While I disagree with the title of this video in that UK Garage didn’t BECOME Dubstep (UKG is still it’s own entity and continues to spawn other genres and subgenres) I would say Dubstep evolved from UK Garage while incorporating many other influences, and this is a pretty good account of how the one came from the other.
Eventually, Fougy re-established a weekly presence back at The Spot called Sessionz. Over the course of the next 2 years from 1996-1998 Sessionz was Boston’s premiere Jungle/DrumnBass night with residents at different times including Timestretch, Casper, G White (myself, now G Notorious), Static, Stareyes, Mike Spears, and Al Fougy himself. The night brought in some of the biggest names in Jungle and DrumnBass (as it was rapidly becoming called); Ed Rush and Optical, DJ SS, LTJ Bukem, Kemistry & Storm, and Grooverider among many, many others. By this time, particularly the night when Lady Miss Kier of Deelite came to town to play a Jungle set, the night was massively outgrowing The Spot and started venue hopping.
When Jungle Roots ended in 1996, the ever determined Al Fougy continued pushing with one offs like Purple Skies, Blue Metal, and the legendary Lesson One. Lesson One was at The Paradise and was the first time some of the biggest UK names came and played on a stage in Boston, and possibly the only time some of them have. Andy C, Randall, and Darren Jay blew the crowd away on the decks with MC GQ in full command of the mic to a completely packed house… Click through to read more and see all of the photos.
The Metalheadz night at Blue Note was a party that will go down in history as one of drum & bass’ most important. Alongside Rage and Speed, it’s the one that is most frequently cited by the genre’s luminaries in spreading the sound worldwide. Like most nights that eventually take on a historical significance, its success is a combination of factors. Drum & bass was in its beginning stages and Metalheadz, the label, had gathered together some of its finest, young producers. It was held on a Sunday, a day that lured out the rave-shy beatmakers. And heading it all up was this irrepressible character, Goldie, a producer who was just about ready to take the whole thing global.
There are other, vitally important things to mention. A lack of traditional MCs. A fierce dubplate rivalry. A DJ who put together one of the best DJ sets ever – after not spinning records in public for more than a year. But instead of listing all of them, we’ll simply let the people that were there tell the story. Over the past few months we interviewed a majority of the night’s major players. Here is their take on Metalheadz at Blue Note.