COCOON IN THE PARK
Longevity isn’t easy to come by in dance music, but the 13th edition of GlobalGathering UK has seen it deservedly reclaim the crown of BoB Best Festival.
Being handed a baton from not just one but two scene legends can be pretty bloody intimidating. But when long-standing d&b producer Friction took over the BBC Radio 1 drum & bass show from kingpins Fabio & Grooverider, he didn’t just run with this hefty, heritaged baton, he pelted off at an alarming rate and hasn’t looked back since.
Love or hate 'em, nobody can deny the impact Rudimental have had on UK bass music. Propelling d&b back onto the radio and into the charts and stages of football stadiums, they'd be nowhere today without Black Butter.
Only three or fours years after first trying his hand at production, Ben Pearce has picked up the gong for Best Breakthrough Producer.
“I’m completely overwhelmed, I wasn’t quite sure it was real for a while. Even getting nominated was such an honour,” says the man who in fact grew up loving rock music and metal bands.
Maybe it's because it's just that tiniest bit nearer Europe than the rest of the country, but Southampton's Junk Club has always gravitated towards a more continental ethos. In sound, in programming, in outlook, Junk has styled itself like a European clubbing outpost on the south coast.
Do you know what's important about running a nightclub? It's this sort of thing.
“You know when all of a sudden you hear a record and you think 'this changes everything'? Your head feels different, your heart feels different, you've got a spring in your step.
In 2012 Dusky wowed you, us and everyone else with the ubiquitous floor killer that was 'Flo Jam'. Without letting up the pressure for a moment, the duo have continued impressing throughout 2013, with their massive EPs released on Naked Naked and Aus Music uniting garage DJs, bass heads and house fanatics alike.
“Dance music sounds better on drugs,” says Mark Broadbent, the man who, until recently, co-programmed the mega-Sunday, We Love parties at Space in Ibiza.
“The thing that got me into all of this in the first place was taking acid at an indie club in 1986, in Manchester, and finally understanding the ‘dance music’ section of the night when the DJ would drop four or five tracks in a row.”