-MANTIS PARTY- Best of D&B Tour, Warpath 2013 World Tour, MC Messinian & IQMC, & Local Bugs
AK1200, Dara, Dank, DJ Venom, DJ Krikett
Messinian, IQMC, DJ Architekt, DJ Jay Shok, DJ Mighty Mike Saga
460 N 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19123
8:00 PM (event ends at 4:00 AM)
AK1200, America's original jungle/drum n bass don has been pushing the sound since the music's initial incarnation as hardcore breakbeat. As one of the U.S.'s original proponents of breakbeat music, AK started DJing in 1989, playing electro and other beat friendly music of that time. In 1990, he opened a record store in his hometown of Orlando, FL called The Hottie Shoppe, where he began developing relationships with burgeoning breakbeat labels such as Suburban Base and Moving Shadow. Via these early relationships, he quickly became known in the UK as someone who could spread the message in America, and by 1991, he was writing articles and reviews in the classic US Rave. Around this same time, Dave Minner also gained his moniker as AK1200 when fellow Floridian DJ Icey noticed the hyped-up BPM's of the tunes Dave would play in The Hottie Shop, and said "You're playing so fast that you are like an AK on the 1200's!" Icey started throwing raves at The Edge and he would put "Dave AK1200 Minner" on the flyer. The name stuck ever since.
For the next few years, AK headlined the second room of countless parties throughout the US, continuing to make a name for himself. As Jungle music evolved and became more popular, so did AK1200. Also in 93, he was invited to the UK again, this time to DJ, and played alongside such greats as Hype, Mickey Finn, Swift and Zinc, Danny Breaks, SL2, and several others for a Christmas party for Suburban Base Recordings. AK was also the first American to play on the UK's pirate radio, playing alongside Swift and Zinc on Format FM. Back home in the US, Jungle was beginning to finally get its due, though still hated-on by many of the nations party promoters, it was too big to be ignored.
At this point there were literally tons of US jungle DJ's coming up, and AK searching for something different, found a great appreciation for the lighter side of jungle championed by labels such as Timeless & Good Looking, which became known as Drum and Bass. AK found light in the soulful sounds of musical Drum and Bass, and began opening or closing for people like Sasha and Digweed in the main rooms of many raves and clubs across the US.
Slowly over the later half of the 90's, AK1200 again enhanced his sound and style, giving his fans a smooth transition to the rawest, most aggressive sounds of the time. By constantly touring nationwide, releasing 4 very highly received mix CD's on the Moonshine label, remixing many acts such as The Crystal Method, Rabbit in the Moon, A Tribe Called Quest, Dub Pistols, Keoki, Cirrus, & Freestyle, AK1200 was regarded as one of a very small handful of DJ's to truly conquer the scene in America.
More recently, AK and longtime colleagues Dieselboy and Dara came to realize that they on their own had become the top three dnb DJ's in the US, so what would happen if they joined forces? The answer of course, was world domination, and the Planet of the Drums (POTD) crew was born.
At this time, AK also signed with Lakeshore - :\run recordings, and began work on his most adventurous project to date: a full length studio album�
Two years in the making, "SHOOTTOKILL" marks the debut studio album from AK1200. "I felt that I have gone practically as far as one can go as a DJ. I have always been interested in production, and thought it was the right time for an artist album- it was the next logical step for me. I have so many influences musically that you can't really express as just a DJ, and the songs on the album reflect who I am creatively without the limits of what I have to play as a DJ," states AK. Not wanting to simply make an album reflecting whatever the current sound of the moment is in drum and bass, AK chose to make an album that embodies the history of the sound � which is, in fact, his own history.
"SHOOTTOKILL" moves with ease through the many styles of this very diverse form of music, from the opening modern ragga track "Junior's Tune" featuring legendary reggae vocalist Junior Reid of Black Uhuru to the MASSVIE vocal stormer "Fake" feat. Terra Deva (the album's lead single), to the chill dnb sounds of "Deja Nu". Another strong thread throughout the album is the sound of Florida. All the songs on SHOOTTOKILL are anchored with a sonic quality and songwriting level that, no matter what the country of origin and no matter what genre classification, is impressive.
