Wednesday, January 15, 2014

*DRUMZ ALL DAY* Online Festival / Marathon 1/19/14

DRUMANDBASSLOUNGE.COM presents our first ever all day marathon, featuring non-stop live sets of only the finest jungle and drum n bass. Cozy up with us from the comfort of your home, or stream us on your smartphone.

DJ's: (all times EST)

10am - 12noon Armen (Sub Sessions, PHI)
12noon - 2pm Joey Breakdown (A Certain Sound, PHI)
2pm - 4pm BMA aka BAGEL (The Vast Parlor, PHI)
4pm - 6pm Clayton The Chemist (In-The-Lab, PHI)
6pm - 8pm Deucewild (HOMEBASS! RADIO, Denver)
8pm - 10pm Phazeone (Geriatric Junglism, PHI)

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Thursday, January 9, 2014


  Formerly known as DJ Bagel, Philadelphia's Brian Aufdenberg currently divides his time between fatherhood, managing a clothing company, enjoying a nice glass of vino, and immersing himself in all styles and genres of music. After beginning a career DJing drum n bass music in 1997 that took him to countless cities and venues and resulted in his long running internet radio show Eclipse from 1998-2004, he took some time off to focus on life outside of the music. Fresh off of his new mix under his new name, DrumSkool215's Joey Breakdown sat down with DJ BMA for a chat in anticipation of his brand new radio show, The Vast Parlor, starting with a soft launch Thursday, January 9th @ 8pm EST, and every 2nd and 4th Thursday thereafter on

Here is some text copied from their chat:

So you've been known as DJ Bagel for all of your DJing career. What’s with the name change? 

BMA: A few reasons. As I have gotten a bit older, the name Bagel just sounded a bit... immature. I have had it as a nickname for so long I know it will always be a part of who I am, but with getting back into music, I wanted to have somewhat of a fresh start as well as something a bit more personable and intimate and reflective. I also want this to be a part of who I am now and almost have it be a fresh start in someways. BMA is just my full initials.

DS215: I did the same thing with my name, just cut it to "Breakdown" for a few years, but when I started playing dnb regularly again in 2009/2010 I just went back to what people knew me as way back when. Sounds a bit immature as well but oh well.   

BMA: I would be OK with breakdown. Its a music reference as well as a slang term. Bagel is just a breakfast food haha.

DS215: LOL. So as a DJ you've lived in and played in many different places. Tell us some of the locations and how you ended up in Philly. 

BMA: Columbus, OH / Atlanta, GA / Pittsburgh, PA / Philly, PA. In 2004, I was doing a lot of DJing and music as well as doing clothing and accessory sales for Breakbeat Science. I got divorced and was dating a woman here and it seemed like a logical, affordable alternative to NYC yet close enough. And actually once I got here, I took a break to focus on life outside of music and get away from so much time in clubs and parties and enjoyed other pursuits. Never left the music, just didn't really pursue it full time and then took a much needed break. But the music was always around and a part of my life. 
DS215: So with your experience moving around, what are some notable spots/nights you've played over the years and why? Any particular parties stand out?

Without a doubt Fuze/Fuzz in Pittsburgh was the highlight. Respect in Los Angeles was awesome, Phuturo in SF, Eklektik in SF was top notch. A few parties in Miami at WMC. Some crazy ass event in Puerto Rico was unreal. Camoflauge in NYC. Headlining the Knowledge Magazine party in Montreal was pretty epic.

DS215: To get an idea of your influences, tell us a few of your favorite DJs and producers.

BMA: From what time period??? There are so many!

DS215: Lets say all time. Give us just your tops.

BMA: OK. In no order... producers: Doc Scott (named my last dog after him), Dom and Roland, Photek, Peshay, Digital and Spirit, 4HERO, Jubei, DLR, Big Bud, Seba, Tech Itch, Juju, Gasm Crew, Trace. DJ's: Randall, Bailey, Fierce, Nicky Blackmarket, Karl K, Joey Breakdown ;), Gridlock, Marcus Intalex. There are so many really. It's mind blowing when you think of the volume of good music and DJ's over the last 20 years. Marky is also up there for his diversity and legendary long sets.

