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Michel Mess – Moody Teen
new track from Bloc Beatz Records set for march release date
Moody teen takes you through an unexpected journey of emotions, along with a mix of deep house beats and dark tribal rhythms. The South African producer Michael Mess follows on perfectly from his previous EP track Infernos. A track guaranteed to go down well at the start, middle and end of a night and leaving you feeling buzzed.
The track will be available to exclusively download on beatport.com on March 19th, for two weeks and then out on all major online stores.
check out the preview here
K Royal & Ross Cobe EP: Dilated
Following the success of K Royal’s debut track with Bloc Beatz Records ‘We Gone Do This’, we are excited to announce the release of his EP titled ‘Dilated’ created alongside Producer Ross Cobe.
The EP includes three tracks, one main song ‘Dilated’ along with two remixes. The first remix is titled ‘Deluxe Remix’ an extra experimentation following the creation of ‘Dilated’ again by K Royal and Ross Cobe. The third track is another remix of ‘Dilated’ by Toni Morreti. While the two remixes have the same foundations as the main track they all sound different and bring a unique feel.
K Royal and Ross Cobe started working together after they met at Stourbridge where Ross Cobe used to run DJ nights. Ross Cobe is one of the original resident DJ’s for Bloc Beatz when the label began running club events and has been a valuable friend of the label. K Royal was inspired by Ross Cobe and was eager to learn from him after seeing his productions progress musically. Once they met they gelled well and instantly took to the studio and began making the EP together. K Royal said the name ‘Diliated’ came about randomly from picking out a record from Ross’ record collection which inspired them and led to the name.
The tracks experiment with House and Techno House and have a constant chilled vibe perfect for the beginning tracks to a party to build the atmosphere or even promotional music.
The EP is released by Bloc Beatz Records and available on Monday 18th July exclusively on beatport.com for 2 weeks. After this it will be available on all other major download stores.
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Chase and Status headline Wireless Festival 2016
A review on Saturday’s headline performance
The Electronic dance duo Chase and Status took the stage at Finsbury Park on Saturday night at Wireless Festival 2016. After J Cole’s mellow performance sobered down the crowd Chase and Status didn’t fail to soon turn the field into a gigantic rave. It proved that even with alcohol out of your system, music is powerful enough to create madness.
Many Wireless fans were disappointed with this years line up according to Metro News as Chase and Status were not a big enough name to headline at the festival as compared to previous acts. But big name or not, the international kings of Drum and Bass to me sure did not disappoint. Their vibrant laser show, along with explosive dance music and fireworks to top it off uplifted the crowd and ended the night with a buzz.
Chase and Status, were formed in 2003 and have made endless amounts of hits such as ‘Blind Faith’ and ‘Time’ and have collaborated with names you may have heard of… like Rihanna, Plan B and Tinie Tempah. Their music is a mixture of Drum and Bass, Dubstep, Hip Hop and Breakbeat. The Brit Award nominees have played to the biggest crowds in the world and are no strangers to festivals after perfecting their set for a number of years.
The set began as the sun went down and continued into a light show as lasers, graphics and pyrotechnics lit up the night sky. The performance featured both producers Saul Mitton and Will Kennar, MC Rage and drummer Andy Gangadeen along with features from Novelist, Tempa T, George The Poet, Liam Bailey and Tom Grennan. They performed their hottest tracks from their albums More Than A lot (2008), No More Idols (2008), Brand New Machine (2013) as well as their new 2016 track ‘Spoken Word’ with George the Poet.
What amazed me the most was realising the amount of hits they had, which people may have forgotten and for me flashed back some memories. But most importantly Chase and Status brought a whole different spin to a festival which usually is dominated by Hip Hop music, their set removed the question as to what race dominates the crowd, instead it didn’t matter as everyone seemed involved. Their sound spans from Dubstep and Drum and Base through to Hip Hip and even hints of indian Bhangra while their heavy rock and punk influence in some songs suggested a sound similar to The Prodigy.
The set was also streamed live on their Facebook page which was quite magical, meaning people from across the world could also be a part of the party in London, so If weren’t in the crowd on Saturday night you still catch their performance there.
Article by Renu Chopra
PRYZM – BIRMINGHAM
From the grapevine the replacement of the former Gatecarsher club went through an overhaul to be refurbished in the region of £1.4 million and to be re-opened in the summer. To Birmingham’s club goers delight PRYZM opened its doors for the first time in the middle of June 2016.
