On September 16 London’s Soul In Motion event series is making their way to Gretchen for the very first time. Whereas many promoters have failed launching a new event series in the number one City for drum’n’bass music, Soul In Motion quickly became one of the most popular parties to go. Who are the heads of operation and what is the secret behind their success? We took the time to find out to give you all the background information about it.
It all started in 2014 when Michael Bailey, better known by his stage name DJ Bailey, and Joe Moses, also known as Need For Mirrors, came together to realize their visions of a own event series. A location was soon found with the Basement, a cozy club, only moments away from Soho and Oxford Street. Unfortunately the club had to close in 2015 and so they had to move on, but it did not took them long to find a replacement. The self proclaimed “mysterious” Miranda night club right beneath the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch, one of London’s trendiest and most vibrant artistic areas, became their new home. The Britain’s capital made it up to number six of the 2016 Top-Ten of Europe’s most expensive cities, which of course also includes London’s nightlife, but the Miranda night club is keeping most events and entry absolutely free. This also counts for the Soul In Motion nights but in order to get in you have to be on the guest list, for those who are planning a trip to London and would like to go: any information are to be found on their home page. When most promoters are holding their events on the weekend Bailey and Moses had other plans and so Soul In Motion became a biweekly club night, held on the first and third Wednesday of each month. The list of guest-DJ’s that have played at a Soul In Motion night reads like a “Who’s Who” of drum’n’bass. From Grooverider to Fabio, Roni Size to Krust, Randall to Optical, Dom & Roland to Brian G, in short words: nearly everyone who has had an influence on the development of the genre. This created such a hype that the name Soul In Motion
became something like a brand. Today Soul In Motion nights are held at London’s notorious Fabric night club, at the Oval Space, a mixed use arts and event space in the heart of Bethnal Green, East London, at the Mono club, Brighton’s number one address for all types of underground music, and the Rotunde club in Bochum, West Germany.
This motivated Bailey and Moses to take it to the next level and even start their own label. The first release on Soul In Motion Records came on the 1st of September this year. On this single you find the tracks “Welcome”, produced by the legendary Jonny L, and “Day Of Mercury”, produced by Need For Mirrors. When speaking to Bandcamp Jonny L, who is also known for being one half of the now retired UK garage duo True Steppers, has stated “Nights like Soul In Motion are keeping both the new sounds and the roots of drum & bass alive,” and Bailey added “There’s a lot of great music around, but it’s either a very current sound or a sound that you would associate with a particular label. We want music that we feel resonates with Soul In Motion and that we are still going to want to play in five, ten, or 15 years time. We’ve talked about the label for years but we knew it had to be done right and with the right music.” It is definitely worth it to keep your eyes and ears open to what is coming up next on this promising label.
For the Soul In Motion night at Gretchen Bailey and Moses have put an exciting line-up together and of course the two founders will play themselves. DJ Bailey is known for being one of the originators of drum’n’bass music. Resident Metalheadz DJ, Serato Artist and Mi-Soul radio, BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 1, Ministry of Sound Radio presenter and original Inta-warrior, his resume is quite impressive. Looking back at a DJ career of more than twenty years he has moved dancefloors from Australia to Japan to Canada and all over Europe with his electrifying sets. Ever since Need For Mirrors has moved to the UK from his New Zealand home in 2003 he continuously worked his way up to the top of today’s drum’n’bass elite. With releases on Metalheadz, Spearhead, V Recordings and Shogun Audio he solidified his standing as one of the most notable producers of the last years. He also formed his own label, Zoltar, a platform that allows him to promote his passion for vinyl and high-quality artwork.
Tom Withers, a.k.a. Klute, is a man of many talents. Besides running his own label, Commercial Suicide, he is also the drummer, vocalist and songwriter of the English hardcore band The Stupids. As well as putting out music on his label, Klute has releases on Hospital Records, 31 Records, Soul:R, Shogun Audio, Metalheadz, and Breakbeat Science Recordings.
It will be the very first time for Mark Gaunt, alias Serum, to play in Berlin. His career kicked off when Ray Keith, a true veteran of the genre, discovered and exclusively signed him to the legendary Dread imprint. He stayed with the label for four years releasing a string of singles and EP’s. After finishing his stint with Dread he made sure to stay relevant by releasing tracks on labels such as Liquid V, Grid, Mac 2 and Critical. His reputation as a top class producer led to an extremely busy schedule in his DJ career that has seen Serum playing all over Europe and at some of the top venues in the UK, such as Matter, Ministry of Sound, Fabric, Herbal, and the Q Club.
And last but not least, to support these great acts, our Recycle crew residents DJ Flower and the MC’s Mace and Jamie White, who are known for heating up the dancefloor.
If you are into drum’n’bass music, or let us say into good music in general, all these information should have raised anticipation. Gretchen is definitely looking forward to the event. When asked about their expectations the Soul In Motion founders stated “Berlin is such a electronic music haven, for Soul In Motion to be presented at Gretchen is a honour, we are beyond excited to bring the underground sounds of London to Berlin.” So with that being said, see you there!