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On Guard With NCDNB

We speak with Danny Holyfield, one of the headmen over at NCDNB and get a glimpse inside North Carolina’s largest drum & bass crew.

Can you give us a brief history of the crew?
NCDnB.com was an online community founded around 2002, run for most of that time by Danny Holyfield (Shyguy) and Todd Champion (Vicious T). NCDnB.com hosted most of the NC Strength events, which ran from 2002-2009, with 9 installments. Strength was originally crafted in the wake of a terrible accident which took two respected members of our community from us – Lance Presson (4041) and Joe Sullivan (Mojojojo). Every NC Strength was held in memorial. Basically, it was our statewide DnB convention .. we would invite every crew/DJ we could from around NC for a two nights of beer, beats ad debauchery in beautiful coastal Wilmington, NC. Drama and egos were put aside, as everyone played short time slots decided by a random drawing (which was an event unto itself). Picture hotels overrun with rowdy junglists, long days of sun and surf, followed by long nights of of Drum and Bass with comrades and you’ve got a sense of what the Strength era was like in NC.

How long has the crew been officially going?
NCDnB was simply a hub for the already existing tight-knit NC junglist community, which has been around since 1995 or so. It’s still going on now in various forms – the upcoming reUnion DNBBQ (hosted by the well respected ADBC crew) captures the traditional vibe of NC Strength.

Who are your current resident djs?
Too many to list!

In a world obsessed by “EDM” and top 40 what do you contribute the nights longevity to?
We have never sacrificed integrity for side genres / scenes and we are true junglists, legitimately addicted to DnB. smile emoticon.

What are your top 5 Favorite memories or milestones?

  • 1995: NC’s first jungle party in Greensboro, featuring Odi and Soulslinger from NYC. We were all blown away by this frantic, tough, amen-heavy sound that none of us had really experienced in a club before.
  • 1999?: Downtown Raleigh, Kings Barcade, Usual Suspects on the bill – out of nowhere, Bad Company randomly happen to be in town and show up and play, then come chill at a house party with a bunch of Raleigh junglists. I actually missed that night, but all I ever heard was they were a lot of fun to party with.
  • 2002: The first NC Strength .. so much sweat, so much love smile emoticon
  • 2006: Goldie at the Berkeley Cafe, Raleigh’s dedicated jungle hole for about a decade – too much insane talent came through that place for me to list, but this was the most packed night I can remember. Good thing the fire marshal didn’t show up.
  • 2014: Bailey at Still Life – I was trying to go for a recent memory and this one came to mind. That place has the best sound in town, and there were a bunch of old heads out that he had played for a dozen times, so he appeased us with all these rare unreleased versions and VIPs of classic tunes from the 90s, we were floored!

Those are just mine, you ask any junglist in NC and they’re going to pull up 5 good ones of their own, honestly I could go on and on, but you said 5 so I’ll stop there.

If you could pick any 3 DNB/Jungle DJ’s past or present for a dream line up who would they be?
We have been lucky to have them all over the years. The dream now is to keep the regions momentum up, as we’ve finally started getting things back to where we had them in that golden era of 2000-2005 or so.

Do you have any advice for new promoters?
Don’t (just kidding haha). But no really don’t… take yourself too seriously. And always be honest and nice to people! It’ll get you way further in the long run.

For more information on NCDNB
NCDNB on Facebook

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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