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Team Brisk Streamer of the Week: FunkeNickie

This week, we are heading to Edmonton, Canada, and we pay a visit to a lover of all things funky fresh! Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you FunkeNickie. Read on and get to know… 

Where are you from and where are you living now (if different) 

I hail from the cold and northern city of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 

How did you come up with your DJ name (ignore this question if using your real name)

As a lover of all things funky, it was a moniker that I gave myself back in my teenage years and it has stayed  with me ever since.  

What’s your equipment list? (one for the tech heads!) 

Controller: DDJ-FLX6-W 

DJ Software: Rekordbox 

Camera: 2xLogitech StreamCam 1080P & GoPro Hero10 

Laptop: Macbook Air 2017 & ASUS 3050 GAMING PC 

Headphones: Pioneer HDJ-X5 

Microphone: Blue Yeti Microphone 

Lights: Nanoleaf Shapes 

Where did your musical journey begin? 

For as long as I can remember, I have been obsessed with music and always had my radio or walkman on at all times. My Mom was the same way and also had the most eclectic taste in music so I was introduced to everything, from Country to R&B to Pop to whatever at a very young age. She understood how music made me feel and embraced it. I got to experience my first club atmosphere at a very young age at a local dance club that would hold monthly teen nights and I experienced my first Afterhours Club (aptly  named Therapy) at 15 years old. The music, the dancing, the PLUR attitude, all of it blew my mind and my  life as a raver began. While my sound progressed from Pop and R&B to Happy Hardcore to House, my  love for Funky House and Disco House grew to what it is today but now also includes a love and appreciation for Garage, DNB and  Breaks.  

What made you decide to take up DJing? 

When Twitch came into my life during the Pandemic, it was my partner who started pushing me into  learning how to DJ after he had a dream in which he saw me DJing to thousands of people. He knows how  obsessed I am when it comes to music as well as the passion I have when it specifically comes to House  music or Disco so I took that as a sign and bought a DDJ-FLX6-W and started streaming my learning  process at the end of January 2022.  

What are some of your interests/hobbies/passions outside of streaming/DJing?

I love cooking and learning how to cook new dishes, especially if they’re gluten free as I do have Celiac  Disease but also love food. One of my favourite things to do is attend music festivals and dance my heart out any chance I get. Reading and collecting books has always been a love of mine, as well as collecting plants to include in my jungle of  over 100+ house plants.  

When did you start streaming on Twitch?  

My first stream was on January 26, 2022 

Is there anything you really hope to accomplish in your life, whether it be related to music or not?

A dream of mine would be to play Shambhala Music Festival as this has been one of my favourite places in the world since 2006 but this is still very new to me, so I’m going to continue aiming for the stars with the hope that my DJ skills continue to evolve  and progress while I try to learn everything I can.

Who are some of your favourite streamers? Why? 

ADJcalledQuest – Was one of my first favourite streamers I found on Twitch as he plays my favourite tunes,  whether they are R&B classics or BSB or even old TV Show intros, he can mix everything and anything.  When he learned that I was going to start to stream, he not only raided me immediately, but he booked me  for one of my very first Raid train events! His support has been incredible and he’s such a wicked streamer! 

Etownjunglists – Seriously though, who doesn’t like this guy?! Not only is he hilarious or a great DJ but he is  also a great pillar in this community and certainly is my biggest supporter. If it wasn’t him pushing me to do  this, I would still be on the couch being the Hype Train Conductor instead of behind the decks so I owe him  everything.  

DJScene – Not only are his overlays award-winning but his scratching and music selection is incredible.  Another talented DJ that I could spend countless hours watching him doing his craft and loving life at the  same time.  

DISCLAIMER: I really could go on for days about who my favourite streamers are and why as this platform is  FULL of amazing and talented people …  

What is your favourite genre to play? Why? 

My soul sings when I play Funky House or really anything that has a funky beat but I love R&B and Breaks  and DNB so I am learning these with the hope that they will one day also be my favourite genre to play.  

What are some of the most memorable events you’ve participated in or streamed?

I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of some amazing raid train events such as ‘Funklectic Fridays’, ‘Battle of  the Decades – Battle Against Breast Cancer’, ‘The Cultural Exchange Raid Train’ , ‘Moments of House’ and  multiple charity fundraiser events such as ‘The Big Weekender., ‘To Write Love on Her Arms’, ‘We Beat As  One’ and many others. These events have raised thousands of dollars and it has been an amazing  experience raising money for these great causes. 

What does Team Brisk mean to you?

Well, I’m not going to lie… being asked to be a part of this team was a really big deal for me as I have seen  the Brisk Team events on Twitch as well as I have multiple streamer friends who are a part of the team so I  already knew going in that this community is not only world-wide but also uplifting in that they are  supportive of each other while also maintaining a playful attitude which is very important to me. I have seen other Teams not be supportive, whether it’s towards a streamer that’s on their team or not, and  I don’t see any of the Team Brisk members portraying this attitude so I knew this would be a great fit with what I  want to accomplish with building my stream and my community.  

What’s your favourite thing about DJing on Twitch? 

I love the freedom to do whatever I want whenever I want. I love that I can play for an hour or 7 hours if I  wanted to. I LOVE interacting with my community and building relationships with all kinds of people from all over the world. I have met numerous people on this platform that share the same love for music that I  do and now, some of these relationships have turned into life-long friendships. I look forward to building  more friendships and connections all over this platform and all over the world.

What is a challenge you’ve faced as a DJ/streamer? 

