- Hocus Pocus Website
- Interview w/ Elektonique TV
- Future DNB Podcast
- Fried My Little Brain
- Fried My Little Brain - Hocus Pocus Inrterview
Dawn Raid is ADT & Kingsize a Jungle/Drum & Bass collective based in the UK’s city of Manchester. They are also the label CEO's of Bass Music imprint Hocus Pocus (Dec 2012).
Dawn Raid was formed in early 2006 to try and create a sound that the guy’s felt was missing from modern Drum N Bass. Hard work in the studio over a number of years in order to find a sound that represented them best, and a constant push with their local performances, helped to elevate the group further. This lead to memorable well received sets at the legendary Warehouse Project via Metropolis, APE at the Manchester Apollo and Sankey's Soap, as well as huge local nights Platoon, Hit + Run, Religion, Subwoofah & Relapse.
During 2010 through to mid 2012 Dawn signed exclusively to DJ Vapour’s 36Hertz Recordings and subsequently released their debut single ‘Breakdown’ featuring Leanne in late 2011 with big remixes from the likes of RAM Records artist Callide. This was followed up by their debut EP on 36 Hertz 'Tears in the Rain' & their first collaboration with current jungle don Bladerunner via the 'Back To the Bass' LP series in the form of the dance floor smasher 'Hippo Yawn'. Upon leaving the label to further spread their creative wings in May 2012, Dawn turned their attention to focusing on building their release portfolio. This led to a September 2012 DnB Number 1! with Bladerunner in the form of the 'Only You' remix for old skool legend Nookie released on Phuzion Digital.
Currently, Dawn have been actively working with well known such as the aforementioned Bladerunner, the legend that is dnb DJ Randall, Tru Thoughts Garage/Dubstep pioneer Zed Bias aka Maddslinky, actor/vocalist RizMC (Riz Ahmed), and have released/remixed tracks featuring Congo Natty ‘Junglist’ legend Peter Bouncer and foundation hardcore stalwart DJ Slipmatt. With a stack-load of original material and remixes from other prolific artists such as Callide, Lionfire, K Jah etc, etc, etc, the future is looking bright for this Manchester based collective!
Dawn Raid’s style of DJ set can simply be referred to as straight up rinse out, with a musical edge! This is due to all the artists in the collective having a shared experience in DJ/MC performance and production spanning the past 15 years from jungle as it was back in the early 90’s, to its present day DnB format. Combined with a real passion for the music, and the scene since it’s inception in the early 90s, Dawn Raid seek to deliver productions and live performances that represent the spectrum of Jungle/DnB from its beginnings to the present day. They do not limit themselves to current trends and always encompass the genre in its many forms, from deep and rolling, to big tear out tracks… always with a strong reference to the core elements and influences of the music from it's beginning.
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