Mr. Doris [IBZ], D-Funk [UK] & Benny Hinn [SATURDAY – 17.01.2015]
After Dark Ibiza legend and a heavy-weight breaks dj step into PLAY, for another night of wicked beats
MR.DORIS [UK] (Pacha // Space // After Dark [ibiza]) //
Mr. Doris represents the new wave of musical expansion in Ibiza, holding down varied residencies around the island, from iconic bars like Km5 and The Rock Bar to the biggest clubs including Pacha and Space, where he hosts his weekly After Dark events. Expect music without borders: hip hop, funk, soul, jazz, latin, disco, drum & bass, afrobeat, house, electro, reggae, dubstep, rhythm & blues and ska. In other words, good, varied, soulful sounds!
In the studio Mr Doris is as flexible as he is behind the turntables, with productions taking in genres ranging from downtempo beats and hip hop to house, drum & bass and everything in between. Releases can be found on labels such as Pauze, Brake Horse, Bang! and Record Kicks, while MTV and Red Bull have picked up Mr Doris’s recordings for recent advertising campaigns.
This year sees the release of newly recorded material, such as remixes for Rodney P (Tru Thoughts), Omegaman (Fort Knox) and The Baker Brothers (Record Kicks) plus freshly squeezed mix compilations for Pauze, Defected and El Chiringuito.
Expertly created, curated and hosted by Mr Doris, After Dark takes place every Sunday on the famous Sunset Terrace at We Love Space, Ibiza. In its three-year tenure, After Dark has introduced a new musical direction within a club that is consistently at the forefront of the global clubbing scene.
The line-up boasts an array of DJs, artists, audiovisual shows, B-Boys, MCs and live experiences like nothing the club (let alone the island!) has seen before, including Quantic, Jazzanova, DJ Yoda, The Correspondents, Krafty Kuts and A Skillz, DJ Vadim and The Nextmen. Until now, many of these artists wouldn’t have stepped foot inside an Ibiza nightclub, but today, Mr Doris, After Dark and We Love provide the perfect platform.
D-FUNK [UK, Grits n Gravy, Ghettofunk]//
D-Funk has been deeply immersed in the global music scene for well over the past decade as a DJ, producer, label owner and former promoter.
Still seen as a new name to some, he has amassed an impressive back catalogue of releases and performances having released over 50 tracks across 13 different labels & played events in UK and across Europe, Asia & Australia.
Originally from UK but now Based in Sydney, Australia, Doug Masters, aka D-Funk, got his first set of decks when he was 14 – way back in the mid-90s. After hours and hours of practice he played his first club gig, spinning jungle and techno before gravitating towards house after a night dancing to Tony De Vit.
At university he scored a residency at the Canal Club and Charlie Chester’s Mezzanine in . notorious clubs like El Divino & Es Paradis.
After moving to Bournemouth on the south coast of England in 2002 he started playing at various local house venues, but got a bit bored of straight 4/4beats and started getting into playing breakbeat, old skool hip-hop, funk, soul and disco. “I was playing at mainly house nights but I was playing a mix of house and breakbeat,” he recalls. “I was inspired by early Stanton Warriors stuff that fused breakbeat and house together. They seemed to be able to play breaks to a house crowd, so I thought I’d be able to as well.”
Punters loved it but venue owners weren’t so keen, so Doug started his own night in 2004 – Break Da House. It quickly established itself as one of the most essential nights out in the south, hosting top-notch acts like the Plump DJs, Stanton Warriors and Meat Katie. It was after striking up a friendship with one of the headline acts, the Dub Pistols Soundsystem, that Doug’s first release came about.
Barry Ashworth, notorious Dub Pistols hellraiser, hooked Doug up to release the ‘Electrotek EP’ on Westway – the label he runs with Carl Loben and Billy Borez of the Drum Monkeys. The lead cut was used on a TV ad in Portugal, hit No.2 on the Kiss FM Breakbeat Chart and sent Doug on his way as he’d now caught the production bug – big time.
