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Interview & Guest Mix : Enbe – Nu:Generation DnB

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


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



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



How long have you been Djing?

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

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

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

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

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


What is Nu:Generation DnB?

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

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


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

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


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




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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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




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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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



Any more info we should know about yourself?

Yeah I’m not only into my DnB.

I also do Graphic Design and a Videographer too.

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

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

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

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


Final words?

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

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

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

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Listen to Enbe Full Jump Up DnB mix here….


Exclusive Interview with Din Is Noise

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Din is Noise Records is a unique label based in Beirut, Lebanon which touches upon Dark 170, Experimental & Techno

”DIN (din is noise) is the start of a furtherance in the underground scene’s auditory evolution

We had the pleasure of catching up with Nadine Assaf the label founder & manager who launched DIN back in 2014 and has been growing to be go-to imprint for all your experimental needs.

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Hello Nadine, firstly thank you for taking the time to have a talk with us today. Could you tell us about your musical journey all the way up to discovering D&B and starting the Imprint?

Hello, thank YOU for the feature.
My musical journey! This might take an eternity to describe and I’d probably still won’t be able to put it into words. I had always been interested in music, I always felt that my ears are so keen that they can detect quality music from the very first beat. I don’t know if this has anything to do with both of my parents being musicians, but whatever, if it has, then I’m thankful :P

You’re gonna probably laugh at me now, but I tell you, when the DVD “Global” by PVD came out in 2003, I was 17 then, (i’m 32 today), it was love at first sight! it was what actually got me into wanting to delve more into the infinite world of electronic music.
To make a long story short, I had my generous share of electronic music in all its aspects and genres: house, minimal, trance, techno, drum n bass, IDM, alternative, and hip-hop…

But it wasn’t until the early 2000’s (2005, 2006, 2007 ) that I was introduced to drum n bass and hardcore music in general through a local movement under the name of “Kaotik System” that was the first to actually showcase, breakcore, drum and bass and hardcore music, back in 2003

Is there much of a bass music community in Beirut?

The bass scene in Beirut is currently not extinct but it’s not as large as what it used to be, however, the local crowd is always hungry for good music, but you can tell that the majority is geared towards more house and techno than drum n bass.
The case was a bit different back in early 2000, (2003) to be precise, it was when “Kaotik System” a local movement dedicated to promoting breakcore, hardcore, d&b music, started launching its series of secret parties, and they actually grew a fairly big crowd until they stopped in 2013.
Other promoters tried to take on the legacy, but things aren’t obviously the same anymore, especially that techno parties are way more accessible in Beirut nowadays than they used to be.

What would be the best way of describing Din Is Noise contribution and sound?

Din is noise was launched with many purposes;
– exposing the local scene to a new genre of electronic music, geared toward the experimental side
– showcasing different and left field music regardless of the genre focusing on its dark and experimental aspect, if you go back a bit with din’s back catalog, you’ll notice lots of experimental, dark minimal techno and some noise too. – offering the artists a free platform where they can expose their sound with no restrictions, and where they are offered free services as a sign of support from the label for their hard work
– Din focuses on the visual side by delivering solid visuals that contribute in bringing “sound” to life

So on the subject of music, I loved the Out of Fuel release it blew my socks off, could you give us a rundown of things coming up?

A joint compilation was actually released in collaboration with Onset Audio, right after Out of Fuel. Illuminate; a 13 track benefit compilation album, featuring some of the most exciting names in alternative bass and drum and bass music, where all proceeds go to families in Puerto Rico, it looks like a successful release so far and we’re quite happy about it.

2 forthcoming releases I can reveal now and I keep the rest on the down low.
A three track ep release with Tobe:n, a very promising artist, you’ll be surprised with what he has in store for you, including a remix from the boys who’ve been recently killing it “Out of Fuel”

And another release by “Lums”, really looking forward to this one, especially that it has both the jungle and autonomic aspects, very promising!

Who are your influences within this spectrum?

This is always a very hard question to answer for there are so many good artists out there, the deeper you dig, the higher the quality you find, I’m always influenced and inspired by so many artists on a daily basis but to be fair, I’m gonna say:
Squarepusher, Autechre, Aphex Twin, Amon Tobin, Gridlock, Kid Drama, Dissident, Instra:mental, Photek, Dillinja, Source Direct, Venetian Snares, Dom & Roland, Om Unit, Plug aka Luke Vibert aka Carrier District aka Wagon Christ…, Fanu, Felix K, Fis, Rockwell, Synth Sense, Consequence, Shackleton, Bop.. to name a few.

