This mix is my second live recording of drum & bass, a genre that has stuck with me since the late 90’s. Allow me to set the stage for this mix and how it came to be. Rewind the time back to the late 90’s and early 00’s, when the dance scene was exploding in popularity. Raves were happening every weekend at warehouses and nightclubs, and the major festivals were in bloom.
I can’t remember the specific date of one of these festivals (Zen Festival), but one thing I do remember was the Drum & Bass stage. More specifically, I remember the performance of a crew called, Stateside Collective. They were dropping hit after hit, and I was lucky enough to score one of their mix CDs. That CD was the inspiration of this particular mix, and the 2nd track in this mix came straight from their CD.
To date, I have kept the Stateside Collective CD in a digitized form to preserve its integrity and every once in a while, I pull it out and remember the good ol’ days, of me and my best friend Al Dogg at Zen festival. This dude has been there since the beginning and I am forever grateful to have someone continually pushing me to new heights.
With this mix, I tried to capture the way Drum & Bass sounded back in the 90’s. For me, this style of music a paradox. It’s fast, there are lots of drums, and yet…it’s almost relaxing. It’s energetic, while maintaining a level of chill. Go ahead and experience this for yourself and let me know what you think!