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Signal Groove Jungle Section

Last year in January / February 2019, I was placed under section 3 of the Mental Health Act and detained and treated against consent at St Cadoc’s Hospital for about four months. I had spent the evening doing a re-edit of this drum and bass track: Wez G – Signal Groove. I had met a nice Iranian Jungle producer and DJ at Fabric in London for the Metalheadz Christmas Party event with Fabio, Grooverider and Doc Scott and this new friend had expressed an interest in signing Signal Groove to a decent Drum and Bass label. I just needed to rework it slightly and get it mastered. Gwent Police turned up at end of studio session prior to me being able to save the new edited files. I ripped up a great new version. They handcuffed me and banged in the van and dragged me off and then at the hospital threatened to shoot me next time they see me in public about which I have a current IPCC complaint going on. I lost my court appeal case and the Indian / Pakistani psychiatrist Dr Megheri, who treated me believed whole thing was a ‘Delusion of Grandeur’ Obviously there is now a delay on this project but I will rework the track again and hopefully the business offer will still be on the table and it can be put out there to the dancefloors where it belongs. Wez G

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Review: Altered State – The Story of Ecstasy Culture and Acid House – by Matthew Collin

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I’ve already read a Matthew Collin book – This is Serbia Calling – so I was chuffed when I stumbled upon this work, a history of UK dance music culture. As a DJ and Promoter for 24 years I’m quite aware of a lot of the history of dance music in the UK. This book, however, filled in many of the gaps, and was a thoroughly entertaining and enlightening read. The well known story of how acid house culture came to the UK via Ibiza’s Summer of Love where Nicky Holloway, Danny Rampling, Paul Oakenfold and Trevor Fung experienced the delight’s of Alfredo weaving magic on the White Isle and brought back their ideas to the London clubscene, is a familiar tale, often recited religiously in club culture publications like Mixmag. The author gives a comprehensive account of the beginnings and it was great to hear the true story and what bliss these guys must have experienced. Shoom, Spectrum and the Milk Bar launched successfully and the early adopters were soon welcoming new ‘Acid Teds’ and a hippy revival based on lush house electronica began to hit the mainstream. The book looks at London and Manchester in detail as well as exploring some of the less likelier destinations of UK club culture like Blackburn and later the countryside free party and rave movement. The study of the fracture of dance music into its various sub-genres and the movement of people that followed each branch provides much analysis and we see Warehouse parties, techno anarchists, drum and bass division and later the emergence of new genres like speed garage, grime and dubstep. The book focuses a lot on the role of narcotics in this new ascendant youth culture. The critical importance of ecstasy (MDMA) to the whole movement which eventually led to a massive increase and normalisation of drug culture across the country, with polydrug use becoming popular and clubbers and ravers exploring acid (LSD), cocaine, heroin, ketamine, amphetamines and the various different types of cannabis. It’s amazing how much anti dance music propaganda was spread by the media. Governments were scared and there was a great deal of legislation set up to counter the whole movement. Enlightened masses were a danger to the establishment and the whole culture was seen as an alternative political situation. The long-running battles between promoters, DJs and the UK Police was interesting and it was…

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Official Wez G website is revamped and relaunched

I spent a hectic three days at the end of last week rebuilding my main website. The old one looked rather dated and was a bit of a nightmare to update. It didn’t perform particularly well SEO wise and was clunky and slow to load. I decided to abandon the use of html and css and transfer the new site to a streamlined wordpress format. I used what data I could from the old site and tried to emphasise my music in the new one, with it heavily drawing from my rather active Soundcloud account. In the new site, photos and videos are available, there is a portfolio section, lots of music, categorised by type (DJ Sets, production, remixes) and genre (house, chillout, drum & bass). I encourage website viewers to participate with me on the social networks, with lots of twitter and facebook boxes and share buttons and also links to the many social networks available. The blog section has allowed me to combine my previous wordpress news blog with my old google blogger one and I might even drag in all the tumblr posts I’ve done too. I plan to post new blogs primarily directly in the site so my other blogs (including this one) are likely to become a bit neglected. Fans of the new website can sign up for updates via email. All in all, I’m satisfied with the work and the new site is looking rather sparkly. I hope you take the time to check it out http://djwezg.com