When keeping up to date with the online promotion of this new renovation I was given snippets of what the club would look like. It wasn’t until actually going to one of the open nights that I realised just how smart the new club looked, or how much a place has evolved.
Although PRYZM pretty much has the same layout as previously named Gatecrasher’s it is clear that the £1.4million has been wisely used to revamp the club with modern designs, furniture and extensive high tech equipment, heightening the ultimate club experience. PRYZM boasts 4 rooms; PRYZM, which is the clubs main room playing a mix of ‘club bangers’ and the top 40, a house room, the Curve room playing R&B and bringing the best of the old skool chart and lastly the Vinyl room playing the classic pop anthems.
Upon entry I was welcomed in by the security and the ladies in red, a great colour to make the staff stand out and look smart. The main room was packed with students having a good laugh and dance with their friends and a few hen and stag parties making the most of their last nights before being tied down.
Many of these stag and hen parties where in private booths overlooking the dance floor and DJ booth, and every once in a while I saw a group of three ladies in red walking over with their hands in the air, clutching at bottles of vodka and champagne that were set alight with a sparkler of kinds. I believe these groups were the lucky winners of this week’s online competition to win a few bottles on the house otherwise it was probably VIP spend with the club giving the customers a good atmosphere with their expensive bubbly.
Heading through this room and into the room titled House, there were booths with windows at the ends so you could see back into the previous room, without them looking back the other side was a mirrored glass.
Back in the main room you could head up the stairs and be led into the Vinyl room, this room contained all of the most popular cheesy songs from S Club 7’s Reach for the starts too Lou Bega’ Mambo No. 5. The floor was lit with a checker light changing dance floor where everyone was busting shapes. Where the dance floor ended a vinyl record style carpet began, this continue into matching wallpaper in parts.
Another room followed, the Curve room, another favourite of the students attending that night. The music in this room was of the urban genre playing a mixture of Grime, R&B and Rap music.
The rooms all lead to one another creating a nice passage of easy access the room of choice, back in the main room there had been an appearance for a lady and gentleman on stilts dancing and taking pictures with the young adults. She left after a while to join two others in dancing from a balcony with a lighted wall behind them as Digital Farm Animals appeared for their set in the DJ booth.
During the night things got a little busier in the main room as security entered and stood around the small stage affront, the lads in DFA had finished and it was time for Karen Harding to perform. She did a number of songs including her most popular Say Something and Feel Good right at the end to get the crowd going wild and singing along.
PRYZM offers a number of VIP services and provides other entertainment such as professional dancers, ping pong tables, smoke machines, confetti canons, inflatables and smoke machines. To make your night that little bit more special a number of dance pod’s, mezzanine’s, DJ lounges, Sky Booths and Balcony areas are availed to hire. On a Friday night the standard entry is £5.00 or £3.00 before midnight, on a Saturday the standard entry fee is £8.00 or £6.00 before midnight. Thursday nights are a little different as it is a P.A.R.T.Y event meaning tickets are sold under 3 sections: 1st release (£4.00) 2nd release (£5.00) and final release (£6.00). The prices of drinks do vary with single spirit mixers from £3.50, double spirit mixers from £5.00, cocktails from £4.80 and Becks at £3.70.
With a variety of rooms offering different types of music and entertainment PRYZM is easily able to accommodate many different club goers to a high standard enabling them to have the best night possible. Already it looks as though PRYZM is able to provide an amazing night and an awesome club atmosphere, giving the impression that PRYZM is already meeting the high standard of a great night out that Gatecrasher’s once offered the clubbers of Birmingham.
182 Broad St, Birmingham B15 1DA
Article by Danii H & Kaisha Griffith
Photography by Danii H
Disclosure return with new material to feed festival season
Disclosure’s new debut EP ‘Moog For Love’ is here, after being premiered at their festival ‘Wild Life’ and Zane Lowe’s radio station Beats 1.
The three-track complication features single Moog For Love featuring Bristol DJ and producer Eats Everything, the talked about track BOSS and third track Feel like I Do, which features a soul filling collaboration with Al Green.
Every track brings a unique sound and vibe which appear less mainstream and more experimental compared to their earlier work, as the Lawrence brothers appear to explore the different avenues in which they can push House music.
