Pulsing with whompin’ basslines through the night to the wee hours of the morn, Nozstock’s largest dance arena is a converted cowshed run by our own musical prodigies, Dex, Octo-pi & Koncept. This dance arena houses deep and dirty drum n bass. Cubicles revellers will be treated to the heart shaking bass and breaks of local resident talents alongside some of the most skillful world-renowned turntablists from the DJ establishment.
Hospital Records is an independent record label based in South London. Primarily releasing drum + bass, Hospitality was started in 1996 by Tony Colman and Chris Goss, and has grown to become one of the most well known labels within UK dance music. The label is home to some heavyweight artists such as London Elektricity, Netsky and Camo & Krooked but also releases tracks from a whole host of other artists across the D+B genre. In 2015 it leaves it’s London HQ to show Nozstock how it’s done with a Cubicles takeover…
Tony Colman cuts a formidable figure. The co-founder and CEO of Hospital Records, mastermind behind the multi award-winning Hospital podcast, producer and vinyl-only DJ, has been instrumental in the development of D+B as we know it today. Responsible for some of Hospital’s biggest anthems, such as ‘Round The Corner’, ‘Different Drum’ and ‘Just One Second’, London Elektricity has cultivated a first class reputation as both a producer and DJ. With an impressive back catalogue of singles, EPs, remixes and no less than five artist albums under his belt, London Elektricity is an undisputed legend in the D+B scene with legions of fans and a global following.
Etherwood is undoubtedly one of the most promising young talents in the scene today. He first discovered drum + bass in the late 90s and, inspired by the likes of Roni Size, and DJ Hype was drawn in by the atmosphere, tempo and energy. Once he started producing he received support from Radio One, Capital FM, XFM, Triple J and Rinse FM and has now remixed high profile artists including Lana Del Ray and Jess Mills. His first solo release was on Hospital Records – “Give It Up”, which appeared on ‘Sick Music 3’ in November 2012, swiftly followed by the now iconic anthem “Spoken” which appeared on the ‘Hospitality Drum & Bass 2013. With a signature sound that is deeply compelling and a dedicated fanbase, you can expect to be hearing a lot more from Etherwood over the coming months and years.
One of the very first artists to sign to the fledgling Hospital label way back at the turn of the millennium, Danny Byrd’s own inimitable take on soulful, vocal Drum & Bass has become a staple in the scene. His use of hip-hop, house and R&B influences has turned heads ever since his inception. The Bath based, brandy-drinking producer has been responsible for some massive rave anthems over the years, which has gained him Radio One success and international recognition. His latest album, ‘Golden Ticket’ features a high calibre supporting cast of featured artists and a broad sound palette. It takes in the full spectrum of UK garage, house, hip-hop and has ensured his lasting status as a Drum and Bass icon.
Tom Mundell a.k.a Metrik is a London based DJ / producer who has been blowing the scene to pieces with his euphoric, rave-inspired productions. Already clocking up a sizeable back catalogue of releases on labels such as Viper Recordings, Spearhead and Shogun Audio, he signed exclusively to Hospital Records in October 2012. Known for impressing crowds across the world with his peaktime dancefloor tunes featuring big hooks and catchy melodies, Metrik has certainly captured the magination of many fans. His first big break was in 2008, when he debuted with ‘Your World’ (Instrinsic) which was considered a classic by many, although it wasn’t until the next release that he was catapulted into the spotlight when his track ‘Technicolour’ gained Radio One support from Annie Mac and Zane Lowe. It was also used as a sound bed for Barack Obama’s victory speech on Radio One! Following this came a slew of singles and EPs with notable releases and remixes. 2013 was literally a non-stop year for Metrik with worldwide tours and the release of his self titled debut EP which was heavily supported by key players of the scene
It’s fair to say Bournemouth based Sebastian Inwood, aka Krakota, has made a strong and steady incline during his drum + bass career to date. At 21 his production talent was picked up on by none other than Total Science, who give Krakota debut release on their influential C.I.A. imprint with the tracks ‘Solid Shout’ & ‘Callow’. Since then Krakota’s released music with a number of respected labels within drum + bass including Kasra’s Critical Modulations. 2012 saw him make a huge step up when his track ‘Block Breaker’ found its way onto Hospital Records Sick Music 3 compilation, forming the start of a close working relationship between him and the label. In 2014 he joined Hospital’s birthday celebrations on the compilation album, ‘We Are 18’ with two outstanding tracks ‘Everything Changes’ and ‘Spin The Bottle’ so it was no surprise to see him exclusively sign to Hospital Records later that year. To say the future is bright for this young producer would be a massive understatement.
