12 April 2009

Bristol Dubstep Documentary: Living inside the speaker

Livising inside the speaker: Bristol Dubstep documentary (including a video by quawwali VIP by Pinch) can be downloaded for free here (ca. 700MB !!).

This movie has been shot a few years ago (I reckon around 2006/2007) on the rising Bristol dubstep scene and is now being released for free download by the authors. This file has sat on my hard drive for a few days but having some free time on Easter I gave it a try. And I have been immediately immersed into heavy sub-bass and slow, burning tempo of killing soundz coming from my speakers. I was reminded once again why I love dubstep so much as recently I've started drifting a bit away from the scene which unfortunately seemed a bit tired of itself and lacking creativity and inspiration. Saying that I still strongly believe there are so many talented youngsters and a bunch of allstars that they will keep this scene above the board for a long time in the future. Anyway, dubstep is far far far from reaching this ridiculous state as in d'n'b formulaic and booooorrring tracks (yak!)

For all you dubstep headz out there - listen to these classic tracks from the greatest era of dubstep, as this movie has a very good soundtrack (incl. tracks by White Boi, Skream, Pinch, Headhunter, Forsaken), and above all listen to what the artists and punters say about the entire scene, its beginnings, its development, its style or drkinking/drug habits - "It's more civilized, just Guineess + spliff" "It's for people who love low frequency, "These are mainly people who are sound headz!! or to hear some production tips. The entire docu is unpretentional, straigthforward and informative. You will even get a section on cutting dubplates presented by Henry from Heatwave crew. What I really liked hearing were the artists emphasizing the importance of the Internet, blogs (YES!) and forums in spreading the vibe and promoting this new style of music :) All in all, I liked this short film (37min) much better than Dubfiles: Dubstep Documentary released last year. Go grab it for free.

And here is the word by the authors themselves:

Dubstep is the newest musical genre to come out of the UK and is quietly gaining popularity all other the UK with its heavy, heavy bass lines and spaced out sound. The scene is particularly strong in London, but Bristol is often classed as Dubstep’s second city. This film goes into the underbelly of the Dubstep scene in Bristol and uncovers through interviews with DJ’s, promoters and punters a vibrant and growing scene. The film explains the Dubstep sound and how the Bristol scene started, highlights how producers make Dubstep tunes and plays live Dubstep sets and describes why the sound system is so important to the genre. If you are into underground music and subcultures then you cannot afford to miss this film.

The film features DJ Pinch, Peverelist, Bubonic, Atik2, Hench Crew, Kymatik, Kidkut, Blazey, Stealth, Dub Boy, Wedge, White Boi, Gutterbreaks, Elemental, Search & Destroy, Skream, Chef and the Bristol Dubstep Massive. (including many hijackers)