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AudioSapien joins Shuffle Artist Management

Shuffle Artist Management are pleased to announce that Colombia-based DJ / Producer, AudioSapien, has joined the team. The official AudioSapien website is just having the finishing touches applied http://audiosapien.net  .  AudioSapien’s music styles include Drum & Bass / JungleTek / Elektro / Spiral Tekno. He hails from the UK, having spent a lot of his music career in Bristol. He currently resides in Colombia where his committments to the European Sound System and Free Party Organisers http://nobordersound.org mean that he is one of the busiest Electronic Music DJs on that continent, playing all across the region from Colombia itself, to Venezuela, Brasil and Argentina. AudioSapien has a  lot of forthcoming productions to build on his successful production partnership with Dave Wired http://dirtboxcrew.net AudioSapien’s productions have now been added to Shuffle Radio http://shuffleradio.co.uk You can see more information on other Shuffle Artists at http://shuffleartistmanagement.com

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Krust – Warhead (Wez G End Of Terror Remix)

LISTEN TO KRUST – WARHEAD (WEZ G END OF TERROR REMIX) here http://soundcloud.com/wezg/krust-warhead-wez-g-end-of This is for the last ever  remix competition at Back 2 You, the most excellent website whose remix projects I have worked on for the past six months or so… It gives producers who are learning a great opportunity to work with the material of well-established professional producers. Even if half the stuff I churn out is rubbish, these projects are great fun and very educational. The site is moving in a  different direction from now on and it’s a real shame that this Krust – Warhead remix project is their final one. Krust – Well what can you say? Part of Bristol’s Reprazent Crew, Krust is a Drum & Bass superstar. The original Warhead, when it was first released in 1997, was a masterpiece of its genre. The bassline of the original is hard to match. The rawness, the wah wobble, the flow of the music – when you have worked on a remix, you really do start to appreciate these qualities in the original. My remix is packed full of different elements, including a cheeky Presidential sample… One of the samples in the remix pack had something that sounds to me like it’s saying ‘Mr President‘ so I was drawn to the idea of using the topical Obama sample. Also – it seems to conclude the business first launched by Wez G with his http://talibanhouse.com . I had fun working on this and hope that people will appreciate my efforts. LISTEN TO KRUST – WARHEAD (WEZ G END OF TERROR REMIX) here http://soundcloud.com/wezg/krust-warhead-wez-g-end-of

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Shufflin’ It Up

This mix is a little different to usual. I’ve been having some Ableton lessons from DirtBox Crew ( http://artist.to/dirtboxcrew ) who play Spiral Tekno & Drum n Bass. I thought it would be nice to whack one of their tunes into the podcast… Trouble is – I usually play about 130bpm house and their music is 180bpm, so there’s a few pitch shifts in this mix. Goes from house to Techno to drum n bass and ends with some nice old skool hardcore. At Shuffle ( http://groups.to/shuffle ) we try to be musically openminded and hate the pigeon-holing and stuck-up-yer-arse attitude that is all too prevalent in the music industry. So here you have Wez G, Shufflin’ It Up. Hope you enjoy! :::TRACKLISTING::: 1.Radiohead – Street Spirit (Funkagenda Mix) [White] 2.Johan Ilves – Wrong Number (Greg Kobe Remix) [Whoop Records] 3. Moby – Pale Horses (Gui Boratto’s Last Window Remix) [Little Idiot] 4. Stan Kolev – Shana (Deep Cinema Mix) [Plastica] 5. Sasha – Chemistry [White] 6. Sam Ball – Kamekaze (Original) [i-fi Music] 7. Erphun – 2wo Butterflies (Quivver Remix) [Therapy Music] 8. Ulrich Schnauss – On My Own [Global Underground] 9. Dirtbox Crew – Dirty Data Recorders [Kaotek Wreckords] 10. Die – Play it for Me [V Recordings] 11. Roni Size – Brown Paper Bag (Original) [Talkin’ Loud Classics] 12. Roni Size & Die – The Calling [V Recordings] 13. Rhythm Quest – Closer to Your Dreams (Hybrid Mix) [Network Records] Wez G – Shufflin' It Up by Wezg on Mixcloud

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