Footage has resurfaced of an ‘MTV News’ segment from 1998 that’s all about Drum and Bass and it contains some fortune-telling legends.
Posted to Instagram by DNBAllStars, the video opens with host Kurt Loder talking about how Jungle music and its many subgenres are “threatening to take over the world”. Then, a fella by the name of DJ Dara spits some now-prophetic facts.
“This is the most relevant music that’s around,” he says. “It’s obviously the most futuristic music and it’s not anything that’s going to go away anytime soon.”
“Anybody who thinks this is still a fad is in for a shock.” Get that man round and tell him to tell me what the lottery numbers are. Genius.
Also making an appearance in the 25-year-old clip is DJ DB, who points out that people at the time may have been listening to DNB without even realising it. Songs like David Bowie’s ‘Little Wonder’ and ‘Missing’ by Everything But The Girl are used as examples.
Brian Gee - now an internationally recognised DJ - even features to inform the audience of that magical 150 - 180 bpm that the genre operates in.
Commenters are kind of freaking out while also showing respect to the legends in the video.
“Gwarn Bryan Gee,” one wrote. “You need to go into the hall of fame for everything you’ve done for this scene.”
“David Bowie doing a jungle track is a mad one,” said another.
“I remember this,” a third added. “I thought DnB was so close to blowing up in the US but nope, we kept it underground. It’s nice to see it’s having such a strong comeback here but true heads know it never left.”
“DB and Dara,” one more wrote. “Brings me back!”
If you're loving this little dabble in the past of the great genre, check out this story we did last year on how DNB went from the NZ underground to soundtracking our best sports teams.