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There are people who don’t want to hide their collection of electronic music hardware away in a pristine studio. There are people who, while plumbing a reserve of patience deeper than the Mariana Trench and going through countless iterations in their set-up, finally get each instrument to trigger in time and play in tune with all the other ones, making sounds they’re happy with in the process. There are people who then risk it all and take it outside. Out into the unkind and dangerous world. And make loads of fucking noise with it.

This photo is of my band TR-33N. It was taken by photographer Nadia Otshudi at the Music Day Festival 2014 in Shoreditch Park, London. I completely love that I’m whooping a rave war cry like some kind of madwoman and inadvertently pointing at a tower block. I’m wearing the finest t-shirt I own (thanks to the screen printing skills of ashes57) and I’ve had the bizarre cockney rhyming foresight to bring a packet of cheesey quavers along in case of a sudden attack of the munchies. At no live appearance have I ever suddenly wanted to eat; it makes no sense!

I’m lucky that our band grew out of the staunchly left-leaning, artistically imaginative and almost determinedly reckless UK sound system culture of the late Nineties and early Noughties. Many of those same energetic and dedicated people are still to be found on the party scene today, only now they’re putting on extraordinary events and festivals that operate within legitimate frameworks as well as outside them. And, if we’re very lucky, sometimes we get asked to come back and be a part of it. So I’d like to say: Thanks for having us.

Those who have experienced the sharp end of rave and squat scene logistics (’gaining access’ through broken windows, hard wiring into the mains by torchlight, lifting bass bins up five flights of stairs without making any noise) are not the kind to be put off by the extra faff it takes to facilitate a bit of hardware in the wild. The fact we need ages to set up, we don’t fit in the DJ booth, we need a proper sound check. The fact, in a nutshell, that we’re not DJs who can plug in a phono to mini-jack and be ready. For our part every time we take the live set out we pack up our entire studio including the rack it stands on, remembering to bring the little allen key that means when we set the rack up again the whole thing doesn’t fall straight down again onto our toes breaking about three and half grand’s worth of gear in the process, drive it a few hundred miles – did I mention get a babysitter for our two kids? – unload it all again, plug 50+ leads in, check every connection, check every instrument is working and is being triggered properly, get the rack into position, make sure we have got enough light and space to operate it all in, gaffer tape the set list to something, do a sound check, trouble-shoot the mix, play an hour and a half’s worth of completely live, inordinately loud and utterly banging techno and then do it all again in reverse to get it home again. All usually just for the cost of our travel. Frankly, considering the effort people have gone to for us all to have a dance back in the day, it’s a doddle: no-one is calling the police.

This photo was taken at the point in the set where finally everything was working as it was supposed to – like most other live acts, it’s usual for some vital bit of gear to immediately malfunction and for one or other of us to spend half the set fire fighting the problem in a blind panic while trying to act like it’s all fine. The sound was incredible. A massive slab of Virus hypersaw was tearing across the park. People were being drawn from all corners of it to see what was going on. People were hitting the dance floor. I was feeling really confident with the material and the machines. By this time there were no 8 year-old kids playing a cool new game of throwing fistfuls of sand and grit from the ground directly onto all the hardware, and no folks boom-bipping away on their djembes ever-so-slightly out of time with the beat, because I’d already told them all to seriously just fuck off now.

This photo shows the raw and happy face of hardware in the wild. I can’t tell you how good it feels.

DJ Skie


One of London’s leading female DJ’s, Skie’s passion for electronica music started at an early age in the 70’s, with the influences of Kraftwerk, and with 80’s Electro, Hip Hop and ‘Jack & House’.

Towards the late 80’s Skie stumbled upon the M25 ‘Acid House scene’ via her brother, a ticket agent for all the major events. If there was a huge warehouse or field party around the M25 orbital in 1989/90 she was likely to be there.
In 1991 Skie landed a job at Total Music in East London. During her time at Total Music, she was working alongside DJ’s and Producers such as Hyde from London’s Fantasy FM, Spice and Jaz E, but it was Steve Canueto who taught Skie the basics of mixing on the 1210’s.

Skie started to build up her vinyl collection through 1991 and back dating her ’88-90 collection with all the tunes she loved and remembered from those times. In May of 1991 DJ Anton from Chillin 98.0 was in Total Music and saw her mixing. As a result he asked if she wanted a show on a new radio station called Pulse FM, which was going live in August 1991. She agreed and from there the journey began.

In 1991 Skie started to receive bookings playing Hardcore for the Bassbox, Harmony in Zodiac studio and little undeground events in and around East London, In 1992/3 She started to play for Labrynth in Dalston Lane and Bagleys and Desire/2000ad where she played House/Progressive. In 1993-1997 she had various bookings including the Roller Express and Moondance @ Camden palace and Innovation Club UN and Double Dipped at Bagleys. In 1995 Pulse FM left the airwaves and Skie Joined Eruption 101.3FM which she left in 2011. In the late 90’s-early 2000’s Skie started to play Uplifting Trance for Labrynth and various events outside London and in North Germany until 2005 when she started playing Hardcore once again.

To date you can now catch Skie spinning Hardcore & House for Raindance, Moondance, Labrynth, Society and many more.

You can catch Skie every fortnight on London’

Double O


We are so looking forward to the legendary Double O aka David Rupture coming to play for us at Distant Planet on Saturday 13th April at venue MOT. Check out his amazing musical history which accounts for his ability to be able to play sets of so many different styles from so many different years (tickets and event info links in comments below)

Double O formally 007 was brought up on lots of different forms of black music growing up as a child. Reggae, Soul, Funk, Rare Groove, Calypso. Then later on Electro, hip Hop, Detroit Techno Hardcore and Jungle etc. He started making music in the late 80ies inspired by his older Brother who had his own Reggae sound system. Double O started DJing professionally in the early 90ies at the Doncaster warehouse and various clubs up North. At the Warehouse he had his first release with DJ Mzone. Double O also met DJ SS where he made and put out one of his biggest and most well-known productions called the Undercover Agent EP on Formation Records.

