I was lucky enough to interview Spinscott, who is in Chicago this weekend for Bass Riot!, the bi-weekly event hosted at Township by the DnBid crew. The Maryland- based DJ, producer, and lifelong drummer combines his advanced mixing skills with classic and original tracks, and loop-free, real-time drum machine action to deliver unique performances. In addition to his YouTube channel, he also plays a weekly radio show on Jungletrain every Monday night from 7-9 PM EST, featuring old-school jungle, original tunes, and his signature live MPC drumsounds.

Spinscott PhotoCheck the official Spinscott artist page for exclusive video and audio content. Also check his Soundcloud page for free, downloadable tracks. Some of his recent efforts are available (listed below) via the major digital retailers (Beatport, Juno, TrackItDown, etc.), and more are on the way.

Limbic System / Trust Me (Dynamix Records)
The Rhythmic Induction EP (Dynamix Records)
Ocular Vol. 1 feat. Achromatic & Lights (Faction Digital Recordings)

Droopzilla: Do you consider yourself a DJ or Producer?
Spinscott: I tend to consider myself more of a music fanatic & performer than anything else really. I have constantly been exposed to all kinds of music pretty much since I was born, and performing / creating music in one way or another since I was about 5 or 6.

The definitions of “DJ” and “Producer” have become somewhat ambiguous over the years, and although I certainly do both, I get excited about pushing the boundaries and differentiating from the typical interpretation of such terms.

Droopzilla: What got you into DJing, particularly jungle and dnb? 
Spinscott: Having a long history with DJing traditional top 40 music, my first introduction into electronic music occurred in the early-mid 1990s. As a lifelong drummer I have always searched for music that had dynamic and complex rhythms that were challenging to both listen to, and fun to drum along to… the first time I ever heard a jungle mixtape (which featured all 1994-1995 jungle) I was instantly obsessed.

I remember playing some of those tapes so much in the car that they would snap… and ultimately my dashboard would wear away from the constant drumming. I can remember times that I would drum along to an intricate and drum heavy track, and would not get out of the car at home until I played every note perfectly… (sometimes an hour in the driveway… but rhythm is quite an obsession!) I began mixing vinyl in late 1998, and put out a mixtape/CD 3 weeks later (under an old alias) that led to bookings along the East Coast.

In 2013 I purchased a drum machine to work on some hip hop projects, and of course the first things that went into it were jungle breaks, which I sliced up and decided to play live. I put up a video two days later and started incorporating it into my DJ sets…. Jungle Plus Drums was born.

Droopzilla: Are you affiliated with any groups, bands, or labels?
Spinscott: In the electronic music realm, I have been part of several crews / limited collaborations over the years, including, Eastcoasthappy, Junglist Brigade, and a few others that I am excited to announce soon.

Label credits include Dynamix Records, Faction Digital Recordings, Dred Collective, Noisy Meditation, and also some new ones pending. I have also played drums and sang covers for several bands over the years, including groups such as Aerport Rocking Chairs and Broken Solace.

Droopzilla: Where are you based?
Spinscott: I am based on the east coast USA (Maryland), and have been supporting the scene here in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area for a very long time. I must say that this area is FULL of talented DJs, producers, and some of the best promoters in the country. As I travel often for shows, I always encourage people to check out the scene back here at the home base.

Droopzilla: What’s are your plans for the rest of the year?
Spinscott: Lots of things in the works! I plan to continue the production of new drum machine routines, pushing the limits (both rhythmically and physically) utilizing my 100% Certified Organic Loop-Free format. Multiple releases planned for a few different domestic and international labels, and currently entertaining limited booking opportunities in several countries.

Also very excited to have been discovered by some of the artists I have been listening to for over 2 decades, and looking forward to sharing ideas and experiences with them.
Droopzilla: If you had a musical bias, a sound you lean towards at all, what would it be?
Spinscott: I really believe that an art form, there is no such thing as inherently “good” or “bad” music, because it is totally dependent on the listeners/creators interpretation. I respect anyone that creates, listens to, performs, dances to, and enjoys music…. as it is really our first language. If I like something I always share my opinion, and if I don’t like something I am always willing to offer a private opinion and insight if requested.

The barriers to entry in the field have been for the most part eliminated due to virtually unlimited access to music and equipment, which I honestly think is a good thing. I think everyone should have a chance to try DJing or Producing if they want, and it raises the bar for anyone who is dedicated and wants to stand out. The commercialization of certain “underground” styles/genres drives some people to innovate and develop new sounds and ways of doing things.

All that said, I do have my personal favorite styles/genres of music, some of which include Jungle (big surprise there!), Northern Soul (another current obsession), Reggae, Hip Hip, Alternative, Doo Wop, R&B, Early Rockabilly & Rock N’ Roll, Latin Guitar, Classical, House, Baltimore Club, and countless others.