As being brand-spanking new to both DJing and streaming, it can be very daunting and stressful to think  about all of the things I had to overcome to get where I am today. I am neurodivergent with a hint of OCD so my  perfectionism usually will get the best of me and make me not want to put myself out there, unless it was  perfect, so when I started streaming I had to let that all go and just get into the music. Now my only  challenge is to not get in my own way.

Do you have any special projects, streams or events you would like to tell us about?

November 10th is the official release of my 4th mix and is being released on Night Siren Radio. Otherwise,  my stream schedule is Tuesday and Thursday at 5pm MST and Saturday at 11am MST.  

Is there anyone you’d like to shout out and/or thank? 

Etown deserves a HUGE thank you as I would never have jumped into this unless I was pushed and he  knew that so I appreciate his kick in my ass. Liquidcleanse booked me the moment she heard I was DJing  and has supported me from Day One. She’s not just a friend but she’s family now. Because of  Liquidcleanse, we were also able to meet the one and only Diligentfingers this past summer, who is not  only an incredible lyricist but also a phenomenal human being and we cannot wait to make more memories  with that guy. Woogstown was one of my favourite DJ’s in the Afterhours so it’s amazing to me to be able to  say that he is a mentor of mine and also an incredible streamer. Not forgetting DJMaculate, The_NextMen DJNewGirl, DJPDJP, Norbskiii, Bass Fanatik, tropicalsf, Strudds, Showgosee, Undergroundrescuechannel, Lawless_Child and many others as there’s not enough time or space to thank everyone that has made a difference in my life, as a person and  as a streamer.  

Links? (add your socials etc here) 

Twitch: FunKeNICKiE  

Facebook: Funkenickie 

Instagram: Funkenickie 

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/funkenickie 

Tiktok: Funkenickie 

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Team Brisk Streamers of the Week: Escape Velocity

This week, we visit the Drum & Bass power couple, SenseNet and A1-Voodoo, in Tennessee, United States. They together control America’s longest running Drum & Bass record labels and stream from their tour bus, The Escape Velocity. They are producers, remixers, DJs, and live streamers. Read on, folks and learn about their musical journey!

Where are you from and where are you living now?

A1-Voodoo is from the states, and as a child grew up around the D.C. beltway. Then as a teen and into his thirties, grew up in Florida through the heady rave days of the early to late 1990’s and early 2000’s.

SenseNet is from South Florida and has lived in many parts of the state until moving to Asheville, NC with A1-Voodoo in 2015. In 2022, we both bought a home in a small rural town in NE Tennessee.

How did you come up with your DJ name?

I’m a fan of William Gibson, a prominent sci-fi author. Yet, although his influence has permeated our culture (he’s credited with basically creating the CyberPunk genre including terms like “wet wear”, “cyber space” and “eye-phones”), most don’t know his name. So when people search up my name, I wanted him to also show up in the search results. My name is from one of his most famous books, Neuromancer. My first choice was actually Wintermute, but a saw another DJ had that name, so I came up with another one. “The sense/net” is a giant infrastructure which stores the AI constructs for various people, whether famous or criminal.

The A1-Voodoo name has quite a long story, but an abridged version is that I’d been using the alias while ghostwriting and engineering for other DJs and producers for a very, very long time, and then one evening a mate of mine, Jason (Cambridge, A-Sides), was having a laugh about line-up orders on big flyers. Anyways, one thing led to another, and a joke turned into me changing my public performance name from CLRH2O (which I’d used for about 20 years at that point) to A1-Voodoo so I would always be billed above him on any of the shows we played where artists are placed on the lineup alphabetically! If you know Jay-Sides, you know what a cut-up he is, so it’s sort of obvious the name would at least partially have its origins in a joke! The more ‘serious DJ guy’ explanation of the name is that I was trying to say my ‘musical voodoo’ was the best, or A1-Voodoo.

Since we bought our tour bus, we’ve been treating her like a starship (she’s our Millennium Falcon!). We love sci-fi and space exploration, so we used the term “Escape Velocity” which describes the velocity needed to escape Earth’s gravitational pull, but it’s also an ideology of what you need to achieve to reach your goals. What’s your Escape Velocity?’ Years later, we updated our logo to also include the tagline, “Music, Compassion, Mindfulness”. These are our core tenants, and we hope to bring a positive influence into people’s lives from the messages we are putting out there.

What’s your equipment list?

Which studio?! For A1-Voodoo, as an audio engineer and the owner of Straylight Music Group and Straylight Mastering it’s all about the audio post production studio kit (that full list can be found here: straylightmastering.com).

SenseNet is mainly production-based and is working on a live set-up integrating various analogue instruments within the DJ shows. As DJ’s, our streaming setup in the Tour Bus is mostly what you might expect: 1200’s, Serato on an Ultrabook, and the Pioneer DJM-S9 set up battle style. It’s a decidedly ‘Turntablist’ sort of setup that we have packed into the relatively small salon of a Prevost Tour Bus. Then there’s the streaming PC, a nice Sony A7S, some extra webcams, OBS and, for any streamer these days it’s standard fair we’d gather, except the Tour Bus part obviously!

When we think about it, the Prevost (tour bus) is sort of the single most important part of our ‘Equipment List’ these days. And it’s certainly what everyone in the scene and around the world has rallied behind, that’s for sure. The “Escape Velocity” aka “The Tour Bus That Jungle Built,” aka “The Drum Shanty” is our 1992 Prevost XL40, and it’s what we stream from for every show you’ve seen us do for the past five plus years we’ve been on Twitch.

Where did your musical journey begin?

