Black Rhino Music presents Goth-Trad (JP) / 15.11

We are closing this year's events in Expirat with an amazing guest. A unique producer with a unique style, Goth-Trad has emerged from the Japanese electronic scene in the last decade as one of the most arresting artists from his generation.

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Goth-Trad (JP)

A unique producer with a unique style, Goth-Trad has emerged from the Japanese electronic scene in the last decade as one of the most arresting artists from his generation. "The sound originator" Goth-Trad creates remarkable dance music with an abstract approach. He started his music career in 1998 and through the years he managed to create his own style and approach. It has to be mentioned the bridge stone in Goth-Trad career came in November 2014, when he started his own Back To Chill label. In 2015, Goth-Trad found a dubplate cutting studio named Was Alchemy near his house, and he restarted cutting dubplates. As it can be seen from his approaches like the remix for Japanese noisecore band Endon and a collaboration with heavy rock band Boris, his music was becoming more and more alternative. In 2016, his Back To Chill night had its 10th anniversary occasion on which he released a very limited dubplate & USB digital album, "Psionics". He featured Boris and American experimental hip-hop MC Dälek on the limited dubplate.

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Low Freq

Based in Bucharest, Codin Orășeanu aka Low Freq is present on the music scene for over 15 years. Music producer, DJ and promoter, Low Freq combines elements of bass music with strong industrial synths, continuously searching to explore the sound. Over time Low Freq played in groups such as Blanoz and Shadowbox, and since 2014 he started the band Dream Diggers. Alongside Dani, Low Freq is also the operator for Irie Warriors Soundsystem. 2017 is the year Codin Orășeanu formed Black Rhino Music, a project promoting artists, music and the culture behind the sound.

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031R

031R was actively involved in the growth of the dubstep scene in Bucharest, in the mid-2000s, as a promoter, curator and DJ.
Coming from a background of breakbeat and drum&bass, he started the dubstep.ro project in 2006 and over the next 5 years contributed to various events which saw Loefah, Sgt. Pokes, Benga, Skream, Tes La Rok, Caspa, Virus Syndicate and Al-Haca Soundsystem headlining.
His selection comes from that period in time precisely and covers an area from Croydon to Bristol, from dark garage to techno.

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Black Rhino Music presents Skeptical (UK) / 26.10

First time we have invited Skeptical at Subsonic Festival. After five years we say it's about time to hear his music again in Bucharest.

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Skeptical (Exit / Soul:R / Metalheadz - UK)

As a DJ and producer whose natural passion for music in all its forms eventually spilled over into a full blown production habit, Skeptical has been responsible for some of the most damaging yet delicate tracks within the current Drum & Bass genre.

Skeptical made his mark with "Blue Eyes EP" on Ingredients Records in 2011 and has since had a slew of impeccable releases on highly esteemed imprints such as Dispatch, Metalheadz, Soul:r and Exit Records. Exit Records became the home for "Marka", a collaboration with Dub Phizix and Strategy which went on to being a cross genre track and a DJ pick for any dancefloor worldwide while racking millions of views on YouTube. Most recently Skeptical’s releases schedule with Exit has been steady flowing with releases such as "Imperial" and "Outset" EP. Not shy of collaborating, Skeptical is 1/5 of collective group "Module Eight" made up of producers dBridge, Kid Drama, Loxy and Resound. Module Eight is a project of likeminded producers with no real aim but to have fun making music. It has resulted in an album being released called "Legacy". His collaboration track "Move Way" with dBridge was released on the legendary R&S Records and was the first Drum & Bass track to come out on the record label since the year 2000. His work with various labels across the globe has seen him remix tracks from a wide range of producers such as Jubei and Jamaican reggae musician Sizzla.

Skeptical is known for his technical DJ-ing abilities and has travelled the world to places such as Europe, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Asia. His DJ sets have been heard in some of the most well known clubs and festivals worldwide.

