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Clubland X-treme Hardcore 9 (2013)

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Yes, it’s been a while since I reviewed an album. But for once, I waited for the album to be released and for people to relax. Before this mix CD was released, many people on Facebook and other websites went completely bonkers, complaining all the way. And even after it was released, people went nuts. According to my Facebook timeline, many dislike this volume, and openly posted their feelings about this album. So I thought it was for the best to wait until people calmed down, and write down my take on this ‘refreshing’ album.

4 DJs on one album, the best DJs from the UK Hardcore scene. Gammer, Breeze, Darren Styles and Hixxy! 3 discs filled with the best of the best? Well, by looking at the tracklist, my jaw nearly fell off! I was happy as a bunny, and immediately placed a pre-order: I needed to have this album. I do have previous Clubland X-treme albums (not all of them), and seeing as I’m a music whore, I needed to expand my music collection with yet another masterpiece! I could have not ordered it, after reading those messages online, but I threw caution to the wind, and when it was delivered, I was immediately shocked! Shocked, because for once, the girl on the front isn’t a cute looking girl. That’s just a personal thing, but I don’t like girls with tattoos. And why is that thingy in front of her eye? And why an owl in front of her well-shaped booby? Weird… yes, weird.

The front dissappointed me, but not the colours! Very important to me, I like colourful things. My soul on the other hand is very dark, so to balance my miserable life, I need to have colours! And I do like green: I’m not a member of Greenpeace, but I do like it. And to prove how much I liked it: my previous car was lime-green! A VW Polo, lime-green! But for many people, this ain’t important. So let’s talk about the music, and leave the cover aside.

The tracklist is also very important. It makes or breaks the CD. Here it is!

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CD 1: Mixed By Darren Styles

01. Darren Styles feat Molly – Never Forget
02. Dougal & Gammer – F**k That Shit
03. Ayah Marar – Unstoppable (Metrik Remix)
04. Gareth Emery feat Christina Novelli – Concrete Angel (Darren Styles & Chris Unknown Remix)
05. Matrix & Futurebound – Magnetic Eyes (Darren Styles & Modulate Remix)
06. Steampunk – Loki’s Theme (Re-Con Remix)
07. Darren Styles – Save Me (Modulate Remix)
08. Dougal & Gammer feat Hannah Faulkner – The One
09. Darren Styles & Michael Scout feat Ste McNally – Forever
10. Re-Con – Gyroscope
11. Darren Styles & Re-Con – Sober
12. Darren Styles & Gammer/John O’ Callaghan – Paranoia/Find Yourself
13. Ayah Marar – The Raver (Darren Styles Remix)
14. Gammer & Klubfiller – Late Night
15. Tyl3r feat Static – Fight
16. Darren Styles & Dougal – Don’t Give Up
17. Dougal & Gammer – Don’t Leave Me
18. Steampunk – Forever Loved (Re-Con Mix)
19. Gammer & Michael Scout – Bye Bye

CD 2: Mixed By Breeze

01. Modulate feat MC Whizzkid – Bitch Slap
02. T2Kazuya – Youth
03. Petruccio & Modulate feat Marie Louise – Escape
04. Modulate – Dagger
05. Mob & Becci – Taking Me Over
06. Modulate feat Marie Louise – Body Scream
07. Nero – Won’t You Be There (Baauer Mix)
08. Chase & Status feat Liam Bailey – Blind Faith (Loadstar Mix)
09. Fleur & Cutline – Broken Mirror (Metrik Remix)
10. Modulate feat Static – May Day
11. Breeze & Petruccio – Inception
12. Rocket Pimp – Grim Reaper (Skeets Mix)
13. The Prototypes – Suffocate
14. Jayline – Do You Like Jungle (Breeze VIP)
15. Tantrum Desire feat I-Kay – What Is Your Desire
16. Breeze & Modulate – Don’t Hold Back
17. Breeze & Modulate feat Angie Brown – So Good
18. Modulate – Moving
19. Tyl3r & Reynolds – Break Out
20. Jenn D – Lose It (Loadstar Mix)
21. Breeze & Chris Unknown – R3tro
22. Breeze & Modulate – You Got It All
23. Magikstar – Calling (Modulate VIP Mix)

CD 3: Hixxy Mix

01. Ultrabeat – Rain Stops (Re-Con vs Blood Red Remix)
02. Da Tweekaz feat Oscar – Break The Spell (Hixxy Remix)
03. Chris Unknown – Hardcore Mother F*cker
04. Hixxy – Deep In The Right (2013 Remix)
05. Klubfiller – Coming Home
06. Hixxy – Turniup
07. Klubfiller & MC Storm – F.T.I.D.
08. Hixxy – Ano Hi Yume
09. Mob, Ramos & Protocol – Forget Her Name (Hixxy Remix)
10. Ian Van Dahl – Inspiration (Chris Unknown Remix)
11. Hixxy vs Lucy Westhead – Don’t Let Me Know
12. Hixxy & Re-Con – Power Of Love 2013

CD 3:  Gammer Mix

01. Dougal & Gammer feat Hannah Faulker – Knight In Shining Armour (Intro feat Ego Raptor)
02. Benny Benassi feat Gary Go – Cinema (Skrillex Remix)
03. Gammer – Nostalgia
04. Re-Con & Demand feat Mandy Edge – I’m Sorry (Gammer & Klubfiller Remix)
05. Darren Styles/Dougal & Gammer – Xfer/Anybody Else But You (Acapella)
06. Matt Lee – Wait A Second (170 Mix)
07. Dougal & Gammer – Mix Your Sex
08. Clear Vu – Never 2 Late (Gammer Remix)
09. Nero – Promises (Skrillex & Nero Remix)
10. Gammer/Ultrabeat & Darren Styles – Good Life (Bad Day)/Sure Feels Good
11. U Mad, Ian?/Darren Styles – Icarus/Getting Better (Acapella)
12. Dougal & Gammer – Dibi Dibi Sound
13. Stylus & Audiojunkie – Rope Burn
14. Gomurpls/Dougal & Gammer feat Niki Mak – Aerodynamic/Everytime I Hear Your Name
15. Ruffage – Paradise (Gammer ‘Parakick’ Remix)
16. Petruccio & Modulate feat Marie Louise – Missing(Gammer Remix)
17. Gammer & Klubfiller feat Mandy Edge – Closer
18. Scott Brown/Paradise – Elysium/See The Light (Acapella)
19. Celldweller/Gammer & Whizzkid – Tough Guy/Scream
20. Darren Styles – Save Me (Gammers Super Awesome Ballad Version That Goes Down Well Everywhere In The World)
21. Gammer & Whizzkid – We Killed The Rave (Best Hardcore Track Of The Year Edition)

You know the worst thing? I’ve lost the CD cover… and now these three CDs are on my desk, no cover or anything. I had to look online for the proper tracklist, and I did notice one tiny… one tiny error: it’s Hannah Faulkner, isn’t it? Why is it on the cover written as “Faulker”? Or is that really her name, and I’ve mistyped it a million times?

The first CD is mixed by Darren Styles, a true legend within the scene. His albums have demolished many dancefloors in the UK and all over the world, so there’s no need to introduce this man. He has been part of the Clubland X-treme crew for a loooong time, and if this is your first CXH CD, his CD welcomes you to a wonderful world of Hardcore. Beautiful vocals, pounding beats, and a lot of ‘hands in the air’ moments. The usual, I would say. There’s a huge but. There are several tracks on this mix, which are good, but not as good as the original. ‘Save Me’ should not have been remixed at all, this is a rave classic (made by Darren Styles himself), and has been many peoples favourite for many years. This isn’t a good remix, it will never as good as the original. Sometimes, you just need to let the classics be the classics.
One huge plus for mister Styles, because he added ‘Loki’s Theme’ into his mix. To me, such a wicked tune. Once you’ve heard it, it won’t let you go! A good mix with slammers.

The second CD is mixed by Breeze, another legend! Many people do know him as one of the early legends, and do miss the good ol’ days. Sadly, we can not go back in time, so instead of being sad all the time, why not appreciate the past, and embrace the future? He’s gone into a new world, a world where Dubcore rules. This new sound which emerged from nowhere a couple of years ago (maybe even 1 year ago, I’m not sure), has taken the world of UK Hardcore by storm. Many talented artists have contributed with wicked tunes, and even though it’s new, it has left a mark in the UK Hardcore history. Never has there been a subgenre talked about this much, as Dubcore. Some like it, some don’t. Plain and simple. As I’ve said it before, I do like it. This CD is filled with… well, everything! Dubcore, Drum & Bass and UK Hardcore. But to be honest, he should have left out Chase & Status + Fleur and Cutline. He should have played new Dubcore tunes, or UK Hardcore tunes. I’m a fan of Drum and Bass, but I don’t think it fits in this compilation. Oh, and another thing: if anyone ever plays a Baauer tune ever again, please hit them in the face with a shovel! Baauer is such an overrated artist, I do hate this man and everything he touches. Blurgh. The biggest ‘SKIP THIS TRACK’ on this CD.
Funniest track on this CD? ‘Do You Like Jungle’.

The third CD has got two mixes on it, mixed by Hixxy and Gammer. Hixxy is another legend… jezus, only legends have appeared on this CD. Haven’t you figured it out yet? The man behind Raverbaby, oh… and also the Bonkers series! Introduction? Not needed. His mix on the other hand wasn’t what I was expecting. He has made many wicked mixes before, but this is just a bit too cheesy for me. And yet another updated version of a classic, ‘Power Of Love’ should not have been updated. There are several good tunes in this mix, like ‘Hardcore Mother F*cker’, but it’s not Hixxy’s best mix ever…

Gammer’s mix is a weird one. As we all know, Gammer is an idiot. But a lovely idiot, one we all embrace and never let go. His weirdness is adorable, and his mixing is through the roof! With many classics in his mix, this mix is bound to be the best, and yet it has dissappointed me hugely. Not Gammers fault, I think, but I think it’s because he only had a short period to mix in, and he wanted to play as many as he could, but this mix has too many mash-ups. If played separately, this would have been the best mix ever, but by blending them together, it kind of ruined the original. I once bought a MOS Mashup CD, and I liked it a lot, but when it comes to Hardcore, too many mash-ups ruin it. Gammer, you are talented, but don’t overdo the mash-ups. Ow, and who the fokk is Ego Raptor? Heard him speak before, but isn’t it time for a newer intro lol. I could do one for you, for free.

