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DORSET’S GREATEST BAND?
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Winter is now in full swing and Dorset’s music scene is still buzzing with a plethora of artists, promoters and venues getting 2017 off to a running start. This month we speak with the winner of the Skirmish Battle of the Bands Jack Grace, about his experiences in the competition, his future and what he is doing with his prizes, as well as catching up with the awesome Stevie Parker ahead of her Sixty Million Postcards show.
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Rock Regeneration pay a fond farewell to local stalwarts Fearne. From their early Kinder Egg days, the band have gone through a couple of lineups and become an integral part of the local scene. They play their final show next month at Mr Kyps.
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So Jack, youve had a few days to let it sink in. What are your thoughts now on being crowned Skirmish Presents battle of the bands 2016? I still can believe it if I’m
honest, seeing the calibre and level of the acts throughout the competition. Obviously I’m very happy at the result, and I like to thank both Skirmish for the opportunity to take part in the competition, and secondly to my followers/fans for supporting me throughout this competition.
You have won four hours in the studio courtesy of Absolute Music, plus you get to choose either £750 to spend on a music video with Bootprint Productions, or anywhere in store at Absolute Music, or £500 in cash. What will you choose?
Absolute Music vouchers. We’re busy recording the next record in February so there’s a lot of gear we can invest in and use not only for the EP but also for future records.
Back in the first heat, you were beaten by Sirpico and went through as a wildcard. What did you think were your chances of winning at that point? Sirpico are a great
Hundreds applied to enter the Skirmish Battle of the bands. 24 of the best were put through their paces and Jack Grace and his band took home the prize. We catchup with Jack Grace, frontman of arguably Dorsets best band.
You started out with a guitar, a mic and a loop pedal. Your current band lineup seems like the start of something really magical. How do you feel about the journey so far, the rest of the band, and what are your aspirations for the future? Starting out as a solo artist is hard when you are alone touring and recording. It can be a bit lonely. I don’t feel like a ‘solo artist’ anymore, and I love the feeling that I’m doing what I love with my closest of friends. Much like entering in the Skirmish Battle of the bands, it was great to work as a team to put together a set that ultimately won us the event.
Its great as we’re all still playing around with ideas of direction and things feel fun and new, but at the same time everything came together so quickly and effortlessly in the beginning that I feel I’ve been playing with
the guys for years. As mentioned we’re doing an EP in February, working in a studio is where I probably feel most at home, so I’m looking forward to sharing that with the band. We’ve hired a cottage in Devon for 7 days with Joe Reeves who’s done all my previous recordings.
How does the dynamic of being in a band differ from going out as a solo artist?
For me, it’s everything. Back when I started my music career in 2011, I envisioned my music to develop in to a full band line up and I’m so pleased that it’s exactly what I have now. I can put the guitar down and let the boys carry the music and have every confidence in doing so, I can sit back and just watch
band, and in that situation there isn’t anything we can do differently to compete with them. I had to keep confidence in what our band had prepared as a setlist for the final. We worked very hard on the set and had to cut out a lot of our favoured songs because of the way we wanted our set to flow for the final.
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Jack Grace, Skirmish Winners
it all happen in front of me. It’s great! Writing has become a more organic process now. I’ll come up with a vocal melody or a set of chord progressions on the piano and we just jam the ideas. It will either start to take form or we’ll jam for so long it will be so far removed form the original idea that it’s a new song in itself. This is the first time I’ve ever collaborated writing ‘Jack Grace’ songs. Christian (guitarist) and I will set up all the guitars and amp and just jam for hours. This gives us a great platform for coming up with new ideas for songs and interludes between songs that we play for live sets.
as you keep making her cry. Indeed Skirmish organiser, Aaron, confessed to shedding a tear during your performance of Tremble Pause. Is making people cry your super power? I think
when it comes to writing, it is important that you are honest with yourself. Why are you writing? If you know that, then the rest is easy. For me, writing is an outlet for all the negative things I have to deal with; such as people I’ve lost and relationships I’ve seen fade away. It’s a form of selfreflection, whether it works its way into song form or is kept as spoken word. It’s a process that I think is key to emotional
present band has to be Fearne. Sadly they will soon be joining Saturday Sun in the ‘past band’ category, but what a ride it’s been following them for the last 10 years. I’m so honoured they’ve asked us to support them for their last ever show at Mr Kyps and I have always had great respect for them as a group of talented musicians.
what advice would you give to yourself if you could go back to when you were first starting to write and gig? I
would tell myself to not worry about trying to please everyone and to stay true to myself and not follow trends.
