Rhiannon first got into raving in the late 90s dancing to garage, old skool and jungle at bagleys, chunnel club, strawberry sundae, velvet rooms and camden palace. It wasn’t til 2006 when she inherited her brother Hijack’s decks that she started to learn how to mix and started buying dnb. Since then she has been building her collection, playing at private parties and afterparties and it wasn’t til she was asked to play at one of the first garage splash raves at the jamm that she started to get bookings and since then has gone on to become a resident at Garage Splash playing every month at Fire.
In the last few years she has played at Kapow, Unshackled, Konnect festival, Glastonbury, Launch and Moondance as well as playing on Flex FM and Life FM. She is over the moon to be adding Distant Planet to this list as she has been a massive fan of the party for many years
I first had a taste of the underground sound in 1988/89 when I found a 12″ copy of “House Nation” randomly sitting up against a wall near the local tube station. After getting home and hearing it, I knew that this was the music I wanted. In early 1992 at the age of 12, I got hold of a mixer from Tandy, no special effects, no cross fader, no EQ’s, just a basic 4 channel mixer. That was enough……For now. I then used a tape player and a hifi turntable (With part of a screwdriver glued into the motor underneath to work as a crude pitch adjust) to learn how to mix tracks together.
Late 1991/ Early 1992 everyone was listening to pirate radio, Pulse, Ragga, Station, Kool etc, I got a taste for the sound…Next step was….Where to buy the records. My then local record shop supplied a lot of reggae that I purchased. Then I spotted an LP called “Progressive Hardcore” (Rising High Records). I purchased it, took it home and played it and from that point everything changed, nothing else mattered other than following that sound.
Between 1994 and 1995, I was still purchasing Reggae but was also purchasing Jungle tracks like Johnny, Lighter, R.I.P and Pulp Fiction. Around this time there were a few new stations; Radio Active was a memorable one. This was where I first got to hear happy hardcore. Back then it was all mixed together with jungle within the one set.
In early 1996, I was flicking through the FM dial and heard “31 Seconds” playing, so I whacked a tape in and started recording. The track wound down and on came an MC (Ruff) and the next track had clapping at the beginning. It then burst into some mad amen’s and kicks and as soon as it dropped I was hooked. The track was Simply Electric by Force & Evolution and the DJ and MC were Spinback & MC Ruff. The Station was Dream FM. 1996 was an excellent year for underground music with so many 12″ releases each week. Happy hardcore, drum & bass and reggae were the records of choice and there were loads to choose from.
Towards the end of 1998, a lot of record shops had closed down and a fair few stations had ceased broadcasting. Not to be left out or bored with music I then started purchasing hard house and rap/hip-hop. Around late 2002/2003, I was listening to Eruption FM and heard a DJ (TC) playing some interesting sounds and from 2003/2004 I wanted to get a slot on a station.
In around Mid 2004 I was asked to do a mix tape by the Eruption FM management. I completed the mix and I was also asked to present the mix. I then went to a rave at the “Electroworks” where I passed the tape on to someone who then passed the tape and eventually it got to where it was needed.
Around November 2004 was my first ever set on Eruption FM and I remained with them until 2012 mainly playing happy Hardcore, old skool, jungle and drum & bass with the occasional hard house set thrown in.
Come late 2012, myself & TC got our first set on Kool London playing a 1988-1990 selection and since then to the present time, I have remained on Kool London playing a selection of reggae, old skool, happy hardcore, jungle, drum & bass, acid house and most in-between.
Massive thanks to the listeners. Without you, what’s the point? Also thanks to TC, Wizbit, Yang, Dangerous, Als, Eastman, Susie G, Clockwork, NSK and all that helped the Tenners over the years.
Junior Buzz mastered his skills playing Acid House, House, Jungle, D&B, Old skool, Garage and Bass.
Beginning his journey as a young lad, he stepped up to play in clubs alongside headliner DJS, from the age of 15. Citing his Dad as his inspiration, the knowledge and passion he had then has matured and exploded into a medley of fusion and sounds.
It is his signature refusal to be restrained to one genre that keeps his mixes fresh.
Radio: Junior buzz currently holds a radio show on London’s now legal Flex FM 101.4 Playing and supporting new, unsigned and fresh Music
Tuesdays 22:00 GMT
Distant Planet spent some time with Neil talking about clubbing in London in the 80’s, DJ’ing and Record Collecting, Pirate Radio, partying in the US in late 80’s/Early 90’s, Releases past and present and studio/production.
Keep an eye out for some new releases from Controlled Weirdness coming soon on Presence Unknown.
Distant Planet spent the day with DJ Warlock (Helter Skelter, Rag & Bone, Koollondon.com) going through his tapes, flyers, magazines and other rave memorabilia that he has kept (in amazing condition!) from over the years. Take a trip down memory lane as he talks us through some of the iconic raves and clubs over the 90’s that he frequented and also discusses the popular and not so popular tunes from the time from his reviews in Ravescene magazine.
So Distant Planet residents Louise Plus One and Hughesee were invited along to Cambridge105.fm to Play a set on ‘The Urban Baseline show’ hosted by Johnny 5. Louise Plus One and Hughesee played for the 1st 2 hours then Urban Baseline Resident DG Select finished off with a slamming set of Drum and Bass. The Urban Baseline show has been going a number of years now serving the Cambridge community every Friday night 7-10pm make sure you tune in for the freshest urban beats and bass.
