What a beautiful woman she was. Today is a day for Remembering Kemistry, because it marks the 17th anniversary of her untimely death. She was definitely one of the most influential women in drum and bass, and was part of the formidable duo Kemistry and Storm. You know how you can always remember where you were when you heard some terrible news? Well, I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news. I was a door to door seller back then, and went to work in a daze of shock, in fact, I shed a few tears. I was incredibly sad because it was such shocking and freakish circumstances through which this horrendous tragedy occurred. The short side of the story is that it was a road accident where she was a passenger in a car and a cat’s eye from the road was dislodged and flew through the windscreen of the car and hit her, killing her instantly. It’s a totally bizarre occurrence and she was taken away far too soon. One cannot fathom such a strange accident which was so fatal. But, her memory is with us always. What is so beautiful is that to this day, people pay homage to her contributions to the music, and never forget that at a time where women weren’t hugely involved in DJing and production – which they still aren’t, but more so now, Kemistry and Storm were trailblazers and were loved by everyone in the scene.
A Brief History
Kemistry was a DJ in the early 90s who co-founded Metalheadz, there isn’t much more to say about that when you think that to this day Metalheadz is still a force in the industry and sets a standard for many people. She was responsible for bringing Goldie into the drum and bass scene and when you think about it, without her influence, we wouldn’t have what we have now with regard to that label and the music. Her influence alongside her good friend Storm paved the way for many female DJs.
Taken Too Soon But Never Forgotten
17 years on remembering Kemistry is as strong as ever. Rest in peace, angel, you have an amazing legacy.
What would it take for you to stop supporting an artist’s music?
My Gender bias in drum & bass part 2 was inspired by a discussion I was having with a few people on this very subject. It made me think a lot about the obvious inequalities in music as a whole, and specifically drum and bass because it is a male dominated scene. There are many reasons why it happens to be so dominated by men in the clubs and elsewhere, and this is something that I will go into much more detail about another time. For now I do want to stick with what prompted today’s thoughts. Today’s thoughts are about female MCs.
Can A Woman Be As Good An MC As A Man In Drum & Bass?
I will say right now that there is, in my opinion, gender bias in drum & bass. I will be the first to say that I’m not really into the notion of MCs as a whole. Now, don’t get me wrong, there are some very good experienced ones who know and understand how to keep the vibe going. They know when to keep quiet and know how to get the crowd hyped up. It’s a very ‘macho’ thing to be an MC. A lot of lyrics can be quite misogynistic, violent, and funny, but they all have to be delivered with a certain amount of toughness and intent to get the crowd moving. The delivery needs raw energy and sometimes if they’re that good at the delivery, then the lyrics don’t even have to make much sense! The MC has blown up in recent years with more and more emerging on the drum & bass scene. Nowadays you’ll get just as many MCs on a flyer as DJs, and in fact more. But the fact that there are women wanting to get involved I think is great. Drum & bass could always do with diversity. What makes a woman stand out would be for the same reason as a man – she needs tough delivery of her lines, she has to command the room, be confident and have an interesting flow. Most women will draw inspiration from other male MCs and emulate that because after all, that’s what they’re inspired by. If a woman is spitting her rhymes to a club full of mostly men, her lyrics need their respect and those would contain most likely violent and or ‘unladylike’ material. I have heard some very good female MCs, the flow and lyrical content is important if I’m going to keep listening, but the lyrics need to match the vibe of the music. There aren’t as many females doing this and therefore with less to choose from compared to men, it’s harder to give a balanced opinion on whether a woman can be as good as a man. What I gathered about this subject from my earlier discussion was that most of the people didn’t like the fact that the lady MCs sounded like ‘men’. They tried to deepen their voices, and throw out outrageous lyrics for approval from the drum & bass music lovers. But what is a girl to do? You can’t please everyone! To match what is currently out there you need the same kind of impact or if she was to be more ‘ladylike’ would have to soften her delivery which wouldn’t have the same effect for the music overall. The other option would be to be a singer, but if that isn’t your bag why should you be!
Why Does Drum & Bass Have These Gender Issues?
