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1  General / The Forum / Re: 10 years on - roll call! on: February 27, 2018, 15:01:06
To answer the question properly, 2008 saw me start working at Chemical Records as the dubstep buyer, where I eventually became the Head of Music. Was good working there and we also ran some great record labels in-house, but I jumped ship to Nokia Music in 2013.

Nokia was cool (and better paid!) but we were swiftly bought by Microsoft (which sucked) and then spun out to Korean chat business Line, who decided to lay us all off after a year. That led to 9 months of travel in S America which was ace, and came back to Bristol last spring, at which point I got a job at a small consultancy.

Coming up on 5 years of home ownership in Easton with Rosie (aka Hypnotits). We've been together 11+ years (!), no weddings or kids yet but we do now have a dog.

Still go out every once in a while, usually to somewhere like Cosies. The mere thought of going out to a bigger/busier club makes me angry at how rude and entitled the youngsters almost certainly are I'M SO ANGRY!
2  General / The Forum / Re: 10 years on - roll call! on: February 26, 2018, 11:10:32

- shut up man
3  General / The Forum / Re: NCP car parks on: August 06, 2017, 19:44:08
Bumping this classic thread. Tomato Bad Teeth
4  General / The Forum / Re: Buying a house on: August 20, 2013, 17:49:49
Been looking in the Easton area since January, anything worth buying is generally being snapped up very quickly by first time buyers.  My advise would be if you find something you like which you know has interest then offer a bit over the asking price if you can afford it, should save the hassle of closed bids (not fun).

bought a place in Easton 4 months ago, didn't seem to much of a bunfight at the time and we paid under the asking price, but it is a bit of a wreck so perhaps most FTBs were scared off it.

My advice would be to make sure your local estate agents know you and what you are after. If you build up good relationships they will give you a heads up on property before things come on the market.

This basically. Get everything in place as early as possible - seek mortgage advice, ready to get an Agreement in Principle the moment you place an offer, and be prepared to move quick with solicitors. Then hassle EAs the whole time and make sure they know you're keen, and eventually they'll sort you out.
5  General / The Forum / Re: are you a grammar guru? on: May 14, 2013, 17:22:29
8 / 10

First question was bollocks though...more than one correct answer.
6  General / The Forum / Re: Bearing in mind all listen to these days is 80's Jean Michele Jarre.... on: April 27, 2013, 21:52:11
Check the Polysick LP on Planet Mu, v good recent electronica with a slight retro tinge.
7  General / The Forum / Re: New tax year new ISA on: April 08, 2013, 11:16:43
It's adjustable according to your risk appetite. Also it's not tax free like an ISA so you need to factor that in. For 'spare' funds that you can afford to put away for a while it makes quite a lot of sense, making credit available to others whilst making better returns than ISAs...
8  General / The Forum / Re: New tax year new ISA on: April 08, 2013, 09:03:38
Not looking for ISAs or the like atm, but as & when I have funds that I can afford to lock away for 1+ years it will probably go to Zopa.
9  General / The Forum / Re: Good French films (with subtitles) on: March 22, 2013, 14:32:47
Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources

La Gloire de Mon Pere and Chateau de Ma Mere

All based on books by Pagnol and all ace, very very French.
10  General / The Forum / Re: Full films on YouTube on: March 11, 2013, 20:10:08
"Making of..." documentaries for both Star Wars & Blade Runner are on there. I found the second of those remarkably boring tho...
11  General / The Forum / Re: PAN: LEE GAMBLE, NHK'KOYXEN, RENE HELL, HELM, BILL KOULIGAS / 18 APRIL / BRISTOL on: February 21, 2013, 21:42:10
Great lineup.
12  General / The Forum / Re: Recommend I a sparky on: February 18, 2013, 14:19:31
bumpy, need a sparky pronto to quote me on a full rewire of the house I'm buying.....Coleco is a no-go, can anyone recommend someone please?

sorry for the boring thread bump..............
13  General / The Forum / Re: recommend me an external hard drive on: February 14, 2013, 18:22:39
I hear the top of Snowdon is pretty tough to reach by car. Two Thumbs
14  General / The Forum / Re: DnB is good again. on: February 08, 2013, 12:29:57
Forgot to mention Utopia Music - local boys and the quality has been high since they started, but the last couple of releases (and the new one) are top drawer.