All in all, a weird album. There are many wicked tunes on it, like ‘Mix Your Sex’, ‘R3tro’,’Loki’s Theme’, etc. But it’s not too Hardcore enough for me. I want more Hardcore, from start to finish. No mash-ups please, let’s stop doing those things. Let’s all say “mash-ups are so 2012!”. Stop it!

Maybe they could re-arrange the DJ line-up for the next CXH? First CD could be mixed by Breeze & Styles, and they could play the classics? The second CD by Dougal and Gammer, and they could play the tunes from 2000 until 2006? And the third CD could be mixed by Hixxy & Re-Con, and it could contain tunes from 2006 until now? Just a suggestion…..

I’m happy I did buy the album, but the previous Clubland X-treme Hardcore CD was just a bit better. I’m against all those people who want Dubcore to dissappear, or wishing they could only play oldskool classics: embrace the future. But no mash-ups, and only UK Hardcore/Dubcore. Nothing else.

If you still don’t have a copy, buy it on Amazon!

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Artists: Various Artists
Mixed By: Darren Styles, Breeze, Hixxy & Gammer
CD Info: Clubland X-treme Hardcore Volume 9
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Dubcore
CDs: 3 (three)
Length CD: 
+/+ 3 Hours
Tracks: 75 (seventy-five)
Release Year: 2013
Label: U.M.T.V.
Product Number: BO0AYUS5U8
More Information: http://www.umtv.co.uk/

Chris Fear presents Core Fever (2013)

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A couple of weeks ago, a package arrived from the UK, and after opening it, I was happy as a bunny: it had Chris Fears first artist album (called Core Fever) in it. I took it with me on my nightshifts, and after playing it several times, I can share with you a tiny secret: it has got scratches on it already! Yes, I’m ashamed, but scratches to me are good things, because it means that I’ve played the CD so many times, because the tunes are excellent! Or the CD player is shite, that could be another reason. But not in this case, not at all! My nightshifts flew by, and during those nightshifts, I’ve lost several pounds of weight, because I’ve raved my arse off. A good album so far, if you loose weight! Chris Fear should start selling it at gyms!

Before the album was released, I heard several clips on Soundcloud (which will be added at the end of the review), and it took me by surprise. Most UK Hardcore DJs have moved on from this distinctive sound, but not Chris Fear. This album is filled with awesome tunes: if you didn’t knew this album was released in 2013, you would have imagined it to be released around 2001-2002. Lovely oldschool sound, it’s what we need. It can be raw and in your face, but most of the time it’s a bliss, listening to the sweet tunes made by Chris Fear and friends. And, according to Chris, it took quite some time, composing this album. This man doesn’t settle for less, he made it as perfect as possible. But shouldn’t all producers do the same? Quality does take some time…. but thankfully, the album is here for you to buy digitally! You don’t need to worry, this is not a teasing review, you can actually get it!

Let’s see the tracklist…. I can not wait to share this with you, because he has worked with a lot of famous artists, to compose some very unique and wicked tracks….

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01. Chris Fear & Kathy Sims – Fire Meets Fire
02. Chris Fear – Black Polished Chrome
03. Chris Fear – Dum Dum
04. Chris Fear & Mark Slammer – I Know It’s Real
05. Dougal & Chris Fear – Don’t Stop The Music (Essential Platinum VIP Album Mix)
06. Chris Fear & Ollie Bichard – Down On A High
07. Chris Fear & Ajay – Catch The Light (Hardcore Heaven Summer Madness Unreleased Mix)
08. Chris Fear – Hey… You There….?
09. Chris Fear & MC Whizzkid – Definition Of Hardcore (2013 Revamp)
10. Chris Fear & Kostas G – Reggae Reggae Hardcore
11. Ramos & Chris Fear – Knight Raver (2013 RSR Remix)
12. Chris Fear & MC Frikshon – Stomp (Radio Edit)
13. Chris Fear – First Love
14. Chris Fear & MC Static – Spitfire (Original HTID In The Sun 2012 Kick Off Mix)

Now, he does have wicked friends, doesn’t he? What a wicked tracklist! Several wicked collaborations with talented MCs like Whizzkid, Static and Friskhon, and also several talented producers too, like Dougal, Ramos, Ajay and many more. Why am I saying this, when you can look at the tracklist yourself? Just look at it, and be amazed!

The first track ‘Fire Meets Fire’ sets the tone. And what a tone. The first thing I noticed was the quality of Kathy Sims’ voice! So pure and delighted. To be honest, I’ve never heard of Kathy Sims before, but her voice has intoxicated me. Once you have heard this track and her vocals, it’s hard to get it out of your head.

If you thought this CD was only filled with nice vocals, you are right and a bit wrong. The second track, which is called ‘Black Polished Chrome’ (what a weird name lol), Chris has used some weird yet funny vocals. Don’t ask me who has done those vocals… I don’t know. But he keeps the happy level high, this track is really uplifting yet banging.

The third track.. well… I do know that ‘Dum Dum’ bit. I recognize it, yet I can’t figure out which track originally used it. The funny thing? The second you start singing ‘Dum Dum’, you feel the need to bounce across your living room, or in my case, bounce at work. But another funny thing to mention, which he does several times on this album, he pushes us into directions we weren’t expecting! A beautiful drop in the middle, and toward the end another banging bit. How can you sit still? And how can I get rid of those lyrics? I can still hear them, even though I am not playing the track at all? Dum dum dum…. AAARRGGHHH.

Mark Slammer, a very talented singer, has lent his voice to come up with some awesome lyrics. Beautiful voice (I’m not gay, but he has got a beautiful voice). I have noticed myself singing along, yet I’m not gifted with a beautiful voice like Mark Slammer has. Beautiful violins, wicked drop, banging tune. What else do we need? “Tonight, I know it’s reeaaaaall”. I’ve noticed so far, that this CD captures a lot of Oldschool sounds, which dominated the dancefloors at the beginning of the 00s! And many ravers do miss that specific sound. If you close your eyes, and listen to this song, you can picture yourself raving at the beginning of this new century!

Dougal was probably bored, and thought “why not do something with Chris, make a wicked track?”. And he did. Together they came up with this weird track, called “Don’t Stop The Music”. Which has a weird sound in it. I am not a producer, and I will try to explain what I mean: when you hear the lyrics “Don’t Stop The Music”, they play a keyboard bit, with rather an unusual sound. I’ve played this track over and over again to get the message behind this track, yet this keyboard bit sounds just a tad too weird. Maybe they were drunk when they made it?

Number 6 is obviously the next one in line. One of the shortest tracks on this disc. But not the nicest track when it comes to the vocals. I do sense someone had a bad experience in the past (love-wise), and wrote some lyrics to put down their feelings? Yet the instrumental bit does the exact oppossite: takes it from the depths of hell to a bouncier heaven. I am really interested in the story behind this track…. aren’t you interested?

Now, at first this was my favourite track. Heard it a couple of months ago, on another CD called ‘Hardcore Heaven – Summer Madness’. This track amazed me immediately, the beats, bass and melody took me to another level of euphoria! Seriously, the vocals are so sexy, and together with Ajay, Chris made this wicked track! This was the best track on the Hardcore Heaven CD, but not the best track on this CD. Not saying this track has lost it’s strength: I still think this track is awesome, yet it does miss a certain powerstomp another track on this disc has got. The second best track on this disc, yes! On another note: if you didn’t knew this one was made by Chris Fear and Ajay, you could have thought it was made by Dougal and Gammer: it’s got a certain Essential Platinum sound in it, a sound we all love.

Here we go, my favourite track on this CD! ‘Hey…You There…?’. Fucking awesome! The build up on this track is immense, this is the best track of 2013! The keyboard bit is just wicked, and the bass just demolishes your senses. I’m not talking about the lyrics, because I’m just fascinated about the build up! OMG I love this track. Everything seems to be right, balanced and beautifully composed. Happiness can be felt from start to finish: Chris Fears best track ever! This is what we all were waiting for. Just like the previous track, bounciness and happiness all around. If this doesn’t make you move, nothing on this planet will! I LOVE IT!!!

Chris Fear and MC Whizzkid’s Definition Of Hardcore has been updated, basic track, but straight forward. Yet another track that shows how diverse Chris Fears mind is: you are thinking it to go one way, and it doesn’t! He pushes us onto unknown territory, from happiness to stomping hard beats, basses and melodies.

‘Reggae Reggae Hardcore’. Don’t be fooled by the title of the track, don’t expect Bob Marley to sing a reggae section whilst Chris just fires beats. Hell no, not at all. I don’t know who does the vocals, but I don’t care (I simply can’t understand what mr Reggae is singing). It’s all about the feeling, and this track is euphoric to the core. Kostas G and Chris Fear have made a relaxing and happy track, and they should work more often together. But I do sense that this ‘nastiness’ will continue towards the end of the CD (he uses this raw and rough sound), and I am right…..

Ramos and Chris Fear’s Knight Raver has also been updated with a 2013 RSR Remix. Seriously, you don’t feel the urge to go back to the 00s? This has got everything an oldskool raver wants! This track does take me back to the ‘good ol’ days’ of Hardcore, where piano sections were mandatory. Piano’s? Do kiddy ravers know what they are? If not, play this track!

Track number 12 has got the roughness I was talking about earlier! And if I’m honest, this doesn’t sound like MC Friskhon at all! I’ve heard him MC a lot of times, yet this didn’t make me think “that’s Frikshon”. Pushing boundaries, a legendary track which does mesmerize the crowd, and for once, this rough and raw sound does seem to fit beautifully! I wish I was more technical, so I can explain to you what these sounds are called… the only thing I can say to you: “listen to it, and experience it for yourself”.

I seem to be listening to too much Hardcore, because I don’t know the original song who used this famous section. Pop music is shit to be honest. Again the roughness takes over, the beats and basses are flying through your speakers, right into your ears. No time to waste, time to demolish the dancefloor! Again, Chris uses sexy vocals to compose this track, and everything seems to be in place. “Music was my first love, and it will be my last”. Damn right!