The female movement within the scene is becoming very strong and it’s really refreshing to see, what are your views on it?

To be very honest with you, I have never personally felt of any less important than men neither in the scene nor in life, instead, I’ve always felt responsible for making a change and taking part in the music industry in any and every way possible. Knowing that the scene being a male-dominated industry is a fact and seeing how so many ladies are stepping up, as djs, producers, promoters and label owners, it actually gladdens me to see us thrive, and would love to see more of that, for the scene needs this diversity, it actually makes it well-balanced and consistent.

Could you give us a quick top 5 producers for you at the moment?

So many good producers out there…
Not to mention that all the artist are doing a great job with every release.

Any advice to those wanting to get into forging a label of their own?

Know your sound, have a goal, let your passion lead you, make sure you contribute to making a change in the scene, most importantly, build a name that will always be remembered.

Last thing, what do you want to see more of in D&B?

Quite happy with the amount of quality music that is currently being released. So keep it coming! Would probably like to see more of the artists that have been quite absent from the scene.

Thanks for your time and good luck with the rest of the year…any last words?

Thank YOU for the feature again :) Good luck with Ronin Ordinance and full support!

Din Is Noise Social:

Support the latest offering from DIN & Onset Audio as mentioned above…
Illuminate, A 14 track Benefit Compilation LP featuring some of the most exciting names in alternative drum & bass, bass music, and ambient.
All proceeds will go to Puerto Rico disaster relief via the grassroots, community-based charity, “Friends Of Puerto Rico”.
Purchase the album here: goo.gl/KSsRGq


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DRS – This Ain’t Love feat Calibre [Soul R]
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Exclusive Interview: Subtle Audio.

Subtle Audio began back in 2005.

A record label dedicated to Breakbeat D&B,Jungle & Drumfunk.

This record label hosts shows on http://jungletrain.net

There has been some serious releases from producers like Equinox,Senses,Fracture & Neptune plus many more talented producers.

Here is a detailed Q & A with Subtle Audio manager Conor O’Dwyer

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Well over a decade the record label has been treating us to some great releases…Since 2005!
How did it all begin?


It all began long before that really – back in 92/93 at the beginning of my teenage years when I began to hear dance music on Irish radio and got a loan of The Prodigy Experience album from a friend at school.

This was exactly the music I had been waiting for – electronic sounds and strings over heavy, energetic beats.

I cained the Prodigy album for the best part of a year before eventually getting 4th or 5th hand copies of sets from the likes of LTJ Bukem (Dreamscape 5), Dr S Gachet and DJ Monk from the same friend (a friend of his had a cousin who lived in London or something!).

The music on that bunch of tapes was a step beyond what I’d heard on the Prodigy album and was even more alien and mysterious – that was it for me.

I began a mission to find out more about the people behind the music and after picking up a few editions of Generator magazine and reading an interview with Goldie, I had a list of names to go on : Fabio, Grooverider, Randall, Doc Scott, Kemistry & Storm etc etc …

Luckily I came across a Reinforced tape mixed by Randall in the local music store and followed that up with a few really good compilations of hardcore / jungle on Kickin Records.

I was quite influenced by those label compilation albums from Reinforced, Kickin and some others like the XL Recordings 2nd Chapter / 3rd Chapter series etc.

I guess the strong label logos stuck with me as did the ideas of curating music and presenting a collection of tracks in an interesting way with an overall theme.

I got my first set of turntables at the end of ’95 and once I was old enough (in ’97) I started going to clubs and trying to get involved with the DJ’ing side of things.

I got a few gigs and eventually hooked up with some other local D&B Dj’s and after doing a few one-offs we started our first regular night early in 2000.

Fast forward to 2003 and I’d made quite a few contacts both in Ireland and internationally with people who were making really good beats – unfortunately, a lot of this music wasn’t seeing a release as it was to breakbeat heavy and ‘choppy’ for a lot of the established labels at the time.

I was still highly influenced by the beats I’d heard all the way through the 90’s and wasn’t quite feeling the new direction in D&B since the turn of the century. So I thought, why not start my own label and help to get some of the unheard gems out into the public domain?

