Drum & Bass
Zondag 31 December 2017, 22:30
01 Januari 2018, 7:00
Artcube 52b Wiedauwkaai, 9000 Gent (BE)
If you want to be led into the New Year with top notch Drum ‘n’ Bass, look no further as Star Warz, after more than 15 years in the field, still thé leading drum & bass concept in the country and beyond, is hosting a superb night in the Artcube in Ghent!
The first headliners are Jason Greenhalgh (Q-Project) and Paul Smith (Spinback) who launched the Computer Integrated Audio (C.I.A) label in 1997 and the alias Total Science was born. Over the coming years, Total Science had releases on all the major D&B labels including Metalheadz, Good Looking, Moving Shadow, Hospital, Tru Playaz, 31 Records, Reinforced, Soul:r, Shogun Audio to name but a few, as well as releases under their own C.I.A. and various other imprints. They have release 4 albums, however, the actual number of singles and EP’s the pair have released is currently an unknown quantity. Their relentless yearning to create music denotes there are just too many to mention! CIA celebrated their 20th birthday last year with the release of a ‘Various Artist’ album featuring amongst others long time players Calibre, Break, S.P.Y., Digital & Spirit. Collaborations with Mako, DLR, Digital & Spirit, Kaiju and Onemind followed.
The name Foreign Concept has come to represent both a DJ’ing distinction and a multiform production style that synthesizes the sounds of yesterday and tomorrow in chord with the Critical Music ethos.In 2011, after forging a distinct sound of his own, the young producer galvanised the scene with signings to Shogun Audio and Commercial Suicide amongst others, before catching the attention of Drum ‘n’ Bass visionary, Kasra, with the dank dystopian half-time hitter ‘Mob Justice’ and was immediately signed exclusively to his label, Critical Music. The eclectic producer has consistently experimented in his music with a devout focus on the quality of his repertoire. After a series of ground-breaking releases on Critical Music, including his “Make Meals EP” , the title track of which Beatport placed in their top ten releases of the year, he unleashed his latest musical masterpiece - “Skit City EP 'in April. With a packed DJ schedule that includes worldwide tours and major festivals, Foreign Concept has truly cemented himself at the top of the Drum and Bass genre.
Zero T started out way back in 1998 as a fresh faced youngster at Dublin’s now legendary Bassbin Night, supporting the likes of Ed Rush, Matrix and Fierce. By 2001 releases were coming thick and fast on labels like Subtitles, Commercial Suicide, Function and Advanced. Zero T and Calibre met before his 1st LP was done through mutual friends and this led to many joint-ventures with the little genius. Later Zero T relocated to London, working closely with Bryan G and Jumping Jack Frost’s V Recordings Camp, Artificial Intelligence’s Integral Records and an LP for Total Science’s CIA imprint. After touring extensively, Zero T next steps included releases on Subtitles, Shogun Audio, Good Looking, Liquid V, Integral and Metalheadz amongst others. 2017 saw the release of the third Zero T album ‘Little Pieces’ on Dispatch Recordings, featuring guest appearances from Steo, DRS, Stamina, Villem, Beta 2 and Commix. He also released an EP on Lenzman’s new label The North Quarter and a batch of new remixes for Metalheadz, Dispatch, Soul Trader and several other labels. Making 2017 Zero T’s most prolific to date!
Phase is 22 years old, Belgian and has been racking up releases on Metalheadz, Goodlooking, Med School, Integral, Warm Communications, Fokuz and more. His dj-sets consist of soul-filled, rolling tracks which let him win the well-known ‘Sun and Bass’ DJ competition in 2014. His Metalheadz debut towards the end of 2016, ‘The Traveller EP’ with Villem, was a huge hit and is arguably what cemented Phase as one of the most exciting up and coming producers around. He has played all over Europe and gained support from some of the biggest players in the game, including Goldie, Friction, London Elektricity, Break and many, many more.
Three good friends decided they had too much in common not to start working together and Bredren was born. Not even three years later and they have released tracks on Dispatch Recordings, Proximity Recordings, Demand Records, Hospital Records, Break-Fast Audio and many others. Their sound is deep, dark and minimal, but instantly recognizable, and that made them one of K-Mag's ‘20 to Watch In 2013’. In the past you could have seen them hitting Outlook Festival, Sun & Bass and more as they have been playing all over Europe.
One87 is the promotor of STAR WARZ, an internationally highly respected drum & bass concept. One87, Star Warz resident, played over a thousand national & international dj sets, on all kinds of events, alongside most of the great names in drum ’n’ bass today. Highlights include sets at Metalheadz @ Fabric and Cable in London, Shogun Audio @ Cable in London, Outlook Festival Croatia, Dour, Pukkelpop and Tomorrowland in Belgium, USA and Brasil.
Cedex & Higher Underground earned early merits with their own events where they invited big names as Pendulum, Wilkinson, Noisia and Sigma. Since Cedex and Higher Underground joined forces, they became unstoppable behind the decks. Expect an explosive mix from dynamic duo that knows how to please a crowd. They are residents at Steam in Decadance where they will often team up with 3XB, as they will do here!
What do you get when you blend afro hair, a good old fashioned love for music and rose tinted nostalgia goggles? Slap the tag ‘future fuccboi jungle’ on it and we present you Corrupted. Antwerp based beat/break smith who adds crazy smooth yet tough, and very futuristic sound-design to beats with that jazzy, hiphop, footworky halftime swing. You can expect an eclectic journey through music with this guy steering the ship.
Identy is one of the key figures who has been pushing the less common drum & bass sound that focuses on more soul, stripped down arrangements and darker vibes. His work is mostly known for putting deep d&b music back on the map in Antwerp since 2009 with his own Intervention. His style visionaries out the oldschool sound mixed with deep fine cuts and rolling breaks. This brought his selection to world leading stages such as Starwarz, Outlook festival and Club Ampere to name a few.
BassDubbers is an Antwerp based D&B collective serving deep/rolling D&B combined with funky liquid tunes. They’ve been making their way into the Belgian D&B scene for a couple of years now and are the birth-givers of the Concrete Drum X Bass events. Last year they got a release on the fast growing label ‘Tesseract Recordings’ and they have more tunes in the pipeline to get released in the future, so get locked!!
Snap-ah is a Ghent based Drum & Bass DJ, known for his varying sets, he takes you on a journey throughout the spectrum, from fast paced rollers to liquid vibey tunes. Having played at some of Belgium’s biggest parties and festivals, such as Tomorrowland, M&T presents RAM Recordings, Invaderz, Criticalz and recently having become a resident at the infamous Decadance for the bi weekly Steam sessions alongside Cedex & Higher Undergound and Miles.
Star Warz’ favorite MC’s MC Mush & MC Nice will be taking the vibe to the next level, are you ready to join them on their flight and start the New Year with a bang?
Total Science, Uk
Foreign Concept, Uk
Zero T, Uk
Bredren, Critical Music
One87, Star Warz
Cedex & Higher Underground feat 3XB, Steam
Hosted by MC Mush & MC Nice
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Doorsale: 25 €