Welcome to the sixth episode of Cable TV, our dedicated club feature including exclusive footage from the evening, in-depth artist interviews and an insight into behind the scenes at Cable London.
This week's episode features 2013's international Breakbeat Awards, as Breakspoll took over all 3 rooms at Cable. We sat down with the eccentric master of ceremonies, the one and only High Rankin, to find out his surprising musical background and what's in store for him this year. Also on the couch were Breakbeat veterans and legends, the Dub Pistols, who divulge the hilarious story of how they got signed and a certain mix up with Rodney P. Our new presenter, Vivek, also puts the punters through their paces with an insight into the new craze in the breakbeat scene… the very made up "Shed Music".
Full Interviews and bonus material from the night coming soon, including more outtakes from Vivek.
15 years ago – two ravers, both dispirited by the dulling sound of acid house, saw an opportunity to start their own dub revolution. With the warehouses and industrial spaces of Yorkshire forming as their backdrop, it was the spirit of dub reggae and alternative dance music that would form Subdub – the North’s attack on UK club culture.
Back In The Day: Conquering Lion with Mark Iration (far right)
Mark Salford and Simon Scott would form the foundations, Mark – the man with the ethos and promotion nous and Simon – the man with a background in musical performance and rigging, traits learnt from his early experimentations in a dub group in the late 80’s. “Subdub was just born out of the love of the Reggae Sound System and music we love,” says Simon Scott. Their message was to spread their avant-garde tastes for all things bass-related, by having an all-inclusive music policy, splitting sounds between different rooms.
Iration Steppas Sound System with Dennis Rootikal
It was Bradford’s ‘Dub Me Crazy’ night that brought Salford and Scott into contact with Mark Iration – having ended in 1996; the Iration Steppas trio of Mark, Sammy Dread and Dennis Rootikal, were looking for somewhere else to showcase their sound system. It of course made sense for Salford to proposition Iration about pairing up. So, with the help of Iration Steppa’s infamous sound system, the Subdub movement took up home at Leeds basement venue 'The Think Tank', now know as Club Wire. "We took our sound down there and in them days no one knew what sound system culture was about. We dropped the bass and all the Vodka, Rum, JD dropped down, man went crazy! He was like 'I didn't know it was like that kind of bass!'", reminisces Iration. It was April 1998, spirits were high and things were good.
Iration Steppas Sound system
Word of Subdub spread and soon after it took up home at Leeds West Indian Centre. "It was in the heart of the British Afro Caribbean community", proclaims Scott and it was here that Mark, Simon and co built their worldwide reputation – attracting the likes of Lee Scratch Perry, Congo Natty and Shy FX to the North, simply to play the night. "It was the heavyweight sound systems, music and vibes of the sessions that made this like a religion for many devoted clubbers” remembers Scott.
Subdub at Leeds West Indian Centre
One room expanded into two, and as more and more people came, the style split between dub and reggae classics in room one, and the best in bass music in two. "Dubstep first appeared at Subdub in November 2005 when we invited Digital Mystikz and Sgt Pokes. A whole new chapter began here!" beams Salford. It’s here that they built their reputation for the eclectic and experimental, clocking trends before anyone else. So what made Subdub different? Simon Scott thinks it’s due to it’s pioneering ideas - “It was one of the first events anywhere were dub music took centre stage and jungle/drum & bass and dubstep were in the second room”.
Subdub at Leeds West Indian Centre with DMZ: Loefah, Coki, SGT. Pokes, Benga and Skream
It was when the team started hosting events in London that the parties reached boiling point. With audiences now bigger than ever before, and hubs in both Leeds and London, 2011 saw Subdub move from it’s spiritual home in the West Indian Centre to the Vox Warehouse in Leeds, and Cable Nightclub in London. With a custom sound system for every room, a different sound in each – it was eclectic, but busy – a raw addition that quickly had its name spread around the tight circles of the club scene.
Subdub with Goldie at Vox Warehouse, Leeds
It’s this same group that had the vision of starting Outlook Festival. After the crews behind Leeds’ New Bohemia and Vagabondz nights got in touch – the idea of a mini-festival in Croatia to cover the summer period seemed like a brilliant idea. Mark Salford explains; "Subdub is essentially dub reggae night, played on the Iration Steppas Sound System, with whatever other good bass music we can find for the second room. Exodus in itself is predominantly dubstep, played on the Iration Steppas Sound System with more good bass music in the second room… Which led us all to Outlook.”
Outlook Festival, Croatia
What Subdub have done is managed to link what they rep - building their own network of promoters, soundsystems and DJs that inspired them to keep going. It’s a spirit that’s stretched on now for over 14 years, and in April that number will become 15. With one tribe, one union all back to experience it like the early days, Channel One Soundsystem join the Iration Steppa’s and more at Cable Nightclub on 26th April.
15 Years of Subdub at Cable & Relay
Friday 26th April // 10pm-6am
Acts: Iration Steppas Sound System, Channel One Sound System, Michael Prophet , Earl 16, Alpha & Omega, Alpha Steppa, Radikal Guru, Remarc, Danman, Cian Finn + more TBA
Grime's most talked about event celebrated 3 years in the game as Butterz took over Cable for a Birthday carnival on Saturday 23rd February. And as it was their Birthday the Butterz crew went all out with a very special lineup including some massive guest appearances.
Headlining was Butterz own Swindle, who performed a very rare back-to-back set with Bristol boy Joker. And if that wasn't enough JME and Skepta came down to smash up the dance alongside them. Terror Danjah as always showcased everything from Grime, Funky, Bashment and a very special Drum and Bass segment! Butterz own Royal-T, Champion and of course Elijah & Skilliam were joined by Bruza and D.O.K making this Birthday a carnival.
Welcome to the fifth episode of Cable TV, our dedicated club feature including exclusive footage from the evening, in-depth artist interviews and an insight into behind the scenes at Cable London.
This week's episode features One of the UK's best known and loved nights, as the mighty Renegade Hardware celebrated 18 years in the game on Saturday 9th February. A champion of the Drum and Bass scene from the golden era of the 90s, Renegade are now revered and respected by fellow peers and have earned a reputation of always pushing forward-thinking Drum and Bass. We sat down with original Renegade legends Loxy and Jayce (Ink) to find out their beginnings in the scene and why Renegade has stood the test of time, as well as one of the true pioneers of the UK House and techno scene Mr Colin Dale gracing the Cable couch.
Full Interviews and bonus material from the night coming soon. Watch out for the much anticipated arrival of Cable's newest member of staff...JULIUS!
Next Cable TV - Breakspoll 2013
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Renegade Hardware with Maztek, BTK, Tech Itch & more
Saturday 6th April at Cable, London
One of the UK's best known and loved night's celebrated 18 years in the business, as the mighty Renegade Hardware took over Cable on Saturday 9th February to enjoy this most notable milestone. A champion of the Drum and Bass scene from the golden era of the 90s, Renegade are now revered and respected by fellow peers and have earned a reputation of always pushing forward-thinking Drum and Bass.
And as it was their 18th, the Renegade crew went all out and put together a monster lineup including Audio, Inside Info, Loxy, Maztek, Skeptical, Amit, Foreign Concept, Colin Dale and many more.
All 3 rooms we ram packed with the new wave of Renegade artists showing the way, as well as legends like Loxy and Colin Dale getting all nostalgic. Check out this exclsuive stream footage from our main room with very special back-to-back sets from Cern, Ant TC1, Audio, Inside Info, Chris SU and Minscape.