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Mt Moons @Piranha’s

Live and club light at Piranha’s in the old ATV studios building complex on Broad St

Seventh Wave

Seventh Wave is a Festival of Electronic Music, weekly radio show and electronic music promoter founded by Chris Wave.

Website is

The Bubble Club

One of the first rave club nights held at the Que Club promoted by Chris Wave.

Bruce Q

Currently presenting weekly programme on Sonic Stream Radio

Known for:
Liquid Fusion Music
Kitten Klub
Sweet FM Birmingham
Feeling Good
UK Vibe
Sonic Stream Radio

Tutankhamun’s, Liberty’s Basement Hagley Road
Coast To Coast Central TV Studio’s, Broad Street
Ronnie Scott’s Broad Street 1992-2000

Sundays: Liquid Fusion with Bruce Q

Sundays: Liquid Fusion with Bruce Q

Living Room Broad Street circa 2002-2005
Zinc Bar Regency Wharf, Gas Street Basin circa 2005-2008
Nuvo Bar Brindley Place circa 2011
52 Degrees North Arcadian
Poppy Red Arcadian 16th Sep circa 2007 – 2008
Concrete (Boiler Room), Jewellery Quarter circa 2008
Jazzifunk
Bruk Up – on going

Wilsons Arms Disco

Disco held at the Wilsons Arms in Knowle in the mid to -late 1960s

AB Promotions

Sixties promotion agency set up by Bob Anthony and Bob Bradley (guitarist with Danny Ray and the Rayvons).

3JR Promotions

Sixties promotion agency set up by John Ford and based in Sutton Coldfield.

Birmingham Experimental Music Network

BEMN pronounced Bem-Na was first mooted by Mitch Ruston placing an ad in the Birmingham Mail’s clubs meetings and societies section asking for like minded people to get in touch to form a collective to establish a music venue to perform experimental music.

In the eighties the advent of cheaper synthesisers and affordable cassette based multi-track recorders allowed “bedroom” musicians to create their own music and trade it around the world using the underground cassette culture network.
The Turks Head cellar function room became the main venue to perform live shows for the bands and a meeting point to sell your recordings.

The first meeting was October 1987 and continued the third Wednesday of every month, with a newsletter printed to share information about the BEMN later becoming a cassette newsletter with the advent of cheap £ shop multi-packs allowing music to be also included.

As well as being able to sell your own cassettes two BEMN compilation tapes where also produced allowing people/groups to contribute single releases highlighting the diversity of scene.

Generally the sounds devided into two camps, synth players inspired by Tangerine Dream and J M Jarre etc and the “noise merchants” more into punk and industrial although there was much cross fertilisation between the two but usually taking it in turn to host the months meeting with the occasional meeting set aside to involve the entire crowd with improvisations such as the “Acoustic Percussion Thrash” and the “Acoustic Radio Thrash” (as we liked to produce ART that was APT).
At the same time Birmingham University music department used to run a night school course doing Electronic Music and Mystique Concrete which allowed us access to high end equipment and recording technology for a very reasonable price.
The MAC also introduced World Music classes with African drumming, Indonesian Gamelan and Indian tabla and drone well attended by the members.

Three main tape labels where established in the network, Boiled Dove (Laughing Academy), the Anti Musick Industry and Alternate Media allowing distribution around the world.

Bio by Penga

Jason ‘Jay La Roc’ Brown

Jason Le Roc Brown

JAY LE ROC’s first experienced DJing back in 1989 at the age of 17, playing out at many memorable house parties in Birmingham.

The real transition into Jungle / Drum ‘n’ Bass came when he was introduced to the sounds of LTJ Bukem & MC Conrad in 1996. By 1997 Jay was on the local circuit, where he was offered to play on the legendary pirate radio station ‘Kool Fm Midlands’ every Sunday morning playing deep and progressive drum & bass on his ‘Atmospheric Funk Show.’ In 1999 Jay was then offered to play on another radio station called Sweet Fm this time playing nu jazz, broken beats, hip hop, deep house and drum bass. This show was called ‘Phunky Dimensions’ and was on every sunday evening, but unfortunately both stations were pulled off air at the same time and ended in 2001.

Jay has been fortunate enough to have enjoyed his first international outing last year in 2006, when he played in New York & San Francisco. That year also saw the return of Jay on the radio. Presenting on New Style Radio, the only Legal drum ‘n’ bass show in the Midlands alongside DJ’s Tidal, Lubi J & Xtract.

In all this Jay has progressed to playing alongside some of the top names scene, such as London Elektricity, Commix, DJ Tayla, Mickey Finn, Pariah, Grooverider, LTJ Bukem, Blame, Logistics, Cedar and many others. Spreading the deep vibes of drum ‘n’ bass.

Jason passed away August 2013

Here is a very short snippet we uncovered from his “Funky Dimensions” radio show on Birmingham’s pirate radio station Sweet FM – Sunday 1st July 2001:

Offworld Recordings had this to say…

“We`re very sad to announce the sudden passing of Jason le Roc Brown.Jay was a great guy, a kind and passionate man with a great sense of humour.
Jay loved the deeper side of drum and bass which he championed as part of the Central Projection crew alongside Tidal, Bass`flo and Mc Smilee.
He spun sets all over the world and hosted radio shows over the years which we remember fondly culminating in his immensely popular `Launch Pad experience` on Bassdrive. Atmospheric heads knew there was only one place to be on a sunday.
Jay loved the deep sounds of Offworld Recordings, LM1 featured guest mixes from him on the `Offworld show` and had him down to play at the Offworld PST nights in birmingham, where he kicked up a melodic storm.
He will be greatly missed by all his family, friends and fans all over the world.”

Go Fund Me page – https://www.gofundme.com/3xqgrg

TDE Promotions

Tony Dudley-Evans Promotions

TDE Promotions

Olie Brice Trio featuring Toby Delius/Paul Dunmall – The Lamp Tavern, Digbeth 06/10/15
Petter Eldh’s Amok Amor – Hexagon, MAC Centre 17/11/15
Food featuring Iain Ballamy/Thomas Stronen/Percy Pursglove – Hexagon, MAC Centre 02/12/15
Lee Butcher Sanders – Hexagon, MAC Centre Wed 03/02/16
Eddie Prevost/Tom Chant/John Edwards – The Lamp Tavern, Digbeth 23/02/16

MAC-TDE-Promotions

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