The future for AK1200 is becoming a reality rather quickly. Plans for his own artist imprint via Lakeshore - :\run recordings are being solidified now, and POTD members AK, Dieselboy, Dara and newly inducted MC J-Messinian have already planned on a studio collaboration before the years end. The incessant touring will of course continue as POTD is steadily proving that they are as much of a draw as any top name superstar DJ. As drum and bass and electronic music as a whole both expands and matures, AK1200 plans to be there leading the charge for the breakbeat massive at every step of the way.
On arriving in the US from Ireland in 1994, Dara quickly established himself as one of the top DJs on the US scene. Now every weekend finds him spinning in different cities across the country. Since his first record release in 1995, Dara has produced a string of highly successful singles and remixes as well as his 1997 full-length debut "Halfway Home (sm-e communications) has been a huge critical and commercial success.
As a result from both his successful DJing and recording endeavors, Dara has become one of the most recognizable faces on the US drum 'n' bass scene. He has been featured in countless magazine appearances and interviews both in the US and worldwide. He can be found making his annual appearance at the legendary Notting Hill Carnival along with raves and clubs all across the US. For some time Dara was also the host of a weekly web-TV show Velocity on which he has interviewed some of the leading names in drum 'n' bass, including Jonny L, Kemistry and Storm, Trace, Ed Rush and Optical, Hype, Andy C, Zinc, SS and many others.
Dara is currently working on single releases for his own imprint, Breakbeat Science Recordings, including the upcoming BBSCI003 release "Possession / Duplicity (Klute Rmx)" which is being caned on plate at the moment. In 2000, Dara completed "From Here To There", a new mixed CD on Moonshine that features some amazing tracks. These include Dara's own "Duplicity" (Klute Remix), as well as set opener "Crazy" by L Double & Serena, DJ Hype's "The Big 3-Oh," two tracks from John B ("Prowler" and "Progress"), Kenny Ken's "Project One" and numerous other top tracks.
Soon, Dara will join forces once again with AK1200 and Dieselboy for their second annual Planet of the Drums Tour. Planet of the Drums was born out of frustration due to lack of exposure and professionalism for Drum 'n' Bass in the States and with Dara, AK and Dieselboy each other's main competition, it made perfect sense to band together and hit the road.
Along with touring nation wide, Dara has been recording some original tracks and putting them out on his Breakbeat Science and Orgone Recordings imprints. Breakbeat Science is not only his label, but it is also the first and biggest drum 'n' bass store, co-founded by Dara. Dara has done an array of remixes including on singles from DJ's such as Keoki, Pizzicato Five, Dog Eat Dog, Black Nostaljack and Afrika Bambaata.
With the recent eruption of Drum and Bass in the U.S., DJ Dara isn't going anywhere. There is no telling what kind of damage his next endeavors might do.
"Possession" and "Duplicity" (remixed by Certificate 18 man Klute) form the third release for the Breakbeat Science imprint. "Possession" is a tight rolling two-stepper with icy chords and infectious progressive synth loops. The Klute remix of "Duplicity" is cold abstract drum and bass science at its finest. Dara proves once again that (even without his dreads, which were sadly lost to the barber in early '00) he is the man to watch in the U.S. drum and bass scene.
Funky Element Records, U.S.A.
The CEO and founder of Funky Element Records, U.S.A. has been hard at work. With countless top 10 charting productions in Electro House he is also a #1 overall best selling producer in Dubstep and Drum n bass. A DJ/ Producer/ Re-mixer/ & Label Owner for the past 12 years, Dank has been at the forefront of the heavy bass culture movement since its early inception years ago. This New York City native considered to be a pioneer of the underground sound currently coming out of the city that never sleeps, represents heavy bass culture from the school of the hard knox and is knee deep in it. It has been said he eats, sleeps, and breathes heavy bass culture. In addition, he is no stranger to demolishing dance floors throughout the United States and abroad. Fused with sexy bass and super funk, Dank has played along side some of the hottest talent on the planet. He has remixed for various labels around the world such as Armada Music, Big Fish, Play Me, Central Station and the list goes on. His own live performances have been considered thunderously captivating, crossing all genres of the heavy bass movement. With his signature style, of bass in your face "Don't Talk About It... Be About It" Dank vows to continue on his path of moving dance floors till the early morning.
One of Denver 's most favorite Djs is coming back!
