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Shot on a Nikon SLR with a 50mm lens.

To see more of Bradley’s work, follow him on Instagram:

http://instagram.com/bradleyajames

or check out his website: 

http://theimageproject.info/

The Parklife Weekender is back this year, renowned for being one of the UK’s best value for money festivals. This year on the lineup is legendary US rapped Snoop Dogg and UK indie-rockers Foals headlining Parklife’s fifth year. They’ll be joined by Katy B, Soul II Soul, Danny Brown, Seth Troxler, Chromeo, Moderat, Maya Jane Coles, London Grammar, Mount Kimbie, Clean Bandit and a UK festival exclusive from Kendrick Lamar, plus many more. The two-day festival takes over the iconic Heaton Park on June 7th & 8th and yet again will be delivering more bang for buck than any other festival. With only Sunday VIP tickets left, it’s clear that Parklife is a favourite within the UK.

Parklife 2014 returns Manchester’s Heaton Park which has played host to some of the most iconic performances of the decade, including Oasis and the legendary Stone Roses. 2014 will see new stage installations at the festival, including a 20,000 capacity outdoor dance stage known as The Temple. 

Their hip hop offering has grown year after year, this year Parklife is proud to welcome one of the genre’s biggest success stories in recent years, Kendrick Lamar. Set to cause a stir in 2014 with his raw lyrical delivery is one of rap’s most original artists, Danny Brown, alongside Pusha T, Flying Lotus and Captain Murphy who are guaranteed to deliver dynamic performances that boost infectious energy. Parklife’s offering of electronic acts is unmatched to any other festival of its kind and features the likes of Brit nominees Disclosure, plus long standing names such as Nero, Moderat, Bondax, Rudimental, Maya Jane Coles, Duke Dumont, High Contrast, Julio Bashmore, Redlight, SBTRKT, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Cyril Hahn and Seth Troxler will also be at the Weekender. 

Having sold out every year since it’s launch in 2010 by heavyweight dance music promoters The Warehouse Project, The Parklife Weekender is the fastest growing festival in the world and continues to push boundaries and keeps the illustrious music heritage of Manchester alive.

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THE PARKLIFE WEEKENDER 2014 FULL LINEUP

SATURDAY

MAIN STAGE

Snoop Dogg
Rudimental
Annie Mac
Very special guest TBA
Katy B
Bipolar Sunshine
Becky Hill
Will Tramp

 
AGE & METROPOLIS present DIGITAL SOUNDBOY
Nero
Gorgon City
Shy FX
Btraits
Wilkinson
Breakage b2b Dismantle
Hannah Wants
Joel Compass
Matt Jam Lamont
North Base
 
RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY
Flying Lotus
Gold Panda
Captain Murphy
Zomby
Jacques Greene - Live
Indigo
Illum SPhere
My Nu Leng
Throwing Snow - Live
Thundercat
Happa
 
THE TEMPLE curated by WHP
Jamie Jones
Seth Troxler
Maceo Plex
Maya Jane Coles
Eats Everything
Ben UFO & Pearson Sound
Paul Woolford
Ben Pearce
Krysko & Greg Lord

 
THE COLLONADE: DROP THE MUSTARD
Duke Dumont
Redlight
Maribou State
Waze & Odyssey
Route 94
MJ Cole
Javeon
Eton Messy
Ed Norris & Oli Hackett plus special guest
Breach
 
UNDER 500
Kaluki
DJ MK
The Martinez Brothers
Davide Squillace
Lee Foss
Richy Ahmed
Catz & Dogz
Pirate Copy
Ellesse
 
NOW WAVE
Kendrick Lamar
Chromeo
Bonobo (DJ)
Cyril Hahn
Mount Kimbie
Bondax
Submotion Orchestra
Childhood
Now Wave DJs

  
HOSPITALITY
Andy C
High Contrast
Camo & Crooked
London Elektricity (DJ)
Fred V & Graffix
Spy
Etherwood
Metrik
Logistics
Lynx
MCs: Wrec
 
SUNDAY
MAIN STAGE
Foals
Bastille
London Grammar
Sam Smith 
Warpaint
Clean Bandit
Ella Eyre
Introducing: Live recreate Discovery
Juicy DJs
Now Wave Djs
 
BUGGED OUT!
Carl Cox
Nina Kraviz
Skream 
Scuba
George Fitzgerald
Jimmy Edgar
Justin Robertson
Johnno plus special guests
Jackmaster & Oneman present Can U Dance
 
THE JACKATHON
Heidi
Ame & Dixon (3hrs)
Hot Since 82
Green Velvet
Bicep
Benoit & Sergio - Live
Daniel Avery
Krankbrother
 
DISCLOSURE present WILDLIFE
Disclosure - Live
Julio Bashmore
Kerri Chandler
Dusky
DJ Koze - Live
Pusha T
DJ EZ
Preditah
 
THE COLLONADE STAGE David Rodigan presents RAM JAM
Soul II Soul - Live
David Rodigan
Mike Pickering
Artwork
Randall & MC GQ
Stylo G
Venum Sound System
  
UNDER 500
Tale of Us
Joy Orbison
Erol Alkan 
Tensnake - Live
Andrew Weatherall
Unabombers
Krysko & Greg Lord
 
