Hello everyone - doing my best to update this blog page a bit more regularly, although not entirely sure it's particularly necessary seeing as anything new I put online always gets mentioned on my Facebook and twitter accounts - but I guess it's nice to have them all here whatever. Here's another podcast for you anyway!
Just when you've been waiting for a new podcast for months TWO pop up in the same week! Lucky you!
In contrast to last week's Spring Studio Mix in partnership with Serato, we now have a LIVE set for you, recorded on the last night of John B's most recent mini-tour of the USA (he's back out there twice again in July - check out the Live Dates listings for details!) in LA for the fabulous Timeless DNB party for a special event, their 100th party!
Always a pleasure, the LA crowd never disappoints! Get ready for a fun, varied set & a bit of celebratory slightly drunky John B on the mic!
There's a few little glitches in the audio from the radio mics the MCs were using - hopefully they're not too much of a pain - would have been a shame to not share the set just because of a few crackles :-)
If you like the set please 'like' and share on your social media channels to help get the word out and get more people to hear the music :-)
I recently did a special podcast for Serato and their 'SeratoCast' series. Here's my Spring 2016 Studio mix! Also available at The John B Podcast
SeratoCast / Music From Our Extended Family of DJs Worldwide
For SeratoCast 55 we profile another of our favourite drum n bass artists and long time friend John B.
Check it out for some new John B goodness.
"I thought it was about time I did another studio mix since I’ve been so busy working on new music lately I haven’t put a new podcast out since February! With this mix I took the opportunity to go a bit deeper than I sometimes do when playing out. This set is loosely based on how I played at Soul in Motion in London a few weeks back, opening with a new remix I just did for Dusky, including a couple of the new tracks on my recent Metalheadz EP & generally keeping the vibe darker & more underground Drum & Bass than usual - was a lot of fun! Hope you like!"
My EP on Headz is out now - buy links are below, along with audio previews and the official Video for LAVA which I'm proud to say I edited myself! I've been slowly learning a few new tricks in Final Cut X - (a far cry from the random tour videos I used to just edit on iMovie back in the day) I think this came out pretty well! Anyway - here's the PR blurb and a couple of reviews we got, including a 10/10 in Mixmag and 'Single Of The Month'! Not bad! "It’s been a while since John B graced the skull with the headphones. Across his career he has released genre defining music. His tracks on Prototype are revered and we don’t even need to comment on his contributions to the Headz catalogue, but that’s all in the past- its 2016 and he has a new agenda to set. These tracks are exactly what you would want from John B on Metalheadz. One side has drama, one side has soul. It’s a welcome return for a missed team member."
Juno review (Click here to read in full): "It's been years since John B last fronted a Headz release - 15 to be precise - but there is no other label these three tracks would be more at home on. Techstepping back to his earliest visions, "Lava" is a straight up spring back to 1998 in new trainers. Stark, grimy and heads-down, it pays homage to one of drum & bass's most innovative eras. "Lie To Me" reminds us of John's inability to sit still creatively with the jazzy, almost "Brand New Funk" style dynamics of "Lie To Me". Finally we hit "The Colossus". One of John's secret weapons since Sun & Bass 2015, it's an ugly piece of uncompromised machine funk with all the bass groans and cymbal splashing you could ever ask for. Arguably John's best release this decade."
I'm already getting a lot of requests for this so thought I'd do a quick export from Serato while it's fresh!
Here's the complete list of everything I played last night at La Cinta! Was great fun and always so inspiring to see a sea of smiling, dancing faces on the beach with the ocean and the sun setting in the distance! Thanks to everyone that was there to share such a special experience :-)
The Sun & Bass Team recorded the set as usual so once the dust has settled I should be able to upload it as a future episode of the John B Podcast!
JOHN B @ SUN & BASS, LA CINTA, THURS 10 SEPT 2015 TRACKLIST
Starburst 2015 v4 - John B
You Know You Like It (John B Remix) - DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge
Straight To Your Heart (Legion & Logam Remix) - Grum
Atlantis (Marky & S.P.Y. 12" Rework) - LTJ Bukem
Macushla - Zero T
Take Me To La Cinta - John B
Contra - Brunno Junglist
Una Cerveza (2014 Remaster) - John B
Nasty Wayz - Dillinja
Heaven - Digital & Spirit
LAVA - John B [Metalheadz]
Drop That Rythm - John B & MC Fats
Raindrops b2b Up All Night VIP #STAIRS Mashup - Culture Shock vs John B
Raindrops - L PLUS
Recall & Reflect - Alix Perez
Square One - Digital & Spirit
Lie To Me - John B [Metalheadz]
Air Guitar - DJ Hazard
The Nine vs Miss Kittin vs Morning Light - John B
The Pulse (The Prototypes Remix) - Bad Company
Breathe (VIP Mix) - DC Breaks
New Life (John B Remix) - Depeche Mode
Tainted Love (12" Mix) - John B feat. Marcy Meow
The Colossus - John B [Metalheadz]
After a bit of a break with my podcast we're back with a brand new episode - and a big one at that - 2.5 hours of fresh new Drum & Bass - the Spring 2015 studio mix! Thought this time I should keep the chat to a minimum and do a proper, long, DnB mix representative of all the new stuff around at the moment that I'm into & don't always get to play in my club gigs if the set-times are shorter.