I can only give my personal opinion on this, largely because I’m female so maybe a bit on the defensive here 🙂 but my opinions are also formed from the responses to this earlier discussion I had. This music scene, drum & bass has a huge gender slant – men.. so with that they cater more for themselves. Men generally like a tougher side to this scene so there is a lot of testosterone flying about. A lot of girls into the music tend to dress the way the men do, it’s comfortable and they want to fit in, plus that’s how they choose to express themselves. There are two ways a lady can stand out in a male environment – from what I have witnessed. Be like one of the lads, or be like one of the girls. Being overly girly doesn’t garner the kind of respect a female MC would want, she’d want to be treated as an equal. Looking more like how the men dress gets her there to a degree. That isn’t so attractive to the majority of men, especially if they think women should look like ‘women’! Then there’s her efforts on the mic, she needs lyrical flow, decent rhymes and tough delivery. That also changes the normal thinking of what a ‘female’ should sound like. The female voice tends to be not as strong sounding as a man’s, so the extra effort she needs to put in could come across as forced – another reason to say why a female isn’t such a good fit for the role of MC (by the haters, not me!) I think that it may seem to blur the lines between males and females, almost like when a female bodybuilder works hard to achieve her goals, it takes her further away from the traditional idea of what a woman should look like and closer to the general idea of what a man should look like. The idea of women in drum & bass taking on these positions is shifting the idea of how a woman should look, behave, and sound. If she is very good at what she does she will always have respect, but if she’s not ‘up to scratch’ as in like the leaders who just happen to be men, then she will get ridiculed, and can have people drawing the conclusions that generally speaking women are just not as good. So it does have me wondering here, is that it? Is it the idea that these roles shift the ideas of what women should be like are a bit more uncomfortable for some men, and women to take? Does the fact that we really shouldn’t be gender specific in roles in all walks of life sound so strange?
I ask the question about gender bias in drum and bass, because, most recently Mollie Collins did a set on BBC 1Xtra which didn’t go as planned. Drum and bass has split so much in the styles and it has so many sub genres now that you will be quite selective about what you want to listen to. Social media went into a frenzy over her track selection in the mix, not only that, but her mixing wasn’t great. The beats were very out of time. A lot of people will say that she just wasn’t ready to be on a huge platform to mix as she is a new up and coming DJ. Others have said that it was just nerves that controlled how her set went. I have listened to the set, and my honest opinion is that it wasn’t for me.. the style of drum and bass, and the mixing. She seemed to try to do too much to make her set something that would be memorable and unfortunately it became memorable for all the wrong reasons. Track selection aside, the mixing ability was poor. But, she is young, up and coming, and was on a huge platform, not to mention having cameras on her. Her hands were visibly shaking which obviously shows levels of anxieties at play. Playing in a club is easier to mask mistakes like that – I suppose, but this is a different platform. There certainly was outrage from avid drum and bass followers. The fact that she has management and possibly doesn’t need it, the fact that she has only been doing this for about a year, the fact that she knows the right people in the industry to get her certain spots that she may not have otherwise, and the fact that she is a pretty face. It has been said that there are other female DJs that have been around longer with far more experience who were much more deserving of that spot. But who would turn that down if the opportunity was presented to them?
Does Gender Bias Exists?
In my experience it does to a certain extent. Production and DJing is certainly a male dominated arena. The sexist comments do appear, such as ‘whose dick did she suck to get that post’, or, ‘who did she sleep with to get that..’ The idea that if you’re a woman you have to give sexual favours in order to get somewhere is extremely patronising, whether you have top level talent or not. If you’re not the most talented of men you may not get those kinds of comments but you still get the trash talk! It’s sad that as a woman you are going to get this. DJ Rap in her heyday was associated with much the same, but she is renowned for being a very talented DJ and producer. It makes me wonder where it stems from, because she is obviously a very attractive woman, and Mollie Collins is certainly a very attractive young woman! Food for thought there…
Is It Jealousy?
Is it? She is a newcomer to the stage and exposed to something quite big early on in her career. Do people feel jealous as if she’s jumped the queue? I personally think there is an element of that. But I think it stems from the fact that there are far more experienced and talented DJs better equipped to handle that kind of pressure. As I said earlier, who wouldn’t jump at the chance to be on such a platform if it was presented to them? All DJs have made mistakes in mixes, no one is a robot. But…, experienced DJs have ways of redeeming their mixes a lot quicker.
