Too bad we had to
Imagine my delight and surprise to see
the venue where I remember the best vibe and greatest times.
Drum and Bassics was held in the same LA
ghetto off of Broadway in the middle of the train yard district
as Strictly Jugnle (and Frosty, the Palmetto venue). Inside an
abandoned brick building that was part of LA's earliest factories,
tonight's venue was now an industrial graveyard within an urban
I was traveling fully loaded with three
other Junglists for maximum appreciation of this event. Waltzing
into the venue felt refreshing as the strong beat thundered in
my ears. The Spectremegamedia crew was smart; setting up turntables
and speakers in the front courtyard to welcome enthusiastic Junglists.
I was happy to see the same amber metal sliding door with the
graffiti demon looking down at me, keeping his eyes and horns
on those who entered.
Inside the factory, speakers were
placed in the far right corner creating perfect acoustics. Sound
bounced off the walls and was amplifyed before entering my eardrums
no matter where I stood. My favorite female DJ, Sage, came to
the tables with select records that made dancing unavoidable.
However, I had to stop when the celebrities of Jungle showed
their expert moves. Kande
Junglist, Dub Print II cover
girl, and even Monster Massive's very own Spiderman (breakdancer
that showed up at MM in a Spiderman costume), all made appearances.
Decorations were nostalgic, the same
as at Strictly Jungle: black lights illuminating black
and red screens. Cardboard figures radiated with Jubilant colors,
but were serious in content. The bass shook them, causeing them
to swing back and forth.
Alas, it began to rain and the front
area had to be shutdown, people everywhere stormed inside. Dancing
became a hassle and getting from place to place became impossible.
Too many people in the dry part of the venue createed congestion
and annoyance, however, the vibe was still great. Especially
when the amazing Kande Junglist entered the battle circle. Her
moves entranced men and stirred jelousy from ladies. Within the
crowded confines, the temperature rose past the comfort level,
and catlyzed water sales ($2 bottle).
Poppers from Breakin Down the House graced
the venue with their presence, their
forms popping into perfect geometric shapes sparked awe, amazement,
and competition. Dancer after dancer entered the circle to display
A surpriseing variety of people attended
this all Jungle event; Kande ravers, Asian Trancers,
House Heads, and even punks became Junglists for
To rule over them was as the most hardcore
Junglist of them all, Josh King of the Jungle Josh himself.