Ah, the joys of Drum & Bass. It is to electronica and techno what thrash metal and punk rock is to classic rock and roll….a deviation from the norm, a hot, dose of adrenaline on an already toasty evening. This is a style of music dating back to the late 80’s early 90’s in its inception. This was a time where using your computer interface to make music was becoming increasingly popular; as time wore on this style of music etched its own mark in the walls of traditional sound. With beats ranging from smooth and jazzy to fast and brutal, Drum & Bass…like many movements that began in the underground is an acquired taste.
So if you’re looking to diversify your palette by experiencing it live, you should mark Monday nights on your calendar. Torque has been alive in the Orlando Nightlife scene for the last 11 years. It has seen its share of venues…bouncing around in the beginning from the following venues: Ehjays, The Haven, Knights out Pub, Blue Room, Alpha Bar, Screamers, and Crooked Bayou. For the last few years it has found a comfortable home on Modnay Nights at Crooked Bayou on 50 E. Central Blvd, right in the heart of downtown. For more info about times, locations, and directions click here…
This weekly showcase is consistently hosted by DJ Circle K and MC Collaborator. They work closely with the FLORIDA DNB scene, working to create as much local buzz as national. Some local acts that you could expect to run into in town are AK1200, Electron C, Coffey (Ammunition Recordings), and D. Min/Dioptrics (Jacksonville). They have had just about every national artist or record label grace their stage that you could possibly imagine in the last 11 years, ranging from the heaviest hitters in the Drum & Bass industry (Freak Recordings, Metalheadz, Gasm Recordings), to some of the smoothest and most legendary outfits (Planet of the Drums, Empress, LTJ Bukem), just to name a few. If you like the following also check out British DNB Giant 4 Hero.
The epic collaborations branch out of the electronic realm into the local metal/hardcore/punk scene as well. Long time friends and patrons of the Torque celebration What passes for Winter helped pioneer the first show of its kind in Orlando, FL….a combination of Drum & Bass Dj’s, hip hop, and live metal bands called “Tech Death”. This show had seen its fair share of venues as well, making stops at The Haven (Winter Park) and Screamers (Downtown). This show displayed several different types of extreme music within the electronic and live realm. D. Min of Jacksonville has his own version of this show that combines live bands and electronica as well.
If the fast paced nature of Drum & Bass isn’t your style, then you could take a shot at the weekly Dublife showcase, held at the same bar. You can find the majority of these shows on the weekend. This type of music tends to delve into a more down tempo, hip hop infused environment, with plenty of nodding heads and big steps to back it up.
All in all the electronic music scene in Orlando is flooded with similar styles and fads. The Torque & Florida Dub-step showcase is going leaps and bounds beyond the call of duty to consistently provide you with fresh, vibrant takes on modern electronica.
Keep up with their recent events on Facebook below
Florida Dub-Step FB