15  General / The Forum / Re: DnB is good again. on: February 04, 2013, 23:20:17
Horizons has been good lately, esp the HZNX series, and Dispatch has been pretty solid too - Amoss, Overlook, Clarity, Sunchase & NickBee have all done stuff that's caught my ear. Redseal / Samurai also had some nice records out recently, as have Ingredients and Alignment. There is quite a lot of generic Tech about though, so you have to be selective.... Remind me when you next email me Tom and I'll link you some recent highlights. Smiley
16  General / The Forum / Re: There was a time .. on: January 22, 2013, 23:33:01
I sacked Hijack off partly because of the cuts tbf, still lurk/post now & then though...
17  General / The Forum / Re: The Documentary Thread on: January 21, 2013, 22:19:54
Pulling John - documentary about challengers to an unbeaten arm-wrestling champion. Well worth a watch!

18  General / The Forum / Re: This Saturday — Crazylegs presents Mosca, Pangaea, Logos & more — Exchange on: January 16, 2013, 18:33:44
Wot an amazing lineup, makes me consider kicking my slippers off and getting out of my armchair.
19  General / The Forum / Re: Good movies ! on: October 18, 2012, 16:52:43
Anyone seen Time Crimes? I missed it when it was on Film 4 some months ago, but it looks interesting.

Yes it's well worth a watch.
20  General / The Forum / Re: West Street on: October 09, 2012, 18:05:37
Thai Garden is ace, byo or takeaway, recommend the pad Thai.

Most elsewhere (on West St) is shit, the pubs are all a fuckin disgrace.

Hare on North St is ok, Old Bookshop also ok and the tapas are HUGE if you're hungry. The Windmill is a good drinking pub but avoid the food, Victoria Park is a nice pub but heavy on the young families (good pizza oven tho).

Terrace do a cracking breakfast, as does Souk Kitchen, and Rare butchers is wicked if a little expensive....
21  General / The Forum / Re: Apex Bristol Launch Party Announced F/ Phaeleh, Synkro & more on: October 08, 2012, 21:07:07
Nice lineup & good price. Two Thumbs
22  General / The Forum / Re: what should i do before i go? on: October 08, 2012, 21:04:55
Drink loads of cider
23  General / The Forum / Re: Spicy Polish sausage on: September 27, 2012, 20:40:06
There's a Polish deli at the top of East St in Bedmo now called Krakus. They might have what you're looking for?
24  General / The Forum / Re: Minirig portable speakers on: September 07, 2012, 09:34:43
Thanks to my lovely g/f buying me a surprise present, I have a spare Minirig case for sale - cost price of a 5er if you want to come & collect. PM me. Two Thumbs
25  General / The Forum / Re: Good 'pub pubs' Gloucester Road on: April 28, 2012, 17:09:24
Hillgrove is best
26  General / The Forum / Re: Minirig portable speakers on: April 14, 2012, 09:26:37
@Dave just sent you an email to your @minirigs.co.uk. address.
27  General / The Forum / Re: ABSTRACTIONS - FRIDAY 27th APRIL - KRYPTIC MINDS - LOXY (2hrs) - DBR UK on: April 12, 2012, 18:28:10
Wish I was about for this, great lineup.
28  General / The Forum / Re: The Hijack Revival Thread! on: January 10, 2012, 20:57:02
I don't think that particular corner of the internet needs reviving

- shut up man
29  General / The Forum / Re: Help with Mandolin buying. on: December 20, 2011, 15:43:06
A bluegrass electro-acoustic is a pretty good place to start, easier to play and much louder than a bowl-backed 'classical' mandolin. Not a bad price either although personally I wouldn't buy something I hadn't had a play on, to see what it sounded like and also what the action was like.