SOUNDS OF THE NEAR FUTURE
SBTRKT
Moderat
Jon Hopkins
Jamie xx
Danny Brown
East India Youth
Ryan Hemsworth Live
Jessy Lanza
Now Wave DJs
 
CROSSTOWN REBELS present GET LOST
Damian Lazarus
Art Department
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (Dj Set)
Subb-an - Live
Mano Le Tough
Ida Engberg
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DJS AND BRANDS ADDED TO THE PARKLIFE WEEKENDER:

Abandon Silence | Adapt | AJ Christou | Angus Jefford | Ape-X | Archive | A.S.S.H.  | AV Verde | Bane | Bass Face | Bass Jockeys | BEAU | Bekuz GRRD | Bocuma Djs | Bootleg | Butter Side Up | C//A//S//A | Cassini DJs | Clarkes | Coded Rhythm | Content DJs  | Covert | CYNT | Davey Asprey | Darka | De:Bug | Departure | DJ Future | DOLCE | Dom Lev | Drop the Mustard | Dusted | D-Tached | EXHiBiT | Flux Groove | FRANK | Frontin’ | Get Down | Giraffe, the Pelly & Us | Gold Teeth | Half Full | Heavy Rain | Hot Milk | Henry Campbell Bird | Idiosync | JAM | Jay Gregory | Just Skank | Kids Nowadays | Kinyume | Knee Deep | Lauren Lo Sung | Lo-Fi | Mark Ryan + Frank McWeeny | Matt Everson | MC Vybe | MDNA | Means&3rd | Meat Free | Motion DJs | Movement DJs | Mr Brown | MURR | Mute! | MVSON | N.A.N.C.Y | Nanny Banton | Ninjury | Noggo | OLDBOY | One Fifteen | Ouse DJs | Pasquale (DBE) | Pause | PEDRO | Platoon | Play It Down | Rikki Humphrey | Sam Graham | Selective Hearing | Shell Zenner | So Flute | Soul Boutique | Spin-Start Artists | Stevie Wonderland | Strictly Underground DJs | Szajna | Teknicolor | Thick as Thieves | True & False | The Tuesday Club | The Underground | Under | Voodoo | Walk The Horse | Zutekh | 808
FOR FINAL REMAINING TICKETS SEE www.parklife.uk.com 

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Launched in the US in September 2013, this dreadful app has now wormed its way into UK culture and is apparently ‘taking it by storm’. A simple-to-use dating app, it’s a modern day “Hot or Not”, finding users matches based on your location. Linked up with your Facebook profile, it accesses your information like first name, age, photos of your choice and some of your Facebook preferences to ‘match’ you with potential suitors. You can narrow the search down by adjusting age and distance limits, it’ll also tell you if you’ve got any mutual Facebook friends or interests in common; meaning if you’ve liked “Scouse memes” and Kanye West like I have you will come across just about everyone within Merseyside. If you like the look of them, drag right to ‘like’ or failing that, swipe left to ‘pass’. If they’ve also liked you, it’s a match and you have the option to message. It’s quick, easy and shallow, but let’s face it; we all do this on a night out. 

It’s also addictive and as time goes on you’ll begin to realise just how artificial we really are.

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At first glance, Conner seems like a perfectly normal lad. His bio says he loves rugby, his family and his dog. It all seems very positive until I delve deeper into his social media profile and come across his instagram. Countless pouting selfies, the odd naked arse photo and a worrying amount of photos that involve his washboard abs with various objects protecting his manhood; one being a copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Maybe not. Swipe.

The next one being Eddie, a 24 year old engineering student who’s majority of photos involve him in ‘comical’ positions in a Madame Tussauds. He also has a Calvin Harris tshirt on. Swipe. Here we have Alex, a 20 year old aspiring teacher who is also an LFC fanatic. It all seems very plausible, a sensible career aspiration, he’s wearing a shirt and tie in a lot of photos so you just know he’s not a complete waste of space and he likes to play golf. Actually the more I read into this, the more he seems exactly like my 40 year old brother in law. Too alike him. Swipe. 20 year old Will couldn’t be arsed writing a bio so I have no idea what his interests are, the only mutual thing we have in common is Abandon Silence. Going for the swipe, I’ve accidentally clicked like so it’s a frantic rush to block him before he gets a notification. 

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Too many men too many many men.

The next one is Shaun, He Uses A Capital Letter At The Start Of Every Sentence Which I Absolutely Despise So That’s Not Going To Work. Swipe. 25 year old Mark has taken that many steroids in recent months that his face has blown up and he looks asif his biceps are about to explode. Swipe. Arrun uses a fisting motion within the majority of his pictures. Swipe. James has one too many photos of him smiling with a guitar. Swipe. Gary has 1) the name Gary and 2) our only mutual friend is some annoying little prick one of my friends went out with in college. Swipe. James, 25, has nothing to say about himself in his bio other than “That’s my nephew in the pic”. Swipe. Lewis is a professional footballer, he’s also an Ayia Napa fanatic *groans* and wears leopard print shirts. Swipe. 

