Hopefully we have already wet your appetite with our preview post of this years forthcoming Noisily Festival. From what we’ve seen so far it’s definitely going to be one of the festivals of the year. With Free Breaks Blog favourites such as Vent, Far Too Loud, Neurodriver, Freefall Collective, Hedflux and loads more providing the sounds its definitely going to be a contender. (check the full line up below)
Noisily Festival takes place this July (11th-13th) inLeicestershire and will this year will play host to a whole host of incredible electronic acts along with a plethora of performance, innovative installations and mind bending visual arts.
We have teamed up with Noisily to give you the chance to win two tickets to this years festival. That’s near enough £200 worth of festival tickets you can win just by following the simple steps in the widget below.
At only two years old the Noisily Festival is still very much in its infancy but this year they have pulled out all the stops and drafted in some of electronic music’s biggest stars and must promising future hero’s to really make this years festival go with a bang!. Expect to see Far Too Loud, Slam, TEED, Greg Wilson, Vent, Gaudi and a whole host more including the amazingly named Miley Psyrus!
This year sees the arrival of the Liquid Stage from Glade Festival; it joins the multi genre Noisily Stage and the House and Disco anchored Tree House Stage, further cementing the events cutting-edge feel and creative programming ethos.
Set deep in the rolling hills of Leicestershire in the heart of rural England, Noisily Festival of Electronic Music and Arts lies in one of the most beautiful and secluded wooded valleys in the country.
We here at Free Breaks are 100% behind Noisily. With the line up stacked full of our favourite artists and a location that looks amazing, what is there not to like?
Tier ONE Ticket – £85 + BF (Very limited availability)
Tier TWO Ticket – £95 + BF
Tier 1 Deposit Scheme – £28+ BF pay rest before May 31st 2014.
Campervan Ticket – £10
Tickets are non-refundable, this is an over 18 event and all ID will be checked on the gate. We retain the right to refuse entry.
Adult Ticket Deposit Scheme -
The deposit scheme is open to anyone who wants a 1st tier ticket but cannot afford the full amount now. Pay £28+ BF now and the remaining £59 before the 31st May 2014 and you guarantee your ticket at 1st tier prices.
Boutique Camping will become available in the spring.
Noisily is located at Noseley Hall, Billesdon, Leicestershire, LE7 9EH. The best way to get there is to get a train to Market Harborough, which is a 15 minute journey by taxi from the station. It’s only 1 hour by train from London and a similar distance from Birmingham.
Noisily Festival has taken on the mantle of being the spiritual home of psychedelic culture here in the UK, and with the addition of the new Liquid Stage at this year’s event, psychedelic music once again has a home at a major UK festival.
Calling all Brisbane Bass heads……. and no i don’t mean all you crack addicts out there, I’m talking about all you fans of low down sub shaking goodness. We here at the blog are giving away 2x Double Passes to the Big Bass Party @ Family nightclub this Friday in what is set to be a night of epic proportions.
It’s a West Coast vs East Coast Bass battle to rival Tupac and Biggie Small with Perth’s #1 Bass duo, BLACK & BLUNT taking on Brisbane’s SANGERS & RA.
The pairing of Perth’s finest (8x Perth #1 DJ, Micah and 2013 Perth #1 Producer, Philly Blunt) firmly established their position atop of the breakbeat world in December when their collaboration with Deekline, Groove Thang landed at #1 on Beatport and they will be talking it to the home town hero’s of Sangers & Ra in what is sure to be a battle for the ages to gain the crown of Oz Bass supremacy. Sangers and Ra will also be sure to drop their brand new single, a long awaited collaboration with Marten Horger and Bluejuice’s Stav Out of Our Minds which will be released in February and which will also feature a remix from none other than Black & Blunt.
To be in with a chance just email your name along with who you think will be the victor to firstname.lastname@example.org and the winner will be announced at lunchtime tomorrow so get in quick as this is sure to be one party you don’t want to miss.