Anyway, I started playing on one of those years ago, played all sorts of music quite happily on it before upgrading. Two Thumbs
30  General / The Forum / Re: Recommend-a-roast on: October 10, 2011, 19:02:27
Star & Dove was mostly a letdown yesterday - slightly burnt yorkshires, meager trimmings, not enough vegetables to go round, beef was cold and the pork belly not slow-cooked (still v fatty). Pudding was awesome but it was too little too late.

Rose of Denmark still the current fave...
31  General / The Forum / Re: spam fixup. on: October 09, 2011, 22:01:14
Deleted all the threads, banned the worst offender. Rit needs to implement some more rigourous signup methods to stop all this spam - I can't be fucked to do it on a repeat basis...
32  General / The Forum / Re: Help Me Mobile Telephone Knowledge Types. on: October 04, 2011, 18:48:47
Just been to check a few. The S2 is massive! Are you carrying special handbags for it? How do you not snap that up in your pockets?

I thought the same but it's so thin & light you just don't notice it. Still beats the best of what HTC have to offer atm - plus as others have said, if you don't like the interface it's a piece of piss to root. Smiley
33  General / The Forum / Re: Help Me Mobile Telephone Knowledge Types. on: October 03, 2011, 22:15:48
Galaxy S2 is awesome, I'm posting from one now and would definitely rate it above any other smartphone available atm - so would most reviews - although the iPhone 5 us out this week and will no doubt have its fans.
34  General / The Forum / Re: Brisfest secret venue and big lineup additions - info now up! on: September 19, 2011, 22:02:55
Could do with a proper lineup before we spunk £12 on tickets tbh
35  General / The Forum / Re: Dedicated Cheap Booze Thread on: July 31, 2011, 10:45:46
Went on the Beer Factory tour. It was £130 and there were 12 of us due to a no show so still very reasonable. We were encouraged to drink as much beer as we liked and everyone got fucking hammered. Definitely a cheap night out but suggest eating before you go.
36  General / The Forum / Re: Recommend me a film (which meets my demanding sunday criteria) on: July 17, 2011, 19:41:38
Perrier's Bounty is pretty good Sunday viewing if you can ignore Jim Broadbent's hilarious Irish accent.

In The Loop is worth a watch, amazing script & cast.

Also I haven't seen it yet but Pulling John looks pretty awesome.
37  General / The Forum / Re: Artists that change the way you think about music / new important artists. on: June 04, 2011, 12:18:35
Robot Koch is good too

good shout, also the label he's on - Project: Mooncircle - has been consistently wicked in the last year or so, the Long Arm LP and the new fLaxo LP are great.

and Memotone:


38  General / The Forum / Re: i naively allowed myself to get excited on: May 20, 2011, 20:17:29
actually after the Madd EP I will exclusively be releasing house

39  General / The Forum / Re: i naively allowed myself to get excited on: May 20, 2011, 19:43:22

Yeah, was guna mention the Blackbox / Box Clever stuff too.
Very solid output thus far.  Two Thumbs

new Madd EP and his Black Box mix CD coming next month, might do a giveaway on here for vibes. Two Thumbs
40  General / The Forum / Re: the grain barge has sank on: January 16, 2011, 14:26:42
it's in the shipyard near the Nova Scotia - walked past it last weekend...
41  General / The Forum / Re: One for the Producers: Percussion. on: August 03, 2010, 19:08:33
you could do a bit of reading online about diff types of ethnic percussion and the theory behind them dude - say you learnt the basics of claves (pronounced 'klar-vays') in latin music, you can add to your rhythmic 'vocabulary' with tried & tested traditional patterns. A quick google threw up some links like this:



You could also diversify your listening to include stuff like latin, afrobeat etc, and draw some influence - copy bits you like by playing MIDI along with them, then add & adapt once you've got a loop going.

The way I used to work with making things more polyrhythmic was just to roll a loop for ages, adding & taking away little bits until you had a rhythm that different layers that all interacted in different ways depending on what was playing/muted at any given time. Experimentation is always the key.

