This May bank holiday A R Records descends on the Black Swan in Bristol for a weekend of bass heavy mayhem.
The lineup across the weekend is one of the biggest Bristol will see this year, the main event being the mighty Neurofunkgrid in the main room on the Sunday night.
The main room on the Sat night is a label showcase. Total Science are doing a 90 min guest set, supported by label residents Phaction, Stitch, Defraction, DC and myself Exposure. Hosted by top MCs Carasel, Trafic and Remidy, powered by Neverlution Soundsystem.
These days there are few DJs that are on the circuit solely off the back of their DJing ability, the likes of Randall and Storm are just two that spring to mind, but generally people pay to see producers and unless you have your own tunes, it’s hard to really get anywhere just being a DJ. Although I understand the importance of being a producer, (ultimately it is they who drive the scene forward and keep it moving), I still value the role of the DJ and still book people solely on the back of their skills behind the decks. This thing isn’t just about making money to me, it’s about making memories that people will remember forever.
DC is one of those DJs for me. I saw him play at the Blue Mountain one night and his set blew me away, tight mixing and a great tune selection. Synthesis, warming up the main room for Neurofunkgrid on the Sunday is another; its clear he spends time thinking about crafting his sets, I’m impressed every time I see him play. Phaction, Stitch and Defraction are all good producers in their own right, as well as having serious skills on the decks. I’m also really looking forward to doing a 2hr set with Carasel, I’ve been spending a long time in the studio and have a lot of dubplates I’m excited to try out, including a remix of the 90’s classic Olive – You’re Not Alone which no one has heard yet.
Anyone wanting to get involved and play at a night send us your mixes to firstname.lastname@example.org and if you have what it takes I’ll put you on.
I hope to see you there for what is set to be a big night in our history and the start of a momentous weekend.
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