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On Guard With Natural Selection

We speak with Adred & Rafael and get an inside look at the NYC based group, Natural Selection, who’s been throwing some of the premier DNB events in the city.

Can you give us a brief history of the night?
Adred & Rafael Salvador met in 2010, and they learned they share an appreciation for the deeper side of Jungle Drum & Bass. Realizing there was a need for a party in NYC that showcases those flavors, they began to flesh out a vision of what this party would be like and the first party came to fruition about a year later.

How long has the night/crew been officially going?
Since June 2011 – almost 4 years!

Who are your current resident DJ’s?
Adred, Rafael Salvador, Raw Q, and Tanktop

In a world engulfed by “EDM” what do you contribute the nights longevity to?
We push a vibe that we believe in, and our belief shows through. We also reinforce the venue’s sound a majority of the time, because this music is designed to be heard and felt through a proper club sound system.

What are your top 5 Favorite memories or milestones?
NS001 with DJ Marky
NS010 with Goldie, St. Patrick’s Day 2012
Ant TC1 & AI, 2013
Metalheadz NYC, 2014
NS030 with Lenzman’s NYC debut

If you could pick any 3 djs past, present, or future for a dream line up who would they be?
Raf – Just 3?! Hmmm…Fabio, Grooverider and Starchild – and there would be another three rooms for hip hop, reggae and house!
Adred – Calibre, Marcus Intalex & dBridge with DRS hosting

Do you have any advice for new promoters?
Develop a solid strategy and budget and stick to them, invest in print and digital promotion, keep the big picture in mind, reinforce the venue’s sound if needed, provide hospitality to out-of-town talent, and promote promote promote!

For more information on Natural Selection
Natural Selection Official Website
Natural Selection on Facebook
Natural Selection show featuring Marcus Intalex


Mike Ragga
Mike is the Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of the DNB Vault who, notably, was a long time writer for the now defunct KMAG while covering music and events from Warp Tour, NOFX, Dirtyphonics and Benny Page.

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