With Bangface Weekender less than a week away, rave Christmas is almost upon us again. With, yet again, another monster line up including Amon Tobin, Luke Vibert, Little Big, Max Cooper and hundreds more, the stars are all aligned for the best weekend ever.
One set I’m absolutely buzzing to see is bassline heavyweights Kanji Kinetic and Samplejunkie going B2B on Saturday night in the FACE room. With bassline veteran Kanji back on the scene again and Ireland’s own Samplejunkie making waves in the UK and beyond, it’s going to be unreal to hear them together on that massive rig.
They answered a few questions ahead of their set and recorded an exclusive minimix to give a flavour of what’s in store (spoiler alert: it’s going to be unreal).
Will this be the first time you guys go B2B or has it been a regular thing?
John (Samplejunkie): Well we’ve played an impromptu set together at In The Face last summer supporting Culprate and more recently at Bass Militia in Bristol but his will be our first official B2B, and we’re getting pretty excited. Culprate is also playing the Weekender by the way and is not to be missed.
Sam (Kanji Kinetic): We’re always at each other’s sets with a USB stick ready to test some new tracks, but being together on the line-up for one of our favourite festivals is a great chance to show off how our selections bounce off each other.
How does playing B2B work for you both? Do you have a set list laid out beforehand or is it more feeling the crowd and room there and then?
John: I think individually we’ll plan out certain tracks that we know will go together but, yeah , there will be an element of reading the crowd I guess. When I play on my own I usually plan out the first 15 minutes and then go from there.
Sam: Playing B2B is always a bit more fun and dynamic – you might be in the mix and hear something unreal for the first time which takes the set to a new level.
What can people expect from your set?
Sam: We’ve also been working on some music together which is definitely going to set things off. The Bangface crowd is one of the maddest about so looking forward to pushing the tempo higher than usual and sending some ravers off on a mad one!
Any other acts you’re excited to see over the weekend?
John: Yeah where to start. Obviously, a lot of mates playing this year like Hurtdeer, Gash and Hadean, Dr Cryptic, Dave Shades, Yeahhbuzz and then I’m also really hyped for Eprom, Iglooghost and Otto Von Schirach but the whole line up is so next level this year!
Sam: All the above plus Limewax and Outside Agency, Danny L Harle, as well as full Off Me Nut crew. The list goes on.
Finish this sentence “The best way to survive Bangface is….”
John: To get a chalet with Bear Grylls, Gordon Ramsey and Dr Quinn Medicine Woman is the only way -one to encourage you to stock up on piss, one to cook for you and then someone to revive you after.
Sam: When you hear the air raid sirens, look around and panic to find yourself in a detention camp – try and remember you’re just in Pontins listening to Jungle.
Big up John and Sam for the interview and banging mix below. You can catch them at 10pm Thursday night in the FACE room.
Bangface Weekender takes place at Pontins in Southport from 14 to 17 March. Tickets are £179 per person, including accommodation. Grab one of the last remaining chalets now.