Drum n bass creeps up from your feet to your fingaz and puts a smile on everyone's face...
I am aware of the genre drum n bass or d n b as it is commonly referred.
A good few years ago I stayed by my radio all night to tape the Bristol pioneer Roni Size playing live on air.
I watched with interest a docu-road movie on LTJ Bukem and the antics of MC Conrad.
The show ended up with the drunken Conrad being left in some U.S city whilst the rest of
the tour carried on without him.
But having never been to an actual live d n b club night I had no idea what to expect.
On entering the dark space I was surprised at how different the upstairs of The Welly club appeared. The ceiling was covered in camouflage netting and underneath this the Shinobi soldiers danced.
On the stage MC AOB called out to the Shinobi crew like a general marshalling troops. Mic in hand he rhymed with unerring timing and originality. The stage was attractively decorated with two fabric flames, either side of the decks, that looked cool as f*** .
As I approached the stage, camera in hand, he caught sight of me.
Seconds later with hardly pause for thought, he was including mine, and thisisull's name,
in the freestyle verse. Big up Michelle Dee, on a thisisull tip and similar lines of acknowledgement.
Standing there on stage with all the Shinobi fans watching,
I must admit to feeling more than a little nervous.
They all knew I was a newbie and so did I.
Alex roamed the stage, body moving to the beat, spitting out rhymes like a machine gun
with vocal chords; such explosive energy.
He was like a totally different being, far away from his role overseeing clubbers and staff on a Thursday night. I was overwhelmed by the way he could incite the crowds to such feverish tumult just by the power of his voice in perfect time with the beat master on the decks.
On the posters I had read Grooverider's name - the award winning DJ from Radio 1.
But after studying the large south Londoner for a few minutes I found my eyes drifting back to
AOB and his commanding presence on stage.
I love the energy originality and spontaneity, everyone dances just how they want to and no-one gives a crap, said one girl to me. The atmosphere was amazing; not insular or clique but daubed in a feeling of oneness, togetherness.
I was due to do a short interview with the Prototype DJ and producer of twelve years standing, but
sadly Grooverider, real name Raymond Bingham, wasn't up for it.
I can add him to the list of people who I have come close to interviewing then lucked out at the last minute.
However, I did manage to grab some of the exhilarated Shinobi crew after his set.
Music Gig Gallery - 11 November 05 - Midnight Bandits, Kill Surf City, Sal Paradise and Unless at The Ringside by Michelle Dee
Sometimes we get photographs of a Gig in without a review.
This 4 page Photo Gallery of Midnight Bandits, Kill Surf City, Sal Paradise and Unless at
The Ringside Hull
Friday 11 November 05 by By Michelle Dee. Check it out...
Music Reviews - Sunday 6th November - Staks Battle of the Bands 05 By Michelle Dee
On Sunday 6th of November the popular cafè bar cum restaurant on Beverley
Road held the final of the Battle of the Bands competition.
This event is not to be confused with Band Wars organised by the staff at the
Polar Bear on Springbank.
The bands that had successfully made it to the final were Hollywood, Minus 272 and the Vels.
Regular readers of this site will
Music Gig Gallery - Tuesday 20th September - SideWinder and The Raindogs at The Sesh By Darren Rogers
Sometimes we get photographs of a Gig in without a review.
Check out some great shots in a 5 page Photograph Gallery of SideWinder and The Raindogs
at The Sesh on Tuesday 20th September 2005 By Darren Rogers.
Music Gig Gallery - Friday 9th September - Above It All and Your Demise At Apocalypse at The Silhouette by Michelle Dee
Sometimes we get photographs of a past Gig in without a review.
This Photo Gallery of Above It All and Your Demise At Apocalypse at The Silhouette,
Hull Friday 9th September 2005 is by Michelle Dee with photograph production by Kayleigh Tate.
Music Reviews - Saturday 8th October 05 - The Mardous and 59 Violets at Yo-Yo By David Thurlby Photos By Michelle Dee
The Yo-Yo night at The Welly Club on Beverley Road is slap bang in the middle
of its most hectic period what with all the students back in place and the host of bands that
are lined up to play it's Live Lab. Tonight saw a band from just across the bridge
share a small and compact stage with some up and coming chancers from down south.