“I think when it comes to writing, it is important that you are honest with yourself.”
Smirkish was a great contest and attracted such a high calibre of acts. What was your experience of the competition? If I’m honest,
I’ve never been a fan of how battle of the bands have been run. I find them to promise one thing and deliver another. You’re often competing against your peers and friends, which is a hard thing to deal with on a personal level. However, with Skirmish I have found this to have not been the case. Everyone was kind, friendly, on time and professional, so I can only credit them on how the competition was run. All of us bands were in it together, and it was great to share the stages with friends I have made throughout my musical career, such as Soulhole and Wickerman. The event enabled me to see some incredible live music, and I also found it as a great platform for networking within the industry.
We heard that one of your friends calls you ‘The Feels’
development and (although it sounds corny), if I didn’t write I believe that I would be a very sad person as I have no way of venting my struggles.
Using these life experiences to create the content of my work can be quite emotionally taxing at times, and perhaps the reason people cry is because all of these emotions are reflected in to how I perform.
You’ve been a fixture of the local scene for a number of years now, who are your favourite local acts, & why?
That’s such a hard question, but I’ll break it down into two bands, past and present. My favourite past band would have to be the Saturday Sun, with the combinations of Alex’s voice and Billy’s guitars, the music was just entrancing. I’ll always remember seeing them down in cellar bar playing new material for an album that sadly was never released. I was just in awe, the craftmenship and level of attention to detail was astonishing. Now my favourite
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3 highlights of your musical career so far? My first highlight
would be doing session work for pop band ‘Fanfair’ and playing with them to support Lamar at the O2 Academy London. Another highlight for me was playing a Cellar bar gig last year, that turned out to be one of the best gigs of my life. I don’t know what it was, but there was something really special about that night. I was told that I’m an inspiration to the next line of local talent, which was such an amazing thing to hear. Lastly, performing for BBC introducing was a major highlight... they played my new single on their NYE show for ‘Ones to Watch 2017’.
Whats the next stop on this amazing journey of yours?
Once we get this EP done, we will be going with the flow with a few gigs and festivals lined up. I can’t wait to start performing outside again! There’s nothing quite like singing with the sun on your face. And, of course, the Mr Kyps show supporting Fearne February 25 th .
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Not only the best Fleetwood Mac tribute you’ll ever see, also one of the finest tribute bands in existance.
Album launch for the new contenders to the regional Folk-Punk throne.
Famous for creating an astonishingly huge sound, incorporating eclectic grooves from World music to Heavy Rock.
17 year old songstress, releasing her first record and showcasing her incredible talent.
A celebration and tribute to the hit songs and enduring popularity of Bryan Adams.
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9-piece band based in dub, ska and roots reggae, heavyweight sound, along with a super high-energy show.
The UK’s Leading Tribute To Led Zeppelin.
The final ever show from award winning local indie-folk group Fearne.
One of the country’s top reggae and dub acts.
Indian Meal and Q&A With Footballing Legend Matt Le Tissier.
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This novelty rap act from South Wales manage to make The Streets’ Mike Skinner appear positively middle-class.
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Celebrating a 40+ year career in Rock, Blues, Soul and Reggae
Dorsets finest medical covers group help raise money to battle cancer.
U2 Tribute, elevated above the rest
One of the busiest and most respected blues artists to ever come out of South Africa.
Howie Casey original member of Paul McCartney’s Wings 12 piece Band celebrating the music of Paul McCartney
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FEBRUARY 2017 PROGRAMME Wednesday 1st Feb 8:00pm -12pm Free entry
GAME CHANGER PRESENTS: SNES17
With the imminent release of the Nintendo Switch, we take a look back at one of the original consoles from Nintendo. Expect Mario, Donkey Kong Country and whatever else we can dust off from our collection. Thursday 2nd Feb 9PM-1AM Free entry
Friday 10th Feb 9PM-2AM Free entry
Disco Suburbia comes to Postcards! With their taste for all things Soul, Funk and Disco. The Disco Suburbia boys will be joined by guest, Karnaval Sam, renowned for bringing his distinctive, energetic and eclectic sound that will be guaranteed to get you moving.
