I ♥ DUBSTEP
Singapore’s pioneer and definitive Dubstep club night. Experience your monthly dose of hot, heavy, hard-hitting bass paired with staggering sound system guaranteed to spill your inner beast and vibrate your bones. Absorb the homage of the wobbling crowd as prominent DJs take on the deck, dropping face-melting bass and gnarly beats.
A night of Dubstep, fronted by HOME resident Jerls, I ♥ DUBSTEP’s newest addition to our crew, veteran bass DJ Reiki and helmed by the duke of Dubstep, Darren Dubwise (Syndicate), is never less than inspiring so come on down to witness a different kind of orgasm.
After playing an active role in the drum & bass community with Kondense.com & Exitmusik.com, Darren conceived DUBWISE together with DJ Castro in 2006 originally as club night based on the Jamaican sound system culture. The end result was a hybrid of reggae, dub, grime, UK garage and the then infant dubstep, the resounding success encouraged the boys to take a bold step. They sought out producers and artists that proved their mettle to work with; accelerating the process was the depth of what technology had to offer and a chance meeting with New York native DJ Liondub, who is also a producer and has worked with many reggae greats in the past. This led to the collaboration with one of reggae’s inimitable icons – Johnny Osborne.
The night however was short-lived, but its notoriety was kept alive as a DJ duo when Darren and Castro, were billed to play as Dubwise at major festivals such as the Good Vibrations Festival and Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival here in Singapore.
Darren then brought the Dubwise sound around the region playing gigs in Bali, Jakarta, Saigon, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur etc. As a purveyor in the fine art of bass, he has billed alongside other renowned artists such as Arrested Development, Jurrasic 5, Stereotyp, the Gaslamp Killer, Kode9, Drop The Lime, DJ Nobody, Free the Robots, Dr Strangeloop, Tokimonsta and more.
In year end 2009 together with local producers Kiat and Cherry Chan, Singapore’s revolutionary audio-visual super collective Syndicate was conceptualized and formed. Transmitter of beats and visual culture, SYNDICATE represents a melt down of audio experimentation and visual dares. The collective is set to deconstruct and reassemble sound concepts and visual ideas with live performances and installations set in various spaces and contexts.
Born and raised in Singapore. It was in 1999 when DJ Reiki stumbled upon the hard hops of Omar Santana and the nu-skool breaks of Adam Freeland. Her style of DJing gradually developed, resulting in sets of high impact tunes, frantic beats, swirling analogues and monster hooks.
Since Reiki’s first well-received club appearance in Phuture and her debut promo mixset entitled Equlibrium 001: Dawn of Breaks, she has moved on to spin for leading local dance music events ranging from Sirens, Phuture Breaks, Localised, Guerilla, Pop My Cherry and Amped Up. With a knack for dropping wicked tunes that heat up the dancefloors, she has supported drum n bass DJs including Aphrodite, Mickey Finn, John B, Utah Jazz and Storm, breaks heavyweight, General Midi (UK) as well as post-dubstep live act, SBTRKT + Sampha. On top of that, her growing reputation has earned her guest spots in other parts of Asia where she headlined Breaks Centro & Flava Breaks in Kuala Lumpur, Salem Innovation Sessions in Hong Kong and Sound Element’s ‘Breakzelecta’ in Bangkok.
More recently, Reiki’s affiliation with 44Beatz & The Dig parties has given her a scope to indulge in a wider musical spectrum. Never the one to be afraid of stepping outside her comfort zone of broken beats, she delivered shimmering sets of four-on-the floor tunes at the local iconic gay club, Taboo and the defunct Pure room at Ministry Of Sound. And also much to the delight of the punters on the floor, she rocked Audio Vixen, an all female DJ line-up on a thursday night at Hong Kong’s Club Volar and performed with a live drummer and guitarist at Hex Club’s NYE party in Kuala Lumpur.
Outside the club circuit, she was attired by fashion apparels ranging from street brand station, Tangs’ PlayLab, Lee Jeans, Eastpak to high street brand, Bally while dropping tunes in their stores. In addition to that, she gets bookings to DJ at private parties for the likes of DHL, CLSA, Echelon 2011, Rayban, Tudor Watch and Mecedes Benz.
Scenewise, Reiki was a pillar in gathering enthusiasts to document the Breaks music movement in the form of writing articles, music reviews, video interviews and podcast production in Breakinasia web portal. As the former internet radioshow host of Fixation at Meshradio station, she whipped up the cream on fresh nu tunes as well as lime-lighting radio mixsets of undiscovered gems culled from around the world.
Come 2012, expect more production work in the pipeline. After brushing up her skills at London’s Point Blank Online Music School, Reiki is set on searching for musicality in her sound. To date, her eclectic sets have scored her endorsement deal with Avid.com as well as a monthly residency for I ❤Dubstep nights at the underground venue, Home Club and a bi-monthly slot at Lush 99.5 FM radio mix.
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