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Getting Trippy With Bass Music Legend Jakes

Posted: October 20th, 2014

Bass music legend Jermaine Jacobs (better known as Jakes) is fresh off the triumphant win of the Red Bull Culture Clash with fellow artists Pinch and crew, and has a new EP, Trippy, that just dropped on H.E.N.C.H. From the label’s Bristol HQ, he delves deeper into the subject of genre labeling, his favored US tour stops, the state of drum & bass, and his personal studio processes.

  

Tell us about how you and the Subloaded crew shut down the competition? Who was repping with you? Which tunes dropped the heaviest?

The crew consisted of Pinch, Joker, myself, R.S.D and Chef on the decks with Sgt. Pokes and Riko Dan and me on mic duties. All of us came with special plates specifically tailored for the situation. Pinch had plates with Riko Dan, R.S.D came with a special Dr. Who dub track, Joker had a “Brown Paper Bag” spesh—with Dyna calling out the other systems—and I made a dub of “3k Lane” (all 3 versions) mixed with Warface and Footsies’ “Certified” vox layered over it. I call it “3k Face.” Those were just some of the tracks we murdered the competition with. The other sound systems gave it a good go but ultimately we came ready for war! 

 

Tell us about your latest Trippy EP. Which of the tracks are doing the most damage on the floor?

The EP was a labor of love, really. I wanted to take a step back in my sound but still keep it current. I wanted to mix in what I’m listening to at the moment so obviously there’s a heavy trap influence, but I blended it in a subtle way with elements of D&B and ska. “What” seems to be the one in the lead on the dancefloor right now. It’s also my favorite from the EP, but all of the tunes do damage when played at specific times. It was designed that way. 

 

Can you tell us about the bonus track? Where can fans get a hold of it? 

The bonus track, “Trees,” is available exclusively on the D-Style website.

 

How do you feel about the labeling of specific styles in dubstep? Riddim seems to be quite the buzzword these days. What’s your take on that?

It’s all dubstep, end of! 

 

Now for a bit of a history lesson for the newbies. When did you first break as a vocalist?

1999 was when I stopped working a 9 to 5, but I’d been bubbling before then. At the time I was E-Z Rollers’ front man alongside the Lady Roller. [I was] also working with General MIDI, Starecase, Timo Mass, and of course Tech Itch. 

 

What vocal productions are you working on at the moment?

Recently I’ve teamed up with Negus over at Power Of 3 Records. We’ve had quite a bit of success with what we have done so far. “Walk the Walk” and “One Man army” are anthems. Both had the full treatment. Deadbeat came with two amazing videos that have received a lot of praise. The next installment, “Hit Me With It”—featuring Ayah Marar of Calvin Harris fame—is ready. I see it getting some attention. Also in the pipeline are collaborations with my bro TC, something with [longtime friend] Loco Dice, Loadstar, and a couple things I can’t really talk about right at this moment.

 

Coming from a drum & bass background, how do you feel about the closures of many UK-based D&B radio shows? Where do you see that genre heading? 

It’s happening worldwide and not just to D&B. Dance music on a whole is feeling a little peak right now. That being said, the amount of D&B that is getting mainstream success is on a level I’ve not seen until now. I used to front Pendulum for a minute and I got to see a lot, but right now the doors are wide open. Sigma just had two #1 singles; something as a D&B head I’m proud of and we should all be. It’s all one big circle. Times it’s hot and times it’s not.

 

Where are some of your favorite places to visit in the states?

L.A, Denver and New York are my top three. 

 

Any forthcoming H.E.N.C.H. material we should look out for? 

The Chronicles compilation that we are putting together at the month is worth a mention, as is the fact that a couple new people will be coming on board and there will be singles, collaborations and remixes from people in the scene that I think can bring something to the table. 

 

By Amanda Ross

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DJ Rap: Survival of the Fittest

Posted: October 9th, 2014

Charissa Saverio (aka DJ Rap) is a one-woman show to be admired: three million records sold; voted world’s best female DJ; toured the world, played the best parties. Aside from her accomplishments, she has also taken on the roles of representation and management, acting as her own agent, creating her own sound, and running her own record labels. As the tune goes, the sister is doing it for herself.

Taking the reins on her own has paid off. She’s had four Top-10 hits this past six months, along with her “Spiritual Aura” remixes, which hit #1 for over a month.

“Working on ‘Spiritual’ was exciting because there’s a lot of English remixes with people like Blade Runner, Saxon and Silent Code,” she explains. “We have some hardstep remixes with people like TI, Outsource and Killing Time coming up, just to mention a few. I also did a SoundCloud competition to search for new producers.”

The drum & bass world has embraced her as an artist since 1988, and it shows. Her empire consists of two record labels—Propa Talent, which features drum & bass, jungle and dubstep, and Impropa Talent, which features house music. Her tunes can be heard not only on dancefloors, but also in numerous films, video games and on England’s Sony and America’s Columbia labels from 2000 to 2005.

But the one element that has finally brought her true fulfillment has been the opportunity to teach Ableton and a full DJ course at Dubspot in Los Angeles. Giving back has been a good influence.

