There will always be events that surprise you, catching you off guard in a really pleasant way. It’s the same thing with businesses. Rite Trax is a business, it also puts on events and also looks to be a lot more than that as well. Music and its performance may be the first thing that springs to mind, eyes and ears with them but as you should know your eyes and ears can also be delighted and sometimes surprised by its other core interests – art and poetry. Admittedly the art and poetry are not classic gallery and museum pieces, delicately crafted oils and the like, the poetry is not the stuff of high-class salons, coffee table volumes or any of it consumed with a gentle sherry and cigar. The art, poetry, music is the stuff of ordinary, living and working people of the city and beyond. It also magically properly manages to go beyond a lot of club culture and attracts a real range of ages, from youth to (in my case) ancient and greying. All of this is so good. You will find much of it catalogued by a variety of photographers as well – check the Rite Trax website and facebook page.
The average club night has a minimal story, certainly it has a beginning, middle and end, the better events have a particular style of progression fitting that timeline. Art and poetry events tend to be rather more linear and flat, only certain of them have a story that builds. Rite Trax does so much more. Most of their events have a progression that involves a real unfolding of activity and experience with a variety of areas of participation. This can truly be less of a short story or simple monologue, as it were, and far more a mixed or multi genre novel or an interlocking series of episodes all in one.
So – the question is where next for Rite Trax? There will certainly be more events at a range of venues around Sheffield and possibly beyond. The poetry angle and art side of things will be developed, there may be audio books, video, prints and original works of art to be sold and displayed. There is also talk of a record label.
Marcus Method …
The next show will be Friday 9th December.
Source: Reform Radio
there should be short mixes of mine on the radio – see above and I will be vjing at the above event.
Yes! time goes by, tastes, likes, loves, appreciations all move on with time. There were times in my middle youth (in this instance for me that meany my 50s, as if I will ever truly grow up) when the things that made me look up, listen and all the rest – generally paying attention – were the loud, the brash, the banging, in one way or another. These were the days of free parties out in the Peaks, warehouses, abandoned buildings. These wer the days of club nights attended, run, played at and those for whom I was providing visuals.
In such days I acquired an appreciation of quite oddly contrasting things:
– odd trails through woods and seemingly ordinary patches of rock, grass, countryside
– old buildings, dilapidated, disused, derelict but still standing and serviceable in one way or another
– tarnished clubs, nightclubs with a hint of distress or just a certain well lived texture, hence the Adelphi, the Arches, Corporation and more
– scrappy flats, old caravans, particular estates and corner shops, ordinary old pubs, things with a history of ordinary people’s lives, a history of efforts made, painful failings, odd successes and joys, too many pains, accidents and setbacks.
These were days when ultimately I ended up going out to various parties and clubbing with my daughters. We had a common set of tastes for events and music. It was all very surprising to their friends when they discovered that the old guy wandering about with them was their dad – quite normal for them but so unusual for their buddies. In these days and nights a bond was built of common tastes and flavours. Those textures still come back to me, they still retain a particular power for me but they are no longer as immediate as they used to be.
I used to love my club nights. Spent a lot of time at the Arches in Sheffield. I was to be found mainly in the upstairs bar cum chillout area, not so much downstairs in the main room (apart from, if I can remember, Grooverider). The Adelphi became a club after its time as a cinema – worked the door there – even for the deaf discos (quite unusual). These places provided a diet of techno (acid and otherwise), drum and bass, jungle, hardcore and a whole lot more.
I may be in my 60s but I still love it all. It may be the case that I do not quite have the stamina I used to have but I still love performing and being on the dance floor, chillout room, anywhere around events such.
There is nothing like the night and all of the joys you can find there. I miss my clubbing days. I miss djing and vjing, creating for events, entertaining even a small crowd. I have managed to play at quite a few clubs in and around Sheffield, also enjoying the events as an attendee. I had great fun going out to such and beyond to festivals and free parties with my daughters – yes! strange I know, but still. Even though I am in my 60s now I still love this music. It may seem odd for someone such as myself to still have a love of 2 step garage, drum and bass, dubstep, future bass, drumstep, trap, glitch and more but there you have it.
