With Drum & Bass parties popping off left and right, from Virginia to Baltimore, and headliners from all over the world joining in on the momentum, a monthly party was needed right here in the District to celebrate not just the forward-thinking movement of Jungle, Drum & Bass, but the veteran locals that have created it.
When Julian ‘Julez’ Peterson was asked to throw a monthly party at the 9:30 Club Backbar, he jumped right in immediately. “The idea behind SubDistrick is to put locals first. DMV has so much talent and we need to celebrate our locals more. We have veteran producers, international labels, and sick DJs all in this area. SubDistrick is a WE thing. We are all inclusive and don’t care what crew you are apart of or what beef you may have .. its all about the music.” With this mission in mind, SubDistrick quickly transformed from a small crowd into nights that reach over capacity.
Drum & Bass was in high demand in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Over the past couple of years, Dubstep has taken a huge leap into popularity, overshadowing the classic D&B scene. But now, Drum & Bass is making a come back in a massive way, with old crews collaborating with new ones right here in the nation’s capitol. As Peterson states, “There has been a steady rise in interest with D&B in DC over the past 2 years. My favorite thing about throwing these nights is connecting with all the heads in the DMV and to see how happy they are to play on a good system to a hungry crowd.”
Peterson joined forces with Translation Recordings label-head Brian ‘Roguestate‘, which impacted the growth of SubDistrick and the passion of a tight local D&B scene. With a respected catalog of artists and support all over the world by the very DJs and producers that created the sound, Translation Recordings was the perfect match to help continue the legacy of DC Drum & Bass. ‘Translation was eager to help promote and support SubDistrick,” Peterson writes. “Our relationship continues to grow steadily as we both have the common vision of pushing quality music and making some noise for our city we believe in. Local First! We hope to continue to bring people together to celebrate and share music that normally doesn’t get to be played out here in DC.”
Going into its second year, SubDistrick is looking at a positive, bright future full of forward thinking Drum & Bass sounds and talented DJs and producers that push boundaries to the next level. Having already set quite the standard, there is no doubt that DC will continue to impact Drum & Bass history.
Check out past and present sounds of SubDistrick, and make sure to stay tuned here to get the latest updates on upcoming SubDistrick events!