Sadly enough I timed myself and within a minute I’d swiped 32 people. I could spend hours everyday sitting here just swiping people based on the most ridiculous reasons and shallow judgments, as I’m sure many a person has also done to me. It’s different to the world of adult online dating as this app is something so simple and easy to use that it breaks down the barriers of adult relationships altogether. It makes things far too easy. Maybe that’s just me being hard work and expecting someone to actually make an effort. With millions of us using some form of dating website, it’s easy to see why it’s so appealing to users. In real life what are the odds of coming across someone that has similar tastes and attitudes, you have a connection with and you’re both attracted to each other? Very low. Almost impossible, but isn’t that one of the biggest success of relationships; narrowing 7 billion people down to just 1? But realistically, your true love isn’t “1 in a million”, it’s just the first one you came across and settled with.

As a single 19 year old female growing up in a social media obsessed society, I do not necessarily believe in true love or soul mates. I do not also feel the need to use apps like this for the sake of being with someone, whether it be long or short term. My last ‘tweet’ was three days ago, stating that in work I folded 180 napkins, played with a dog and had a conversation with a man about Top of the Pops. Prior to that I’ve done the odd retweet of people posting my SWITCHED articles online, replied a one liner to a friend or two and posted a few photos of my trip in Amsterdam. That’s it, I’m done with social media, I’m bored of it and I’m not interested anymore. I don’t care what people are having for tea, I don’t want the world to know every little detail about my life and I certainly don’t want to be persuaded to get my nails done by some girl I went to school with. I acknowledge that as beings, it’s only human nature to grow tired of someone eventually. I completely understand this, I even agree with it to a certain extent, things are different nowadays to how they were 50-odd years ago; it’s called progression and whether it’s positive or not, it has and will continue to happen. Saying this, one day I probably will settle down with someone but I don’t plan to do this until I’m 30. Come back to me in 10 years and I’ll tell you how that’s gone.

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But…..which one?

My grandparents got married when they were 21 and recently celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary. My mum’s family are strict Roman-Catholics and abide by the common teachings of monogamy in Ireland. My dad being raised between Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe and Larnaca was subject to divorce and remarriage in his childhood, my parents met and were engaged after two weeks. They were married for 25 years prior to my dad’s death in 2011. We discussed internet dating recently and she admitted she’d been on dates with men she’d met online, none of which made it to a second date. I asked her why she bothered with it and her response held a valid point; how is she meant to meet someone? Realistically my mum has another 40 years on her hands, even a few years single is daunting for anybody, no matter what your age is and I can clearly understand why she wouldn’t want to go any further with that. Being 50, all her friends are married with children. The older you get, the harder it gets to meet someone that hasn’t got some miserable baggage attached to them. My uncle married a woman he met off match.com a few years ago and they’re still going strong. I think in some terms, internet dating can work for people but it’s completely dependant on age and circumstance. Age diversity with the Tinder app is changing too, in the early days 90% of the users were aged 18-24; now they only make up 50% of the user base.

Maybe the difference between websites like match and apps like Tinder is price, Tinder and websites like Plenty of Fish make them easily accessible worldwide whereas Match involves charges. Does charging £29.99 a month, prices are lowered depending on how long your subscription is, determine the creepy sex pests from the genuine people? In saying that I can relate to why older people use dating websites, what’s the explanation for younger people using them? Imagine telling your children the story of how mummy and daddy met, we both clicked ‘like’ and waited until a hello and a cheesy chat up line was exchanged; love at first swipe. When asked, some of my ‘matches’ said their reason for using the app was the see what “all the fuss was about”. They also admitted to receiving and sending messages at all hours of the morning for easy no strings sex.

Every now and again you’ll come across an intelligent person whom you can hold an actual conversation with. The other day I was speaking to someone that was raised in the same town as me, now living in London and working in the Houses of Parliament. We talked about journalism, art galleries and our localities in common. Perfectly nice, normal person but after that initial conversation we never spoke again. If someone begins a conversation with a sleazy chat up line,  can’t spell correctly or puts kisses on the first message; block them.

Founder and CEO of Tinder, Sean Rad spoke about the app at the Upfront Summit; an event focused on tech and VC happening in Los Angeles and Southern California in February this year. He also shared his thoughts on how Tinder is trying to mirror how people connect to date in real life, only better. Speaking about the app, he said Tinder started because friends realise they were having trouble meeting people. “You’re either a hunter” and put yourself out there, subjecting yourself to possible rejection or people are coming after you and you begin to feel perhaps violated, there’s an inherent tension. “We set out to solve that”. In the real world, we send out signals subconsciously to people if we’re interested or not “then that’s what we consider the optimal connection point” where “you’re both responding to something”. “It’s like the real world but better”. In February, Tinder ‘celebrated’ an average of 750 million swipes and 10 million matches per day, approaching a billion total matches. Average users spend about 60 minutes on the app, which gets used about 7 times per day. It’s no surprise that Sean and his co-founder Justin Mateen, both aged 27, made the Forbes 30 under 30 list this year.

For now, it’s time to delete the app. I’ve had my week of fun and I’ll probably redownload it out of boredom and curiosity in future; but right now I think I’d rather be on my own and avoid the sentiments of self-indulgent small talk and empty flirtation.

By Louisa Newton

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A collaboration from Jack McVann and Alex Wynne, featured at the 1978 exhibition. 