This month’s Room 303 is a special one as two of the crew are celebrating 30 years on this doomed floating rock we call home. Dave and Lee will be taking over proceedings for one night only to celebrate their respective oldenings. It’s Lee’s first time back since the year we vaguely remember as “2009”, back before he moved to the hive of scum and villainy that is Leeds, and Dave’s first time back since he last played the night about three months ago. How time flies. Anyway, we hope you’ll help us celebrate our birthdays with some good music and good company. Growing old is serious business, Dave currently can’t use his hands.
So, to the line-up:
JOHNNY SIDEWAYS (Kaotek Wreckords)
After making an impact on the UK’s underground scene around the turn of the century, Johnny made his vinyl début in 2003 on techno label Dirtbomb records, though by this time was already developing the harder, breakbeat infused sound he would become renowned for, taking in influences from Hardcore Techno and the European Tribe/Hardtek sounds he was playing while DJ’ing for the legendary Desert Storm Soundsystem. In 2005 he formed his own label Kaotek Wreckords, as an outlet for the hybrid sounds he and others were producing. Now having played countless livesets in destinations all over Europe, and a back catalogue spanning 10 years on labels such as Tekiteazy, Electrokanibal, Absolute Rhythm and more, Johnny Sideways chews up and spits out genres into a living wall of sound..improvised, upfront and engaging..a purists nightmare..and devastating on the dancefloor.
BUSMONITOR (Kaotek Wreckords)
Phil ‘Busmonitor’ has been making noises in the hardcore techno scene of late, not least with his releases on Mr. Sideways’ Kaotek imprint. A veteran of countless events in several locations, he’s a professional floor wrecker with access to cutting edge sonic weaponry. Not for the feint-hearted.
SLAUGHTERED LAMB (Room 303 / Euphonic)
A real workhorse of a DJ, Gareth has been making music go into peoples’ ears since most of us were, you know, not doing that. He’s been through many names and many venues over his career, but one thing has remained constant: He’s bald.
MUMBLIST B2B SINISTA:TEK (Room 303 / Tinnitus)
An auditory battle of the century between two powerhouses of the sheffield rave scene. On the surface Dave and Sam are rather musically disparate, which is what makes this match-up so intriguing. Either it will go well, or it will go really fucking well. Unexpect the expected.
DOOMPATROL (Room 303 / Tinnitus)
To mark his Room 303 return after five years, Lee is bringing his Doompatrol alias out of retirement for one night only, and playing a set laced with tracks from that era back to his first ever set in ’07. If you notice him shed a single tear during this nostalgiathon, please be sensitive and don’t point and laugh.
ROOM 303 30TH BIRTHDAY TAKEOVER @ THE REDHOUSE, SOLLY STREET, SHEFFIELD. 30TH MAY 2014, DOORS 10-3, TAX THREE QUIDS. GET IN.
VJ performance from Quantize of futurhood av on the night
via futurhoodav – Home.
a history by Dave Mumblist
Room 303 was born from the many late night, early morning, post party, smashed out our faces conversations which myself and my housemates/band of reprobate friends found ourselves having over and over again while playing music and eating disco biscuits.
The situation was thus it was about 2007, we were all in our early 20’s and fresh out of university without a clue what we were doing. What we did know was that our taste in music was fresh, deep and completely underrepresented in Sheffield. We were into acid techno (that was rapidly dying on its arse everywhere in the world), dark drum n bass, old skool hardcore, dubstep (before it turned into an obnoxious bassline war) and breakcore jungle. What we wanted was to go to a night which played some or all of these things but specifically didn’t just play the same thing all night (we had short attention spans).
So one Sunday morning I found myself talking to a stranger I had just befriended while waiting for some form of transport in surprise view car park after a free party in the middle of the peaks. I was bending this gentleman’s ear about how we could put on an epic night that was fully underrepresented in the city we lived in, the reply was that this person owned the Redhouse (I had discovered the redhouse several months earlier for a Tinnitus night, when it still looked like an old man’s pub, full of teenagers moshing to gabber with their shirts off). I asked how much it’d cost to put a night, free he said and they would pay us if we filled it.
Room 303 was born, the name was a mixture of Room 101 from 1984 and our love of the Roland TB 303 acid synth. I banged up a poster on the photocopier at work and we postered, flyered and facedbooked our hearts out. We made a banner, took our decks, mixer and laptops down to the redhouse and waited nervously to see if anyone would turn up (The first night was billed as surprise view car park dave presents a night of….. due to me neglecting to tell Jeff what we were called). No one showed for the first hour or two and then smack bang in the middle of my set the place was rammed. The flyer said seven hours of banging music for free and that’s what our lovely crowd got.
