Monday, 28 November 2011

dbe 2011 #2 - VIDEO (Zinc / Two Inch Punch / 25 Sessions)

dbe: Nov 11 / DJ Zinc / Two Inch Punch / Loughborough. from Will Warr on Vimeo.

Man like Will Warr supplies us once again with a hefty video for our second party of the term. Some familiar faces in there smashing it up and we're thankful to you and of course to Will for keeping up appearances to an insane level this year!

WW: "Yet again, DBE smashed it with another incredible party laced with seriously hefty line up! Both DJ Zinc and Two Inch Punch tore apart Vice Versa with incredible sets, while downstairs 25 Sessions took over, streaming their sets online. An awesome night had by all, and great anticipation for the next party on December 13th (DBE’s 3rd Birthday) with Joker and JFB.

Happy with how the video turned out, it shows off what an incredible atmosphere the night generated. A few cheeky timelapses added in, and a lot of use of my monopod that allowed me to film from some crazy angles and get must steadier shots than in the last vid.

Let me know what you think of the latest video on twitter!"

Thursday, 24 November 2011

dbe presents... A True Step Story

The start of a new mix series from our residents and friends, 'dbe presents...' brings you mixes which tell a story as-well as bringing you good records. First up we take a look at the evolution of Garage.

Around the early nineties Britain's clubbing scene was pretty much split into two scenes, the hiphop and r&b crowd and the house, garage and techno crowd. Whilst most people would have to go to a proper underground club to find real house music, mostly clubs around that time had a main room of commercial music often complemented by a smaller room playing funkier stuff, much like today.

This clear division of sounds started to amalgamate in the mid nineties after it became evident that producers had begun to experiment. Early prototypes of garage included two-step which was slower and used an entirely new beat and speed and bassline garage which was basically US garage or house speeded up in effect. 

Most of the UK fought a constant battle with the London scene for particularly pushing underground music at that time. People thought that the speed that music was being pushed might cause brevity in a scene's timeline. In many ways they were right but without that constant will to push on, would there be any evolution? There are so many parallels to today's scene particularly with dubstep, but we like to look back upon the best parts of the past. This is the sound of pirate radio, music blasting out of modified cars and clubbing for three nights in a row. This is the evolution of UK Garage.

   A True Step Story Part 1 by dbe
   A True Step Story - Part 2 by dbe


1. I Gotta Hold On U (E-Smoove's Groovy Mix) - Maurice Joshua
2. Closer - Mr Fingers
3. Let Yourself Go - 95 North
4. Love Changes (MK Club Mix) - MK Feat. Alana
5. Night Life (Armand Van Helden Club Mix) - Kim English
6. Orange - Deetron
7. Take A Chance - R.I.P. Productions
8. Work It Out - Dub Syndicate
9. The Players - Deep Dub Vol 1
10. Oh Baby - R.I.P. Productions
11. Obsessed - R.I.P. Productions
12. In My Soul (Dubbed Out Mix) - Grant Nelson
13. Anytime - Nu Birth
14. Sugar Is Sweeter (Armand Van Helden's Drum N Bass Mix) - C.J. Bolland


1. Sugar Is Sweeter (Armand Van Helden's Drum N Bass Mix) - C.J. Bolland
2. God Made Me Phunky - Mike Dunn pres. The MD X-Spress
3. I Need A Rhythm - Dub Syndicate
4. Love Bug (Original Bump Mix) - Ramsey & Fen feat. Lynsey Moore
5. Thinking of You - Strictly Dubz
6. What U Do (Original 12" Mix) - Colours feat. Stephen Emmanuel & Eska
7. Gabriel (Live Garage Version) - Roy Davis Jr. feat. Peven Everett
8. Baby (Kensal Rise Speed Mix) - Y Tribe
9. Realise - Strickly Dubz
10. I Wanna Know - Restless Natives
11. Crazy Love (Main Mix) - MJ Cole
12. Pushing - Duncan Powell
13. Untitled - G.O.D.
14. Bax - Mosca
15. R U Sleeping (Bump N Flex Mix) - INDO
16. Vigilance - Millie & Andrea
17. Shattered - Groove Chronicles
18. 2 Hearts - Sully
19. Hold On (SE22 Mix) - Colours
20. No-One Likes A Smart-Arse - Untold
21. Unite - Burial
22. Memories - Pangaea
23. Links - Chameleon
24. Call Me (Tensnake Remix) - Mark E

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

DBE @ HIDEOUT FESTIVAL 2012... (June 29th - July 1st)

We are Very Very Very excited to announce that dbe will be an Official Clubbing Partner for Hideout Festival 2012!

