Back with a bang and celebrating it’s 10th year in style,yesterday’s In:Motion line up announcement has caused quite the stir. With consistent strength year by year, this season fills each corner of the club with line ups from Soulection, Bugged Out!, Cream Ibiza and Bristol’s very own Crack Magazine to name but a few.
With London venues seeming to be falling like dominoes, it’s important to remember the consistency and passion of clubbing outside the capital. A far cry from heavy sponsorship, overcrowded tubes and security presence similar to Heathrow (yes we mean you, Fabric!), diverse line ups that wouldn’t look out of place on a full festival program are gracing the clubs around the country. Bristol, Manchester and Glasgow see booking after booking integrating the biggest names in dance music with those bubbling up from the underground.
Bristol’s thriving music scene is nothing new. Firmly holding it’s own in the roots of jungle, dub and drum & bass, the city boasts a rich history of music culture. Motion has created a family feel for promoters, DJs and ravers a like. To celebrate this, chck our interview with Roni Size below. You can catch him shellin’ down Motion 1st October for the In:Motion Opening Party.
You had a massive year in 2015, can you tell me a bit about what you’ve been up to?
Well I think over the last three or four years I’ve really been pushing to get myself back into that premier league table. We’ve got a release coming out on the 10th June on Full Cycle and it’s been a really interesting moving forward because the audience and the technology and the way everything is done has changed so much.
For the generation who know nothing about what Full Cycle, Reprazent and Roni Size is all about, it would be good if they can maybe go and get to know a bit of history and look at exactly what we’ve contributed to the scene over the years and start to engage in what we’re doing moving forward.
Has the evolution in technology changed the way that you make music?
Nah. At the end of the day, musically, writing comes from the heart and the technology is something which I embrace. I think, really, it’s more about trying to reposition yourself as an artist.
Having a whole generation of 16~20 year olds who came into the dance music/drum and bass scene in the late 2000s… They’ve only been in it for the last 10 years. So it’s a re~education and it’s a challenge that we’ll meet head on.
The Bristol Sound is something that’s recognised worldwide, what do you think it is about it that appeals to such a wide range of people?
Well drum and bass and jungle have been around for a good two decades now, so it’s not a new music. There are a few new styles coming through but they’re all based around drum and bass and jungle.
The Bristol sound, Full Cycle sound, is something which incorporates its’ own flavour from the city. That is hip hop and reggae culture; soundsystem culture and that’s what people have tapped into.
They’ve tapped into basslines and ragga vocals and it’s made it popular, people want to replicate that sound. You’ll buy a brand new plug in and you’ll go to the lists and you’ll see Bristol Bass or Bristol Drums or Bristol Sounds (laughs).
You can go through and see how it’s made an impact, not just through selling records but through the Bristol sound itself.
Hope to see yous in the dance at some point over the season reppin’ The iLL Sessions & keep your pingin’ eyes open for me and my camera! @libonner