The last track…. the weirdest one! Together with MC Static he created ‘Spitfire’, which was a famous airplane during the second World War (for those who think it’s all about spitting saliva in fire). If you were looking for a raw track, this is the one you need. I still don’t get it, it’s too rough and tough for me and my ears. I do sense there’s a hidden message behind the track? When the beats and bass penetrate your speakers, it’s like a Spitfire flying through the air? Am I right? I could be so wrong. I think I need to hear this track when I’m at a rave, so I can understand the true meaning behind it, whilst seeing thousands of ravers go bonkers. Yet, this track hasn’t made me want to join the army…..

A wicked and diverse CD. Not your standard CD. But I don’t think Chris Fear wanted to compose a standard CD. If you are looking for an album that has got all sections covered, this is the one. All sections of Hardcore, from bouncy and happy to raw and uncontrolled powerstomping tunes. To me, this is a wicked CD with two unusual tracks. One is too rough, and one is just a tiny bit weird lol. But that’s just my perspective. You can judge it for yourself, you can get the album for only a couple of pounds. Why not go to Chris Fears website, and click ‘buy’? I think you should, because the album is worth it. And if you are going to ask me to upload it secretly and share it with you, I will shoot you in the face! (to quote Jeremy Clarkson). I will not share anything at all, illegal downloading is bad. For 6 pounds you will get an interesting CD, which can give you a closer look into Chris Fears mind and feelings. And it’s got my two all time favourites on it! What else do you need?

(the reason I was talking about illegal downloading, was because after previous reviews people asked me to share albums.. and I think that it’s wrong, so wrong!).

Chris Fear: a legend in my book. Is he a legend in your book? Not yet? Go and buy this right now, and enlighten your life with some wicked and beautiful tunes. Seriously, ‘Hey…You There…?’ is the best track I’ve heard so far! Nothing can beat it!

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Artist: Chris Fear & Various Artists
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore
Release Year: 2013
Info: Core Fever, Chris Fears first artist album
CDs: 1 (one)
Tracks: 14 (fourteen)
Length CD: 00:59:39
Label: Core Fever
Product Number: CFCD001
More Information: http://www.corefever.com

Cyber & Giggly Interview (2013)

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A world exclusive for me, a duo interview. But it’s not just any duo, it’s a legendary duo. Finalists in two competitions (Coremag’s ‘You’ve Got Talent’ and Hardcore Heaven’s Summer Sessions), resident DJs at Tasty/DanceKORE…. should I go on? Highly respected duo, and it’s time to find out who is Giggly and who is Cyber… just kidding. Just look at the picture, and you know who’s who. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy (I’ll do the hard part)… let’s ask the question no one dared to ask, and see if they have the courage to answer…                                                         Cyber and Giggly!!!!

Cyber and Giggly, it’s not your first interview, but I doubt the previous interviewer asked you two how you both are? Hope you two are okay…..
Cyber & Giggly :

“OH YES, we’re more than ok & all the better now we know this is a World Exclusive Interview for you, thank you for asking us along.”

Standard question I suspect: the names. Not really standard names, but which DJ has a normal name like “Turntable Tom” or “Vinyl Vincent”? Who came up with the names?
Cyber:
“Well, we were both given our names by other people actually and way before we were DJs.
As a raver I always wore (and still wear) a lot of orange mainly head to toe, and many ravers used to refer to me as “That Tango Man”. Until one night I was asked to dance on stage for an event called “Rollback” in Stockport and thought I’d put the extra effort in and bought this crazy Cyborg headset from Cyberdog Shop in Camden Town. After that people called me Cyberman which slowly got shortened to Cyber, so when thinking of a DJ name it seemed only fitting that I use Cyber.”
Giggly:
“And mine’s a pretty similar story, at this same time that Cyber is talking about our “Ravin Family” that gathered together every week to seek out that weekends Hardcore dancefloors had introduced us to the world of internet Forums like UK Scene, USH.net & Happyhardcore.com. While trying to think of a suitable username Cyber & the rest of our Ravin Family thought that Gigglybird was an appropriate name as I’m forever smiling, happy & always having a laugh and giggle when ever they see me. So like Cyber it seamed the only name I felt was right as my DJ Alter-ego.”

Cyber and Giggly  the first time I saw your names fly by online, I thought that it was Japanese porn. A nice schoolgirl (in uniform ofcourse) giggling whilst making love… what made you decide to become Dj’s &to team up with the other (they are actually lovers, if you didn’t knew)? Who’s idea was it to form a duo?
Cyber:
“HAHAHA Japanese Porn, I’ve never really looked at it like that before (Our names or Japanese Porn for that matter). All I can picture in my head now is a RoboCop & Chun-Lei from Street Fighter in some rather outrageous positions.

I started mixing at what feels like a life time ago at the tender age of 12. I was playing in my friends garden when I heard this thumping music coming from their garage. On closer inspection I found my friend’s older sisters boyfriend playing what later turned out to be Hardcore music on two records players & I was instantly hooked. A few years later I got given an old set of Technic SL BD22’s & a hand full of Movin Shadows & Suburban Base Vinyl, My older brother also played Hardcore music & also had a set of decks taught my how work the Wheels of Steal & all about the structure & mathematics of how tunes are built & the fundamental rules of mixing. I finally got to own a set of Technics 1200’s when Giggly bought me a set for my 30 birthday. Then at the Christmas of 2011… well I’ll let giggly tell you the rest.”

Giggly:
“Mixing has always been something I have aspired to do for years, watching my friends on the decks & seeing DJs having the time of their lives  …Then at christmas of 2011 my eldest son & myself bought Cyber a new set up. One evening Cyber was showing my son how it all worked & the basics of mixing, after a little bit of dutch courage HAHAHAHAH, I said “I Can Do Better Than That, Move Over” (never expecting to actually be any good)..Then after only three weeks of practice Cyber thought it would be funny to record me playing without me knowing & uploaded it for our friends to hear as nobody knew that Cyber was teaching me to mix!!!! Then after a little while few people from the radio station Cyber was playing on heard the recording & said that I had real potential which made me think a little  more seriously about mixing…. Then out of the blue Cyber was asked if we would like to do a B2B set on Hyperdance radio one weekend  And I think this was the set that caught the ears of many promoters including the legendary Billy Bunter, Sonya & Grant Epidemik…….
I think it was when DJ Giggly was activated!!!!!….AND THE Mr & Mrs DUO WERE BORN !!!!…

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Being in the same room with my wife does cause friction. Ever had a row behind the decks? And what was it about? Who was going to do the dishes after the rave, or who’s turn it was to empty the trash?
Giggly :
“Fortunately for our own sanity there hasn’t been any rows or friction behind the decks, or off the decks for that matter…. Well maybe every so often there is a track that gets released that we both wanna play but we normally resolve the problem by taking it in turns to play.”

Cyber:
“Yeah what she said, That and the fact that  I normally give in to Giggly’s dough eyes she gives me when we’re sorting set’s out.”

I’ve had a look around, and on your Soundcloud page, it says that you (Cyber) decided to teach your partner how to spin. A much better lovestory, if you would compare it to Twilight (the shite saga). True love some might say. Personally, I find it interesting. You have the secret, Cyber. I don’t know how you do it. My fiancee doesn’t like UK Hardcore or any style (hard), and I’ve tried to explain her what the difference is between Breakbeat Hardcore and UK Hardcore, but to her it all sounds like ‘Boom Booom Boooom’. Can you share the secret? Is it some kind of formula? Mathematics? What is it?
Cyber:
“Well, it probably helped that Giggly already loved her Hardcore and had done since about 1992 plus she had watched me teach her son to mix a few years ago. But to be honest she took to it like a duck to water …..I mean she just seemed to get it straight away. I tried to teach a few people the ancient art of spinning the wheels of steel and to most people you may as well be talking Swahili. Yes, there’s a fomula to mixing and yes it’s all about mathematics but who better to share them secrets with than your better half, but I couldn’t possibly share them secrets with you. Well I could but then I would have to kill you and that wouldn’t be very “Hardcore” of me now would it !!”

A question for the lady, Giggly: was he a good teacher? Did he take the time to explain it? Or was he like a typical man, impatient?
Giggly:
“Actually he’s quite a good teacher, either that or I’m just awesome ..LOL. Well he did managed to teach me how to mix in just 6 weeks so I suppose he must be good. To be honest we’re both pretty tuned into each other in most things we do in life so it only makes sense that we understood each other when learning the ancient art DJing.”

6 weeks. That’s bloody fast. When can we expect Cyber to start his own ‘DJ learning school’?
NEVER this boy is mine….ALL MINE, MWAHAHA”

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Who is your idol? Who do you adore?
Cyber:
“Easy…. mr Bossman Billy “Daniel” Bunter! The guy is a true music legend! He has had such an amazing career in the music business, not just in the Hardcore scene, but all over the EDM genres. Hardcore, Old Skool, DnB, Jungle, Future Jungle, Acid House, Hard House, Trance… the list just goes on and on. He has worked his backside off year after year pushing himself to the limits with dedication and pure passion. PROPER INSPIRATION TO US ALL.”

Giggly:
“My idol is most definately the one and only DJ Sc@r. She is amazing on and off the decks. I have looked up to her over the years loving everything she does. Watching her behind the decks gives me the inspiration and drive to do what I do. Plus she’s gorgeous and puts the ‘pretty’ into DJing.”

Who would you like to play with behind the decks (B2B), apart from each other?
Cyber:
Mine would have to be Gammer, the guys mixing ability is second to none. Then I could spend most of the time looking over his shoulder, hoping to learn a thing or two. And that beard, what can I say apart from I think I might grow one and see if my DJ skills increase with the size of my beard haha.”

Giggly:
“If I could be behind the decks with anyone it would be Sc@r. “The poster girl of Hardcore”. She’s a legend and my idol. In 2006 I saw her on the decks for the first time and looked up at her in such ore and thought to myself “I wish I could do that, she looks like she’s having so much fun representing the girls behind the decks. I looked up and followed Sc@r’s career as she got bigger and better over the years and she’s such an inspiration to me and many others. Little did I know that I would be indeed standing here 7 years later behind the decks, representing for the girls behind the decks, just like Sc@r.”

You both performed at many legendary events, such as DanceKORE, Hardcore Underground, Raindance, and the list goes on and on, and you must have been raving at many raves before you two became a DJ duo. Which event was the most special one and why?

