Badass, 3D Productions and U Street Music Hall present
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009
This event is 18 and over
Drum & Bass/Dubstep/House duo from London, UK.
Simon James and Ben Hall – AKA bass music masters Delta Heavy - first met at Nottingham University back in ’03. It’s a friendship and partnership that’s proved pivotal to both of them both personally and professionally. As a duo, their respective skill sets were perfectly matched: Simon was the one with the more traditional musical background while Ben had a penchant for sound engineering. Both loved DJ culture though and both spun. United by a love of underground club nights like Stealth and Detonate in Nottingham, their passion for music from drum ‘n’ bass to house was honed after many a night and early morning dancing ‘til dawn. Needless to say, after they graduated, Messrs James and Hall made their way to London. Wasting no time with their electronic ambitions, both acquired computer software. Says Si over coffee in Kings Cross: “Because we both had the same interests in music, we thought we’d align our knowledge.” The dance-floor-fuelled d ‘n’ b tear-up ‘Abort’ was their debut release on Viper, which made so much noise that the duo duly signed to Andy C’s Ram Recordings. Quickly establishing themselves as a force to be reckoned with, ‘Space Time’/Take The Stairs’ solidified their place as low-end bass innovators. But as you’ll soon hear, this is one duo who don’t ever want to be put in a box. Or stand still for too long either. This isn’t an act dwelling on the past, which is why we’re now going to fast-forward to the present day. With a super-successful debut album for Ram Records/BMG (the chart-chomping ‘Paradise Lost’) [Debuting in both the US and UK iTunes Electronic charts in the top #10 and shifting over 25k+ copies worldwide across streaming and physical product] and Winners of Best Producers as the 2016 DNB Awards, the Delta future is all about music and touring. But beyond – and also before - that, what they’re really looking for is their own lane.
One of the lead singles from the album, “White Flag”, has had over 18 million streams to date across YouTube and Spotify alone, suggesting the two are more than capable of a killer club record. “When we started coming through via Ram, the genre barriers had dropped around bass music a lot and we were keen to bridge those gaps and work across different genres: we said to Ram at the very beginning that we didn’t want to just make pure drum ‘n’ bass music, we wanted to do something different. Some people aren’t happy when you do a lot of different stuff so finding a way that incorporates different genres that feels like us took some time. When we made our album, we found that comfortable space.” says Simon.
The American-sounding stuff that we do bridges that Transatlantic divide.” In the end, it’s about balance. “Absolutely,” nods Ben. “We grew up going to dirty little raves! Because we play so many territories, in some places they like it more underground and others more mainstream. Varying what you play to suit your audience is important. A short high-powered festival set can be great but we also love Fabric. I live in the US now and we have been doing some big shows in America and Australia, but this Friday I headline Fabric – so I will get to play some old classics that wouldn’t necessarily fit in at a US festival.” So Fabric still means a lot? “I have been going since I was 16! So yes, it’s still a huge deal for us. It also inspires us to go away and write more music, whether that’s a club banger or a track with real depth.” Both Simon and Ben are wary of DJs who “play the same set for 18 months. The idea of that numbs my mind! I will spend half of Friday preparing songs for Fabric… it’s not a chore.”
That same dedication goes into their new radio show, which airs Friday nights on Evolution/iHeartRadio. “Again, we just wanted to be in our own lane,” says Ben, “and to enhance that was all about playing music we’re into in an outlet or space where we can play whatever we want to play. I wanted to showcase some UK d ‘n’ b which they might not be hearing elsewhere. We are trying to show everyone tuning in who’ve heard of us, all the different aspects of what we’re into at the moment. DNB from the UK; dubstep from America, trap stuff from Australia and also some bassier, noisier sounds of course! Hopefully what we’re doing isn’t replicated by another show. There’s so much good music being made by so many talented people around the planet, and if we can hear a sonic footprint whatever BPM it’s at, our aim is to tie it all together for a cohesive hour.” 2018 was a slightly more conservative year for Delta Heavy with a handful of key releases via both Ram and Monstercat in North America including a collaboration with Dirty Audio, “Stay” feat HOLLY, “Nobody But You” feat Jem Cooke and club records “Exodus”, “Gravity”, “Kaleidoscope”.
Towards the end of 2018 we felt a change, a new visual aesthetic unveiled and a brand new rock infused anthem “Anarchy” with RCA’s Everyone You Know, it begs the question, is there another huge project about to be unveiled by the duo? Time will tell.
In the world of DJ’ing, the phrase “up and coming” is thrown around in a rather cavalier manner. ReEduK8 represents one instance where it would in fact be inaccurate to label a performer as such; the inaccuracy exists in the fact that ReEduK8 is not up and coming.
ReEduK8 is here.
Being Baltimore-bred lended a heavy hand in influencing K8 with Baltimore and Jersey Club. Serendipity and synchronicity lended even heavier hands in giving K8 the opportunity to make the acquaintance of numerous promoters and performers in the area that recongized her raw talent and saw fit to apprentice her for a number of years prior to her first booking, and continue to do so to this day. These relationships gave her the ability to share her passion for spreading knowledge, love, and consciousness through music, a passion that is special and arguably becoming more rare in our world today.
K8 directly affiliates with Good Vibes Promotions, B.A.D.Ass., Subsdance, Broken Beatz Underground, and Audio Havok, delivering solid sets that exhibit her unique instinct for excellent track selection. While she enjoys experiencing various different genres, her released mixes and live performances have been predominantly made up of drum and bass and breaks.
In a relatively short amount of time, ReEduK8’s bookings include notable events and venues including 4 Quarters Farm for Big Dub and Flower of Life, the legendary Paradox Baltimore, The Bambou, The 8x10, and the sorely missed gem The Get Down, having already shared the stage with Baby Anne, Proxxy & Lantern, LJ MTX, Agent 137, DJ Nysus, DJ Amp, DJ 2Rip, The WetSteppers, Malphunktion, Jay Shok, Crimson Raiders, Lady Shah, DJ Obscure, B.Rice, Arcada, Bella Bounce, Bill & Ed, BeGood, and many more, including one of her more ardent mentors, the infamous junglist Kyng of Thievez.
ReEduK8 looks forward to the future with the hope of living up to her namesake, acting as a beacon of light for others seeking the same enlightenment and truth she wishes to express through her artistry. We can all only stand by and witness what is shaping up to be a substantial and meaningful expedition into our hearts, our minds, and our speakers. Up and coming? No. ReEduK8 is here.
***$20 day of show.***
Advance sales end one hour before doors.