I started work on the label that year and 2 years later we were ready to go with the first vinyl releases by Alpha Omega and Equinox / Senses.


Whose involved?


In the running and promotion of the label it’s mainly just me.
I do all the A&R and have an input in the art side of things.

I’ve always sold the Subtle Audio releases directly from the website but we always had partnerships with distribution companies as well – Nu Urban (2005 / 2006), ST Holdings (2007 – 2014) and we’ve been working with Unearthed since 2015 now.

Stacks (Conor O’Riordan) does all the artwork for the 12″ singles on Subtle Audio and then Louisa (my missus) does all the cartoon drawings for Bustle Beats (she also does the album / EP sleeves and any CD releases on Subtle Audio too).

The local Wardance crew in Limerick are a great help whenever I need to do a release party or label showcase – we’ve collaborated on a few events in our hometown of Limerick.

Tamen does some overseas promotion for the label – he was Dj’ing and representing D&B / Jungle in Barcelona for many years and has recently re-located to Australia where is he’s active on the Melbourne circuit and represents the breakbeat side of things when he plays out, including plenty of Subtle Audio material.
He does some distribution of the releases too.

Artist wise, some of the main contributors over the years have been Equinox, Alpha Omega, Enjoy, Dissident, Macc, dgoHn, Nebula, Sub, NCQL, Nic TVG and Irish artists such as Polska and Mecca.

The next batch of releases on Subtle Audio will introduce new artists that we want to spotlight such as Drummotive and Scale and I’m also launching a new label for hometown Limerick related beats called ‘Treaty Treats’ (Limerick is known as the Treaty city).

The music on this imprint will mainly come from myself and long-time friend and increasingly prolific producer K3Bee.

How did you make the decision to run a record label mainly focusing on Breakbeat D&B, Jungle & Drumfunk?

Well, that was easy – it’s the music I love.

As I mentioned already, the early nineties hardcore / breakbeat / jungle style was a huge influence on me and my favourite stuff from the mid to late nineties was a continuation of that sound.

The decision to focus on this style on my own label was made easier with the direction the scene took in the early noughties, that made me even more determined to try to represent my favourite style and help to bring the breaks back.


The location of Subtle Audio is in Limerick Ireland.
Due to your location does it have any negative effects on how the label performs due to majority of producers being based overseas?


No, I don’t think so.
I grew up in an era when flights were becoming much more affordable and Ireland is only an hours flight from London.

I made the trip plenty of times back over the years, especially between 2000 and 2010.
I was already in touch with quite a few producers online before I met many of them in person at different nights over the years.

One of the main meeting places was the Technicality night run by Chris Inperspective.
I first went there to hear Breakage, Senses and Bailey play around the end of 2002.
I got talking to Chris on the night and told him I’d bring him and a few others that were playing Technicality over to Ireland for a show.

In the end I booked Chris, Equinox, Breakage and Senses.

One of the tracks I got on a demo CD from Equinox when he came over ended up being on one of the first Subtle Audio releases 2 years later – ‘The Phantoms’.

I was able to catch up with artists fairly regularly by booking them to play our night (or when playing abroad or catching a show in London).

There are only a handful of artists on the label that I haven’t met in person.
The only draw-back over the years has been not having as much presence in the UK clubs as I’d like – especially since I was living in Canada for 4 years between 2011 and 2015.

I’m working on that though, so there might be some kind of Subtle Audio night in the UK soon all going well.



 Has the use of social media made it more easier?


Yes, definitely !

Social media is a good platform for promotion – especially for a label like mine where we do most of the distribution ourselves.

Even before the likes of Facebook and Twitter, internet forums were a good place to post mixes and release info.

Have to give a big shout to the Subvert Central forum (which is still going strong!) – A lot of positive things happened because of online interactions within that community.

It was a great place to throw out ideas and to meet like-minded artists / Dj’s etc.

Subtle Audio has a great reputation, providing unique releases from talented producers.
How do you find these producers for forthcoming releases?

Well, sometimes I find them and sometimes they find us!

I mentioned earlier about the hook up with Equinox and how that came about – that first release led on to many more and we’ve become good friends over the years.

