Yesss, KING KONG came to The Institute, Birmingham UK last night and he destroyed the Library Room.
Kids were going nutz and for me it was a proud moment for 2 reasons:
1. Birmingham had delivered at long last, when usually it’s luke-warm!
2. Our boy Lorin smashed it big time in my home city..yeahhhh
But, man you know this was a tiny gig for him, compared to what he does in the USA. However, it provided me with an TINY insight into what his full scale USA shows must feel like. Man they must be MEGA!
He was on for an hour and the set took in many of the monsters tunes that we all know by now, Here We Go, Basshead, Metallica bootleg and the newer Wildstyle amongst other classics. Really wanted to hear the Furtado track but he didn’t play that one 🙁
Wish he’d been on all night to be honest because it really does feel like AN EXPERIENCE as opposed to seeing a dj perform in a club. He brings that family, peace and love vibe with him and his interaction with the crowd is intimate, deep and penetrating without effort.
On a personal level, and as always, Lorin was as accomodating and as humble as ever, and he’s a beautiful person.
Man it was great to hook up with him and hang out pre and post show. It’s great that he’s loving some of our releases, especially Unsub and that he wore the Generation Bass t-shirt I gave to him pre-show. He wore it of his own accord, seriously, without any prompting from me for a photo shoot or promo opportunity.
Just wanna say a BIG THANKS to Lia, Elliot and of course Lorin for all your time and company last night and for making me and Pritesh (Bandish Projekt) feel at home in my home city 🙂
Bassnectar is still on tour in the UK and here are the remainder of the dates.
DO NOT MISS IT!
NOV 12: @ FABRIC in LONDON, UK
Alongside The Scratch Perverts, Andy C, Doctor P, Rusko, etc
On @ 3:30 after Doctor P
NOV 13: @ INSTITUTE in BIRMINGHAM, UK
Alongside Andy C, Doctor P, and Hatcha
On @ 12:30
NOV 16: @ TUESDAY CLUB in SHEFFIELD, UK
Alongside Sub Focus!
On @ 12:00
NOV 17: @ RETRO BAR BASEMENT in MANCHESTER, UK
NOV 18: @ IFOR BACH in CARDIFF, UK
NOV 19: @ CRAWDADDY in DUBLIN, IR
NOV 20: @ CAFE LEOPOLD in VIENNA, AT
In fact read all that he has to say about it too:
Hello Bass Heads!
I remember years ago, the thought of playing a show in Europe felt like a Pilgrimage. When my agent started sending me to places like Arkansas on a Teusday and Tennessee on a Wednesday, I threw a fit. In my mind electronic music belonged in international meccas of prestige like London, Paris, Tokyo, New York. Not random spots in middle America where nobody even listens to electronic music.
But after a lot of international touring in 2002 and 2003 I had lost interest in an unlimited scope of travel, and I wanted to focus on building a deeper, more fanatic network locally. I began gravitating towards the idea of bringing the music to places where it did not exist previously, and kind of forging a path for bass music here in the states.
This was after the rave scene of the 1990′s had dissolved (or been extinguished) and i never expected to find such open arms scattered in essentially every American town I visited. So now after over 10 years of hardcore touring stateside, the number of bass heads is larger and more intense than I ever would have imagined. The shows are beyond a ‘rave’ and something more like an experience, and I am utterly stunned and grateful to continue taking this space ship deeper and deeper into the unkown.
But we figured, why not go back to Europe… I haven’t played in London since a night with Freq Nasty back in 2004 (or 2003?) since the schedule over here got so jam-packed.
This is exciting for several reasons; in part because it is a chance to explore fresh ears, and to delve much deeper into both the CLASSICs in my record box, and the baaaaangers that i have been rinsing over here. But also some of the shows over there are a whole different ball game… tiny-ass little rooms like I used to play regularly on stateside tours years and years ago.
While I do not mind the huge venues and huge stages over here, I do miss the impeccable freakishness of a low ceiling and a room, a bat-shit crazy crowd bouncing off the walls, and the feeling of borderline panic as the room apears to burst at the seams.
These next few days were supposed to be time off after the US shows, to prep for Canada, but we thought instead we would sail over the seas and rock some euro-bass-heads… If you have any good buddies over there, let them know the details.
Here’s a few vids of last night’s performance, pretty poor quality I’m afraid taken on the I-Phone 🙁
You’ll have to turn down the volume or mute it on the last one cause the sound is distorted to shiiit BUT watch the crowd go MENTAL!
Turn down the volume or mute but watch the crowd go MENTAL!