Reload 18 Year Anniversary - Ram Records North America Tour feat. Bad Company (UK), Loadstar, DC Breaks Legion, MC Dino, Mystical Influence, Fury

Reload and Rebudz Present

Reload 18 Year Anniversary - Ram Records North America Tour feat. Bad Company (UK), Loadstar, DC Breaks Legion, MC Dino, Mystical Influence, Fury

Thu, March 23, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)

$25 Day Of Show

This event is 16 and over

Bad Company
Bad Company
Deep in the furthest, most disparate corners of the known bass cosmos, four lone crusaders have been exploring, creating, gathering data, making sense of life’s endless sonic possibilities.

Once a tight unit, mapping out uncharted territories in unison, for eleven years they’ve worked in isolation: developing hugely influential labels such as Exit, Bad Taste and Breakbeat Kaos and releasing records that have scorched the most polar ends of drum & bass from the exciting experimental depths to number one pop hits.

Now the stars have aligned once again, the four-headed behemoth awakes.

Or, to put it another way: Fresh, dBridge, Vegas and Maldini have reformed Bad Company UK and it’s a massive deal.

The act who gave us some of the genre’s most iconic records over the course of seven years, Bad Company UK founded at a time when drum & bass was experiencing its first en-mass commercial focus. Their mission? To distil that energy, that rage, that feeling that was in equal parts fun and dangerous.

Now, as drum & bass begins to poke its gnarly features out of another commercial chapter, it’s time to remind us of the genre’s original spirit and its most twisted, daring creative possibilities... All the while continuing to look dead-set into the future.

It starts today with the release of Equilibrium, their first production together since 2005. It’s followed by two major comeback shows at Motion, Bristol (March 24) and fabric, London (March 25) and we know that there is more to come. But what will it be? What machines are they immersing themselves in to make it? And when the devil can we hear it all?
Most of you will have heard the ancient Greek phrase "The whole is more than the sum of its parts," a sentence which has infiltrated modern literature and speech as much as anything William Shakespeare ever sprinkled into one of his plays. Loadstar is a perfect modern example of that wisdom.

Made up of Gavin Harris and Nick Hill, formerly and respectively known to the world of drum & bass as Xample and Lomax, this duo has surpassed the highest expectations in recent years by fusing their individual styles and creating a pioneering sound that imbues club dance floors, iPods and huge festival arenas with incredible energy and impeccable musical precision.

Loadstar's individual parts met while Bristol-born Gavin was studying sociology at Liverpool University and self-admittedly spending more time concentrating on writing and promoting music than attending lectures and writing essays. It was while promoting a local D&B night with a friend that Gavin booked Holdtight, a production outfit that Nick was one-third of at the time. Not long after that initial meeting, Gavin returned home to Bristol from University and bumped into Nick, who had also just moved to town. The rest, as they say, was history.

Or, to be more precise, it was the fusing of two histories. Nick's involvement in Holdtight was already overshadowed by his consistently brilliant solo releases under his Lomax name. With a propensity for musical and melodic drum & bass, Lomax's productions graced many of the scene's most respected labels, but it was his Ram Records debut 'Artisan VIP,' single-handedly turned into an anthem by Andy C, which really pushed him to the next level.

Xample's solo works were also noticed by Andy C and Scott Bourne, owners of Ram Records when he sent them a few demos over instant messenger. Within 10 minutes they got back to Gavin and eventually he signed as an exclusive artist to the label, releasing a string of heavy dance floor killers.

By 2009 Xample & Lomax were sharing studio space and starting to release more and more material together. Combining Nick's traditional training, courtesy of Goldsmiths University, London, and Gavin's self-taught production genius, it was clear they had something special to offer the world of dance music. Tracks like 2006's 'The Latter' and 2009's 'Contra' were sowing the seeds of a brand new project.

Every new project needs a new name, and Xample & Lomax made the brave decision to jump headfirst into their new venture with a completely fresh face. Whilst searching for ideas to fuel their imagination and tie in their new name with their upcoming Ram release 'Link 2 The Past', the boys sifted through old rave tape packs and computer game cassettes. Then they came across their old Emu sampler, a relatively antiquated piece of machinery that took ages to load each sample. While loading them, the sampler displayed a spinning star, and it's this which became the inspiration for Loadstar's moniker.

An instant success, the duo's incredible new musical direction coupled with the backing of Ram Records ensured that Loadstar's path to the highest echelons of the scene was assured. And while both Gavin and Nick agree that for the moment they're rooted in credible, underground D&B, they're the first to admit that they're excited about the current state of bass music and its propensity to absorb new genres, styles and tempos at a moment's notice.

Fans of drum & bass and even bass music in general can be assured that Loadstar have everything it takes to be one of the most exciting acts in dance music today. Years of experience in crafting the highest quality music that's as happy on your home stereo as it is in huge arenas, a worryingly busy DJ diary that sees them touring the globe with fellow Bristolian MC Texas and support from admiring nightclub-goers, club DJs and the media alike means that Loadstar are undoubtedly spearheading the bass music revolution.
DC Breaks Legion
DC Breaks Legion
Drum & Bass duo DC Breaks have made their way onto the widest range of playlists. Their hardcore club cuts have been rewound by the likes of DJ Friction and Andy C. On the other hand, the songwriting ability displayed on the single ‘Faithless’, featuring Bianca, has plastered them all over the radio. That’s just the tip of a very large iceberg. DC Breaks have earned their stripes in the underground but, with an album due in the Autumn and a packed festival season ahead, they’re about to explode onto the international stage in a spectacular fashion.
MC Dino
MC Dino
Although Dino is not his given name, it is his preference and insists that the other is irrelevant. Though born in a small farming community in Northern Colorado, Dino spent time growing up in Mexico and various parts of California before returning to Colorado well over a decade ago. In high school he spent more time writing lyrics, songs, and practicing with bands in backyards than on his schoolwork. He began going to raves when he was 14, a time when raves were new and entirely underground. This exposure had great influence on him; electronic music provided a new medium and mode of tampering with instrumental sound. In this scene he also discovered jungle music and emceeing. Besides the obvious electronic movement that so dramatically shaped his personal musical efforts, Dino's other prominent influences include Prince, Roni Size and Santana. Exposure to these along with an upbringing encouraging all music is especially evident in his individual work, emceeing, and collaborations with Urban Aboriginee.
Mystical Influence
Mystical Influence
Pioneering Drum n Bass in North America since the early 90's with an uncanny ability to read a dance floor and provide exactly what it requires with precision and confidence, Mystical Influence has taken his legendary status to new heights in recent years. From the foundation laying Vinyl Syndicate and Crunk Recordings, labels that paved the road for many timeless releases, to his residencies at some of the largest and most prestigious events on the continent, Mystical continues to prove why his longevity and popularity are no mistake. Mixing vinyl since he was 8 years old, his versatility is matched only by his flawless mixing ability and keen ear for selection. Always known as a true dance floor destroyer, few can match his experience and true passion for music. A true legend in every sense of the word, if you are in the arena and Mystical steps up to the decks, buckle up. You are in for a musical journey many have attempted, but few succeed in replicating.
Also, he's a ginger and he's Canadian.
Venue Information:
Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom
2637 Welton Street
Denver, CO, 80205