My uncle is a pianist, and I looked up to him as a kid, so when my mom wanted to start me on music lessons at age 6, I asked to learn the piano. I started out on electronic keyboards, and then at 8, my parents bought me a Wurtlitzer upright piano that they kept until I left for college. Today I have a 1960’s Baldiwin Acrosonic upright that I love. I eventually learned other instruments as well, but although my start came from traditional forms, I’ve really always loved the sounds and creative expression that came from electronic music, which was becoming popular in the 80’s. That’s led me to the Jungle, DnB, and Ambient that I produce today.

I can think of two moments: The first calls back to a night in late 1989 while in 8th grade as I huddled under the covers trying not to get in trouble on a school night while listening to another young man named DJ Three’s (now the person I help run the record label ‘Hallucienda’ with and who was only 4 years older than myself at the time!) late-night radio show on the Tampa FL radio community station 88.5FM. At one point, he dropped a pre-release copy of “The KLF: Last Train to Trancentral” and I was utterly inthralled. I didn’t know it then, but what I was cueing into the simple but effective breakbeats in the song. Two and a half years later, an advance copy of ‘Cloud 9’s “You Got Me Burning (up)” remix by Nookie and Ray Keith hit my hands by way of a story too long to recant here (though it relates specifically to why I started my first record label…), and THAT tune quite literally changed the trajectory of my entire life, leading to who I am, what I do, and how long I’ve been things in music to this day!

We met in 2012 at a DNB event and started dating in 2013. We’re both passionate about music, and SenseNet had been dabbling in DJ’ing for years, while A1 had been in the scene since the mid-90’s. He proved to be a great mentor, and seeing how well we got along behind the decks, we turned our Friday nights into DJ practice sessions, which later became our live Twitch streams. We had probably been doing our Friday night sessions for about a year when we felt we were ready to introduce a “live” element into our practice regime.

What made you decide to take up DJing?

While home from college in the summer of 1998, I was working as the door girl at a club. I always loved seeing how the DJs were able to command a crowd through their musical selections. I also noticed I never saw any females booked at the club, or hardly any other clubs for that matter. I saw an opportunity to inject some female talent into the pool and combine my love of music and performing all into one.

I was astoundingly lucky to fall in with a rather large group of friends who were all either DJs already or music producers in the 1993–1995 range. Being a part of the Hallucination Recordings (Rabbit in the Moon, DJ Monk, DJ Three) family at that time sort of kept me toe to toe with so many amazing people in the game that, in retrospect, it was clear at a point I was going to take up DJing myself. But it was starting to produce my own music that really made the desire to also DJ that music strong. After starting my first label imprint with then roommate Frank Mendez in Ft. Lauderdale in 1997, I started practicing in our studio, eventually playing out around FL and in my then home town of Tampa, FL in 1998 as Bamboo and I started my second imprint, ‘Force Recordings’, and were throwing shows together there (for our Stateside Collective DJ Collective and the label).

What are some of your interests/hobbies/passions outside of streaming/DJing?

Making music (Ambient, DnB, Synthwave, and others), veganism, cooking and nutrition, mindfulness and meditation, yoga, animal rights activism, human rights activism, 3D-printing, interior design, stained glass, costuming, and stream tech. Any given weekend, you might find me attending webinars on parrot behaviour or watching videos on food and nutrition to prevent and reverse chronic illness. I’m currently taking care of a moth with a damaged wing who can’t fly, so I’ve been researching all about moths the last few days and learning how to take care of him since he can’t be released back into the wild.

Renovating the tour bus, for sure! I consider it the clarion call of the mid-life carpenter’s crisis or something, but after 35 years of sitting at a computer being a designer, a music producer, and an independent record label owner, being able to work with my hands on something physical with tools is astonish-ably zen-like. Every time I go out into the shop and inside the bus for whatever is the next project on the seemingly unending list, it’s a bit of a ‘reset’ from everything I do. I love it! Besides that, I’ve been lucky enough in my life to have a fun supercharged sports coupe, and whenever possible, I take it up into the mountains on runs.

We’re both vegan, so compassionate living is at the core of our foundation. We donate to animal charities, adopt rescued animals (adopt, don’t shop!), sometimes do volunteer work, and host charity streams with some regularity. We’re also avid DIY’ers and spend most nights and weekends working on our 96-year-old home and 1992 tour bus that we are in the process of renovating. In addition, we love renewable and sustainable technology and are working on our first entirely self-designed solar system with battery storage for whole-home backup and self-reliance.

When did you start streaming on Twitch?

It was in June of 2018 and we’ve now just closed the book on five full years of Twitch, and settling into our 6th year on the platform.

Is there anything you really hope to accomplish in your life, whether it be related to music or not?

I’d love to do more for our planet by helping people and animals. Whether it’s getting involved at the governmental level, finding avenues to spread nutrtional awareness for preventing and reversing chronic diseases, or teaching compassion and mindfulness to everyone. I’d love to be able to own land to facilitate the ability to rescue more animals. My neighbours would hate me right now if I had a few giant parrots in our backyard lol. I’m currently trying to figure out how to buy a franchise to increase my revenue so I can then take my profits and funnel them into passion projects that focus on our food system, our mental health, and to tackle the rampant animal cruelty that occurs in the industrial agriculture system. When we save one soul, we’re also saving a piece of our own.