In 2010 we teamed up with Bigger Than Barry & Ibiza Rocks to bring a week long clubbing holiday where experiences were had, and minds were lost... This ones set to be no different!

So onto 2012, and the mighty Hideout festival. Here's some info on Europes' newest Shindig,

Hideout Festival Croatia made its spectacular debut this summer – a beachside event in a stunning and unique location.
The first-time event was a complete sell-out and made an outstanding entrance onto the summer festival scene. Reviews from attendees, artists and clubbing partners were phenomenal and within days of Hideout 2011 having ended, talk of Hideout 2012 begun.
The wheels are currently being put in motion to bring you an exceptional Hideout 2012 and it is already set to be even more phenomenal than the last.

Due to extreme popularity and demand, capacity is being increased for next year’s event, so even more of you will be able to have the Hideout experience. A fourth venue has been added – in addition to Papaya, Aquarius 1 and Aquarius 2, which proved to be hugely successful venues last year, they’re now adding Kalypso into the mix.
Kalypso is Zcre beaches most infamous night club, right next to the sea and surrounded by palm trees, this exotic venue is going to add a brand new, exciting dimension to Hideout 2012!
To accommodate the extra capacity, as well as securing even more apartments in the town of Novaljia and surrounding areas – just down the road from the action and right near all the bars, pubs, restaurants and all-important beach – Hideout Festival will this time around offer the option to camp right next to the beach, with a stunning mountain back drop to the camp site.

Some of your favourite DJ’s from last year will be returning – including Annie Mac, Nero and Jamie Jones who will both be playing back to back on the main stage – whilst some new huge acts will also be introduced. Absolute legends such as Ricardo Villalobos, Four Tet & Caribou, Claude Von Stroke, Skrillex, Skream and Jacques Lu Cont are going to be joining the line-up next year, ensuring an even more outstanding programme than before.
Clubbing partners Mono Cult, Jaunt, Urban Nerds, and Just Jack will be back, who were hugely popular last year, plus some all-new affiliations will be involved including Mulletover, Kubicle, London’s Fabric Live, Birmingham’s Face & Below and of course dbe...

2012 will be also be bringing you an even bigger programme…
Hideout Festival 2012 will take place across the four venues, from Friday 29th June to Sunday 1st July and will this time be hosting an entire week of events, from Tuesday 26th June right up until to the early hours of Monday 2nd July! Plus stay alert for updates and ticket information on the secret location parties they’re going to be hosting around the island – updates will be available on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

CLICK below to grab tickets!! 




Not for the faint-hearted, Hideout 2012 will once again combine the stamina of a beach holiday with the intense euphoria of the most turbo charged electronic festival! 

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

dbe : November 2011 : Artist Profiles

For our second dbe party of the new term we continue with a true legend, supported with some fresh new talent making waves in the dance music scene. What better way to get your eardrums and mind in the loop than with an artist low-down of who'll be rocking the decks in a weeks time!


In 1996, Zinc launched the True Playaz label alongside jungle veterans Pascal and DJ Hype and continued to produce and release many jungle and drum & bass anthems on True Playaz, throughout the end of the 90s, making the label one of the biggest and most successful of the era. In 2000 Zinc produced the genre defying ’138 trek’ – which went on to chart in the UK and single handedly created a whole new genre, establishing him outside of his native dnb.

During this time he also released music under the moniker ‘Jammin’ and once again found the way into the hearts of ravers and record bags of DJs, way outside of his perceived home – drum and bass.

In 2001 Zinc launched ‘Bingo Beats’ his own imprint, releasing breakbeat and drum & bass from artists including Shy FX, Chase & Status and D.Kay. In 2005 Zinc was a featured lecturer in the Red Bull Music Academy, he has continued to work closely with the academy and the lecture where Zinc talks candidly about drum & bass, pirate radio and music’s evolving business models can be viewed here.

Lecture: Dj Zinc (Seattle 2005) from Red Bull Music Academy on Vimeo.