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Kukilla (Astronaut Kru Sound System)

Kukilla caught the electronic music bug since 1997 and 10 years later he started playing with sound, mixing and layering the foundations of Astronaut Kru Sound System (Romania's loudest and most active free sound system), alongsie his friend Burner Greene.
In his mixes you can hear genres like Dub, Jungle, Drum & Bass, Neurofunk, Metalcore, Techno, Breaks, all with a dynamic and surprising result. Besides playing in Prague, Zurich, Copenhagen or Paris, he traveled the country far and wide, played at indoor parties and outdoor festivals and raves almost every weekend for the past 9 years. In the most unconventional locations he shared the rigs of various events with Black Sun Empire, Noisia, State Of Mind, The Qemists, Audio, Klute, The Prototypes, DLR, Smooth, Trei, Zombie Cats, TC, B-Complex, Komatik, Logistics, Big Bud, Amit, Soul Intent, Jay Rome, Funsta MC, Terry T, Psychofreud, Submorphics, DJ Chap, Elite Force, Overlook, Gridlok, and many more.

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Toben (Conspired Within Music / Freenetik Kru)

Toben is a music producer and DJ from Arad, Romania, who arose into producing Drum & Bass after 6 years of extensive DJ-ing as part of the Freenetik Kru and Bass Invaders that also reside in Romania. Since 2012, Toben has played shows and events with many talented and veteran artists alike. Toben in the last few years has been devoted to experimenting with somber sounds with the added touch of Jungle vibes. Being dedicated to the sound, he never settles for anything specific when producing, but rather opens the barriers to his artistic creativity. Being highly influenced by experimental music, ambiental, techno and other flavors of the scene, his styles are versatile in the studio as well as the DJ sets he plays.
His next releases are scheduled in the next few months so keep an eye out for them.

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Black Rhino Music presents Compa (UK) / 28.09

Black Rhino Music's next residency in club Expirat welcomes Compa (UK) with local support from WRK and Vru Dubz. For this session the sound will be powered by Irie Warriors Sound System.

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Compa (UK)

Following his debut appearance on Get Darker TV in March 2011, Compa released his inaugural 12" single with one of Dubstep's foundation imprints Boka Records (Tracks "Sentence" and "Beginning"), and his infamous bootleg of Mavado’s "Dem A Talk" which sold out worldwide within one week of its release, and at the tender age of just 21, he's newly signed to Mala's Deep Medi Musik label, perhaps the most revered seal of approval in underground Dubstep circles.

The Compa sound has received acclaim from across the board with key influences like BBC 6 Music's Gilles Peterson & Nerm showing praise, as well as MistaJam, Toddla T and B-Traits on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, not forgetting J:Kenzo, Jay 5ive, Plastician and N-Type amongst others on the prestigious Rinse FM. Tracks have even found their way into the record bags of scene pioneers Chase & Status (Ram, Mercury, Renegade Hardware), US Dubstep ambassador, Joe Nice (Dub War, Reconstrvct) and of course Mala (Deep Medi, DMZ) who has now signed Compa to his seminal Deep Medi Musik label.

In addition to performances in the Netherlands, Croatia, Belgium, Portugal, Germany, Czech Republic, Turkey, Poland, Estonia, Greece, China and India, Compa has also toured Sweden, Canada and North America twice-over since the start of 2012.

...and yet despite his tour schedule and between studio time, you can still hear Compa play live on Sub FM once a month, Monday 18:00-20:00 GMT.

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He is a founding member of the oldest group of promoters and DJs from Târgu Mureș (Romania), LBC Kru. Alongside them he was responsible for organizing the first electronic music parties in his hometown, and later, in the early 2000s the event series "Fundamental Breaks" that brought to the city the most renowned drum & bass and breakbeat DJs from all over the country of the time. He started DJ-ing in 2003, and after getting a residency in the local club Avi-Cola, played warm-up and after sets with Rapala for a series of exclusive nights promoting all varieties of broken beats. Ever since, he's been an active member of the movement, playing mostly bass heavy music, from deeper dubstep to the more forward thinking electronic beats and occasionally old school 2step and garage

Vru Dubz

Is a soundman, DJ, promoter and sound system builder, based in Timișoara. Member of High Kulture crew he started collecting music and planing parties in the past years, now he is a regular on the Romanian bass music scene, playing music to make people skankin' on conscious sound.

Irie Warriors Sound System

Irie Warriors build their sound system in 2012, becoming Irie Warriors Sound System. Operated by Dani and Low Freq, their music resides both in rockers and steppers rhythm. Playing in major festivals and dances around the country Irie Warriors Sound System impresses by its versatile and militant sound.
Come and join their dances to hear early reggae, rub-a-dub, digital dancehall and one drop music selection.