We continued in this vain for the next 12 months (Jeff made us start charging money on the door), booking whoever of our mates we thought were mint in whatever style of music they wanted to play (we liked for people to play what they were into). In Summer possibly 2009 we got summoned to see the owner of the Harley who invited us to do a regular Friday night gig once a month, which would allow us to be able to book actual DJ’s at a bigger capacity venue, so went for that. We booked a slew of class acts including Warlock, No Yeah No, Zomby (Worst and funniest booking- 2 hours late and so smashed he couldn’t DJ), Ant, DAVE the drummer, King cannibal, Stormfield, Scan one and Altern8 to name a few. We got loads of people down for the first 6 nights then numbers started to drop, I have no idea why, some of us fell out with some other of us and left the night, then the owner said that he didn’t want us to continue!
At this point it was pretty much only me keeping the 303 flame alight, so I went back to the Redhouse and put on a couple of sparodic half-hearted gigs. In about 2011 my good friend A.R.D. pushed me into putting Room 303 on more regularly and because he was into the harder end of dance music the BPM of the night increased and it slowly morphed into playing UK hardcore, hardcore techno, really hard drum n bass, core and bass, breakcore and gabber. Our mate Scott Kemix (orifice) moved to Sheffield and with him a bunch of contacts in the nails end of dance music which meant cheaper bookings of higher quality and more extreme music! Towards the end of 2012 I decided to move to Leeds and left 303 in the capable if not slightly deranged hands of A.R.D. who brought on board Bee log (Neil) and they have since put on the most forward thinking, hard as balls DJs they can muster.
Going into 2014 Room 303 is keeping in good health, still putting on aggressively independent music which you wouldn’t see if it wasn’t running. It’s put on for the love of it, with passion and largely cos we want to stomp our feet to fucking mental music and stay up forever!
bits and pieces here from Krewella, Mitis, Foreign Beggars, the Ninetys, London Elektricity and more
nothing quite like a few dark and hard moments
20:00 until 02:00
SHUT UP AND DANCE & THE MODERN DAY FLAT CAPS (MDFC) SOUND SYSTEM
ARE PLEASED TO BRING YOU A NIGHT OF LIVE MUSIC AND DJ’S.IN THIS SPECIAL SEPTEMBER EDITION WE HAVE CREATED A VIBE SO THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE AND ITS ALL FREE.***SPECIAL PIZZA DEAL 2 PINTS AND A STONE BAKE PIZZA £10***TO KICK THE NIGHT OFF WE HAVE A SPECIAL LIVE SET FROM UNSCENE,
“The core of the Band was formed by Tom Hutt and Paul Davidson around a year ago as a means to express ourselves and connect with others through music. The Unscene” Are Tom Soul Deep Hutt on vocals, Paul Dopper Davidson on guitar, Andy Cook on drums and Simon Williams on bass, We are a live band from Sheffield telling stories of love, life and loss but always trying to promote self belief through emotive music with a touch of soul, folk, blues and other influences.
Acoustic EP “Urban Folk” free download – https://soundcloud.com/theunscenesoul
GOING ON TO DJ SETS FROM:
EMPEROR DUNCAN THE BLING (Khachapuri Cafe)
“Emperor Duncan the Bling has been DJing at parties, clubs and pubs up and down the country since the mid 90s. Thinking that ‘genres’ are things that happen to other people, he plays out all flavours of music, spanning from the 60s to modern day. It’s just gotta be funky!”
OLD BOY NEW TRICKS – (TRICKSTARECORDINGS)
“Old Boy New Tricks Aka DJ producer Ian Stanley is no stranger to the world of Breaks, House and Garage. Ian’s new project has stemmed from Breakspoll nominated M.I. Loki, who took the Breaks scene by storm in 2006, performing DJ sets across the country alongside DJs such as Freq Nasty, MRK 1, Shut up and Dance, Reso, Elite Force and many many more. In 2005 he started arguably Sheffield’s most successful Breaks Record Labels Tricksta Recordings, winning an International Breakspoll award for his efforts. With releases from M.I. Loki, Rogue State, DJ Quest, Ils and Baobinga it was obvious why Tricksta Recordings grew in international notoriety.”