To see more of Jack’s work, check out his website: http://jackmcvann.net/

The second installment of ‘Sounds’ by the collaborative duo. SWITCHED’s very own Michael Dowding teams up again with Carpe Diem resident Marc Williams to provide a perfectly executed techno/house mix available to download now.

To hear more collaborations from the two, check out the Soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/michaeldowding/

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An undisputed Detroit legend, Stacey Pullen is the Kosmik Messenger. Recognised as a pioneer of electronic music worldwide, he’s an undisputed Motor City icon with a legacy that stretches back nearly 20 years. Growing up under the mentorship of Detroit’s legendary three - Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson, it’s no surprise he is described as an innovator from the Second Wave of Detroit techno, alongside other heroes such as Carl Craig, Jeff Mills and Octave One. 

Pullen holds a strong influence on modern day techno, with his Blackflag Recordings imprint remaining a fierce contender in the erratic world of electronic music since its founding in 1998. Its debut release was none other than Pullen’s alter-ego Black Odyssey, with “Sweat” which was considered a future classic, 15 years on the track was re-released in early 2013 with a raw remix courtesy of a Beatport sponsored competition. 2013 was an outstanding year for Pullen, with the continued success of his revived Blackflag Recordings, a career first Boiler Room appearance, multiple remixes and track releases in collaboration with Desolat boss Martin Buttrich and Nicole Moudaber to name a few, plus an incredibly strong summer in Ibiza which included a residency at Marco Carola’s Music On at Amnesia plus playing for Luciano & Friends at Ushuaia and Cadenza in season.

Sunday the 20th April sees an extended set from Pullen in Liverpool for Rubix’s Easter Sunday extravaganza. Also on the bill is Italy’s Unlocked residents White Brothers, plus Rubix residents Chris McGee b2b Phil Fearon, Lee Charnock and Tom Buck. 

SWITCHED spoke to Pullen in preparation for the Easter festivities…

Hello Stacey! Its really an honour to get the opportunity to interview you for our website. Can you begin by telling us were your love for music began? Weve heard you were quite the flute player from a young age! When did you begin to start experimenting with mixing and producing? Can you remember your first set up?

My Dad was in the group called The Capitals and my aunt dated Smokey Robinson in high school. I started getting interested in mixing in the early ‘80s, listening to the Electrifying Mojo and I began to DJ in 1985.

What was it like having the legendary Detroit three as mentors? Was there any advice in particular that they gave to you which has stuck over the years?

Derrick showed me how to enjoy the success of being an artist, Juan was responsible for all of us and Kevin showed me that you can cross genres; having commercial success even when you’re still underground.

Tell us about Blackflag Recordings, why did you decide to start your own label and how have you found the past 15 years? If you were to start a new label now, is there anything significantly different you would do that you wouldn’t previously have done?

Initially I wanted to just release my own music, sort of like Jeff Mills has done with Axis, but I after I got jaded with the whole major label thing, I realised that I didn’t make enough music to have a release every month so I looked elsewhere for music. I also didn’t want be just another Detroit label where I only release Detroit artist and music, so I started putting the word out that I was accepting demos and now here we are.

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Youve released under multiple monikers, does each name produce a different style of music? How does a Stacey Pullen track differ from a Kosmik Messenger track? With trends changing and the popularity of certain elements in electronic music constantly changing and evolving, how do you go about upkeeping your own signature style?

Yes when I wrote my last Stacey Pullen album it was the time when I was reading Miles Davis’s autobiography and was influenced with the world of jazz. Kosmic Messenger is no nonsense four to the floor techno tracks.

Being from Detroit we’ve always had a sense of melody in our music, so when I go into the studio I never forget the basics of what got me started in the first place so I never loose the focus when I produce my sound.

The first time I saw you play was at Amnesia in Ibiza on the 5th July last year, in fact my friend and I spent the majority of the night in the Club Room we enjoyed it that much. How did you find your residency at Marco Carolas Music On last year? Aside from playing for various events throughout the White Isle in the past, was this your first summer residency on the island? 

Music On has been the highlight of my recent years in Ibiza. I have to admit that it’s pretty difficult because Marco and I usually play at the same time but in different rooms, but it’s good honest competition. There was a party in particular back in August when I played in the Main Room that was one of my highlights of the year and I had others saying it was very special for them too, so we are rocking it from two different angles. I played the very first Music On opening party in 2012.

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The 20th April sees you return back to Liverpool for the first time in years, what are you looking forward to about playing for Rubix on Easter Sunday? When was the last time you were in the city?

I’m looking foward to rocking the dancefloor I can’t really remember when I was in Liverpool last but this Rubix gig will be a night to remember.

Your first DJing gig being back in May 1985, you described the experience as It was that gig that let me know how tough it was to be a DJ. We set up the whole thing, brought the sound system, rented the hall, loaded in, loaded out and went home with 20 bucks a piece in our pocket. But it was more than money, to have that outlet - to have that power and make people respond to the music that we playednearly 30 years on its inspiring to young producers how far hard work can truly get you. Speaking to our readers that aspire to earn a career like yours, what advice do you have for them?

Just stay true to what you believe in and the rest will follow, it doesn’t matter what type of music you make or interested in, but you must also do you homework and know the history just jump on the bandwagon because this is the hot sound of the moment.