Cyber:
“I’d have to say it would have to be Hardcore Heaven’s Slightly Late Valentines Ball @ The Sanctuary in Milton Keynes 2004. The reason being, Giggly & I had been going raving as friends with our usual raving crew many many times, but on this particular night everybody had pulled out of going other than just the two of us. After having one of the best nights out I’d had in a long while, I realised that the reason for this was the present company I was keeping. I never looked at Giggly in the same way again and the rest is history as they say.”

Giggly:
“Aw how cute, now how can possibly top that story haha. As well as agreeing with Cyber on that night being one of the best for me too, for the sake of not picking the same night I’m going to go with another event at The Sanctuary but this one is Slammin Vinyl’s Firework Spectacular 2002. You see as I put ravin on hold for many years in about 95-96 to pursue other goals in life, I believed as many did that Hardcore or Underground Rave Music as I knew it had died down. In 2002 Cyber reintroduced me to Hardcore Music and convinced me to go ravin again.”

Seeing as I’m a 90s raver who grew up listening to Gabber music, if I was a DJ, my ultimate goal would have been to play at Masters of Hardcore or Thunderdome, or even Hellraiser. Which event would you like to play at, and what kind of music would you like to play? I know it’s a tricky question, because you might have played at your all-time favourite event already: if you did play at this event, why is this one the ultimate one?
Cyber & Giggly:
“If your talkin Rave Events then it would have to be HTID In The Sun. CAN YOU IMAGINE !! The second best thing to music in life is a relaxing holiday. Doesn’t matter who you are, EVERYBODY loves to get away for the stress in life with a breakaway in the sun, so what better luxury can you have in life other than a holiday, DJing & Hardcore music all rolled into one.

If you talking Club events then it would have to be Billy Daniel Bunter’s Tasty. Giggly & I attended nearly every single one of them, and everyone was as good as the last, so to now be resident DJs for them is one of lifes achievements right there. And if your talking about Venues then it would have to be the dearly departed Sanctuary, Milton Keynes, and that’s never gonna happen so I don’t want to talk about it anymore before I start drowning in a nostalgic puddle of tearful memories.”

Diversity is a key to success, and by looking at your sets on Soundcloud you do play a wide range of Hardcore. From Classic Hardcore to Breakbeat Hardcore, from UK Hardcore to Happy Hardcore, you can play everything. But which style do you prefer, and why?
Cyber & Giggly:
“We’ve always loved my full on Vocal Cheesy Hardcore, the one’s that have been written using all the cliché words, straight out of the Happy Hardcore Dictionary. Rainbows, Sunshine, Angels, Magical Wonderlands, Fluffy Dreams & all that Jazz. You all know the ones.

But more recently we have both been REALLY enjoying our Breakbeat Hardcore this last year.
Hardcore Underground Label has been producing some AMAZING tracks lately hence why they won Best hardcore Record Label at the last Hardcore Heaven Awards , mindblowingly tracks of epic proportions.”

This is a question I haven’t asked anyone else before, but seeing as I’m talking to a duo, and I’m rather curious how two individuals answer, here it is: which style/genre would you never play?
Cyber:
“I can’t believe your gonna make me say it the words but hear goes…… DUBSTEP
YUK excuse me while I wash my mouth out with soap.”

Giggly:
“Speedcore, Terrorcore HELLcore, Horrorcore or Devilspawncore or what ever they call it.. Anything over 200BPM that sounds like it would be played in hell, on loop inside your brain for all eternity.”

On Soundcloud and Facebook you do have a long information section, explaining what you two have achieved in a short period of time, but can you shorten it to maybe one or two words, how would you define Cyber & Giggly?
Cyber & Giggly:
“True Ravers.
Simple as that. Always have been, always will be.”

Giggly:
“Cyber hit the nail right on the head there. It doesn’t matter how much we’ve achieved in a short period of time, or how much we achieve in the future, WE WILL ALWAYS BE RAVERS!”

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Cyber:
“Now this is a question that I have never been able to answer. You can’t possibly narrow down your most to just 3, are you crazy … oh yeah wait , you don’t need to answer that.

I think what I can do is name 3 tracks that I hold dear to me as they have memories attached to them, which is way I love Hardcore music soo much is that it’s able to grab you and transports you straight back to a moment in time to relive the emotions over and over again, or is that just me?”

TRACK 1:
SY & Demo – Stay With Me
I’d been to visit Giggly with my best friend for our usual alcohol fuel gatherings only to find a poorly out of action Giggly. That night Giggly was getting worse and unable to sleep so I rang her on the phone and sang Hardcore tunes down the phone to her for almost 2 hours, this was the tune that started the Marathon Karaoke Session.

TRACK 2:
Brisk & Ham – Eyeopener
Now this track is special to me for the lyric’s because I was helping Giggly through a bad patch in her life when we were just friends and I found myself slowly falling under the love spell that she had bestowed upon me without intention. We were singing this track at the top of our lungs to each other when I realised that I meant every word I was saying, and that was probably the first time I realised this myself.

TRACK 3:
Eclipse – 24/7
This track is again memorable to me for it’s lyrics. Every word in tune is everything Ii feel about Giggly and when we first got together, this was “Our Song” and now when we play a Classic Anthem Set this is always played .EPIC LYRICS.”

Giggly:
TRACK 1:
Unique – Higher Ground
“These lyrics and their meaning are amazing, this tune helped me through a really low point in my life. Sounds silly but that’s why I love Hardcore Music so much, it’s the best anti-depressant in the world.

TRACK 2:
Sy & Unknown – IF You Believe
Again another motivational track for me this one. The first time Cyber & I were booked for an event Cyber kept singing this track to me all the time. I actually played in that set too. Even now when each major booking comes in I have think of this track.

TRACK 3:
Clear Vu – I Adore
This is of the same time as Cyber’s Track 2, at the time when I realised my feelings for Cyber had changed. He had moved away from the area suddenly for reasons unknowsn to me and his friends, not knowing when or indeed whether or not I would see him again, my new feelings towards him started to become apparent to me. Plus when I eventually did see him again he had turned up at Slammin Vinyl @ The Santuary in Milton Keynes abot 3am soaking wet on a Motorbike just “Standing there in the rain” just like in the tune.

I’m not a fortune teller, and I think that these people are just scamming others, because no one can look into the future. But you can change the path that goes into the future, by adjusting it and it will send you (as far as it goes) into a brighter future. What’s going to be the future for Cyber and Giggly?
Giggly:
“Our futures can not be told, they are not there yet to be be seen. Our futures & our destiny is not a matter of chance or fate. They are a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
What matters is to live in the present, live now, for every moment is now. It is your thoughts and actions of the moment that create your future. The outline of many path may already exists, It is for you create its pattern that will be your past.”

Cyber:
“WOAH that was deep, You can see she’s the wise one in the relationship.”

If people want to hear you perform, where should they go to? (list of upcoming events?!)
Cyber & Giggly:
Well all of our performances so far have been recorded and are on our Soundcloud page, including our latest set at Dreamscape+HTID  The Summer Gathering :http://soundcloud.com/cybergiggly

For future events: We have a nice quiet period for the remainder of the year with Pure Underground on 13th Sept At Union in Vauxhall, London :https://www.facebook.com/events/259357130873030/
This is a great new event to grace the Capital this year, they had their launch night back in May and it went extremely well for their first night. We’ve been asked back again for their second event and are very excited to see what 2014 holds for the PU Events as it looks promising.

We well also be playing our usual Residency slot for Tasty/DanceKORE on NYE which is also going to be our first NYE set too so really looking forward to this one. (Facebook Page link to follow shortly)

We have some very huge promising things happening in the New Year too but we can’t reveal too much at the moment so you’ll just have to visit our Facebook Fanpage to keep up to date with whats new with Cyber & Giggly : https://www.facebook.com/CyberandGiggly

This is a returning thing in each interview, and I think I’m about to change it and give it a personal touch, maybe I’ll call it “the miss Dutchman speech”. You know the miss Universe speech? The one where they thank the whole world, and want world peace, and everybody to start hugging trees and mate with dolphins…. here’s your chance…
Cyber & Giggly:
“Well I think firstly the people we’d like to thank is Billy Bunter, Sonya & Grant Epidemik for seeing something in us and giving us our first booking and giving us the opportunity to show our skills at one of their DanceKORE Events on Giggly’s Birthday last year. The support these guys have shown has been so invaluable to us in launching our DJing career. We’d also like to thank FracusDarwin & all the guys at Hardcore Underground that for the same reason gave Giggly & I the rare opportunity to kick off one of their events only to invite us back again and again allowing our Home Ground fanbase to soar . Words cannot describe how much both Hardcore Underground & Tasty/DanceKOREhave done for us & the London Hardcore scene in 2012/13 without these guys there may not have been too much interest form all the other events slowly filling the Capital’s nightlife with more & more Hardcore events. Who knows where Cyber & Giggly would be today without them.”

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Giggly:
“We are also equally thankfull for the support we’ve had from other London Artists like Sc@r. She has been very encouraging to us, giving us regular praise and invaluable advise. One In A Million she is. “The Poster Girl Of Hardcore”
And the support we have had from the London Ravers has been well.. humbling. Some of the things people have been said to me after I have finished a set have made feel so good they make everything worthwhile. They help me believe in myself more & actually make a diffence to how I look at myself, and for that thank you more than anyone.”

Cyber:
“And of course we’d like to thank you Mr Dutchman for giving us this opportunity to give people an insight into our minds, I hope you enjoyed it as much as we have.”

We say ‘thank you’ to Cyber and Giggly for this interview, and make sure you go to their Facebook Fanpage, or to Soundcloud. And if you are a C&G fan, you can also find them on Twitter. Want to see them live? ‘like’ their page, and you will find out where they are going to play.  Thanks again, Cyber and Giggly!

Joey Riot February 2014 Promo Mix

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The man behind Lethal Theory is back, with a brand new mix. And to showcase why he’s one of UK Hardcore’s finest DJs on the planet, he has made a 20 minute promo mix for all you Powerstomp lovers. I don’t need to explain what Powerstomp is, and what it has become, but if you haven’t been on planet Earth for at least a year, you might have missed the biggest new thing in UK Hardcore. Let’s just say that Lethal Theory has caused quite a stir in the industry, and changed the music completely. And ofcourse the main man, DJ Joey Riot, alongside Kurt he fabricated and redesigned UK Hardcore. This 20 minute mix is just what we need to get us going on this dreary monday. And this could be a good introduction mix if you’ve lived on Pluto during 2013.

