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Architecting vs. Finding a Cultural Identity: An Interview with Dubbel Dutch

Marc Glasser, aka Dubbel Dutch to many that do not know him personally, has been a stalwart of the underground music scene since his first proper releases as a producer in 2009. Since his initial prominence, he’s worked with dancehall legends, from remixing Vybz Kartel and leaving a memorable stamp on Popcaan’s debut record, performed around the planet, and released music with labels such as Mixpak and Unknown to the Unknown. Glasser’s respect and admiration for global music styles, including dancehall, cumbia, and South African house, combined with a knowledge of classic UK funky, jungle, and hardcore tropes, help begin to explain his appeal to listeners around the world.

Shake! gave us at DRAW the chance to interview Glasser for takes on his influences, the dynamic nature of the electronic and club music scenes, and his life as a traveler. The timing for Shake’s show with Dubbel Dutch on November 4th, with Doctor Jeep and Fens warming up, couldn’t be better, because we’re bringing his Mixpak cohort, Murlo, to Good Life next week on November 10th.

Interview by DRAW Boston (somekid & Insha)

DRAW: First off, thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions from us. To start off, outside of the musical tastes you grew up on and became associated with at the beginning of your career, what are other specific sources of influence for you — be it environments or a type of media? Are there specific creators who have been a source of inspiration for you recently?

DUBBEL DUTCH: I like watching these “10 hours of waterfalls” 4K nature compilations on YouTube while I work. They remind me of those giant 70s era “moving” waterfall pictures you see hanging up in Chinese restaurants in NYC. Psychedelic drugs and meditation are a big source of inspiration for me outside of media, they let me access ideas that are less ego driven or all about me and give me a sense that anything is possible. Recently I’ve also been into the deserts around Los Angeles. I’m inspired by them because despite the extreme conditions, everything adapts and finds a way, and there’s an unrelenting struggle of hope and survival that’s at the center of everything I do.

Read the full interview on Shakeboston.com

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SHAKE: MIX 012 – Doctor Jeep (All Breakbeats Edition)


Note from the artist:
For this mix I wanted to do something a little different and gave myself a theme to work with – only using tunes that strongly incorporate a breakbeat in their rhythm section. I find it much more difficult to organize a set this way (as opposed to my standard strategy of just tossing in a bunch of new stuff and hoping for the best), but it keeps me fresh. I find breakbeats weirdly hypnotic and just love the loose groove they provide. The mix contains some brand new and unreleased tunes from myself, alongside a few 90’s rave tracks (and new bits from classic artists like 2 Bad Mice). Shoutout to Dubbel Dutch too for “Throwback” – that was the first vinyl I ever bought! – Doctor Jeep

Catch Doctor Jeep with Dubbel Dutch and Fens on Friday, November 4 at Good Life in Boston for the next edition of Shake!

Tracklist:
DJ Bark Lee – Gonna Get U [Self Released]
Doctor Jeep – X-Press [Chaos Clan]
2 Bad Mice – Zero Fifteen [Sneaker Social Club]
Dubbel Dutch – Throwback [Palms Out Sounds]
Luca Lozano – Super Rhythm Track [Super Rhythm Trax]
The Bowl Nuts – Trapped [Rhino Records]
DJ Edge – Compnded [Edge Records]
Digital Domain – I Need Relief [Rabbit City Records]
Star Eyes – Lightsaber [Chaos Clan]
Sir Spyro – Topper Top (DJ Bark Lee Cut) [Unreleased]
Chavy Boys of London – Request Line [Money Studies Records]
DJ Bark Lee – Brighta Dayz [Club Aerobics]
2 Bad Mice – Gone Too Soon [Sneaker Social Club]

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NOV4 Shake! presents Dubbel Dutch, Doctor Jeep, & Fens

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Friday, November 4
at Good Life, 28 Kingston St, Boston

$10 Advance Tickets | $15 Door

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October: 10 drum ‘n’ bass releases you need to hear this month

Mixmag lists their must-hears for the month of October including a standout by Boston’s own Cirrus!

Noisia, Lenzman, Dawn Wall and more

Album of the month

Noisia ‘Outer Edges’ (Vision)

No collaborations, very few vocals and no radio-friendly top lines in sight – just 18 tracks of super-deluxe hardstepping d’n’b and experimental industrial fury that no-one else can hold a candle to when it comes to expert sound design. Twisted synths that sound like giant squid tentacles dripping in radioactive ooze; jackhammer drums that knife across the soundscape; raw funk riffs that buckle the 170bpm formula into a crushing sub-bass lick: this is production that’s a dimension apart. A microcosm of the sonically intricate and heavyweight sound and brand the Dutch trio have built in the six years since their first LP, ‘Outer Edges’ is your entry point to a group that have transcended d’n’b and created a new sonic wormhole for thousands of voyagers.

See the full article on Mixmag

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BREAKING: Spotify In Advanced Discussions To Purchase SoundCloud

According to a report by the Financial Times, Spotify is now in advanced talks to acquire SoundCloud after rumours about a supposed buyout for SoundCloud have been swirling for some time now. Both Spotify and SoundCloud have declined to comment at this point in time per Variety.

This news comes following another rumour that Spotify was looking for a new buyer at $1 billion valuation which makes Spotify’s involvement all the more interesting.

As the global leader in paid streaming, Spotify has quickly become a household name in the music/tech industry and beyond with its cheap service, ease of use, and its huge library. SoundCloud on the other hand, has always been more of a forum for emerging producers and musicians to upload tracks without the need of a paid distributor as is the case with Spotify.

Full story

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Dev/Null – Blog to the Old Skool Radio Sept 19th 2016

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Shake! presents Randomer, Batu & Dev/Null – Friday September 23 @ Good Life

Shake! presents Randomer, Batu & Dev/Null

Facebook Event

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Wheel Up @ Wonder Bar

Wheel Up - September 20 @ Wonder Bar

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Goldie threatens to melt down his MBE in protest of Fabric’s closure

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“[Fabric] was a religion for all of us.”

In an interview with Channel 4 News, rave innovator Goldie said he would melt down his MBE in protest of Fabric’s closure. He suggested other DJs join suit:

“I’m wondering whether or not the likes of me, the likes of Jazzie B, Norman Jay, Pete Tong for that matter, should just trade our MBEs in, melt them down and put them in a pencil-pushers coffee, so it can taste a little bit sweeter for him today, so he feels more successful in killing counter culture and culture itself.”

The Walsall-born DJ was awarded his MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in February by Charles, Prince of Wales. He’s now ready to ditch that honor in favor of keeping London’s culture vibrant…

Full story at Factmag

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Fabric London, utterly empty.

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