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BYTE presents ROBOT ROCK

Friday 23 May // 10 - 4am // £6 / £5 NUS // Native, 15 Small Street, Bristol, BS1 1DE

Techno / House / Electro / Breaks / Old Skool / Drum & Bass / Dubstep / Grime / Garage / Hip Hop / Reggae / Funk & Soul

"Q: What is your answer to the critics?

A: They're full of shit. Where is it written that a critic may not be full of shit?”

- Dr. Robert Moog, Byte Hero and born on the 23rd May.

You know, the future wasn’t it all it was cracked up to be was it? When we were kids we imagined it would be all jetpacks, silver jumpsuits and hot chicks in short skirts like out of Buck Rogers. Instead, we got Take A Break Magazine, Amy Winehouse and fucking pesto in everything. It’s hard not to feel a little bit cheated. Because back in 1982, when Byte was barely out of short trousers, the future seemed to be an amazing place full of hope and wonder, thanks to one record in particular, that had been beamed back through time from some mysterious city of bodypopping androids with just one question – “Party people…Party people! Can y'all get funky?”. For somebody who’s frame of musical reference up to then was their sister’s copy of the Bucks Fizz LP, it was a totally alien experience. The song was called “Planet Rock” and it blew our tiny minds.

It's probably difficult to understand these days how absolutely revolutionary that one song was. But arguably it remains the first electronic rap record and kickstarted a whole new musical movement. The man behind the record was a fresh-faced DJ & Producer called ARTHUR BAKER, and right then he could have no idea that he was going to change the face of dance music as we know it. But since that one record he has been at the forefront of music production and has risen to become one of the greatest producers in living memory. He pioneered cut & paste sampling techniques with “Put The Needle To The Record”, and his early remixes were some of the first to employ extended breakdowns and new rhythm tracks. His own track “Breaker’s Revenge” was featured on the first hip hop movie “Beat Street” (of which Arthur was the executive producer). His musical pedigree is absolutely impeccable, from his pioneering work with New Order to his heavyweight collaborations with Rennie Pilgrem to his current work with Dave Clarke and association with Larry Tee and Princess Superstar in the Return To New York club nights. His body of work across the years reads like a jaw-dropping who’s who of modern music including working with or producing David Bowie, Blondie, Bob Dylan, Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, Lou Reed, New Order, Joy Division, Al Green, The Warm Jets, Mogwai, Jimmy Cliff, Quincy Jones, Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen….the list goes on and on and on….and on! There are very few producers who have managed to balance the pursuit of the commercial and the underground at the same time, but he is one of that very rare breed – amazingly keeping his finger on the musical pulse for well over 30 years.

As the second event in our annual “Legends” series, BYTE is rolling out the red carpet for the true sonic royalty that is the man like ARTHUR BAKER. For two whole hours he is going to take us on a retrospective ride through the history of modern music, and he’s promised to “rock you across time and space” – so you have been warned! This is a very rare opportunity to see the legend in action taking it back to where it all began – the dancefloor! We are also hugely excited to be hosting one of the first live sets from the one and only intergalactic booty crew THE BODYSNATCHERS, giving us a sneak preview of material from their new album with some surprise special guests dropping by to help kick out the jams. Not only this, but we have everybody’s favourite wonk technicians THE KELLY TWINS preparing to drop a ridiculous set of red-hot party jam classics for your delectation, as well as Byte’s very own supergerman technoviking SCLIST supplying the finest electronic blend around. So get your fat laces ironed, get your shelltoes polished, get your lino scrubbed, get your booty strapped up, get your moves down slick – from front to back this is going to be a block-rocking thriller of huge proportions. Rock it don’t stop it! Get within!

Here’s the 411 for the true underground :

ARTHUR BAKER [ RETURN TO NEW YORK ] – 2 Hour Retrospective Set
THE BODYSNATCHERS – LIVE [ PASSENGER ]
THE KELLY TWINS [ UFO / BEST BEFORE ]
SCLIST [ BYTE ]

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Smoking Garden / Free CDs / Sweets / Rave Banners / Party Gifts / Posters / Stickers & much more!

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