FABRICLIVE is proud to be able to announce that as of 2013, Distance’s Chestplate label will hold a quarterly residency here. It’s a relationship we’re stoked to be able to cement considering the consistency and popularity of the label’s output and vision. Chestplate push that proper physical type of dubstep that properly moves you when the soundsystem is right. It’s something that’s been important to Distance from the off with his two artist albums on the Planet Mu label helping to define a genre that was then in its infancy.
To celebrate this news we thought it proper to point you to the selection of mixes from Tunnidge and Razor Rekta, that we’ve hosted over the year and to catch up with Distance to get his thoughts on this new era for the label...
First up, what does it mean to you to have a confirmed quarterly residency here?
It means a lot mate; fabric is easily one of the biggest clubs in the world. It’s also very influential.
To be able to showcase Chestplate there is absolutely amazing!
How have the nights been going from your perspective?
The nights have been going great; we have our 3rd one coming up on the 28th of September. Our last one back in June was sick, the place was so rammed I’ve never seen Room Three that busy before; the walls were sweating. We've definitely built a following with the nights and I’m beginning to recognise people that come along and more and more people are turning up in their Chestplate t-shirts. It’s a great feeling.
What does it mean for Chestplate do you think - to have a regular London home like this?
I think it’s so important because it’s where I’m from and where my career as a DJ and producer started. Plus so many other iconic labels have residencies there. To be alongside those other guys is mind blowing. I also think it will help the label to develop further and reach audiences which I may not have reached otherwise.
Obviously the next one is the release party for Tunnidge's Brixton Bass EP. Can you tell us about that?
Well ‘Brixton Bass’ has been smashing up dances for well over a year now and as soon as I heard it I told Tunnidge: “you know this coming out on Chestplate, don’t ya?" [laughs]. We had a lot of discussions about its release and originally is was going to just be a single but he’s got so many other tunes which have been killing it so it only made sense to do an EP. Tunnidge is also a great illustrator so he can provide some great artwork for it which will just add to the whole package. It’s going to be a special release.
What else is coming up on the label?
The next release comes out on the 27th August which is a single by District that’s been battered by all the top boys: Youngsta, J:Kenzo, Kryptic Minds and Icicle just to name a few. We’re hosting a stage at Outlook this year alongside Osiris Records (Dockside Stage) which is going to be immense and I can exclusively reveal that there will be a Chestplate US tour coming in November. We are also contributing to MistaJam's Daily Dose Of Dubstep mix segment on BBC 1Xtra for the rest of this year; so yeah man, things are moving nicely…
Listen to Distance’s FABRICLIVE x Chestplate Mix from back in February here. Catch Chestplate when they return to Room Three on Friday 28th September. Full line up and tickets here.