To hear some of the new productions from O.B.N.T. check out his Soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/theobnt
EARTHWORM JIM – (OFF ME NUT RECORDS)
“Off Me Nut Hardcore He-Man, known for smashin up warehouses and free parties over the past year with his strictly vinyl sets.”
BORROW – (DLS)
“Borrow… Started musical life out in a post rock band called The Higgs Boson back in the schools days. Similarities with bands like, Do Make Say Think, Explosions in the Sky etc. He is a core member of the DLS crew in Sheffield, a founding member of the free party collective “Tower Of Power” and a DnB regular in Sheffield.Heʼs hosted free parties all over Sheffield and played everywhere from brighton to Leeds alongside people such as Goldie. Heʼs played most of Sheffieldʼs clubs inc DQ, DLS, The Harley and more recently at Sheffieldʼs newest Warehouse venue Hope Works. Mixed in Sheffieldʼs own space. Heʼs been producing for 6 years and has developed his unique take on glitch and Neurofunk.”
Check releases from Borrow at – https://soundcloud.com/borrow
DJ YESHECAN – (SHUT UP AND DANCE FOUNDING MEMBER)
ALL POWERED BY THE MDFC SOUND SYSTEM – www.facebook.com/ModernDayFlatCaps
ALL POWERED BY THE MDFC SOUND SYSTEM – http://www.facebook.com/ModernDayFlatCaps
“Modern Day Flat Caps (MDFC) is a new Yorkshire based events company which is composed of Simon Mark (General Discipline) and Connor McGovern (Lead singer of Steel Season). Currently both studying music technology in music performance degrees and having masses of experience in the sound and promotion game, they guarantee a professional approach to your sound requirements and always provide a really fat sound.”
Friday, 27 September 2013
This guy needs no introduction as one of the biggest Dubstep DJ & producer from UK, here to Headline the Sheffield WAREHOUSE RAVE Britain’s masked bass god Stenchman is giving away an albums worth of free music he’s calling “Moo Fire”. Celebrate the rest of your holiday with new tunes called “Erectile Disfunction” , “Apocolypse Cow”, and “Morse Chode”. Download the whole album via the mediafire link below.
“With over ten years in the game, playing the north and south of the UK, Darkus knows how to bring the noise, Dark by name Dark by nature: welcome to the Darkside.”
ANN D – https://soundcloud.com/#ann-d-1
“Ann D started Dj-ing in the time honoured way, playing a weekly 3 hour show on a pirate in the late 90’s, not because she woke up one morning wanting to be a DJ but because it was the only way to get the sort of show she wanted to listen to. After years of going to blue’s clubs, festivals and dancing her way through many music styles she had a vinyl collection that ranged from Prince Fari, Alpha & Omega, Beefheart, The Velvet Underground to The Orb, A Guy Called Gerald, the dirtiest English & German techno, breaks and DnB – that’s the kinda radio show she wanted to hear. Bizarrely and despite not having decks or being able to mix a cake, after about a year she was booked to play out, at which point she thought I’d better buy some technics and learn how to mix. Since then she has gone on to play all over the UK, Europe & Mexico playing with everyone from Rootsman, Richard Kirk, Aphex Twin, Tayo, The SUF Liberators & The Orb on their tour, she was resident at a night called Headcharge which often made the Mixmag top ten best nights in the UK before the council closed the venue down, she’s guested on numerous Radio shows both here & in Berlin, appeared on Channel 4, produced the soundtrack for a photographer’s book launch, featured in documentaries, written articles for various music mags and is soon to soundtrack a short film. She still continues to play a weekly show, on a legal station now – SCR Radio and thinks she’s lucky to be able to share her tunes.”
north n south (DJs Si McLean & Rich Pastrami)
These guys linked hands across The Watford Gap with the purpose of bringing old skool party vibes to The Steel City. Eclectic dance floor focussed sets are their bread and butter and they will be keeping things bass heavy for this party. Expect jungle, d n b, house, hardcore and old skool rave classics. BOOM!!
Has been one of the biggest Drum and bass dj in uk for last 17 years and in Ibiza for the last 8 years with a summer residency at Cafe Es Paradis, and a weekly drum and bass show on http://www.roguefm.com 9-11pm every saturday night, check out
and mixcoud for well, mixes ‘n podcasts
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