The Bottom Line
It’s a great opportunity for anyone serious about their passion to take up, and it’s a great thing that the BBC is will
ing to showcase newer blood. Rising stars are the future and yes, it would’ve been better if she hadn’t have made so many mistakes, but I think the true test of her character will be what she does after her 1Xtra performance.
Drum and bass is such amazing dance music. I love a lot of dance music but this form of electronic music hits my soul in a way that nothing else has ever managed to. When I’m on that dance floor riding the rhythms of the dirty beats and bass-lines, I also pay attention to the DJs. That is a real important aspect to me. When I was raving in the mid to late 90s, for me it really was just more about hearing the music. If a flyer had drum and bass on it, I’d be there! Fast forward 20 odd years and it’s much more important to me who I’m going to be seeing playing behind the decks. Dance music culture is just as much about the DJs as it is about the dance music. There is a genre split that ever divides this drum and bass scene, which is inevitable in any dance music scene, and drum and bass is no exception. DJs that once played in the same arena would never be on the same bill now, due to the slightly different directions they took in their music selections for the clubbers and ravers, and with the new blood of producers and DJs emerging constantly, things are always going to change and evolve. When you grow up in the scene as I have, you listen to the DJs that reliably play the styles of music you want to hear. They may mix things up themselves, but they will be generally drawn to certain kinds of dance music that appeal to them, and that in turn appeals to their followers. More than ever there seems to be so much competition to be seen and heard, the arts is such a saturated place. The use of social media is fantastic for building followers and subscribers and is the way forward. The younger generations have that hands down!! The veteran DJs who built their names before social media even existed have such an amazing advantage over the newer generations in terms of the legacy they created. Social media allows them to stay in contact with their fans, and increase their fan base by reaching out to the younger generations. Most people get into Djing and music production through being inspired by the people who led the way before them, so the new generations of the DJs will always pay homage to the veteran DJs through their own music selections, social media posts and nights that they themselves would attend.
Why Salute The Dance Music Veteran DJ?
Myself being in the older generation of the avid raver, I tend to be drawn to people that play things that cater to my tastes – which for me has elements of things that I loved back in the day from the 90s on-wards (as well as the newer sounds – can’t stay stuck in the past!!) I have more than enough energy to dance all night without having to ever sit down for breath.. I pride myself on my dance energy 🙂 but I have also come to appreciate the feeling of being at a club and hearing the music just for the sake of hearing it and being involved in the sound, quite like how a lot of people would go to jazz concerts to appreciate the musicality without needing to dance and sweat all night. Ideally I would be there to burn some serious calories, as well as sit back and enjoy the music with a strong head-nod. What does the veteran DJ do for me?
- They know their craft
- They have had to work hard to stay on top
- They understand how to build a music set
- They’ve had to DJ live
- They are passionate about what they do
- They understand the crowd that go to see them and what they want
- They have tried and failed
- They have picked themselves up and kept going
- They always leave you wanting more
When you have been around for 20 plus years, in the same dance music scene that you helped to pioneer through DJing, producing or both, you have met hundreds, thousands of people even. You’ve seen the changes, been part of the changes, the things you have learned in order to keep the party going, to create an atmosphere that scores of people are all connected to is a powerful thing. To maintain respect of people who have followed you for decades and to gain the respect of people who have only heard of you in the last year or two is second to none. One of my favourite night’s out is a mid week bi-mothly affair called Soul In Motion. One of my favourite veteran DJs – Bailey, is resident of this night. Bailey as you know has been around a long time, most notably known for being a Metalheadz resident DJ and hosting a show on 1extra and now Mi-Soul. A very talented and sharp DJ who has done amazing things for this particular dance music genre. I had the pleasure of working with Bailey recently with a project that excited me to no end!
(Click here to check out why it’s a great project!) Bailey prides himself on hiring DJs that have paved this dance music scene and has garnered the respect of so many people. We can’t resist taking photographs with our idols and friends at nights out such as this!
This is a deep post today, bear with me!