Saturday 11th Feb 9PM-2am Free entry
Habitat’s project a tropical sound with a jagged edge, leading to a naughty-but-nice sonic disposition, plus support from Temple of Youth’s ambient, shimmering sound’s.
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Friday 3rd Feb 9PM-2AM Free entry
Friday 17th Feb 9PM-2AM Free entry WBF presents:
HABITATS (LIVE) + TEMPLE OF YOUTH (LIVE)
ACROSS THE TRACKS
Another locomotive of DJs travelling to all stations from The Wag to The Loft via the Bronx, Brooklyn, Brixton and Bournemouth. Expect to get lost in the Groove with Illicit DJs. Saturday 4th Feb 9PM-2AM Free entry
Resident Adam Fox and elusive George Mean join forces to bring their eclectic party back to 60MPC. Expect an energetic mix of Hip Hop, Disco and Electro.
Sunday 5th Feb 12-6PM Free entry
South West Artwork return with Paper Jam 8, selling their artists original, unique designs in their regular monthly print sale. Monday 6th Feb 9PM-2AM Free entry
THE POINTHOUSE CINEMA
The Pointhouse Cinema Club presents a new film night at 60 million postcards, The People’s Choice. Get online now and vote for what you want to see or let us choose for you with our mystery Box! Prepare for a night of mystery and suspense this February. Film starts at 8.30pm.
Thursday 9th Feb 9pm-1am Free entry
THE FIN. (LIVE) + CHIMPSHED A.D. (LIVE) “The fin. have become something of a reputed and singular attraction in their homeland due to their stylish Europhile blend of synth-pop, chillwave and dream-pop, complete with English lyrics addressing universal themes of everyday uncertainties.”
THE LEGENDARY POSTCARDS PUB QUIZ. 8PM-11.30PM. £2 TO ENTER.
STEVIE PARKER(LIVE) + JAZZ MORLEY(LIVE) + WBF DJ’S
Beautifully composed, flaunting display of keys/synths, drums and guitar lines that seamlessly merge together before shimmering to a whole new level with Parker’s breath taking vocal harmonies. Saturday 18th Feb 9PM-2am Free entry
THE SOUL BEAT SOCIETY
A society, that listens (and dances too) Soul Music. You’re invited too.
Thurs 23rd Feb 7.30PM-1AM Tickets £10 from Dice WBF presents:
SPRING KING (LIVE) +
One of the most exciting new UK bands, Spring King’s in-your-face eye-catching live presence is not to be missed. Their debut album ‘Tell Me If You Like To’ has been described by Clash Magazine as “Raw, rambunctious, rollicking and rowdy, Spring King’s debut offering is further proof that the future of rock ’n’ roll is achingly thrilling.”
Friday 24th Feb 9PM-2AM Free entry
THE OFFICIAL UNOFFICIAL KAISER CHIEFS AFTERPARTY
2000’s Indie, all night. Riots are predicated. Saturday 25th Feb 9PM-2AM Free entry
The all female collective laden with glitter, sequins and arms full of party pleasers. The ladies often feature at nights up and down the country including ‘Applebum’ and ‘Bitch! Please’, as well as their own resident nights.
