Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Luke Wilson AKA Utah Jazz spoke to CULT's Roving Reporter Lee Heneghan before his 2 hour shake down at CULT last week......

Give us a bit background, how did you get involved with drum & bass and what has the last 12 months been like for you?

I’ve been making tunes for a while now. I must have started when I was about 16/17, just gradually getting into production and sending off demos to a few different labels, working my way up like everyone else. The last year or so has been pretty mad with the album coming out on V recordings over the summer.

That was a big achievement for me, A – getting the album out and B – get on a label like V. So I’ve just been touring since then, doing a lot of DJing, done a few remixes for a couple of major labels

So how did you get involved with V Recordings?

Starting out, I did some stuff with Alex Reece. The funny thing is that I mention his name these days and some people don’t really remember him but he was such a massive name in drum & bass. Almost like the Pendulum of his day, a big, major label artist. He was showing me the ropes and the tracks I did with him when were from when I was still at school. I was sending them out, people like Bryan G were playing a couple of them.

I didn’t know Bryan at all and then about 5 or 6 years ago I sent out a demo with a few tunes on, he picked up on them and I started working with him. Some people think that you get in by some kind of back door entrance but it’s not really like that. It was the same with Hospital really, I knew the guys who ran the label, I was just sending out demos like any other bedroom producer and took it from there.

Was there any particular tune that you think helped get your foot in the door?

The one Bryan picked up on and the first track I had out on Liquid V was called Harlem, after that I did Done and Dusted but I suppose the biggest one that really got noticed and that I was 100% happy with was Runaway which loads of people played. I think with the album coming out on CD and download and not just vinyl it’s almost been like a second wind for me, Runaway’s on there - that tune must about four years old now and people are only just hearing it now.

Would you say you’ve got a style or developed a personal sound that you feel you need to maintain?

I’d say it was generally sample based, pretty funky and definitely towards the liquid side of things. I’ve created a niche for myself production wise but still like to try different stuff when I can. There’s a tune on the album called Riddim Track that’s a bit more reggae and I’ll be playing a remix of a Tricky/Kylie tune tonight as well which is a lot harder than my normal stuff. When I’m playing out I love all sorts of different styles. I like the harder stuff and love playing a lot of the older tunes. I look at people like Zinc, Andy C or Marky - they’ll play stuff from 10 years ago alongside the upfront stuff and they’re my idols in terms of DJing because they’ll play so many different styles in one set.

You’ll be playing off 3 decks tonight, does that add a different element to your sets?

Yeah, I sometimes play off three Technics but I’ve been playing a lot of stuff off CD lately. I’d say for the past year or so I’ve been using two Technics and at least one if not two CDJs. I think It gives you the chance to cue something up while you’re in the mix and play a lot wider ranging selection. It adds something a bit different and it’s a bit of a selling point when you’re on three decks.

Do you have any kind of preference when it comes to format? Are you more comfortable with vinyl, CD or Serrato?

I do love the idea of Serrato but the thing is that I’m not that technically minded!. Usually if I’m on the way to play out I’ve had a few drinks and the thought of having to set up a laptop and rewire the setup is a bit too much for me. I generally stick to vinyl but play a lot of stuff off CD too. As long as the tracks are good I’m not too bothered.

That’s my ethos on playing older tracks as well, I don’t want to just stick to the new stuff. I think these days things are turning round so quickly, there’s so many new people coming into drum & bass. They don’t know tunes from three years ago, let alone ten years ago and it’s good to play some classics they might never have heard.

That said, if you’re playing a headline set a lot of time people expect you to have access to dubplates and to be pushing the latest upfront tunes. Probably half the stuff I’ll play tonight will be brand new, the other half will either be really old or just tunes that I feel have stood out from whatever timescale. I don’t feel the need to prove myself by playing two hours of dubs that nobody’s heard yet. I think a DJs job is more than just to picking the latest tracks, it’s about mixing up all the different styles and all the different eras.

You’ll be playing for two hours at Cult tonight, do you feel more comfortable when you’ve got more time on the decks?

Yeah, definitely. Some of the bigger raves I’ve done will only give you about 40 minutes for your set which is mad but I’ve been doing a lot of gigs abroad where you’ll turn up and they’ll just let you play for as long as you like. Last month I did three gigs in Germany and one in Austria and I ended up playing for about three and a half hours which gives you a lot more time to develop a set. I understand that you can sometimes only get and hour when you’ve got four or five headline DJs and you’ve got to fit everyone in but I’m happy when I’ve got a bit longer to do my thing, it’s pretty natural for me.

Do you prefer to pre-plan your sets or do you work better when you’re playing off the cuff and improvising as you go along?