I’ve always wondered about pop music. A lot of it is something that I never cared about, never felt much about it. Don’t get me wrong, there are some popular mainstream songs and music that I like, but on the whole it’s not for me. Video imagery has definitely made pop music something even more than the music itself. I’ll start with symbolism. Symbols and imagery have been used a lot in award ceremonies. There are plenty of conspiracy theorists who have made multiple videos about such imagery and symbolism and plenty of people think that this is all a bunch of absolute bollocks. I will say that quite a few of the theories I believe to be bollocks, but there are some things that I do find bizarre. It could be because the music industry know that theorists will read into things, so therefore play on this to get more exposure for greater gain – propaganda, or really this is something that this is happening for a reason. Conspiracy theorists will tell you that it is all about a New World Order. There will be talks about symbolism to get us all ready for this New World Order, by the time it kicks in we will subconsciously know and be of free will to submit to it. The world stage is major pop music concerts, the super bowl, music and TV award ceremonies and the likes. I was introduced to the research of David Icke around 2000. Watched quite a few videos where he talked about the Royal Family, blood lines, American Presidency etc… I took in the information and decided he was full of shit! It was so far fetched, but remembered what he basically had to say. I had a friend have me read a book called Behold A Pale Horse, more conspiracy crap! I read it took in the information and then thought, “Well, what’s the fucking point? Why are people doing this? For what gain? Why hide this from public knowledge?”. I continued my life day to day doing what I do, and I still live day to day doing what I do! But, I will say the things I see do leave me asking questions. Why do people like Miley Cyrus (who arguably isn’t that talented at all) become icons on the world stage? Why is there constant reference to certain symbols and masonic imagery? A part of me does think that it is playing to the conspiracy theorists because it gives them more exposure, makes people search for them on Google, watch their videos on Youtube, read their tweets on Twitter, and therefore keep them in the public eye, because, after all, all publicity is good publicity.
To understand the imagery you’d need to know about what people believe to be masonic, Illuminati imagery. If we relate this to music, and in particular, big music awards such as the MTV VMAs, all you have to do is look on Youtube for things like that to see there seems to be a theme. A few examples of what people read into can be found here where Lady Gaga is apparently possessed. Then people will find other kinds of imagery in things that we just see as pure advertising for a product.
I certainly do think that people will look to anything to prove their point even if it’s absolute bullshit! And a lot of things in these videos, I do believe is absolute bullshit! Theories of celebrities being cloned, not looking quite the same or human somehow, dead in the eyes. I mean I would rationalise their dead in the eyes look from being over-worked, followed by fans, haters, paparazzi, partying way too hard with drugs and alcohol.. I mean I certainly look dead in the eyes after a hard night of excess! They get a lot of plastic surgery altering their looks over time to look more ‘perfect’, so that can explain the looking different – not to mention hair, makeup and lighting. I will admit that there does seem to be some very odd things that happen in the upper echelons of the entertainment industry. The thing is when you have a lot of money your world opens up to weird things. Weird concepts, and they play on it. Brings more attention to them as a brand and their music or films. Who wouldn’t want more hits on their youtube channel if people will by trying to look more closely for satanic imagery or messages in their music videos. But, some of those things are there. You do find images of people like Rihanna, Katy Perry, Madonna, Britney Spears, Beyonce and more doing things that do have references to the occult. How much can you believe that this is the message they are trying to push out to the world? Or they just enjoy that side of artistry in a creative way?
Britney Spears Performing I’m A Slave 4 U
Conspiracy theorists have a field day with this imagery. Why? Christians believe that the snake represents temptation and evil. Britney is scantily clad and certainly has a huge amount of sex appeal. Or she’s just trying to be sexy to captivate her fans?
This woman needs no introduction! Madonna has been in the music industry since the early 80s and always was very sexual. We know that sex sells. She always had the producers of the moment helping her get those hit songs decade after decade. But she also has always had a fascination with what looks like the darker arts. A quick google search can show you countless images of her over the years with very suggestive imagery. One has to wonder whether her blatant occult symbolism is really something she practices or whether it’s something she wants attention for to maintain being talked about? Madonna is a very driven human being and seems to get her way a lot. You do have to wonder what she is willing to do in order to get what she does, just like any of them really.. but they all play to people to fire these flames and it keeps them famous…
More ‘Satanic’ imagery here. The top picture you can research that if you like.. The second represents the pyramid, the third picture is apparently representative of the ‘666’ and the bottom picture is representative of the all seeing eye. Is she trying to brainwash her legions of fans in the potential coming of the New World Order by her puppet masters who keep her incredibly rich? Or maybe she just is part of the hype?