Black Rhino / Music & Communities Conference #2 / 16.05

Tuesday, 16.05. 7PM.

Speakers: Mikey Dread and Ras Kayleb from Channel One Sound System

Black Rhino Music continues the conference series dedicated to music and communities with special guests such as Mikey Dread and Ras Kayleb from Channel One Sound System.
For the second conference we push forward the discussion and bring in the perspective of two men who shaped an entire music scene and put their fingerprint on the evolution of sound system culture in London and United Kingdom. Discussion will front questions and answers about their first steps in creating a community around reggae music and how the scene developed under years. We will also target aspects such as their 30 years of presence in Notting Hill Carnival, Europe's biggest street festival.

By talking with Mikey Dread and Ras Kayleb we want to share with the public the drive behind the sound system culture and the philosophy that gathered such a strong and dynamic community around this culture.

The conference will be open to questions from the public all through the discussion.

To enter the conference please send an email with your full name at info@blackrhinomusic.ro (only one person per email can be registered).

CHANNEL ONE SOUND SYSTEM

In 1979, Mikey Dread and his brother Jah T began to play at blues parties and local dances having spent many years under the watchful eye of their father, owner operator of the famous Admiral Bailey Sound. They chose the name Channel One in homage to the legendary Jamaican record label of the same name whose tunes featured heavily in those early selections. Inspired by Bob Marley’s belief in uniting people through reggae music, Mikey was keen to introduce new people to dub reggae music and started touring around universities, where he secured a solid fan base.

Channel One’s mission is to break down barriers via reggae music, they have achieved this by playing new venues, new festivals and different countries, taking their unique sound to Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Turkey and all over Europe. Channel One also celebrated 30 consecutive years at the Notting Hill Carnival making them one of the must see sound systems for attendees to Europe's biggest street festival.

2009 saw Channel One embark on their hugely successful national Dub to Dubstep Tour, with financial backing from the Arts Council, via Blackroutes and support from Punch and Vagabondz. Channel One took their sound system to 6 cities, touring alongside Kromestar, RSD and Jazzsteppa, showcasing their dub reggae sound system as part of the tangible heritage behind dubstep. In 2011, Channel One have been on another tour, this time Dub to Jungle alongside Congo Natty, Tenor Fly, Congo Dubz, Nanci and Phoebe and Klose One. And finally in 2012 Channel One went on a Jamaica Party tour, celebrating Jamaica’s 50th year of independence - alongside Coki, Mala, Shy FX, The Bug and Flowdan, Top Cat, The Heatwave, General Roots, RoxXxan, Rtkal and Screama. Finally Channel One have toured with the legendary Twinkle Brothers, a concept put together by Mikey Dread. These tours have been a great way for Channel One to reach new audiences.

Channel One Sound System's hand built custom speaker stacks provide a rich heavyweight bass sound which compliments their tight selection of old and new dub reggae classics, all played from a single vinyl deck and accented with echos and sirens. MC Ras Kayleb compliments Mikey's deep draws with Rastafarian chants and songs.

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Presha (NZ/DE) / 30.03

Thursday, 30.03. 10PM

Internet, radio, and nightclub DJ, event promoter, distributor, record label owner and artist mentor, Geoff Wright aka Presha's list of accomplishments and roles within the music industry is immense. Even more impressive is that he has been a forerunner in each of these disciplines, firmly entrenching himself within the sonic architecture of electronic music culture worldwide.
Through his Samurai Music, Red Seal & Horo record labels, his many radio shows over the years, club sets, & events promotion companies, Presha served as a guiding hand in the growth and development of the New Zealand scene and assisted heavily in establishing the international export of artists such as Tokyo Prose, Fis, State of Mind, Trei, and Dose amongst others.

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Black Rhino Conference #1 / 28.03

Tuesday, 28.03. 7PM.

Speakers: Geoff Wright aka Presha and Noah Ball

Black Rhino opens a series of conferences dedicated to the electronic music industry. We invite artists, promoters, club managers and label owners to share their experience with our public. With these conferences we intend to bring more knowledge onto the dancefloor and to intermediate a meeting between emerging and established cultural actors from electronic music.

To enter the conference please send us an email with your full name at info@blackrhinomusic.ro or visit blackrhinomusic.ro