DS215: Wow, thanks for the shout! How would you describe your style of DJing in terms of both style and selection?

BMA: From a style point, I prefer to let tracks play a bit and do more longer, subtle mixes as opposed to major drops and cuts. I am not one for the trend of trying to cram 45 to 70 songs in 90 minutes. I rarely play a track just for a snippet (outside of a fun tease in a mix). I tend to lean towards more musical songs that stand on their own start to finish as well as sit nice in a mix. The one thing I loved about my shows online over the years is the ability to play MUSIC with no regard to a dance floor. That's not to say I don't love a good smasher or anthem but to me its almost TOO easy to play all bangers. Its also to me shows a lack of vision. I will always have a love of dark and hard music. But I do seem to limit where and how they fit into sets and selections now.

DS215: Agreed on all points. Describe your first interaction with drum n bass/jungle music.

BMA: Out of my head on more than drinks, and we'll leave it at that. In Atlanta in 1994. DB on his History of Our World tour. He dropped Mr. Kirks Nightmare on a booming system and it was game over from that very moment. I can remember it to this day. I was 21....

DS215: Nice. I don't really have a specific moment, just an era when I started paying attention to this "different" stuff all these "techno" Djs were playing.

BMA: Yeah, that set changed the course of my life forever. I was familiar with techno, trance and house prior to that but THIS was something totally different.

DS215: So you mentioned earlier that you sort of took a break from the music for a few years to focus on yourself and life. With that in mind, what ultimately made you decide to get back involved and start up your show again?

BMA: I had played a few gigs here and there over the years for fun and just enjoyed it. Three years ago I started dating my fiancee and she was like "oh, you were a DJ huh? cool." She knew NOTHING about dnb minus a car commercial here and there. Mind you I was still going to events etc, but just from time to time. The music had been boring for a while and my job pretty much had me all over the western world for the last 7 years. Then she asked me to play for her, so from time to time I would do mini sets for her. It was always a place of escape, venting, rejoicing, peace of mind for me and I got back to why I have loved this music in the first place - away from the promoting, the politics, the nights with slow turn outs etc. Then last year I was heading back to Ohio and along the way, promoters heard I was coming back and said "Bringing records?" And I said "um no, should I?" They said yes. I did a handful of gigs and then did sets on your show and a few others in the area and it kind of reignited that flame. Add in that dnb has had the best music over the last 2 years that has appealed to me and it all just sort of snowballed. After a few discussions with my fiancee about what this could mean and what it could lead to, she looked me in the eye and said “What the fuck are you waiting for? This is who you are and this is what you have always loved, so do your thing B” With those simple words it was game on.


DS215: Since we're discussing more of your personal side, besides DJing, what else do you get into. Work, hobbies, life?

BMA: Ahhhhhh the "get to know the REAL me" section hahahahahaha

Can you tell I've read a lot of DJ interviews over time? :)

BMA: Hahaha. I am a proud father before I am anything. As far as "real world job" goes I am the Brand Manager for Sailor Jerry Clothing. As far as "interests" I am into hockey, travel, food/cooking, wine, books, strange history, languages, art, design, good films.

Alright and to wrap this up since you are a busy guy - Any upcoming projects/production work we should be on the look out for? What does 2014 have in store for you? Hopes goals, dreams, etc?

BMA: The launch of the new show, DJ Mixes, blog/history of dnb pieces. Production of new tunes. One release confirmed for now (even though I just told them I want to redo the track hahaha). I hope to have at least 4 EPs of production done this year or a few later down the line over a shorter period of time, but that is the big "I dunnnnnooo" one. I'd like to grow the show to a good level to highlight all the styles and eras of drum and bass. I mean in 20 years there are a shit ton of good tunes that can, should, and need to still be played. Sure I love having NEW unreleased material, exclusives blah blah... but I really think its disrespectful to the genre to only look one week or month or two of music and be limited to that. There is something to be said for playing tracks from 95, 97, 99, 00, 04, 07, 09, 2011, 2013 and unreleased tracks all in a set or two and having it be cohesive and tell a story or, to take that cliche, "journey".

DS215: Any last shouts before we finish?

