Time flies when you’re celebrating, pushing and developing the dark side of drum & bass….
It only feels like yesterday when Black Sun Empire retired their self-titled label and established their Blackout platform. A bold move considering the decade of darkness they’d amassed since launching their own label in 2002 with The Rat.
Already established as an event brand, Black Sun Empire widening the Blackout scope to include a YouTube channel and a release schedule that has celebrated some of the most exciting new and established talent in the tech/neuro through 30+ releases. The bold move paid off and has benefited the scene at large with a unified platform for all artists sharing the same vision and ambition.
To celebrate this achievement, they’ve curated a huge compilation comprising 13 remixes of Blackout tracks from titanic artists such as Mind Vortex, Misanthrop, Audio, Rido, Mindscape, Telekinesis.
Set for release on June 17, trust us… It’s epic. The full tracklist is below. First though, the full story and highlights from Black Sun Empire themselves….
What triggered the decision to set up Blackout Music?
When we released our album From The Shadows at the end of 2012 we realised how popular our sound actually was. This was also the time that dubstep’s popularity started to decline and drum & bass started to become bigger again. Having just finished an album gave us time to think about what we’ve done, what we want to do and how to get there. So we had discussions about this and came to the conclusion that we love what we’re doing and that we want to continue to be part the genre that we’re in, but at the same time we thought it was time for change.
We had a good look at the genre as a whole and came to the conclusion that within our sound the scene was quite scattered. Everybody had their own label but not really the time to run it properly and push releases and their brand to the next level. So most tech/neuro orientated labels remained quite small. However looking at how popular this sound was at that time we thought there was room and demand for a label that would represent what we do but be run like the more ‘commercial’ sounding labels and push everything to the next level. Which would be good for the scene as a whole.
Luckily for us we were already running a successful event for over 10 years with the name Blackout that was also growing and it just made sense to combine the two and directly have a broader platform where people could perform and release at the same time.
Have you achieved what you wanted so far?
The first 3 years have brought a lot more than we expected! Blackout has grown so fast..We’ve received so much from people coming to our events, listening to the music and helping support all the artists involved. It’s crazy.
What are the plans for the next 3 years?
We’ll try to keep our artists happy, keep ourselves happy, keep our fans happy and hopefully our families won’t suffer too much.
Give us your favourite moments from the last three years…
Micha: State of Mind’s Eat The Rich winning Best Album at the Drum&BassArena Awards 2013 was a great moment and it confirmed how much appreciated the music is.
Rene: Playing Blackout stages at festivals and seeing so many people rocking our t-shirts and making banners and such to show support, very nice to see.
Milan: Seeing how strong the scene is not only in Europe, but also in our hometown. We’ve moved our Blackout events here to a new club called TivoliVredenburg and so far sold out all event we’ve done there in the last three years.
Tracklist: 3 Years Of Blackout
Black Sun Empire & State Of Mind – Until The World Ends (Mind Vortex Remix)
Audio – Bag Of Bones (Black Sun Empire Remix)
Telekinesis – Fight Club Feat. Coppa (Pythius Remix)
Neonlight & Wintermute – Influx (Misanthrop Remix)
The Upbeats – Def Crescent (Neonlight Remix)
Optiv & BTK – Malfunction (State Of Mind Remix)
Pythius – BBT (Current Value Remix)
Misanthrop – I Need More (Audio Remix)
Mindscape – One Sound Ft. Kryptomedic (Rido Remix)
Current Value – Loner (Mindscape Remix)
Neonlight – Extrasolar (Telekinesis Remix)
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