by Courtney LaFavor
DDAAAAAWWWWW GUISE! Do you see that title?! We have hit another major milestone in the lifetime of NAP DNB (proper). Today officially marks the 100th mix and entry to the NAPCast collection! I for one am super proud of this rag tag group of merry pranksters and calling them fam is a rather rad scenario to be in. Over just about the last two years we’ve managed to collect new, original mixes from DJs all over the country and get to feature regional and local favorites regularly. Every week we are so honored that so many of you have put time aside to put these together for us. We really wouldn’t be where we are right now without all the love, and it is mad love to be sure.
In order to properly celebrate this achievement, a couple weekends ago the NAPDNB All-Star family gathered to reflect on the current state of the union, ponder and plan our future moves, initiate the two newest members of the jungle family (Malcolm Noland and Alex Graul) with a proper vibe out session featuring the brilliant record collection of one like Psynapse as the crew tagged around. Before Psynapse began a journey all around the country and world, the dudes pooled together to purchase his vinyl collection. What better way to feature some of the jewels held inside this collection than to give them some spotlight time in a VERY SPECIAL All-Star mix!? Featuring all the rudest boiz, we’ve got Hollow Point, Gizzmo, Antik One, Knotice, Carnie and young blood Otectomy running through tracks that range everywhere from classic jungle to slamming Neurofunk. With 4 turntables (but no microphone, sad MC Noize Maka), the next hour and a half gives you the best you could ever wish for in a mix. So many classics laced in here, coupled with the flavor of all 6 players, our 100th mix is one of my favorites simply because of what it represents.
While NAP DNB has been striving to provide the proper outlets for dnb in Indianapolis, our friends Carnie, Otectomy and their Fort Wayne crew have been grinding equally hard to bring the ruckus bi-monthly with quality sounds, beers and friends at Mayhem. Getting to take our mini vacations up to the Fort is always a great weekend, and has proven to not only be a great way to see long distance friends, but strengthen the regional bond of dnb. I think something we’ve all definitely learned is that while we may be separated by miles, the pluses of strengthening and supporting our links with crews throughout the mid-west far outweighs any downside to drives. Separate we are small but mighty, but together, we could bring the dance music spotlight to fully shine on the immense talent that runs deep from Minnesota to Kentucky and all points in between in the name of drum and bass. That’s the future I some day hope to see. I think it’s one we’d all like to have materialize in some form or another. Be it top rated podcasts on Jungletrain or squirrely blog posts from chic in a furry hat (probably a fake-ass Junglist, can’t be sure).
So here we all are, 100 mixes in. 2 years into an adventure to support and continue to create great dance music events that are open and inviting to all types of people. Strangers off the streets and the married-to-it heads. The only thing we can hope is that when the next next generation of DNB lovers looks back on what happened here, they see it was always with nothing but love, sacrifice, commitment and probably a little bit of blood. They’ll tell others that we improved the community connection and created a new venue for it to flourish. Pulled those just starting out up by giving them the support they need to explore their crafts and last but not least, that we did it with integrity. For me personally, writing these posts for you out there has given me the opportunity to finally feel integrated into a world I once lived on the very edges of, deeply seduced by, but pretty naive about. I want to personally give a huge thank you to every single person who’s come to a show, sent in a mix, reposted an event, invited your entire friends list or spent the 5 minutes reading my ramblings. There’s nothing quite like your dance music family, and it’s a good reason to keep on pushing for better for it.