I know, I know it will take decennia before we reach Pluto, but there could be aliens among us. And they might have missed the whole Powerstomp scene. Aliens created Dubstep, but the sound they take back to their home planet, is definately Powerstomp. And they will take Joey Riot back with them, and make him the superiour leader of the aliens. I’m guessing Joey has been probed already, how in Gods name does he find the time to make tracks, keep a label going, create mixes, DJ at events, and also go out with his missus?! This man has got so much energy, and it’s un-human. Is Joey an alien? Anyone got NASA’s phonenumber? I want to inform them that there aren’t aliens in Area 51, but in Scotland!

Back to reality… let’s talk about the tracks. Joey made a small mix, filled with 8 fantastic tunes. Curious?

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01. Joey Riot vs Jaw-D- – Dreamkast
02. Joey Riot vs Bernz & Da Kid – Disco Bitch
03. Joey Riot & Alex Prospect – DJ Turn It Up
04. Joey Riot vs MC Elite & Kryptonite – We R Your Friends
05. Joey Riot vs Tonic – Reload
06. Flyin’ & Sparky feat Charm – Down To You (Joey Riot Powerstomp Remix) 
07. Joey Riot feat Miranda – Hold Me Tonight
08. Joey Riot vs Darren Grant – I’m The Cook Bitch

A short list, but a powerful one. The perfect mix to keep us going on strong, and one that makes us bounce up and down, wherever we are! You could be at work, in your car, at school, or just at home, just like me.

Let me remind you that, at last year’s Hardcore Awards, Lethal Theory won the most awards. And I do reckon they will do that this year again, 2013 has been an amazing year but 2014 is looking way better. Powerstomp is growing, and every day the amount of people discovering this new sound, grows. Many new producers and DJs have emerged, and combined they make it all work. But it’s all down to Joey for making this new sound work.

Joey’s love for music can be seen if you glance quickly at the tracklist. Pushing new talent forward, and also showing us that he’s a good teacher, and made extraordinary tracks alongside those up and coming artists. He is Powerstomp. And if you like Powerstomp, you should definately give this mix a go, and make sure you spread the Powerstomp message all around the world. If you don’t, Joey will probe you!

One mighty fine mix. Always good, Joey’s mixes. And this one gets the same score as all his previous mixes!!!

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DJ: Joey Riot
Genre/Style: UK Hardcore, Powerstomp
Mix Info: February 2014 Promo Mix
Length Mix: 00:20:27
Tracks: 8 (eight)
Download/Listen (via JoeyRiot’s Soundcloud): DOWNLOAD/LISTEN HERE
File Size: 46.8 MB
File Type: mp3
Bitspeed: 320kbps
More Information: Lethal Theory’s Official Website

DJ Thumpa Interview (2013)

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If you are a UK Hardcore fan or a Freeform fan, you don’t need me to remind you who this legend is. You can tell it’s DJ Thumpa, the man behind the succesful label called ReBuild Music, a very succesful producer and DJ and also a pioneer. A music lover, a man with passion and who’s dedicated to show the world how much he adores music. Someone with an open mind, and he’s on a mission. A mission to make us all dance, and appreciate music the way he does. Let’s talk to the man, and see what grinds his gears, what makes him move, and why he’s so bloody talented! Ladies and Gentlemen: DJ THUMPA!!!

Mr Thumpa, how are you doing? How’s life?
“Good man! Life is good, music is good, everything is alright for once! I’m happy with life.”

I could ask you the most standard question (which I normally do), but I won’t. People will recognize the headphones and 2 CDJs and ofcourse a mixer, and they assume that you are a DJ. A disc jockey. Back in 1996 you started DJing, and you’ve played at many events. But going back to 1996, why did you decide to become a DJ? Were you a raver who thought that he could be as good as those you’ve admired, or was it just for fun?
“I never get bored of telling this story! I was 10 and got a ‘Rave 92’ double tape for Christmas, it had The Prodigy, 2 Unlimited, Praga Khan, stuff like that. I was only a kid but I was obsessed with the bleeps and bloops of electronic music, all my friends at school were into The Levellers (and later Oasis and Blur) but Dance music just hooked me from the start. I spent a few years listening to any rave tapes I could get my hands on then and my Dad introduced me to Chemical Brothers and Underworld in 1993/94. In 1996 I heard DJ Vibes and DJ Rap playing at a big festival called Tribal Gathering. The festival was live on Radio One and from the first few seconds of Vibes’ set I just knew I wanted to be a DJ. The horns and whistles were louder than the music and it was just crazy. I think I bought decks a few months later and started buying jungle and hardcore records and that’s it. Nearly 18 years later, here we are!”

You started back in 1996, but there must have been a history before that magical year (probably the best year for Happy Hardcore if I’m honest). What did Thumpa do, before he became Thumpa? Was he a full-on raver, and what got you into the scene?
“I was only 14 when I started buying records and I didn’t have a clue how it worked. I thought the MC was also the DJ and I didn’t really know how they mixed the records, so I tried to teach myself how to do it. Before I had decks I had one 7” turntable and one tape deck and I’d try and speed the record up in time with the cassette and try scratching, anything to make it sounds like DJ’ing. My Dad bought me decks in late 1996 and from then on I spent every penny on records, hanging out at Tempest Records in Birmingham trying to get Hardcore and Jungle promos, finding out what was on what label and seeing they had any records under the desk, anything! I was like a sponge, soaking up knowledge of what happened before 1996, who made this record, who did he work with, what label sounded like this label, where did this style come from? I think to be a record collector you have to have that obsessive nature inside you, you need to know EVERYTHING about it to enjoy it. Every town I went to I found a record shop and just bought everything I could, whether it was BPM in Derby, Slammin Vinyl in Kingston Upon Thames or HMV in Birmingham; if they had Hardcore and Jungle records I bought them!

I actually started out as DJ Trigga but I had to change my name as I found out there was a MC Trigga in Drum & Bass (I was trying to get gigs playing D&B) so I had to change my name after a promoter told me Trigga wasn’t happy. I had a gig at something in Birmingham and my mates told me I jumped around like a rabbit behind the decks (I think their exact words were ‘that gay rabbit out of Bambi’) so Thumpa just stuck! That was in 1999 and here we are nearly in 2014.”

You started spending all your money (when you were younger) buying Hardcore and Jungle records. Do you remember which record was the first one you bought, and do you still have it/play it?
“I still have the first 2 records I bought, I bought ‘Charly’ by Prodigy and ‘Do The Bartman’ by Bart Simpson (remember that?) in 1991. One great record that shaped Rave music and one record by The Prodigy. Wahey! I think the first Hardcore/Jungle records I bought were ‘My Own’ (Ham Remix) by DJ Seduction on Impact or maybe Cheddar 4 on Quosh and the jungle one was definitely something on V Recordings by Krust or DJ Die. I still love all those labels and have nearly all of them from that era so yeah, I probably mix them now and again in my room!”

Hardcore was a new and unique sound back in the 90s. A lot of Breakbeat and Piano tunes. What was it, that grabbed your attention and made you think “this is so cool”?
“When I first heard Vibes on that Radio 1 show, it was definitely the noise and the energy of the crowd, you could even hear on the radio that everyone was going f**king mental, the noise was overwhelming and Livelee was going so mad, I just built a picture in my head of what raves looked like months before I even went to one. Still to this day, when you listen to a CD pack or a recording from an event and the crowd goes mental you still get that feeling where you wish you’d been there, I had it yesterday listening to a Hazard set with Fearless & Eksman from last year somewhere, the tune got rewound and the crowd roared…you can’t fake that reaction.”

For those who are too young to remember, back in those days vinyl dominated the music scene. CDs were invented, but many DJs prefered to play tunes from vinyl. There were even DJs who played tunes from tape! Those were the good old days, eh? You’ve been a DJ for 17 years now, and I’ve got to ask a true DJ this question: vinyl or CDs?
“I understand that music has to move forward and it’s cost effective to play new tracks on CD and Traktor, Ableton etc but my favourite sets over the last year have been playing classic Freeform vinyl at I Love Hard Beats and classic Happy Hardcore at Bust An Old Jam. I just think there’s something special about bringing a big bag of records to a club, opening the bag and just thinking ‘hmmm, what shall I start with?’ and ‘what goes into this?’. I enjoy playing new music but I must admit, mixing just isn’t as fun for me personally. Also, tracks just don’t sit together on CDJs like they do on vinyl, people who can mix perfectly on Technics will know what I’m getting at!”

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During those 17 years you have played at many events, but you got your first residency back in 2000, playing Drum and Bass at Simon Bassline Smith’s night “Technique” in Derby. 13 Years ago, can you still remember that night (the first one), and how was it?
“I remember my Dad cutting down a big poster on a lampost in Derby and giving it to me, he was so proud of his son on a big flyer even though I don’t think he really knew who Grooverider was. It’s a special feeling the first time you see your name on a flyer next to someone you respect, and I remember Simon giving me £20 in an envelope and me just thinking ‘wow I’ve made it!’. I can’t remember much about the actual night now, it was probably a lot of drink and good times! I do recall walking into the office and one of the Drumsound guys told me it was some ‘heavy beats Tumps’ and me grinning like a Cheshire cat. I will always love those guys, they gave me a chance even though they didn’t know me, big respect to Bassline Smith and Drumsound.”

You are now known to be a full-on Hardcore DJ, but you still love music: you still play DnB and other styles too. What made you decide to focus on UK Hardcore/Trancecore/Freeform, and not become a huge DJ in the DnB scene?
“I’ve always bounced around from style to style, I’ve played UK Hardcore in the main arena of big raves, played Speedcore in massive rooms for North and Vibealite and played classic D&B at Uproar, it’s all just music to me and I love it all. I must admit I do go through stages of listening to a LOT of music from one style (almost to the point of saturation) then I don’t keep up with it for a few months and get obsessed with something else, my missus will always say ‘oh what style is it this month?’. I had a good run playing for North and at some amazing gigs, playing brutal 250-300bpm Speedcore and Breakcore on the same lineups as Drokz, The Speed Freak, The Outside Agency etc and that was a totally amazing experience too as I’ve always been into Hardcore Techno too (that will have to be another interview!). Despite this, my original music has always been Hardcore and it’s what I always go back to, I’ll always find new music I like in this genre and will always find artists that excite me and make me feel like a little kid again. I did enjoy playing D&B and still buy a few bits here and there but Hardcore will always be my first love.”

