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.
As I have said before I used to live in Africa – I spent some time living and working in Maseru, Lesotho. That time and the people I was with remain with me to this day – a big hello to Ipa, Francis, Lebo, Motsi, Teenie and all the rest …
I would love to go back and visit more … the music and those memories are all I can enjoy at the moment.
I have written previously on the subject of small venues. In a different blog – f4mmedia – I looked particularly at the Redhouse, a Sheffield venue typified as providing the widest range of music in South Yorkshire. I love small venues – so much friendlier, warmer, more personal. I have worked at quite a number and DJed at many. These have included:
- the East House, now a cake shop and cafe, once known as the Dodge City saloon courtesy of murders decades ago
- the Tea Gardens, now a food store, once a temperance house
- the Harley, still going!
- the Earl, once a pound house, stables in the rear
The East House was the venue where futurhood was first established leading to the creation of futurhood av. Its origins lie in the phrase ‘in the neighbourhood of the future – that’s where we are’, a phrase coined by a close friend. This was the venue where I re-engaged with djing putting on nights based around northern soul, ska, classic soul, liquid dnb, 2 step garage, funk, deep house and all sorts of other material.
The Earl was the venue giving rise to an event which made some personal history for me and the group of friends with whom I co-promoted – Spannered. we use to say it did what it says on the tin. Based around breaks, techno and other electronica, it made DJ mags top ten nights in the land and forged brief links with other DJ mags. it was the venue which saw the birth of Aromatiq.
The Redhouse was a major step in my own history of involvement with small venues. Aside from dealing with security I put on events and djed for others. The range of music included ska – all 3 waves and most languages, house, techno, trance, mashups, funk, jazz funk, deep house, balkan, african, latin of all varieties, dubstep, dnb, garage, broken beat, nujazz, nusoul and probably a load I have forgotten.
A sub genre of drum and bass where the beat structure is “half time” but the remaining elements still adhere to the usual tempo and melody pattern style – the techniques and feel of dubstep with the faster pace of drum ‘n’ bass.
Drumstep is the incestuous lovechild of Drum ‘n’ Bass and Dubstep; taking the half-time swagger and wobble from Dubstep and mixing it with the general tempo and cadence of an Amen Break.
A few early stand out producers within this subgenre are Dub Foundation and Heist. Additionally, many current Drum ‘n’ Bass and Dubstep producers have written and produced Drumstep tracks or remixes. One such example might be Rob Swire’s Drumstep VIP mix of “Witchcraft”, from his band Pendulum’s latest album, “Immersion”
the new mix
Friday, 27 September 2013
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 – http://www.facebook.com/ModernDayFlatCaps
185 London Road, S2 4LH Sheffield
As a youth back in Coventry I grew up with original ska and rocksteady. I had a lot to do with Foleshill, certainly then a part of Cov with a large Jamaican population. As I grew up I managed to meet one or two of the people who would later figure quite highly in the development of the next movement on for ska – 2 tone. Much later indeed I picked up by chance an LP called ‘freestyle ska’ – after the heydays of 2 tone Longsy D in particular put together forms of ska with liberal admixtures of house and hip hop. Since then ska has had a 3rd wave, with the influence of all sorts of other musical genres, not the least being Latin, Punk and a whole raft of ethnically differentiated musics. We have witnessed such major artists as the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, other big band versions have included outfits from New York, St. Petersburg, Melbourne and beyond. I have in my collection ska sung in a ridiculous quantity of languages – Ska-P in Spanish, French ska bands, German, Portuguese, Latvian, Croatian, Hungarian, Polish, Russian as well as the plethora of American ska still doing the turns.
Playing some ska @ the Harley August 30th