Distant Planet would like to thank Johnny 5 and DG select for the opportunity once again our 3rd show on the show .. nice one
Check out the Urban Baseline show website by clicking this LINK the sets will be on there for one week on the music page or check out the Distant Planet Soundcloud by clicking the logo below.
This was the second show that Distant Planet residents Louise Plus One and Hughesee were asked to come and play on http://cambridge105.fm/ a legal community FM radio station also playing was Rob Focuz from Apply the breaks also the show was hosted by Johnny 5. Unfortunately Daddy Fingaz could not make it along to this one but many a shoutout was sent his way!
Johnny 5, DG Select, DJs Mikey Wells and DJ Juno have been doing the show every Friday serving the Cambridge community and beyond with the best in Underground music for 6 years now that takes some serious commitment! The show is sandwiched in between talk shows one titled “The weekend waffle”
A big thanks to Rob Focuz & Johnny 5 for the snaps!
Well the time is nearly upon us so we thought we would give you the heads up here at Distant Planet HQ.
You can purchase ticket’s by clicking HERE get them whilst they are available last count there was only 66 tickets left.
If you have not experienced Riverdance and love your oldskool then Distant Planet seriously recommends this event. It is London’s longest running boat party dedicated to the oldskool rave sounds of way back with some serious DJ’s who will be digging deep to deliver only the best in oldskool sounds to everyone on board. This is always a popular sellout event and also there is the after party only for the hardcore! You can catch Louise Plus One & Hughesee playing at the after party here are some details narrated by Riverdance main man Reuben.
Many of you have been vocal about getting Steve back on the boat and I totally agree it is about time for him to rock the party once again. For those that don’t know, Faydz is a master on the dex with his fast beat matching, sublime scratching and tune selection. His 1992 mix of made in 70 minutes has been a phenomenal success and is now on Vol 3 which highlights the skill of this man’s talents. Be sure to get a copy on the boat!
Sense is without doubt in the top 5 ranking jungle d+b beat matchers on the circuit every year Sense is in contention for the boat. This year I said to him, “give me the darkest jungle tekno from 92/93 and you are on”. Basically I said not 1 anthem and nothing remotely Moondance (ish). He said no worries and he will unleash a unique dark sense set on us.
Riverdance own lord of the dance mashup of everything good. Riverdance wouldn’t be RD without the likes of vibes and he really does his homework on what to play as he knows the nutbags that attend and dare I say it, spends more time in his luxurious study in his mansion in Essex contemplating what tunes he gonna play.
Part of the Resonance furniture, last year’s massive set to bring us home was again many people’s highlight – proper Jungletekno pre 94 style, his beat matching and understanding on vinyl of what the boat and Riverdance cru represent is beyond reproach.
As ever we like to introduce new artists on the boat and give DJ’s a spotlight that they wouldn’t normally get in watered down, samey samey events. Gershwin is one of these and this will be his first appearance in London for around 15 years, he has released 2 amazing tunes back in 93/94, his oldskool collection is to die for. He is an unsung hero hailing from the midlands making his debut on the boat.
Well I have to be honest here when I tell you he is a personal fav of mine. Randall never fails to deliver when it comes to beat matching and tune selection. He is a bona-fide originator and will be hitting you guys hard with a rare selection on VINYL with breakbeat oldskool d+b. Will the riverdance cru be able to handle the Randall!!!!
Original and best Riverdance host. Each year he drops me in it by publicly asking me to book all the same DJ’s that are playing that year and truth be told I could easily do it. But as ever we do like to mix things up. Strict is Mr riverdance and we love him.
MC MAD P
We have all enjoyed his cameos over the years , last year his sets with pilgrim, storm and his 25 year coronation as Top Buzz was a jot to behold. The magic between mad p and strict was electric and had no hesitation to have him fully on the card.
Really happy to have them apart of this year’s event again, great supporters of Riverdance behind the curtain and great back catalogue’s that would envy many. They are amazing people and an honor to have them.
Proper oldskool d+b set from original don- proper talent, proper nice guy always a pleasure and again beat matching is top draw. He played a few years back and tore the roof off, let’s see him do the same again.
I have to say the amount of requests I get from people to have this lady down grows year on year and so this year it’s my pleasure to be able to have her on the card and bring her great skills and tune selection for you all.
Will be bringing up the rear, digging deep in the crates with some rare bizznizz of acid , jungle, breakbeat, hardcore techno that rarely gets played out
Once again with YERK AUDIO and WATTS UP that provided you guys with what many people said one of the best sound systems on the boat in a very long time- Indeed these guys are now considered family, they are supreme masters at their work and many artists and ravers commented on how great they are and how good their setups are. Big respects goes out to them.
Distant Planet DJ’s Louise Plus One and Hughesee were invited along to play on Cambridge 105FM’s Friday night Urban Baseline Show hosted by Jonny 5 alongside Rob Focuz and Daddy Fingaz representing Apply The Breaks.
You can download the sets and check out the Urban Baseline website by clicking HERE
Below are some video clips and photos from the event.