Dark0 is one of the leading producers in the UK at the moment concerning underground music. In this revealing interview we discuss techniques behind the Dark0 sound, What makes a big riddim and the true meaning behind the word ‘Karm’.
FD: Describe your personal technique?
Dark0: There is no technique bro. I’ve been trying to make Bhangra for 5 years and it keeps coming out as Grime I swear it’s a curse.
FD: What is special to you about music?
Dark0: The narni love it. Nah joking gg. Nah for real tho the narni tho.
FD: What message would you give to all the dark0 wannabes?
Dark0: Tell them there’s only room for one UK speed Bhangra champion in north west. Any imitator or imposter will get peppered.
FD: You mentioned recently on Twitter that you want to be regional manager of Nandos. Why should Nandos hire you as regional manager?
Dark0: I work well as a team, I’ve been to 46% of all Nandos outlets in the UK and have made notes for improvements (true story). I am a natural leader, I enjoy being challenged in a demanding environment, I am a team player, I have a European name, I have 7 GCSE A – C’s, I function as an intricate cog in a team atmosphere, I got a “Merit” in my BTEC for Culinary Management, I am willing to take risks and make decisions.
FD: How do you evaluate success on a big riddim?
Dark0: When you bounce it and sit on your bed and play it for the first time loud with the windows visualizations on and then begin to crease coz of how flippin good it sounds, you’ve made a big riddim. Also, if my mum likes it, I’ve made a big riddim.
FD: What is the key to happiness on planet Dark0?
Dark0: 1) Turn based RPGs, 2) Ribena, 3) Gak/Jaffa Cakes. Karm.
FD: What does Karm mean?
Dark0: karm is a state of mind my g. Karm is a place. Karm is the essence of when your oyster beeps red and the driver lets you on for free anyway ushering you with his head. Karm is when you come out the shower and the towel is warm off the radiator. Karm is when the chick you have been preein for 2 months likes your Instagram photo of your new trim. Karm. Karm is when fate aligns itself for a fateful moment to make you feel that this dark cold world has a spotlight of infinite tranquillity and wonderlust that will shine just for you on a precise moment in time.
FD: If you had only one word to describe your tunes, what would it be?
FD: Do you get bothered when someone comes with a really sick tune that flips the scene?
Dark0: Nah, Bhangra has been quiet for a hot seccy broski.
FD: What qualities in other peoples tunes bother you most when they’re really sick and flip the scene (if at all)?
Dark0: The correct and clinical application of the sitar at the right moment. Difference.
Check out his tunes here: http://soundcloud.com/dark0
Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera
Although New York’s Bronx is considered one of the most diverse communities in America out of which many subcultures originated, such as Hip Hop and Salsa, it’s still viewed as a no man’s land by many of the city’s inhabitants. Perhaps it is a matter of simple geography that many refuse to venture to the northernmost of the city’s five boroughs or, quite possibly, it may be the Borough’s malevolent reputation lingering from its tumultuous past.
From its earliest years, the Bronx has been a hotbed of immigrant working class families, but its image has largely been defined by the urban blight of the late 1960’s through to the 1980’s when arson, drug addiction and social neglect decimated many of its neighborhoods. For the families who have called this scarred landscape home, Orchard Beach, the only beach in the borough, was and remains a treasured respite from the sweltering confines of the concrete jungle. Built in the 1930s by urban planner Robert Moses, the beach carries the stigma as being one of the worst in New York and is commonly known as Horseshit Beach or Chocha Beach.
I began shooting portraits of Orchard Beach’s summertime regulars in 2005 shortly after moving to New York, realizing that the stigma attached to this oasis was largely unjustified - I felt compelled to engage with this community of working class families and colorful characters. The photographs in ‘Orchard Beach – The Bronx Riviera’ celebrate the pride and dignity of the beach’s visitors, working-class people.
Immediately catching the viewer’s eye is the extravagant style of many of the photographs’ subjects – a quest for identity and sense of belonging. Some individuals carry scars and markings that hint to their own personal histories, which often reflect the complex history of the borough itself. Within the gaze of those portrayed we see a community standing in defiance of popular opinion.
The six years I spent photographing Orchard Beach have not only given me the time and space to reflect on the importance of family and community, but also a sense of belonging and purpose. After having experienced the most profound grief when my older brother was brutally murdered, photography has not only offered me an opportunity to give a voice to a community often misunderstood but also a means of healing from the loss experienced.
— Wayne Lawrence / INSTITUTE
SOFRITO END OF SUMMER SOUNDCLASH:
POPCAAN - Everything’s Fine Feat. Mavado
TINASHE & JUBILEE- 2 On (JMZ Riddim / Four Color Zack)
MURLO - Next 2 U
QQ vs SO SHIFTY - One Drop x Darkas Riddim
STARFOXXXY - FLEXXING ON STEEL DRUMS WITH MY COUSIN STARFOXXX (KCMO RIDDIM)
CYPHR - Dddiamondsss
KILBOURNE - El Teke Teke (Ynfynyt Scroll dembow remix)
DRIPPIN - STINKIN TOOL
ICEBOI - Bubble Up Ice Edit
YANDEL - Te Suelto El Pelo
DJ NERVOSO - Tarracho Nervoso
J ALVAREZ - Ahi Eh
AALIYAH - Rock The Boat (instrumental)
SHABBA RANKS - Twice My Age
SCHLACHTHOFBRONX - Passa Passa (Schlachthofbronx edit)
SLICK SHOOTA - Murder Tool
ALKALINE - Gyal Bruk Out [RAW]
CHICO - Tight Pussy Gyal [RAW]
king kirby collage
No puedo creer que Jack Kirby fuera aún más maravilloso
SlewDem Crew - Non Stop Working (Bonus)