Fellow UK Bass Buffs,
Like the rest of you North American university attendees, I am currently experiencing that last slimy push of scholastic responsibility before the freedom of summer. Creative juices are at an all-time low, and the concept of free time becomes more laughable with each day that goes by. But thankfully, last week I decided to utilize what small window of opportunity I had in between assignments, and hauled my ass to The Guvernment to step out my frustration appropriately in the presence of three of my most relished UK bassmusicians.
Unfortunately since I am back in school-mode and strapped for time, I decided to cut the bullshit and give you guys the raw experience in point form.
wick it wick it, junglist massive
- Signed Sincerely, Dr. Robotnix
- Got to The Guv, waited for the rest of TWG crew in the line even though we were on list [idiot]. Mistakenly threw out my earplugs while waiting [idiot]. At least the line wasn’t filled with puke like most nights. This one had a potent junglist odor…like that of a panther after an hour in the sauna.
- Missed the first little bit of Delta Heavy‘s set – only half of the duo was playing. Didn’t matter. He went hard in the motherfucker.
- Room was already 3/4 full when we got in. Stood in the middle/back with enough room and energy to step to our hearts content. Guvernment soundsystem without earplugs = catastrophears. Music was super loud at the back, had all the subs pointed directly at us. Still, had way too much adrenaline to give a fuck.
- Crept in to the front to get better vids. Managed to stay in front of the subs so the music wasn’t as loud. In the long-run I’m sure that was a good call for the ears but it ended up leaving my body completely crippled.
- Delta Heavy was the only DJ of the night to play a variation of genres including electro house, moombahton, dubstep and dnb. Literally played out all of his big hits, and by halfway into his set, the crowd was already in top gear and began the moshpit that never seemed to stop the entire night.
- Stage-divers greeted by unwelcoming crowd and/or the floor. Note to any potential stage-divers: try not to pick the spot to land where the helpless girl is standing. For your sake and for hers.
- Even with all the nonsense happening around me, the whole time I couldn’t keep my eyes off of Doctor P who was chillin behind the booth monitors soaking in the atmosphere. It was finally about fucking time!
- Delta Heavy finished off with his remix of Must Be The Feeling, and left the stage before it was done. Doctor P hops into plain view and sets up while the track was being played out. Seeing him + hearing Delta Heavy’s remix made the crowd hit their first wet climax of the evening.
- Delta Heavy comes back to a classic Tdot applause, with the Guv air horn blasting and fans jumping on top of each other just to get a chance to touch his outstretched hand. After a quick crowd surf, he hops back onstage to grab his gear, and then out of sight. If anyone deserved an encore, it was that man, unfortunately the decks were already occupied by the big label boss. The chants began now.
- Too long I’ve waited for Doctor P to play for me; still had a sour taste from his absence at WEMF and thought it was time for him to make it up to Toronto. Felt like everyone in there agreed.
- Based on my history of seeing Circus artists, I knew the set would be mainly tracks from his label, and wasnt surprised, but still extremely happy when he busted out Roksonix‘s Music In Me as his opening track.
- Barely 3 minutes in his set and already the crowd is 3 feet in the air banging to Bass Cannon. As much as Doctor P seemed reserved and languid, he was feeding the crowd with more sugar than a bass-deprived diabetic.
- Went through his major hits (Big Boss/Watch Out/Sweet Shop/Superbad). I’ve heard these tracks in every dubstep set in the last few years, but felt honored to have the man himself play them out.
- Kept his set very much UK with pure UK feel to it. Played a bunch of unheard tracks. Possibly unreleased. Definitely wanted.
- Could tell from the crowd that lots of people came that night to see him specifically. Made sense seeing some of the crowd’s reaction to literally every move he made, and that the place opened up a little after his set.
- Highlight of his set was when the second drop on his License remix hit and the crowd formed into a mess of scattered limbs. I vaguely remember trying to tweet and guard my face from incoming appendages while making sure I didn’t get flattened by the crowdsurfers. How anyone survived that short period of time is beyond me.
- Lowlight of his set was standing in the fronter-most pit area – with the subs located behind me and facing away. Not enough bass for my tastes.
- Relocated backwards to a more step-able zone. Refreshments purchased.
- Andy graciously takes the decks away from the Doctor, and brings out his MC, Armanni Reign, to replace the other MC, who looked a hell of a lot like Animaeus from Spartacus.
- Armanni was considerably more crowd-engaging and had the junglists hanging off the rafters the moment he got on the mic.
- Andy kicked it into ‘Executioner Mode’ the moment the CDJs gave way to his vinyl, and the room littered itself with step sessions.
- Having a legend like Andy on the decks means you’re about to go on a sonic ride through the halls of Drum N Bass, and he pulled out all the stops for us that evening. There was no ageism with Andy, classics were being rinsed out alongside brand new bangers, and regardless of whether you knew the tracks or not, Andy had your body in full control.
- Migrating back to the subwoofers sweet spot made a considerable difference. Note: from now on @ The Guv stay out of the pit area if you seek maximal unce.
- By the time the decks came to a halt, anyone who stayed till the end had suffered a mild case of cerebral palsy. Had to miss out on the rest of the fun with Rene LaVice because I knew for damn sure I wouldn’t of been able to survive round 4.
- Delta Heavy @ The Guv – Computations
- Delta Heavy @ The Guv – Burst
- Delta Heavy @ The Guv – Ive Got The Feeling
- Delta Heavy @ The Guv – One Click Headshot
- Delta Heavy @ The Guv – Angst + Earthquakey People (Alvin Risk Remix)
- Delta Heavy @ The Guv – Must Be The Feeling Remix
- Doctor P @ The Guv – Opening His Set w/ Music In Me
- Doctor P @ The Guv – Star Remix
- Doctor P @ The Guv – Make My Whole World + Big Boss
- Doctor P @ The Guv – Big Boss
- Doctor P @ The Guv – Big Boss + Watch Out + Scary Monsters
- Doctor P @ The Guv – Everyday Remix
- Doctor P @ The Guv – Love Goes Down Remix
- Doctor P @ The Guv – Stage Dive Fail + ???
- Doctor P @ The Guv – Promises
- Doctor P @ The Guv – ???
- Doctor P @ The Guv – The License Extended Remix + Hulk (Dillon Francis Remix)
- Andy C @ The Guv – Opening His Set
- Andy C @ The Guv – Executioner Mode Part 1
- Andy C @ The Guv – Executioner Mode Part 2
- Andy C @ The Guv – Executioner Mode Part 3
- Andy C @ The Guv – Back To Your Roots (Friction Remix)