I made a prediction around a year ago that minimal drum and bass would hit the scene in a big way. I’m so glad to say that my prediction was right. Minimal drum and bass still remains as one of my favourite sub-genres within drum and bass, and lies as a testament to the versatility of the genre. Even right now, we’re undergoing an evolution. After just listening to High Contrast’s new collab with Tiesto and getting some feedback off people, I can safely say people are wanting more diversity in their music. People are getting sick of the typical ‘liquid’ sound…you know the one. What the scene needs right now is a revolution of ideas. Not just artists, but even labels need to be pumping out new stuff. It’s a risky thing to front new ideas, which is why a lot of labels never change. All it takes is a single EP to change the face of the scene, and I’m positive that we’re on the verge of a breakthrough. I support any development within drum and bass, I love the fact that it can adapt and change so much – it’d just be great if others had this way of thinking too.
Whenever I see a slightly ‘different’ UKF upload, I see tons of thumbs down and awful comments, but when I see the ‘same old’ formula popping up again, people begin to love it. I honestly hope that I’m not alone here in saying that attitudes towards drum and bass should be a little more open. I’m fully with people enjoying the music, regardless of whether it’s more ‘mainstream’ or not, but I’d just love for people to be more willing to accept something out of the ordinary. As a promoter, I’m going to keep on supporting the people with new ideas – I don’t want to confine myself to the same old music. Change can be good, and change can be bad, but if we never witness a change, we’ll never know what new music could be out there. To any budding producers out there – try something new. To the labels out there – take a risk.