It’s funny because one of my favourite compilation CD’s from the early days was ‘Jungle Dub 5’ on Kickin Records – it had a track by Bizzy B & Equinox on it called ‘Brain Records Crew’. Little did I realise at the time that we’d become good friends and that I’d get to release his music on my own label years later.

A similar scenario played out with Enjoy – I played at his night in Italy early in 2008 and he was playing me some demos that sounded really good.

We were on the same page musically and now, ten years later I’ve put out quite a few tracks by him and I’m just about to do an album release for him on Bustle Beats.

I got to know Macc initially via the Subvert Central forum and then eventually met him in person at Technicality – he ended up playing his live drum set at our night in Limerick in 2004 (with his good friend dgoHn in tow). They both became a big part of the label in the years that followed.
At this stage, now that we’re more established, a lot of producers know what we’re about and come to us if they think their style fits.

I get a lot of demos sent via Soundcloud / Facebook etc.
Other times I’ll hear an interesting track from a producer on another label and I might approach them about doing something for Subtle Audio.


There’s been plenty of releases on Vinyl now I’ve noticed you’ve began releasing more on MP3.
Is this due to more high demand and quality purposes?


Actually, we’ve always done digital download releases – usually a few months after the vinyl release, but we’ve done them since the early days.

I kicked off a sub-label for digital only releases back in 2006 – Subtle Audio Digital.
Time and financial constraints mean it’s impossible to get every track onto vinyl, so it’s good to have the option of just doing a digital-only release sometimes.

Even though I love vinyl myself, I acknowledge that not everyone wants to listen this way.
As for the sound of digital VS vinyl, that’s a subjective one – I’m not getting into it, haha.

My main objective is to make sure the music is available to whoever wants to listen, so we’ve always catered for vinyl lovers, the CD fans and the digital download crew.

To my knowledge there hasn’t been a Subtle Audio Tour for a very long time.
Will you be planning one in the near future?

Yeah, you’re right about that and yes I am looking into the possibility of doing something in the UK soon.

Apart from Limerick, I got as far as Dublin to do a ‘Decade In Breakbeat’ party at the end of 2016 – we had Equinox, Mecca, Earl Grey, Aroma Nice and myself on the bill, but that has been about it.

Before that I was in Canada, so the opportunity to do a tour on this side of the world hasn’t been there.

The release schedule on the label is quite full for 2018, so it would be good to get out there to promote the sound a bit.

I have some ideas, so lets see what happens.


Any big forthcoming releases we need to know about?


We just did a collaboration release called ‘Elysian Boundary’ with 7th Storey Projects and Scientific Wax which (at the time of writing) is still available from the 7th Storey Projects website.

All profits go to charity.

Apart from that there are 3 new releases in the works at the moment – I just got the testing pressings back for all 3, so things are on course for a late April / early May release via the Subtle Audio site.

Have a few digital only releases lined up too which should be available via the Subtle Audio Bandcamp site a few weeks before the new vinyl bits go live.

The next release on Subtle Audio itself is from a Dutch producer called Drummotive. A very talented guy who has had a few releases on Infest’s Next Phase label already.

It’s a 3 track vinyl – with 2 D&B / Drumfunk style tunes and 1 live sounding jazz track.

I’m very happy with how the tracks work together (it’s always an important consideration for every release) and I think it’s something a bit different to what’s doing the rounds at the moment.

On Bustle Beats there’s an album project by Enjoy due very soon – it’s a 3×10″ release with 6 tracks.
Being on Bustle Beats, it’s got more of a oldskool / jungle sound to it with strong grooves for the dance floor.

I’m delighted to have the honour of releasing an album for Enjoy – he’s a great talent and it’s great to see him getting more recognition these days, he’s also had vinyl releases on AKO Beatz and Transmute in recent times.

I’m also kicking off a brand new sub-label called ‘Treaty Treats’. This is for music made in my hometown of Limerick or by producers that have some kind of connection to the place.

The first release features something from local producer K3Bee and then there’s something of mine on the flip-side.
We’ve been working on remixes of an Irish indie act called Audrey & The Icons and those should see a release in the future too.

There’s even a mad (non D&B) remix by Naphta (he’s not from Limerick but we’re thinking of giving him a pass as he lived here for a few months and he DJ’d in Limerick before!)


Obviously last question from us here at Drum+Basics..
Any special mentions, thanks?


