Resonate: Drum & Bass @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle
Sunday 26th May 2019
We welcome you to join us for our first ever Resonate showcase in Newcastle…
We make our Tyneside debut at the legendary Cobalt Studios, a unique venue that provides the perfect setting to create the intimate atmosphere that epitomises our movements.
Located deep in the heart of the Ouseburn, the area known as the City’s artistic district and one of the most vibrant creative communities in the North East, we couldn’t have found a more appropriate home.
With a deep, dynamic dance culture and incredible musical history, we welcome some of the most respected founding forces and leading lights to Resonate, to represent the underground sound of Drum & Bass.
Performing for you on the night:
Hidden Agenda were two of the original, originals. “Our Urban Breakbeat representatives up north” as Goldie put it himself. Formed by Jason and Mark Goodings, the pair were widely recognised as one of the most talented, pioneering Drum & Bass outfits to emerge from the UK scene in the early 90’s.
Using masterful sample manipulation and clinical production skills, they seamlessly integrated the contrasting emotive influences of dark ambience, with futuristic funk, broken beats and sentimental soul - signifying the trademark Hidden Agenda sound.
Although Fabio has been credited with discovering Hidden Agenda, it was Goldie who first signed the talented brothers to his Metalheadz label, instigating a prolific recording saga and their timeless contribution to the genre, gracing the label’s back catalogue with numerous classics throughout it’s earliest years.
The pair’s undeniable genius being instantly recognised by the wider breakbeat community, releases were soon requested and recorded for Fabio’s Creative Source imprint and 4 Hero’s legendary Reinforced soon after.
Named after their Dispatches trilogy on Metalheadz, Hidden Agenda started their own label Dispatch Recordings as a platform to release their own solo material as NOS (Jason) and Max Fresh (Mark) as well as further studio albums, hence the Dispatch Records catalogue numbering beginning with #4.
Initially providing managerial duties, eventually the reigns were handing over to Ant TC1 who has since gone on to establish the label as one of the most respected and influential platforms in Drum & Bass, with Ant himself earning the prestigious post of Metalheadz label manager in the process.
Sadly, Mark is no longer with us, however the Hidden Agenda name lives on in spirit and sound with Jason recently returning to the front-line to deliver his integral blend of full favoured funk and rolling groove. With DJ sets, festival appearances and remix projects well under way, 2019 is going to be a special year and a an illustrious chapter in the Hidden Agenda legacy.
Representing the North East, Tyrone made his debut back in 2009, teaming up with Metalheadz legend Jubei to release ‘Tremors’ which gained regular airplay on BBC Radio 1.
As one third of Chroma, completed by Phobia and Sato, his back catalogue includes appearances on seminal Drum & Bass labels such as Ram Records, Renegade Hardware and Total Science’s C.I.A - to name a few.
As a resident DJ at the North East’s legendary ‘Turbulence’ parties, Tyrone has supported many of the worlds leading acts, establishing himself as a highly respected DJ. Making his Sun & Bass debut in 2018, he continues to demonstrate his proficiency is not just restricted to production.
Teaming up once again with his good friend Jubei to deliver ‘The Arcane’ EP, the leading track ‘Stabs’ was well received by both D&B fans and producers across the scene, reaching a top 10 spot on Beatport.
With forthcoming projects on some of the scenes leading labels, gaining support from the likes of Goldie, Chase & Status, D Bridge and Alix Perez, it is undoubtedly an exciting time for Tyrone and we are very proud to welcome as he makes his first Resonate appearance.
Also known as Dan Grenade, PLUS8 has long been an instrumental force behind the rave scene in the north east. The founder of the infamous Grenade raves and his frequent DJ performances at Turbulence through the years have cemented his reputation as an essential influence within the infrastructure Newcastle’s bass music culture.
An experienced DJ having performed up and down the UK and out to Ibiza and back, his aggressive dancefloor approach is going to test the system to the absolute max - when he pulls the pin expect nothing but explosive energy!
Resonate founder and frontman Ash has recently relocated to Newcastle and has been inspired by the Drum & Bass community in the area, the ever present scene and the many artists, events and venues that form the foundations are like a home from home back down south.
Drum & Bass is at the forefront of his every endeavour and the ongoing expansion of the Resonate brand continues with this latest venture north.
He will be stepping up to play, so you can look forward to swift, slick fast-paced mixing and deep, rolling grooves in his selection.
Triptik never fails to deliver the sophisticated selection, his exquisite musical taste provides the fibre of the mix whilst heavy sub-bass underpins everything else. He meticulously plans his track selection, mixed in key and sequenced to perfection.
Having appeared at every Resonate event so far, he is making a name for himself as a well rounded, highly skilled DJ and his time in the studio in recent months will surely produce some stunning results - Triptik’s talented ears for the music mean we couldn’t launch a Resonate anywhere without him.
J:Code is a name that that you need to be paying attention to, simply put. An accomplished DJ with impeccable selection, elite level skills and a forward thinking, fresh approach to the dancefloor. Warming up for Chase & Status at our last event, he caught the attention of Rage who made it known loud and clear, far and wide - that J:Code was without question a star in the making.
Holding down his weekly residency on London’s Life FM, the young breakbeat fanatic is making all the right moves and climbing up the ranks at a relentless pace.
A key contributor to In-Reach magazine, his fingers are not only ninja like on the decks, but are firmly on the pulse with every new release and the freshest faces on the scene.
Aems is one of the most recognisable voices on Tyneside. Not just an MC by any means - an accomplished producer and radio host too, his multifaceted approach to all areas of the music since his early teens means his experience in every sense knows no limits.
The face and figurehead for many of the most established and respected events in Newcastle’s rich history, holding it down for Heavyweight and resident MC for the mighty Turbulence, the gifted mic man is the perfect host to present Resonates launch in the north east.
Resonate: Drum & Bass @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle