Stevio...LA LA Lovin' It?

I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Bristol: Rise Up

The Beeb did a big story on the Bristol scene that went beyond the usual references to the 1990s Bristol musical genre namedropping (trip hop's Massive Attack, Tricky Portishead or drum and bass' Roni Size).

Radio 1's Mary Anne Hobbs went that extra mile to introduce us to the new Bristol scene. Still electronic and still eery, dubstep is the new sound of Bristol. Hobbs’ two-hour special aired on the 2nd December 2008 and is called "Bristol: Rise Up." This video clip is well embarrassing, but it's true-to-life Bristol...check out the old lady who says, "I know what dog shit is, but not dubstep?!"

If you want a more street-cred exploration of the Bristol dubstep scene then check this documentary out.

Hobbs goes as far as to hand-pick 12 dubstep artists that capture the sound. To read more about Appleblim, Forsaken, Gatekeeper, Gemmy, Headhunter, Jakes, Joker, Komonazmuk, Peverelist, Pinch, RSD and Wedge check out the online article. You'll also find how the Bristol sound developed from the 70s onwards (punk, and punk-fusion, soundsystem influences, jungle and drum and bass) and how the student and West Indian population make Bristol a real melting pot of musical experimentation. Rock on!

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