Whilst drum & bass might amass a bigger following in cities further south like Bristol and London there has also been a huge admiration for the genre in the north-west of England.
Whether it be Manchester’s Warehouse Project or the mighty Creamfields festival, situated just a few miles south of Warrington, DnB artists have always received a rapturous reception here.
This past weekend Liverpool was the destination where fans were given a real treat as one of the biggest names in the scenes as Andy C, stepped on stage at the Invisible Wind Factory.
Throughout his career the RAM Records head honcho has played numerous venues in this region of the country, admitting that Liverpudlians have an amazing knowledge of the whole DnB spectrum and that when people demand to hear tunes from over 20 years ago it comes as a real delight for The Executioner, who always ends up with a huge smile on his face when requests for old classics come in midway through his shows.
Being taken on a monumental history lesson is an experience Andy C is only too happy to deliver, which is one of many reasons why people all around the world scramble frantically to watch his DJ sets. Whether it is the masterful passage through three decades of dnb or the frenetic energy levels it is always a privilege of the highest order to watch the Executioner at work.
This occasion provoked slightly more anticipation as the opportunity arose to meet the man himself before his performance just a stone’s throw from the River Mersey.
Being a huge fan for many years it felt like one of the best early Christmas presents possible, being able to talk about all things music, football and other topics before watching him spin a wondrous set.
As is often the case with DJ and producers, who travel up and down the country most weekends, traffic hampered the time available to pick his brains about forthcoming tunes on RAM.
Despite that unfortunate eventuality his performance over the next two hours more than made up for it, sending the entire venue into a heightened state of euphoria as soon as the needle went down for the first time.
Watching the impressive array of lasers fill the sky above, passing in and around the famed metal signage which hangs from the ceiling, was a real joy and certainly added to a spectacular multi-sensory experience.
Taking clubbers on the aforementioned journey through the many decades of classic DnB numbers, Andy C also gave everyone reminders of his own fantastic tunes and remixes such as the iconic job on Major Lazer’s ‘Get Free’.
Whilst he was booked to play for two hours the set seemed to finish in an instant such was the ferocity of his mixing but then as followers will know that is extremely common.
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