As in life, music has a way to move you, shake you, bring you up and make you dance. This is London Calling, the all new Monthly event to be hosted at the amazing UNION. We will not only have America's best but Artist's from around the world. Our goal is simple: to provide a VIBE to dance and enjoy all night long. Our mission is to expand the ever growing sound of Garage, UK House and 2 Step Genre's. What we as a collective of artist's have decided is to not focus on our names but to put focus on the music. We have over 20 acts confirmed from around the world who will be playing ensuring the highest quality of music and style will be represented. Just for fun we will be doing Live Broadcast's at each and every London Calling from 12-2 AM with one of our partners so those that can not make the show can dance at home or work.
GRAND OPENING FEATURING:
*** ARTFUL aka ARTFUL DODGER ***
Mark Hill, the original Artful Dodger, creator of Rewind, Movin' Too Fast, Woman Trouble, Think About Me, Please Don't Turn Me On! etc and Writer and Producer of Craig David's "Born To Do It"
Currently working on a brand new album under the name ARFTUL, Album already has some great collaborations on it and is really starting to take shape.
MARK YURM - Union EAV, Beatlab, Atlast
Sorted - Liquefied
DOORS OPEN @ 10PM SHARP
FREE JELLO SHOTS !
MUST BE 21+ TO ENTER!
2 ROOMS OF SOUND!
We have partnered with veterans of the Atlanta music scene including Union, ATLAST, ODDtree, Flashpoint, 1200 Hustle, Cobra Corps and many more to bring this vision to life.
Read a bit more about Garage Music:
UK garage is a genre of electronic music originating from England in the early 1990s. UK garage descends primarily from US Garage House, but also takes influence from Deep House, Jungle, and Oldschool RnB, among other genres. The trademark sound of Garage is its distinctive syncopated 4/4 percussive rhythm with 'shuffling' hi-hats and beat-skipping kick drums. Garage also often uses 'chopped up' and pitch-shifted vocals.
Its originator is widely recognised to be Todd Edwards, the American house and garage producer, also known as Todd "The God" Edwards. In the early nineties he began to start remixing more soulful house records and incorporating more time-shifts and vocal samples than normal house records, whilst still living in the US. It was Edwards who began to apply these techniques on his own Garage House productions. Garage House being a heavily disco influenced sub-genre of House Music that took its name from the New York City nightclub Paradise Garage where it was created in the mid 1980s. However it was not until DJ EZ, the North London DJ, acquired one of Todd's tracks and played it at a faster tempo in a night club in Greenwich, that the music genre really took off.
In the late 90s, Garage was growing strong in the underground scene: particularly in clubs and on pirate radio and in urban, inner city (primarily black) communities. Around the turn of the millennium, Garage became increasingly popular and new sub-genres such as 4x4, 2-Step, Speed Garage, and Dark Garage (precursor to Dubstep) were being developed. When it began to penetrate the mainstream with the help of artists like M.J. Cole, Artful Dodger, Jaimeson, So Solid Crew, Zed Bias,The Streets, Shanks & Bigfoot, DJ Luck and MC Neat, Ed Case, Sunship, Oxide and Neutrino, and El-B, elements of soul, hip-hop, reggae, jazz, drum and bass, contemporary R& B, and pop music were also incorporated into Garage.
UK garage led to various offshoots in from the late 1990s to the mid 2000s, most notably dubstep, bassline and grime. UK garage left the mainstream in the mid-2000s and returned underground. This was partially caused by the Top 40 being bombarded with derivative, copycat Garage-esque pop songs by producers trying to cash in on the trend (think of how producers are trying to incorporate "Dubstep" into various pop songs nowadays and multiply that by 100x more). Secondly, the rapid increase in popularity for the genre meant bigger crowds at gigs and in clubs. And statistically, bigger crowds meant bigger chance of unsavory characters around. And given that a lot of the fans of Garage were predominately minorities from high crime, lower class neighborhoods, violence became increasingly rampant at the these garage events. Shootings, stabbings, fights, and general rowdy behavior, while not commonplace, were always heavily covered by the media when they occurred. Even the mega stars of the genre fell victim to it: Dizzee Rascal was stabbed after a gig promoting his Mercury Prize winning debut "Boy In Da Corner" and a few members of Number 1 hit scoring So Solid Crew are still serving time for their involvement in a gang related drive by shooting. All this negative attention to the UK Garage scene led to "Garage" becoming a dirty word associated with bland pop tunes and gang violence. As Garage retreated back to its underground beginnings of pirate radio, small clubs, limited vinyl pressing, and bedroom producers, many artists jumped ship onto the emerging Garage offshoots like Dubstep and Grime that were growing in popularity everyday.
However in recent years, artists like Burial have brought Garage to new audiences and there has been a gradual resurgence in interest in the genre thanks in part to more widespread use of the internet and the popularity of Garage offshoot Dubstep. In the latter half of the decade there was a brief revival of 2-Step Garage in UK clubs with Oldschool producers returning to the scene with new tracks as well as tracks by various new-school producers. Around this time a new genre dubbed "Future Garage" emerged, although it was very tenuously linked to UK Garage despite its name. However, its popularity gave more prominence to Oldschool Garage. In the 2010s, interest in Garage has increased even more as the heavily- commercialized and aggressive "Brostep" has worn it's welcome on many: leading some fans and to go back to the heavily garage influenced stylings of old-school Dubstep while "Brostep" is currently falling out of fashion in the mainstream and in clubs.
This departure has left a huge hole which is looking more and more like it will be filled with the resurgence of Garage. Garage hits by fresh-faced producers like Disclosure, Mosca, Naughty Boy, Jessie Ware as well as vocals done by popular singers like Sam Smith, AlunaGeorge, Eliza Doolittle, and Emile Sande on these tracks, the continued success of Garage enthusiasts Jamie XX, Burial and Four Tet, increased attention for the genre on the internet and outlets like Radio 1, the constant year to year touring of Garage innovator DJ EZ, as well as the return of older producers who made the genre what it is today like Zed Bias, Wookie, El-B, and Artful (one half of Artful Dodger) are helping bring the genre back big time and are paving the way for the next generation of Garage producers.
As "Sincere" hitmaker MJ Cole once said, "London is a multicultural city... it's like a melting pot of young people, and that's reflected in the music of UK garage".