Signing off for Xmas
What a mighty year it has been for Drum & Bass!
Some of my most anticipated albums saw their release into the wild, my favourite labels have been putting out incredible tunes all year long and the scene keeps going from strength to strength, both locally and internationally. I think great times are ahead for my much loved sub-culture.
That’s not to say this year hasn’t had its let downs too. The mighty Nu-Urban heading into administration nearly crippled some of the smaller labels and has put an end to vinyl distribution for a large swathe of the Jump up scene. Sad times.
But S.T Holdings were there to pick up the pieces and now pretty much cover the entire dnb roster.
This year has also seen many changes to the face of DJ’ing. It’s now become the ‘in thing’ to want to be the DJ, you know were on a crash course when Paris Hilton starts taking the piss with your profession.
We’ve also seen some respected DJ’s become discredited due to their pre-planned performances and shitty attitude, Steve Angello!
Along with the separation of styles and talent from the likes of Deadmau5 and Skrillex who ‘perform’ their own works rather than traditionally DJ.
Put this together with an ever decreasing entry point into DJ’ing in terms of both cost and skill set and I think the new year may bring about some much needed changes to the coveted title of ‘DJ’.
Personally I think what were seeing is similar to what has happened to brostep; A massive surge in interest only to water down the talent pool to a sticky, shitty mess which totally discredits the traditional art of DJ’ing and turns it into a joke. I think DJ’ing will turn a corner then.
Having said that, technology has also bought some incredible opportunities to both new and old DJ’s to revolutionise the way they play.
From a personal standpoint, this year I set out to push myself further into the dnb scene and build a name and solid reputation for myself.
Its been a success! This year saw me break out onto radio, delve deeper into production and play at some of my most coveted local venues. All whilst networking and building those valuable bridges.
This year has also seen much positive change in my personal life outside of my music obsession. I landed a new job at one of my most respected developers; Crytek, moved in with my long term girlfriend and, most importantly, got a new studio!
So its been a pretty good year all in all. The world didn’t end and we can look forward to bigger and better things to come!
Special thanks & much love to Arron & Fliss, RED’s, Brad, XTC, James M, RSA and Emz.
So that’s a wrap for this year! I’m going to enjoy what’s left of it with my family & friends, I urge you to get off the computer and do the same too!
I’ll leave you with two new tracks I’ve recently finished and a Merry Christmas!