My main thank-you goes to the supporters of the label who have kept us going for over 12 years now.

Many of them have been with us since the very first release and without that hardcore support, there would be no Subtle Audio.

Thanks, of course, to the artists – again, without them, there would be no label.

Want to give a big thanks to Beau and Bob Macc who are the nicest and most accommodating mastering engineers you could hope to have – they’ve both really helped to make us sound good over the years.

A huge thank you to Conor (Stacks) and Louisa for their great artwork over the years.

Big thanks to Manny (Deepcut) in Limerick who has been really helpful with promoting and staging Subtle Audio related nights in Limerick over the last few years.

Shouts to all the regular listeners to the Subtle Audio Show on Jungletrain – they’ve put up with countless technical issues over the last few years but still come back for more – lol.

Really though, the chat-room crew make it much more fun to play and because they are so into their beats, they help to remind me that there is an audience out there for this stuff.

Shouts to Chris Inperspective, still soldiering on after all these years.

Shouts to Simon @ 7th Storey Projects and Marlon (Equinox) @ Sci Wax – was great to collaborate on the 3×12″ release recently – respects.

Shouts to all the local Limerick crew!

Big thanks to Drum & Basics for doing this feature on the label and big shout to anyone I’ve forgotten.


Many Thanks Conor.

Check out these links for more info & releases you need to purchase from Subtle Audio…

Subtle Audio Recordings
Facebook Page


Behind The Event – SINE…

SINE an event hosted in London U.K has a vision of supplying diversity within Drum & Bass & making sure Djs/Producers have extended sets to showcase their talent.


Over the last several years we have witnessed some major line ups across the full spectrum of D&B & events dedicated to record labels.


Drum+Basics got in contact with the main man behind


Andy Wade & asked him a few questions.




 Do you think you have accomplished supplying D&B diversity, since the first event?


I think we’re definitely doing something a bit different, pushing boundaries, using venues that haven’t been used before for DnB events, plus having artists play longer sets is giving them the room to be creative and take you on more of a journey.


When and who was on the lineup at the very first event?


The first ever SINE event was at Fire in London on 17th April 2015.

 Headlining we had Bad Company UK, A.I, Storm, Cern, Zero T and Source Direct, with Lowqui & Visionobi on hosting duties and InnerSoul in Room 2.

It was a banger!


 Running an event must have its ups and downs.

Did you aim to be a promoter/event manager or did it just all happen naturally?


Yes it does have it’s up and down and I reckon every promoter will tell you the same and how difficult it can be but you take the rough with the smooth.

It was never my intention to run parties professionally, I kind of fell in to it via running illegal raves up north and some quite  questionable student parties when I moved to London but then later came to start working with legends like Doc Scott, Ant TC1 and Digital who have helped hugely.

Now we’re looking quite far in to the future (no pun intended) and have a very clear idea of where we want SINE to be. 



Is there any positive advice you would give to those wishing to start within the promoting game?


Find your ‘NICHE’

No matter how big or small and nurture it.

Don’t try to go too big too quickly.

Prepare for the long game.


 There’s been plenty of events at various well-known clubs in London.

Now you’re using warehouses to host events.

Why & what’s the aim of doing this?


The main aim for SINE is to hold events in unique spaces not used for parties or at the very least at venues that have never held a DnB party before.

Warehouses were the original setting for a raves back in the day, so we’re just wanting to revisit that part of the scene.

We will be doing a lot more with Scotty’s Future party and Dispatch Recordings.

So watch this space for more on that….


When is the next SINE Warehouse event?


Our next warehouse rave is on 10th March at this wicked underground venue called Hoxton Basement, right around the corner from where the Blue Note used to be.

Amongst others, we’ve got Lenzman, Halogenix, Monty and Taelimb & Conscience playing on the night. 



Do you see the events continuing in maybe 5 years time?



We’ve got some big plans, both short-term and long-term, so all being well we will see you in 5+ years.


Any final words?


 Big shout out to everyone who’s reached our events over the last 12 months and everyone behind the scenes, its been a bit of a game changer for us and the support has been incredible. 


Many Thanks Andy.

Also Luke Baker Photography.

Here’s the link to get hold of a ticket before it sells out!