Upbeat track, BOSS is full of summer vibes and I instantly got me searching for festival tickets. This tune is a grower and definitely infectious, as soon as you play this track you will be dancing. The brothers mix up the ingredients of high hat rhythms with deep muted beats and stir in building rhythms and suspense as they take control of the sound bowl. The track has been talked about by Zane Lowe and Annie Mac and was a definite a crowd pleaser when played live for the first time at Wild Life festival.
Next track, Moog For Love recalls the funky dance rhythms of 90s, mixed with a deeper and heavier bass layered with disclosure’s signature manipulation of vocals which weave between the repetitive beats that we know and love about house. This track rises and falls like a roller coaster showing off their freedom to experiment. It has a more soulful undertone compared to BOSS but again their feel-good vibes will have you throwing yourself around, trust
Now, the third track Feel Like I Do is like the dessert track to this three course EP. It mellows down slightly and increases in chill as the boys add a lush jazz guitar and 80’s blues vocals from legend Al Green.
EP Moog for Love was released June 15th and is now available to check out and stream, have a listen and see what you think.
Article by Renu Chopra
Back in May 2015 Maddie Charles from The Source interviews Jey Kurmis here is a little reminder of it.
Exclusive interview with DJ K Royal as he shares with us his journey.
K Royal – Birmingham Born and Bread DJ/ Producer
How did it all start for you?
I was 13 when I watched footage of Carl Cox rocking a club and the whole crowd were in awe of him, from that point on I was hooked. I got a part time job and saved for my very own set of Kam turntables – chuckling as I think of them now. I learnt to play Hard House and Trance and would look forward to the weekly record shop at Birmingham’s Three Shades Records, that was my favourite shop as they would save me records or point me in the right direction for what would be big.
Who is your biggest inspiration? / Who do you have a lot of respect for?
That’s a difficult one, I have people who have inspired me, from DJ’s, producers, club managers and close friends. I’m not one to name drop, so I’m going to say inspirationally, will go to my close friends/family (haha cop out answer) who push me and keep me level headed. I have a lot of respect for the people who back what we do, and support the musical journey were all on.
What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a DJ?
Arghh see another tricky one, I’ve had good and bad, I’ll give you two. One from early career and one more recent. I remember way back, getting a call from a promoter I have a lot of respect for, let’s call him Mr K, he said “GateCrasher, main room, Friday and be armed as it’s to 1500 students.” He rang two nights before and it was the biggest club I’d played for at that point. I was eager, excited and nervous but up for the challenge! Having one of Birmingham most influential promoters call and put you in Birmingham’s biggest club, in itself was amazing. It was a great experience, it pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I loved every minute of it.
I’ve also had the pleasure of playing alongside some great Dj’s, producers, singers, rappers etc. A memorable night that I’ll always remember is working at a large venue in Birmingham on New Year’s Eve, we had over 2k people in the venue. Everything that could have gone wrong, near enough did. So me being me, I took control and did what I could from, hosting, hyping the crowd to sorting mics out. So picture this its 1.00am and the club is electrified, I walk into the VIP room where the performer is, he’s got several huge bodyguards around him. I thought nothing of it and rocked up, talked him through the layout of the room, mic signal, acoustics etc while this room was heaving with his entourage and VIP paid customers wanting pictures with him. I wasn’t phased and then walked out, no asking for a picture or any of that. I literally barged through, gave him the low down then continued to enjoy my night and rock the dance floor before he jumped on stage,that was a memorable night for sure.
What is one mistake you see a lot of up and coming DJs making? / What advice would you give to aspiring DJs?
I see a lot of new-comers doing one of three things. Firstly, imitating another DJ and playing track for track or even the same effects, vocal drops and generally not being true to themselves. Secondly trying to get known through certain DJ’s/producers and not on their own merit. Thirdly, not believing in their own ability. I’ve seen so many talented DJ’s go nowhere as they don’t see or believe how good they are, or they can’t communicate effectively with promoters, managers and clubbers. My advice would be, do it because or your love for music, don’t be afraid to experiment and enjoy the rollercoaster you’re about to step on. There’s a lot of time, effort, money and late nights invested into becoming a DJ/Producer, the media, newcomers and club goers don’t see this. So be prepared to put in that (singing Rihanna) work, work, work, work, work.
What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments in your artistic career?