Few DJs put as much energy, intensity and insanity into their performance as DJ VENOM. Coming at you with headbangin' sounds and award winning scratching skills, this veteran fills the dancefloor with stomping feet and hardcore beats. His numerous CDs and countless tracks continue to breathe life into the underground scene. Prepare for the mayhem. Prepare for the chaos. Prepare for DJ VENOM
Krikett is a trans-dimensional space bug, known for keeping the vibe of underground psychedelic sound alive. With the formula of seamless mixes, stimulating track selection, and a profound live presence; in the short duration of five years, she has traveled and performed in seventeen states and over fifty cities for festivals, club shows, and other events of every variety.
With a heavy focus on the more esoteric and trippier styles of edm; be it psytrance, techno, breaks, or drum and bass; she exceedingly moves beyond the standards and expectations. Searching for just the right tracks for every vibe and occasion, Krikett is guaranteed to graciously fill the void and the dancefloor - for any occasion in need of something extra special.
Respected by fans far and wide in the Electronic Music/Dance community, Messinian's commanding voice and stage presence have brought countless club and festival goers to expect the unexpected. A natural at fusing genres and uniting the masses, Messinian brings a raw emotion and intensity that consistently burns the roof down. His life is all about controlling microphones and turntables in front of wild crowds and taking the energy in the venue to a higher level. Currently residing in North Philadelphia, he was born into a humble upbringing in Los Angeles, California. He never imagined that his passion and drive for music would one day have him performing in front of jam packed audiences around the globe. Armed with a dream and an uncanny ability to sneak into clubs as a teenager, he was performing at major venues up and down the East Coast before he was legally old enough to get into them. With the endless support of his friends and fan base in Philadelphia and a relentless work ethic, his musical path was paved.
With years of constant touring under his belt, Messinian has grown to become an underground veteran, rocking nation-wide tours sponsored by Sony, DC Shoes, URB Magazine, House of Blues, Salem Cigarettes, Rinse Magazine and more. His busy tour schedule has helped him to see the world many times over. Messinian has brought his art form to Japan, South Africa, England, Austria, New Zealand, Serbia, South Korea, Holland, China, Macedonia, Portugal, Czech Republic, Australia, Costa Rica, Canada, Poland, Singapore, Hungary, Switzerland, Venezuela, Lithuania, Belgium, Taiwan, Estonia, and all over the United States in every major city. Aside from touring year-round with various DJs and being the vocalist for his own Pop/Electro/Rap projects, Messinian is the front man for the annual "PLANET OF THE DRUMS TOUR" (AK1200, Dieselboy, Dara, and Messinian). This tour has been packing raves and selling out venues for over 10 years. It is considered the most successful tour in Drum and Bass and it is the longest running electronic music tour ever. He's performed at the Virgin Music Festival, Area 2 Tour (Moby, Busta Rhymes, David Bowie), Salem Tour (w/ The Roots, Outkast), Playstation 2 Tour, The Coachella Festival, The Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival, The Love Parade, The Bassrush festivals, Creamfields and numerous huge festivals in Europe and abroad.
Messinian has been setting dancefloors on fire and touring non-stop as a Dubstep DJ/MC. You can see him nationwide at festivals and clubs spinning high energy Dubstep originals & VIP's… simultaneously mixing records and hyping it up on the mic to get crowds screaming with their hands in the air. Messinian took the Dubstep world by storm with a streak of hard hitting vocal collaborations with Dubstep heavyweights like Excision, Datsik, Bare, SPL, Number Ni6e, Triage, J. Rabbit, Camo & Krooked, Calvertron, Helicopter Showdown, Hulk, Antiserum, Downlink, Skism, Sluggo, Mark Instinct, Itchy Robot and many more. Messinian's tracks are getting heavy DJ support from not only North American Dubstep DJ's, but major Dubstep DJ's the world over. Messinian is no stranger to the Top 20 Dubstep Charts on Beatport. His collaborations "X-Rated", "Holy Ghost", "All About My Paper", "Heavy Artillery", "Heavy Artillery Remix", "Apeshit", "Girls, Girls", and "Burn It Up" have all held spots in the Top 20 or Top 10 and he has plenty of Dubstep/Drumstep/DNB anthems with releases scheduled soon. He has been pumping out quality bangers and getting them released on Beatport chart dominating labels such as Mau5trap recordings, Rottun Recordings, EX7 Records, Play Me Records, Subhuman, System recordings, Warner UK, and Hollow Point Recordings. Make sure to look out for Messinian's solo production and beat making collaborations with artists like Bare, The Upbeats, SPL, and Zardonic in the near future.