Bank Holiday Raving



Stinkin’ Beats 1 Year Anniversary @ SUB89. BRYAN GEE b2b SERUM w/ FATMAN D, HEDEX w/ KOMBO & LOOPIE + more. Tickets


Beautifully Crafted @ Shelter. Kid Lib, Mantra, Voytek, Phix, MPathy, Tim Reaper, Hi Jack, Handsome Jak, Realer + more. £10 on the door


Field Trip Festival: Roni Size + Dynamite MC / Alan Fitzpatrick / Stanton Warriors / Shadow Child / S.P.Y ft Carasel MC / logistics & Kayden / JFB / Ed Solo / Cyantific / Randall / DC Breaks / Jonas Rathsman / Dr Meaker (Live) / Will White / Ayah Marar / Flava D / Woz / Featurecast / Serial Killaz UK / Apex Collective / Origins Sound / SOBAD. (Sly-One / Bromley / Archive. UK / Distro) / WBBL / GypsyUnit / Jaydrop / Fish / Sherry S / GF Allstars / Bakkos / J-Man / Run-Tingz Crew / Thomas Kenyon & Oliver Gallegos (Shapes) / Yes man Jellyfish / POV / Lee Sanger / Lightside / One40 x Take Off / Out The Box / ALXZNDR / Monroller / Ignition Takeover / Arkive & Jestah / Singe / Wink / Defect / Ghetto Funk Takeover + many more TBA Tickets



Break Thru @ Hare & Hounds. SpectraSoul, Total Science + more. Tickets



Freebass Freeparty @ The Volks. 20 DJs, 2 floors – FREE –


Goldie & GQ @ Bassment. Goldie, MC GQ + more. Tickets



Metalheadz History Session @ Phonox. Goldie, Dj Randall, DJ Storm b2b Stretch [Reinforced Records classics set], DOC SCOTT [Blue Note set], Spirit [96 and beyond set], Dj Lee [Speed era set], Blocks and Escher, LowQui Mc, MC Codebreaker, MC FLUX. Advanced tickets SOLD OUT, some on the door

Exclusive interview: Kalm & Spindall

Kalm and Spindall sat down with us to discuss their new release and the hard work behind it…

SleeveHello Kalm and Spindall! Thank you for answering our questions.

Spindall: Hi guys cheers for having us.

Kalm: EZ

Let’s start from the beginning. How did you two end up working together and producing this EP?

Spindall: Kalm and I are good friends and have worked together since around 2009 having met on rude FM a few years before. When we started the label it was always a plan to do an EP together for it.

What’s with your artist names?

Spindall: haha I’ve had mine since I was 13, I’m not even sure how I came up with it. I thought it sounded good at the time and 20 years later, here I am still using it !

Kalm: I was so excited about D&B as a youngster, everyone (inc. some fairly well know dnb artist’s) at the time kept on saying “Calm Down” cos i was always asking about the titles of dubs etc .. It just seemed logical one day.

Very exciting release! What can you tell us about Cataclysm EP?

APPS PHOTOGRAPHYSpindall: thank you! It’s the result of a lot of hours and hard work, and we feel it’s a very 360 display of what the labels about there’s something on there for everybody who likes the deeper end of the genre. There’s a roller, a dark side minimal aspect aswell as liquid & upfront minimal elements. I’m proud to be part of it.

Kalm: Very pleased with how the whole ‘Cataclysm ep’ has come together we just did tunes for fun, then one day we looked up and saw it had become a full grown ep.. which was great.

My favourite tune is definitely Destiny – really feeling that one! All tracks are quite different from each other in a sense, did you have a theme or are they all separate?

Spindall: thanks again. There wasn’t theme as such we just wanted to make something solid & lasting. The tracks were all wrote at different times and stages so we was on different vibes each time we sat down, guess that’s why it’s so diverse.

Kalm: Yes agreed, I think it does cover all sorts of dnb angles, and as Spindall said on different days we felt like getting on something distinctly one style etc, so it was purely organic how we reached the final tracklist, but in a way it feels like it came out better than if we had contrived the same idea prior.

Talk us through the process behind the EP!

Spindall: normally when we sit down to work on a Track we get an idea going from say a sample or idea for the track then take it from there, it’s all about creating the right vibe.

