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72 Dancefl oor
PROMOTER PROFILE
PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF promoting an event and stick to just one style of
Bassix fi rst launched in Cheltenham back in May drum & bass.
2003 promoted by local DJs Access and Kon-
tagious. Since this time we have been running HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CROWD?
events on a monthly basis. The crowd at Bassix is a healthy mixture of
students, nu skool ravers and old skool jung-
WHERE & WHEN DO YOUR EVENTS TAKE PLACE lists. Everyone attending is always there for the
During the six years that Bassix has been estab- music and having a really clued up and respon-
lished we have promoted events at a number of sive crowd makes for an excellent atmosphere
different venues in the South West. Our current throughout the venue.
home is Dakota Nightclub in Cheltenham, which
is the best venue and management team that we BEST MEMORIES FROM A NIGHT?
have worked with to date. Six years worth of vodka means it’s hard to pull
out one specifi c memory when every night at
WHAT ARE THE NAMES OF THE RESIDENTS? Bassix is special for one reason or another.
Access, Kontagious and MC Dread form the
foundation of the events with a strong team of FUTURE PLANS?
residents sourced from Cheltenham, Stroud, We’re having as much fun promoting Bassix right
Gloucester, Oxford and Cardiff that we book on now as we did when we fi rst started out. Every
a rotational basis. We’re always looking for new month the crowd show the same kind of love
talent and do our best to encourage local artists and support for drum & bass as they ever have.
to get involved. As long as there are smiles on faces and feet on
dancefl oors we’ll make sure the basslines are
WHAT’S THE NIGHT ALL ABOUT? thumping out until morning.
Our music policy refl ects the incredibly diverse
genre that drum & bass has evolved to become. ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT?
We love all forms of drum & bass and this is In the last couple of years we’ve started a sister FLYER OF
refl ected in the headliners that we book at Bassix night to Bassix called That Thing. We have love
and the residents that we choose to support them. for many forms of music and this mixed genre THE ISSUE
One minute it’s Fabio, High Contrast, Commix event was born to satisfy the need for diversity
and Calibre dropping deep rolling beats and next and has featured artists like Pendulum, Scratch This month Bassment in Reading win our highly coveted
up it’s Andy C, Hype, Noisia, Clipz, and Hazard Perverts, Stanton Warriors, Caspa, Rusko and ‘Flyer Of The Issue’ award…
smashing up the venue. At the end of the day it’s The Ratpack. The phrase “everything but the
a party and we try to put in something for every- kitchen sink comes to mind”. Check it out, it’s WHAT’S THE IDEA BEHIND YOUR FLYERS?
one, a lot of people forget that when they start fun fun fun! In a nutshell my fl yers try and capture people’s
attention without being too garish; I tend to
avoid the 3D lettering and such. My tutors
at art school have drilled into my head the
importance of spacial awareness and well
WEEKEND
considered typography. When I leave a club
I see so many fl yers get disregarded before
WARRIORS
they’re even looked at and my main aim when
designing mine is to make them less ‘disposable’
by making them easy on the eye and legible.
Rinseout & Devotion are
joining forces with Innovation WHAT’S YOUR NIGHT ALL ABOUT & HOW DO
to present the fi rst ever South YOUR FLYERS REFLECT THIS?
West Drum & Bass Weekender. The fl yer generally refl ects that Bassment is a
Have you got the stamina for little different than other nights in the area
over 19 hours of raving over the as we are not about quantity but more about
May Bank Holiday weekend? quality and pushing new things that have not
You can buy tickets for all three been done in the area. To quote somebody
nights for only £21 in advance who travelled from Ireland for our last night:
GIVE EM PROPS
but if you want to attend just “The club is for d&b purists and d&b virgins.
one event an advance ticket will Not too cool for school, not too pretentious,
set you back just £10. Amongst just right. Was a breath of fresh air to me and
PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF the 30 artists artists performing has my man nearly converted! Big ups to the
David Hunt aka dj Slugz. I’ve been mixing for nearly three years across the weekend will be Shy Bassment crew.”
and I got into DJing because I wanted to hear all my favourite FX, TC, Bryan G, Phantasy,
tracks mixed the way I wanted them. Recently I bought a third deck Nicky Blackmarket, Ruffstuff, WHO DESIGNED THE FLYER?
to do three deck mash ups. I started on D&B but I’ve now moved Taxman, Crissy Criss + MCs Jack Springbett (aka dj Deba) one of our
over to dubstep, although I still incorporate D&B and jungle into Skibadee, IC3, Shabba & Fun. residents who is studying graphic design at
my sets. I am a resident at Vagabondz, Swagger, Bangers & Mashed Bournemouth University. So far he’s mainly
and Kings Of The Dub. Friday 22 May only designed fl yers for Bassment although
@ The Grove, Fore Street, Seaton from the strength of what he’s done for us
HAVE YOU GOT INTO PRODUCTION YET? (9pm-3am). other promoters have used him, like Social
I recently started producing tracks and have played a few out in my Experiment in Dartford and Resonance,
sets. Saturday 23 May which is a local dubstep night. www.myspace.com/
@ The White Rabbit, Bretonside, jackthehank
WHAT’S THE NEXT CHALLENGE FOR YOU? Plymouth
I’ve just launched a night called Swagger at the O2 Bar Academy in (9pm-5am). WHAT EVENTS DO YOU HAVE COMING UP?
Angel Islington. Our main Events are at Bar Mango in Reading
Sunday 24 May on the last Thursday of the month, but we also
ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT? @ The Exeter Phoenix, run a night in Maidenhead at Heroes on the
If any producers / up-and-coming producers want to send me Bradnich Place, Exeter second Friday of the month for people who
dubs they can to djslugz@yahoo.co.uk. Demos for my night go to (8.30pm-2am). have sent us demo CDs. Our next nights at
swaggerdubstep@yahoo.co.uk. I’m also playing at Outlook festival in Mango feature Subfocus, Break, Bassline MC
Croatia on the Dubstep Island and I’ve recently been receiving on April 30th and on May 28th it’s Andy C,
dubs from N-Type, Chef, Sukh Knight and other producers. IC3, Lowqui and Uncle Duggs.
www.kmag.co.uk
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