We here at the Free Breaks Blog are chuffed to announce that we have two double passes to the epic Blah Blah Blah Block Party in Brisbane Australia to give away this week so if your going to be in Brissy on the 28th of December and are keen to see some of breakbeats elite such as the Stanton Warriors, Deekline, Marten Horger, Stickybuds and a whole host of others throw down then just email your name and contact details to email@example.com and the winners will be picked at random and notified on Friday the 27th of December. Now that would make for an extra special Christmas surprise.
Prizes: All winners will be chosen by Red Light District & nominated sponsors. Winners will be asked to submit the FL Studio remix .zip project for verification that the remix was made with FL Studio and or mixer track stems for mastering.
Do you fancy winning a pair of tickets to The Electro-Swing Ball In The Park on August 31st? Hosted by and featuring two of Free Breaks Blog’s finest DJ’s; Bertie Dastard and DJR it will be a glamorous night of dancing and vintage beats all within a beautiful marquee set in the middle of Telford Town Park.
If you’d like to win all you need to do is e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with swing in the header and the winners will be picked at random on Sunday 25th August. Please make sure that you can attend the event before entering.
Deekline has unleashed this wicked 2 step / breaks hybrid remix of Laidback Luke’s ‘Pogo’. Along with Majestic on the mic, Deekline turns out a bouncy, bass filled ride with his usual high class beats and breaks.
With six labels under the Hotcakes banner, world tours, DJ gigs and almost relentless music production, you would think Deekline is busy enough but soon he will be unveiling a brand new website/blog too. Keep up to date with all things Deekline over at his Facebook
We have an exclusive competition to win a stylish Hotcakes T-shirt and all you need to do to enter is send an e-mail to email@example.com with HOTCAKES in the header and a winner will be picked at random in two weeks. Closing date 4/7/13
One of the biggest and best parties the UK has to offer the breakbeat scene is due to set sail once again next month with Captain (Elite) Force at the helm. Every time the boat delivers a hefty amount of bass to the Thames it is completely sold out. Luckily for you lovely Free Breakers we have 3 x pairs of tickets to give away!
All you need to do to win is to send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with Elite Force in the header and winners will be picked by random on Thursday 12th July. Please make sure you can 100% go to the event before entering.
Check out the interview with Shack below (courtesy of Jurrasik and the Bass [sic] crew) and check out the event page HERE.
1. 2013 sees the Elite Force Boat Party return for a hugely impressive fourth year in a row. Every year it sells out and seems to be bigger and better than before. How did this party become such an institution, and what makes some events like this become fixtures in the calendar?
“It’s grown nice and organically, I think that’s been a key factor. We started small as an experiment and it’s just built up momentum. I think people love it because of the location and also the scarcity value – I only do one of these a year and have no real plan to do any more than that.”
2. What can we expect on board this year, and what have you got lined up for the afterparty?
“Well this year we are building a bespoke LED DJ Booth for starters, which is awesome – it kind of evolved out of The One Series party I hosted back in November last year where some friends built a similar thing and we decided to do something similar in the UK. I’m not sure how often we’ll get to use it right now, but certainly the Boat Party will be the first time we roll it out. I’ll once again be summonsing the Sun Gods – we’ve been very fortunate in each of the previous years that the clouds have parted and the sun’s shone bright.
The After-Party gets bigger and better each year, and this time around we are bringing breaks legend Colombo over from Spain for his first full length London set. I’m also doing the first proper back2back set with Meat Katie that we’ve ever done in the UK (as far as I can remember), and on top of that I’m doing a sunrise set under my Simon Shackleton project name, as well as adding Mike Hulme and Lowdown and Dirty into the mix, alongside the Supatronix crew. Meat Cassette will be video-mapping the main room this time around, so we’re looking at an all-round ramp up!!”
3.You took the Elite Force Boat Party concept to Hungary last year. How did that go, and are there any plans to continue expanding the concept?
