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Feel The Underground & Bass From Another Place


Fri 24 May 2013, 5:30pm–8:15pm

Where: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, National Library Building, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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In partnership with The New Zealand Film Archive, The Vehicle presents "Feel The Underground & Bass From Another Place." A spine-tingling set by dubstep and drum and bass DJs will be followed by two music documentaries. Take a seat and enjoy the underground!

Join us at 5.30pm for DJ music in the Film Archive cafe, 84 Taranaki St. Sounds provided by DJ range and DJ Spitfire (UK).

Rangi Johnson, aka DJ range, has been involved in the New Zealand dance scene since the mid 1990s, and helped co-found independent Christchurch-based breakbeat label fabelmusic. He started DJing after moving to Wellington in 2001 and produces music as one half of the duo Stonerange, and as a member of the Audio Mechanics collective in The Vehicle.

DJ Spitfire was heavily immersed in the Bristol underground scene from 1996 to 2008, developing a strong underground reputation playing all kinds of breakbeat music at clubs, on pirate/student radio and at festivals (including in New Zealand, at The Gathering in 1998). He witnessed and was a participant in the dubstep revolution in Bristol, alongside friends DJ Pinch, Peverelist, the Hot Flush Records crew and the Heatwave crew. He will be playing a selection of dubstep that represents the Bristol massive and the music movement he was part of.

The screening will start at 7pm, with "Living Inside the Speaker - The Bristol Dubstep Scene" (2008) followed by "Drum & Bass Sessions: 10th Anniversary Special" (2006).

"Living Inside the Speaker - The Bristol Dubstep Scene" (37 mins) looks at the origins of dubstep, a genre of music first produced by a community of UK musicians in early 2000, and then spread out to the world. This documentary explores the uniqueness of the dubstep sound and subculture, delving into how producers make dubstep tunes and why the sound system is so important to the genre. The film features DJ Pinch, Peverelist, Bubonic, Atik2, Hench Crew, Kymatik, Kidkut, Blazey, Stealth, Dub Boy, Wedge, White Boi, Gutterbreaks, Elemental, Search & Destroy, Skream, Chef, and the Bristol Dubstep Massive.

"Drum & Bass Sessions: 10th Anniversary Special" (37 mins) was made to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Drum & Bass Sessions, a long-running and exclusive Drum & Bass music event in Tokyo. The event has featured international musicians such as DJ Fresh, Caribre, London Electricity, High Contrast, DJ Zinc, MC Dynamite, Goldie, Dieselboy, LTJ Bukem, Shy FX, Nu-Tone, Logistics, Klute, Dillinja, Andy C, PDigsss, Shapeshifter, Jah Shaka, Congo Natty, and Don Letts. This anniversary film features a selection of the musicians who have played at the event over the years and includes live performance footage.

The films illustrate the power of music as a positive force. “Music brings up people’s energy and creates a community, binding them together,” says myoume, the event organiser.

Before relocating to New Zealand, myoume worked for Drum & Bass Sessions in Tokyo for five years, helping to run their musical gigs. She now works for The Vehicle, a Wellington-based crew of musicians, who DJ live events and a weekly radio show, “Audio Mechanics,” Wednesdays 11pm-1am on Radio Active 88.6FM.

“I want to spread the energy of the films created around different countries’ music scenes to New Zealand,” she says. “I hope it will motivate people to create their own musical communities, or at least encourage them to do what they want to do in life.”

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