Just 4 days to go until Mint Festival kicks off in the new venue of Stockeld Estate just outside Leeds this Saturday (23rd September), and it looks like things are coming together nicely with the tents going up and the weather forecast looking good…
So excited for this as it will be my first time at Mint Festival and the first time I will have opportunity to see a lot of the artists booked. To say the lineup is good is quite frankly a massive understatement! I mean come on….just check out who is playing on the 5+ stages
Some big names on all stages and it will be hard to decide where to head. Personally the Edible, System and KDIS stage will be hard to tear myself away from being a big Seth Troxler and Eats Everything fan, but I am all about discovering new artists and sounds so I will make sure I get around and see what’s happening everywhere, get some photos and post an article right here next week when I’ve recovered..
2017 has been a very exciting and fruitful year up to present for Sheffield’s underground electronic music scene, with various new and already established club nights throughout the city flourishing and the very successful launch event of the No Bounds Festival back in June at Hope Works (the main event still to come in October), to news of a brand new venue opening very soon Southbank Warehouse, we should all be feeling very positive indeed for the city’s future party credentials.
One such reason to be excited is a new Sheffield collective of likeminded and talented DJ’s and producers – Decibel. The group kicked things off in style with a sold out launch night at The Harley on Glossop road back in May, before taking things to Nottingham in July for round 2 at the Red Bar.
I was lucky enough to be able to get to the launch night at the Harley – a great venue that puts on some great nights and shows support for up and coming talent, both local and from further afield and pretty much perfect for this much anticipated event. The Decibel roster of resident talent Josh Hvaal , Tyrone ‘Moults’ Moulton and Tique were joined by guests AJ & Wellings (BHAUS, Vector, Esc.), Ashley Fearn (Bunker), George Marshman (Bunker) and Dylan Austen (Houserox) – all of whom’s sets went down well with the crowd. A grim, wet night did nothing to deter the party hungry and by midnight the place was jumping with energy, the dancefloor full with pretty much everyone getting down to the mixture of quality house grooves and darker techno selections. It was plain to see on the night and from photos at the event that this crew had great respect for one another’s sets and individual style behind the decks. This along with a great venue and awesome crowd (who never stopped moving!) made for a great vibe and Decibel’s launch night a huge success.
Decibel’s sights are now set on their forthcoming event, and it’s one that really shouldn’t be missing as the guys have have taken things up a notch by booking the hard hitting dark techno duo GAIST to headline. Decibel 3.0 Freshers Reload, the second in Sheffield and one which conveniently coincides with freshers and makes a move to a new venue – Yellow Arch Studios. Decibel’s ‘Freshers Reload’ is set to happen on the 21st of September at Yellow Arch who will be hosting two rooms on the night, one being home to Decibel residents – Josh Hvaal, Moults and Tique along with Roman Rocha and will be headlined by GAIST who will be playing a live 2 hour set.
Meanwhile in room 2 things will we be left to BHAUS, who will be representing an intimate and fresh blend of Tech House, Techno and Disco underground talent from around the UK.
It’s been a little while since I put a new track out due to been busy with some other things but following on from some ideas I had while producing ‘Turbulence’ and using the HYBRID 3 synth VST comes my latest track ‘Tectonic’.
Exciting news is I’ve now started work on my next EP (currently nameless), which will hopefully be finished in the next couple of weeks.
I really enjoyed putting this track together and found myself moving in different directions to where I had initially set out, but I guess that is one of the many great things about creating music and why it is so exciting and stimulating to find new sounds and techniques which inspire me to produce in a completely new way
Let me know what you think and have a listen to Sabre right here..
Sheffield’s No Bounds Festival launch event website has been updated with new lineup info as well as a running order for the day and night schedule – Friday the 9th of June will see a seriously stacked line up from 1pm running through until 7am Saturday morning with artists split over two venues – Hope Works and Trafalgar Warehouse
From the NBF website : “Our launch event on June 9th is going to be a very special 18 hours of music, art, technology and dancing! Over 2 venues and a total of 6 performance areas there will feature multiple live, spoken word, av and dj performances from an incredible array of talent.
The day session will include live coding and modular synthesis workshops, a Q & A with Nina Kraviz as well as a diverse range of live performances. The night session will expand into two simultaneous raves in two warehouses with a free shuttle service running between them.”
It’s been a good week with some quality time spent in the studio working on various things, most notably a forthcoming EP – ‘Blank Space’. Hopefully due for completion and release in the next few weeks, while the first track is already out now on my YouTube channel..
My sounds have made a definite shift to Techno this last couple of weeks and I feel the shift in style and production suits me well. Also with the opportunity to fuse some Tech and House elements into the sound and some new (to me) sampling techniques it feels fresh and exciting.
Have a listen to F A C T O R and be sure to check out and subscribe to my Youtube channel here.. Channel Chro-mag