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STEVIE PARKER The 24-year-old’s ambient electro-folk EP ‘Blue’ has been released to great acclaim gathering four star ratings along the way. She brings her emotionally empowering show to 60 Million Postcards on the 17th February
How would you describe your music and genre? Always find this difficult - but - I would say its a sort of fusion between a darker, more ambient and unusual style, and classic good old pop - but hopefully slightly more soulful and emotional Who has influenced you and how has that impacted your creation of music? Many things have - my life experiences, the artists I was brought up with (lots of Motown, soul and singer songwriters like Eva Cassidy and Elvis Costello)...more recently bands like London Grammar, The Japanese House Massive Attack... and generally that pulsing and textured electronic sound that is really prevalent and everywhere at the moment, but is amazing How long have you been touring for and what have been your highs and lows on the road? I havent ever gone on a tour but
have some shows coming up, I’m supporting C Duncan this month and have some dates in February. I do have extensive gigging experience having said that. It can be exhausting to get so nervous all the time, so I think thats always tiring. But I guess after being drained by nerves youre subsequently pumped full of adrenaline the moment you get on stage, so it kind of levels out If you could choose to collaborate with any living artist on a cover of one of their tracks, who and what song would you choose? Currently I would choose the XX. The sparsity of their production would be really amazing to sing on, and I feel like they really dwell on their lyrics which is something I can relate to. The song I’ d choose would probably be “Sunset” Your music conveys a lot of emotion, how much of your real life experiences do you put into your songs? Its all pretty autobiographical stuff. Im quite a private person in reality, despite the practice of broadcasting all of my woes in audio form worldwide - but I think writing songs has always helped me express the stuff that I cant talk to anyone else about
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We read you are based in Bristol. We find many creatives spread across the 3B’s, Bournemouth, Brighton and Bristol. Bristol in particular is well known for its strong music scene, with many hopeful musicians flocking to the city. What do you think it is about the city that creates this enviroment? Its really hard to say, but Bristol just has a vibe about it I think. It probably helps that there are music colleges etc that draw people in, but theres definitely a reason students choose to stay here long after. I think it must have something to do with legacy, loads of great bands come from Bristol, creativity breeds creativity perhaps? You recently released The Blue E.P how did you find the recording process and what else should we be keeping an eye out for in the future? Recording is pretty great, I had the joy of working with great people on the E.P and the whole process was so satisfying. I have an album out before summer and a couple more singles, Im showing a slightly different side to me with the next one
Be sure to catch Stevie Parker at 60 Million Postcards on 17th Feb
Absolute Bowie, Europe’s favourite Bowie tribute band is coming to Bournemouth on Saturday 4 March. The band consistently sells out venues all across the UK and will take you on a musical journey through the ever changing phases of Bowie’s music and fashion with incredible attention to detail. There will only ever be one David Bowie, he was unique in every way and an inspiration to millions. Absolute Bowie, continue to celebrate the life and music of the Starman with a spectacular show uniting Bowie fans old and young.
The band themselves are huge Bowie fanatics and it seems fate that John O’Neill, the lead singer should play Bowie for a large part of his life - after all, he shares For anyone who missed it or a birthday with the man fans who want to relive it I himself! definitely recommend it. As close to the real thing that you’ll get. Enjoy.” - Woody Woodmansey (Spiders from Mars) The five piece (six with added saxophone!) has Absolute Bowie has been toured all over Europe for voted one of the best the last 9 years, faithfully tribute bands in the UK performing the music of with their energetic (and David Bowie with uncanny theatrical!) stage show. accuracy. The audience Prepare to be taken from experience the different A to Z (Absolute Beginners personas of Bowie, from to Ziggy!) with Stations to Ziggy Stardust and Aladdin Station in between. Sane through to The Thin White Duke.
“Absolutely wicked. As one who was there, watching AB put me back there again.
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Punk rock from Bournemouth originals
Self Abuse are true heroes of the Bournemouth punk scene having formed way back in the 1982, even having some chart success with single ‘didnt wanna be a soldier’. They still play a select few local gigs and their unique brand of punk garage rock n roll sounds as relevant now as it did the first time around. Support from Two Pint Shot Glass
FEB 10TH | CHAPLINS AND CELLAR BAR PALM READER
Described by Kerrang as “a canon blast of breakneck hardcore brilliance” Palm Reader have been on a tear since their formation 5 years ago, having already played festivals such as Download, Sonisphere and Reading. Last seen in Bournemouth supporting the mighty Cancer Bats at Sound Circus last year, their 2017 headline tour is certainly one to put in your diaries. Tour support from Toy Mountains.
