Bestival 2008

November 4, 2008 at 2:30 pm (Influences, Mixes, Raves)


Bestival…the best festival of the year for its size, if not overall, has once again landed on the shores of the Isle of Wight. And this year to make things even more interesting Mitsubishop and Duvstar will be throwing down a two hour back to back drum nd bass special to kick it all off! How sweet is that?!

Anyways, before I get too big-headed I’ll return to earth and give you the lowdown. We’ve entered the Island based DJ competition for a few years but never had much luck, this year was no different with a host of talent up against us. The rules were 15 mins, no more no less, to show the crowd and a panel of judges what you can do with some turntables. Our set was sick…and the judges agreed.

We were scheduled to open up the Red Bull 54 Speakeasy tent on the friday from 1 30 till 3 30. Originally we thought this would be too early for drum nd bass, but after 15 mins the tent was packed and the crowd was jumping…this had success written all over it. And thats exactly what happened, if anything 2 hours was not enough! Bring on next year…



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Not So Silent DJ Comp

May 12, 2008 at 10:17 pm (Influences, Mixes, Raves)

The Not So SIlent DJ Comp…So You Think You Can DJ? Saw this and thought ‘why not?’.  Turned out to be quite a good thought as I ended up winning so yep…bring on more thoughts like that! After a good first round I almost buggered it in the second, although to be fair the DJ on before me could have switched the fader over to turntables. Mixing on a mixer you’ve never used before isn’t easy at the best of times. Somehow I made it to the final and after a long wait with severe disruptions to the schedule I played my set…and won. Not much mind you, and unfortunately no regular sets anywhere, but hell…its experience aint it? And fun, when it goes to plan anyways…

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Screeens and Visuals at Raves

May 12, 2008 at 3:10 pm (Influences, Raves, Research)

Following on from the VJ’ing report I produced, it occurred to me that there are often visual screens at larger raves. This is to create more of an experience for the ravers, as live cams from the venues are often streamed on stage. This also aids the DJ, as generally people go crazy when the see themselves on screen. Apart from that content generally includes vivid, fast moving computer manipulated imagery and animation. Watch this space for updates on VJ’ing at raves…

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Slammin Vinyl e-flyers – Up and Coming Events

April 22, 2008 at 1:38 pm (Influences, Raves, Research)

Here are a few more e-flyers from Slammin Vinyl, created in the same format again, but ever so slightly evolving through time. Keep it up North Face, we like your designs…

Weekender 2008:-

Sanctuary Festival 2008:-

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Slammin Vinyl e-flyers – Easter Spectacular 2008

April 22, 2008 at 1:25 pm (Influences, Raves, Research)

Another e-flyer from Slammin Vinyl, this time the site is simplified even further. It utilizes sections on tickets, arenas, how to get there, video and audio samples and other up coming events. again, the colour scheme works incredibly well in relation to the feel of the site. There is a small amount of animation incorporated within the design, involving people walking along the beach in the foreground and the lights in the BIC center flashing as they would in a rave. I really like these mini sites and feel its an aspect of design I’d quite like to get into. I feel this is my style and have already got enough general enthusiasm in this field too push myself further.

Link to e-flyer:-

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Slammin Vinyl e-flyers – NYE NEC 2007/08

April 22, 2008 at 1:11 pm (Influences, Raves, Research)

Although this was the large event to be at on New Years, I didn’t actually attend. Next year…its on!

Again, the site is set out in exactly the same format and layout to previous mini sites from Slammin Vinyl. This is probably because of their ease of use, why change the layout if it works? I feel the concepts behind these mini sites are spot on, simple yet effective. All the sites are built by the company North Form. Another strong area is the imagery used within the site, all epic and eurphoric, relating itself back to memories the target audience already has from past events.

Link to e-flyer:-

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Slammin Vinyl e-flyers – Westfest 2007

April 22, 2008 at 12:40 pm (Influences, Raves, Research)


Westfest was a great night. Held at Royal Bath and West Showground, it incorporated 7 different arenas of rave heaven. To see a write up go back over my previous blogs.

Again, the mini site is very simple yet incredibly effective. The colour scheme fits the idea of an outside event at the end of summer, using autumn colours, which instantly works well. I really like the way the information and images load up in the main window. This means the rest of the site never needs to load again. This helps many aspects, ease of use, legibility, navigation and user friendliness. Again there are links to tickets outlets, an mp3 player and photo galleries etc. All these aspects help the site become interactive and interesting for the user.

Link to e-flyer:-

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Slammin Vinyl e-flyers – Tranzmission 07

April 22, 2008 at 11:21 am (Influences, Raves, Research)

As I go off to a lot of raves I’m constantly looking at advertisements for events on the web and on Flyers. This is called Promotional Material, and is an area I’d like to look at going into after the course. One of the bigger promoters are Slammin Vinyl, who organise around 6 large events a year, Tranzmission being their Easter installment. Tranzmission was held at Alexandra Palace in London in April 2007.

The thing I really like about the site is its simplicity. It literally incorporates the bare essential information and imagery to make it legible and easy to use. It has a small media player with short samples of the music genres played at the event and links to groups on social networking sites like facebook and dont stay in. Each section loads in the main window reducing waiting times and making it incredibly easy to navigate around. Other sections include an overview of the arenas, how to get there, a ticket outlet, video and image gallery and an overview of the event itself.

Link to e-flyer:-

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Easter Spectacular – Slammin Vinyl @ the BIC

April 21, 2008 at 4:12 pm (Influences, Raves)

Yet another huge installment from Slammin Vinyl, the Easter Spectacular is this years Tranz-mission. Held at the Bournemouth International Center, the event has all the scenes top DJ’s and MC’s. Around 6,000 people attended what must have been the best rave of the year so far. I have to admit I was more impressed with the lights and visuals in the hardcore room, which was disappointing considering I spent most of my time in the Drum and Bass arena! Still, yet another great night to remember…

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Andy C Nightlife Tour

April 9, 2008 at 2:37 pm (Influences, Raves)

As I’m sure anyone reading this blog will already know…raving is the nuts! I’d been through a stage of only listening to hardcore at raves recently, though this was strictly drum and bass…and what a night it turned out to be! I mix drum and bass as a hobby so this really helped give me some inspiration into the whole culture of drum and bass, especially Sub Focus’s set. Oh dear. The thing that many people don’t understand about raving is the feeling of belonging you get, the whole vibe that goes with it. Music to the younger generation is like what religion is to older people, a philosophy to live by and something to feel part of.

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