BMA: Heather, Violet, Mom, Chris, you and the DS215 crew, everyone at, James Intrinsic, my SF crew, 412DNB massive, Breakbeat Science heads, and anyone who loves dnb and has supported it over the years.

Thanks so much for your time and best of luck with your new show!
DJ BMA can be heard on his LIVE show, The Vast Parlor, 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 8pm-10pm EST on

QBIK & SINE: Saturday January 11th / Philadelphia

Imperial is proud to present the return of QBIK!
Ft. two rooms & the imperial sound system!
Q-BiK is an Australian based, ex-pat New Zealander DJ/Producer who has been turning heads worldwide. Over 12 years of DJing experience has earned Q-BiK a reputation as a skillful tune selector and technical wizard on the decks. He has quickly established himself as one of Australia's forefront DnB/Dubstep DJs, and now, producer. Q-BiK has toured comprehensively across NZ/Australia and Asia, as well as touring internationally throughout UK/Europe, North and South America. This has seen him headline club shows, festivals of 10,000+ and intimate events of 200 people. No matter the stage, Q-BiK leaves his unique stamp all over the globe. Q-BiK has supported and shared the stage alongside some too many DnB artists to name a well as super stars; NERO, Pendulum, Skrillex, Bassnectar, Andy C, world famous beat boxer, Killa Kela, Snoop Dogg, Jurrasic 5, Bombfunk MC's, Masters At Work, London Electricity and Xpress2 to name a few.

Long time PA junglist and former Platinum resident!

Imperial | Custom Lifestyle

Premier Set!

********** HOUSE/BASS ********

Dub Kinetics | Undaground Set

Drink specials all night long
21+ proppa id
$8 before 10 $10 after!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Joey Breakdown: Midnight Lights 7 (The Halflight)

I'd been compiling new tunes I've been feeling for a while with this next Midnight Lights mix in mind, and last night decided to do a 'demo' (test run to see how the tunes would/should all fit together). Apparently I was feelin the vibes as I decided to upload this 'demo' as the actual mix. Lots of halfstep and next level dnb. Even some dancehall and reggae vibes and a few of Phazeone's cheeky halfstep/90's rnb mashups. Giant big ups to the producers/labels featured in the mix - killin it! Comments/sharing encouraged. Enjoy. 

Clima - None Of Dem
Fade w/ Detail & Abiotic - PVM
Dub Phizix vs Total - What About Yukon (Phazeone Mash)
Chimpo w/ Dub Phizix & Skeptikal - Buzzin'
dBridge & Skeptikal - Move Way
Digital & Outrage - Chromatic
Skittles - In For Me (Need For Mirrors Relick)
Halogenix - Each His Own
Stray - Akina
Heavy1 - Fear The Satellite (Sinistarr Rmx)
Brain Crisis - Fight Ogres
Elefant Man & Mob Tactics - Crazy Hype (Mad Run)
BassBrothers - Jamaican Thugs
Dawn Day Night - Big Booty Girls
Fracture & Dawn Day Night - Sick Wit It
Fracture vs Brandy - I Wanna Be/The Limit VIP (Phazeone Mash)
London Grammar - Strong (Fracture Relick)
Quentin Hiatus - Take My Soul

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Michelle Sainte LIVE @ Next Step, Club Skyline, Philadelphia circa 1998 (Video)

Here comes another nifty little throwback video of a few of the residents at the old Philly dnb weekly Next Step at that took place Tuesdays at Club Skyline, where the seed were planted for the eventual smashdown that was Platinum. Thanks again to MagnumDB for the capture and upload! If you missed our video of J/Smooth & Method One in action, check it out! 

Sunday, June 30, 2013

J. Smooth & Method One @ Next Step, Philly (Video)

Whoa nelly! We're on a posting rampage over here @ the DS215. Here's some fun footage of the early days at Next Step, the weekly party that took place at the much beloved/mostly hated Skyline Nightclub @ 12th & Arch. Check out the dons J. Smooth and Method One laying down the Philly vibes sometime in 97/98. Shouts to MagnumDB for the footage!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Karl K: Techstep Selection - (Summer 1996)

Here is one of those tapes that always felt sort of illicit as Karl never released this officially that I know of, it was allegedly made for a friend, then passed to a friend to a friend to a friend and wound up in my possession. For years I've held onto it as its excellent and recently, finally ripped it to mp3 to preserve it as the cassette is deteriorating rapidly. The mix is a raw slash through ninety blistering minutes of techstep drum n bass music, in the heat of Philadelphia, summer 1996. The tunes feature the finest bits by the usual suspects. Track list after the jump. Enjoy, comment, and share. And thanks Karl for a great mix.