Again with those pyramid symbols…
When you start to research you delve into a deeper depth of illuminati symbolism. The internet is filled with the MK Ultra mind control programme of people, not just the entertainers, but presidents, news reporters and many more. If you want to know about any of it all you need do is a google search and it’s easy to find. In fact it’s not hard to find video footage of people such as Britney Spears, Mariah Carey, Katy Perry, Lindsay Lohan, Beyonce and many more people who seem very not on this planet at times and doing very odd things. whether that is due to MK Ultra mind control or over work and lack of sleep…who really actually knows? Thing is, once people want to believe a certain theory it will stick, and it’s more fun and exciting to believe that is the case with them, that they are into devil worship and sacrifice to Satan, being used as slaves and perform rituals in order to further their careers, keep their handlers happy and so forth.
If you search the internet you could look up all sorts of major stars and find similar imagery. I remember as a child coming across an album that my dad had of Earth Wind and Fire. The cover art had pyramids, and generally a lot of their art did. They had the all seeing eye on some too. A lot of ancient Egyptian mysticism is caught up in energy channeling and a lot of people research the meanings of symbols. This is something that goes way back. It makes you wonder if this is about true knowledge and energy and when you channel this energy, good or bad things can come to you depending on how you decide to channel this energy. Fact is no one truly knows do they? There is no real definitive proof about everything, but there certainly are strange things going on!
So what’s my stance? As you can see from how I’ve structured this article I certainly am in two minds about it all.I do wonder why a mediocre performer can become a worldwide star with next to no talent. Maybe they sleep with the right people to get the gigs they need in order to climb the ladder for greed? Who knows? Maybe they are willing to work harder than the more talented people to get to where they are? Maybe they will sell their soul to the devil? I do think that people have agendas that could be shocking, but maybe not as shocking as being part of the illuminati, more about self gain. In saying that, we all want to do better for ourselves to some degree for whatever motivations we have. I also think that the major pop stars have people who direct their lives and tell them what to do in order to get another step up the ladder, or to maintain where they are instead of crashing down. You have to be a certain kind of driven person to do that, and I do believe that there maybe really are a few people who succumb to the darker arts to do so, but I don’t think it’s true for all. I think that some people jump on that bandwagon to further themselves, rather than truly take part in it. This is all speculation though. No real proof or evidence. But, whatever the truth is, something is working, because it is all over the internet, I’m talking about it! Could I imagine my music genre being a part of it? Not really. It’s niche. Drum and bass, is getting to the mainstream and could possibly start pushing different agendas to what it initially started out with so who knows.. It’s a fascinating subject. Maybe Goldie does Illuminati signs without me realising – I’ll have to watch him more closely!
Before I get onto that I want to talk about how I listened to music growing up. As a child in the 80s my house was filled with music everyday. My parents always had something going, be it African, Arab and world music, rhythm and blues, jazz, big band or pop. It was fair to say that I was exposed to all sorts of different kinds of music. By the time that my brother and I were old enough to buy our own music there was hip hop, new jack swing, hardcore, jungle, house, drum and bass and all sorts of weird and wonderful sounds to add to our eclectic mix in the house. We had a tape deck for cassettes, and a record player. Music to me as a child was something that you physically owned. It came in a sleeve or cassette cover and had artwork, biogs, something more than just the sound you hear. You took them round to your friend’s place, having a record or tape was something you had to look after, and it was a big thing to lend your mate your music because you had to part with it and wait to get it back. The day I learned to put the needle on the record I felt such a huge sense of accomplishment. I must’ve been around 6 or 7 when I did that. My parents had quite a big record collection and it was always a conversation piece for people when they visited our home. That collection grew and grew when my brother and I added to it – and that is quite the conversation piece now let me tell you! The memories of going to record shops, listening to the latest releases, and seeing the same faces almost every time you went there was such a great experience. It was a very social thing. The disappointment when the last album on vinyl was sold to someone else moments before you arrived, and you had to come back next week for your copy, or the sadness on someone else’s face when you got the last record that they wanted for themselves, you had that feeling of being there first and being the victor of gaining this amazing piece of vinyl! My brother and I had so much pride in our growing collection and to this day I love it. Vinyl had it’s downside though. They get dusty clogging up the stylus making the sound quality less than perfect. Leaving your vinyl in a hot place can make it warp and therefore impossible to play, and don’t get me started on a scratched record that skips!! Cassette tapes were good for recording your music onto, but they too had their problems. The tape coming out of the bottom and you’d need a pencil or pen to reel it back in. The possibility of the tape getting twisted or broken leaving them impossible to play.. but I have great memories of owning music in that way. Move onto to the 90s and CDs were the in thing. They certainly were smaller than a record, didn’t have reels of tape that could get twisted or broken, still had artwork on the cover, but being smaller you couldn’t get as lost in the visuals as you could for a 7″ or 12″ record, but it was the future. Mini discs made a brief appearance in time but didn’t stand the test like CDs. At that stage in time I would’ve never thought that music would be like it is now.
