Portsmouth has a long heritage of drum and bass nights stretching back over 20 years, brands including Vurt, Breakneck, UPdnb and Concrete Music have played host to the biggest names in the scene.
Two local pioneers of the sound and former residents of the now legendary Vurt nights RJM & Ringle have teamed up with UPdnb’s Mota and are back with a new brand for 2015. OHM launches this Friday at the Wedgewood Rooms and they have none other than DJ Friction to kick things off.
Brighton raised, multi award winning Friction is one of the most revered and recognised names in bass music today. Having risen steadily through the ranks since the early 00’s as arguably the most adept and most ferocious DJ/producer in the scene, Friction now holds court in the D&B Hall Of Fame thanks to his inauguration at the 2011 Drum & Bass Arena Awards.
Friction has a vast catalogue behind him and has worked with most of the major labels in D&B including Hospital and Metalheadz. However it was in 2004 when he founded the now infamous record label Shogun Audio that really pushed the Friction name further into the musical limelight.
Whilst DJ’ing across the world every weekend and heading up the juggernaut record label Shogun Audio, Friction has achieved much commercial success but always keeps his feet firmly on the ground, he was announced at the start of 2012 as the new face of Radio 1’s flagship Drum & Bass show and has since gone on to destroy dancefloors across the World.
Friction is joined by London based Hip-Hop artist and lyrical sidekick MC Linguistics.
Alongside Friction on the bill is Damage Report from DJ Hype, Zinc & Pascal’s Playaz Recordings label. Portsmouth based Gavin Damage has built a solid reputation for delivering filthy jump up and has a string of releases under his belt including the upcoming “Nose Cutter” on Medicated Audio.
Portsmouth’s 1st lady of bass music Lindsey Spinzee also makes an appearance on the launch night. Known to many for her Lush FM Friday drivetime show and Rave Buggy sets at festivals, beach parties and beyond Lindsey is no stranger to the decks and always delivers.
The OHM organisers go back to back with RJM & Ringle returning after a long hiatus and UPdnb’s Mota sharing the stage with Telex. Back to host and toast the evening is Portsmouth’s most established and in the opinion of many best drum and bass MC, Freestyle.
In their own words “Lynchpins of the south coast’s drum and bass scene from past and present have come together to bring the PO a night of high grade entertainment. OHM is born.”
Room 2 in the Edge of The Wedge will be hosted by Reform Music. The Reform Records Showcase with DJs Sepia, Bluescreen, See Jay and Lupo will be more of a 140 to 160 bpm bass vibe while maintaining the high production values set out in the main room.
Reform Music – All Basses Covered Since 2015
Tickets are available now £10 Earlybird | £12 Advanced | MOTD from Resident Adviser. Be warned this will sell out.