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Whats in store for 2014? Blackflag is set to release tracks from the likes of Youcef Elaid, Elio Riso and Sergio Fernandez; but what about yourself? Any big events or releases youd like to tell us about?

Why yes of course I’m working on my next single, it’s gonna come in the early summer. I’ve got the Movement Festival in Detroit coming up in May, gonna be starting on some remixes on Desolat, Crosstown rebels, and form records coming up later this year.

And on a final note, can you name your five favourite tracks right now?

Elio Riso “It’s Alright”

Brothers In Progress “Emontionique”

Stacey Pullen “Get Loose”

Ellroy “Whatcha gonna do”

Re Us “Move On”

Thankyou very much for taking the time to answer our questions, we look forward to seeing your extended set on Easter Sunday!

Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Rubix Easter Sunday Special with an extended set from Stacey himself, plus Italy’s White Brothers plus residents Chris McGee b2b Phil Fearon, Lee Charnock and Tom Buck from Skiddle.

For more information on latest gigs and releases, follow Stacey on Soundcloud, Twitter and Facebook.

By Louisa Newton.

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A lovely pic I took in my hometown.

Welcome to Southport, an up-market seaside tourist town with the second longest pier in Britain and home to six golf courses. One of the most popular seaside resorts in the UK, its home to a variety of events including an annual air show, the largest independent flower show in the UK and has previously hosted The Open Championship. Less brash and more genteel than nearby Blackpool, it has also become a commuter town for Liverpool.

With a population of just over 90,000 and 75.9% of that being aged 34 and over, it’s easy to see why the youth and club culture of Southport is often overlooked. In fact, club culture doesn’t really exist here. An average Saturday night usually starts with sitting on the sofa at home declaring that you will be ‘staying in tonight’, knowing that by midnight you will have already begun to crawl your way into the murky surroundings of Waverly Street for a night you will almost definitely regret the morning after.

At first glance on a night out in Southport, you’re almost certain to think it’s shit and a complete waste of your time and money. 9 times out of 10 this is probably true, if you don’t know what you’re looking for then it can be very limited. Have a look on Skiddle for events in Southport and there’s nothing, just promotions of an amateur Mozart production and a “Laugh Out Loud” comedy club. 

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You will find a lot of these fucking flying rodents here.

Have a look on Facebook and it’s a completely different story. Pop-up Thursday Techno nights hosted in a pub for a mere £2 entry, Wednesday night Deephouse events in a Hawaiian themed bar and not forgetting 11 hour £3 marathon raves courtesy of a VOID soundsystem; it’s nothing compared to Liverpool but for a seaside town it’s enough. The biggest Waverly Street venue having a capacity of just over 400 and the average life expectancy of each bar declining further, owners have resorted to dirty tactics in recent years; announcing the closure of bars which then reopen under the same management and staff but with a new name and a lick of paint a few weeks later. It’s been done to death and it’s not fooling anyone. 

The most popular events in our little town seem to be the pop-up ones, mainly created by students themselves. A good example of this is Deeper, an underground electronic music night that started in February 2013. The Deeper team consists of frontman Sam Padden, Louis Ball, Tom Yates, Danny Davies and Andy Cunningham; with the idea for the event beginning after a fortunate meeting with a local club owner. The owner agreed with the boys that the club scene in Southport was dead and in dire need of refreshment, giving them the opportunity to host a night showcasing local talent. Commenting on the event in an interview I did last year with Sam, he said “Someone told me once that Southport will never change but I think it is slowly but surely changing. People are fed up of the same music week in week out, being spoon fed the top 40 and it’s time for a change. That was my incentive really, starting the night to create something weekly or monthly where people could go and actually enjoy what they were listening to.” 

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As you can tell I spend a lot of my time taking photos of the pier.

Thursday nights died here a long time ago, with the closure of Student’s favourite pub The Phoenix (£1.25 singles are you messing) earlier this year it’s been a void we’ve all had to fill somehow. After this, Thursdays became dead mans land and began to turn into just another week night, thus provoking the creation of “Fox & Bass” at the Fox and Goose pub on Cable Street. Started by Tom Ford in 2013, each event promises a night of local talent, cheap drinks and £2 entry. You can wear a pair of trainers and get hammered for a tenner, spending night listening to decent music - it’s a win win for everyone to be perfectly honest. The most recent event being a House and Techno special, it’s self explanatory why this night in particular is so popular with locals, promising £1 shots and £2.50 doubles. Regular DJs include Deeper’s Andy Cunningham, Tom Yates, Louis Ball and Danny Davies.

Easter Sunday is set to be very promising, with the debut of an 11 hour day and night party; Macooza. Kicking things off at 6pm, expect disco and house with a BBQ on the terrace. There’s also rumour of a tequila slushy machine but that might just be my imagination getting ahead of me. The event will run through til 5am, fuelled by a VOID soundsystem. On the lineup is Purp & Soul’s Jay Murt, also one half of Butler & Murt with star of 2013 Josh Butler, LDMS founders Assheton (Critrica Records) and Joe Middleton, Steve Froggatt (Nightchild/Recovery-Tech), Josef Lawler, Martyn Day, Hannah Pinnington, Dean Porter and of course, the Deeper DJs. £3 entry with your name on the Facebook wall, if anybody ever wants to tell me that Southport is shit and boring; that’s on average 27p an hour for a VOID marathon rave on a Sunday night.