An acoustic punk special
Oli NG is a singer-Songwriter from Crewe, Cheshire. Taking influences from artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Brian Fallon and Ryan Adams, Oli’s songwriting has something for everybody. His live show has been crafted from relentless touring of the UK and Europe as a solo act, and with Alt Rock act ‘The Eyres’ who have graced stages with the likes of Catfish & The Bottlemen and Mallory Knox. Support from Chloe Hawes, Daniel Mundy and Jon Greenwood
FEB 18TH| THE FOUR HORSEMEN GENTLEMANS DUB CLUB
FEB 19TH| MR KYPS
FEB 11TH| THE ANVIL
Festival favs come to Poole
Having built a reputation on consistently delivering one of the most energetic and exhilarating live shows to emerge from the UK bass music scene, the Gents’ antics have seen them astound crowds from Goa to Glastonbury, Bestival, V Fest, Secret Garden Party and Poland’s Ostroda Reggae Festival, not to mention the biggest bass-music’ festival in the world - Croatia’s Outlook Festival. Their records remain securely within the top 40 of the album reggae charts since release, hailing support from some of the UK’s most prominent underground representatives including Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1), Rob Da Bank (BBC Radio 1), David Rodigan (BBC 1XTRA ) and Don Letts (BBC R6 )
Rambunctious, Rollicking and Rowdy
One of the most exciting new UK bands, Spring King’s in-your-face eye-catching live presence is not to be missed. Their debut album ‘Tell Me If You Like To’ has been described by Clash Magazine as “Raw, rambunctious, rollicking and rowdy, Spring King’s debut offering is further proof that the future of rock ’n’ roll is achingly thrilling”. Fusing Surf pop rhythms and garage-rock with a punk style onslaught, they were touted by The NME as “Black Lips at their most rancid moments”.
FEB 23RD| SIXTY MILLION POSTCARDS
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PREVIEWS Multi-platinum selling singer songwriter
Singer-songwriter Kimmie Rhodes is a native Texan who calls Austin home. A creative and prolific artist, she has recorded and released a total of sixteen solo CDs to critical acclaim in publications worldwide, including Vogue and Oxford American Magazine. USA Today included her album “West Texas Heaven” in their Top Ten of the Year. She has written and produced three musical plays and a catalogue of hundreds of songs, many of which have appeared in major motion picture soundtracks.
FEB 23RD| TIVOLI THEATRE WIMBORNE
Drum n bass chart topper
Hailing from the leafy suburbs of South West London is Ram Records’ Wilkinson, hotly tipped to do big things across drum & bass and electronica. He has topped the D&B charts and received numerous daytime Radio 1 plays. He continues to tour worldwide with his dynamic and energetic DJ sets. After selling out his 2016 UK tour and London’s Kentish Town Forum venue; and off the back of a string of mainstage festival performances at Wireless, V Festival and Parklife, the Drum n Bass DJ/producer announces his February 2017 LIVE UK tour to coincide with the release of his second album ‘Hypnotic’.
FEB 25TH | O2 ACADEMY BOURNEMOUTH A Ska masterclass
Rat Race are without a doubt Dorset’s premier Ska tribute act. You’re guaranteed a fantastic show when these guys take to the stage. They’ve been gigging in their current incarnation for over 3 years and have supported the likes of The Beat, Bad Manners and The Selecter, as well as pulling in crowds at venues all over Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset and Surrey. Playing a mixed bag of Ska hits both old and new, plus their own original material and followed by DJ Razz you’ll be able to dance into the early hours.
FEB 25TH | CHAPLINS AND CELLAR BAR Horror punk / shock rock legend
The Murderdolls and Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13 frontman hits the UK for another solo tour, stopping in Southampton in early March. Theatrical, cartoony and spooky all at once, he possesses a decidedly original stage presence and performs each show like it’s his last. This string of dates is an unplugged tour, providing a completely new and exciting experience for old and new fans of his massive body of work. ‘Everything a metal fan could want.... sick music, sick lyrics’- Skinnie Entertainment Magazine. HEADS
MARCH 3RD| TALKING Legendary British soul group
The Real Thing are a legendary British soul group formed in the 1970s. In addition to a string of British hits, the band charted internationally with their song “You to Me Are Everything”, which reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart. By number of sales, they were the most successful black rock / soul act in England during the 1970s. Still going strong this dynamic threesome are looking forward to an intimate live show in the Canvas Live Lounge. This will be one to remember, Real Showmen; The Real Thing!
