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Wed 17 Mar 2010, 10:00pm

Where: Sammy's, 65 Crawford St, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • GA - Early Bird Presale $15 : $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: SammysDunedin

Back in NZ by popular demand- Black Sun Empire represent the finest in dark and techy dancefloor drum & bass. Since bursting fore their technically proficient productions came to the attention of Trace, the long-serving DJ and techstep pioneer, and he invited Black Sun Empire to compose a remix for his label DSCi4. They took on the classic “Mutant Jazz,” and provided a remix of truly devastating proportions that announced Black Sun Empire on the UK and indeed the world scene.

Further release on DSCi4 came and were followed by remixes for SKC and Technical Itch before, in 2002, the boys decided to start a label of their own. Set up as an outlet for their increasing body of work, Black Sun Empire Recordings became home for their own productions as well as collaborations with other like-minded artists. Their first album ‘Driving Insane’ was released in 2004 to critical acclaim and featured work with the collective talents of Concord Dawn and Stu from Cause 4 Concern alongside their own material. Deft, dynamic, devastating and deranged the album announced that the day of the Dutch was dawning. Supported by a mix CD, it showcased their sound in style and coincided with a highly successful world tour, taking in dates across the UK, Europe, USA and Australia.

Motivated by the massive response they had received, the boys followed up with their second long-player, ‘Cruel and Unusual’, in 2005. Raising the banner of the Black Sun Empire even higher than before, the LP featured further collaborative work with yet more high-profile artists including Noisia, Corrupt Souls and Kemal. Feeling the urge to satisfy other sides of their collective psyche, a sister label was established in the form of “oBSEssions.” Designed to cater for atmospheric, unusual and funky flavours, this label is certainly no lightweight and proven itself as one to watch with releases from the likes of Chris SU, Noisia and SKC so far alongside newer names.

Never losing touch with their roots, Black Sun Empire continue to promote their bi-monthly event ‘Blackout’ in their home town of Utrecht and are looking forward to it's seventh year anniversary in 2010. This well-established event has attracted some of the best in DJ talent from across the globe and regularly draws crowds of up to 1,000 people. As resident DJs, Black Sun Empire consistently captivate the crowds by mixing their freshest material together with live elements to bring an edge to their sets.

Their most recent LP, ‘Endangered Species,’ drew together creative minds from across the drum & bass scene with input from Noisia, Bad Robot, Chris SU, Jade, State Of Mind, D.Kay, Optiv and Audio all featuring alongside BSE. The resulting tour was a resounding success worldwide with nearly 100 gigs and was soon followed by last year’s ‘My Lightyear LP’ Tour alongside Telemetrik, to promote his debut album on BSE Recordings. In 2009, BSE have been on a roll with a whole raft of releases across their labels including collaborations with State Of Mind, N.Phect and Eye-D. Add to that the release of their dubstep label, “Shadows of the Empire,” plus tours in the USA, Australia and New Zealand and it's no surprise why they're widely regarded as one of the hardest working DJ/producer teams around.

Local Support:
Woosh:One of the SBK pioneers who really got the drum and bass ball rolling in Dunedin, a slick DJ who producers under the name Nightshade, get to know people.

Syrus & DVS: The full 30Hz crew is in effect for this one, going to be dangerous up in here.

Indaka:Hailing from Chch Indaka will be making his Dunedin debut packing an arsenal of mosnter tunes, be prepared to dance or die trying.

Hosted by Jabz MC

Tickets from Cosmic corner. Strictly limited earlybirds: 15+bf; pre-sales:$20+bf. More on the door.

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