Around the same time, he also made a tune at L doubles Studio with the same sample (Michael prophet Your love vocal) which was on one of the tunes from the undercover ep (your love). Due to some confusion and inexperience the tune ended coming out on Reinforced Records called low Key Movements “come cross” but Double O was never credited. He eventually Set up Rupture with DJ Mantra (A night dedicated to quality drum n bass music and oldskool) Music has enabled him to travel around the globe playing to and meeting likeminded musical people.

Double O primally known as a Drum n Bass DJ makes and collects many different forms of music, Techno, old Reggae and Rare Groove as well as Hip Hop.
“I just like good music ” Says Dubz (as his friends know him as). Also, now with the Highly talented DJ Mantra they have set up Rupture London ( A Night and label dedicated to good quality electronic music.

Thank you for taking to time to view my profile, below are a few of the labels Double O has releases with!

Rupture London
Hidden Hawaii
Syncopathic recs
Eastern promise
Criminal records
Formation recs(1994)
Lab logic(1995)
Rogue records(94)
Mzone and Double O(1992)

Music who feels it shows it who knows it feels it …..and remember don’t come with an ego we turn that to zero!!





Representing real drum and bass at it’s finest, Mantra’s deep and emotive sound in the mix comes from an intense passion for the music. With a selection that’s both inspirational as well as educational, her sets bring the beats into balance and cross the spectrum of dark and uplifting styles. Much more than just a DJ, Mantra has already made an impact across the drum and bass scene and looks set to keep rolling strong.

Conscious of the history of the music she loves yet always looking to push things forward, she’s no newcomer and her involvement with drum and bass runs much deeper than just a hobby. Having worked for record distributers SRD as well as promoting her own regular club night, Rupture, she’s learnt from the ground up and built a solid foundation on which she continues to grow.

The success of Rupture stands testament to Mantra’s hard work and commitment, and that of her partner Double-O. Borne of a desire to take it back to basics, Rupture has gone from strength to strength with original lineups that combine the best new DJs alongside some of the underground’s leading lights. The night has built up over the past 9 years to form what is now recognized as London’s best underground dnb night.

DJ Mantra has played recently in Berlin, Austria, Birmingham and Manchester as well as festivals such as Boomtown and Glastonbury.
Her productions have been supported by dBridge, Loxy, Flight, Storm amongst others. With collaborations underway with Gremlinz, Drum Cypha and her partner, Double O, Mantra’s productions are set to keep moving forward and she has just released a track on vinyl on AKO Beats – Unknown Elements 2 – Dark Matters Limited Picture Disc (AKOB 004)

AIM – mantradj


DJ Mantra – Facebook

Looking forward to hearing No Yeah No play at Rupture vs Distant Planet. Check out her biog.

Looking forward to hearing No Yeah No play at Rupture vs Distant Planet. Check out her biog.

London DJ, Noyeahno, started her career during the massive rave explosion in the early nineties. Known as DJ Stacey back then, she was found both DJing and partying hard throughout this time. At the age of 17 she managed to get a show on the now infamous Fantasy FM, playing alongside the legends to be of DJ Hype, DJ Rap, DJ Krome etc. as well as dropping tunes at many an underground party in those glory days.

After the rave years calmed down she has been involved with many different musical genres, always searching out the beats that make her move. From the early 2000’s she has co-run Rag & Bone Records and currently has a regular show on

Her style is a mash up of genres that make the partee jump, bass heavy, rave driven and often with no mercy.

However, for her return to Rupture Vs Distant Planet, she’ll be going back to her roots digging out some proper 1991 pressure, expect tunes, no fillers, all killer!

We will be hosting the rave quiz at our next event on August 8th at the Fox & Firkin pub in South London

Here are some questions to get your brain in gear.

Who are the 3 Detroit artists known for creating techno ?

In the tune Charly by the Prodigy who did the Cat noise originally that features in the tune ?

Which East London venue spanned 20 years and held nights such as Hypnosis & Re-
rave-all and was also where Carl Cox did his 1st warm up gigs?

Which DJ is known for his Red series?

Which techno star named himself after a whale?

In the tune Charly by the Prodigy who did the Cat noise originally that features in the tune?

Complete these duos:

______ & Ratty
Shut Up & ______
MC Jay J & ________
Chops EMC & ________
Gappa G & ________

Which Rave act originating from Dollis Hill had a debut album called “In rough territory” ?

Ron Wells & Loftgroover released records on Basement records and Sinister records as?

Which rave act released tunes such as 20,000 Hardcore Members, There is no Law and Temple of Dreams?

What was the real name of the artist who’s alter egos were direct, technical onslaught, final exposure and program 2?

Who are the 3 Detroit artists known for creating techno?

What is the real name of Spiral tribe member who produced moving shadow 01?

What was the name of the subsidiary label of Rising High Records named after Casper Pound the label owners daughter?

Who released tunes under aliases Captain Codseyes, Curly Greylox, Eat Life, and Ruff Tuff & Wicked Stuff? And what was the name of his record shop he ran in London for a bonus point?

When the Sun newspaper went undercover at the Sunrise party in 1989 they reported that they found thousands of…what?

a) Radioactive glow sticks
a) Ecstasy Wrappers
c) Acid pipes

Which East London venue spanned 20 years and held nights such as Hypnosis & Re-rave-all and was also where Carl Cox did his 1st warm up gigs?

If you were making a rave track what would you call it ?

We will put the answers up later in the week