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Boddika at the Bugged Out Weekender in Ainsdale last month.

A big development for Southport this year was the Bugged Out Weekender, returning to it’s birthplace for the 20 year anniversary. The Weekender brought big names like Seth Troxler, Sasha, Eats Everything, Skream, Jackmaster, Claude Vonstroke, Kolsch, Boddika, Joy Orbison and Green Velvet to Southport for what I can guarantee would be their debut. Not only that, but the Weekender brought thousands of like minded attendees together from all over the UK to converse and dance side by side on the dirty floors of Pontins. If a promoter like Bugged Out can host an event as insane as the Weekender in a budget seaside resort, you can only imagine what else Southport is capable of.

Southport isn’t all that bad, in terms of intimate events it’s actually quite good. Having been born and raised here I’ve done nothing but complain about living here for the past two decades, yet when talking about the underground culture here I seem to feel quite patriotic towards the place. The close knit community in which ‘Sandgrounders’ co-exist, regardless of whether you love or hate it, is mainly responsible for the continued success of the ‘underground scene’ here. Everyone knows everyone here and if people aren’t attending an event purely for the enjoyment of the music, they’re going to see their friends; its a continuous cycle that has dramatically improved the social surroundings for us all.

A lot of these events may be responsible for the ‘Great Ket Drought of 2014’, there’s no definitive correlation of underground events and “dance drugs” (as my mother likes to call them) but it was lovely to see the youths of Southport dry and clean for a short period. My sources have confirmed that the dreaded tranquilliser has now returned to the town after a break of harvesting and business will resume as usual.

Photos and text by Louisa Newton.

OPENING NIGHT: 18/04/2014

19:30 - LATE

VENUE:

MELLOMELLO

40-42 SLATER STREET

LIVERPOOL

L14BX

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The exhibition beginning over at MelloMello will be an introduction to resident artists Ambidexter, Virginia Chandler and Zombieking, whom all create work using different mediums, ranging from illustration to sculpture. The opening night will also see a variety of live performances from acoustic sets to DJs.

PERFORMANCE LINEUP:

Wedding House 

https://soundcloud.com/wedding-house

Kalika
https://www.facebook.com/kalikamusic

DJset from ‘Cat Miami’

Dog’s Pocket (of The Chicken Brothers (TCB))
https://soundcloud.com/thechickenbrothers

The exhibition is due to continue up until 30th June.

FREE ADMISSION

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The past few months have been incredibly busy for DJ duo Want More, an experienced pair who have played worldwide as individuals for over a decade. In November 2013, they debuted straight in the Beatport Top 10 mix charts, and have since been known as one of the UK’s hottest new underground House names on the scene. 

Their latest release, the Modern Day EP will be released on Planet Acetate Records on the 14th April 2014 featuring original tracks with Nick Grimes and remixes from Frankie Dep and Planet Acetate label boss Tank Edwards, also Want More’s remix of Him_self_her’s classic “Lost At Love Before”. With support from Amine Edge, Raffa FL, Severino, Carlo Gambino, Rosenhaft, Jordan O’Regan and more, after a good listen it’s clear to see (or hear) why.

The EP begins with the Modern Day Original Mix, consisting of clean and crisp baselines and a beat that you can’t stay still to. The Vocal Mix is somewhat nostalgic and uplifting, dramatically differing from the Original Mix with Camden musician, frontman of The Din, Nick Grimes’ indie fused vocals over the track. Deephouse baselines married to a gypsy-indie vocal tone, it’s independent of commercial house tracks with the same old basic lyrics and unnecessary “oooo’s”, giving a personal identity to not just the track; but the EP itself.

The Tank Edwards Remix is a personal favourite of mine, with an increased BPM, alternating key of the VOX sample and pan pipes; the original track is almost unrecognisable. Tank’s legacy within deep dance music culture has already ranked him as a leading player in the game, with his rise to the forefront of the scene thanks to his outstanding contribution via his label Planet Acetate Records. Edwards has truly put his own mark on this remix and made it his own, get carried away with your imagination and let the Eastern European harmonies and melodic elements transport you to a midnight rave somewhere deep in the forest, where you’ve got a coconut in either hand and are dancing around a giant fire. 

The second remix comes from Off Recording’s Frankie Dep, a young Italian engineer and music lover. Dep invites us to experience his Aqualight-esque remix, with an evenly distributed mixdown and admirable treatment of the vocals. The EP also includes Want More’s remix of Him_self_her’s 2012 release “Lost At Love Before”. The original release from the Crosstown Rebel’s favourites is already a classic, with the Want More remix further adding their customary outlook consisting of heavy baselines and vocal cut ups.

A bridge between deep house and gypsy-indie vocals has been created within the Want More EP, something I can’t honestly say I’m all too familiar with. The combination of the two vastly different styles shouldn’t work, but they do. Unlike other artists’ work, this EP is rich of individual styles and customary themes, each track has it’s own sense of identity and this is clearly evident within the execution of the release. Definitely a recommended listen.

