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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…
Pessimist
DAAT
Overlook
Entire
Dyl
Alg0rh1tm
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:
https://www.facebook.com/dinisnoiserecords/
https://soundcloud.com/dinisnoiserecords

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

 

Free Download: Different Drumz DnB.

 

A selection of our favorite free track downloads from various artists.

This playlist will constantly be updated with new tracks as and when we find them… Enjoy!

 

Featured Event: Diggin In The Crates Presents Memories.

 

Diggin in the crates is a facebook group for people to share their memorable DJ sets and enjoy everything D&B with like minded heads.

 

This April the Diggin in the crates founders have put together an event to remember their brother Karl Ahern who was a dedicated D&B head.

 

Memories is a definitely an event worth attending!

 

For more info click on the link..

 https://www.facebook.com/groups/904974939601426/members/

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Halflite – SVr Mix (February 2018) – Free Download

In-Deed – How You Feel [Sheer Velocity]Paul SG + Salem – Jazzstrophobia [Jazzsticks]
Subsid + mSdoS – Soul In December [forthcoming Sheer Velocity]
Redeyes + Lenzman – High + Low [Integral]
DRS – This Ain’t Love feat Calibre [Soul R]
Submorphics, T.R.A.C. + Satl – Whatchudo [The North Quarter]
Calibre – Release feat George Levin [CIA Deep Kuts]
Tim Cant + Greekboy – Deep Screams [forthcoming Sheer Velocity]
Alias – Admit To Love [Critical]
Pulsar – Melting Pot [forthcoming DNBB]
soulTec – Artform [forthcoming Sheer Velocity]
Atlantic Connection – The Johnsons [CIA Deep Kuts]
Flaco – Isla Verde [Innergorund]
Calibre – Go Back To Go Forward [Signature]
Andrezz – Happy As I Can Be [Liquid V]
Furney – Strange [Sheer Velocity]

Mark_Halflite Social

Soundcloud – http://bit.ly/2Bt62nb

 

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

 (aka Code)

 

 

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
Discogs
Bandcamp

Mixcloud

Exclusive Interview: Compound Audio.

Compound Audio provide a full range of post production services to suit any requirements their clients have when developing a wide range of media products.

 

Founded in 2014 Dean Pratt aka Dapz has been supporting artists with audio mixing, mastering and post production requirements.

 

Compound Audio was founded in 2014.

What were you doing beforehand?

 

Without going into a lengthy bio.

At 13 I took up Dj’ing Drum & Bass and by 16 I progressed onto producing my own music productions in 1998.

Between 2000 & 2007 I sat many qualifications within audio engineering which gave me the necessary skills to further my career / knowledge within music itself.

Throughout my time Djing & producing (1996 to present) I have gone under various aliases such as: Dapz, Special X, Strugglaz (Crew of: Myself, Slipz, MC Bomma & MC $pyda) 1 half of the duo: SLiPZ & DaPZ and also 1 half of the duo: Silent Code.



Under these names I have had the pleasure to Dj not just in the UK but all over Europe as well as producing / remixing for some of the biggest names / labels in the business.

Before Compound Audio, I have always been mixing and mastering for myself and others from 2008, but at the time I never thought of turning it into a business.

The idea evolved when I was in partnership of running a record label and I was doing the in-house audio mastering, since then I went from strength to strength using skills that I never knew I had, this led to clients returning purely for mastering and here I am today working studio full-time.

 

You’re a qualified Teacher.

Does this help with organising your business?

 

For me, I feel that without organisation it be would chaotic as doing the job in the studio is the fun part, the admin side of things is not so fun.


Though this needs doing, having had the teacher training it helps me put things into priority order and working allocated days.



Planning ahead works for me I guess…

 

With 20 years of experience, you have worked across the whole board

( T.V Companies,Hip Hop Producers ).

You have worked with many Drum & Bass Record labels too.

 Last year you mastered Dj Futures Remix of Babylon which was nominated for Best Jungle Track of 2017…

What has been the most enjoyable project to master so far?

 

Hmmmmm!

Good question.

Although I have been blessed with not only meeting but working with some amazing people from around the word, I have learnt a lot about different types / styles of music and how certain key aspects in one genre might not be the right thing to do or apply when mixing / mastering in others.



I was stoked to be given the opportunity to master Futures Babylon remix as this track is huge and I know it has massive support from major Dj’s.


The original is one of my favourite jungle tracks from when I used listen to it on the tape packs (showing my age).

With that said, I have no preference, I give 110% on all music projects that are submitted to me but if I had to choose I would say… when I mixed & mastered over 4 hours of audio content for the computer game called…

(Dambuster – Homefront The Revolution).



It’s not something I get sent on a regular basis but this project took just under a year to complete.

The job itself had to be very strategic in order for the final audio masters to work with the “in-game-play” on the various sections of the game so that the trailer music does not clash with the narration and Foley sounds.

Mastering is not all that you do you also work with Audio mixing & any post production requirements.

What do all these entail?

 

At Compound Audio we are specialists in Mixing, Mastering & Audio production.

