It’s Rollout Time for Northern Bass 2014/15!
THE WAIT IS OVER. IT’S ROLLOUT TIME FOR NORTHERN BASS 2014/15!
Entertainment is proud to announce the first
selection of top international and local artists to take to
the stages at this year’s
Northern Bass New Years Festival.
You can read it here or you can see it unfold in our first ever Northern Bass announcement video.
After the resounding success
of last year that saw the event programme broaden to
encompass a wider range of bass-driven artists,
promoters FuZen return with another line-up aimed at creating the perfect two-day New Years sound-track.
ring in 2015, the Northern Bass team has once again chosen a
truly global mix by selecting an incredible blend of
talented international and
local artists – all guaranteed to give revelers an unforgettable New Years Eve experience.
So appearing at Northern Bass 14/15 are….drum roll…..
* NOISIA * ANDY C * FAT FREDDYS DROP * PHAROAHE MONCH * DOC SCOTT * DJ VADIM * OM UNIT * MAD PROFESSOR * THE UPBEATS * CONCORD DAWN * OPTIMUS GRYME * DYLAN C * AROHA * EAVESDROP * ESTÉRE * DEEP FRIED DUB* DIAZ GRIMM * CTFD * SCIZZORHANDS * BEAT MAFIA * KNIGHTS OF THE DUB TABLE*
And that’s just the first announcement!
On-top of these great
artists, expect more of what has made Northern Bass not just
the freshest kid on the festival block but one of the best!
This year there is a re-designed site layout; a new performance zone; improved access for campers; and yes, even more bass.
DEC 30th & DEC 31st
Worsfold Farm, Settlement Road, Mangawhai
Tickets are on-sale now from Real Groovy Records, Conch Records and iTicket: http://www.iticket.co.nz/go-to/northern-bass-2014
Get Social: Keep an eye on our website and our socials for all the details, great competitions and updates on camping, buses, festival line-up and food as well as some special features that we can’t wait to share with you.
NORTHERN BASS 2014/15 – EDITORS NOTES – FIRST ANNOUNCE
Original, emotional, visceral. These are all words that are used to describe Noisia’s music and each is more than justified. In less than a decade the Dutch trio, renowned for their unparalleled technical skill, have gradually developed and cultivated a sound that’s all their own; a sound that’s obsessed with production techniques; a sound that’s instantly recognisable whether you’re hearing three minutes of a Noisia track dropped at a festival or three hours of it while playing video games.
Having pushed the envelope and successfully managed to blend incredible sound design with unrelenting and uncompromising beats and basslines, Noisia’s sound is undoubtedly unique.
with Kiwi drum and bass artists The Upbeats
Andy C - UK
The worlds’ number 1 drum and bass DJ, Andy C is a long-time FuZen Entertainment and Northern Bass favourite. Always pulling from the freshest and best tunes, an Andy C show is always full of energy.
Before his last
visit to New Zealand for Northern Bass 2012/13, Andy had
this to say:
“Oh, I'm always looking forward to Auckland, I mean... Auckland has just been the main stay of my touring in NZ and it always seems to get better every year.”
In the world of electronic music, there are few bigger names than that of Andy C. Much more than just a DJ, Andy C is a true figurehead for the drum & bass movement, within which he has been an instrumental player since its very beginnings; his DJ sets and own seminal productions helping to evolve the genre through the many stages of its evolution.
Head of Ram Records - world leading drum
and bass label
Numerous awards for top drum and bass DJ
Monch - USA
While many hip hop artists will talk about money and material things, you are more likely to hear independent artist Pharoahe Monch talk about surviving lung disease and depression. Monch has never made a secret of his battle with asthma. But he has also battled with medication issues and depression.
The depression was so severe that family friends had to stand watch over him fearing what he might do to himself. It wasn’t until a visit to the dentist that Monch was told that the combination of medications he was taking created the side effects, which included suicidal thoughts.
