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Pressure has been running continuously at Warwick University since its inception in 1996. It is now one of the biggest the season saw Pressure invited to host the massive FourFront tour with Andy C, Marky, Roni Size and Zinc all performing
regular drum & bass events in the Midlands, and one of the longest continuously-running d&b nights in the world. Over extended sets, recorded for a BBC TV mini-documentary. Taking place on three Thursday nights per university term, Total
the last decade Pressure has gone from strength to strength, with almost every big name DJ and MC in the scene passing Science (pictured) and Chase & Status top the bill on November 23. Tickets are £5 NUS / £7 non NUS and are available
through its doors. Last year Pressure regularly attracted crowds of over 800 people on a Thursday night. The final event of on 024 765 72794, or on the door.
NAME: Smoove selection and all the VIP dubplates he played. For techni-
FROM: South London cal ability I’ve always rated Randall, and Nicky BM and
APPEARED AT: Sub Zero, Espionage, Sphere, Cutterz Choice Brockie for their selection.
label nights and I have a residency at Nakedbeatz ANY DJ TIPS? Practise makes perfect! Also make sure you
Sessionz. know your records because some tunes mix perfectly
HOW DID YOU GET YOUR FIRST BREAK? My first experience of together and others don’t. I also think tune selection is
playing out at a proper event came while I was a student equally as important as mixing skill - if you’re mixing is
in Norwich in 1996. I got a slot playing warm-ups at a tight but the crowd aren’t feeling the tunes then you’ve
monthly night called Camouflage, where I warmed up for only done half a job.
Hype, Randall, DJ Rap, Grooverider and PFM to name a ANY PRODUCTION EXPERIENCE? I have been producing for a
few. After uni I moved back to London and didn’t do much few years now but I haven’t put anything out yet. It’s
until a mate got me onto Origin FM, which I’ve since left. hard to find the time when you’ve got a full time job!
From there I made a few contacts and started to push You can check out some of my tracks on www.myspace.
myself a bit more and since then I’ve managed to get a com/smoovedj
few bookings in South London. FUTURE PLANS: I am currently promoting a night Nakedbeatz
DESCRIBE YOUR MIXING STYLE: Smoove mixing (like my DJ Sessionz in Catford with my promoting partners SLB and
name!), I’m not one to chop it up too much. I play mainly DJ Instant, so I’m concentrating on that at the moment.
for the dancefloor but on the radio I like to go a bit deeper It’s going really well and we’re looking to build it up as
and incorporate liquid and soulful tracks. much as possible. I also aim to release some of my tracks
INFLUENCES? When I started raving back in the day Micky at some point in the future, and hopefully set up a DJ
Finn was the number one DJ for me because of his agency to help up-and-coming artists like myself.
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