We provide a full range of post-production service’s to suit any requirement’s our clients have when developing a wide range of media products.


We try to cover many areas of “Pre & Post Production”.

Over the last year I broken down audio mastering into different types / styles to suit the needs and budget for the Clients giving them the choice to choose from digital mastering, analog mastering, vinyl mastering, mastered for iTunes and our newest service, Algorithm mastering.

This is not a plugin or a pre-set, its works similar to another well-known company out there (not saying no names) this can be a cheaper alternative yet still achieving a great result.

Other services we provide are…

Mixing | Stem Mastering | Trailer music / Game audio processing | Artwork | Audio Sample packs | Merchandise and more 

you can get a full break down and description via the website: www.compoundaudionet 

 

Artwork and branding is also something you specialise in.

Do you think that branding now is something that really needs pushing and needs to be focused on more?

 

Branding and merchandise have been around for years, it is more easily excessible these days and we have kept the mech to a minimum, I fell that it’s a great way to promote your company / business, not only is it for the musicians and beat makers, you can also sell the clothing to just the listeners / followers.


It’s not a necessity to push branding but if you have a following or maybe a promotion deal, it’s a great way to get people interacting.

As for the artwork, we have a motto, “You got sound, now get the look!”
.

Again, being able to do the audio post production, some labels or artists like to get the full package and have artwork made for their release or CD cover, we have in-house graphic designers to cover all this, and more.

 

 What can we expect from Compound Audio in 2018?

 

This year we are planning on putting together a record label using the platform that has been built up over the years, so much great music gets sent to us un-signed.

It’s kind of having 1st dibs on some tracks.


Also, as we provide vinyl mastering, we want to be able to follow this up and press / cut the mastered product onto vinyl for our Clients, 

as always we will continue to push promo’s and discounted deals throughout the year via the website.


Watch this space.

 

Final words,any special thanks?

 

I would like to thank yourselves Drum+Basics for giving me this opportunity to talk about Compound Audio and I hope for those that have never used us before feel the need to give us a try.

I would like to also thank my Wife, Ania, family and close friends.


A massive thank you to all of the artists and record labels out there that use Compound Audio for your post production needs, without you we wouldn’t be here today.

To all the up and coming / un-sung heroes, stay positive, keep aiming towards your dreams and don’t give up!!!

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

  SINE

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?

 

100%.

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!

TicketTailor

 

 

Free download: Dino – Summer Sunshine Mix 1 & 2, August 2016

Enjoy these free summer mixes from Dino

Bank Holiday Raving

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READING

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

LONDON

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

WEST ASHTON
26-29/8

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

SATURDAY

BIRMINGHAM

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

SUNDAY

BRIGHTON

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

CHELMSFORD

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

LONDON

Jungle Mania Carnival Special @ The Coronet. DJ DIE, DILLINJA, RANDALL, MICKY FINN, BROCKIE & DET, KROME & TIME, NICKY BLACKMARKET, KENNY KEN, BRYAN GEE, JUMPIN JACK FROST, DARREN JAY, REMARC & EKSMAN + 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

Free download: Klute – FabricLive x Metalheadz

Klute’s taste and the man’s command of intricate, rowdy and yet still quite slinky drum & bass music has long had him up on the underground pedestal. His Commercial Suicide label, as the name suggests, takes risks on releasing music for (and by) people who appreciate the finer workings of face paced, jungle influenced soundsystem music. But that doesn’t mean that what he makes, releases and plays is necessarily a combination of any of those things. And whilst I appreciate that there’s a sense of sweeping disregard in that last statement, there was definitely meant to be – Klute’s consistently remained relevant by being resolute, sticking to his guns and working with music he believes in.

That concentrated focus is undoubtedly one thing he shares with a lot of people who run a lot of record labels – or run their own operations for the upkeep of their own sanity – but when you think about the legacy of drum & bass, which is by design quite a young genre, there’s a real synergy between Klute’s operation and that of Goldie’s Metalheadz label. Fastidious and committed to the advancement of their chosen form of music, the two parties feel like they were made for each other; which is why we’re stoked to welcome Klute to the next Metalheadz takeover of Room One on 1st May. His appearance on that lineup really does tick a whole lot of d&b boxes, so we reached out and asked him if he wanted to do something to mark the occasion. He did this…

Advance tickets HERE

Free download: 15 Years Of Virus – DJ Optical

New Release Minimix #39 12-08-12

Exclusive mix from EntityNo1 covering the best in this weeks new releases;

Tracklist

Elevate This Sound – Calyx & Teebee
Damage (Sunchase Remix) – Blu Mar Ten
First Snow – Chris Su
Drawn By Intrigue – Random Movement
Beast – Bachelors of Science feat. Emcee Child
Dance Floor Ram – Jayline & Papa G
The Fallen – ill Haze
Peace Love & Unity – DJ Hype feat MC Fats (Basher Remix)
Back Here – Jaydan feat. Mia Sylvester
Red Mist VIP – Octane
All Night Long VIP – Northern Lights feat. Bad Education
Hurting – Calyx & Teebee