Fresh Rave Fresh 5 Year Anniversary
Correct me if I am wrong but this is the first massive in California with DnB and Dubstep competing for time on the same stage.
The room dedicated to Drum and Bass at Winter Fresh had become the DnB / Dubstep room at the Fresh 5 Year Anniversary and the results were interesting to say the least.
We came to the stage as Kenny Ken started his set (Twisted Individual had just finished), and a larger crowd formed. Partly because more people were showing up to the party, but more so because Kenny Ken is a certified master of the DnB Art form, and has been for at least a decade.
The crowd got moving right away and moments later we saw what looked like a Costco sized package of six foot tall chew toys walk by. It was a bunch of people all wearing stuffed animal costumes! In the Jungle room! Craziness!
To the right of the stage were several vendors, including the classic DnB apparel brand known internationally and worldwide as Drumz. I immediately identified the senior design and added one more black Drumz T-shirt to my wardrobe. Big up to Jesso and the the Drumz Crew for holding it down after all these years!
Intermission. A visit to the bar, Tecate with lime and salt, and few minutes in the bleachers to recover lost energy. I wonder... What is going on in the DnB Room???
We came back to the DnB room for the start of the Dillinja set, which started out so softly, it was like a lullaby. Both the beat and the bass line were held in reserve for a moment.
With the short attention span of kids today, a build is a risky proposition. If the build is too long and the youngsters' need for constant over stimulation is not immediately satisfied, most of the audience will simply walk away. None the less, it is only possible to experience a release of orgasmic proportions when the build is handled properly by a master DJ.
Ninety Seven seconds later came the drop. The beat was reintroduced in conjunction with a bass line that was casual, yet brutal. This was the same sound that Dillinja has brought to the tables so often, and that has brought him so much success. His composure behind the decks is so cool and so calm that it seems effortless, but the music was relentless.
Dilinja's ability to play through criminally bad MCing by MC Stylus, who at this point may have consumed an entire case of Tecate and transformed into a highly intoxicated MC Style-less, added another gold star to Dillinja's Drum n Bass hall of fame listing. Seeing Dillinja power through the gibberish was like watching a doctor perform microsurgery while getting a lap dance from a hyper active chimpanzee. How can a DJ maintain his concentration under such distracting conditions? PRACTICE!!!!!
In Dillinja's right eye were Dubstep Champion Plastician, along side DRuley, along side DRuley's blonde friend in a miniskirt. She was looking quite good on stage I might add.
After a fond farewell to Dillinja, it was time to change up the sound and bring on Dubstep's greatest champion, the massive DJ in a pint sized package know as the Plastician, which I believe you can interpret as Plastic Technician.
As the fantastic Mr Plastic got to work, the tempo changed, but the filth in the air had now peaked. Despite the dust and dirt in the air, I attribute my pitch black party boogers to the pollution wrought by the Plastic Man (born Chris Reed).
Seeing how the girls moved to the sound of Dubstep it made me think, this is really pornographic, isn't it? Sexy as hell, grimy, dirty, and it sounds good too. Dubstep would make a good wife, I say.
Unfortunately, Plastician's set was interrupted by the MCs too often and I clearly remember seeing him give the "cut vocals" sign to MC Stylus (Cut Vocals Sign=DJ shows teeth and moves right finger horizontally across neck) but it did no good. What we had here was a McClusterfuck.
Special Thanks to Designated Driver MC Dre for directing traffic, and to MC Question Mark for keeping it under control!
And Special Thanks to Fresh Entertainment for creating exactly the breakbeat room that I dreamed of after WinterFresh. Combining Drum and Bass and Dubstep worked well, it will only get better. This was the first time I felt like a Junglist in a too long, and the Dubstep helped change up the tempo in a great way. Maybe next time we can have a Drum and Bass vs Dubstep 2x4 set marathon!
On a sad note, this event broke the Rave-o-meter by scoring 18 fighter jets out of what we thought was a maximum possible of 10, shattering the old record of 9 fighter jets in the process.
If we can get the Rave-o-meter working again, we are going to try and combine Drum and Bass and Dubstep into one category.
TWISTED INDIVIDUAL 10-11
KENNY KEN 11-12
ADAM F. 12-1
MC QUESTION MARK
Dillinja is arguably the most prolific producer within the drum and bass scene (with over 500 releases produced since 1991), Francis subsequently set up Valve Recordings in partnership with long-term collaborator Lemon D (Kevin King), with whom he also designed and built the Valve Sound System. As well as the record label and sound system, Francis and King have also opened a specialist mastering and vinyl cutting studio, Ear2ground. Albums include My Sound (1993-2004), Cybotron, as well as Big Bad Bass and The Killa-Hertz with Lemon D. The spelling of Dillinja has changed since he started releasing vinyl (found on some older vinyl as Dillinger). The origin of his name is unknown but it is likely that it came from one of reggae's earliest MCs, who called himself Dillinger (real name Lester Bullocks) after the famous American gangster John Dillinger. One of Dillinja's other aliases, Capone, is also linked to one of Bullocks' contemporaries, Dennis 'Alcapone' (born Dennis Smith), who produced reggae and ran a sound system in Jamaica.
Chris Reed, also known as Plastician (formerly Plasticman), is a grime and dubstep DJ and producer from Thornton Heath in the London Borough of Croydon. Plastician has played a role in the popularity of the genre thanks to his participation in the Rephlex Grime compilations, his primetime pirate radio shows and his recent BBC Radio 1 Residency slot. In addition to his worldwide DJ schedule, Plastician has released records on labels such as Rephlex Records, Soulja, ROAD, Slimzos, A.R.M.Y. and Southside Dubstars. His musical style connects east London grime to the south London dubstep scenes. Plastician also runs his own label; Terrorythm Recordings.
Kenny Ken started DJing back in 1989,before that he was workin as a ticket collector and railman on the London Underground. He got into playing music by going to the early warehouse parties like, Genesis, Sunrise, Biology, Energy and so on. "I used to go to all the so called incrowd parties where DJ's like Grooverider,Fabio, Frankie Valentine,Tony Wilson,Paul Oakenfold, Bones and Carl Cox used to play".It was while going to these all night parties and then having to go straight to work that he decided to try being a DJ." I went out and bought myself a set of Technics and started to practice and was given a really good mixing lesson by Dean who was one half of Dem 2 who were big back then. I started of by playin Acid House and Garage at small gigs for my mates Jimmy Evans and Steven Mills(thanks guys).I started playing regular on the radio on a pirate station called Centerforce which I left after about a year and moved to Dance FM along with DJ's like Mr C and Rob Atkinson.One night I was at a Genesis rave and Lenny Dee hadn't turned up and the DJ who was playing had another gig to go to so I begged Wayne the promoter to let me go home and get my records,it'll only take me five minutes. I came back with a converted milkcrate full of records and got behind the decks which is when my bottle went a bit cos now I'm on the best party at that time, infront of a massive crowd of hardcore ravers.I played for about half hour and played well before Lenny turned up.That was when I decided to leave my job and start Djing full time.