Dubbed ‘the UKs finest multi genre MC’ by Jam Music MC Wrec aka Jon Bailey has earnt himself a reputation as one of the world’s most versatile and in-demand MCs. Rocking shows from NYC to Tokyo his work and long-time affiliations with critically acclaimed acts including High Contrast and London Elektricity has cemented him as one of the go-to frontmen of dance music. Many have seen him perform on some of the world’s biggest stages with performance credits including Glastonbury, Exit and Global Gathering, residencies at Hospitality and Fabric Live plus he has toured alongside Snoop Dogg, Kanye West and Cypress Hill to name a few. Off the mic Jon is director of SEG Music Ltd, co-managing a roster of acts on various indie and major labels.
Dynamite MC returns to Nozstock to take up the mic duties. He started his MCing career on pirate radio station, Crush FM during the early 1990s before meeting Roni Size in 1994 when he began MCing for the Full Cycle crew. When the Bristol collective formed the live band Reprazent, Dynamite shared vocal duties. Their debut album New Forms won the Mercury Music Prize in 1997. Following this, Dynamite has bagged himself a MOBO and collaborated with a range of artists including Scratch Perverts, Andy C and Krafty Kuts. His tracks have been featured on Madden NFL 07 game and Need For Speed. He also spent three years as a radio host on Kiss FM interviewing the likes of P Diddy and recently bagged himself Best M.C at the 2014 Drum and Bass Arena Awards.
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Modify Perspective is a drum + bass producer and is head honcho of Bristol’s Liquifyah crew. In the studio Modify Perspective can be found producing mostly liquid-driven tracks although more recently he has been experimenting with neurofunk and more bass-heavy, techy D+B. His liquid has a very particular character and his stooped in catchy melodies and harmonies crafted to stick in your head all day long from the moment you hear it. Since starting out in 2012, he has had a great response to his material online reaching over 500,000 people worldwide. His DJ’s show are always animated and full of energy.
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Coming up from London to smash the Cubicle’s Saturday night are two legends of drum + bass, who have been changing attitudes since around 1992 and have forever stamped their mark on the scene. We are stupidly excited to be welcoming Ed Rush & Optical to Nozstock. They both have individual styles and personalities and, man, do they blend well together. All their albums push the limits of drum + bass and between them they’ve worked with some giant labels and artists such as Virus, Piranha Pool, Metalheadz and more. Rush’s earlier years saw hip-hop and electro influences but he soon moved onto the roaring rave scene and is now known as techstep. Optical on the other hand is a wizard and pioneer of techstep but also neurofunk and worked a very Optical touch on Grooverider’s album ‘Mysteries of Funk’ on the engineer and production side…
There are few producers on the drum + bass scene who are as respected as Dillinja. With his trademark combination of dirty stomach-churning basslines and tighter than tight beats, his reputation has been secured as one of the most influential producers in drum + bass history, as well as one of the scene’s most called-upon remixers, having worked with everyone from David Bowie to Bjork and Basement Jaxx. It is an often cited fact that by the age of 23, Dillinja already had 50 releases under his belt. A true connoisseur of sound, Dillinja’s designed mighty 96k Valve Sound System, the world’s first system designed specifically for drum + bass is recognised the world over as being second to none. As head of Valve Recordings, which he founded in the mid ’90s with Lemon D, Dillinja has continued to find and develop new talent for the label. He has commissioned several compilation albums, including cuts from the likes of TC and Breakage.
#RCFF and Nozstock present Uncle Dugs and Friends…
Join Uncle Dugs and friends for a journey through all aspects of rave music – from oldskool to jungle to drum + bass.
Rinse Fm’s jungle guru and presenter of landmark show ‘Run Come Follow’, Uncle Dugs , one of the longest “up-and-coming” DJs to ever break through will be smashing up the cubicles on Saturday night. Rising to prominence over the last few years with a journey that has been far from an overnight success- through 20 years of dedicated work in and behind the scenes of pirate radio he has finally made the transition to center stage. Expect ‘vibes 4 miles’ from the UK’s newest Old Skool legend.
