What to say about the old man Chris? His distinctive butt shake when he gets deep in the mix is infectious as are the tunes he plays and the way that he mixes them. Playing music guaranteed to get your smile on and your body bouncing he prides himself on his crowd playing ability. Not afraid to chuck in a hardcore belter from time to time he’s been mixing for 15 years and it really shows. Influences from the early rave days of 91 are obvious with his mixer flicking and casual easy come, easy go style, imitating the ways of his rave day heroes Slipmatt, Mickey Finn, and Easygroove. His proudest moments are playing in Dungeoness at west Wales’s first ever rave and playing alongside Nu:Tone to a full capacity 750 crowd, all shaking their booty’s and going nuts. Keep an eye this boy, he’s as cheeky as they come and a charmer to boot. You’d never guess his real age, he’s 21 through and through.
I set my eyes on a set of decks for the first time when I was about 7 years old. My uncle Indi used to dj in his bedroom on his limited edition technics 1200 mrk1 golds, and I used to sit and watch not really knowing what he was doing but enjoying the music he played. He used to play alot of oldskool house and the time and I remember it made me wanna dance lol.
After that I remember my cousin Huw started mixing when I was about 12, he called himself Dj Voodoo and used to make me cds and as I was a bit older it caught my interest in what he was doing but still didnt really get into mixing until i was about 16.
It was cousin Huw that got me started to be honest, we started hangin out loads when I was about 15 and he just passed his driving test and needed somewhere do go drive, and as I lived quite far from him in Swansea, and he had lots of mates here anyway we started hangin out and listening to tunes together and chillin at my house lots with other family and friends including Phill the bass.
One day he came up and was like listen to this tune man, I can’t remember what it was but it was drum and bass and I was like oh my gosh I’ve always wanted to listed to tunes with more breaky beats instead of the normal hard dance and stuff we listened to at the time, it dawned on me that I had for years listened to it but not known that dnb stemmed from jungle and rave. Huw had some dnb on vinyl too and I used to go down his to have a go at making tunes and learn to mix. At the time I was so paranoid at not being as good as Huwbert straight away I had a couple of lessons and was like “Naah man i’m shit, i’m not mixing in front of you!” but I so so wanted to learn, so decided I needed my own decks
to practise on.
Christmas came when I was 16 and my mum who is a leg end, had bought me decks, I was so chuffed man, I knew I was getting them but to finally have them was awesome!! Only thing was when I pulled them out and set them up I broke the stylus staight away, so me and my decks didnt get on immediately. I got replacement ones but I was in a bit of a strop with them and thought they might break again if I tried to mix, but after 6 months we were friends again coz I had started buying vinyl and neeeeeded to play them.
The first few records I bought included Jenna G’s In Love ep, Spor supernova Ep and Andy C Roll on amongst about 10 other records. I loved my jumpup at the time. I learned to mix on the Jenna G ep as all of the tracks started with a crisp beat with no kinda trancy stuff beforehand making it easy for me to find the first beat to cue it up and beat match. I stayed a bedroom dj for about 5 years.
In that 5 years I met Dj Dub and we started going out, and because he was a dj years ago and didnt have decks or records any more, I encouraged him to get back into it and bought him some records he used to own before for christmas the first christmas we were together. We both love oldskool man so had lots in common, plus I thought, I can borrow his tunes if I buy him some lol. I bought him Topbuzz living in darkness ep some Blame and 2badmice, and he was well chuffed. With me encouraging him to get back into it in turn it encouraged me to get better at mixing, I couldn’t have my boyfriend being way better than me could I?
Also in that 5 years I met a very good friend Ayshlyng when we started the same job together and she seemed the only person that I was gonna get on with in the training group, and I was right. She in turn introduced me to Maiya, Maiya introduced me to Tom, we all became great mates and I lived with them all for a while. We had some house partys that me, DJ DUb, Huw and Phill played. Tom knows everyone too so some of his mates that came over were fellow djs or event promoters, and they noticed I had decks set up in our living room. One in particular noticed and that was Gwilym. Without even hearing me on the decks asked if i wanted to play at his night, and trusted that I was good at mixing because all my friends had bigged me up so much. They did the same for Dj Dub too so both of us got a set together as the only DnB duo for Gwilym and Josh’s night Hug the Sub.
That is pretty much my story, I’m now Djing at a few new nights now, Occasionally for Josh’s night Dench, and for Gwilym’s new night Have a Giraffe. We as the Junglised:BassFamily are working with other nights such as the Alliance and have a few small things for fun in some bars in windstreet.
Also met a lot of amazing people who have picked up the decks since i’ve met them including Ben, Dina, Danika and Maiya, the girls of which I’m teaching or have taught to mix along side other friends who mix too.
We need more female djs I do believe!!!
