LOCAL DJ JOUST
LOCAL DJ MAD HATTA
Drum and bass is a type of electronic music which emerged in the mid 1990s. The genre is characterized by fast breakbeats (typically between 160–180 bpm, with heavy bass and sub-bass lines. Drum and bass began as an offshoot of the UK rave scene of the very early 1990s. Over the first decade of its existence, the incorporation of elements from various musical genres led to many modifications in its overall style.
The earliest dubstep releases date back to 1998 and were darker, more experimental, instrumental dub remixes of 2-step garage tracks attempting to incorporate the funky elements of breakbeat, or the dark elements of drum and bass into 2-step, which featured B-sides of single releases. In 2001, this and other strains of dark garage music began to be showcased and promoted at London night clubs, which went on to be considerably influential to the development of dubstep. The term “dubstep” in reference to a genre of music began to be used by around 2002, by which time stylistic trends used in creating these remixes started to become more noticeable and distinct from 2-step and grime. It was labels Big Apple, Amunition and Tempa that began circulating the “dubstep” term.
With Drum and Bass and Dubstep music increasingly growing in the popularity stakes, it’s fair to say that DJ’s are in demand now more than ever. I spoke to local DJ Mad Hatta (Nathan Pape) to find out more.
“I began DJ’ing about 4 years ago now, it feels as though I’ve been doing it my whole life, it’s just something that came so naturally to me. I saw my friend doing it and I just thought ‘I want to try that!’, and from that moment on that’s exactly what I did.
At first it was really hard to get gigs around Leeds, I started just doing student parties to build a reputation. After a few months I was doing small gigs in local bars and clubs, I’m still not where I want to be but it’s a start, everyone needs to start somewhere right?!
I’ve started making my own songs now as well, at first I just did mixes of songs that I liked, I still do actually but I throw in some of my own songs as well. Some songs I can make in an hour but other times it takes a full day, it can be pretty frustrating, especially if a song doesn’t sound how I want it to sound and I’ve spent the whole day on it!
I’d probably say that I look up to Andy C the most, as he has been a pioneer in the drum and bass genre, yeah he’s definitely one of the best, I aspire to get as far as he has”.