Beginning life as a private Facebook group, Clashmouth is a place for D&B promoters & record labels (small and large) to share their forthcoming event information with the aim of preventing big clashes. A great idea for which we should thank Chris Inperspective & Chris Dexta – big up!
The Clashmouth Drum and Bass Label Market was the next step to add a little more unity to the community. Record Store Day 2017 marked their first ever ‘D&B Label Market’ featuring a selection of small to large independent record labels who took over Cafe 1001, setting up shop for the day to sell their records directly to the public like the old days! People were attracted from all corners of the country by the limited edition vinyl releases and exclusive merchandise on offer making it a roaring success.
The next label market is expanding and moving to House of Vans, London this Saturday (21st April ’18). To those that have been to House of Vans you will know what an absolutely perfect venue it is for an event like this. A crossbreed that merges a skatepark into an events space, the market place will be spread across 2 rooms – the main playing host to the label market and the second for hosting panels. This 30,000 sq. ft complex will be completely transformed into a Drum & Bass paradise for the day!
As well as all the labels stalls, you will be able to find a host of discussions and presentations chaired by long standing industry heads that will cover a host of topics. All of which will be open to a live audience, and be filmed for online release. Here’s a break down of what you will be able to find…
Bob Macc from Subvert Central Mastering will be moderating the ‘Running a Label’ panel discussion which will provide an insight into what it takes to run a successful Drum & Bass label. The panel of experts (representatives from Critical, Inperspective, Med School and Foundation X) will discuss management, mastering, merchandise, marketing and any other relevant “m” words.
Robyn Chaos the manager of the DJ agency Anger Management and founder of Therapy Session Recordings will be on the ‘diversity’ panel which will delve into the problem of representation in the electronic music community, particularly within the world of Drum & Bass. This panel aims to establish whether there is a genuine diversity problem across all facets of the scene, and to discuss potential solutions to this serious issue and will be presented by Drum and Bass Against Racism Love Dabar, Mantra, Robyn Chaos, Blackeye.
The Rise of the DJ/Producer panel discussion will aim to look at what it means to be a DJ in the modern Drum & Bass scene, how that has changed over the years, and what it takes to craft a journey of electronic music in front of an audience. This will be presented by Ray Keith, Billy Daniel Bunter, Sweetpea and Concealed Identity.
Clashmouth will also be running a raffle to help raise money for Help Musicians UK / Music Minds Matter and have asked all the labels attending to donate vinyl, merchandise and other goodies. Flare Audio have donated 2 sets of their ear plugs and there’ll be Clashmouth merchandise up for grabs as well. Just click here to buy a ticket and ensure you tick the box to allow your email address so you can be contacted if you’re a winner.
So clear your weekend plans and head down to the House of Vans this Saturday 21st April. Don’t forget to bring a bag (or two!).