DJ Hype @ Traffic Nightclub, Adelaide (04/06/2004)

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I was actually excited for this event, as I have wanted to see Hype for about 8 years now. And anyone who knows me will tell you I am not a very excitable person. Time and time again Hype has teased us with threats of coming, only to fall foul of some circumstance or another. This time I was taking no chances, listening to the gossip on message boards and so forth, waiting to hear “he’s not coming!” But, on Friday afternoon there was still no signs of him not showing up, and I was as giddy as a school girl, excited with the possibility of hearing a DJ who is renown for his skills in scratching and mixing.

I rocked up at Traffic early, eager to hear what the local boys would play to set the mood. Boy, was I in for a shock! Noddy played some of the what is in my opinion some of the worst dnb music I’ve ever heard. Normally I enjoy his sets, but this set was not one of them. I don’t know how to describe it… ‘wobbly’ is what someone said, and that’s an apt description. The pace was up and down, cheesy and hard, then cheesy AND hard. MC Mennan was warbling over the tracks, and I really think someone needs to teach him about the value of silence. An MC should flow with the music, not go hell for leather all the time. I din’t find Mark 7 to be any better, following Noddy’s “go hard or go home” mentality, which had more than a few people head for the door. At least Mark had MC Xpress alongside him, but to me the sound from these two DJs was more like the cacophony of Satan’s choir than the dnb I used to know and love.

Luckily John Doe stepped up after them, and pulled the pace back a bit, even playing a few tunes that I knew, and restored a little of my faith in dnb. A lot of people said afterwards that it was one of his best dnb sets, which doesn’t surprise me in the least. Every time I’ve seen him play Breaks he seems to get better and better, and I can’t see why it would be any different with dnb.

When Hype stepped up, I wasn’t exactly anticipating a good show; people had mentioned it would be in the same style as Noddy and Mark 7, and that had me worried. But I had waited 8 years after all, and although expectations can be rather high after that length of time, I’m happy to say I wasn’t totally disappointed. He played very well, and played lots of tunes which, if not remixes of older tunes, contained certain elements of the older tunes that sparked recognition and happiness in my disappointed state. His scratching was good, but I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t more. It wasn’t as creative as it could have been. Other DJs like Marky scratch in the forthcoming tune; Hype just scratched a sample record, from the sounds of it. Still, he accompanied the sound very well, enhancing it and making it more than just a gimmick. And speaking of great accompaniment, MC Rage was simply fabulous. Excellent rhymes, good voice and timing, and had every one, errr hyped!

Reviewing can be tricky. You want to remain objective and open, but there are times when every thing you write seems negative and puts things in a bad light. I do not want to do this, because I like dnb, and have the utmost respect for the DJs that I heard play. Both Noddy and Mark  7 are unquestionably talented, and know how to rock a party. However, I was quite disappointed with the music the local DJs, to the point where I’m questioning if I should review dnb events anymore. So, if you thought Noddy and Mark 7 were the bomb, maybe you should sign up for reviews and do them, instead of getting this tired, jaded old raver to do them.

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