reached out to some of our closest contacts and found so many amazing DJs wanted to get involved. From the second event we already had our first special guest, none other than McLeod from Spearhead, who also does our t-shirts by the way. We followed up with Benny L, Philth, Ed:it, Phil Tangent, A Sides and that was just in our first year.

When is the next one and what can we expect?

This Saturday at Bar 512 in London from 9.30 pm until 6 am with SCAR (both of them!), HLZ, MD and Wreckless! Plus Hexagon residents of course.
21st April we are taking over room 2 in legendary Volks, Brighton with Metalheadz in room 1!!
And you can always catch us and guests on Studio 808 every 2 weeks, Saturdays 4-6 pm.

Dream line up?

We’ve always said that getting DLR to do a b2b with Octane again would be a dream come true! Having said that, every line up we have is a dream for us because we’re so happy and privileged to have these amazing DJs playing with us.

What’s the goal for Hexagon?

We want to settle in our new home at 512 for now but one of the big goals we always had in mind was hosting room 2 on a big Label night and with Metalheadz in Volks on 21st April this is already becoming a reality! Hopefully more to come.

What’s next for Hexagon?

We’re planning some regular rooftop parties for the summer and possibly getting involved in some festivals here in the UK and also in Europe. Watch this space…

Any famous last words or shout outs?

I was just thinking about this quote this morning coincidentally:
‘Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”‘ H.S. Thompson

For more information, follow Hexagon Collective on Facebook and get your tickets for this Saturday HERE

Free download: Sweetpea – Rupture Promo Mix 2019

Sweetpea brings the heat ready for Rupture this Friday March 8th… check it!

Free download: Vykhod Sily Podcast – Alexander One.Seventy Guest Mix

My podcast guest this week is Alexander Foy from One.Seventy crew with his old school drum’n’bass mix tracing back some of the modern halftime/deep/minimal influences. Just ahead of their forthcoming one.seventy event. Not to be missed.

03/02
One.Seventy x Groundwork

Exclusive Interview: Indidjinous

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any releases we can look forward to?

Confirmed releases for 2019 so far:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What’s your main focus right now?

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

 

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

When are you playing out next?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How do you choose DJs for an event?

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

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

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

Any famous last words or shout outs?

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

Thank you!

Tech Itch / Facebook / Store / Instagram

Indidjinous / SoundCloud

Behind The Event: Method Twenty Four

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

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

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

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

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

Where does the name come from?

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

Do you guys remember your first rave?

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

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

Do you DJ as well?

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

Favourite venue and favourite rave?

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

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

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

How do you choose the DJs for your line up?

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

When is the next one and what can we expect?

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

Dream line up?

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

What’s the goal?

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

What’s next for MTF?

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

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

Any famous last words or shout outs?

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

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

Thank you guys!

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

Follow MTF on Facebook

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

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

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.