It’s been an exciting 3 Years of DARKROOM. Many of you have been with us since the good ol days at COCO66. Things have come a long way in a couple of years. It’s been a fun ride and we appreciate each and every one of you that has supported our movement up to this point. We’ve had the opportunity to bring world renowned artists to NYC including: Distance, DZ, Vaski, Bare, MRK1, Virus Syndicate, Bomb Squad, 16Bit, Borgore, Mark Instinct, Noah D, 6BLOCC, Niveau Zero, Endboss, Flinch, and many others.
To celebrate 3 years in the game, we couldn’t think of anyone more fitting as our special guest than one of the originators of dubstep culture, the original badman himself, HATCHA.
The man needs no introduction. If you are even remotely into the genre, you are familiar with his legacy. We are honored to have him join us as we bring in our 4th year of DARKROOM. This will be one of those nights people will talk about for years. DO NOT MISS IT.
No one DJ or indeed producer can claim sole credit for Dubstep. But when the history of the genre gets told, no DJ has ever had, or perhaps ever will again have so much influence over the course of the genre as Hatcha. It’s no overstatement to say the entire genre bares his stamp.
Hatcha’s roots seep deep back into late ‘90s UK garage, Croydon and pirate radio. Originally the buyer at the now defunct Big Apple record shop, Hatcha was one of the very first DJs to pick up on the new dark strains of 2step that were being made by local producers like El-B, Artwork and Horsepower at the turn of the millennium. As the producers came into the shop to sell white labels of these niche new sounds, a community arose. The shop began its own label, Big Apple Records and its first release was the dubstep classic “Red” by the shop’s resident producer Artwork. The next releases came from his two protégés, Benga and Skream.
As the garage sounds from south London began to take on their own unique, dark swung direction, it became clear that the nascent scene needed a home. In 2001 Forward>>, dubstep’s founding club, started with Hatcha as a resident. It was here he began to up the ante. While other DJs came with a collection of white labels (tracks immanently due for a public release), he arrived with a box of upfront dubplates: unique one-off exclusive tracks. No DJ could test.
Throughout the decade Hatcha’s sets, first on south London pirates then Rinse FM and now Kiss 100, went from strength to strength. His headline slots at Forward>> forged the genre into the form we now know it in. This was in no small part because he had exclusive access to Benga and Skream’s music, before adding three new producers: Mala Digital Mystikz, Coki and Loefah to his arsenal. The destiny of an entire scene lay in his hands, every time he played.
In 2003 he even played a part in naming the genre. Amidst the scene’s key players: the Big Apple camp and Ammunition who ran Forward>> and Tempa, the term “dubstep” (from dubby 2step garage), began being circulated. It appeared in a press release and then on a US magazine cover. Hatcha was then asked to mix the scene’s first compilation that cemented the use of the name: Dubstep Allstars vol 1. He must have done something right: they asked him back to co-mix volume 4.
Since those times Hatcha has gone on to hold down his flagship Kiss 100 show alongside long time MC, Crazy D, DJ across the planet, co-produce with a variety of the scene’s heavyweights and mix compilations such as Ten Tons Heavy for Planet Mu.
As the scene he inspired and crafted developed into the worldwide phenomenon it now is, Hatcha toured the world spreading the Dubstep gospel. Over recent years he has played to crowds from America, to Japan, to Australia and across Europe. From the biggest UK festivals to the best festivals and events around the globe.
On top of DJing, Hatcha has released a host of genre defining productions on some of the world’s most innovative and iconic record labels. Currently working on original productions and remixes, Hatcha and studio partner Lost have already remixed UK chart topping singles and acts, setting the sky as their limit.
Recently launching his Sin City brand alongside fellow Dubstep don, DJ N Type, Hatcha has gone on to host Sin City events at the UK’s leading venues (including their new residency at the legendary Fabric London), as well as release critically acclaimed singles through the Sin City record label. A label which, alongside Hatcha’s nomination for best DJ, was nominated for best new Dubstep label at the yearly genre awards.
Through all this, Hatcha has well and truly cemented his name in music history books for his role in creating and continuing to develop the most innovative and exciting genre of the 21st Century.
Dave Gee’s name has become synonymous with NYC Dubstep over the last few years. He is responsible for founding DARKROOM, Brooklyn’s official Dubstep monthly, which celebrates its 3 year anniversary in May 2012. Dave also owns and operates Methods Clothing, a staple in the US Dubstep community. He’s played all over the US, including showcases at SXSW, WMC, and STARSCAPE. His first official EP, Murda Style was just released on Profound Audio. With a heavy DJ schedule on top of the productions he has in the works, Dave Gee is set to be a key player 2012.
Trigon has been representing bass music for over a decade and has rocked crowds internationally with his high-energy, quick mixing delivery style of cutting edge Dubstep and Drum & Bass. He co-produces and holds down a residency at Darkroom, New York’s prestigious Dubstep institution. Trigon is also the label head and founder of the Profound Audio record label, which is currently releasing high quality bass music from some of the best producers in the game. Keeping a busy production schedule in the studio himself, Trigon recently released his debut EP entitled “Murda Style” which received heavy club support from A-list DJs as well as radio play on BBC Radio 1xtra, RinseFM, etc. Pushing forward into 2012 with massive collaborations in the works, Trigon is showing no signs of slowing down…
Wielding the knowledge gained during his tenure at the seminal DnB weekly Konkrete Jungle, Iron Myke converted a dilapidated sound system at the former Coco66 into what would be considered paramount to Darkroom’s success. He delivers a set that only a veteran can, taking the listener on a bassline rollercoaster ride sure to get the vibe bubblin’ hot.
Diggadee MC Has launched from the world of Drum n’ Bass and landed on planet Dubstep. Although Dnb will always be the main ingredient on Diggadee’s menu, the Dubstep movement brings a more expansive range of musical awareness. Performing with many of the biggest names in Drum n’ Bass from around the world, Diggadee has also managed to work with the biggest names in Dubstep as well i.e. Skream, Benga, Borgore, Datsik & 12th Planet; to name a few. As the two genre’s seem to intertwine, the ability to vibe and adapt is necessary in an ever changing music scene. MC Diggadee, Diggadee MC…the spaceship has landed.
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The wait is over! Dave Gee and MC Diggadee just released their new mix just in time for WMC. This is the highly anticipated follow-up to their 2010 Heavy Weight Division Mix. These guys have been busy working on their original productions, touring, and holding down DARKROOM in NYC with fellow resident and label-mate, Trigon.
If you’re in the NYC area this weekend, make sure to check out the crew at World of Drum and Bass VS. DARKROOM this Friday at Public Assembly and then all next week at Miami’s Winter Music Conference.
Click on the images below to download Heavy Weight Division-Round 2