Mixing for just over a year. Somerset born and bred then unleashed on Swansea to add a touch of the welsh craziness to him, he has a passion for DnB that he wears on his chest. Playing anything he can get his hands on whether it’s bouncy, light, minimal or straight up in your face nastiness. He says his style of mixing has been heavily influenced by the people that have taught him how to mix and would like to say a special thanks to Kev, Chris, Huw, Phill, Jimi, Sue, Geraint and Kaya.
Only finding DnB about three years ago, he’s chucked himself right into it, realising it’s something that was missing from his life. He frequents forums and scours soundcloud like a bum who lost a quid for his cider all in aid of trying to find those tunes to give you a good ol’ screwface.
He’s also known for talking about himself in the third person.
I was introduced to the underground scene by school friends with flyers, records & tapes from early raves. I starting to buy vinyl in 94 but it wasnt until the following year I sourced some decks (2 record players from 2 seperate hifis!) which done me until I bought my 1210′s.
Labels such as Labello Blanco, Back2Basics, Moving Shadow, Renegade Hardware, Renegade, TOV, Dread, Flex, Formation, Good Looking, Hard Leaders, Metalheadz, Reinforced, Ram, V Recordings, all paved the way for my new found love of Jungle.
Within a couple of years I began playing out in my home town Royston, in Hertfordshire & also starting a small night with friends at a community centre, playing House, Drum & Bass and Hardcore.
After moving to Oxford in 1999 I got involved with Feelthebass.co.uk running an internet radio show with the founder of the website on a regular basis for over a year. By this time I was also spinning house and trance, and had landed sets at The Phoenix in Manchester, The Glasshouse in Leeds, and Wellos and Templars bar in Nottingham to name but a few. It all got a bit expensive spinning three genres, so I decided to go back to my roots and play D&B again.
A few years ago I helped co promote Compound, a monthly night we ran for just under a year. We decided that we wanted a bigger and better venue, and have put it on hold until the time is right.
My first residency was at Oxford longest running Drum&Bass night Source and went on to get residencies at In Motion in Banbury, Breakfreekz and Republica in Oxford, aswell as a night Called Upload in Bristol. These nights are no longer running. I currently hold a residency at a Night called Terraforms in Oxford aswell as a regular wednesday night slot on www.darkwaxradio.com streaming live from 9pm-10pm.
Some of the places i’ve played out in include: Copenhagen, Malmo, London, Bristol, Coventry, Swansea, Banbury, Leicester, Stoke On Trent, Peterborough, Bounrnemouth and Oxford.
I have played alongside some of the scenes best artists throughout my years djing. These included: Goldie, Randall, Andy C, Ed Rush, Total Science, Skitty, Kasra, Squire, Masheen, Loxy, Noisia, Vicious Circle, D Bridge, Silent Witness, DJ Lee, Break, Lomax, Gremlinz, Pleasure, TC, Distorted Minds, DJ Die, The Insiders, Pyro, Stunna, Klute, Friction, Simon Bassline Smith, Drumsound, Klute, Friction, Donny , Manifest, Subterra, Sappo, Donavan Smith, Propaganda, Fierce, BSE , Shy FX, The Funktion, Jumping Jack Frost, Manifest, Verb, Special K & D’Cruze
Just over a year ago I ran a night called SUBSHOCK, which was a monthly night. This night catered for all Drum & Bass of all genres, with some Hip Hop, Breaks, Old Skool, Garage, House thrown in to warm up the nights. The night has been on hold for a while now, but will be returning in the near future bigger & better.
Highlights for me over the last few years have been playing a debut set for Intrigue in Bristol and also Renegade Hardware at the special link up event with Valve. Also the gigs I had playing abroad in Copenhagen & Malmo.
I won a dj comp last year run by NeuroFunction (Peterborough techy D&B night) & Kaizen Records and played at there 1st birthday bash.
These days I like to mix across the board of D&B styles, mainly concentrating on the Techy/Dark and Liquid side of D&B, not forgetting the oldskool jungle of course.
Catch my new internet radio show -DJ Vyper – Back To The Future, every monday night 9pm-10pm
Cardiff born, raised in the Welsh Valleys, now back in the ‘diff spinning his biggest passion of deep and soulful Drum n Bass. Also known however, to throw out some truly disgusting and dark bass to upfront dancefloor guaranteed to get you moving.”
Take it steady
T-Base – “The Question I always have to battle with myself over is – 2 decks or 3?” : Arguably one of the freshest talents to come out of welsh capital in the last 5 years, T-Base is known for his super quick mixing, teases galore and double drops that make the collapse of the twin towers look like child’s play. Originally from west London, T-Base came to light in the west, Cardiff to be precise. Over the past 5 years T-Base has been smashing dance floors across the UK, playing with every big name in the scene and holding down 7 different residencies. Now back in the big smoke and having been relatively quiet over the last year, expect a lot from him in the near future as production is under way and as per usual expect an array of quality studio mixes which will be put out to an already extensive online fan base.