“It was amazing actually. We had an enormous boat in Budapest, way bigger than I felt was wise to be honest, but then on the day well over 800 people showed up which made for a truly memorable night. I’m in the process of trying to arrange a similar thing on Lake Balaton in Hungary this summer, so fingers crossed that comes off. I’m constantly looking at other options for boat parties elsewhere and there are a couple of irons in the fire…”
4. You’re currently on tour in the US, with a diary that more closely resembles that of a rock band than a traditional DJ calendar. Is it strange rocking up to a club on a Monday and finding a gaggle of Elite Force fans hyped up and ready to party?
“I know, it’s been kind of weird, extremely exhausting but really exhilarating at times. When you get sleep deprived and exhausted, nothing much makes sense anymore and flight delays and suchlike bend you right out of shape, but bar a couple of ropey nights it’s been a great trip so far. What’s interesting is that there are some towns like Portland, where Monday through to Wednesday are the biggest electronic music nights of the week – I played there last week and the after-party was still raging at 8am the following morning.”
5. The Burning Man festival in the US has obviously informed the way you make music hugely. Can you tell us a little bit about its creative impact and explain why the festival has made such a difference to your outlook and attitude?
“Wow. Where to start really. Musically speaking it’s certainly been a complete Gamechanger for me – it’s an opportunity to completely re-evaluate music, a bit like pressing a massive RESET button, creatively. It’s such a blank canvas out there, I love the fact that all the differing times of day, night, weather conditions, crowd sizes, afford you the opportunity to experiment with almost any style you choose, as long as it strikes the right chord. I’ve tried to take a healthy dose of that expanded range into my production work and the longer DJ sets I’ve been doing recently have been born out of what I’ve learnt from Burning Man. I played for 7 hours in Berlin the other night. I love the scope of that!”
Run Riot has been making waves on the festival circuit for some time now with his unique blend of breaks, electro house and dubstep. Carving up dancefloors and gaining support from all corners of the music press and online media Run Riot, aka Tom Young, shows no signs of slowing down. Now signed to the legendary Skint Records he is releasing some of the best material of his career and his live shows becoming bigger and better. His recent “Kill Them All” EP featuring the vocal talents of Doll, Benji Webbe, Coppa & Derek Meins has shown just how musically diverse he can be, blending the modern punk/rap rock vocals of Doll and Benji Webbe with gnarled out dubstep basslines and clattering beats on “Upon Your Enemy” and “Kill Them”, the dirty bass and grime sensibilities of “Real “Talk” with Coppa, the Nu Metal melodic soundclash of “Do Anything” and the heavy breaks workout “Damage”.
After releasing his latest EP I caught up with Tom to find out a little more about all things Run Riot, read through to the end of the interview for your chance to win all his Skint Records releases so far and to grab your exclusive free download of his Charge EP.
1. Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions, for those that don’t know, who are you, what do you do and what style(s) of music do you play?
No worries! I’m a London-based Big Beat, Breaks and Dubstep producer. I perform my tracks live and I am signed to Skint Records. I also run my own label We Are Live and I am about to kick off my own club night in London under the same name.
2. Tell us a bit about what you’re working on now, releases on the horizon?
I have a new 5 track EP called Kill Them coming out on Skint Records on the 22nd of this month, which features vocalists Doll, Benji Webbe, Coppa and Derek Meins. I’m looking forward to getting this out there and for people to check out the music videos. More recently I’ve been working on some new material and getting ready for my club night, which launches next week at the Lockside Lounge, Camden.
3. What other artists have you been feeling recently?
I’m always excited to hear the latest from Karton, Kid Kenobi, Davip, Deenk and ETC!ETC!. I put together bimonthly minimix’s of all the tracks that I’m digging at the time. Labels like Klub Kids, Bonerizing, Ram, Rottun and Sub Slayers feature a lot.
4. What are your best/worst performance experiences?
I always get a kick out of seeing people in the crowd react to a tune that they know. Whether it be one person or five thousand, you know they will be into the next 5 minutes. My best experience though was probably the first festival I ever played at. It was called Workhouse festival in Wales and I was last on in a tent of around five hundred. Most of the people in there wouldn’t have known who I was but by the end of my set the whole place was jumping. I couldn’t get out of the tent for people asking me to play on so I jumped back on and we did it again.