11178383_10152842484678596_2084727625_nKalm: Every process is unique for a start, so making tunes with Craig is very different from doing tunes on my own, or with my Kolectiv bro’s …  and same goes for all other collab’s i do, with all other people. For these tracks and working with Craig, it was a case of: I know Craig’s DJ style so i made things that represent the common ground we have in taste that would also fit in both our sets, and with Craig letting me know when we were getting closer I think it worked well as a system for this ep, but as I said: its always different depending on the crew!

Do you share a studio or is everything made online? What equipment do you use?

Spindall: the EP was actually written at 3 different locations, it was a project that lasted over a 2 year period and Sam actually moved house in that time. All written on the same equipment which belongs to Sam. The project started in Manor House and was finished in letchworth!

Kalm: a mac with Logic, monitors, few handy plug ins, nothing fancy really.

You both are DJs as well, does this mean that we will see you both behind the decks as a back2back anytime soon?

Spindall: We’ve actually done many b2bs at our event over the past 3 years aswell as on RudeFM. The recordings can be found on my soundcloud as well as the Nurtured Beatz soundcloud. There will be more, no doubt!

What’s next for you guys?

Spindall: Firstly getting the EP out to the masses! Then this summer we are teaming up with Proximity recordings for the 2nd time this year and taking the event to Bristol. In terms on the label there’s exciting projects and eps coming out from C-Side, Mystic State & more as well as some top secret remix projects from the likes of Kolectiv, fearful, Tephra & Arkoze + others.

Kalm: Plenty of exciting events and material on the way, so no snoozing…

Any famous last words…?

Spindall: Please keep supporting the label and coming to the events.

Kalm: Wanted to say thanks for the support to our genuine friends that really have been on our side massive love and respect to y’all. Please come find us we have a bandcamp store with bonus and free material, Give it try you might find its better than the bigger flashier “names” but without the cheese, spam and ego-overloading hype machine style; bigger band marketing fakery. SUPPORT THE GRASS ROOTS UNDERGROUND LABELS! (not just the ones who have loads of cash it doesn’t mean they love dnb more or are better! just cos they have had loads cash since day one) we still get about exactly nothing from this, AND take a lot of knocks cos we dont have all the same expensive stuff as everyone else, but stay ahead day by day working on the “art form”, I guess we’ll have to keep on using our imagination :) … the only REAL way.

Spindall: thank u and big ups

Thank you guys!

Get the album from Bandcamp and follow Nurtured Beatz on FACEBOOK + TWITTER.

Photo credit: Apps

Questions & Answers with Pennygiles

Stuart Maccallum, aka Pennygiles introduced himself to Drum & Bass listeners back in 2011 with his big tune ‘Au Revoir Blackbird’ which was released on Fizzy Beats in 2012. Since then he has released tunes on labels such as Innerground, V Recordings, C.I.A and I.M LTD, and collaborated with producers like RoyGreen & Protone, Phil Tangent, Spirant, and Mr Joseph.

Drum + Basics had a little chat with the producer…

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Interview and Free Download: Joe Protocol

Drum+Basics had a few words with drum&bass/dubstep producer Joe Protocol who made this 30 minutes Spring Promo Mix which you can download for free.

Who are you? Hi my name’s Joe London, i’m 25 years old and I’m based in East London. I’ve been mixing and making beats for about 5 years now.

How did you start? I started producing on a copy of Reason 3 and decided to upgrade to Logic about 3 years ago after realising how much better it is for making beats on. I still run a copy of Reason as a plug in for Logic these days though. I also mix on vinyl as i’m a fiend for large circular bits of plastic with sound grooves on them.

Why do you do it? Well, I went to my first rave at Fabric (like a lot of people do) in my first year of Uni, and was instantly hooked into the music. My first love was skateboarding and I was doing that for about 6 years previous to making music, but when I came up to London to study I just couldn’t stay away from the music, and I still can’t today. For that reason, I know I’m doing the right thing.

What’s your top 3 tracks? That’s a tough question… I can give you the top 3 tunes I can think of off the top of my head.
1 – Stray, Sabre and Halogenix – St. Clair.
2 – Break feat. Calyx and Teebee – Don’t Look Down
3 – Dub Phizix feat. Skittles – I’m a Creator

A message to all – keep supporting good music!