We are in a new age of music now. We can purchase our music with clicking a button, it’s amazing. Your music is now a file that never gets scratched, never needs a pencil to reel it back up, can never get warped or damaged, it’s winning all round. You can play it from your phone, PC, Mac, tablet and more and more things are being made everyday, it seems, for where you can transfer your files to in order to play them. Even more amazing is that so many of us that want to release our own music, can. We can do everything, set up our own websites and sell to our fans, friends and followers. You most likely won’t get so much exposure that way because ultimately what you want is to get to a wider audience, right? Getting your music on iTunes, Beatport, Juno Download and a host of other downloading sites is a great way to build more exposure for yourself rather than just trying to sell through your own site. Things are moving along so fast now in terms of technology that the way people are listening to and purchasing music is changing again. That’s where we come to online streaming services. Music download sales are going down and streaming is rising up. The great thing about streaming is that you are listening to the music in real time and don’t actually download any files. This does mean you can listen to a lot of things and it’s a very inexpensive way to hear the music you love. For an independent artist trying to make something for themselves if you want exposure to potential fans and followers getting onto streaming sites is a very good option. The downside for that independent artist, is that they make next to nothing from streaming their music. I alone am at around 4,000 streams for my latest release Resurrection which sounds like a decent number as it’s only been out for around 4 weeks. My royalties from that averages to around £17 give or take a quid here and there. Now if those were all download sales I’d be looking at a figure much nearer to £6k! I am a personal believer in paying for a service. I enjoy music and the people who made the music should be paid fairly in my opinion, so I would go to a download store because I want the artist to get a better deal for their work. In reality I would much prefer to buy a physical copy! But as we are talking about streaming and downloads I personally would rather that they get a fairer deal in the best out of a bad bunch of options. Speaking as somebody who came from an era where music was physically owned and you had to look after your copy of it, it meant more to me. Downloads are easy and streaming is even easier, but it all depends on what music means to you and how important it is that you own your copy of music or just can access it. Technology is ever evolving and the impact of change often has an effect on the previous way of doing things. There are a lot of music lovers out there, people who will constantly buy music so it’s a no brainer that subscribing to a service for around £10 per month that gives you access to such a huge array of listening pleasure makes sense to someone who spends a lot of their hard earned money on the things they love. What price are people prepared to pay for music, and how can the music industry keep up and compete?? Thanks to services like youtube, you just don’t need to pay for music and there will always be people who just won’t pay, but still feel the need to listen to it as much as they want. It’s getting to the point where there are other services that will be cheaper to challenge other leading streaming services to gain more customers. That leaves me in a state of concern for musicians who want to make a decent go at this industry or people who just want to be a part of it.
But in saying that I do think there is good news. Vinyl sales are making quite the comeback. For an artist releasing music on vinyl is quite the badge of honour, and for the consumer vinyl is seen by many as the ultimate value with high quality audio as well as the attention to detail in it’s cover artwork – all the things that I loved about owning a physical product as a child and teenager. Vinyl sales hit £2.6million in 2016, whilst digital downloads got to £2.1million. Vinyl has continued growth in sales since 2008. There’s now a new generation of people buying vinyl and they are reaping the benefits of having something collectible. It’s so interesting that people are willing to spend higher amounts on vinyl because it seems to have a much higher value than that of a download. I see things this way… we can have access to music in so many forms now, a lot more than what I could’ve dreamt about when I was a child in the 80s, but what I am accepting is that we can stream and download and still buy a physical product. People still want to own their music in a physical sense as well as in other forms. They all have a place and it depends on what the music does for you. I’ll always want to support an artist and buy their product, but you can’t blame people for choosing a cheaper option. The fact that physical sales are on the rise again just shows that people want to hold in their hands the end product, own it, look after it, cherish it. Music does that to me, and I’m glad that it does that to so many other people. The technologically savvy younger generation are getting with it too, and that’s great!!!