Rat Pack are DJ Lipmaster Mark & MC Evenson Allen who joined forces back in 1985 at the birth of the warehouse/rave scene and are still standing strong. Formed in 1985 when Evenson was a DJ/Vocalist for Locomotion Soul Sound playing reggae, soul & hip-hop and Mark was a keyboard player and human beat box. They both worked together with Mark doing beats over Evenson’s sets. The acid house craze in 1989 soon came about and this saw the pack take a new direction, first by running their own local warehouse parties and then, when a DJ didn’t turn up for his set Mark got on the decks and Evenson started to hype the crowd by singing and MCing, something which was a Taboo in those days, but unknowingly, would see the start of the UK Rave Scene’s first DJ/MC team. A combination which has taken them all over the World to tear up many a Dance Floor. They have enjoyed huge success with hits “Searching For My Rizla,” “Captain of The Ship,” “Brothers/Sisters” and “The Old Skool Masters” Trilogy. Rat Pack are still at large rocking crowds at events like Glastonbury, Slammin Vinyl and now Nozstock.
At the tender age of 18, Slipmatt was already was a fully fledged, crowd rocking DJ. Well over twenty years on, with best selling, international single, album and compilation chart releases deservedly adorning his studio wall plus a recollection of performing at every major branded event, festival, party or club in Europe and the USA Slipmatt shows no signs of stopping. He’s no stranger to accolades –receiving the title of ‘Best Remixer’ from the readers of M8, awarded ‘Best DJ’ and ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Industry’ from Kiss 100 and Best DJ and Best Producer from nurave.com. Consistently cutting, scratching and blending new beats with classic riffs and truly a DJ’s DJ, Slipmatt has always kept all of the classic tone and original rave anthem sound that had rocketed him to stardom, but yet still does so with a fresh approach, perpetually shaping new sounds and encouraging and supporting new music from all corners of the Globe. Godfather Of Rave? Absolutely.
Kenny Ken is a household name in the world of jungle/drum + bass. He started playing music way back in ’89 and has seen the music change year after year. Kenny’s achievements in the music scene are too many to mention but winning the Jungle Soundclash back in ’94 was definitely a career highlight. He’s played for almost all the big rave organizations and still enjoys playing music to the masses. He was resident DJ with the Legendary AWOL and World Dance and is now resident with Raindance. Nowadays Kenny is still playing all over the world and spreading the jungle vibe. He’s also in the studio a lot and runs two record labels. Mix and Blen recordings started back in ’97 and Monitor recordings was re launched in 2008.
Billy ‘Daniel’ Bunter was there from the beginning of dance culture. Throughout the mid ’90s he wowed fans at the UK’s most iconic Rave Parties: Helter Skelter, Slammin Vinyl and Hardcore Heaven to name just a few. In the later ’90s to mid 2000s Daniel found himself pioneering “Hard Dance” and rocked the scenes favourite events like Frantic and Heat. As music radically changes, Daniel is always at the forefront of both the Old Skool & Upfront underground music scenes, and can boast being in a very privileged position, where his unique musical styles plus two decade fan base and reputation see him play a diverse and exciting mix of the best parties in the UK. His DJ ethos is simple. Get the party jumping, and give the dance floor goose bumps with tune after tune. 23 years speaks for itself and the secret is in Daniel’s presence behind the decks, intense mixing flow, and natural instinct to select the next tune that makes the crowd go wild.
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Octo Pi is a Drum & Bass DJ/Producer continuously working on new material. His back catalogue after years of hard work in the studio is nothing short of jaw-dropping with a huge arsenal of original material and remixes under his belt. His style can only be described as ‘Up Front’, with most of his tracks featuring immensely strong and punchy drums coupled with complex melodic basslines set on a backdrop of euphoric, evlolving pads. 2013/14 were busy years for Octo Pi with releases on Complex Recordings, Download Culture and New State Music coupled with regular shows smashing dancefloors as part of one of Bristol’s most promising Liquid D+B crews ‘Liquifyah’.
Having MC’d for the likes of Zinc and and Nero and having performed at events like Glastonbury and Bestival, along with sell out nights such as Bristols Shit the Bed, Remidy remains an inspirational figure of the new drum n bass generation. Known for his hard hitting, versatile and original vocal style plus solid positive attitude, the skys the limit for Remidy MC.
After displaying his effervescent personality, compelling and timely lyrics, and ability to make a crowd get involved in the atmosphere he creates, Trafic was dubbed the first resident MC for Bristol-based collective Liquifiyah. The pinnacle of Trafic’s career to date has undoubtedly been his weekend at Nozstock 2013. After two-hour set hosting Octo Pi, Trafic was so well received that he found himself being asked to carry on. He ended up playing four sets in total including playing for a 2,500 strong crowd for the headline slot. One to definitely watch, Trafic MC is literally bubbling under the surface: a human dynamo, with a scholar’s vocabulary and the audacity of a schoolboy. Guaranteed to get one and all (including your nan!) up on their feet and skanking the night away.