I get a lot of messages from fans of the podcast, and I can tell its something you guys love & were sad that I stopped doing them every week. I will always continue doing as regularly as possible - it was great to be doing them every week last year but it was taking up so much time, everrrrry week, planning what I should play, doing the mix, recording the voiceover stuff, and then all the technical stuff to get it up on itunes, soundcloud, johnbpodcast.com, john-b.com, reposting on Facebook, twitter blah blah blah etc. So the plan now is probably once every few weeks or so for the normal podcasts - and of course whenever I can record my live sets from the clubs I'll get them up on there too!
CLICK HERE to check out all the links, or you can stream it from this soundcloud thing below:
I also took a little break from the podcast at the beginning of the year because I GOT MARRIED!!! Back in February I married Magda, and we were away for our Honeymoon in Miami for the whole of March (and I also did some US tour dates including the week-long Miami WMC as usual) - hopefully a decent enough reason to take a break from doing the podcast every week during that time! ;-)
Now that I'm back - I'm fired up and ready to go in the studio with the next phase of my studio output - when I got back from the honeymoon I pulled apart all my studio stuff, changed all the desks to reduce their height (for some reason when I designed my set up years ago I decided it would be a good idea to have the desks much higher than is comfortable for some reason!) - got some proper Herman Miller chairs that I've always wanted, so I can actually sit there for the hours and hours you need, and rewired everything and got all the random cables that has spewed out of control over the years all tidied up and out of the way. Studio Mac Pro is all upgraded and running smoothly now, just a few more plug-ins and software instruments to upgrade... Here's a quick photo - I'll be recording a proper behind-the-scenes video in the next week or so for all you audio geeks!
Also - another free download - this time a new track of mine called "Electricity". I made it back in December just before I played at Soul In Motion, to use as the intro track that night. The original idea was obviously a political one, a dark industrial electro drum & bass hybrid track, with robo-vocoder vocals talking about society, bankers, tax evasion, inequality, corruption etc. With elections coming in the UK this week, more protests in America over police brutality & inequality, ongoing propaganda issues with Russia/USA/Ukraine stuff and talk of big businesses avoiding tax in times of austerity etc I figured it was a good time to put it 'out there' - and to make a serious video to go with it.
I love the venue they use for Soul in Motion - the club is in the basement of a really cool posh hotel and whenever I go there it always strikes me the different types of people there are upstairs vs. downstairs. Even though the vibe in either is totally cool & inclusive you can't help but notice how in the posh hotel bar and expensive restaurant upstairs there's all the rich, London media-types & international businessmen (and their hookers) while downstairs, in the same place there is this super underground other world - existing right in the same building. Obviously its still people that live in london and can afford to go clubbing etc but you do notice a contrast. That's where the 'Upstairs there is bourgeoise, downstairs music energy' line comes from anyway.
So... when Russell Brand was on BBC Question time he made a decent speech about a lot of those issues - Farage & UKIP using immigrants as scapegoats for the cutbacks/austerity when the real villains are the banks that caused the crash & the big businesses that avoid paying tax, and the politicians that allow it etc. Realised that would be great for the intro for the track & set the tone for what was to come and it worked really well - except I couldn't get in touch with any of his people to get his bit officially cleared & also in the spirit of the track I think free download is more fitting.
So I got my head round Final Cut X and spent a few days last week working on the video, cut up loads of new archive footage, managed to sync up Russell Brand on the BBC show & then figured out how to overlay all the text so it drives home what the lyrics were. Anyway, here's the video, you can download the track from my soundcloud here.
We now have a brand new webstore!
The old webstore was getting pretty out-of-date looking so I moved it over to a new Shopify system. The great thing is now we offer digital downloads bundled with any physical product - so basically if you buy anything on vinyl or CD you get instant access to the music as a download too - AND as well as the usual mp3s you can now buy high definition WAV files. Lots of new merch too and some exciting new shirts and other clothing coming soon!