Playing for 17 years, an achievement. You still get that buzz before you play, or has it become a normal thing for you?
“I do get gigs where I turn up and think ‘fuck, I got out of bed for this?’ but then I get gigs where I feel like I’ve just started raving again and I just want to stay all night and get pissed out my face and dance all night…you just can’t predict it. When it comes to being on the decks, I’m a natural extrovert and have never been shy so I do enjoy playing to a room full of people and taking them up and down and showing them new music they might not know, then taking them somewhere else playing an anthem or a forgotten gem. To be a DJ I think you have to enjoy the attention and not be shy about getting into the music and showing people you love it, I think that’s all part of it. I think when the vibe is right, the system is loud and the music is great, all the stars align and you remember why you love DJ’ing so much.”

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You still play all over the UK, showcasing your talents again and again. You’ve seen thousands of ravers going nuts, but which event was the most memorable one, and why?
“I’ve had a few amazing gigs over the years, on my 25th birthday in 2007 I played in the Techno room at Uproar and Ribbz got the whole room to sing happy birthday to me, that was special. My first massive gig was also for Uproar in 2004 and I played first set in the main room, the room was packed about 20 minutes in and everything just fell into place, playing new Hardcore, new Freeform and finishing with classic bouncy Techno and Gabber, even though I was on first set I ripped that room a new one and I’d like to think I turned a few heads. One of my personal favourites was July 2012 playing classic Freeform in the 2nd room at I Love Hard Beats with Obie, Ham(ilton) was on in the main room and someone came in and told me I’d emptied his room, haha! I played classic 97-00 stuff by Helix, Fury, Eclipse, Sharkey etc (music that is very close to me for a personal reason) and I was just so emotional all the way through the set, the hairs on my arms were standing up as I played ‘Product Of Society’ by Sharkey and I was just so happy and excited but just so sad and melancholic at the same time, it’s hard to believe sometimes what music can do to you! The crowd ate up every track, the room was rammed and I knew that these records meant as much to them as they do to me, it’s a nice feeling and it’s nice that now I’m really involved in this music, I could share my records that I bought 10/15 years ago with like minded people.  Everything happens for a reason!”

Link – http://soundcloud.com/rebuild_music/thumpa-classic-freeform-set-I

In 2009 you started ReBuild Music, your own label. You said in another interview that ‘you were meant to run a label’. Firstly, where does the name come from, and secondly, why did you start a new label, seeing as there were many dominating the scene? What made ReBuild unique from day one?
“My girlfriend came up with the name! I don’t think I’ve ever really told anyone that actually, but yeah we had a brainstorming session and I said that I wanted to run a label that really proved there was still great music about, now I think about it ‘ReBuild’ is perfect as it was meant to be a label that rebuilt Hardcore. In 2008/9 I personally think most of the music about was shocking, I’d totally signed out from UK Hardcore in 2006/7 and was playing Hardcore Techno, Hardcore was lacking in ideas and originality, all the sets I heard were really clutching at straws and everyone desperately unoriginal. I knew producers like Gammer, Oli G, Mozz, Fracus, Darwin etc from spending the last 8/9 years with them and being good mates so I just started to ask them if they had tracks lying around really. I sat down and wrote down what I wanted to with a label and what I wanted to get out of it and it just snowballed from there. I signed a handful of tracks, got a logo together and started releasing music digitally. When I started the label I looked around and saw loads of half arsed digital labels with no real strong brand, no decent producers or musical direction and (without sounding big headed) I knew I could run a label that ticked all those boxes. I think the label has grown into it’s own entity over the years, outselling supposedly ‘big’ labels by almost double and building up a strong family vibe where everyone who buys the albums knows they are getting something special and something organic from someone who knows their stuff, knows what sells and actually gives a shit about the long term health of Hardcore music.”

At first you started releasing only tracks, but something must have been tickling you, and you wanted to release an album. In 2010 “Worldwide Freeform” emerged out of nowhere. More albums followed, and they are ALL sold out. These albums sold out like no compilation before, and it makes your label the fastest selling album ever. What’s the secret behind these albums?
“I don’t know about it being the fastest selling album ever but it definitely sells more than other labels perceived as being ‘bigger’ in Hardcore! It is definitely up there with Hardcore Underground, we sell more than any other label in Hardcore over here.

In late 2009 I started to get really bored with releasing music digitally, there’s nothing to do except upload a track to Trackitdown or whatever then spam the fuck out of everywhere and hope it sells, it was boring me to death. I’ve always been old skool with my music, it breaks my heart that a lot of music doesn’t come out on a physical format and I’ve always been a collector of music, whether it’s CDs, tapepacks or vinyl…I just love that excitement of getting music and playing it. I looked around and not many people were doing physical releases (probably for fear of losing money) and I started to gather a load of unsigned tracks; at the time I was listening to a lot of FINRG and Hybridize stuff and I tracked down people like Grimsoul, Alek, Substanced and Horzi and asked them for music. Luckily they took a chance and sent me some great tracks and it all just started from there. I got hold of a few strong tracks off Lost Soul, Gammer, Ephexis etc and after a few months I had 20 solid tracks and enough for an album. I was really lucky getting ‘34m’ off Gammer and ‘Sick Seduction’ by Ephexis, I’ve been really good mates with Gammer since about 2002 and knew the Exphexis boys through Oli G. I got some free artwork done by my Dad (big up!) and paid to get 200 CDs mate and they just flew out the door! Since then I’ve done another 6 albums and they just sell more units, quicker than the last one and get more and more respect from the people in the know. I think the reason the albums do so well is – the music is strong, I have a passion for great music and I take pride in the presentation of the albums, for example the tracks are professionally mastered by Andy Freestyle, not just made louder like most Hardcore, the artwork is original and drawn and inked by Transformers comic artist Dan Khanna and the CDs are limited edition and always presented beautifully. I also think the albums do well because everyone knows me, yeah I’m a loudmouth dickhead but I know what good music sounds like and I know my market, real life-long fans of the music, not just teenagers who won’t be listening to Hardcore in 2 years.”

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How are the responses from the fans, and ofcourse your fellow DJs? On these albums you have many tracks by well-established DJs such as Gammer, UFO, Douglas, A.B, Nick235, Darwin, etc. How do they react to this phenomena?
“The response on each album is just more amazing than the last, ‘Freeformania’ sold all 300 copies in 48 hours and ‘Against All Odds’ sold 400 copies in 6 days, madness! I’ve spoken to other label owners who have released CDs and they don’t sell half that in double the time, so I’m happy. The albums sell all over the World, with CDs flying out to 25+ countries for every album…it’s mental just sitting there packaging CDs in my lounge that will be listened to all over the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, South Africa, Russia, China, Finland, Spain, Germany and more. Pretty cool! As for the producers on there, I hand pick every track and the quality control is very high, but a lot of producers are mates that I’ve known years so they trust me to represent their music well and make them a bit of cash at the same time. It helps that I know a lot of great producers so putting albums together is really fun and rewarding, it’s never hard finding good music if you know where to look! People like Slipmatt, DJ Fury and The Speed Freak are personal heroes of mine so I made it my goal to get them on an album, the albums are as much a representation of my music and my personality as they are of the producers…the label is my baby.”

And even as we speak, you are already talking about releasing a new album. But on Facebook you have shared your opinion with fans of ReBuild regarding UK Hardcore. You have fallen ‘out of love’. What’s happened? Aren’t there many talented producers anymore?
“I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older and (supposedly) more mature but a lot of Hardcore these days makes me cringe. Hardcore was spawned from tunes ripping off pop tracks and some of those tracks in 96/97 are my favourite ever tunes, but to put it simply there’s a lot of really shit music about, no ideas, shit mixdowns, terrible bootlegs with no thought or care and more copycat music than ever. Even a few years ago you could go on a mp3 store and buy a handful of tracks every month, now you’d be lucky to find one decent track every month. To be honest I was never really into more than a few producers anyway, Gammer is always great, always been into Fracus & Darwin but then I just can’t think of anyone that’s consistent apart from maybe Darren Styles. Funny story about Hardcore actually, ReBuild Music was the first label to release what you’d call ‘Dubcore’ in 2009 (check ‘Dynamo Cookie’ by Peaks & Pinnacle) and I sent the track to a few big DJs (who will remain nameless) who told me there ‘wasn’t much to it’, ‘where’s the riff’, ‘it’s just a bassline’ etc etc…fast forward 2 years and every fucker is playing music like that. I’ve always been into D&B and so when the boys sent me ‘Dynamo Cookie’ I just loved it, a Hardcore kick with a wicked D&B style bassline, what’s not to love? No one played it except Kevin Energy (who loved it) and then a few years later it’s the big thing that everyone loves. To be fair, Joey & Kurt have got their thing going on and I respect them for doing something different, and Fracus & Darwin have always blurred the lines between hardcore, breaks, pianos and D&B so I have a lot of respect for them for sticking to their guns. Bit of waffle there but yeah, I have fallen out of love with it. Rip offs of the latest chart tune done badly with a shit dubby bit and a shit riff can eat a big dick.”

Ok, time for a very serious question for someone who has dominated the scene for 17 years: you have been there since 1996, and you’ve seen it grow and expand to biblical proportions, yet it has changed: UK Hardcore is going into new directions. How do you feel with these new sounds that have emerged out of nowhere, and are taking over the scene? Is UK Hardcore still Hardcore enough?
“I probably answered that question above, amongst the waffle! I remember reading an interview with Hixxy in about 1999 (when the scene was on it’s arse) where he said ‘there will always be a style of music called Hardcore’ so I’m echoing that statement, there will always be Hardcore Rave music and it will never die, it will just go in cycles.”