I want to build a house with my own hands that SenseNet and I can grow old in. What sort of home, what size, and where? Honestly, even after easily a decade of thinking (and in some cases, actually beginning the planning phases), I’m still not entirely certain. But that would definitely be one thing. Another is to make my scrappy little record label, Force Recordings, known to at least most of the people who might be inclined to find joy in listening to and collecting Jungle and Drum & Bass music. I was ushered into this space by the rich histories of Rob’s Moving Shadow, Danny’s Suburban Bass, and Dego & Mac’s Reinforced Records, so I’ve always wanted to see the label reach for those lofty heights. I’ve made it part of the way there at this point, with the label being the USA’s longest continuously operating DnB label. But for me, there’s still so much more ground to cover! I’m also old enough to know that money makes things happen, and even if I end up with the best tunes in the world, they only go so far. So I really need a patron of the arts to bankroll things. Happen to know any?!

We look forward to finishing the bus so we can take it on tour throughout North America. We want to visit all of our fans who have been watching that process for the past 5 years now! We also want to travel overseas for an extended period of time to visit everyone we’ve met in other countries and experience the music scene in their areas. Lastly, we want to one day be able to live fully off-grid on multiple acres up in the mountains so we can blast our music as loud as we want! lol

Who are some of your favourite streamers and why?

I love the entire community! There are way too many to list. But I actually don’t find myself much on Twitch unless we’re streaming or it’s a special event. It’s too easy to be glued to Twitch 24/7, with so many amazing creators on the platform. I realised a couple of years into my Twitch journey that if I didn’t treat it like a job with a schedule of work, it’s easy to lose yourself and get overwhelmed with so many events and activities occurring. Running the labels, producing music, and rennovating the bus (and taking care of our adoptive non-human family) are our primary focuses, and those keep us busy pretty much all the time. With that said, if I need a good laugh, I’ll tune into Kitboga. Currently, I’m learning about Sumo wrestling, and ‘Midnightsumo’ curates an awesome channel so you can learn all about the ancient sport with plenty of help for Sumo noobs.

Some that spring to mind are SushiDragon (that guys’ tech is INSANE!), QueenBee (she’s who convinced us to start streaming in the first place, real talk!), and SubCuturePostPunk‘s show is pure music appreciation bliss; if you’ve not caught one of his streams, do change that. Another on the 45 RPM tip would have to be SpinScott‘s Funk/Soul/Raregroove shows. Not only is the man one of the top 3 electronic finger drummers in the world (his ’25 Years to Life’ set for the DnBArena 2021 Awards show was FIRE!), but he’s got this collection of 50/60/70’s and 45’s that any collector would die for! Of course, yourself ya speed beats freak! An influential pair of DnB headz from way back that I’m happy to know here on Twitch are Lee L-Double and his FLEXDnB show, as well as the scene’s resident multimedia nerd, John-B! I’m also quite keen on Catch22‘s streams (as well as seeing him and BB, who are both insanely nice). I’ve also got to call out what Mark-1 (ATM FAM!) and Norbskii have built here on Twitch. Their 164 and 174 festivals are a highlight each year. And rounding this out are Billy Lane and the 916 Junglists as well as Juice Drum & Bass (who are the nicest duo you’re ever likely to meet in this music!) for each of their crews, not only being streamers but also throwing IRL events for the decades in their respective areas and supporting the local and travelling DJs alike <3

What is your favourite genre to play and why?

You can’t beat some Classic Jungle. The tracks are so full of life and rythm and they’re a blast to play for a crowd. On the other side I love playing some minimal deep rollers or heavy 2-step action. Anything that gets my body moving.

I keep it simple and tend stick to my heart-song; Jungle & Drum & Bass!

What are some of the most memorable events you’ve participated in or streamed?

Wow! There have truly been so many! For us personally, our annual themed Halloween shows are always epic. We go all out: Cosplay, IRL set design, props, special curated DJ sets, bespoke interactive commands, and point redeems. I only wish we had more time and resources to do more! SenseNet comes from a theatrical performance background, and A1 comes from a theatrical production background, growing up working on shows for Rabbit in the Moon and other productions. We both love to create an immersive experience as best we can in this virtual space. We also love doing charity streams and bringing awareness to different causes; those events are always very special and close to our hearts. It’s awesome knowing that we’ve raised thousands of dollars to help our noble causes.

Our battle sets for Norbskii have been standout good times, for sure. A stream I put together with compatriot label head Andy Odysee for his label ODYSEE Records UK that featured an hour-long interview covering the early days of Source Direct, his involvement with Rupert ‘Photek’ Parkes (a new Photek is on the way soon!) and his label partner T-Mirage stands tall as well. But the BIG ONES have to be the ‘themed streams’ that we try to do about once a year. Those are ridiculously involved and will always stand tall among any of the streaming work we’ve done. The Bladerunner, Dune, and CyberPunk shows are definitely three to track down and watch if you haven’t.

What does Team Brisk mean to you?

Team Brisk allows us to reach beyond our own followers to meet so many other people! I love how the team has many different genres, so we’re able to connect with people we normally wouldn’t bump into in our specific genre circles, and that is very healthy from a creative standpoint. It’s been amazing seeing how large the electronic music scene is now that we’re all connected globally! The DNB scene in America is extremely spread out, so it’s difficult to feel part of a larger community, which Team Brisk has done for us. Thank you, Brisk!

It means community with other creatives that I know give a shit about what they’re doing. You’ve (Brisk) got a really clear vision of what makes a performer worth their salt. And no matter what genre another team member may be playing, I can be sure they’re likely at the top of their game. I’ve always felt that if you’re going to create, perform, or just generally be involved in the music space, you should treat it with respect. Further, you should care enough to put your own stamp on whatever part of it your are involved in, so that once you are gone, the others who come along after you have a high water mark to shoot for and hopefully even surpass. Always progressing, always improving. That’s what Team Brisk means to me.

What’s your favourite thing about DJing on Twitch?

I love the freedom you have as an artist. IRL gigs are sometimes rampant with rules and restrictions that can be quite stressful, and you can’t always perform in the conditions you’d prefer. I love being in full control of our show and being able to play whatever we want and for however long we want. I also soon realised that the Twitch community has been so incredibly supportive that it’s helped me come out of my shell and develop my DJ persona. When I first started, I was so timid and unsure how I’d fit in, but over the years, I’ve been able to experiment and try new things without any backlash. The understanding of our followers that we sometimes like to veer off the beaten path has been so freeing to me as an artist and has really encouraged me to keep trying new things, which only makes me a better artist.

It’s not one singular thing, so let’s see where to begin. Well, there’s the fact that you’re not paying $10 for a beer at the bar after waiting 10 minutes to get that beer from a packed bar. You get to play on gear you know is always in working order, with typically longer than 2-hour sets. SenseNet and I are a duo, and when gigging out, 2 hours is about the average we play. But on our own show, 4 hours is the standard. And if the viewers are hot and heavy at the end of those 4 hours, we can just keep on going! No prick venue managers screaming at you to “cut it off!” or worn-out and disaffected bouncers trying to toss your mates out the door so they can get paid and make it to the strip club. For that matter, no wondering if the payment went through on your way to the next venue or not and having to call an agent just to find out. No worrying if the ride back to the hotel is as drunk as you are or not, or if they’re even going to be there to take you (much less the next morning to the airport). And for the local shows, no worries about packing in the ride to drive home yourself in likely a less than reasonable state. And let’s not forget the bathroom situation at some of the smaller gigs. Outside of all that, I think the single best thing is being able to perform for people all around the world at once and be more intimately connected to those watching at the same time. I’ve got a few friends who are still in the international headlining game, and the simple fact is that a human body can only move so quickly around the world from gig to gig without completely giving up on you. And if you want to be international, Twitch really opens up a new way of accomplishing that.

What is a challenge you’ve faced as a DJ/streamer?

We’ve been very lucky to have avoided the drama that can sometimes destory communities here on Twitch. Over 5 years in, and there’s only a handful of people we’ve had to ban from the stream. We were getting some trolls in the beginning, but as soon as we turned on the “follower only” option for chat, that pretty much caught 99% of them. The biggest challenge is still knowing when to ban someone, especially if they’ve been with you for a while or are financially supportive. We have a very long fuse and try to give people the benefit of the doubt, but ultimately have zero tolerance for any sort of ill will or rude behaviour directed at us or our followers. SenseNet is a domestic violence survivor, so she won’t put up with any sort of verbal abuse from a follower; even if they were just drunk that one night, there’s just no room for that in our community. We support everyone in their journey, but respect is a two-way street.

Do you have any special projects, streams or events you would like to tell us about?

Recently, we were the subjects of a video short highlighting small businesses leveraging technology to, in effect, punch above our weight. The business that contracted the project was non other than DROPBOX, and they stood tall behind the two of us as creators, label owners and quite suprisingly as ‘JUNGLE and Drum & Bass’ artists. They flew in the whole film crew and spent 3 days on site, in the tour bus, in the studio, and at a 3-day festival we were booked to perform at. That debut’s sort of right now! https://blog.dropbox.com/topics/customer-stories/a-music-duo-inspiring-the-next-generation-of-artists

Next up, our contemporary Jungle imprint, TUFF LOVE DUBS, has just completed the release of the ’10 on 10′ 10″ vinyl dubplate series. We started planning this series as a way to re-launch our TUFF imprint in 2018, and everything got rolling in early 2020, right as the global lockdowns started – talk about timing, (ugh!) but the amazing music carried it through! Every release was only on a 10″ plate, and each only got around 10 to 12 cuts. Plus, we don’t tell anyone who makes the music, only the song name, which helps keep some of the mystery that’s been lost in the process of hunting for music you love. The whole project harkens back to the mid-90’s, and the acetates show how many of us loved to hear the DJs play, try to hunt them down afterwards for ourselves, and just generally how powerful an effect they had on our music culture as a whole. For the Jungle heads, lock in tufflovedubs.com

And last but certainly not least, our original imprint, Force Recordings, is celebrating its 25th anniversary right now, and to book-end this first quarter of a century as the United States longest continuously operating DnB record label, we’re in the process of compiling and creating three double-length LP’s of music. Two of the LPs catalogue the first and second generations of the artists who defined the earlier and later periods of Force’s history with re-masters, the very best of our releases. And the third is a massive 25-song remix LP featuring a who’s who of current DnB producers from around the world working up their visions of the songs that have been my favourites as label chief over the past quarter century <3 These will all be available in 2024!

Is there anyone you’d like to shout out and/or thank?

I will undoubtedly leave out someone, so I will just give a huge shout-out to the Twitch community and everyone I’ve met on it for helping to shape me along my artistic journey. You all mean so much to me in many different ways, and I am ever so grateful and always humbled.