Fast forward to 2011 and Doug has released tracks on Sunday Best, Manmade, Dusted Breaks, Nitrous, Yellowfinger, Dandy Kid, Mutate, Roca, Booty Pirates and more on Westway, although he was proving himself to be so prolific that he had to start his own label too – Up:Start Music. The first release on Up:Start, the ‘Bust This EP’ featuring MC Manic, received highly favourable reviews and earned him plays on Annie Nightingale’s BBC Radio 1 show and Jay Cunning’s Kiss FM slot.
Another great achievement was being nominated for ‘Best Breakthrough DJ’ at the international Break beat awards (Breakspoll) in February 2009. Although he’s now been DJing for well over 15 years and didn’t win, it helped put him more on the map internationally and reflected the increased number of gigs outside of his south coast residency.
In Oct 2009 Doug made a big decision & decided to move to Sydney, Australia where he currently resides! It was a big move for him both on the professional & personal front. But
since being in Sydney Doug is reveling in his new form musical freedom, with an eclectic gig list to match at some of Sydney top venues.
After being in Australia a few months Doug’s label, Up:Start Music, that has been picking up fans worldwide was nominated for the ‘Best New Label 2009’ at the 2010 Breakspoll awards. A true testament to the work & quality of music that they have released since its launch in Feb 2009.
If that wasn’t enough Doug has a new label project with friend & fellow producer Philly Blunt called Grits N Gravy. The label being focused on the more funk based end of the spectrum, an area in which Doug is also gaining a big reputation. The label launched in Nov 2010 & has seen every release hitting num 1 on the Junodowload charts. As with Upstart, Grits N Gravy will feature a heavy release schedule from Doug himself along with outer musical peers & collaborations between like-minded artists…
He’s been at it a while, but there’s the sense that this talented DJ/producer has only just begun as he turns over a new chapter in his career. Watch this space.
Check out more about D-Funk on his website.
BENNY HINN //
Benny Hinn (Daniel Robertson) began spinnin’ vinyl back in 01′ playing a range of phat funky house and some chunky big assed broken beats for the masses… Although now only 34, the Hinns has played at some of the finer establishments, parties and festivals around Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Spain, Wollongong and the South coast, gaining a rep az a bit of a party starter and one with some def skillz, finesse and sheer artistry on a pair of 1200s.
The Hinn has also toured with the MOS Label for an Annual release and has supported many artists such as, The Stanton Warriors, Freq Nasty, Krafty Kuts, A.Skillz, Jay Jay, Sneaky Sound System, The Resin Dogs, Katalyst, Sarah Love, Shortee Blitz, Frenzie, Total Eclipse, Mr. Doris, Cool Hand Luke, Normski, DJ Katch, DJ A.$.K, DJ KC, Edseven, Inkswel, Omegaman, Busta, Koolism, [love] Tattoo, Mark Dynamix, Ajax [RIP], Bang Gang, Goodwill, Alex Taylor, Funktrust, Purple Sneaker DJs + many many more…
Benny has also been dipping into a little production here and there with a few little mashes and beats all up on his soundcloud page.
His latest venture has been building and establishing PLAY BAR SYDNEY. After drawing inspiration from his last stint in Melbourne and meeting his partner & co-owner Sarah, the two worked hard to build what they hope to be for many years to come, an institution that brings decent music into Surry Hills Sydney. He has programmed every bit of music that has come through the venue and supported a huge range of hiphop, breakbeat DJs and just awesome beat-makers and producers both local and abroad…
WHEN: SATURDAY 17 JANUARY 2015 | 5PM-MIDNIGHT | MR. DORIS, D-FUNK & BENNY HINN
WHERE: PLAY BAR SYDNEY. BASEMENT 72 CAMPBELL STREET SURRY HILLS
FREE ENTRY, FIRST COME FIRST SERVED. THE WORLD IS INVITED.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a space for MR. DORIS, D-FUNK & BENNY HINN.