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THE REAL THING
drum&bass | jungle | bassline
by Harry D-Tox On the run up to the Box Fulla Records event at The Winchester in Bournemouth on 25th February . D-Tox caught up with multi award winning Jungle artist and headliner…. (Breakbeat drum roll)… DJ Hybrid ! to talk about his own record labels, music production and advice for up and coming artists. What music did you grow up listening to and does it influence the music that you produce now?
Was there any specific DJ or artist that inspired you to get into music? And if so, what was it about them that influenced you?
I’d say, like many people, Andy C was a big influence when I started out and it was seeing him live at Creamfields for the first time in 2005 which really made me want to start mixing DB more. It was mainly how fast paced and energetic it was that really made an impact on me, I’d always liked all forms of dance music but it was that night that made me 100% want to be a DB DJ myself.
of starting from scratch on a different program just seems more counterproductive than anything so I’m happy with what I’m using still.
In 2010 you launched your first record label ‘Audio Addict Records’ with a debut release from yourself ‘Step Up’ on an exclusive vinyl run. Have you pressed any more releases to vinyl and how many releases has the label had so far?
I started Audio Addict up originally with a close friend and it was also a time where the vinyl scene was I have always had a very diverse You started producing music predominant within DB, I also taste in music but I would say in 2008, did you start making worked at a record shop in one of my main interests was Coventry and this at the time Jungle straight away and always Hip Hop and it does very much influence me in my what equipment/programs seemed like an advantage. did you use? productions as a lot of it uses When I first started producing I We felt like the only way we original funk breaks that are made all sorts of different stuff could get anywhere was to commonly used within Jungle as I was still learning the basics, release our music on vinyl so Drum Bass. I’d say rather than Jungle I was we put together whatever Can you remember the first trying to make more Jump Up money we could and set the label up and got the first release record that you bought and or Dancefloor stuff but over the years I felt like I refined my pressed, it did ok but didn’t is it something that you taste towards the classic DB and quite make the impact we had would still listen to? hoped for. I think the first record I bought Jungle sound. was ‘Passing Me By’ by The So we continued to do two Pharcyde, it’s always been one I started out on Cubase 3 and more vinyl releases over of my favourite Hip Hop tracks still use Cubase to this day, it’s something that I have become the next year until our so it is something that I would vinyl distributor went into very fluent in and the thought still listen to now.
How long after you started DJing did you play out and where was it?
I think it was about a year after I started DJing and it was at a small club in Coventry called Graduates at the time, it was just a local event that my mate had organized and I played one of the warm up sets.
Dorset Jungle/D&B Listings Feb 3 - iRATE-Homegrown at Boombox Weymouth Feb 4 - Enter & Drumfunk at The Old Fire Station Bournemouth Feb 11 - Bass Space 2 at Eden Bournemouth Feb 17 - WILKINSON at the O2 Academy Bournemouth Feb 18 - Box Fulla Shop Skank at Big Brother Records Parkstone, Poole * Feb 18 - Resonance at the Bunker Bournemouth * Feb 25 - Box Fulla Records Part 2 at The Winchester Bournemouth *
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administration and it was at that time we really had to re-evaluate the direction the scene was moving and how we needed to move with it.
but I just had to find my own sound.