Really excited for this upcoming event. To close out 2014, one of my favorite Chicago artists just announced her upcoming show: An exhibit of her melted crayon paintings. The best part is, it’s taking place at one of my favorite local watering holes: The legendary Village Tap!

sarabritton.comSara Britton uses a variety of techniques, from acrylic to mixed media, but I’m encouraged that she’s focusing on the melted crayon technique for this show. To date, aside from her space-inspired efforts, these pieces have garnered the most acclaim. When I spoke to Sara about the show and what pushed her to pursue this phase in her career, she gave heartfelt thanks to her junior high art teacher, who she claims “taught me everything from brainstorming, to pushing limits and working with different mediums”.

Check out the selected works of Sara Britton at The Village Tap: Dec. 1, 2014 through Jan 31, 2015.

See more art from Sara at her online shop and her Etsy shop.


Nicole Moudaber

Nicole Moudaber

Say “five-city warehouse tour” to most people and they look at you funny. Kind of a blank stare. But that’s not the case with techno fans, and certainly not the case for Nicole Moudaber, who has embarked on one such warehouse tour, named “MoodRAW”. From festivals to nightclubs, she’s well-known for fun, yet intense take on dark techno.

With this tour, Moudaber is aiming for the underground, which these days is a byword for pretty much anything but underground. But for longtime fans of the sound, many of whom got their first taste of techno in warehouses, Moudaber’s production certainly evokes some good memories. Those days, all it took was one dark room and a powerful sound system.

The accompanying EP release on MOOD, titled “The Whippin’ I’m Dishin’’ certainly matches that dark-techno-in-a-warehouse spirit. Nicole’s original mix sets the tone for remixes by Gary Beck and Robert Dietz.

Moudaber’s MoodRAW Warehouse tour hits Chicago on Nov. 7.

Since the launch of his Knee Deep In Sound label in March, Daley Padley (Hot Since 82) has been on quite a tear. With a summer of events, releases, and A&R work behind him, Padley is set to embark on a North and Latin American tour in support of the Knee Deep In Sound mix album he’s compiled. The album will be released on Nov. 17 and not only serves as a debut for many of his recent signings, but also as a vehicle for some new and exclusive Hot Since 82 productions.

Hot Since 82 kicks off the Knee Deep In Sound tour with an appearance at Spybar on Oct. 30.

Check out a promo video for Knee Deep In Sound.

Check out Hot Since 82 on SoundCloud.

Les Sins photo by Andrew Paynter

Photo Credit: Andrew Paynter

Chaz Bundick’s (Toro Y Moi) dance music project, Les Sins, is currently touring in support of his upcoming album, Michael, and will appear at Smart Bar on December 5th.

Michael seems heavily inspired by classic house and techno, but some 80’s and hip hop sneak in on occasion. The album doesn’t follow a clear musical path–rather, it seems like a collection of tunes, like a bag of records. All of which bodes well for fans attending the Chicago tour date, as the influences on Michael feature heavily in standout Smart Bar DJ sets.

Listen to “Why” ft. Nate Salman.

Watch the video for “Bother”.

Listen to “Bother”.

Listen to the entire album on NPR’s First Listen.

MAKJ press photo


MAKJ just made it to the DJ Mag Top 100 DJs list and he’s only 24. Well played, sir.

The producer/DJ, also known as Mackenzie Johnson, kicks off the Halloween weekend in Chicago at Studio Paris on Wed. Oct. 29 as part of his national tour. He’s fresh off a highly-successful European tour and collaborations with Lil Jon and Bassjackers, making 2014 a great year thus far for MAKJ.

Check out tickets and tour information.

Groundislava’s video for “Girl Behind the Glass” made the rounds to wide acclaim and I would be remiss if I didn’t guide you towards his appearance at Primary this evening.

His new concept album, Frozen Throne, (Friends of Friends) is about finding true love in a cyberspace-obsessed future (hence the game-themed music video that had everyone talking) and we’re all quite excited about it.

Groundislava, part of the LA-based Wedidit Collective, is appearing with Distal, one of my favorite, genre-bending producers, and the Them Flavors DJs.

Primary is located at 5 W Division St (between State St & Astor St) in Chicago, IL. Cover is $8.

Say what you will about Black Lips, they are still a formidable live act and Chicago fans are lucky enough to see them in not one, but two venues across the city. The boys from Atlanta will be at the Logan Square Auditorium for a sold out show tonight with The King Khan & BBQ Show and Heavy Times. Tomorrow (Sat. Sep. 20), they will be at Thalia Hall with The King Khan & BBQ Show, NE-HI, and The Get Drunk DJs for an 8 PM show (Doors at 7 PM). Get tix for the Thalia Hall show.
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