So for those who have missed it on Facebook or Twitter, you are playing at the mighty Westfest, playing in the Hardcore Heaven room. I’m guessing you are not going to play UK Hardcore, but Freeform? Or is it a secret what you are going to play? And how do you feel of playing at the biggest rave of the year?
“I am playing Freeform in the Hardcore Heaven arena, I’m going to play a mixture of stuff and I’m going to represent the music as well as I can! The Slammin boys have really supported me over the last 2/3 years and Grant at Slammin is someone who really listens to good ideas and keeps his ear to the ground, they know who is making the effort and going above and beyond to get noticed and I cannot thank them enough for the opportunities they’ve given me, it’s a dream come true to play at Westfest and definitely something I can tell the grandkids about! For Freeform music it’s a huge step, Kev played there in 2011 but since he’s retired there hasn’t really been anyone around to step up and be a spokesperson for Freeform music, so I want to be that guy. I’ve been into Freeform/Trancecore since it started and I’ve seen it grow and go in different directions, if you told me in 1996 I’d be representing OUR music at the biggest rave in the UK I’d laugh my head off, but in 2 weeks that’s what is happening! I really can’t wait to play, it will be amazing for 2,000 people to hear music they’ve likely never heard before and I know it will be a special night.”

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If you look at the line-up, it’s ridiculous. So many wicked names, so many genres. It’s going to be a night you will never forget. With each artists comes years of experience, years of dominating their scene. I’m guessing you are going to see other DJs perform. Which DJs and why?

“The lineup is ridiculous! 10,000 people will be at that rave and everyone who’s everyone will be there. Looking at the lineup makes me feel like a kid again, can’t wait to see Hazard, Andy C, DJ Producer, Sandy Warez, Fracus & Darwin, Slipmatt (in fact I wish I could split in half so I could stay in the old skool room all night!)…there’s just too many DJs to mention, it’s going to be mind blowing and a true celebration of rave music!”

Talking about wicked line-ups: if you could organise your own party, and you would have millions to spend (so literally no limit), who would you book for your own party and why?
“Ooh I’ve never been asked this question! I would have to say DJ HMS (rest in peace, one of my favourite ever DJs!), The Destroyer, Slipmatt, Vibes, Hazard, Scorpio b2b Producer (Technodrome set), Ellis Dee (91/92 set), Floxytek (great hardtek artist), Carl Cox playing an old skool set, Brisk a Kinetic set, Randall (AWOL set), Kenny Ken with Stevie Hyper D doing their exact set from Helter Skelter Energy 97 (RIP Hyper D!), god there’s loads more but I can’t think at the moment.”

What’s your opinion regarding MCs? Some say they are needed to make a set work, and some say they are useless. Do you want MCs MCing during a Thumpa set, or are you more comfortable performing solo? And if you like MCs, who’s the best (according to Thumpa)?
“Funnily enough I rang Ribbz earlier to ask him to do my set at Westfest! I think I’ve got a reputation for not liking MCs but I don’t know where that rumour came from, I just hate SHIT MCs! I grew up listening to Helter Skelter tapepacks so MCs are a big part of my youth, I’ve got over 100 tapepacks that I’ve collected over the years and unlike my friends at school, people like Ribbz, Livelee, Storm, Fearless, Magika, Squidgy B, Hyper D, Skibadee etc are the people I loved, they were my popstars.

I think MCs are extremely important at raves for keeping a crowd hyped, some of my favourite tapes are so good because the MC makes the set! I have a bit of a problem with Hardcore MCs doing massive 32 bars about their life, I don’t find it entertaining and I find it a bit egotistical to be honest but a great crowd hype MC like GQ, Skibba, Ribbz is just priceless. My favourite ever MCs are Ribbz, Sharkey & Squidgy B (years of listening to Technodrome tapepacks!), GQ (listen to Hype Skelter NYE 97/98, just fucking amazing), Fearless, Eksman, Skibba, MC MC, Flyte (I bet no one knows him, great D&B MC!), Wotsee (the best Hardcore MC around today) and I think that’s it. No offence to any other MCs, I just know what I like and some of those boys have sounded great for 15/20 years.”

What’s going to be Thumpa’s next step? We know that you already talked about a new album, but what about future gigs (after Westfest)? If people want to see you, or even want to book you, where should they go to (website and/or event information)?
“I don’t know what my next step is to be honest, I’ve only had 12 gigs this year compared to 25/30 every other year, I don’t know why that is but I try really hard to get bookings so I guess I’m just unlucky sometimes. I’m going to see how Westfest goes and if I really enjoy that and everything falls into place and it feels right then it might be my last gig, it would be a great gig to go out on and it would just be the icing on the cake. I go through stages where I really hate being involved in ‘the scene’, all the politics, all the being let down by people, all the bullshit that goes with it and all the endless promoting yourself, it’s tiring and some days I don’t want to do it anymore. I don’t know though, a really amazing booking might come through one day soon! Who knows. If people want to check me out go to www.facebook.com/OllyThumpa andwww.soundcloud.com/rebuild_music and listen to my mixes and look at my beautiful face!”

I’ve been serious throughout the whole interview, and I’m guessing that it’s about time for me to ask a idiotic question only I can ask, so here we go: Global Warming, is it real or is it a myth? And do you save the planet by driving a hybrid car? Are you saving dolphins by only flushing your toilet once? Is Thumpa environmentally friendly? Or do you bulldozer over everything (ReBuild joke again!)
“Ask my girlfriend, if she puts plastic or glass in the bin I get it straight out and put it in the recycling, it’s one of my pet hates! I’m not sure about global warming, I’ve never really sat and thought about it, playing the illuminati missions on GTA5 has made me weary of the Government though! I’d like to think I do my bit, but surely the world is ending soon anyway if China / Iran / USA / Korea (delete as applicable) have anything to do with it.”

Final part of the interview, time for the artist to thank people (or even animals). It’s my version of the ‘Miss World’ speech. I give you the microphone, and you can thank whoever you want to thank. Do whatever you want, you’ve got the mic. Want to rub your success into someone’s face? Maybe cry during the ‘thank you’ speech, like Miss World always does?
“I don’t like doing these as I always miss people out! I’d like to thank my girlfriend Tansy, my Lichfield mates for always supporting me at gigs and being top lads, everyone on the label who’s ever contributed to ReBuild, Kevin Energy & A.B for the help at the start, the Hard Beats Collective & FINRG boys, the HU boys, Scorpio, Brisk, Vibes and Ribbz for inspiring me and providing the soundtrack to my youth, Slammin Vinyl, Rude at Uproar (big thanks), Andy Bowler, Bassline Smith & Drumsound for my first break, everyone who’s bought music and supported ReBuild, god is that it?

One thing to end on, something that really hurt me about 2 years ago and something I’ve never really told anyone…a very big Hardcore promoter once told me on the phone when I said I deserved bookings because I ran a great label and knew good music ‘why would anyone pay to see Simon Cowell sing at a gig when they could pay to see one of his clients sing down the road?’. Well mate, this Simon Cowell is playing at Westfest so err…yeah!”

Thank you mr Thumpa for a very interesting and open interview. Even though it took long for Thumpa to answer (I do blame GTA 5), he answered every questions with honesty. A very talented producer, DJ, label owner and all round nice guy. Thank you. For those who are interested in Thumpa, here are several links you should add to your favourite bar, and underneath this interview there’s a brilliant Westfest promo mix he has done. Pay hommage to this legend, download this mix and if you can (if there are tickets available), go and see him at Westfest.

ReBuild Music on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rebuildmusic/
Thumpa on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Olly_Thumpa
ReBuild Music on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/rebuild_music
Thumpa on Facebook: www.facebook.com/OllyThumpa

MC Thunda Interview (2013)

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A new day, a new interview. This time it’s a first: my first MC interview. For those who don’t have a clue what an MC is or what an MC does, let me just quote what Wikipedia thinks an MC does: “Rapping (a.k.a. MCing) refers to ‘spoken or chanted rhyming lyrics’. Often it’s associated with Hip Hop Music and Reggae, but the phenomenom predates Hip Hop cultures by centuries.” During this interview, we aren’t going that far back into time, we only go as far as MC Thunda wants us to go. MC Thunda, resident MC at RaverQueen, Phuture Beatz, Elevation and more, also ‘Best Breakthrough MC’nominee at the Hardcore Heaven Awards 2011 and 2012. We are going to find out if it’s really hard to MC, why this man chose to become an MC, and maybe…. maybe he’ll spit some bars here (is that even correct? I’m a noob in the MC world to be honest)…. MC THUNDA, ladies and gentlemen!

 

MC Thunda, how are you doing sir? How’s life at the moment?
“Life couldn’t get much better at the moment to be honest. I’m really enjoying myself in all aspects and the wheels are in motion but bigger and better things to come ;-).”

You are clearly an MC, and for those who are interested in what an MC is and what he does, Wikipedia is our friend (click here). But in this article it doesn’t refer to any UK Hardcore MC, it’s mostly a Hip Hop thing. I’m unfamiliar with the MC history, maybe you can fill us in? Who started this MC business, who introduced microphone abusing in this rather unique world?
“That’s a good question and one I don’t actually have a clue as I only discovered Hardcore in 2003. I’ll give it a good go with what I’ve picked up over the years. As we know Hardcore was born in the late 80’s/early 90’s from the Acid House scene. Back then all musical genres were under one roof, so you had Oldskool, Happy Hardcore,Jungle, DNB, Breaks etc. I’m unsure as to who was the first MC as such, but the names what seem to pop up over and over again are Stevie Hyper D, MC MC, GQ and Fearless.”

Back in 2006 you picked up a microphone at one of your friends’ birthday party, you got the feel of how it is to be an MC. From that moment on you are an unstoppable force. But most people (as far as I know) want to be a DJ. Why did you pick up the microphone, and not buy records and started mixing? Was it just for fun, or did you have the urge to express yourself by throwing lyrics into the audience?
“Before I discovered Hardcore I became a big fan of Trance due to watching Kevin & Perry Go Large. At the time I was also an avid Eminem fan. So when I was first sent a clip of Hardcore from my cousin (CJ Glover with Eruption & Ruskal) I was instantly captivated. For me it was a combination of Trance and Rap put together but obviously at a greater speed. As for wanting to be a DJ or MC, when I used to go on holiday at that age, I used to always do Eminem – Without Me on karaoke so I guess the microphone wisdom was with me from an early age. I never had any problem getting up in front of lots of people and performing so I guess it was just in my blood. Being a DJ never really entered my mind as I was too determined to try and be an MC.”