I would have to say when the penny dropped with mixing and set planning. As well as this, it would defiantly be my 1st ever gig, first residency, running my own night and making my first track. All of which I’m so proud of and humbled in what I’ve achieved.
How important is building a real relationship with the music you’re playing for your own approach? There’s so much music out there, is it even possible to build meaningful long-term relationships with a particular track or album?
I can only speak for myself here, but music changes so quickly now, as a DJ if I’m not feeling a certain sound I won’t play it, but saying that as a DJ we are there to cater to the ‘masses’, so its swings and round a-bouts. I’ve played something I’ve loved before and its gone down like a led balloon, then played something average and it’s gone off! So it’s difficult to say if I have a relationship with what I’m playing. I have to enjoy it regardless if it’s my thing or not.
I’ve had some tracks I have made, where I’ve listened back the following day or a week later and thought what a pile of pooh, I have had the pleasure to work alongside some fantastic Birmingham based producers and I’ve loved it. Bouncing ideas off each other and really feeling what your making that’s where I feel it has been meaningful, musically.
Going off tangent and not one to drop names for my own gain, but I need to give credit to my good friends! RicharDJames, Hott Like Detroit – Drew especially, Ross Cobe and my good friend Flex. Flex helped me pull my finger out and push me towards production, by initially co-producing and teaching me the fundamental elements of production and he deserves maximum credit from me. These people have been the ones to make my long term love for music production!
Where do you think the scene is headed? One year from now? Five years from now?
Wow…..! It’s too hard to tell, it’s very difficult to predict, plus it really depends on the area of the country. Having played in a range of cities in the UK I can honestly say that each place/venue is completely different! I definitely feel there is a ‘grime’ element that’s edging towards the house/bass/tech scene. I’m not personally feeling it, but events are having MCs over house music and there’s grime producers MCs releasing house tracks that are absolutely smashing the commercial and underground scene.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Honestly, I’d like to be producing independently and collaborating with friends and established artists. DJing abroad now and again would be nice and generally loving life more. I wouldn’t want to ask for more than that right now. I’m not greedy and would really like to make some musical memories with some great friends and meet new people.
What are currently your main challenges as a DJ?
In a nutshell, I’d have to say music politics, free/cheap Dj’s and identity. I won’t comment on the 1st two as much as you’d like me to. Identity – due to a rebrand, this has been a challenge as I have been previously known as a multi genre DJ. However, these influences and ability to work with and learn from different music genres has developed my knowledge and understanding of music and helped me in the transition from DJ to producer!
What is it about DJing, compared to, say, producing your own music that makes it interesting for you?
It’s the power, control and buzz of pressure. Having all those people watching you, other DJ’s/promoters/managers watching and listening to your every move, and venue’s needing you to perform in order to maintain numbers and spending. It’s an amazing feeling, holding control over when people go to the bar, dance or to smoke. I once heard a saying that a DJ controls the heart rate of the crowd, this is an amazing feeling and its gives me a real buzz!
With producing you have plenty of time to create or master a specific sound, there’s no real rush to create something, or if you make a mistake you can go back and change it. With DJing, if you make a mistake or something goes wrong there’s not much you can do.
Did the DJing or producing come first?
DJing came first, to be honest I was from a poor single parent family! I couldn’t afford the luxuries of time in a studio. When I started DJing at 13 there wasn’t the flexibility to have a home studio or computers with music production software, you had to book studio time and even with an engineer. Now you can purchase music production software’s, plugins, sample packs etc. plus it took me what felt like a life time to save for some vinyl record turntables and a mixer. I didn’t even have the money for speakers and had to use my headphones for about 2 years before I could afford a decent enough Hifi system, but I appreciated the journey and sacrifices to get to that point. Nowadays it is so much more accessible to get these things, I’m not saying that as a negative but anyone who knows the struggles that I and others have faced will understand and appreciate the journey.
When you play a set is it pre planned?
NOOOOO!!! Never! You never know what the crowd is going to be like! Doing that would take the fun out of it anyway. Like I previously said, every crowd and club is different and as a DJ I see it as my job to adapt to that crowd, you can’t do that with a pre-planned set. When I go to a club I generally know the genre of music I am going to play, and maybe a song or two that I may anticipate playing, but until I see the crowd, I can’t say for sure that I will play it. As a DJ you need to build up an understanding of your crowd and take time to watch what they respond to and what they want.
What was your first record you bought? How do you think this effect the way you make music today?
