2016 marks DJ Mag's 25th anniversary, so naturally we've planned a few huge birthday blow-outs!
House and UK Garage legend Scott Garcia will headline the launch party of 3000's new spin-off label, 3000 Digital.
Taking place this Saturday, 30th July, at intimate bar/club Work, Islington, Garcia will be joined by up-and-coming DJs such as Nadine, Purge and Bump & Grind.
Dressed in black t-shirt and cap, garage don DJ EZ stands in stark contrast to the bright white walls of the south-east London studio that he's in. In front of him on a black draped table are the tools of the trade that he's so precise at operating: a pair of CDJs, and on either side of them a Technics 1210. Inhumanly, he's been mixing, cutting and scratching for the last 24-hours without missing a beat — or seemingly breaking a sweat.
“Six nominations, no Brits for CD,” sang Craig David at the 2001 Brit Awards. It's a moment that sums up the rollercoaster ride of the Southampton-born, now Miami-based singer's career. A teen garage MC who found himself elevated to pop stardom thanks to the massive popularity of tracks such as 'Re-Rewind', 'Fill Me In' and '7 Days', his debut album 'Born To Do It' sold eight million copies.
Chuka Umunna is one of the highest profile young politicians in the UK. But did you know that he's also a part-time DJ, these days favouring the soulful house sound — having started out DJing garage and even running his own garage nights back in the day?
DJ Mag's Carl Loben lobbed Chuka a few curveball questions as he nestled into the Hot Seat...
2014 was the year house heads reignited their love for melody. While shufflers continued to go wild for garage, a new generation have reared their heads, filtering mood and emotion into underground dance music in a way that hasn't been done since the late '90s. Ten Walls, Tale of Us, Mano Le Tough, Âme, even Leon Vynehall all make this year's Top 10, proving how progressive made a return in 2014 within a deep tech house format. However, that's not all that made us dance over the past 12 months.
One of the best-loved MCs in UK club-land, MC Sparks, died at the weekend. He was known as one of the main MCs on the UK garage scene.
MistaJam, Jumping Jack Frost and DJ Q were among DJs who paid tribute to Sparks, while Tulisa from N-Dubz and rapper Kano also tweeted their condolences.
Dubstep don Hatcha has kindly given us a piece of history with this classic dubstep set recorded all the way back in 2002, around the time when the term dubstep was being coined and starting to get acknowledged as its own genre. Hatcha and Big Apple were at the forefront of the movement at the time alongside Tempa and the FWD crew.
Moscow-born but now London-based, if Lokiboi is a Russian oligarch he's ventured down a more interesting path than buying himself a football club. Instead, with releases for the likes of Top Billin, Young Gunz and Wicked Bass, the mysterious producer has carved a niche for himself as a purveyor of urban bass and house grooves.
“I’m not averse to a bit of shuffling but I wouldn’t say I’m a professional shuffler,” confesses Irish nu-house producer Garry McCartney. “But, when you’re DJing, seeing any form of dancing is good, isn’t it? It’s better than having nobody dancing. So, yeah, I’m all for it. Although I prefer the chicken dance myself.”