I haven’t had too many bad experiences but playing live does mean that things can go wrong. I use a lot of gear and it isn’t uncommon for a piece of kit to not want to play ball. My other favourites include laptop’s dying from smoke machines and confetti, festival generators cutting out, and people trying to talk to me when I’m playing.
Aquasky are back with a brand new, bass heavy compilation album entitled “Bring The Ruckus”. Showcasing the very best in breaks, future jungle and bass they have gathered together veterans of the scene the Ragga Twins, Spyda, Rennie Pilgrem, Timmy Schumacher and the Autobots alongside fresh faced artists 601, RadioKillaz, Sporty-O, RTC, HeavyFeet, MadRush, Toronto Is Broken, Dead Audio, Black & Blunt, Funtcase and Genetix to bring us 19 tracks of the finest bassline pressure anyone here at the blog has heard in a long time.
As always the trio cover all aspects of the bass genre with their own tracks “Make It Rain”, “Wanted Man”, “Heatwave” and “Here To Eternity” taking in sounds of party starting, booty breaks, electro, ragga breaks and classic tearout. The on point sounds of future jungle are covered expertly by Rennie Pilgrem on “One By One” along with a killer remix from Toronto Is Broken, 601 with the awesome “Blackout”, “Strobelight” and “Ready For Battle” and The Autobots come back with a bang with the sounds of “Release The Beast” and “Bring Back The Sound”. (God damn they have been missed!)
Timmy Schumacher drops two slamming cuts “Smooth Operator” and “Rock Out” alongside fellow Aussies Black & Blunt who contribute the big, bastard breaks of “Move Your Feet” and the tearing “Get Together”. Heavyfeet ft Madrush provide some wicked sounds on what I think are their first breaks releases “Get Ya V’s Up” and “Bawl Out” which would fit perfectly in a Deekline style booty set.
I grabbed Brent for a quick round of questions… read through to the end for your chance to win a stack of Aquasky goodies.
1. We last spoke just before the release of Raise The Devil, what have Aquasky been up to since then?
Yeah, time flies by. I cant believe that was in 2011! We have all had a bit of time out, doing our own thing during 2012. A few remixes here and there as Aquasky (and as Black Noise). Lots of gigs, releasing lots of sample packs on our Monster Sounds label. There was the Tarantino trailer for Django as well…
I think since the release of RTD I have kind of got my love of breaks back… not all breaks mind! Its like my hip hop. I love hip hop. Have done since I was 12. But i don’t like all sub genres of it. Breaks – as long as its heavy, tuneful, some awesome bass and some great melodies then I am loving it. Doesnt even need to be 140 now either! I have got my love back for the slower groove too! But I am still just as fussy about vocals!!! Anyone who has had a reaction sheet back from me knows this is my bugbear!
I’m very pleased to be able to bring you an exclusive competition to win a copy of the brand new and much anticipated album from breakbeat legend Ils. I don’t think there are many artists from the breaks scene that I would’ve like to see return more than Ils. His early work on Fuel Records gave a whole generation inspiration for a new sound and way of thinking and his first releases on Adam Freeland’s Marine Parade label ( ‘Next Level’, ‘Music’ and ‘No Soul’ from the Soul Trader album) secured his place as one of the most respected artists in the scene. Now recording as a three piece including DJ Rich and singer Jewels Lindt who have been part of the Ils live show for years, Ils are back with the fifth studio album, 33rpm.
Opening track, Changes sets the scene for 33rpm perfectly with Ils taking on dubstep and completely rewriting the rule book. Organic, jungle influenced drums scatter the half time beats to give Changes 100 times more energy than your standard plodfest, dubstep affair. Delicate harmonies, pads and synthwork blend effortlessly with Jewels sultry vocals and combine with the brooding bassline to make this one of the standouts from the album.
