The Gryphon: Mala & SubDub – Celebrating 19 Years of Underground Sound System Culture

As clubbing tour-de-force SubDub celebrates its 19th year, we reflect with legendary Dubstep producer, DJ and founder of Deep Medi Records, Mala, about the event’s grassroots origins, present nightlife and uncertain future. This seminal Leeds based night offers veteran students, freshers and musically educated locals a chance to experience the city’s rich Caribbean heritage alongside all the big names in reggae, dub, drum & bass, dancehall, dubstep and jungle – played through one of the UK’s best-known soundsystems.

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BabMag: Digbeth Dining Club – Rise of the Street Food Vendor (Bitesize)

Digbeth Dining Club is at the forefront of independent catering and has become something of a hit, not just in Birmingham, but the UK over. From humble beginnings in a small warehouse space the brand now holds a multitude of awards and caters for an assortment of clientele both in and out of the city limits; supporting day & night parties, national food shows and festivals up and down the country.

I spoke to Jack Brabant – who co-runs the event alongside James Swinburne – to find out exactly what’s inspired the vision and how it relates to Birmingham and the wider alternative food market:
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Return of the DJ – An Evening with Joshua

The term “DJ” is thrown around an awful lot these days, a symptom of a burgeoning fascination with rave culture in both the mainstream and underground circuits, peddled by the influx in social media’s popularity and accessibility.

Birmingham is one such city that has capitalised on this notion without the sacrifice of a local identity. Most of the city’s most popular nights are now run by local brands built on a dedicated sense of community and set ideology conducive to the preservation & growth of the scene.

Rather than competing with its London cousin, it offers an alternative to those wishing to escape the capital’s growing saturation. But with so much choice available to the punters, both DJ and promoter are now looking to create new and unique experiences; whether it be large scale set pieces, grandiose dress up themes or nods to the nostalgia of the past, the game is changing.
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Radio Feature: REPREZENT LDN – 4×4 Show Guest Mix

A House, Bass and Dub inspired guest mix with nods to the junglist massive, the dubstep low-enders and the breakbeat movers. Featuring some exclusive Birmingham fire alongside a well of releases from pioneering labels Circular Jaw, Durkle Disco and Punks.

Originally aired Friday 30th June on REPREZENT Radio 107.3FM, 23:00 – 01:00. Part of an interview/guest mix feature on the “4×4” show:

Oculus Events – Throwing Shapes for Charity

Electronic dance music has taken the nation by storm over the last decade or so, slowly filtering from the underground and into the mainstream. I use this broad (and often misinterpreted) term to illustrate just how diverse this creed of modern music really is; Deep House, Drum & Bass, Dubstep, Bassline and sadly EDM just to name a few, all fall under this umbrella.

The latest electronic craze to hit swathes of ravers square in the face is Tech House. While it may have been around for a quite some time, it’s growing popularity becomes apparent when even grandma can distinguish a Tech banger from the pool of swirling genres.

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