Barton's own 59 VioletsRead more...
Music Reviews - 14th August 05 - Frank's Right Hand Trouser, Shindigg, Sal Paradise and The Vultures at the Adelphi By Anthony Baine.
So, another week, another gig.
This time it's the Paul Jackson's gaff for some of Hull's top local fare.
Sundays are usually quite hit and miss in the summer months while there are
no students about and this on this occasion I took a seat in a half-full
Adelphi just in time to witness four bands strut their stuff.
First up were The Vultures.
Hull's music scene at the moment consists mainly of
Music Reviews - The Leeds Festival Diary - 25th to 28th August 05 By Andy Knudsen Photos by Em Alexander, Steve Clappison at (www.tallorders.org) and Sam Saunders
In the same inexplicable way that you sometimes wake up a second or two before the alarm goes off, I wake up just before the door to the room I'm sleeping in opens. Dave bends his blonde head round the door.
"Helloo" he sings and advances into the room wearing a face like the Cheshire Cat.
I muster some kind of greeting and check my watch for the time.
Music Reviews - Night Clubs - 26th August 05 - Eat Your Words at The Welly By Diane
What a night to remember!
If you enjoy continuous dance music then get yourself down to Eat Your Words
at the Welly Club on Beverley Road and dance the night away like I did.
Very friendly staff as I entered the building.
Somewhere to drop your bag and coat and helpful staff at the bar if you're like me and can
never decide what you want to drink! A kind lass behind the bar offered
Music Reviews -
Saturday 13th August 05 - Arctic Monkeys at The Silhouette by Nick Quantrill Photo Gallery by Darren Rogers
Supported by The Applewhites, Sheffield's Arctic Monkeys rolled into Hull as the current
NME-approved future of music, and for once they might just be correct.
Despite having released just one single, the band has already toured extensively to build
a formidable word of mouth fan-base, and they look equipped to explode into the musical mainstream.
Music Gallery -
Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 August Scarborough Beached Live Music Festival By Roland Standaert.
Checkout this incredible 11 page photograph gallery of
Scarborough Beached Live Music Festival sent in by Roland Standaert.
The four day festival's fifth year is captured beautifully by Rolands superb shots of the bands and their audiences.
You may just be featured yourself....so get clicking and have a look.
Music Reviews - 13th September 05 - Kill Surf City at the Sesh By Michelle Dee
Kill Surf City is generating a fresh wave on the Hull scene.
Just a few months ago no-one had heard of this mixed (boy/girl) five-piece.
I first saw them 17 August supporting the Applewhites at Ringside.
That day I sat down pretty pissed off about things in general and life in particular,
I happened to see a vaguely familiar face aside the stage. I recalled some weeks earlier,
Music Reviews - Friday 29th July 05 - Park and Ride, The Landaus and The Truth at KU Bar Stockton By Michelle Dee
At half past three on a balmy Friday afternoon I clambered into the back of a hire van to make the journey
Once inside, I was greeted by Hull's flagship band The Landaus, who were
playing on the same bill, and a few fans of both bands including the much-loved Haribo and
original party monster Dean Shakespeare.
Danny Landau appears to have found the best seat
Music Reviews - Sunday 31st July 06 - Benefit Gig at Staks Bar By Joe Hakim Photos By Roland Standaert
It's an early start, three in the afternoon, but it's for a good cause.
Sundays, and the weekend in general, tend to be meaningless when you're unemployed, yet you always feel obligated to spend as much time in bed and do as little as possible in between bouts of napping. A lot of this is due to the fact that there's fuck all on TV on a Sunday.
There's hardly anything good on TV during
Music Reviews - Monday 25th July - Hayseed Dixie at The Cockpit, Leeds By Joe Malarky Whole lotta Dixie
I discovered Hayseed Dixie whilst searching for a version of Duelling Banjos in my local record shop.
I won't go into why I was searching for the main tune from Deliverance, that's my business and anyway it's not important.
What does matter is that I was intrigued by the Tennessee quartet.
I did a little research and found that their beliefs are simple.
All good songs