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For our 4th stage at Hospitality In The Park we have a before unseen mix up of D+B dons. Bringing the deepest sounds of D+B is London’s finest mid-week residency Soul In Motion and our uprising sister label Med School. Soul In Motion have been running their bi-weekly D+B nights for two years now, and man do they do it well. We’ve got together with its founders Bailey & Joe (Need For Mirrors) for an insight into the night and what we can look forward to at their stage takeover in the park. First of all, a little introduction to each of them…
A pioneer in D+B, Bailey has an impressive array of attributes to his name including, BBC Radio 1 and Radio 1 Xtra presenter and Metalheadz resident DJ at the infamous Blue Note Sunday Sessions. His turntable & selection skills are second to none, not to mention his ability to adapt to any crowd or environment with ease.
Since moving over to the UK from New Zealand back in 2003, Joe has not only co-founded Soul In Motion, he’s also started his own label, Zoltar. He’s been a busy guy, releasing an impressive amount of music on labels like Metalheadz, Spearhead, Playaz and Dispatch. Much like Bailey, Joe has secured his reputation as a major contributor to the genre.
We caught up with them both to find out some exclusive info to get you ready for their meet up with Med School at Hospitality In The Park…
When and what were the beginnings of the idea of Soul In Motion?
Soul In Motion started March 2014 at The Basement, Edition Hotel, Soho. We both felt that London needed a regular mid-week Drum & Bass night again. It was sorely missed not having Swerve, Movement etc, nights which we both regularly attended.
Soul In Motion has become one of the biggest, most consistent drum & bass nights in London. Why do you think it has become so successful?
We’ve tried to involve many different camps and keep it focused on the music as well as maintain the RSVP free entry policy. It’s been about building a community at our night with regulars, producers, DJs, label owners and everybody in-between religiously coming down every two weeks.
When and how did you both meet?
I think it was 98/99 at Metalheadz Sunday Sessions.
In five words, how would you describe a SIM night?
We’ll do it in three… ‘Soul In Motion’
Have you thought about expanding Soul In Motion outside of London or the UK? If so, where?
Yes. We have our first non-London event at Motion in Bristol on December 9th. We feel the time has come to take our night and ethos outside of London.
A boutique hotel isn’t normally the location for an underground drum & bass night. So, what stood out about Miranda and why do you think it’s worked so well?
Miranda was a nice change to the original venue Basement at Edition Hotel so when we left there it seemed like the logical direction was to move from Soho to Shoreditch and keep dynamic of working within a hotel setting such as Ace Hotel / Miranda. Hotels like these have a great energy, hub of creatives and foot traffic already buzzing around them. It feels like something’s happening every time you’re arriving at the hotel.
What has been one of your most exciting line-ups to date?
The Diane Charlemagne Benefit event was very special. An amazing evening with lots of talent under one roof such as Goldie, Grooverider, Doc Scott, Fabio and London Elektricity. Also our second birthday event deserves a mention which was earlier this year with Roni Size, Klute, S.P.Y, Alix Perez and Breakage.
How did your stage collaboration with Med School at Hospitality In The Park come about?
Hospitality approached us with the idea and we jumped at it.
Do you have any surprises for your stage at HITP?
Yes. We have a surprise guest on the evening. Watch this space…
The Soul In Motion meets Med School stage will also feature sets from the infamous LTJ Bukem, Nu:Logic, a B2B from Spectrasoul and LSB, Keeno and Anile. Be a part of a huge stamp in D+B history and grab your ticket for Hospitality In The Park, our biggest outdoor event yet!
We’re taking a trip back to Berlin this month to showcase a Hospitality event at Club Gretchen! This world-renowned party city has been having us since 2004 when we took over the infamous Watergate. It was a huge mile-stone in our drum and bass diaries, hosting the London Elektricity live band, Logistics, Nu:tone, High Contrast and of course our co-founder Chris ‘The Goose’ Goss. We’ve had so many unforgettable nights in the Kreuzberg neighbourhood.
On 20th August, we’re set to return, bringing Fred V & Grafix and Metrik along with us for a night of drum and bass madness in one of the trendiest cities in Europe. With Fred V & Grafix dropping their amazing second album last month and Metrik with plenty of new music coming, this show is set to be a big one!
We are very excited to get back to Berlin… Grab your ticket now!