The mix is 30 min and here’s the tracklist:

1) Spirit & Digital – Phantom Force (Fracture remix)
2) Skeptical – Static
3) Dub Phizix – I’m A Creator feat. Skittles
4) June Miller & Proxima – Killswitch Engage
5) Ulterior Motive – Drum Circle
6) Sabre & Cern – Pinch Me
7) Foreign Concept – Mob Justice (Enei Remix)
8 ) Protocol – Chromatic
9) Enei – Slow Motion
10) Chroma – Acetate
11) Gerra & Stone – Drone Heads (Octane & DLR remix)
12) Ulterior Motive & Krakota – Mine Sweeper
13) Protocol – Veksd
14) Survival & Silent Witness – System Fault

New Release Minimix #55

An exclusive mix from EntityNo1 covering the best in last month’s new releases;


Morning Light – Nu Logic
Jungle Illness – Liz E
Midnight Funk – Lynx
Mr Jungle VIP – Bass Brothers
Get Dark – Optiv & BTK
Kick Off – Prolix
Fight It – J Majik & Wickaman
Party Rocker – Jaydan
Torture – Liz E
Grizzly – Nu Logic

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Featured Event: Tech:nology 8th Birthday 26th January

This night is a night you don’t want to miss! The line up includes DJ’s like Ed Rush, Octane & DLR, BTK, Meth, Spirit, Vicious Circle, Cause4Concern, InsideInfo and more… The date to remember is Saturday 26th January and the venue is Hidden in London.

BTK did a mix to get you in the mood for this big birthday bash so let the party begin…


TICKETS are £12 in advance (plus booking fee). Early birds are already sold out so get your tickets now to avoid disappointment.
The best way to get to the venue, HIDDEN, is to take Victoria Line to Vauxhall and then walk or BUSES: 2, 36, 77, 87, 88, 156, 185, 196, 344, 360, 436 (night buses: N2, N36, N87, N136) or cab.

Here’s a MAP to help you find it and to plan your journey, use TFL’s journey planner.

See you all the 26th!

The Weekend Is Soon Here… (and here’s some drum&bass raves for you)


Spearhead Presents… @ Relay (Cable), London. The line up includes BCee, Metrik, AI, Mutated Forms, Hybrid Minds, Savage Rehab. £12 on the door.

Jungle Syndicate @ Black Swan, Bristol. Bkey, Smyla, Remarc, Script and many more. £8 before 23.00, £10 after.

FabricLIVE, London. Soul:ution in room 2: Calibre, Marcus Intalex, Alix Perez, Lenzman, Jubei, Phil Tangent, SP:MC, Justyce, Strategy. £17 on the door.

Faster @ Warehouse, London. DJ Hype, Friction, Wilkinson, Mampi Swift, AMC.

Twisted Technology @ Sidings Warehouse, London. Mampi Swift, Crissy Criss, SLY, Brockie, Bryan G, Logan D plus many more.

Urban Jungle @ Brixon Jamm, London. Nicky Blackmarket, Error, Rota and much more. Pay £7 if you dress up as an animal…

Chew The fats meets Jet Jam @ Cable, London. High Rankin, DC Breaks B2B Document One, Marco Del Horno and more. £10 in advance, more on the door.

Resonance Presents Run Tingz @ Concorde2, Brighton. Top Cat, Serial Killaz, Serum, Bladerunner, Aries and much more.

Sine Language @ Volks, Brighton. Aba Shanti, Amit and V.I.V.E.K. £6 before midnight, £7 after.

Rave To Save @ Scala, London. Charity Event! 

Origins Launch Party @ Lab11, Birmingham. Total Science, Ant TC1, Amoss, Foreign Concept and much more.

Proximity Recordings Labelnight @ Recyclart Art Center, Brussel. Basher, Data, Gerra&Stone and more. €6 before midnight, €8 after.

Critical Sound Presents Enei Album Launch @ Clbw ifor bach, Cardiff. £6 before 22.30. Advanced tickets sold out!


Agro’s 5th Birthday @ Lakota, Bristol. Black Sun Empire, Phace, Tech Itch, The Sect & MC Hostile and more. £15 on the door.

Brighton’s Calling @ H Bar & Club, Brighton. Ruffstuff & Harry Shotta, Ed Solo, Rhythm Beater and more. First 50 girls for free otherwise £5 before 11 and £7 after.

Stay safe!