A versatile artist, he's been in the studio creating tracks with world class producers for Dubstep, Hip Hop, Pop, Rock, D&B, Electro, Soul, and House projects. Releases include "Mariachi Loco" on Warner UK, "Throw It Away Remix" with electro producers Designer Drugs, the house anthem "Baked From Scratch" with Hatiras and DJ Dan, the Drum and Bass smash hit "Barrier Break" with Dieselboy for Human Imprint, and the Dubstep, politically charged foreward for Evol Intent's breakthrough album "Era of Diversion". He's had his music in platinum selling video games such as Grand Taurismo 4 and also used for Skateboarding/Snowboarding shows on cable networks like Fuel TV. He's performed live on the biggest radio stations from Johannesburg, South Africa to Eastern Europe to Tokyo, Japan. Messinian is represented by the William Morris Agency, one of the largest and most respected agencies in the world.
Aside from his love for his art, Messinian is extremely proud to have taught Hip Hop Music/Creative Writing classes at 'Northeast Treatment Center' Juvenile Detention facility in North Philadelphia. In Messinian's own words, "These kids are the future of music. They have been through so
much and turned their struggle and pain into creative wordplay and expression. The world isn't ready for the skills they're bringing! I'm happy that the center finally brought a program these kids could really relate to. They are changing their life in a positive direction and it's cool that the music they love is helping in a strong way. I definitely want to be a part of a program like this again in the future…for now my main goal in life is to change Pop and underground music as we know it. My music, my family, and my fans are my lifeline...There's nothing on this Earth more important. I'm a big fan of music that makes you shake your ass. I'm also a big fan of music that's provocative and makes you think. I love Hip Hop, Rock and Roll, Pop, Soul, Electronic music, and everything in between. If we're on the same page, then LET'S RIDE!"
With plenty of releases yet to drop and countless music projects on the way, Messinian is hopping the globe and touring cities until the wheels fall off. Check out his Soundcloud/ Myspace page for tour dates and to hear the new heat…he'll be seeing you in your city soon!
DJ Mighty Mike Saga
Back in 1988, at the age of 11, I first heard Rigor Mortis by A Split Second. Little did I know at the time that a song I heard in my youth on a local Texas college radio station would change my perspective on music forever.
Electronic music then became a driving force in my life. From the raves and clubs I religiously attended in my late teenage years to the parties I promoted and organized in my early 20's, the love of music and the need to share that love with anyone that would listen led to my inevitable career as a DJ.
I started out in late 2002 as an 80's DJ playing and collecting 80's vinyl. I opened up at raves and played at house parties or anywhere that I could have the opportunity to move a crowd. By 2003 I was asked to perform at Philadelphia's infamous Gothic/Industrial fetish event SHOCK THERAPY.
Ever diligent to expand my horizons, I began collecting a variety of electronic styles (ebm, darkwave, terror ebm, synthpop, etc.) Patiently I taught myself the art of beat matching and mixing these forms of music into my sets and by 2005 I was offered a residency at SHOCK THERAPY. Attaining a good reputation and the freedom to express myself creatively I began organizing events fusing EDM commonly played at raves with Gothic/Industrial music. The FULL MOON GATHERING and C.H.U.D. events of late 2005 are still fondly remembered by many as a huge success in bringing people from many musical tastes and backgrounds together in harmony.
Opening new ears to the Gothic/Industrial sound caught the attention of a number of promoters. To my credit and honor I performed at DRACULA'S BALL, the largest Gothic/Industrial event in Philadelphia and usually play weekly at Philly's longest running Gothic/Industrial/80's alternative night NOCTURNE. I am featured in NYC frequently at the SMACK! and BYTE parties, and went on to play the BLACK SUN FESTIVAL II in New Haven Connecticut.
These are merely the highlights. The biggest highlight i have achieved and acomplished is playing at the WAVE GOTIK TREFFEN event in Leipzig Germany with 20,000+ people attending! This is the world's largest Gothic/Industrial event. As a Dj I love what I do and I am completely self promoted. I'm living my dreams of opening minds and bringing the music I love to the masses!