Producer’. DJ Cautious being nominated for ‘Breakthrough DJ’ and also Epicentre – Genuinely though it’s Duppied Inna Dance, a track something you just have to do from Deep in the Jungle being every day to get good at it, I’ve nominated in the category for 2013 saw the birth of ‘Deep seen many people give up and ‘Best Single’ . in the Jungle Records’ what it’s because they didn’t have the It would be great to see the prompted you to launch a patience for it but once you get label or artists from the label second label and what artists over that initial frustration of winning awards too as it would have been involved? trying to make music to actually show that we have really Deep in the Jungle was making music there is no better managed to establish ourselves something I thought of doing or more rewarding feeling than within the modern Jungle music when I had moved from my creating something. scene. hometown of Coventry down I’m sure you have lots of You’re debuting in to the south coast in Sussex Bournemouth on 25 th not far from Brighton. I wanted bookings lined up for 2017, is there anything that you’re February at Box Fulla to start something fresh, and because I had been making lots particularly looking forward Records’ second event, for to? people who haven’t seen more Jungle it seemed like a you play before what can Yeah I’m very much looking good idea. forward to the We Love Jungle they expect and where else can they see you perform Awards 4th February in Leeds, We got an amazing response over the next couple of it’s something new which is from the first few releases really good for the Jungle scene months? and the popularity has really They can expect a blend of all grown from there, it has slowly and also a really good place to styles of Jungle and Drum Bass see lots of the original Jungle become a platform for up and DJ’s and producers. music with some exclusive new coming Jungle producers and music from myself as well as we really like to work with them There are lots of people I the labels I represent thrown and help bring them through know up for awards as well as in too! into the scene. We have had myself and my label Deep in many artists involved over the You can also catch me at the the Jungle, because I won the years but some of the more regular releases are from artists Breakthrough awards last year We Love Jungle awards 4 th Feb, Mint Warehouse in Leeds, such as Epicentre, RMS, Sound it’s really nice for me to see Shifter, DJ L.A.B, DJ Cautious, DJ people who I think deserve the 11th Feb, I’m at the Ivy House recognition coming through and in Coventry and then at Jungle Monk, Crisis Ikon-B as well as being nominated for awards Fever in Bristol. 3 rd March I’m myself. too, like Brian Brainstorm being at The Volks in Brighton for In 2015 you won ‘Best Jungle Alliance. nominated for ‘Breakthrough
Breakthrough Producer’ and ‘Best Breakthrough DJ’ at the “We Love Jungle Awards” in DJ HYBRID London as well as releasing your first album, do you have any words of wisdom for the aspiring DJs and Producers out there? I would say that producing music is more than just knowing how to engineer tracks it’s also about being creative, it’s quite easy to get lost in the technical aspect and neglect the true art form of being creative. There was a time years ago that I felt like I was getting nowhere
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Wed 1 No 10 Bridport : Phil Dewhurst (Jinder) Wed 1 Lord Nelson Poole : Darren Hodson Thu 2 Augustus John Fordingbridge : Matt Underdown Thu 2 Chaplin’s Cellar Bar Boscombe : Wesley Bennett + Si Genaro + The Deadeyes Collective + Greg Dubwise Fri 3 Finns Weymouth : Weatherstate+ High Down + Tensionead Fri 3 Tivoli Theatre Wimborne : Marty Wilde & The Wildcats Fri 3 James and White Christchurch : Gentlemen Groove Fri 3 Spyglass & Kettle Southbourne Bournemouth : Milk Machine Sat 4 Sat 4 Sat 4 Sat 4
Tivoli Theatre Wimborne : Los Endos Ultimate Genesis Tribute Lord Nelson Poole : The Wonky Donkeys Grove Tavern Bournemouth : Butcher Blues Foundation Fiveways Pub Bournemouth : Rat Race
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James and White Christchurch : Joe Boiling Lord Nelson Poole : Catayst Sloop Poole : Charlie Bateman (Thinker) Spyglass & Kettle Southbourne : Fabulous Four Ply
Sat 11 Tivoli Theatre Wimborne : Colin Blunstone: and his band Sat 11 Dorchester Corn Exchange Dorchester : Jo Harman Sat 11 Blueline Studio Bournemouth : Brightlight City+ Dustlight + Arms & Hearts + Chloe Glover Sat 11 Lord Nelson Poole : Bad Animals Sat 11 O’Neills Bournemouth : Phoenix Tue 14 Dean Park Inn Bournemouth : Stan’s Blues Jam Tue 14 Spyglass & Kettle Southbourne Bournemouth : Dan Gordon