I was actually thinking about how much I love a wicked intricate riddim the other day when I was listening to an old Spirit track off his Puzzle Box LP - he writes beats like almost noone else - http://www.chemical-records.co.uk/sc/servlet/sm?C=INNALP103&S=2
42  General / The Forum / Re: Triptic presents Jackmaster - Exclusive Techno set! Dojo's 10th April £6/5 11-7 on: March 27, 2009, 14:03:17
43  General / The Forum / Re: GEIOM//ROSKA//BEN UFO// ZED BIAS// + MORE @ CROFT THUR 12 MARCH on: March 09, 2009, 21:07:00
its completely and utterly down to the organiser of a night how he or she promotes it. ppl have different styles, reasons and philosophies which drive their intentions which wont necessarily be coincident with those of everyone else. and ppl certainly shouldnt have to justify their motives and actions in organising their own night!

big up seen and crew, as has been said, top top lineup.

that said, does the one booking the acts have a certain responsibility towards them in terms of getting people to come to the party? Surely no DJ would bother to take a gig if no promotion was done. These things can't exist in a vacuum...

Sorry I'm not directing this towards the promoter of this event at all, just taking Bilal to task with my devil's advocate had on. Cool

got my ticket btw. Tomato Slayer!
44  General / The Forum / Re: Please recommend me a band on: March 05, 2009, 13:26:54
Top Shelf Jazz. I'd never heard of them before Old Duke Jazz Fest last summer, so fucking good and shit-your-pants funny to boot. Proper old swing with a sense of humour. And a tapdancer.


45  General / The Forum / Re: Dubstep..as musically exiting as watching paint dry? on: March 03, 2009, 19:13:10
Yeah fair enough when I think Dubstep, I think Deep Medi, Digital Mystikz kinda stuff - not my cup of tea - thats the stuff I reckon is uninspiring unadventurous and basically just clown-step for people with more interest in pretending they're a horse than the music!

you think that Digital Mystikz and Deep Medi = uninspired wobblewobble music?

How does anything by Mala, Hijak, Loefah, Silkie or Quest sound like clown music? Are you mad? Please explain. Smashed
46  General / The Forum / Re: Bloc weekender 2009 on: March 02, 2009, 23:48:35
Bloc Schmoc...

oh no, hang on, Tomato Slayer!
47  General / The Forum / Re: help with a video/gif on: March 02, 2009, 23:00:59
ah women

 Bad Teeth

your avatar lol.
48  General / The Forum / Re: CRAZYLEGS: JACKMASTER / HARDHOUSE BANTON / PIDDY PY / GUIDO <<<WIN TICKETS!!>>> on: February 25, 2009, 20:06:14
aaaaaaaaall over this. Tomato Slayer!
49  General / The Forum / Re: Bristol Roll Call on: February 25, 2009, 19:18:08

officially a UK citizen. He got a fucking medal and everything. I'M SO ANGRY!
50  General / The Forum / Re: Pressing / Releasing Whites on: February 25, 2009, 18:55:30
For short runs of bootlegs, it's best to get em pressed up in Europe...


These are pretty good...started off in Eastern Europe, now have a plant in the UK I think.... good quality too....

if this is the same Czech plant that people have always used to press cheap vinyl, i've seen a few and the pressings weren't great.

Your only decent choice these days is Total, if you want to press in the UK. Most dance vinyl sold in the UK is now being pressed in Europe (NL mostly) since Independent Pressing in Notts shut down last year. Unfortunately you usually need to commit to massive orders with the before the decent EU places will sort you out.

A pressing broker such as AGRM may be able to do you a quote for pressing, I'd suggest having a word with them. www.agrm.co.uk

You'll need to sort your mastering yourself - you could use Transition, Finyl Tweak (formerly Heathmans), Masterpiece, The Exchange, Optimum in Bristol, Precision, Liquid (quite cheap!)....

Price-wise, you'll pay:

approx 170-200 quid to master (2 sides)
another 120+ for processing (to turn the lacquers into metal stampers)
1.50ish per Test Pressing
about 50p+ per unit for vinyl
white labels and white paper sleeves ought to be free, plain disco bags will be about 12p

most of the unit prices will depend on the amount you press though. Don't forget that one or two distributors may pay for all of that, and take care of distribution, if they think the tune(s) will sell.

If you need any more help/info feel free to PM me. Two Thumbs
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