For the second part in our Bangface preview series we sent some questions to Ellie from Leeds Drum & Bass crew Fractal, who take over The Queen Vic Pub at Bangface on the Friday. Ellie was also good enough to record a preview mix so you know what’s in store for the weekender. (Hint: Heavy as fuck!!)
When did Fractal begin? How many people are involved?
What is the general ethos behind it?
To basically bring some crazy hard musical variety to the Leeds event scene. There’s some good stuff down south, some good stuff further north, not so much in the area itself. There are a few large events that cater to the hardstyle scene, plenty of drum & bass events, and loads of house… but I couldn’t find any proper nice good fun fast-hard-music-with-breaks-in events. So I made one up. We basically try and get as much musical variety as possible into one room whilst still making sure to keep everything fast, hard, fun, and ridiculous.
You guys have a takeover at Bangface this year. What can people expect from it?
We’ve got all of our residents doing sets as well as a couple of our favourite guests from previous events in Leeds. As mentioned above we like to keep the variety, so the five DJs we’ve got in-store will all be playing totally different selections of music. Hopefully it should get pretty crazy.
Who exactly is playing as part of it?
We’ve got Wit!?, everybody’s favourite trouser-less Scotsman; our resident warmup mashup crazy business specialist LSD-Licious; my partner in crime Skanky Ho playing some hard D&B set, old guest Killabomb playing some hardcore styles and then myself CUN7 playing a selection of crossbreed hardcore d&b, breakcore and kickdrums. All in all a pretty wide variety, I think. Something for all ages.
What is it about Bangface that makes it so special?
It’s just so damn ridiculous, man! Take 3000 people and some of the best music the planet can offer, put them in a kids holiday park for a weekend with go-karts, inflatables and shitloads of booze, and this is basically what you get. Absolute chaotic savagery
Best moment from Bangface?
Hopefully this doesn’t come off as arrogant but my favourite part of Bangface last year was blagging a set on the Bangface TV and turning the TV studio from an empty room to a packed out sweatbox of crossbreed ravers in half an hour. I definitely won’t forget that
What are your top survival tips for the weekend?
You must get at least 6 hours of sleep at night, brush your teeth and enjoy a balanced breakfast every morning
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