5th October 2017 // Music // Cultural
We profiled five resident DJs bossing the turntables across Hull. Whether it's Bass, Indie, or anything in between, these guys have you covered.
Simma is one of the brains behind Get Down, the regular night at Welly that showcases music from across the bass spectrum. While Simma likes to keep his own sets unpredictable, dub, dancehall and jungle are guaranteed to feature, with the likes of Mungo’s HiFi, Nubiyan Twist and Equiknoxx taking up residence in his record box this year.
You can also catch him in Room 2 at Shinobi, Welly’s long-running drum and bass night, where his sets can span five hours, while he’s also planning a new night at Tunnel in November, with a yet-to-be-named deep dubstep producer.
Get Down celebrates its second birthday at Welly on 20 October, with its biggest line-up yet. “The vibe is always great, a lot like The Residents Association and Shinobi,” says Simma. “There are no egos and everyone just wants to have a good time and dance like no one is watching!”
Jamaican crew Equiknoxx are releasing dark, mutant dancehall beats paired with killer MC's from around the globe: definitely the most exciting music out at the moment. Bandana with Frisco and Shokryme always gets an amazing response in the early hours at Welly.
Kev La Kat is Welly’s resident DJ upstairs on Saturdays alongside the legendary Porky, mixing up “anything with good bass and a groove”, including tunes from the likes of Photay, Mr Carmack, Rick Rubin and Swindail.
Alongside his regular sets at Welly you can find Kev getting his groove on at The Residents Association and Asylum, as well as producing his own music for Love Our Records. Kev recently played a stonking live looping set at Bud Sugar’s EP launch party and his label once again takeover Fruit at Freedom Festival, where he’ll DJ alongside Endoflevelbaddie, Fast T, Player One and Live Lans.
Keep an eye out for Bandwich too, an all-nighter at Welly on Saturday 4 November, featuring live sets from Jack Conman, BDRMMM, Bud Sugar and more, brought to you by Love Our Records and Welly.
I’ve recently realised that Dizzee Rascal’s Fix Up Look Sharp and FKJ’s Lying Together fit
like a glove, but standalone Baauer's Raspberry always gets people moving.
Sam can be found weaving his eclectic magic in Welly’s main room at regular nights, Jelly (Thursdays) and Shuffle (Saturdays).
Jelly is first and foremost Welly’s indie night but Sam likes to mix it up and drop the odd electronica banger alongside anything from pop to house to drum and bass. Meanwhile Shuffle does what it says on the tin: expect ‘60s soul and R’n’B classics next to 90s hip hop, inbetween the most exciting modern music, served up for the discerning Welly crowd.
“The guys and girls that come to Welly are the same crowd that attend live gigs and festivals so they really know their stuff,” says Sam. “It makes for a party atmosphere and, being an alternative music club, that means the set is constantly evolving, which makes for an exciting night.”
My favourite song to play at the moment is probably She's Casual by the Hunna. It gets a great reaction from the crowd.
Covering the house and techno spectrum are Black & Watky, two DJs and producers behind regular underground night ILLICIT, who are also signed to labels Moan Recordings and Twisted Fusion.
The pair have credentials outside the city, holding a residency at Leeds’ MiNT Warehouse / MiNT Club, while they’ve also played further afield, including Ibiza and Milan.
Black & Watky currently run ILLICIT at the underground Tunnel venue in XXX, but plan to bring it to Welly on Friday 3 November, with guests Cristoph, Secondcity & Mirko Di Florio.
“It’s an intimate party with like-minded people,” explains Watky. “With ILLICIT we don’t have a fancy VIP section or sparkling champagne bottles. We are all about the music instead and people respect that.”
You can also catch Black & Watky at the MiNT Festival in Leeds on Saturday 23rd September and the Twisted Fusion Showcase at Tunnel in Hull on Friday 29th September.
Favourite dancefloor tune right now?
Patrick Topping’ Be Sharp, Say Nowt. The deep groovy bassline and Lashun Laces soulful gospel vocal merges perfectly for this uplifting house track which we are in love with at the minute.
Listen to them in the mix on Data Transmission: