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Old nights, old fun, old venues

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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.

Source: The Arches… I remember it well (if a little hazily…)

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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.

Nightlife and its joys

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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.

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Africa, mixes and more – Futurhood Av | Mixcloud

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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.

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small venues

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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.

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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.

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drumstep

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1. drumstep
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.
2. Drumstep
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”

Out of the warehouse and into … by Futurhood Av on Mixcloud

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Shut up and dance – 27th September – Cremorne, Sheffield

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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

The Cremorne
185 London Road, S2 4LH Sheffield

YA DUN NO DnB MIX – General Discipline B2B High Standards by Modern Day Flat Caps (Mdfc) on Mixcloud

Patchwork history 9 – more ska

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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.

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Playing some ska @ the Harley August 30th

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Skapeltwa by Futurhood Av on Mixcloud

Room 303

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  • !>>ROOM 303 Vs SNAREGASM<<!Hardcore // Breakcore Jungle // Nails DnB // Core n Bass // Gabba10pm>3am Friday 5th July 2013 @ The Redhouse, Solly StRoom 303 have teamed up for a belting summer party in the Redhouse with our friends at Snaregasm. There’s going to be plates full of distorted kick drums, extreme bpms and lashings and lashings of amens, what a treat.

    The line up consists of these noisey mentalists:

    Djinn Zed
    (Chuffin Noise)

    Bee Log
    (Room 303 & Tinnitus)

    Liam Pissblood
    (Chuffin Noise)

    Mumblist
    (Room 303)

    K-tune
    (Chuffin Noise)

    A.R.D
    (Room 303)

    Noise Excrement
    (Chuffin Noise)

    –FREE ENTRY–FREE ENTRY–FREE ENTRY–FREE ENTRY–FREE ENTRY–

    Set times are as follows, (interesting ones at that).

    10.00 – 10.50 :::: Mumblist
    10.50 – 11.20 :::: Liam Pissblood
    11.20 – 11.50 :::: Noise Excrement
    11.50 – 12.40 :::: A.R.D.
    12.40 – 01.40 :::: DJinn Zedd
    01.40 – 02.30 :::: Bee Log
    02.30 – 03.00 :::: K-Tune

    Boom!!!!!

    Doors open at 10pm>3am last entry is 1am so be there before that.
    Bring rave feet dancing is obligatory!

Room 303 5th July Redhouse

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!>>ROOM 303 Vs SNAREGASM<3am Friday 5th July 2013 @ The Redhouse, Solly St

Room 303 have teamed up for a belting summer party in the Redhouse with our friends at Snaregasm. There’s going to be plates full of distorted kick drums, extreme bpms and lashings and lashings of amens, what a treat.

The line up consists of these noisey mentalists:

Orifice
(Room 303)

Liam Pissblood
(Chuffin Noise)

Sinist Tek
(Tinitus)

Djin Zed
(Chuffin Noise)

Mumblist
(Room 303)

K-tune
(Chuffin Noise)

A.R.D
(Room 303)

Noise Excrement
(Hangman Soundsystem)

and of course visuals from futurhood av

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–FREE ENTRY–FREE ENTRY–FREE ENTRY–FREE ENTRY–FREE ENTRY–

Doors open at 10pm>3am last entry is 1am so be there before that.
Bring rave feet dancing is obligatory!

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A patchwork history 8 – feedback, a drum and bass night

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Part of my history, indeed a large part of relatively recent history for me as a visual performer was doing the visuals for feedback – Shefield’s premier drum and bass night. It was held @ the Corp – as it is known here – the Corporation nightclub in central Sheffield. I had been a drum and bass head for some time, although I can say that I have somewhat moved on in terms of my main tastes in music these days – I have left behind my early middle age. I still do like some of the stuff produced, but I remain a greater lover of the lighter ends of dnb – intelligent, liquid, the smoother and more rolling, melodic ends of the genre than the harder, darker, rougher ends preferred by many of the younger crew. As always I tend to always be the oldest participant in any event – unless, of course it is some pensioners night out – not there yet!

It was fun doing it all – creating the animations, the video flyers, filming bits and pieces of each club night, creating bespoke text animations for each performer, doing something new for each, often having the general palette of the visuals follow the flyer and poster designs. Paul and Little G are still friends of mine – the promoters.

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You can still find some of the old stuff from the events on my myspace page – yes, it still exists!

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a dnb mix of mine on mixcloud

a darker and harder playlist of mine on mixcloud

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The night itself combined both local talent, including very often the well respected local MC – E-LL, as well as the top talents of the national dnb scene.

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It really would be nice to get back to doing more of this. I love to perform – whether as a DJ or a VJ. Sheffield and the North listen up!

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some of our other work – the entertaining toolbox
f4mmedia on wix

the webstore on artery
an f4mmedia webstore

portfolio on behance

portfolio on dropr

youtube – f4mmedia – business and more

youtube – futurhood av – arts and entertainment, music videos and more

on deviant art – resources, prints

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