Rampage Founder & DJ Murdock Talks Pendulum & Noisia, Drum & Bass In The US, & Extra

After an unimaginable 10 12 months anniversary occasion final 12 months, Rampage hasd been working arduous over the winter to ensure the 2020 version, from March 13-14 in 2020, might be even greater and higher.
Returning to the Belgian metropolis of Antwerp and the large Antwerp Sportpaleis, the line-up this 12 months brims with world-class expertise and a really particular, fully-fledged headline present from Pendulum Trinity which would be the first time the band have carried out exterior of the UK, and would be the solely time they accomplish that earlier than summer season. In addition to that, a particular Farewell Tour DJ set from Noisia, and units from Black Solar Empire, a world-wide debut AV present from Digital Riot, Eptic, SASASAS (Macky Gee, Phantasy, Skibadee, Shabba D, Harry Shotta), Camo & Krooked b2b Mefjus, Delta Heavy, DJ Marky, Matrix & Futurebound, Modestep (stay), Kasra b2b Randall, Dirtyphonics LIIVE, Midnight Tyrannosaurus, DPMO, Definitive b2b Sweettooth b2b Flakzz, and lots of extra line up.
In fact, the person behind all that is Belgium’s DJ Murdock aka Hans Machiels, who has launched on V Recordings, Hospital Data and whose newest album on Viper has made a huge effect which has seen Mistajam choose ‘Double Dutch’ as his self-certified dance anthem, whereas Annie Mac plucked ‘Totally different Approach’ for her BBC present. As such, he’s proper on the coronary heart of the scene as a DJ and Producer and main from the entrance with the immense Rampage model.
Your EDM caught up with Murdock forward of this 12 months’s Rampage to speak about the way forward for the occasion, how the lineup is curated, having particular Pendulum and Noisia performances on one lineup, and the rise of drum & bass within the U.S. Learn beneath!
Tickets to Rampage are nonetheless obtainable right here.
After internet hosting the 10th anniversary final 12 months and now heading into a brand new decade, how do you are feeling concerning the path of Rampage and the way are you trying to enhance upon it within the years to return?
Nicely, the pageant has been getting increasingly more famend and that places the highlight much more on us, which pushes us to do even higher. The road-up is extra spectacular than ever, and the present might be getting a whole make-over, ensuring individuals gained’t consider what they see after they enter the room, March 13th. We’ve been considering of how to make the expertise utterly totally different and extra lively all through the evening and have give you just a few methods to maintain eyes boggled all through the occasion.
The higher tier of artists in drum & bass and dubstep don’t change a lot 12 months to 12 months. You’ve gotten Noisia, Pendulum, Excision, Zomboy, Camo & Krooked, the pillars of the scene normally. Once you’re reserving the lineup for Rampage, how a lot consideration is given to those all-stars, the headliners, versus the rising expertise?
The primary consideration goes into the brand new expertise and those which have cemented their place as leaders of the pack, groundbreakers or simply legends. Probably the most thrilling factor is bringing new expertise out, and giving those that need to shine on such a stage that likelihood. It’s nice that we’ve got DJ Marky on board this 12 months – he has been an enormous affect on my profession and he is only one of my favourite drum & bass DJs. One other sick addition is AC13 & Ben Snow, who’ve been making huge waves. But additionally the truth that guys like Digital Riot preserve climbing the ladder of the bass music world and so they can accomplish that annually at one among our occasions.
Reserving each Pendulum Trinity and Noisia’s Farewell Present this 12 months will need to have been big accomplishments for you. How have these two teams influenced your personal expertise in drum & bass over time?
The nice factor is that they wish to play our occasion as a lot as we would like them to play for us. Each outfits are gangs of legends and we couldn’t NOT have them, if you already know what I imply. Pendulum is popping out as a threesome for the primary time in years, presenting new music, having Rob Swire sing stay… I’m certain persons are going to lose it when that occurs. And though it’s unhappy that we’ve got to say goodbye to Noisia, however what higher approach to do this than on our stage at Rampage?
I used to be a part of the group of DJs that introduced Pendulum out to Belgium for the primary time, ages in the past, after they had simply dropped Vault. That’s nonetheless one of the crucial spectacular tunes in drum & bass historical past and it instantly made everybody conscious huge issues have been about to occur. Noisia have delivered so many classics, each huge hitters like Pleasant Intentions and Stigma, but additionally surprisingly funky creepers like Movement Blur. They’re at all times represented in my DJ units.
Lots of people are saying that drum & bass will expertise an enormous resurgence within the US in 2020. Do you suppose that is true? And the way would you assist to make it true if not?
That appears to be the hearsay, sure, and I wouldn’t be stunned. After I performed EDC in Las Vegas final 12 months, the response to drum & bass was as huge because the one to dubstep on that Basspod stage, which had everybody speaking. Clearly, different (greater) phases had dubstep acts taking part in to greater crowds, however the way in which drum & bass went down at EDC was very promising. I’m certain we’ll become involved in America in some unspecified time in the future, however solely time will inform!

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