Oh man, so many! Chris DJ Three, Oona Dahl, Brian Bamboo, and John Jaybee (Stateside family!) Frank ‘Evilbase’ Mendez, Nick Sluggo, Dave AK-1200, Steve DJ Monk (thank you for literally opening this underground door for me!), Dave RITM Confucius, and Steve Bunny (the tour bus is coming to the production warehouse in LA eventually, dangit!), Kevens Marley, my Miami brother from another motha! Oliver Vector Burn (welcome back to the ride!), TheNeverMirror, ACID_LAB (the chameleon), Empire-X (don’t you buy that RTX 4090!), Screwface (original Jungle bastid), Tommy 8-Track Cruz & Disco Donny, Olivia QueenBee So many from my Force/Stepping Forward family: aFlame, Mikal, MSDOS, StunnaChi, Magnafide, Antares, DLO, DLX, Actraiser, B-Complex, Severity Zero, Quentin Hiatus, Flaco, Phat Playaz, Salaryman, Mad Rabbit aka Foreign Concept, XTC UK (RIP), HumaNature, Gappa G (the original information centre!), Silence Groove, SST & Glitch, Itchy Robot (still taking you up on the visit next time in the UK man), DAVR, Geoff Bukk (Canada’s finest!), Bukez Finezt, Static Function, Bare, Reika… I just have to stop now.

Drop us your links!

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9 October 2023 All News  News Read more

Team Brisk Streamer of the Week: DJ Edit

The Florida city of Bradenton is home to our featured DJ for this edition of “Team Brisk Streamer of the Weeks,” a Trance expert with years of expertise. Introducing DJ Edit, ladies and gentlemen!

Where are you from? And where are you living now?

I’m originally from Connecticut in the US and now I live in Bradenton Florida.

How did you come up with your DJ name?

Back in the day when you used to make mixtapes I had a very uncanny talent to be able to rewind the tape prior to the mix and “edit“ it to make it sound seamless. DJ Edit stuck.

What’s your equipment list?

I use a Pioneer XZ mostly, but I am very familiar with turntables and vinyl is not something I’m afraid of (currently also owning a pair of Pioneer PLX 1000 turntables).

What made you decide to take up DJing

I used to listen to a radio DJ play live from clubs on the radio airwaves and I got interested in spinning music from that.

What are your interests, hobbies and passions outside of streaming/DJing?

Other than hitting the beach and hanging with friends that’s about it, but my biggest hobby is playing music.

When did you start streaming on Twitch?

I originally signed up in 2018 because I was tired of Facebook live kicking me off after 30 minutes then I saw my friend David Dresden doing a show during the lockdown and I said to myself ‘I can do that’, and I made it happen. It’s been 3 1/2 years and I’m very fortunate for the community that I have built over the years.

Is there anything you really hope to accomplish in your life will there be related to music or not?

At this point in my life I’m content with the life I’ve lived, but as far as the DJing thing, it’s nice to be noticed again, considering the amazing history and journey I’ve had as a DJ throughout these years, but I am hoping to start producing music very soon. Nowadays, it turns out you can be older and still be relevant. Back in my earlier DJ days, if you weren’t playing at the biggest club, you were a ‘nobody’. My favorite streamers are my boys, the guys that are part of the Trance Mafia Family because when they first came to Twitch and they just had started with a few viewers and they now have their own communities that were grown from mine. I’m very proud of them for that.I’ve always wanted to be the person for the new people to have a home and community they could build from the people that come and watch me.

What is your favourite genre to play? Why?

Anything that moves your booty and gives you that lip curl like a snarl. I was 100% all about that big room sound because at one point, I fell out of love with Trance music as it was very formulaic. I discovered the Progressive sound, that is inkeeping with the Trance vibe. For me Trance isn’t just a genre, it’s a feeling. So I can’t exactly identify with just one type of genre, because anything that sounds good and makes my community react is the best kind of music in the world.

What are some of the most memorable events you participate in or streamed?

I’ve been lucky to play some live events that my boy FactorE has invited me to, as for online it’s any type of charity event.

What does team Brisk mean to you?

I’ll be honest I’ve never joined a team before I know I was part of the Twitch Mob, but at the same time, everyone seem to be in the same type of music that just wasn’t my style don’t get me wrong. I love Chris Craze, but a lot of the same style was being played on those types of channels and it wasn’t for me. To be honest I don’t know why you asked me to be part of Team Brisk but I do welcome it! I stick to what I do because I love the Progressive Trance sound. However I do thank you for asking me to be here, it feels good to be noticed!

What’s your favorite thing about DJ on twitch?

I have to say that it’s because it’s worldwide and with so many streamers on playing music you need to be somebody different in the ways of not falling for the gimmick for example, wearing a helmet that resembles an animal, wearing a certain outfit or having a green screen background that shows crazy stuff. I want to be that DJ on Twitch that makes you feel like you were in a nightclub all night and they close the main room down and the only room that’s open is the one downstairs and all you have is the music, the lasers, the fog and the DJ that has always been my goal. I think I’ve been doing a pretty good job with that.

Give us your links!

Twitch – https://www.twitch.tv/thereal_djedit
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/djedit/

23 September 2023 All News  News Read more

Team Brisk at the 2023 Twitch TV Awards

The 2023 Twitch TV Awards have received their final list of nominees. We have some members of Team Brisk & friends on the final list because of you guys.

I’m personally nominated in the category of “Best International Streamer,” but our friends who are listed below are also up for several awards:

Best Host: Ken Jones
Best Visuals: ThaPhlash
Most Creative Streamer: ThaPhlash
Best EDM Streamer: DJSlave1
Best 1980s Streamer: DJSlave1
Best EDM Streamer: DawnPerignon
Best Video Streamer DJMaculate

It would be amazing if you could take a few minutes to vote for us in the final, and I’d be thrilled if any of us won an award this year.
Big love and many thanks in advance for your support. xx

Vote link: http://bit.ly/2023TTVFinal

14 September 2023 All News  News Read more

Team Brisk Streamer of the Week: Doughboy

As we speak with the Hardcore expert known as Doughboy this week, we are travelling to Seattle, Washington, in the United States. Continue reading to learn more.

