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25th Anniversary Book

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It’s hard to believe it was 25 years ago I came up with the idea for Knowledge Magazine. At the time I’d just moved to Bristol from Glasgow and was living with my old school friend Markee Ledge and his flatmates DJ Dazee and Rachel Patey. They’d just started promoting a jungle club called Ruffneck Ting and I just got involved. We were hungry in those days and promoted the event hard, flyering outside clubs in Bristol and the south-west most weekends. We also drove to record and clothes shops in Cardiff, Newport, Cheltenham, Gloucester and Swindon to flyer and…

All Crews: Telling Tales

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Here’s a special feature that All Crews author Brian Belle-Fortune wrote for our last ever paper issue in 2009. Colin, Knowledge’s C.E.O. swerves to a halt in the company BMW, with an offer I can’t refuse: “You’ve got a slot in Knowledge’s last print edition. Just talk about yer memories and feelings about the scene. Whatever’s goin’ on. It’s up to you.” Colin disappears in tyre smoke and beats of bassbinage. It’s vinyl vs. CDs / mp3s in the world of words. I accept the honour, fearing I’ve nothing to say; nothing to write. And don’t know what say or…

Mr Frenkie Interview

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Russian producer Mr Frenkie was one of the winners of our recent remix competition with Dom & Roland. His Get Up remix has just come out on Dom’s DRP label so we took the opportunity to find out more about him. When did you first try your hand at producing? Since I began understanding what’s going on around me, back when I was a kid, I realised that I needed to write music. In Russia during the early 90s, as you can imagine, I had no facilities for it. So I spent 15 years of my life listening to music.…

Maztek Free Tune

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With his recently released debut LP on Renegade Hardware tearing up the charts, the Italian-based Maztek checks in with a free tune and a heavy look back at the philosophical framework driving his best work to date. First off, introduce yourself to our readers, where you’re hailing from in the world, and the style you represent. Hello world, my name is Matteo aka Maztek. I’m an Italian electronic music producer who recently relocated to the Netherlands. I’ve just released my debut album on Renegade Hardware which is called Three Point Zero. It represents my journey into production and on it…

Majistrate Interview

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With 20 years of dedication to a musical movement, longtime drum and bass producer Majistrate (Ian Jordan) releases an appropriately entitled LP, Twenty. Holding an incredible discography spanning two decades, Majistrate has proven to be an influential and adaptable DJ and producer. Kmag discovers more about his musical journey, earliest influences, technical studio specifics and best moments from a very successful 2014. Congratulations on your double decade journey producing dnb/jungle. How does one survive twenty years in the drum & bass scene? The main reason I that I am still here today I think is purely down to having a passion…

Bachelors of Science Interview

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Among drum & bass producers in the United States, not many have carried the torch as long as San Francisco-based trio Bachelors Of Science. Since their inception in 2005, the group has made a name for itself amongst drum & bass’s finest, while remaining one of the strongest voices in stateside drum & bass. Their label Code Recordings – home to up and comers like Whiney and Conduct – celebrated its second birthday in August. Recently, with a 2014 European tour under their belt and a brand new LP in the pipeline for 2015, Bachelors released their latest single for Code…

DJ Vapour Guest Mix

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Ahead of DJ Vapour’s set at Shut That Sh*t Down Stepback Sessions on 26 December at Brixton Jamm we sat down with him for a chat about his 36 Hertz label / mastering service and his latest venture, old skool e-commerce site Hardcore Junglism. How did you get into the drum & bass / jungle scene? A mate of mine passed me a Devious D tape from an event called Eclipse that used to run in my home town of Cambridge. The first track on it was Menace by Rufige Kru which blew me away. I started buying more tapes…

E-Sassin Interview

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LA drum & bass producer E-Sassin was one of the winners of our recent remix competition with Dom & Roland. His Get Up remix has just come out on Dom’s DRP label so we took the opportunity to find out more about him. Please introduce yourself, looking at your Facebook bio you’re no beginner… Yeah, I’ve been involved with music since the late 70s. I started out playing drums in progressive rock and metal bands and eventually found my way into electronic music in the late 80s. In ’92 I produced a techno album which got me a deal to…

Mindscape Guest Mix

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When the original ‘Martian Chronicles’ was released on Commercial Suicide, the Budapest-based Mindscape quickly found himself launched into the stratosphere as the success of his sci-fi concept album took the scene by storm with its epic tech-step and neuro-funk sound. Now, two years later, the album resurfaces stronger than ever as eight tunes get the remix treatment from the heavy-hitters like Jade, Chris.SU, Nymfo, CZA, Optiv & BTK, Maztek, Klute, and Dose & Teknik. Continuing in the thematic vein of a futuristic interplanetary adventure gone bad, the ‘Martian Chronicles: Invasion’ LP project proves to hold its own both as a…

Doc Scott Interview

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A while back, Doc Scott was kind enough to answer some of my questions regarding his artistic choices, Future Beats: The Album, and his label 31 Recordings in general. Ryan Origin: How did you go about choosing the tracks for Future Beats: The Album? Is there a theme? Doc Scott: I didn’t so much choose the tracks as choose the artists, I simply asked people whose music I like and respect if they would be interested in being involved in a 31 album project. I wanted it to be people who I respect from across the dnb spectrum and beyond…

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