Side 1
Trace – Mutant Revisited
Skyscraper - Liberty One
Blame – Neptune
Ed Rush – What’s Up?
– Got To
Dillinja - Violent Killa

Dom and Roland – Dynamics
Nico and Trace – Mad Different Methods
Ed Rush – Subway
Ed Rush – Mothership
Doc Scott – Machines
Dom and Roland - The Planets

Dillinja – Deadly Deep Subs Remix

Side 2
Dillinja – Deadly Deep Subs Remix
Dom and Roland – Thunder

Trace and Nico - Droid

Rollerz Instinct – Haze

Ed Rush – Killamanaro

B.L.I.M. –
Jeamland (Trace’s Word)
Doc Scott – Drumz ‘95
 Dillinja – Threshold
Fierce and Nico - Input

Ed Rush – The Raven

??? - ???

Trace and Nico - Monkeys

Ed Rush – Skylab

Friday, May 10, 2013

Platinum: The Final Smashdown @ Club Fluid / April 2013

In April of 2013, Philadelphia drum and bass finished the most important chapter of its history as the city's legendary nightspot Fluid closed its doors after 16 successful years. Fluid was home to the influential and groundbreaking weekly party Platinum, run by Dieselboy & Kevin Gimble, (and countless others behind the scenes) from 1997-2004, boasting such weekly resident DJs such as DSL himself, Kaos, Karl K, Method One, Mason, Sine, Icon, Armanni, Sharpness, Messinian, and Illy MC, with the weekly top notch out-of-town guests reading like a whose-who of dnb music.

Before the club closed last month the gang got together for one last smashdown, and luckily for all of us, someone remembered to hit the record button. Enjoy these sets. Big up to Mason for the links!  

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Karl K 


Method One 



Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Joey Breakdown: Midnight Lights 5 (The Half Step)


For the 5th volume of my Midnight Lights series I decided to focus on what we've been referring to half step (also known to some as half tempo) drum and bass music. This newer subgenre of dnb is logically expanding and progressing to incorporate elements of dub, techno, hip-hop, and dance hall while simultaneously maintaining a frenetic vibe all good drum n bass should have with a signature, fresh, laid back groove.

Check it, share it, play it loud and turn up dat BASS. As always BIG BIG UP to all the labels and producers featured on the mix!!! We have been proudly pushing these sounds on our weekly show [A CERTAIN SOUND] every Sunday evening from 6-9pm EST on, among other quality drum and bass, jungle and breakbeat styles.

Skeptical - At Most Fear
Fade - Conquering The Minds
Faib - Apocalyptica
Amoss - Lista
Genotype - Big Man Tumps
Dub Phizix feat. Skittles - I'm A Creator
Loxy & Genotype - The Ital Lion
Dub Phizix & Skeptical feat. Strategy - Marka
Crytical Dub - Charging Warrior
Dub Phizix feat. Fox - Never Been (Electric VIP)
Spectrasoul - Organizer (Foreign Concept Rmx)
Dream McLean - Sloe Gin (Dub Phizix Rmx)
Netsky - Love Is Gone (Dub Phizix Rmx)
Marcus Intalex - Wacky Races
Skeptical - These Words
Skeptical - Cold One
Villem - Shimmer
Genotype - A Few Too Many
Thing - The Priest
DBR UK, Jett & J Robinson - Moth To The Light
Anile & Dakota - Ecstasy Dub
Data - False
Intalex, Lynx & Fierce - Climbing Up The Walls
Skeptical - Static
Kryptic Minds & Leon Switch - Hide The Tears (Loxy & Resound Rmx)
Digital & Spirit - Phantom Force (Fracture Astrophonica Remix)
Ricky Force - Flow VIP