Machete stops by to talk about his long running night and staple of the west coast Jungle/DNB scene, Respect.
Can you give us a brief history of the night?
Junglist Platoon crew are the RESPECT residents and we have been active in Los Angeles Jungle/Drum & Bass since 1994. My first jungle mixtape was simply called RESPECT. This started a RESPECT series of mixes featuring other notable SoCal deejay and when it came time to name our club night, RESPECT Drum & Bass seemed a perfect fit.
How long has the night been officially going?
Our crew is 20 years active but the RESPECT club night is now going on 16 years this coming March 2015.
Who are your current resident djs?
Machete, Scooba, Clutch, Noface, Drone and MC XYZ are the residents at RESPECT.
In a world engulfed by “EDM” what do you contribute the nights longevity to?
We have built up a solid reputation over the years for consistency and quality. There are no attitudes or dress codes at our night, just great music played by top notch talent at an event promoted by people who truly love Drum & Bass.
What are your top 5 favorite memories or milestones at Respect?
- Roni Size surprise DJ set.
- Goldie having such a great time playing for us his first time that he crowd-surfed at the end of his set.
- Finally having the legendary LTJ Bukem play for us last year.
- Seeing a packed house for our Junglist Platoon crew 20 Year Anniversary featuring only RSPECT residents, no guest DJs.
- Goldie’s second appearance for us in 2014, still coming on tour after his mother had just passed away, playing the most incredible 3-hour set and closing with a speech about life, love, music, family and friends which literally brought us to tears. That one was emotional!
If you could pick any 3 djs past, present, or future for a dream line up who would they be?
Andy C, Craze, Randall
Any advice for new promoters?
Communication is key, whether it’s talking with booking agencies, talent, or other promoters in your market, you need to make sure everyone is on the same page so there are no surprises that would affect your event. Also, be sure take care of your artists and give them a positive experience from the airport pickup to drop-off. In the end, you have to love what you are doing because building up a successful D&B event doesn’t happen overnight.