I tend to plan sections but not really the whole set. I’m not quite sure what I’ll start and finish with but I know what tracks I want to play and I’ll know which three or four tunes work well together. It’s a bit like a jigsaw puzzle. I never go in and just whack stuff on, I think when you’re playing harder stuff you can just mix it up a bit but with the more soulful, melodic tracks it’s difficult to make things sound good unless you think about what you’re doing.

This is your second time in Nottingham for Cult after a well received set last year, is there anything about Nottingham or playing in the midlands that you particularly like?

Definitely the girls! Not just that though, I think Nottingham’s had a healthy scene for a while now. Obviously there’s nights like Detonate but also you guys bringing through some of the artists who might not play at the bigger events. I think it’s just one of those cities where every time you play up here it’s good. I was up here for Cult last year and it’s one of those gigs that I always remember. I think with the smaller more intimate venues you can get a really good atmosphere and people appreciate that.

What are your plans for the next 12 months? Anything in the pipeline?

I’ll be starting work on the next album soon but I’m not sure if that will even see the light of day next year. I’m doing a remix for an American group called Yo Majesty who are quite a big female rap crew. That should be coming out early next year on Domino Records which is home to the Arctic Monkeys. Other than that there’s still a lot of places I haven’t been yet with the tour – I’m going out to America, Australia, New Zealand which should be enough to keep me busy.

WORDS: Lee Heneghen

PICS: Joe Ryder

Friday, November 14, 2008


One of the busiest nights yet at CULT, and Utah Jazz didn’t disappoint rinsing old, new and even a little dubstep..... Nice one to all that made it down.....

Images Copyright: J.Ryder 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008



A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..... well actually 1990 in Luton, Conrad Shaffie AKA Blame released “Music Takes You”. His first solo project signed to the legendary D&B label Moving Shadow, it went on to become a defining anthem in the emerging hardcore / jungle scene.

Fast forward to 2008 and Blame is still one of the most innovative producers on the drum & bass scene - an accolade hard won over years of consistently breaking musical boundaries in an attempt to bring true innovation to the music that he loves. With over
120 releases to his name, Blame has developed his sound through such renowned labels as Good Looking, Metalheadz, Charge, Hospital and his own label 720.

Tick another legend off the list this month at CULT...

Saturday 6th December 2008
Blame (720 / Hospital / Metalhaeadz)
Dj Snax & Sirius (Dealmaker)

All nights feature residents: Mouse, Houghmeister, Vtekk & MC Anger

Visuals by “minimus”

9 Broad St,

10pm – 3am
£4 Entry before 11pm £6 After
No Dress Code.

Attend the Facebook Event!

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008


After about a 3 year break (don't ask) CULT Radio is back on the air, this time in conjunction with LeftLion and recorded at the brilliant Stone Soup Studios.

Now in podcast form, to aurally peruse at your leisure.......

Focusing solely on locally produced electronic music, the first episode features new music from Geiom, Soul Intent, XS.iF and much more. Plus a competition to win a pair of tickets CULT with Utah Jazz on the 8/11/08.

Launch the Podcast

Or stream it on LeftLion

Local producers! Send us your tunes!
Cult Radio needs new music, from established artists to newcomer bedroom producers, and of all dance music genres. Here is a great opportunity to have your work heard by the people of Nottingham and beyond...

Please send us mp3’s of 192kbps quality or above to
cultradio@leftlion.co.uk. Make sure you include any label / release details as well as track name and artist info. Also any other information you'd like us to put over (details of upcoming events, etc).


Talking of Radio, CULT Residents Mouse & Houghmeister where lucky enough to be invited down to the DnB show on University Radio Nottingham last night to have a quick chat about CULT and step in for an hours guest mix.....

You can download just the guest mix here: http://www.sendspace.com/file/yw0zqk

Utah Jazz – Cloud Nine (Liquid V)
Marcus Intalex – Nebulous (Metalheadz)
Spirit – Spellbound (Metalheadz)
Rufige Kru – Is This Real [Commix Rmx] (Exit)
Commix – Japanese Electronics (Metalheadz)
Ed Rush – Kilimanjaro (Prototype)
Calibre – Alone in a Crowd (Signature)
The Invaderz – You Bring Me (Soul:R)
Lenzman & Submorphics – Respiration (Phunkfiction)
Fluxem – Justify (Digital Blus)
Martyn – Share My Wings (Revolve:R)
Break – Mr Crystal (Soul:R)
Commix – Faceless [Marcus Intalex Rmx] (Shogum Audio)
Calibre - P.U.R. (Revolve:R)
Breakage – Staggered Dub (Critical)
Goldie – Kemistry [Doc Scott Rmx] (FFRR / Metalheadz)

Nice one to Jake, Noddy and Ami for having us down....