DATSWOTSUP! presents: HATCHA b2b YOUNGSTA - February 15, 2014
Saturday February 15, 2014
HATCHA b2b YOUNGSTA
The ORIGINS - Past : Present : Future
HATCHA - Sin City/Newstate/Tempa/Big Apple - Croydon UK
NAMED AS ONE OF MIXMAG'S GREATEST DJs OF ALL TIME
No one DJ or indeed producer can claim sole credit for dubstep. But when the history of the genre gets told, no DJ has ever had, or perhaps ever will again have so much influence over the course of the genre as Hatcha. It's no overstatement to say the entire genre bares his stamp.
Hatcha's roots seep deep back into late '90s UK garage, Croydon and pirate radio. Originally the buyer at the now defunct Big Apple record shop, Hatcha was one of the very first DJs to pick up on the new dark strains of 2step that were being made by local producers like El-B, Artwork and Horsepower at the turn of the millennium. As the producers came into the shop to sell white labels of these niche new sounds, a community arose. The shop began its own label, Big Apple Records and its first release was the dubstep classic "Red" by the shop's resident producer Artwork. The next releases came from his two protégés, Benga and Skream.
As the garage sounds from south London began to take on their own unique, dark swung direction, it became clear that the nascent scene needed a home. In 2001 Forward>>, dubstep's founding club, started with Hatcha a resident. It was here he began to up the ante. While other DJs came with a collection of white labels (tracks immanently due for a public release), he arrived with a box of upfront dubplates: unique one-off exclusive tracks. No DJ could test.
Throughout the decade Hatcha's sets, first on south London pirates then Rinse FM and now Kiss 100, went from strength to strength. His headline slots at Forward>> forged the genre into the form we now know it in. This was in no small part because he had exclusive access to Benga and Skream's music, before adding three new producers: Mala Digital Mystikz, Coki and Loefah to his arsenal. The destiny of an entire scene lay in his hands, every time he played.
In 2003 he even played a part in naming the genre. Amidst the scene's key players: the Big Apple camp and Ammunition who ran Forward>> and Tempa, the term "dubstep" (from dubby 2step garage), began being circulated. It appeared in a press release and then on a US magazine cover. Hatcha was then asked to mix the scene's first compilation that cemented the use of the name: Dubstep Allstars vol 1. He must have done something right: they asked him back to co-mix volume 4.
Since those times Hatcha has gone on to hold down his flagship Kiss 100 show alongside long time MC, Crazy D, DJ across the planet, co-produce with a variety of the scene's heavyweights and mix compilations such as Ten Tons Heavy for Planet Mu & the UK charting 100% Pure Dubstep. Catch DJ Hatcha under a weighty system near you sometime soon.
YOUNGSTA - Tempa / RinseFM / Contact -
Youngsta should need very little introduction by now. One of the figureheads of dubstep since the very beginning, long-running resident at scene-defining club night FWD>> and the DJ who first played some of the genre's most-loved anthems, he continues to be a hugely active figure in dubstep's development. His weekly show on Rinse FM draws deep for new music, helping to expose and break talented new producers, and the founding ethics that defined dubstep in its early years still remain at the heart of his DJ set
He's also famed for his distinct aesthetic - selecting beats that are at once colossally heavy and beautifully intricate, claustrophobic yet with a keen ear for space and silence. "The sound is just me," he says, explaining that he's hesitant to pigeonhole the music he plays. "It's Youngsta. It's what I've always done. People say it's not changed much, but you can hear progression and change, definitely, it's not the same as it was. It's obviously the same vibe, it's going to to be deep."
In the last couple of years, as the deeper aspects of dubstep - those rooted strongly in sound system culture - have coalesced into their own distinct, autonomous scene, Youngsta has re-emerged as a figurehead for a new generation of producers. The likes of J:Kenzo, Proxima, Icicle, VIVEK and Nomine are all closely linked with Youngsta himself, forming a new vanguard in an increasingly unique, vibrant scene. Contact - a new club night curated by Youngsta himself - is set to place these producers and others in the context of the wider dance community that surrounds them.
So it's perhaps surprising that it took until 2012 - eleven years since FWD>> first opened its doors - for Youngsta's debut solo 12" to arrive on Tempa, featuring the tracks 'Destruction' and 'Poseidon'. 'Destruction' takes a while to live up to its ominous title, with clouds gradually gathering throughout the track before finally erupting into a huge and violent thunderstorm. Aptly named after the Greek god of the sea, 'Poseidon' is a gorgeous, dub-infused roller, driven by a rubbery bassline that thrashes back and forth above a swung rhythm that nods to two-step In many ways both tracks cut right to the core of the Youngsta sound - sub-bass is a constant and oppressive presence, while sparse rhythms and ghostly melodies lend a sense of unbroken flow. Along with his collaborations with fellow artists such as LX One and Kryptic Minds, they're potent reminders of the physical and psychological power of Youngsta's DJ sets, now further expressed through his own music.
**** special 4 deck - 4 hour set ****
CALICO - DEKA - DEADLINES - KARNAGE
FRONT ROOM PROVIDED BY - DUB DOWN
Live Visuals by - OKTORED
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$20 at the door
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The Works - Detroit (View)
1846 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48220
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
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