“I just melted on his desk and I started balling. I couldn’t breathe. I didn't know what was crippling me. I couldn't figure it out until he pointed it out.”
released new album: PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress
Part of an independent hip hop artists alliance: “Indie 500” with Northern Bass 13/14 headliner Talib Kweli
Scott - UK
One of the original, pioneering drum and bass artists to make their way down to New Zealand back in 1997, when international DJs lugged bags full of heavy vinyl across the world to play for Kiwis.
From the birth of drum n bass to where it is today. From its transitions from rave to hardcore, jungle-techno to tech-step to DNB, UK based, to a global scene and industry. Doc Scott has seen it all and been there for the entire journey.
A man who has earned the title of “legend”, Doc Scott has been part of the birth and development of drum and bass music as we know it today. But he sums up his 25+ years in the music industry very simply on his social bios: “I’m a DJ who has made some music”
One of the first international
drum and bass artists to play in NZ - 1997
Last in NZ in 2009
Vadim - Russia
DJ Vadim has become well respected as an innovator in a number of areas during his career, "a veteran presence in the DJ community as well as one of the foremost producers in too many communities to count, Vadim is never running out of ideas" (URB Magazine). In 1994, Vadim founded his own independent record label, Jazz Fudge and signed to Ninja Tune the following year. So begun Vadim’s adventure that is now in its twentieth year and has seen him tour across 68 countries and perform over 2500 times.
Hard to put a peg on because he sticks to no rule-book, Vadim’s musical repertoire encompasses hip hop, trip hop, soul, funk, grime, reggae, dub and bass, and he has produced numerous solo and group albums across these genres (Ninja Tune, Jazzfudge, Wordsound, BBE) with seminal tracks such as The Terrorist, Black is the Night and Bluebird.
Vadim also has a great relationship with Aotearoa as indicated by releases featuring Fat Freddy’s Drop, Julian Dyne and now on a recent project, Rio Hemopo.
Brand new album, released on Kiwi label Loop
recordings: Dubcatcher http://www.mixcloud.com/DJVadim/dubcatcher-4-busy-people/
Unit - UK
Om Unit is the alias of Jim Coles. But it is not the first and only alias! Producing since his early teens, he started with jungle before graduating via the world of turntablism under the 2tall moniker and representing the UK in the DMC World DJ Championships.
Next up it was Phillip D Kick - 2 ep releases and then on to Om Unit, an appearance under yet another name, Dream Continuum and who knows how many more to come!
The Red Bull Music Academy recognised Om Unit’s originality, dedication and pedigree, selecting him for its 2011 edition in Madrid. The accolade and opportunities offered by the experience fed the producer’s creativity while growing his public standing.
Professor - UK
The name Mad Professor was first given by friends at school, who were amazed by the experiments he carried out as a youth.
Having built a radio and telephone system at the age of 10 years, it was no surprise that his interest and subsequent career in electronics along with a love of Motown, Philadelphia International, Treasure Isle and music of all types propelled him onward.
By the mid Nineties, Mad Professor’s profile increased to legendary status after remixing Massive Attack’s second album, Protection. No Protection was instantly received by all corners of the globe, benefiting from Virgin / EMI international launch pad.
Mad Professor is also involved in the Back to Africa festival, an annual celebration in the Gambia, committed to the positive movement of descendants of Africans back to Africa.
NEW ZEALAND ARTISTS:
Fat Freddy’s Drop -
From headlining European festivals to headlining Northern Bass this New Year!
Perennial soul shakers Fat Freddy's Drop have carved a place for themselves in music lore; NZ's highest-selling album by an independent artist (Based On A True Story), a slew of RIANZ Tuis for everything from Best Producer, Album of The Year, Best Artwork, Best Video to People’s Choice awards, a multitude of performances at internationally acclaimed festivals including SONAR, Bestival, WOMAD, Lowlands, DEMF, Pukkelpop, Glastonbury and Roskilde.
The current Freddy's HQ is Bays Studio, Wellington; a studio equipped with a decent kitchen, inextricably linking the band's love of good cuisine matched with music.
Recently appeared in the kitchen with Josh
Upbeats - NZ
Not only do Jeremy and Dylan make waves around the world with their own productions, including the scarily beautiful Alone (off the 2013 album Primitive Technique), the duo are the mastering genius behind polishing the recent Shapeshifter releases.
Nicknamed Terror Snake and Downie Wolf respectively, Jeremy and Dylan are not your average, boring producers. Meeting at school through mutual interests in surfing, skating and ‘being gangly teenagers’ Jeremy had to work hard to pull Dylan into the world of drum & bass. But the snake soon overcame the wolf’s natural propensity for rock music and, fortunately for us all, a love of fast breakbeats and low-slung bass-lines soon followed.
Known around the world as some of the nicest people in drum and bass, The Upbeats are a favourite part of the FuZen and Northern Bass family!
Work closely with Northern Bass headliner: Noisia
Recent release: Rituals EP
theupbeats.co.nz (currently undergoing maintenance but will be back soon!)
Dawn - NZ
Concord Dawn is a legendary name that needs very little introduction. Concord Dawn is responsible for getting a large number of Kiwi fans into the world of drum and bass. From the iconic Morning Light through to new single Moonlighting, Concord Dawn is an essential part of any drum and bass fans’ music collection.
father of the New Zealand producing scene, Matt Harvey is
now based in Vienna Austria, but comes home to tour at least
twice a year!
Concord Dawn collaborates with Kiwi vocalists whenever he gets a chance. This includes some huge tracks with Thomas Oliver (These Prison Walls), Tali (Moonlighting), Tiki Taane (Don’t Tell Me).
More collaborations are in the pipeline with Kiwi and international vocalists, and Matt looks for opportunities to share the stage and get exposure for up and coming as well as established artists.
Concord Dawn is a favourite part of the FuZen and Northern Bass family!
Concord Dawn recently took out 2 spots in GeorgeFM’s Top 42 Aotearoa Anthems of All Time http://www.georgefm.co.nz/Music/NZMusicMonth2014.aspx
Recently released Moonlighting feat Tali (Available for promo purposes on the June Kiwi Hit Disc)
Free releases available through the CD Facebook page
Gryme - NZ
Optimus Gryme aka Charlie B has been an ambassador of bass music in New Zealand for over 15 years.
As well as setting up his own label 'OG Recordings', he went on to release NZ's first ever Dubstep 12inch record, the countries first ever solo Dubstep album and the largest collaboration of NZ Dubstep artists on the 30 track compilation entitled 'Aotearoa Dubstep Allstarz'.
Recent release: http://www.beatport.com/track/the-enclosure-original-mix/5345990
Aroha has been making her mark in the New Zealand music industry for many years. Well known for her work in radio and music TV, in audio technology, and as an accomplished DJ, music is her passion. You can catch Aroha weekday mornings 6-10am hosting George Breakfast (alongside co-host Clarke Gayford) on NZ’s #1 dance music station, George FM.
Winner of the reader-voted 2013 Rip It Up Magazine “Best Of Kiwi - Best Club DJ” award, Aroha’s eclectic blend of techno, house and bass heavy goodness continues to win her fans around Aotearoa.
Recently voted “Hottest Radio Personality” http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11288583
Beat Mafia - NZ
Known as The Beat Mafia, Auckland DJs Phillip Haeder and Reuben Rivers-Smith have been part of the Auckland clubbing community for over a decade as club DJs, George FM radio hosts, music producers and event promoters.
Lately The Beat Mafia have focused their attention on the production studio remixing popular bands such as, Milky Chance, Banglade$h and The Royal Concept with their productions becoming mainstays on Auckland’s favourite electronic radio station, George FM.