Where are you from and where are you living now?

I was born and raised in Casper Wyoming. I moved to Seattle, Washington when I was 19.

How did you come up with your DJ name?

It came about in second grade from a classmate. I tried to use a different name for my dj name at the beginning though everyone told me to use my nickname, Doughboy.

What’s your equipment list?

XDJ-1000 (x3), Technic 1200s (x2), DJM-900 NXS2, Shure SM-58 Microphone

Where did your musical journey begin?

I started when I was a little kid and my aunts would try to teach me the piano. I then joined the school band in 5th grade and played the trombone. I played that until my senior year of high school where I was part of multiple all-state bands. My junior year of high school was when I started trying my hand at DJing.

What made you decide to take up DJing?

I got into raving and thought DJing was cool. I got into Happy Hardcore in the beginning and one of the only ways to hear it was from a couple of local DJs or get records myself.

What are some of your interests/hobbies/passions outside of streaming/DJing?

I spend a lot of my time in audio production. Ix do love cooking as well. When I am not doing those, I like hanging out with my wife and dogs.

When did you start streaming on Twitch?

I started streaming on Twitch when a lot of others did when the pandemic started. I have been streaming on other sites before this for quite a while.

Is there anything you really hope to accomplish in your life, whether it be related to music or not?

Making sure I can create a great retirement for myself and my wife.

Who are some of your favourite streamers? Why?

Four Color Zack because he is a very engaging and creative stream. I would say Jimni Cricket as well because of her viewer engagement in every stream. I would say my favourite non-music streamer has got to be Kitboga. I was obsessed with his stream for quite a while.

What is your favourite genre to play? Why?

Happy Hardcore!

What are some of the most memorable events you’ve participated in or streamed?

I would say my first out-of-state booking was great. I got to share the stage with Brisk and Marc Smith. That night was epic. I always love to play Sakuracon in Seattle. It’s one of my favourite events to play. For streaming, whenever there is a Team Brisk raid event it’s a good time.

What does Team Brisk mean to you?

It’s a group of like-minded motivated people who want to share their passion with the world.

What’s your favourite thing about DJing on Twitch?

I love DJing on Twitch as I can stream and then go directly to my couch to chill. When DJing at an event. I rarely get home at a good hour.

What is a challenge you’ve faced as a DJ/streamer?

A big challenge I have is to stay motivated after all these years. Whenever I see people having a good time when I play, my motivation gas tank gets filled again.

Do you have any special projects, streams or events you would like to tell us about?

I have quite a few bookings coming up across the US. I hope to get more new music out this year as well.

Is there anyone you’d like to shout out and/or thank?

Big shoutout to DJ Brisk for making this happen. Also big thanks to my Seattle family.


14 September 2023 All News  News  Uncategorized Read more

The Ken Jones fund raiser Team Brisk raid train!

Our beloved Ken Jones has recently lost his wife after a long battle with ill health. This event is to celebrate her life, but also to raise funds to assist with Ken and his family moving forward. Ken is now a single parent looking after five children without their Mum, please give what you can to help give him a financial buffer to assist with immediate expenses which will help him look after his family. 

All donations go direct to Ken via Go Fund Me and can be made using the following link: https://gofund.me/eb69572e

So come and join a selection of your favourite Team Brisk artistes as we deliver a musical extravaganza spanning 5 days exclusively on Twitch

Please share the event and invite all you friends and family so we can make this a special occasion. Thank you. Facebook event link: HERE (CLICK ME)

P.S – You can follow the progress of the raid train and see who is playing in YOUR time zone by using the following and logging in via the ‘connect to Twitch’ button: https://raidpal.com/en/event/the-ken-jones-fund-raiser-team-brisk-raid-train

Thank you for your generosity and kindness in advance, your support means the world xx

11 August 2023 All News  News Read more

Vote for DJ Brisk in the DJ Mag Top 100

Hi folks!

You can now cast your vote for your favourite artistes in the DJ Mag Top 100.

If you’d like to vote for yours truly, the link is listed below. I’ve made the top 100 just twice in my career, the last time being in the 1990s when I had hair 🤣

I have zero expectations but you never know! Thanks in advance for your support and see you on Twitch

Link: https://vote.djmag.com

7 August 2023 All News  News Read more

DJ Brisk: The Creative Behind Twitch’s Team Brisk

Note: This article was originally authored by Ashley from Streamtribe on July 5th, 2022. Due to Streamtribe closing down at the end of July 2023, we’re reposting the article to preserve the content.

Spending his youth in the UK when Rap and Dance music made their way over from the US, Brisk boasts a concoction of flavor in his sound. In 1985, he was introduced to the music scene by rap and Hip Hop, as these genres were already blowing up in the US. In the late 80s, House and Techno music became a prominent factor in the UK club scene, introducing the explosion of the “rave” that we all know and love today.

Brisk shared with us this brief history lesson of Dance music as he’s been living it for the past few decades. In fact, he played a significant role in introducing Hardcore to the UK rave scene in the early 90s. As time passed, he expanded his club reach by diving into Hard House. However, Brisk notes that his core origins are not with dance music at all. 

According to Brisk, Rap is where it all began for him. Even his name, Brisk, originated from his early days in the Hip Hop scene. “I came up through the music scene as a youngster listening to Rap music and the whole Hip Hop scene captured the youth of my era,” he explains. “I dabbled in break dancing and graffiti and ‘Brisk’ was my graffiti tag back in the day. The name works well in terms of how I play my music and I tend to pitch things up and maintain a level of energy regardless of which genres I’m playing.”