Come Together sees the dubstep flowing once again but this time on a much more minimal tip, with echoey vocals layered over electronic bass rasps and dubby beats.
Occupy starts of with haunting strings reminiscent of the sound of Soul Trader alongside snappy drums and deep bass. The main section of the track is a heavy hitting attack of jungle rhythms, flute melodies and aggressive basslines matched with samples from the occupy Wall Street movement.
Still Crazy brings in those all encompassing pads again at the start before dropping into some classic breakbeats and melodies. Definitely going to be a huge club track.
Jewel’s vocals are at the forefront once again on Dark Sky which takes on a indie/dance crossover approach with soaring guitars, skanking synths and those massive breakbeats Ils are famous for.
Boom & Bust takes the tempo down a touch with a nod towards the early breaks work of “Music”. The grungy bassline and nuskool feel should please fans of the “golden era” of breakbeat and newcomers to the scene alike.
Burn It Down teases you in with steppy, half time beats until a huge (and I mean huge) hook line drops. Pair that with fearsome drums and bouncing basslines and you get another standout track from the album.
Firefay takes things a little deeper with rolling basslines, jazzy melodies and those sultry vocals courtesy of Jewel once again.
Invisible War gives the listener a quick respite from the high energy feel of the album with dubby basslines, hip hop beats and Jewel on the mic.
Kingdom By The Sea starts of with classic folk style guitars but soon gets things back into dance floor territory with hoover synths, eerie pads and slamming beats.
No Regrets sees Ils flexing the dubstep skills once again but with a cinematic feel alongside soaring strings and melancholy atmosphere.
Tick Tock closes the album with sparse and deep rhythms intertwined with Jewels vocals in the
first half whilst the second half takes the listener on energetic drum and bass tip.
So after listening to that you want to own a copy right? Of course you do and all you need to do to win the album on CD is send an e-mail to email@example.com with Ils in the header and I will pick a winner from random next Friday 22/02/13. For all of you that can’t wait that long then 33rpm is released 18/02/13 and is available HERE on digital download.
Win a DJ set warming up for Krafty Kuts at his legendary club night ‘An Evening With…’ on Feb 2nd at Hi-Fi, Liverpool!
Think you’ve got what it takes to cut it with some of the worlds most legendary DJs? Then now could be your chance!
‘An Evening With Krafty Kuts’ has been absolutely smashing it as one of the UK’s biggest club nights from its home at Cable London, featuring some of the freshest and most impressive DJs and producers on the international scene. On Feb 2nd the night has been let loose to cause havoc outside of London at Hi-Fi Nightclub Liverpool and you could be lining up alongside the man himself Krafty Kuts plus Utah Saints, A.Skillz, DJ Rasp and a special guest confirmed to play. When it comes to the best in bass driven music and party vibes to keep you bouncing until dawn, Krafty Kuts knows how to bring it so the winner can expect a full on party!!
To be in with a chance of winning a slot on this awesome line-up you just need to upload a maximum 10 minute mix (192kbs MP3) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 6pm on 28 January 2013. It would be great if you could include a short bio in the audio files and upload message.
As part of the prize, like any superstar DJ we will also give you 4 additional guest list places plus a rider (drinks package) to share with your friends.
SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR…GET INVOLVED!
Terms and Conditions:
All the info and link to enter is over at the SubSound Facebook page where there is a dedicated DJ Competition event page http://t.co/N9O3Tv3L
Upload a maximum 10 minute mix (192kbs MP3) to email@example.com by 6pm on 27January 2013. Add your email address to the mix title Include a short bio in the message space (optional)
Krafty Kuts himself will be the head judge on the panel and the winner will be announced on 31 January 2013
Note: This event takes place on 02 February 2013 in Liverpool, so please ensure that you are available to play live and can make your own way to the venue.
Not a DJ but still want to join the party? Tickets are selling fast for this night, buy yours now at http://skdl.it/VsGKW5
For more info about the main event, go to facebook.com/thesubsound