Latest single with Diaz Grimm ‘Motivation’ peaked
at #1 on the NZ Electronic charts on iTunes this
(Calmthefvckdown) - NZ
Hamilton-based producers CTFD (Sligh & Tony Douglas) met through their love of hip hop and formed CTFD in April 2012. Their first track ‘Atencion’ infiltrated clubs and radio waves around the country and resulted in collaborations with international artists such as ETC ETC.
In October 2013, CTFD collaborated with the NZ King of producers, P-Money on a song named “New Love- - currently getting a lot of radio play across stations including George FM.
Fried Dub - NZ
Deep Fried Dub is a dubwise electronic duo that consists of two Kiwi-born Melbourne based producers Ben Hartley and Ben Dudding. The two originally met in Auckland (NZ) where they formed the electronic dance group Redivider in 1996.
Their early involvement in integral events such as the gathering helped form the early dance music scene in New Zealand and gained them a cult following and extensive radio play on alternative radio, before moving to Australia in 2000.
Deep Fried really started getting recognition in Australia in the last couple of years when they started playing at a number of high profile festivals such as Earth Dance and Rainbow Serpent.
Grimm - NZ
Named an artist to watch by RipItUp magazine, it's obvious not only within the New Zealand hip-hop and bass music scene but among NZ music in general Diaz is a very relevant artist to keep an eye on where it takes him.
Diaz will be in the Redbull Studios in October this year to complete his debut studio album 'Osiris' which will see some of NZ's finest creative minds and a few international folk come together to build something truly special.
C - NZ
Dylan C, Auckland's local hero, is a DJ, go-to-guy, Base FM Programme Director and a big part of the FuZen/Northern Bass family.
The man who can mix anything works pretty much every night as a DJ - supporting internationals or just generally being an awesome local headliner. His radio show: The Headspace, showcases all sorts of goodness across the musical spectrum and is now 10 years strong on BaseFM. Not content with one show, Dylan also co-presents Base Breakfast and Kiwi-music show Native Tongues.
Eavesdrop’s debut LP, Pins & Needles released by Loop Recordings in March 2013, is the result of dedication, talent, hard graft and organic collaborations. Teaming up with vocalists Soulyric, Keshia, J-Dubs, MC Tali & violinist Yoomia, Pins & Needles is a solid Kiwi release.
Eavesdrop’s reputation has seen him play live consistently in New Zealand the past few years, with this past summer no exception. Delivering break-through performances at the likes of Northern Bass Festival, Secluded Sounds and the Shotover Festival after party. He was also part of a nation wide tour with Veteran Drum & Bass DJ Asides, over the summer months.
Estère is a girl with an MPC she calls Lola. She produces all her own songs with Lola, mostly at home in her pyjamas. Since obtaining Lola in March 2012, Estère has played a large variety of live performances in cities and festivals throughout New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and Europe.
Over the last year Estère has also opened for a variety of international artists, including Erykah Badu, Morcheeba, Baths, Ikonika and KT Tunstall. In April 2014 Estère released her debut self produced album via band camp.
In October 2013 Estère also embarked on the Red Bull Prodigy collaborative project with Washington D.C./ New York Producer and Northern bass 2013/14 artist, Oddisee, which saw them spend two weeks together in a studio writing music.
Knights of the Dub Table - NZ
Formed in 2008 while studying a music degree at Wintec in Waikato New Zealand, electro dub group ‘Knights of the Dub Table’ dive into sonic frequencies taking audiences on high energy and dynamic live journeys.
The bands sound has evolved alongside the bands creative discoveries and musical passions over the years and has matured into the distinctive and dynamic sound that represents the Knights today.
Hailing from West Auckland Scizzorhands (Elton Noyer) is a New Zealand Turntablist DJ who is always improving on skill and knowledge and bringing a variety of music in a HipHop way.
Also opening for Acts in New Zealand such as De La Soul And Pharoahe Monch, Scizzorhands jammed live on stage with Pharoahe Monch’s DJ Boogie Blind of the legendary X-Ecutioners in true Turntablist style. Currently Scizzorhands hold down Weekly Radio shows on KFM, BaseFM and Radio Burgerfuel.