I have a huge love of Drum N’ Bass. One of my favorite mixes back in the early 90’s was a double pack that R.A.W. came out with called “R.A.W. is Dead”. It was a double pack that had some of the best dark and twisted music I ever heard. While I originally played breakbeat techno when I first started DJing raves I quickly morphed into other genres as the music started to become more diversified.
However the love of Dn’B never left. I even did a mix of it in 1995 that you can hear below.
I always loved the LTJ Bukem style of Dn’B. When I heard the first Progression Sessions mix in 1997 I quickly fell in love with that sound and that series of mixes. Recently I started listening again to those mixes and newer mixes by other artists like DJ Marky and those on Hospitality. I started collecting some music also and I had the bright idea to just put it out there on Facebook that I would like to play a random Dn’B set.
Lo and behold, my buddy Sal from Audiophile Family decided the throw an event and have me headline. I wasn’t expecting that at all. It really excited to play a style that I am not known for. I didn’t want to do the music an injustice but I did want to show my love for the style. That was what this was really about. Just the love of the music. I didn’t know if I was going to go down in flames trying to DJ this style. I mean, I haven’t played this kind of music in 20 years.
At the show, in a warehouse in Riverside, I was nervous, but it was that nervous excitement. I played for little over an hour and I loved every second of it. I couldn’t really tell how the mix would come out but after I listened to it when I got home I was pretty happy with it. So here it is and I hope you enjoy it. I don’t know when the next time I will be able to get to play some Drum N’ Bass again but I hope it isn’t another 20 years. It was too much fun and can’t wait for the next one.