“What came first, the music or the obsession?” – Part 1

“I lost the plot for a while then. And I lost the subplot, the script, the soundtrack, the intermission, my popcorn, the credits and the exit sign” – excerpt from ‘High Fidelity’ by Nick Hornby

Chapter 1: Intro

This is the first of a multi-part thematic series about obsessions, music and obsession with music. Based on my own experiences, I will attempt to explore and rationalize the profound impact of music on our habits, daily routine and life in general. With music being the focal point, each part of the series will be focusing on a different aspect; all-day long visits to record stores, endless queues outside clubs, late night radio listening with the record button on, mixtapes, the digital era emergence and the inevitable changes to the way we perceive, consume and enjoy music.

The series title is a paraphrase of an excerpt from the book High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, featuring also in the eponymous film adaptation a few years later (replace obsession with misery for the original quote). Although the essence of the question is totally different in the book and I am pretty certain Hornby didn’t have electronic music in mind, it has prompted a psychological dilemma that has been bothering me for years. What came first, the music or the obsession? Did I listen to electronic music (and drum & bass in particular) because I was obsessive? Or did I become obsessive because I listened to electronic music? Continue reading

Harris (Funxion, I Got Bass) Jumps the Q

A mini-interview with 22 short questions (some personal, some tricky) looking for equally short answers, addressed to artists, producers, promoters, djs, friends and affiliates of the blog in general.

Today’s guest is one of the original Greek bass soldiers, active for more than two decades in the domestic and international proceedings, sharing some personal trivia with the blog. A short bio and relative links can be found below the Q&A.

 Harris (Funxion, I Got Bass) Jumps the Q
Harris Funxion

Harris Funxion

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Internal Affairs web radio show – S01E04 – Future Engineers special

Internal Affairs

Internal Affairs web radio show is a side project of Godisnolongeradj. Hosted by Professor S (aka Godisnolongeradj) alongside partner DJ Sin, Internal Affairs is an effort to present a chronicle of the drum and bass history throughout the last two decades, emphasizing on the jazzy, atmospheric and mellower side of the jungle/drum and bass spectrum.

The show is already on its 3rd Season and is broadcasted every Monday live, from 20:00 to 22:00, Time zone: (UTC+03:00) on Radio Zografou GR

Future Engineers

The fourth episode of the first season of the show is dedicated to Future Engineers; a showcase of a wide spectrum of their discography from 1997 when their first release saw the light of day (The Silence b/w Shattered on Renegade Recordings, RR017) till the time of writing. A new release by Future Engineers on their own imprint Transference Recordings is highly anticipated soon!

Transference Recordings

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D Base Athens Jumps The Q

A mini-interview with 22 short questions (some personal, some tricky) looking for equally short answers, addressed to artists, producers, promoters, djs, friends and affiliates of the blog in general.

Today D Base Athens Jumps the Q

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D Base presents Submission

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Set 1: The man behind the mask

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Cryogenics (Haunted Science, Audio Theory Records, Spaceal Orbeats, Kraak Records) Jumps the Q

Jump the Q

A mini-interview with 22 short questions (some personal, some tricky) looking for equally short answers, addressed to artists, producers, promoters, djs, friends and affiliates of the blog in general.

Today Cryogenics (Haunted Science, Audio Theory Records, Spaceal Orbeats, Kraak Reecords) Jumps the Q

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Haunted Science Radio Show

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Set 1: The man behind the mask

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Blu Mar Ten Jump the Q

Jump the Q

A mini-interview with 22 short questions (some personal, some tricky) looking for equally short answers, addressed to artists, producers, promoters, djs, friends and affiliates of the blog in general.

Today Chris Marigold of Blu Mar Ten Jumps the Q

Blu Mar Ten

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Set 1: The man behind the mask

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Memoirs Of a Vinyl Junkie – part 2

Vinyl

Tuesday morning, October 1993

09:50

He is staring anxiously at the classroom clock counting the nanoseconds. It’s almost 10 and in about an hour or so the boxes with the new releases at the record store downtown are bound to open. There is no way he can make it before 2, unless he skips the last hour at school. He already knows that’s exactly what he is going to do.
The guy behind the counter had promised him that the tunes he was searching for the last weeks would be included in those boxes. It was not the first time the guy made such a promise just to get rid of him, but it didn’t worth the risk. He had to be there in person; phone-calls were never effective. Everybody, who has been at a record store more than twice, can tell a story about a record in a shelf already reserved for a radio producer, a dj or a mate of the store owner.
His impatience was intensified by the fact that every Tuesday morning all the big dogs of the scene would be there. He was a bit intimidated by them and the fact that they always had priority over him to listen to the tunes in the private booth was a bit frustrating. He could not spend as much as they did, as his only resource was his weekly allowance, so their priority status, however irritating it was, actually made sense.

13:10

He enters the record store which is already packed and many familiar faces are already searching the shelves and discussing with the guys behind the counter. There is a queue on the decks where one can hear a preview of a record before he can buy it. He heads directly to the jungle/breakbeat section. He knows that the possibility to find on the shelves the records he was looking for is much greater than to find them behind the counter. He’s right! Two records of the list are already there along with a couple of promos he should definitely check out. He picks them all up and visits the other sections waiting for a slot in the private booth. Continue reading