The last Kmag Presents event we did with Tech:nology was back in August 2011, and we usually like to share the love and wait a while before we invite events back. It was just such a good night and when we heard the line-up they wanted to do this time we couldn't refuse.
So, on Thursday September 6th look out for Kmag Presents Tech:nology At Cafe 1001 in London with Gridlok, Prolix, Verb, Mechanizm, Fathom Audio, Codebreaker, Blackeye & Sense. What's more, it's FREE to get in all night and the night runs from 7pm to midnight. Here's what Oscar from Tech:nology had to say when we spoke to him recently.
How long have you been promoting?
I've been promoting for about nine years. It was a natural progression from some of my early residencies as a DJ in Brixton. I gained lots of valuable experience before setting up my own event. I think it is very important to learn the ropes of promoting from an established event before putting on your own night, unfortunately a lot of people don't do this, hence why you see a lot of events come and go.
What got you into promoting?
When I was 15/16 I was convinced that drum & bass was the best thing ever and the most amazing type of music out there. All I wanted to do was tell the world about it, and get people into the clubs to hear it for themselves. Walking round the high streets handing out flyers was exciting, especially when you got a good response and especially when you see those people in the club that night. It was religious thing for me back then.
When did you first discover the dark side of drum & bass?
When I first started listening to drum & bass is was all pretty dark. By the time I had grown up enough to go to clubs though, it had all become a bit wobbly and lightweight. That was the reason why I wanted to start Tech:nology, Brixton was surrounded by jump-up raves.
Do you have any favourite artists - without being biased?
Favourites at the moment would include: Vicious Circle, Ulterior Motive, Dose, Dom & Roland, Calyx, Meth, Prolix, Octane & DLR, Cern, Xtrah, Audio, The Upbeats, Foreign Concept, Break, Able Danger, DBR UK, Anile, Mechanizm, Mindscape, Inside info, Tech Itch, Survival & Silent Witness... without being biased of course!
What tunes are smashing Tech:nology nights at the moment?
Calyx & TeeBee – Hurting, Break, Octane & DLR – Murmur, Ed Rush & Optical – The Host, Audio & Meth – Alone, Inside Info – Honey Bee (Audio rmx), Dose – Ninelives.
Technology is one of the only places to get your dose of dark DnB. Why do you think there are so few neurofunk nights around when the music is so popular?
We threaten all the artists that play for us not to ever play for the competitor! I'm joking of course; promoters can't get away with that any more! I believe the people that come to our kind of nights are very conscious about where they spend their money, Blackout at Cable and the odd exciting line up at Fabric, alongside Tech:nology, hopefully gives them enough clubbing options throughout the year.
What's coming up?
Thursday 6th September we head to Brick Lane with you guys, featuring Gridlok, Prolix, Verb, Mechanizm, Fathom Audio, Codebreaker, Blackeye & Sense. Then we continue our residency over at Hidden on the 5th October. DJs joining us include: Dom & Roland, Raiden, Meth, C4C, Vicious Circle, Prolix, Dose, Cern, Friske plus loads more!
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