Testament to his remarkable achievements in British dance music, 2008 saw Zinc included in the ‘British Music Experience’ alongside the Beatles and Sex Pistols. The permanent exhibition in London’s 02 Arena, chronologically documents the major contributors to contemporary British music.

With the dawn of 2009 Zinc called an end to his hiatus on the dancefloor and began producing and DJing again, only this time producing and playing ‘house’, in the loosest sense of the term. 'Killa Sound', 'Let's Go' and 'Wile Out' all became massive hits in the club and on radio. Skream, Jamie George and JME aswell as Ms Dynamite all collaborated with him in the past few years, which is testament to his ability to evolve with the times aswell as stay fresh within the industry.

With his blatant disregard of genre blueprints (see 138 trek, ‘Faster’ et al) you can never be exactly sure what’s coming next. Therein lies half the charm, the other comes in his ability to continuously devastate dancefloors the world over.


From a legend, to a future star. When you read an act saying that they’re inspired by Beatles love songs, it’s hard to stop your heart from sinking. Expectations lowered by making comparisons to the fab four and Sam Cooke through a soundcloud biography, London’s Two Inch Punch then proceeds to blow you away with a series of tracks that he labels as being 'lovestep', feel more akin to the recent trend of J Dilla-a-likes that anything McCartney and Lennon may have penned.

Musicians, though, work in different ways, and this is clearly the work of someone working on a different plain to most mere mortals. Ridiculously, this project comes after writing and producing with Lil’ Wayne and playing guitar for forgotten popstress Little Boots amongst other bizarre credits. But these are pieces of music that don’t need a back story or a context to be appreciated, treading similar ground to Manchester’s Star Slinger or Sepalcure and managing that wonderful warm feeling of creating songs that utterly engulf you. The soundcloud crowd have, predictably, gone mad for it, with comments from the awestruck and envious being amassed at a rate of knots – expect big things.

His new release gives us five full-blooded R&B fusions for PMR (home to the recent L-Vis album and singles by Julio Bashmore and Javeon McCarthy). They've included the amazing 'Love You Up' with four brand new tracks. There's the Synth R&B drag of 'Up In Your Mix' and a tender solo piano 'Winterlude', plus the cloyingly chirpy 'Her Heart Moves' and the hyperreal James Blake soul of 'Forgive Me (For Messin' Up)'. Pure futurist boogie with a sense of heartbreak keeps you hooked and for us is definitely a tip for the future. Not so often we hear someone with pop sensibilities at the core gicing us tunes to get down to! Check his new release here, and peep some tunes below.


As well as our trusty residents whom you should be familiar with already, we have our friends from Notts on hand to stream 'Sleazy's Wonderland' in the basement for us all night! With disco balls and free cola bottles aswell as crazy tunes last time, the chance to appear on camera might sway a few more of you to come down and join the magic, even if it is to take a break from the mania upstairs!

25 Sessions broadcasts weekly live streams showcasing upcoming bass music producers and DJs every Sunday from 6pm. We even popped by last Sunday to play some fresh stuff. One to check out amidst a whole bunch of Boiler Room type things, these guys are sticking true to their scene and really showcasing local talent. Peep us rocking it below and follow 25 Sessions on twitter and facebook!

Video streaming by Ustream
25 Sessions on Twitter

25 Sessions on Facebook

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

dbe 2011 #1 - VIDEO

dbe Launch party Oct 11' w/ Mistajam / Jaymo & Andy George. from Will Warr on Vimeo.

MASSIVE thanks to Will Warr for this amazing video from our launch party for this term. Many more to come hopefully.

"Two weeks ago, Loughborough based party people, DBE hosted their first event of the year, with Radio 1′s Mistajam and Jaymo & Andy George tearing up the decks. I was asked to produce a film of the night to capture the party vibe and help promote future events. This was a perfect opportunity for me to start producing creative media for the music scene.

This is the first time I have utilized all my equipment that i’ve been working with so far. I feel both the video overlays and the use of slow motion footage worked particularly well in this live music environment. This was the first opportunity I had to use my wide angle L series lens, which produced some crisp footage, and shot at f/2.8 meant i didn’t have to crank up the ISO too high.

For the next party, in two weeks time, Zinc and Two Inch Punch are taking to the decks. I’m hoping to build on what i’ve produced here, including some more creative production techniques; experimenting with time-lapses and new creative angles.

Let me know what you think of the video on twitter!"