Buy the EP exclusively from Beatport here 

Don’t forget you can also read our February 2014 interview with Want More themselves here.

By Louisa Newton.

For University of Liverpool student Maggie Matić, photography comes naturally. Using photography as an everyday documentation of her life, the Philosophy and Psychology student uses social-media and cargocollective to present her visual diary. With eye-catching shots and a natural talent, it’s hard to believe that Maggie doesn’t restrict herself commission or partake in a full time study of photography. 

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You’re going to Amsterdam. Well, you may not be but if you ever are this is to be your convenient guide for attractions and how to deal with irrational situations. Predictably, everybody will think you’re going to Amsterdam to smoke a fuck-load of Marijuana. This may or may not be the case. However, Amsterdam as a city is more than just a celestial weed bank. Driven by beauty and culture, a visit to Amsterdam is an incredible experience that you will never forget for as long as you live. There are a thousand things to do and a thousand things to experience, a thousand may be pushing but I’m sure you get the idea.

1. BE PREPARED FOR COFFEE SHOPS

You may think that on your first night you are going to have a ‘chill’ time for relaxing and unwinding that stress of travelling you’ve just had all day. This won’t happen. Well, it may if you’re having the occasional spliff and an apple juice. But mixing pints of Amstel, cocktails and continuous joints to oneself will not go down too much of a treat. There was no vomiting, there were several deluded visions and the incapability to think or speak in a manor that didn’t make you seem as though you’d lost a dozen brain cells.

2. VISIT MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES

They’re educational, interesting, enthralling and you will be devastated when you come home and everybody is asking what museums you went to for them to receive the response “none”. Aside from the fact that it costs around 20 euros to attend the museums, it’s definitely worthwhile. Perhaps book tickets in advance to ensure that you can afford to go. It’s a terrible time when you’ve ran out of money and realised that you haven’t visited any museums. There are plenty of things to see; the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum and of course the house of Anne Frank. You will regret not visiting any and if you’re on a budget then you’re more than likely to push visiting them aside so that you can buy a box of truffles. Don’t.

3. ATTEND AN EVENT

You can’t go to a different country or city and not experience the nightlife, so ensure that you know something is going down in the city. Have a look on Resident Advisor to see what upcoming events there are about because you certainly don’t want to just assume there will be something, if this is the case then you will probably end up stood in a 600 capacity club with 30 people in and the DJ enjoying his latest electro-house Avicii mix more than anybody ever will. We reccommend that you visit both Studio 80 and Trouw. Trouw is Amsterdam’s biggest club with a capacity of 1000, holding events for underground house and techno music. However, a heavy night in here will encourage a variety of dance moves from people around. You’re likely to turn around and see some foreign people dancing extravagantly reminiscent of a shark, I’m sure that there was a re-creation of a hula-hoop there too. It does get busy so you will sweat a lot, wear light clothing. On your toilet or cigarette break for a different environment, there is a stall glowing with fairy-lights selling Croissants, Pain Au Chocolat and a copy of Vice in Dutch. Studio 80 is a smaller venue, set out more like a basement in contrast to the warehouse style of Trouw, but also plays this style of music. You’re likely to end up falling off the podium onto an offended foreign woman or smash a glass in the middle of the floor for everybody to dance on. You may also end up sat on a sofa in some hidden backstage area smoking a joint with new friendly faces. Either way, be careful with your drinks and don’t take it too far because you’re likely to be kicked out of Trouw, receiving two hours of help from the bouncers as the club is shutting, vomiting in a taxi to pay a 50 euro fine or trashing your apartment by smashing a ton of mugs, an ashtray and violently throwing candles at the wall. 

4. THERE WILL BE BIKES AND A LOT OF THEM, YOU NEED TO GET USED TO THIS

You’re likely to try and cross the road as you would in England, occasionally risking the odd run across seconds before the car comes. You are incapable of doing this in Amsterdam. Aside from the drivers and roads being the opposite way round, there are indescribable amounts of bikes. Bikes fucking everywhere. Scooter style bikes, decorated bicycles, unicycles. You are in a lake of bikes and they will not stop for you. Be careful where you’re walking because they will run into you if you’re in their way. You don’t want to end up flat on the road with a bike wheel on top of you. We suggest that you rent a bike because that will give you a proper insight to the roads, trails and highlighted areas. You’ll also look incredibly hip n cool and can get your friends to Instragram quirky pictures of you with a Satya filter.

5. IT’S PERFECTLY OKAY TO GO OFF ON YOUR OWN

You’re in a different country and you want to explore. Sometimes, you may want to do something different to what your friends want to do. That is more than okay, you can go and do it on your own and survive. This is a big stepping stone in becoming independent. Don’t be scared to ask for directions when setting out on your own because if so you’ll end up returning to the apartment dripping wet infuriated that you’re alone or the last one back. If you head off somewhere different to your friends, take a mobile phone because you won’t realise how easily it will save your life. If you don’t have a mobile phone then ensure you meet the others where you said you would, when you would. Otherwise, this will result in your friends being lost, wandering around on their own looking for you and all arriving back to the apartment at different times with different stories.

