March March March...and it does seem to be doing so, as the projects build up for the year. There's plenty of festival fun to be had this Summer, currently under wraps but underway. Also plenty in the pot with Irish Moss Records and the launch of Capitol 1212's debut album "The Return Of Rudy Nacho", plus the run in to Rub-A-Dublin II starting this month. That's gonna be huge...Trojan Soundsystem, General Levey, and the aforementioned Capitol 1212 are all flying in for this Easter Sunday bash at Twisted Pepper, Dublin. If I wasn't a fully grown adult I wouldn't be able to contain myself with the excitement. But I'm dancing inside, trust me...
Had a really nice weekend, during which I was able to capture these clips... I was on sound for a really nice Con Artist production, which featured cellist Julia Kent (Antony And The Johnsons /Rasputina/Fovia Hex...possibly many more). I'm not aware of what either of these pieces are called, but in the vid you can take a look at how she uses loop tech (a midi controller played with her toe(s?) controlling a loop/sampler type Ableton plug-in) to build huge emotive swells of music with tons of effects and her carbon fibre bodied instrument...which is apparently regularly lost by airlines, but never on show days, which is a good rule to live by. I also recorded Julia's encore from the FOH desk, so I've dropped that audio straight underneath the video...go explore :)
That was a nice conrast after Saturday's Energy Collective session with Irish Moss, which was an insane party. Like the new early beer garden vibe I gotta say, and really enjoyed playing the set out there... The main room was crazy, with Ancient Alien and Dirty Dubsters absolutely killing it! Time to start working on the next couple of dates there I think...
This month there are a couple of gigs to check out...Dark Angel hits Dublin on March 21st for the Irish Moss Records Session at The Bernard Shaw. Due to release a couple of things on the label this year, you'll probably be seeing more of him about... ;) It's an early show, with doors at 8pm, and as always with The Bernard Shaw, there's NO GATE PRESSURE! Here's the Facebook Event Page where you'll get all the details.
Straight out of that it's on to Pacino's where I'll be joining DJ Pipes of The Boneyard Junkies for e session of everything from bluebeat ska classics to bouncing bass vibes. I would guess, with this also a FREE GIG, there should be a good crowd down from the earlier show to wind out the night! Pipes, the ledge that he is, went and put the event page together HERE. Pacino's has a good vibe and there's a club running in the cellar that night too called "Lean Forward" for which there's an event page HERE.
Sat 29th has me revisiting new/old territory with a night at Dive Bar, which is an newly annexed and revamped section of The Turk's Head...It's got an air of craziness about it, with an old games console in the corner, graff jobs on the walls and an eclectic mix of party vibes. The Bionic Rats hold a Friday night residency, with Derek stepping off the mic and behind the decks for the warm up, and with The Real Reggae Boys & guest djs on the late set. I'll be DJing 10:30 til late and there's no cover charge. Hopefully catch some of you there. ;)