T-Base, aka Tom Robson got on the drum and bass ride aged around 14. He started off his musical adventure when he was quite young. He learnt piano, guitar and started singing; gaining grade five piano and music theory.He sang at many big events including the Hammersmith Apollo, Earls Court, London Indoor Arena and the Royal Albert Hall. However, his voice broke and he soon got bored of the piano. This left Tom looking for a new musical pursuit to engage in. His best friend’s older brother (DJ Dusty/BenBen) had recently bought some decks and had taken up mixing drum and bass/jungle. This was Tom’s first introduction to drum and bass. Many nights spent round a mate’s house listening to his brother mix had slowly weaned him onto the music he now loves. Tunes like “The Nine” and “Sinister” (Bad Boy Part 1) gave him the urge to go out and buy his first records. Tom began with a taste for the darker side of drum and bass, stuff like Ray Keith and Bad Company and, for his 16th birthday, he acquired his first pair of decks.At first he didn’t use his decks that much, not finding an incentive to practice being a bedroom DJ with not much opportunity to play clubs. The change came when Tom moved to Cardiff University. There he got involved with the Cardiff Uni’s drum and bass society, One Mission. He then started playing Mondays at Cardiff Union’s premier alternative night, Fun Factory. This gave Tom the confidence he needed to start bettering himself as a DJ. He got into the free party scene playing at numerous raves around the country. He gained his first residency playing at One Mission nights around the capital and soon started playing as a guest DJ on UKBass Radio on Umbillacord’s (aka T-Bone) show on Wednesday nights. 2006 saw Tom become president of One Mission which allowed him build links and contacts with producers and DJs within the scene.
In 2007, T-Base teamed up with Beatsmith and formed a night called Junglised. The night was created to serve a gap within the Cardiff scene for jump up/dancefloor artists. The first night in September 2007 saw Nicky Blackmarket, Chase and Status and Alix Perez play in the welsh capital with instant success. Early 2008 saw Junglised join forces with Plymouth based night Unleashed. This allowed the scope of the night to expand, catering for all tastes and styles of dnb and also catering for hardcore, dubstep and garage. For the next year Junglised brought in over 30 different top name artists and catered for crowds up to 1500 strong. T-Base between this time held down 7 different residencies across the UK, notably Unleashed (Plymouth), Aperture (Cardiff), Bedlam (Swindon), Overload (Bristol), Tuesday Club (Sheffield) and a weekly radio slot on UK Bass Radio. Due to outside influences the night had to end in 2008 and Tom moved back to London to pursue a different career path. Now 2 years on, T-Base has built up a large fan base on facebook, with over 3000 members on his mix page. With limited time due to working responsibilities the only way of continuing with his love of music has been with his online studio mixes. Please feel free to check them out on facebook (T-Base – drum and bass mixes, download/stream) with a large selection of mixes old and new covering all styles of dnb. Thanks to the continuing support of Beatsmith and Welsh crew Junglised has been resurrected and will now look to serve the welsh ravers once more. Be sure to see T-Base at these events and others around the UK.
Ashes began producing back in ’99 after installing Fruity Loops. Excited by the prospect of being able to produce music, he was eager to learn all he could. He began with Trance started building a foundation of knowledge and experience that would carry into his future projects. After attending a rave and hearing Freeform (Trancy Hardcore) he bumped the BPM up in his productions from 140 to 175 and started DJing. After hearing so many breakbeat breakdown in Hardcore, Ashes began stumbling upon hard and dark Drum and Bass. DnB had the same hard bass but with beats that could be twisted and mangled into all kinds of amazing patterns. The switch from Hardcore to Drum and Bass gave Ashes a new appreciation for breakbeats and he was hooked – making anything from hip hop to big beat to ragga jungle.
As good as Drum and Bass was Ashes was starting to get bored and needing something new. Dubstep was all the fad but he couldn’t stand 99% of it until he heard the smash hit Drumstick by Giant. After hearing it, he decided he would try his hand at a remix/cover. Once finished, he had a new appreciation for Dubstep and slowly started finding more and more tunes that he loved. Now he regularly plays and produces both Dubstep and DnB.
Ashes is a graduate of T.A.R.A. (The Audio Recording Academy) Ottawa and offers mastering services at affordable prices. He also runs an Ableton production workshop teaching both new and experienced producers.
You’ll find a lot of Ashes tracks here on Soundcloud.com/djashes
Hailing from South East London, Loot is swiftly moving up the ranks of the Dubstep/ Drum and Bass scene with his exclusive remixes and unique genre-switching style. Expect an up-beat, crowd pleasing performance with plenty of variety that’s bound to transpire to the radio and get all the listeners in the mood to party!