I quite like reading things about the drum and bass scene. I can’t always be around it and rub shoulders with the people that I’d like to, and I certainly can’t go to all of the nights that I’d like to attend (especially if there are more than one on at the same time) so I sometimes just read articles about the latest happenings, talk with people on social media and listen to the old and the new. Today I was on the Drum And Bass Arena site, just navigating it, looking for things of interest and I stumbled upon the Hall Of Fame page. A great page!! Some of the people on there are people that inspired me to do what I do, first and foremost. They were instrumental in creating something that has lasted decades and continues to grow. Some real iconic people in that list. In fact, some of those people are featured on the latest Vivid Sounds release: Resurrection, and they are people that have been looked up to by me since the early 90s, so as you can imagine this project was a huge deal to me and such a pleasure to be a part of and do. So proud of this mix by Bailey. Encompasses something in me, something that truly is an insight into what I love – pure raw energy with rhythmic beats, bass and sounds. When noise is organised to create passion, emotions, feelings and the desire to move your body in time with it, and pushes the boundaries of what ‘music’ is, it opens your mind up to the idea of more obscure sounds and a new idea to what music can be. I always felt this music had that quality. The ability to push a boundary. Something that could make certain people uncomfortable with it’s unconventional sounds, yet can bring pleasure and joy to others. The people on this page on DNBA had a big hand in bringing that to us in this scene. The only thing that I didn’t like about the page content was that it was too short in the list of people who had made it to the drum and bass hall of fame. I would’ve liked to have seen Lemon D, Loxy and Ink, Dylan, Jonny L, Spirit, Digital, D’Cruze, Brockie, Bailey, Technical Itch and Decoder, Photek, Source Direct, Dom & Roland, Ed Rush & Optical, Kryptic Minds & Leon Switch… There’s more but these are personal choices. One thing you can say about all of them, is that they are all very individual in style. Very recognisable in how they do what they do, and I think that is what pushes things forward, individuality as DJs and/ artists rather than following the latest trend.
One thing I do love about the scene above the music and the nights out, is the close knit community. You tend to see a lot of the same people at certain raves and create friendships that are long lasting all through the power of this music… isn’t that something!
I certainly wan’t to do another mix compilation that is about my passion for the music, featuring some of the above mentioned artists would be amazing, so watch this space for more Vivid Mixes. I feel like it’s important to remind people where this scene grew from. Why they love it so much now is because of these pioneers and they set the standard. Set the code for what we listen to, dance to, DJ with, aspire to be and envy! Who would your hall of fame include?
Not to mention Nucleus & Paradox, Future Prophecies, Dylan, Saburuko and Dungeon Master? Their drum and bass tracks have been selected by yours truly and mixed to the standards of absolute perfection by Metalheadz stalwart, and legend, DJ Bailey.
It’s probably unusual for a record label in it’s own right would choose to do a mix compilation from different labels to release under their own. There aren’t many hard and fast rules about music (other than legal ones to adhere to) and things are evolving and changing all the time. It’s difficult to stand out amongst a heavily packed niche crowd, and in order to do so I decided that doing something different for a label owner such as this would help me stand out.
I certainly feel as though I’ve achieved this from the most fantastic design with thanks to Synaxis for his photography and graphic artwork. The bespoke pop up CD design makes the product feel as special as it sounds, and just the overall effect is better than I imagined, even though I micro-managed the entire thing! I am so proud of this effort from myself and everyone involved, which is why I can’t stop posting about Resurrection!
RESURRECTION! RESURRECTION!! RESURRECTION!!! Available in all good download stores and record shops like Dance Two, Truck Store (Oxford), Spun Out Sounds, Seismic Records, Eastern Bloc, Jumbo Records, Soundclash, Sister Ray and Juno Records.
UNTIL THE BEST OLDSKOOL DRUM AND BASS MIX BY METALHEADZ DJ – BAILEY, HITS RECORD SHOPS AND ALL GOOD DOWNLOAD STORES….. RESURRECTION!