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Intent On Transcending The Genre

Intent On Transcending The Genre



Who: Freq Nasty, Kato, Auxiliary, The Jackal, Pricecuts, Skoob, Boogie, Tone
What: Nutshell Breaks
Where: King Street Hotel
Author: Jade Lazarevic
When: Thursday December 18, 2003

ASK any breakbeat fan to list the leaders of the scene and you are likely to hear the name FREQ NASTY .

The New Zealand-born DJ/ producer real name DARIN MCFAYDEN has become a pioneer of the genre with his bassline-heavy blend of breakbeat, hip-hop, drum'n'bass and garage.

Since leaving the BOTCHIT & SCARPER label in 2000 to join SKINT RECORDS , Freq Nasty has returned with his second album Bring Me The Head of Freq Nasty .

Like his debut album Freqs, Geeks & Mutilations , it defies class ication.

``Apparently, people have already found a name for genre- transcending music nu school breaks,'' McFayden said.

``I call it breakbeat, which I would describe as any kind of mid-tempo music that isn't four on the floor.

'' Citing his inspiration as ``people whose music has moved outside the perceived genre,'' McFayden initially explored his passion for music by playing in bands.

``I started playing drums at school, then guitar and bass and played in some shit bands and then discovered samplers.

``I learnt trying to recreate the rhythm tracks of hip-hop records I was listening to and because of that, started listening to the old funk and soul records where the beats were sampled from.

``The sampler was just an easy way to composite all my i luences into a fresher- sounding production.

'' He moved to the UK in 1991 and went on to produce classic cuts like Boomin Back Atcha and Revolution Inc .

His new album was created with only a clutch of samplers, a powerful laptop and lots of imagination.

``That's what I introduced to the album.

Thinking `Fit, I'm gonna make what I make'.

``You can't focus-group a record.

It's an easy trap to fall into where you know which genre you're in and who's playing what records.

``That's when a genre is dead.

'' Freq Nasty will headline NUTSHELL BREAKS at KING STREET HOTEL tomorrow from 9pm with KATO, AUXILARY, THE JACKAL, PRICECUTS, SKOOB, BOOGIE and TONE.

Tickets are $15 pre-sale from usual outlets or $20 on the door.



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