Yes, you can tell that I’m a noob, I haven’t got a clue at all. There must have been something that inspired you to pick up the mic way before that boat party back in 2006. Were there any other MCs who inspired you, and if you dare to name them, who were they and why?
“My biggest inspiration as an MC has to be Eruption. If it wasn’t for hearing this guy, I would never have been so inspired to write my own material and get myself out there. Jonno certainly broke the boundaries with regards to his lyrical talent and that was something that I wanted to follow in the footsteps of. His quickness, clarity and flow were unbelievable and I’m still yet to hear a Hardcore MC as lyrically talented as Eruption. My other inspirations have to be Storm and Whizzkid. I was never really too keen on the Southern Scene MC’s at first as I started listening to Uprising, Dizstruxshon and TFI so I was too focused on listening to these MC’s (Eruption, Domer, Space, JD Walker etc). However as I broadened my horizons as I got older and went to my first rave, Global Energy 2007 at Rollerworld, Storm was the first MC I saw live and the amount of energy and passion he put in to a set was unreal and you can tell the man eats, breaths and sleeps Hardcore. As for Whizzkid, he’s not one to jump about the stage like Storm, but his stage presence is still felt along with his complex lyrics that work perfect.”

Aren’t MCs just people with a microphone who can speak fast? Is there a certain skill required, or can I do it aswell? Is there an unwritten rule you want to share with youngsters who want to be an MC?
“When starting off as an MC, I was terrible, I mean really bad haha. I think as long as you have an idea of what style of MC you want to be and the determination to be the best you can be then anybody has a chance of making it. I told myself when I started that I wanted to have a unique flow, write like nobody else and have the ability to spit fast paced lyrics without losing any clarity. I’d like to say I’m now at the stage where I have ticked all of those boxes. One of the biggest tips I could give to anybody who wants to be an MC, it would be to ‘breathe’. There’s so many MC’s I hear both live or on a mix where they’re trying to fit in as many words as they can, leaving their lyrics sounding very rushed and sometimes off cue. Write lyrics to suit how you spit, not how your favourite MC spits, so you can you plan your breaths with how your lungs and vocals work, gaining you clarity and uniqueness at the same time.”

Many well established MCs can throw lyrics into the audience, and make it work. But sometimes I do hear the strangest lyrics, (for example: talking about female bodyparts). Can you MC about everything? Footfungus? Hemmorroids? Discount at your local supermarket?
“Hahaha what a question. I could MC about anything if I wanted to but to be honest I always find myself writing about myself, ravers or raves. Ravers like to be able to relate to what you’re saying so if you spit something they can be on level terms with, then you’re on to a winner. However, some of these ‘strange’ lyrics, such as Storms’ “Gotta get it right, gotta gotta get it right” lyric has become one of his catchiest and the ravers do love quirky lyrics from time to time. I’m yet to come up with one yet, and if I do I’ll make sure I send it to you haha.”

There isn’t a single rave where there aren’t MCs involved. It has become a standard thing in the UK Hardcore scene. Many MCs are involved, and what they do is to hype up the crowd, make them loose their minds. Back in 2010 your world changed (MC wise), and you were booked to appear at many events, and you’ve changed your style/flow, gave it your own twist. How did that work? Was it easy, and more important: was it different compared to your previous MC years?
“In the beginning I wrote my lyrics to the standard hardcore set up and I just wasn’t happy sounding the same as everybody else. I was always always told when I first started that in order to break through and really make a name for yourself you need your own style and you need to be unique. Look at the top 5 MC’s in Hardcore at the moment, none of them are the same in anyway, shape or form. It took me a good year or so to find my feet and start finding my own style and my way of standing out from the rest of the MC’s trying to make it. After  years, I’m definitely comfortable with the style I’ve created and it’s safe to say you won’t find another MC out there like me (I hope!!! Haha).”

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You have MC’d alongside many well established artists such as Hixxy, Sy, Scott Brown, Gammer, Joey Riot, Breeze, and the list goes on and on. Did you ever get feedback from these legends, or maybe even tips on how to improve your skills? Or did they just let you do your thing, and were already amazed by your flows and rhymes?
“Not really I was just left to my own devices like any ordinary bookings. However, about two years ago I was in the studio with Joey Riot to record a mix for RaverQueen, and he told me to get in touch with him a few days later. I got in touch and he gave me lots of tips and advice to push myself to the next level as he thought I had potential. And since then he’s been keeping a close eye on my progress ever so happy days.”

Many events, many faces have you seen, many stages you have bounced around on. If there’s one event you can pick, which one is your favourite, and why?
“I always loved playing at RaverQueen as it was a close knit event where everybody knew everybody else. Loads of ravers used to chat my lyrics back to me, which is an amazing experience for any MC. Chan used to always sort me out with quality sets, especially my first proper set with Scott Brown (I owe you one!) as well as many other top tier DJ’s.”

Quick and random question (well, I’m crazy…): have you ever been at an event and heard an MC so bad, you just wanted to shove the mic up his or her… erm…. you know?!
“Shove it where? Haha erm there has been a few occasions where I’ve heard a terrible MC when I’ve arrived but you tend to get that here and there, especially if it is an area renowned for mic blaggers. When everybody is standing out in the smoking area you know it’s not good!”

Why aren’t there many female MCs (are there any female MCs anyway? Never heard a female UK Hardcore MC before if I’m brutally honest)?
“There’s a couple of Female UK Hardcore MC’s out there to my knowledge. I must admit it is weird at first hearing a female MC but some of them can pull it off just as well as a male MC. Check out MC Smokin’, signed to Cruze’s Label Trackmaster Music, she’s quality for a lass haha.”

You write your own lyrics. Is it easy to write your own, or does it need some kind of preparation? Do you have to go into a certain zone to achieve those wonderful lyrics?
“I’m sure every MC will agree that we all have our own ways of preparing and writing rhymes. I myself tend to go through phases as I’m a true believer in quality over quantity, meaning I can’t really just sit down and say ‘yeah I’m gonna have a session writing some rhymes’. Unfortunately for me that just doesn’t work. I tend to get ideas pop in to my head in the most randomest of places at any time so I pull out my phone and type it in my notes.”

If I throw three words at you, can you create a lyric? Well, just use my name, see if it works (Martin van Zeelandt lol). Extra points if something rhyhmes with Zeelandt.. which means Sea Land in English…
“Martin Van Zeelandt, the man is now seated, Sat at his desk to work on this feature, with Thunda, his guest, my answers have meaning, straight from my brain through a sieve like darjeeling, extracting the best for those that are reading, skipping the waffle and the truth is unveiling.”

Now let’s get back to reality: you have some great news regarding a new label you’ve recently been signed to. Give us all the details, share the news!!!!!
“If you were listening to Kutski on Radio 1 a few weeks ago with Joey Riot & Kurt you will know that I am now signed to the world famous Lethal Theory.”

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How did you get signed? Who approached you, and did they say why they wanted you to be a Lethal MC?
“I had a phone call from Joey on my 22nd Birthday saying that he had been keeping a close eye on my progression and thought I was ready to step up to the plate and become an MC for Lethal Theory. I was astounded when I had the call, it literally didn’t sink in for a fair few months at least but it has to be one of my most proudest achievements to date.”

You aren’t the only MC signed to Lethal Theory: we’ve got MC Obie, MC Mayhem, and MC Korkie. What’s your opinion regarding your new colleagues?
“I’ve known all the lads for a while now before I got signed to LT. It’s great to say that we are all unique in our own way and I’ve worked with Korkie and Mayhem already, just waiting on Obie now. But I’m sure the more we familiarise ourselves with each other we will be bouncing off each other in no time. Plans are already afoot to get B2B mixes done with all of them one mix at a time so keep a look out for that.”

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Lethal Theory, a label we all know and love. They are true Hardcore Innovators, and Lethal news keeps on taking over our timelines (online). Two new albums coming out very soon. This label is the next step forward for UK Hardcore & Powerstomp. Now this is going to be the hardest question of them all: which style do you prefer, as a raver and as an MC?
“Hardcore has been going through a weird transitional phase the past few months with all this ‘dubcore’, ‘powerstomp’ etc. naming what is still one genre…Hardcore. I’m still a sucker for some classic anthems from 02-07 as well as any of Scott Browns stuff however I’m loving the Powerstomp sound and its a real honour to be able to represent the label that is pushing this movement and showing the ravers this new fierce music.”

If people want to see you perform, where can they catch you?

9th November – Core Blimey – Crewe

– Bounce Inc – Stoke

15th November – House of Hardcore – Liverpool

7th December – MOTNS Shotta TV (TBC)

13th December – Totally Lost It – Manchester – with Fracus & Darwin

14th December – Radiation – Barnsley

21st December – Hyped Up – Stoke

26th December – Phuture Beatz vs Vibealite – Doncaster – with Joey Riot

31st December – Fantazia – Manchester – with Hixxy

Okay, if people think you are awesome and want to book you for their “sweet 39th birthday party” or a “bar mitswa”, who should they contact, and are you pricey or not?
“If you would like to book me then please email thunda@lethaltheory.com or you can inbox me on Facebook. As regards to price it depends how far the travel is. For any questions or information feel free to get in touch.”

Last question, and to end this the way only I can, here’s one for Thunda: are you silent in the bedroom, or are you a shouter? Do you MC whilst making babies, or are you a quiet man, saving your voice for the next upcoming event?
“Hahahahaha oh dear. Funnily enough I’ve been asked on a few occasions to MC doing the deed but I don’t think I’d be able to concentrate, my mind only fixates on one thing at a time haha. Stick a few pints down my neck and the possibilities are endless. ”

We want to say “thank you, mr Thunda” for your precious time (I know you are a very busy man), and keep doing what you do best! Make sure you check this man out, go see him live and make sure you follow him on Facebook!

Oh, don’t forget to pre-order/buy Lethal Theory’s “This Is Powerstomp Volume 1” from Hardcore Undergrounds website for only 15 pounds! This mix includes 30 unmixed full DJ tracks and a 1 hour mix put together by Joey Riot and DJ Kurt. Curious yet? Go to Lethal Theory’s Soundcloud page for clips!!!