Sun 5 Lord Nelson Poole : Raising Kane Sun 5 Chaplins Cellar Bar Boscombe : Ian Ellis and Friends Sun 5 Lord Nelson Poole : Angus Simpson
Thu 16 Lighthouse Poole : The Illegal Eagles Thu 16 Blueline Studio Bournemouth : Zuby+ DJ Sebadee Thu 16 The George Dorchester : Open Mic: Hosted by Elijah Wolf
Mon 6 Victoria Cross Parkstone Poole : Matt Underdown
Fri 17 Fri 17 Fri 17 Fri 17
Tue 7 Amberwood Inn Christchurch : Bernie Farrenden’s Jazz Wed 8 Lord Nelson Poole : Sweet FA Thu 9 Buffalo Bar Bournemouth : Southern Brotherhood RedSugarBlack &
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Sat 25 14:00 Lord Nelson Poole : Anniversary Of Rock Featuring: The Red Crow + Blame George + MI3 + PV + All Funked Up + The Wonky Donkeys + Skint + Icarus + Lady Winwoods Maggot + Collateral Damage Sat 25 Shelley Theatre Bournemouth : Bournemouth Folk Club:Featuring : Phil Beer + Support Sat 25 Goods Yard Broadstone : Silk Bullets Sat 25 Spyglass & Kettle Bournemouth : The Transitions Sat 25 Cricketers Arms Wimborne : Xander & The Keys Sun 26 Lord Nelson Poole : All Funked Up Sun 26 Bournemouth International Centre Bournemouth : Pet Shop Boys+ Support Sun 26 Lord Nelson Poole : The Mistakes Sun 26 Brix & Co Bournemouth : Tim Somerfield(Afro Ninja)
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d and the Company as well as various solo gigs, and Alex has put together for an exciting new venture with friend Adam Phillips called Hummingbird and the Crow. Fearne have been a very welcome addition to the local scene and I would like to thank personally Alex, Nick and Adam The band were equally at home This month sees the last for all the brilliant music they a festival stage or in a folk gig of one of the areas on have provided us with. club, their diversity was part favourite artists............. their wide appeal. I wish them all well for the Fearne. The band have announced that future. final gig will be at Mr Kyps A band that have consistently their in Poole on the 25th February, fulfilled expectations with a they will bow out in Xander & the Keys-Faux Embrace string of albums that features where fine style front of an army of http://www.xandkeys.com some exceptional song writing their loyalinfans. and musicianship.
The support on the night is The band for over a decade from the highly rated The Jack have constantly evolved band who recently won performing as a duo, trio and a Grace 2016 Skirmish band of the full band inviting a host of top the and Poole singer song/ local musicians to add to their bands writer Matt Underdown. sound. The pinnacle of the band’s career was winning the Dorset Music Awards in 2011 where the band swept away the competition with a thrilling performance at the O2 Academy in Bournemouth.
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This indeed is the sad end of Fearne, however the guys can still be seen performing in various other acts, currently bassist Nick can been seen performing in Selby & The Dharma Blitz, Adam can be found playing with Mikey Ball
Gigs of the Month Thu 2 Feb, Chaplin’s Cellar Bar, Boscombe : Wesley Bennett + Si Genaro + The Deadeyes Collective + Greg Dubwise Fri 3 Feb, Mr Kyps, Poole: Black Water County + Trav Cats + Chris Payn Fri 3 Feb, Spyglass & Kettle, Southbourne: Milk Machine Fri 3 Feb, Chaplin’s Cellar Bar, Boscombe: Pronghorn Sat 4 Feb, Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport: Gaz Brookfield + Support Sat 4 Feb, Mr Kyps, Wille And The Bandits + Willowen + Black Balled Fearne Sat 4 Feb, Grove Tavern, Bournemouth: Butcher Blues Foundation Sun 5 Feb, Witchampton Club, Wimborne: Sixteen String Jack + 2 If you would like to find out more about the gigs and artists Man Travelling Medicine Show mentioned in my blog please go to Sat 11 Feb, Blueline Studio, Bournemouth: Brightlight City+ www.rock-regeneration.co.uk. Dustlight + Arms & Hearts + Chloe Glover If you would like your band or gig featured here or on the Rock Tue 14 Feb, Spyglass & Kettle, Southbourne : Dan Gordon Regeneration website contact me: Thu 23 Feb, O’Neills, Bournemouth: Xander & The Keys + Jawbone email@example.com. Sat 25 Feb, Anvil, Bournemouth: Breathe in the Silence+ Divides + Each Wednesday listen to local music show “Livewire Live” The Fools Paradise + Conspiracy Sat 25 Feb, Mr Kyps, Poole: Fearne + Jack Grace + Matt Underdown between 7-9pm on 90.1 Hope FM or listen online via the TuneIn app tunein.com/radio/Hope-FM-901-s80435 CHINNERS Sun 26 Feb, Lord Nelson, Poole: The Mistakes
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Winter is now in full swing and Dorset’s music scene is still buzzing with a plethora of artists, promoters and venues getting 2017 off to a...