I was looking through my vinyl collection a few days ago luckily enough. Well I started on hard house and trance, I’m a little unsure, but I think my 1st record was Planet Perfecto – Bullet in the Gun. That really is taking me back. For the record, I didn’t ever get a gig playing Hard House or trance by the way. I don’t think it really has impacted on the way I make music. I make what I like, what feels right and what I feel others will enjoy.
Funniest thing that ever happened at an event?
I’d have to say once I was playing with a good friend of mine back to back at a little bar in Birmingham. He played his song and it went off. I had my headphones on listening to the track, really dancing and enjoying myself, after a minute or so I looked at the crowd and they had all stopped, they were all looking up at me shocked, mouths wide open and my mates laughing…picture me singing at the top of my voice. I had a gentle tap on my shoulder, I removed my headphones, only to realise all the music had completely cut off, and the fire alarm was ringing upstairs, meanwhile I was dancing and singing! The shame! Of course you see the funny dances, trip ups, drink spills, wardrobe malfunctions and lots of other memorable moments… but that for me was comical.
Here is K Royals new track – We Gone Do This
Interviewed by Courteney Tarleton
Exclusive interview with DJ K Francis as he unveils his plans for the future
Kristian Birch-Hurst, or DJ K Francis, is born in Cardiff and is now a DJ and Producer based in Birmingham. He is an artist, dedicated to all things creative and making progress in his career development. He started DJ’ing only a year ago, we hear from the man himself as he talks about his influences and inspirations:
“I’ve always dabbled in music – I’ve played guitar, bass and keyboard since the early years of secondary school – but seeing a meteoric rise in House music’s popularity and with a genuine interest in it myself, I decided I wanted to be a part of it.”
When asked about influences, Kristian said that he is more inspired by music trends than by a particular artist.
“As it stands, my biggest inspiration is the new wave of jacking, bass and grime music that is taking Birmingham and other parts of the country by storm; think Blackbutter records who have the likes of My Nu Leng, Woz and Troy Gunner signed up. There’s also the closer to home pioneers like Pete Graham, Mark Spence and Low Steppa.”, added Kristian.
THE CHALLENGES OF BEING A DJ AND A STUDENT AT THE SAME TIME
“The main challenges at present are firstly, juggling third year university and DJ’ing, and secondly it’s securing bookings outside of my comfort zones which predominately lie in Rainbow and Amusement 13.”
THE ART OF DJING
“DJ’ing in itself is an art. It allows you to interpret tracks in different and creative ways.I mean a good track can hype a crowd certainly, but a good playlist or set can turn a clubgoers night from just good, to memorable.
“I rarely plan my sets, I put together a rough playlist that’s in keeping with the night I’m going to play but that’s as far as it goes. Playing off the cuff is not only a lot more thrilling but it keeps all your sets fresh and unique’.
When talking about if he feels that a crowd is actually able to appreciate the effort of complex DJ‘ing, if they don’t actually know what is happening behind the decks, DJ K Francis said:
“Even if the crowd don’t understand the technical aspects, everyone can understand a DJ who knows how to work a crowd, the giveaway is in the atmosphere.”
Looking at some local DJs and discussing ones to watch at the moment, Kristian finds DJ Pete Graham as a local artist that is “teetering on the edge of a national, maybe even global break out”. He adds:
“It would be wise to keep an eye out on everything going on in Digbeth. It’s constantly churning out great talent and at a rate that’s just too quick to stay on top of. And as I said, I have got a lot of respect for My Nu Leng at the moment. Their hard hitting bass nastiness is exactly what I look for in a night out. American producers like Jauz and Ghastly are also doing some interesting fusions of bass and dubstep.”
DJ K FRANCIS’ FUTURE
As Kristian writing career is taking priority at the moment, due to the fact it’s more in line with his studies, the artist really hopes to dedicate equal attention to both sides of his life – writing and music, after graduation in mid-2016.
“At present I do not have plans of world domination, I’m just happy to play the music I love, as much as I can and if that materialises in to greater things? I’ll consider it a pleasant bonus.”
DJ K Francis is currently applying his skills around the Birmingham circuit and gaining in popularity over the year being a source resident and a regular at the Rainbow Venues. He also hosts his own basement parties.
Kristian Birch-Hurst / DJ K Franics
Cardiff Born, Birmingham based DJ & Producer
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