I had to get the job done so I brought Joc Max in and did it with him. New Year’s Eve party at New Energy in York, Pennsylvania. Every night of the week in New York, you could pretty much tune in somewhere and hear underground hip-hop.
Recently, the genre has started becoming more popular with youth around the world thanks to the internet revolution. Drum and bass is synonymous to jungle, a type of electronic dance music which can be identified by its fast tempo and broken beat drums. The bass is also very heavy. Though today it is still underground, it is slowly surfacing and making its way into youth culture, especially in the UK, where it originated.
Though the home base of drum and bass is in the UK, this infectious genre has spread itself globally. Strong scenes include: Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, and the United States. Drum and bass also enjoys popular in Eastern and Northern Europe as well as South America, particularly Brazil and Venezuela. Asian drum and bass scenes include Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
Julian Marley, the son of the legendary Bob Marley, will be performing songs from his latest release, Awake, a collaboration with the Ghetto Youths International production team founded by siblings Stephen and Ziggy.
Looking back, I guess the funniest thing about Ravers creating their own religion-was that even those at the forefront of it, couldn’t explain it. Go figure, half the time we could barely talk (lol). My opinion on the religious aspect?- There definitely was.”something.” Was it the drugs which created this awe-inspiring feeling of “togetherness?” Or again, was it the shear power of the masses coming together? Certainly history shows us that when large crowds come together; there will be some sort of mutual feeling shared. Look at the flock to Mecca, the ability of Hitler to brainwash, Jonestown, or even just local churches. There are hundreds of examples.
The beats per minute in drum and bass tracks are usually from 160-180, compared to other forms of breakbeat that have paces of 130-140 BPM. As time has gone by and the genre has evolved, the BPM has raised and as a result, the tracks seem faster now a day.
What began as something everyone could be a part of- became something you had to “prove yourself” in to be apart of. And if you did “fit” in- you became part of the ever-building “vibe.” I remember a conversation in the mid 90s with my friend Billy, a popular breakdancer in North Florida at the time. He said, as were driving to a party in Orlando, “You see- everyone’s got a job- the dancer- the DJ- the drug-dealer. And if we all do our job right- the end result is a good “vibe.” Good god, had we made drug-dealer a “respectable profession?” The scene had become both beautiful and dangerous.
Whether you want the euphoric moments – or just want to have your face ripped off – you have one more chance to see EOTO in 2010. The band plays their favorite show of the year on New Years – which is set to take place on their home-stomping grounds at City Hall in Denver at 8 pm. The show also features Dieselboy, Liquidstranger, Heyoka, NastyNasty, Nit Grit, Freddy Todd, Rumblejunkie, Jantsen, S.P.E.C.T.R.E., and Ishe to name a few. Tickets are $25 in advance, $40 at the door.