by Courtney LaFavor
95th blog post. Seems so strange to be this far. Each week I get a mini lesson in the multifaceted nature of drum and bass. Each week I get to share my excitement with you out there reading (hopefully)! I got do the excited sharing thing this weekend as we hosted our monthly event, Drum & Bassment at The Boiler Room Barcade. We were the lucky recipients of a bachelorette party, a couple from out of town just visiting Indy, and various other curious bar hoppers who wanted to know more about the cool music they were hearing!
Posted by NAP DNB on Saturday, March 26, 2016
Local young blood Ceebz rinsed out for a stunning 2 hour ragga set that got me suuuuper hyped as our soon to be new friends starting making their way in. We battled in Skee Ball and danced and at least 12 people went home that night having a new appreciation for music they’d never heard before! That’s how I measure a successful night. If I had a positive impact on a stranger as a representative of this community. Will they be back? Maybe. Probably not. Most were here from out of state, but what if that means they start frequenting the shows in their home area? A win for sure! I’d say that all members of the NAPDNB fam do a top notch job of making sure we spread the gospel in a positive way. Most representative of this fact is how many mixes we’ve received from people who don’t normally play dnb. They’re always spot on and bring such great new perspectives on the genre. It means a TON to all of us here that people want to support us by doing these mixes and appreciate everything The Massive is doing far and wide to keep a home for electronic music in general in the states. If we all keep grinding, there’s no stopping the vibrations we’ll be making!
One of our biggest non-dnb supporters would have to be X:ponent. He has been running our 2nd room at The Mel for our larger events and is passionate about strengthening the community of DJs and promoters in our fair city. X:ponent will usually be heard playing Deep House but can occasionally be caught playing Glitch and Dubstep. When exposed to a new subgenre I always hear him asking questions and wanting to know more about everything that makes up electronic music. This pleases me. As a listener of all genres of dance music, I hate to see a DJ or producer grow stagnant. I’m happy to see and hear X:ponent growing and know he’s going to keep striving to improve. He doubted I would enjoy this mix. Lots of big room dnb and jump-up which might just be the thing YOU need this morning to pull you out of an Easter sugar coma. It’s not my absolute favorite style of dnb but I will say this, and this is what matters to me: he surprised me with a couple tunes and that puts a HUGE smile on my face and heart. You literally win in my book every time if you bring something unique to a mix. I know playing dnb is not easy (I certainly wouldn’t be able to) so I give him tons of credit for taking a crack at it. Well done young blood, well done.
X:ponent Photo Credit: Defiant Productions