“That’s why I’m on fire now and producing a lot, including the new album,” she explains with excitement. “For the first time in over four years, I feel 100 percent back in love with music. Dubspot is special, because all of the teachers are actively touring producers who are certified Ableton teachers. We all inspire each other and are a big family.”

Her current path follows a four-year break from the biz—a breath of fresh air and what she calls “enrichment for the soul.” After extensive output but a significant lack of input, a life change was calling. This urge to adjust arrived with a few eye-opening experiences. She took inventory of all aspects of her life—the physical, emotional, spiritual and financial. Hard touring for 25 years and paying management most of her earnings was draining.

“It’s my fucking music,” she says sternly. “I had to take control. I dropped everything and learned it all by myself, including how to run a label. I felt like I could do a better job managing and taking care of myself. I felt lackluster in my life about many things.

“Life is all about adjusting, adapting and rolling with it. With the problems that were occurring, I looked to the universe for what it was telling me. I looked for the meaning in it and decided to make positive changes.”

Like all career-driven success stories, Saverio’s has had ups and downs. She compares her situation then to a novelist experiencing writer’s block. In order to move forward, she took a step back, cleared her space, and put music on hold. She explored other avenues of interest and found herself immersed into the world of acting.

“I literally had to walk away from music for a while,” she says. “I went into acting because I felt like I needed something new creatively to bring me back to life. I started to become happy again and realized I was good at doing other things.”

Saverio’s “silence from music,” as she refers to it, did wonders for her spirit. Feeling alive again, she thrived creatively and tested the boundaries of her newfound skills. The production company Electric Run—responsible for music on The Amazing Race—asked Saverio to be their musical director.

“That was amazing,” she says of the position. “I got to program all these different stages of the race. I was then asked to do the music production for more shows. I realized then that it wasn’t the production I disliked, but the heavy touring. So I slowed down.

“That’s the beauty of music,” she says, offering advice to new artists. “Some people say, ‘Oh, you’re just a DJ,’ but I don’t know anyone who’s just a DJ. We all do so many things. My advice is to not pigeonhole yourself. Do whatever you can. Expand your weaponry and your arsenal. Surround yourself with people who can help you overcome your weaknesses.”

 

DJ Rap plays Zanzibar in Santa Monica, CA, on October 19.

 

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by Lori Denman-Underhill

 

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NGHTBRND x Bassrush Safe In Sound Festival Giveaway

Posted: October 8th, 2014

We’ve teamed up with NGHTBRND to give away a pair of tickets to Bassrush Massive - Safe in Sound, October 16. The prize also includes a special NGHTBRND gear package to keep you looking fresh, courtesy of one of the hottest nightlife inspired streetwear brands!

Winner will be contacted via email prior to the show, and must provide valid ID for entry.

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Krakota Enters the Hospital

Posted: October 6th, 2014

Arriving as a recently-signed artist to Hospital Records from the coastal town of Bournemouth, England is Krakota with his two-track debut released on October 13.

“Xylo” highlights Krakota’s passion for percussion, and may transport the listener back to more industrial days or call to mind travels to Germany. Then there is “Irregular,” packed with staccato synth stabs and non-stop jump-up beats, which will definitely become a favorite for DJs looking to please the crowd.

The release may be heard and ordered here. Previous works by Krakota can be found on Hospital’s We Are 18 compilation and on labels like Playaz, Ingredients, Subtitles and Critical. You can also check out an interview with Krakota we did at Insomniac.com.

 

By Lori Denman-Underhill

 

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Viper Signs BMotion, Releases New Tracks

Posted: October 2nd, 2014

Following a successful year of top club hits and Beatport smashes, Viper Recordings announces yet another hot item, BMotion.

Welsh producer Ben Williams, is the next lucky victim to be recruited by Viper’s boss, Futurebound. He’s only recently taken to dance music following a life in jazz bands, but his tech talent shows in his new tracks, “Feelings,” a disco-styled tune featuring Jon Lilygreen, as well as the more hard speedy track “Something, Something.”

The EP with both tracks is out on Viper on October 5 on iTunes.

 

By Lori Denman-Underhill

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D&B Shows Dropped by Ministry of Sound

Posted: October 1st, 2014

Ministry of Sound Radio has shut its doors on all future drum & bass radio shows, and has told artists that their lineup will not be re-contracted by the new phase. Artists feeling the burn include Bryan Gee, Fabio & Grooverider, Bailey, Ant TC1, DJ Marky and Drumsound & Simon Bassline Smith. However, the DJs know that their fans will follow them onto other networks and are thankful for their hardworking coworkers on the show.

On September 25, DJ Bailey posted this comment on his site:

“It is with regret that I no longer have the opportunity of presenting INTABEATS to you on Ministry Of Sound Radio. Over the last 16 months it has been a privilege to have the change to showcase the music I love and some of the artists and producer I rate to a large and ever expanding global audience. MoS have made a decision to explore other musical avenues and although I am of course disappointed I am also excited by what lies ahead.”

In place of the D&B shows, explains radio veteran DJ Chef, the company will focus on branded content and music points of sales.

 

By Lori Denman-Underhill

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