It’s been an inspiring week of proactive events across all fields of electronic music as artists, labels and organisations have found various ways of keeping the music going and raising money for crucial causes during this unparalleled global emergency. From The Prototypes’ forthcoming 24 hour mix D&BTV Locked In stream to XOYO’s ClubForOurCarers initiative to this weekend’s Stay At Home Festival, our music has shown its best side in recent times. And it continues to do so with the National Hype Service.
Another NHS-inspired project, the National Hype Service is a weekly series of mixes representing the whole bass spectrum. Each week’s session will have a different style with occasional hosts such as well known DJs or labels. It launches this week with a feel good session boasting mixes from Bryan Gee, Aphrodite, T>I, Euphonique, Zoro and Champagne Breakfast while the next few weeks will include Hatcha and Dispatch takeovers and a UK funky special. DJs such as Zero T, DJ Cartier, Smokey Bubblin’ B, Marcus Nasty and Roska will all be representing over the coming weeks.
The full line-ups for April are below and cover everything from D&B to UKG but while the mission is to keep the music moving and give artists and fans an additional platform to remain active and inspired, the main driver is to raise money for the NHS, the soldiers on the UK’s frontline during this invisible war.
“As someone who works in the music industry and really has really felt the effect of this pandemic on my work I can only imagine the situations other people are in,” says founder Ollie Daniels. “Music is something that I regard as incredibly important to my wellbeing, so creating a platform that can provide fresh new content during this time whilst also supporting the heroes that are the NHS staff and volunteers too so seemed like the perfect lock down project.”
Each week’s National Hype Service session will go live every Thursday on Soundcloud and YouTube. Rather than joining the current scrum for streaming events, they’ve uploaded the mixes to be digested at your leisure. That’s upwards of six hours of precision lockdown distraction every week while this emergency lasts and the industry isn’t able to operate as it did just weeks ago. In return they hope anyone who is able to donate can do so via a Justgiving page, all proceeds will go to NHS Charities Together. All DJs involved are fully into the project.
“Whilst all of us are tucked away in relative safety, the people who staff the NHS are risking themselves on a daily basis,” states Zero T, who’ll be providing a mix for the Dispatch on April 23. “Both my parents spent their careers in public health in Ireland so it’s close to my heart. Any support and help we can give the NHS I am fully behind.”
Get fully behind: donations can be made here. The first week of mixes has been uploaded featuring Bryan Gee, Aphrodite, Saxxon, T>I, Euphonique and many more, you can check them right here…