6. THE RED LIGHT DISTRICT

With opposing views to the rest of the world on the Red-light District, you may not want to go and visit it. If this is the case, just give it a go. You may feel like you’re degrading your own beliefs but the only sickening part of the Red-light is the people there. It is an incredible place to visit and we highly recommend it. It’s not just naked women rubbing their vaginas across a window in a graphic manor like you think it may be. It is filled with sex-workers, who are just human beings doing their job, dressed accordingly to tease/invite you and not show their genitalia immediately, there’s not something to laugh about once you have visited a museum in the Red-light District giving you an insight to the culture from the female workers’ perspective, giving you a wider bit of knowledge. You’ll learn a lot from this area and especially the museum, realising that these people have family lives and are often tricked into this kind of work. You can also attend live sex-shows in the area, a pornographic peep show and a variety of sex shops which sell things you didn’t know were possible. There is a strip of coffee shops for you to visit too and it is a place for aesthetic sight-seeing. 

7. DON’T BUY COCAINE

There will be plenty of seedy people walking past you on the street that will, regardless of the time, shout “coke” in your face. You might think that they’re calling you a ‘cock’ but they aren’t. They might, I don’t know it may depend on your situation. When approached by these kind of people, do not buy unless you want to be crying in the bathtub of your apartment wondering why the last of your money is now providing the sweetness in your coffee, it’s probably sugar. It may be flour. It may be crushed paracetamol. Either way, it’s more than likely to not be legit. Guaranteed good night for you then.

8. DON’T BE THAT PERSON

When SWITCHED went to Amsterdam, we walked about a hell of a lot which was quite enthralling. Much culture, much beauty, less public masturbation. Yes, you read that correctly. On our final night in Amsterdam we traveled along the streets to have a final intake of beauty before heading back to our apartment. Except this walk was quite a different experience to our previous ones. We browsed the coffee shops to find a middle-aged male and female stood in the door way. The man basically had his entire arm up the woman’s skirt. They weren’t really bothered and this was a public situation for everybody on the street to watch, if you’re into that kinda thing anyway. Don’t be either of those people. Don’t be the public finger-er and don’t be the public fingeree. Wait till you get home.

9. IF YOU HAVE A PORTABLE iPOD/PHONE SPEAKER OR IF YOUR APARTMENT HAS A DOCKING STATION THEN DEFINITELY TAKE ADVANTAGE

If you have the privilege of a docking station situated in your apartment then use it as much as possible. You don’t want to be on your balcony stoned out of your mind listening to 98.8. There’s only so much ‘Tracey Bell’ you can hack. Sure, it’s all fun and games at first when she’s mixing up those tracks with house and old skool R&B but when you find yourself listening to her show everyday and realise that she’s continuously playing Stacy Orrico and some god-awful genre bending playlist you know you’re done. Milky Chance should not be followed by Mariah Carey ballads and Pitbull’s ‘Timber’. You’re likely to wake each morning singing the ‘TRACEY BELLLLL’ jingle over your own music too. 

10. DON’T WASTE ANY TIME

Go out and do as much as you want as you don’t want to waste any time dying in the apartment. You’re on holiday so get out and do as much as possible. Sitting on a field on holiday is better than sitting on a field in your home country surely so being skint is no excuse. Go and see things so that you don’t regret sitting in all day once you’re home. 

Text by Benjy Prescott. Photo by Louisa Newton.

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SWITCHED Guest Mix 10: Alex Parkington

Our SWITCHED guest mixes return, this time from 20 year old Motion Presents resident Alex Parkington.

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After almost two years of lying dormant, the legendary Magnet reopens in Liverpool later this month reclaiming its name as one of the best house and techno institutions in the city. The opening weekend sees a collaboration between LDMS and Jolt, working together to provide a ‘Good Friday Edition’ event on the 18th April.

You’re almost certain to have heard the name East End Dubs, a London producer that’s created a name for himself with his deep dark brand of house music on his own label. EED production style oozes thumping drums and big baselines, inspired by London’s underground scene including warehouse parties, UK garage and the likes of Chris Lattner, Justin Drake and Enzo Siragusa. Exhibiting a sense of patriotism within his work, East End Dubs is set to bring his London warehouse vibes to a whole new level this month to the city of Liverpool. With further releases on Moon Harbour, Eastenderz and Dogmatik; EED has certainly earned his place within the house and techno club culture in the UK.

Also on the Good Friday Edition lineup is none other than East London born and raised Brett Jacobs. Receiving his first turntables at the age of 11, Brett was obsessed with music from an early age; making the transition from bedroom DJ onto the dance floor aged only 16. After a solid 10 years on the scene, Brett now has a colourful backlog of worldwide gigs and multiple releases on quality labels such as Luna Records and Karton.

With support from Waxxx/Jolt resident Jimmy Allen and LDMS frontman Assheton, the Good Friday Edition will see the amalgamation of some of the finest underground house and techno DJs from two uplifting cities that beam artistic culture and music from different ends. Forget ‘East meets West’, this time it’s about East End meets North West.

For those of you that weren’t fortunate enough to visit the Magnet pre-2012 (imagine 16 year old Louisa sneaking into Basementality using a 26 year old’s passport) - you’re in for a treat. Doors open from 10pm and remain so until 4am when the last ones standing can make their crawling departures to after parties in true Good Friday spirit. Tickets available from skiddle.

By Louisa Newton

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