Welcome back! I’m writing today with a bit of a melancholy vibe on my mind. The good people of Indy’s dance music scene spent the last 4 days spending as much time as we could with one of our very beloved DJs and general supporter of all good dance music, Knotice. Right now he’s probably headed across the Indiana state border, kicking off his 4 day solo Junglist Journey to sunny San Diego. To say that Indy is losing a crucial piece of it’s community is an understatement. Whether you’re a bass head, house head, techno snob or a Junglist, Aaron was probably there vibing out and chatting your ear off about his newest crate digging session or new visual production equipment. Aaron’s love of all things DJing and dance music was just one of the many things that made him so special to everyone who knew him; besides the fact that he is a tried and true-blue friend and always there for someone who needed a helping hand or ear to vent to. Just speaking for our NAPDNB family, I’m not really sure how we will ever fill the void he’s leaving behind. He contributed not just to our web development and graphic design elements, but he is a boss camp partner who could be relied on not to turn into a total wreck and become unhelpful on tear down mornings It’s hard to say goodbye to someone who means so much to so many, so we don’t. We’re saying “until next time” because there’s no way he’s getting rid of all of us THAT easily. To anyone out there in San Diego, take good care of our dude. He will dedicate himself to the scene and make you just as proud as we are to call him family.
So now that you’re feeling blue about the departure of such a great dude, let’s have a little cry-dance, shall we? DJ Hollow Point brought the smooth, funky, emotional liquid vibes this week. I can listen to Parallel by Technimatic on repeat for about…ever, so that’s when I lost it after this weekend of long nights and little sleep. Of all the NAPDNB fam, HP is definitely the boss when it comes to putting together a deftly arranged feels mix. It might not have BEEN intended to be a farewell set, but in my heart, it rang true in that respect. Since I’m listening with that mindset, I couldn’t help but get the warm and fuzzies when he started things off with some local hero action with a remix from Hajimari and slipped in a little Dave Owen gold too. Of course, you can’t hate a mix that includes Calibre, DJ Marky, Random Movement, Logistics and Fred V & Grafix. His mix from Parrallel into After Midnight was tight AF too, giving us the gentle lift back up into the joyous side of DNB. I can tell this will be a repeat offender on my “must listen again” list for a loooong time to come, and it should definitely be on yours! Get all your favorite people together and let this one ride for a sonic soul lift!