Although with roots in Hardcore, Brisk never likes to limit himself to one genre. He notes that streaming has opened doors for him to explore new genres and never really feel confined to one sound or idea. Brisk enjoys playing Rap, House, Progressive, Melodic, Breaks, Electro, Juke, BMore, Drum & Bass, Trance, and Techno. However, he notes that these are just a few favorites—the list could go on.

A Lifetime of Accomplishments

Brisk is a well-accomplished award-winning DJ with a success story that any aspiring artist can appreciate. He has toured the globe, acquired numerous accolades and awards, compiled and mixed multiple albums, hosted radio shows and podcasts, and much more. Not to mention, Brisk is the co-owner of three successful underground record labels, Blatant Beats, Next Generation, and Stimulant Records. The labels have released more than 600 titles combined.

For someone so accomplished and well-rounded with decades of experience in the scene, it’s fair to ask, why Twitch? How did someone so wrapped up in the budding UK music scene transition into a highly-regarded Twitch streamer with a global team of artists in his collective? 

Brisk’s Transition to Twitch

Brisk is somewhat of a veteran in the Twitch DJ scene, as he got involved in 2017, long before any pandemic was on the world’s radar. In fact, he had been streaming four years before that on Facebook, where he first immersed himself into this fascinating digital production world. 

“After around 4 years streaming via Facebook I migrated to Twitch in late 2017. I was feeling burned out with the lack of streaming foresight and functionality on Facebook and despite having significant viewers on the platform I found the algorithms and quality very lacklustre with constant issues with each show,” says Brisk. “It was a big leap of faith as I left behind hundreds of viewers and started with around 10 viewers on Twitch and I did question whether or not I’d made the right choice. Suffice to say I now wish I’d discovered the platform much sooner.”

Everyone measures success differently, but in any world, reaching Partner status on Twitch is something to raise a glass to. Brisk recently celebrated two years as Partner, which has allowed him to completely reformat his vision for the Brisk project. 

For starters, Brisk notes that his Partner status was a driving force behind his ability to set up a team—Team Brisk.

Team Brisk

Team Brisk is a global collective of artists covering many styles of music and streaming. Initially, his vision was to build a team page with 24-hour streaming similar to what one might find at a radio station. However, with an open mind, Brisk could integrate various forms of art outside of music into his team. ASMR, art streams, and other alternative shows are streams that make up Team Brisk today.

On that note, Brisk adds, “I have to say that I’m very proud of the team and the way in which we all strive to help each achieve our streaming goals.”

The Reason to Stay

Twitch presented Brisk with opportunities he’d never know would be possible. Once a skeptic, Brisk couldn’t imagine life without it. In addition to providing a welcoming space for him to flex all the many genres he loves, the platform offers an unfathomable convenience that creators cannot find elsewhere. 

Brisk loves being able to jump on a stream from his home whenever he finds the time. There’s no need to go anywhere or coordinate with friends. He can log on at any time and be in front of an audience anywhere in the world. The flexibility is important to him, as he works a job that involves many irregular hours, including evenings and weekends. Luckily for the Twitch community, time zones don’t necessarily exist—the party starts whenever you say it does.

He adds, “it’s great to know that I can stream when convenient and always have a blast with people!”

New Beginnings: Moving to Australia

Relocating across the globe from the UK to the subtropical Brisbane, Australia, ten years ago, Brisk had to make some significant lifestyle adjustments. First, he was forced to adjust to “a very irregular delivery of quality of internet speed.” And as anyone can imagine, technical difficulties galore.

Especially for someone who is turning to streaming as their primary form of content sharing, a high-quality internet connection is non-negotiable.

“There was a point in the early years where my internet connection was so poor that I had to use a portable 4G dongle in order to stream and the data costs were outrageous,” he adds. 

For viewers, it’s easy to sit back and watch the show without considering what it takes to run a stream. Of course, your favorite streamers don’t want you to be worried about their technical difficulties. Still, it’s certainly something to allow you to express gratitude to everyone involved—from the streamers to the mods. As a viewer, your job is to sit back and enjoy the music, whatever that means to you.

Brisk goes on, “I’m pleased to say that I now have a custom stream room with fibre to the premises and I can now achieve the quality I’ve been yearning for for so many years. It really does make a huge difference having reliable internet and decent speeds.”

Some Things Come Full Circle

We asked Brisk to reflect on his years in the music scene and choose a moment that stood out. With nearly four decades of music under his belt, he understandably finds it a difficult question to answer. Having traveled the world, accepted rewards, and pioneered several record labels, any memories that do stand out must be good ones.

Brisks reflects on his birthday celebrations in the early 90s at the famous Club Kinetic, where he was a resident DJ at the time. He again recalls on his recent 50th birthday celebration on Twitch which began as a special back-to-back set with the legendary hardcore DJ S3RL and snowballed into a five-day bender thanks to the Team Brisk members. “Which really was an epic experience and something I’ll never forget,” he adds.

“A special thanks to my mod and technical team: Kezza, Kara, Ken, Craig, Emma, Lianne, Zora, Charlotte, Amy, Luna, Emily, Ian,” says Brisk. “A huge shout to all 191 amazing members of Team Brisk which whom I am proud and privileged to be able to work alongside. And of course a massive thank you and shout out to everyone who turns up week in, week out to attend all of our streams and shows, without you guys it really wouldn’t be worthwhile. Thank you all x.”

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