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Artists
Akufen CA
Audio Werner
DE LIVE
Basic Soul Unit CA
Berk Offset
DE LIVE
Daniel Bell US
Daoust CA
Dick Diamonds CA
DeepChord US LIVE
Jason Hodges CA
Kode9 UK
Marcus Visionary CA
Michel Plamondon CA LIVE
Mike Shannon CA/DE
Pinch UK
Purrpelle CA
SlowPitch
CA LIVE
Spyne CA
Stefny Winter CA LIVE
Talal & Zoi CA

Visuals
Artefact CA
Jax A Muse
CA
Christina Felton/Kristina Kamenar/
Mara Payne
CA
Pinch UK
Tectonic/Cold Recordings
Friday July 12
SUBjectives: The Bass Experience
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Friday July 12
Friday Night Main Event
 
Looking back on the myriad of ways that the genre now known quite loosely as ‘bass music’ has mutated, one of the key figures in its evolution would have to be Bristol’s Rob Ellis, better known simply as Pinch. His fascination with what the outer limits of the dub sound can achieve, has made him a distinct figure within the fluid group of like-minded dubstep musicians that defined the so-called Bristol sound.

In 2003, a Kode9 set at London’s seminal FWD>> became the stepping-stone into dubstep that inspired him to start the first pure dubstep night outside of FWD>>, Subloaded, in his hometown of Bristol. With the city’s love of dub and long musical lineage, plus Pinch’s dedication to the importance of the actual sound, it quickly formed a dedicated community and became a yardstick by which other nascent events were measured.

This had all been driven by a key moment in his own musical evolution which as he explains, “I lost interest in D&B and started buying minimal Basic Channel style techno, garage, grime and electronica instead – trying to mix them up together,” pre-empting the dominant sound of 4/4 dub-techno embraced by today’s crop of young producers, like Hessle Audio, who regularly cite the Bristol sound as a big influence. This embrace of a starker, dubbier sound became the seed from where his Tectonic label grew, and by championing artists like 2562, led to his eventual release of work with dub legend and King Tubby apprentice, Scientist.

His latest endeavors include starting a a new vinyl only label called Cold Recordings and touring a new group project with legendary dub producer Adrian Sherwood, with a new release forthcoming on the influential electronic Warp label. 
Photo by Jimmy Mould