Roots & Culture: East Anglia
Straight back into the Roots & Culture series with a full article dedicated to all things East Anglia. From it’s roots in the early hardcore scheme, this region has always been at the forefront of the underground dance music movement. Legendary promoters Eclipse, United Dance, Temptation and Love of Life all played a massive part in the success that continues even to this day. No doubt if you’re reading this, you will already know that Warning still continues to fly the flag for drum and bass in Cambridgeshire. Long may it continue!
Here’s a wicked selection of mixes from some of East Anglia’s hottest DJs and producers. T>I‘s mix is due to drop this week so keep an eye out for an update to this article.
“The good thing about living in East Anglia is you are never far away from a drum and bass party. Be it the mighty Warning, Rumble, Colour, Warrior Jungle or any of the local events, there is always something going on somewhere. Not only that but we also have some of the hottest producers breaking through with the likes of Upgrade and Hedex who are killing it right now. Unlike some places where you go and a lot of producers have the same kinda sound and style, East Anglia always seems to be really diverse in its sound with everything from jump up, liquid, ragga, jungle, tech and everything in-between coming out.”
“I’m honoured to have been asked to do a mix for this series, especially as I’m pretty much a nomad having lived in Leicester, Vienna (Austria), London and now Bourne. I have close ties with East Anglia through the Cambridge and Norwich crews; Warning, T>I, Jimmy Danger and my good friend BMK (aka Echo Knight). For me this area is hot right now! So much talent as variety from T>I and Saxxon’s funk fulled rollidge to Upgrade, Limited and Dominator’s (RIP) no holds barred, in your face madness!
For those who do not know me I was co-founder of the Austrian based Switch! along with my DJ partner of many years, Pandora, with Switch! going to height we could not have dreamed about 10 years ago (Drum&BassArena Best Event Nominee!) and opening the doors to many parts of the scene.
As a producer I release with Charge, Natty Dub, Switch! and Audio Danger. I am often in the studio where possible (3 kids eats up valuable studio time) and love to co-lab with people. To date I have produced tunes with BMK, Krooked (of Camo & Krooked), Zen & man of the moment Serum. I have since returned to the UK and am concentrating on getting my music back to where it was, not as easy as I thought it would be, production levels being so high these days.
These mixes showcases some of my new tunes, some remixes, co-labs with Coy, Cabbie and Serum, some of my older tunes and a few fave tunes of mine from over the years. Hope you enjoy the mix, peeeeeeeeaaaace!”
“For me there is no better place than East Anglia. Both Cambridge and Norwich have a massive link when it comes to music. I regularly have the Norwich lads down to do radio shows and sets. With the likes of T>I, Upgrade, Limited and Azza Norwich is making big waves in the East Anglia drum and bass scene. Likewise with Cambridge. We have Logistic, Nu Tone, Inja and that’s just for starters! So many up and coming names are about to burst on the scene.”
We also have the best drum and bass event in the UK which is the mighty Warning. Big up Pete Edwards and everyone involved. The event has been going for 23 years and that speaks for itself (I was 2 when it started!). I’m constantly tucked away in the studio trying to make the next big tune or mixing the best in upfront drum and bass.
I feel privileged to be part of the East Anglian scene. We are one big family. Thanks to James Honey and all the team at Drum&BassArena for the feature.”
“These tunes mean a lot to me & evoke memories of 1993, the year I fully immersed myself in the music & rave culture. Taking in heady nights at Dance Paradise & of course Eclipse in Cambridge. These early years, experiences & the people I met along the way have shaped the person I am today.”
Check the full playlist below.