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James Messinian Back With Another One of Those Blockley Rockin’ Beats

Despite its mainstream popularity growing by leaps and bounds in the past two years, EDM (electronic dance music) has actually had a strong underground following for decades.

In the late 1990’s, Philadelphia was a mecca of Drum & Bass, highlighted by the Platinum party at Fluid Night Club. Platinum showcased the biggest Drum & Bass DJs on the planet and had a stable of sick MCs, one of which was James Messinian.

Messianian toured the globe with some of the biggest names in Drum  & Bass and was one of the founding members of the Planet of the Drums tour which ran for over 10 years.

On Tuesday, May 15th, he returned to Philadelphia to play a DJ set at The Blockley with support from Dubsef, House Jawn, and his younger brother, ZiaspiN.

ZiaspiN kicked things off at 10pm with his DJ set. Although the venue was mostly empty when he began, a crowd soon started to build and get down on the dance floor.

Up next was live-band House Jawn which featured several MCs and multiple musicians. It was a nice groovy interlude between DJ sets.

Dubsef then cranked the energy back up at midnight as he dropped some sick beats on the crowd.

Finally it was time for Messinian to headline and he did not disappoint. MCing over his own DJ set he rocked the thrilled crowd until 2am, ending on a sick new tune by Figure.

You can check out a full photo gallery below:

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Rusko Pumps Out Dub-Step at the Factory

When the Electric Factory sells out, it means that the joint is going to be packed, and it was nothing short of a full house last night as UK Dub-Step pioneer “Rusko” headlined the show with support from PEX/Playloop DJ’s (who were spinning some Drum & Bass when we arrived).

Those 21 and over packed the upstairs balcony to get some space from the massive crowd of younger fans who jammed the downstairs to capacity.

The show had quite a “rave” feel to it as fans dressed in bright neon (many with face paint), waived glow-sticks, chewed on pacifiers, and chain smoked cigarettes in the outdoor smoking area.

By the time Rusko took the stage around 11:30pm, and dropped some heavy bass on the Factory, it was a hot-mess inside.

From our perch in the press pit we saw multiple fans overwhelmed by the size of the crowd who had to be carried over the barrier at the front of the stage and rerouted around the side of the venue to a less crammed space.

Rusko danced around the stage often commenting that this was the best show of the tour. He seemed in awe of the size of the crowd that packed both floors of the venue. From the stage it was certainly amazing to see the mass of people all rocking out together.

The show continued until well past 1am at which point fans headed out to numerous after-parties at venues like the Starlight Ballroom and Arts Garage.

Many true electronic music fans refuse to embrace Dub-Step but it was clear from this show that Dub-Step is here to stay and Rusko is leading the charge.

Let’s let the pictures speak for themselves:

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