Seedy Sonics started life in Rainbow’s room two, ‘The Garden’, back in October 2010, where Liam Roberts and Luke McGovern gathered small crowds of like-minded people brought together by a love of alternative electronic music. Fast forward three years and Seedy now have a monthly audio onslaught across the now renovated three room Rainbow complex; boasting interesting and varied line ups that both cater for all musical tastes and still manage to bring some of the biggest names to Birmingham. Working with the likes of Outlook and Dimensions, Urban Nerds and Rinse FM; this club night has secured itself a permanent place in the UK music scene.
With a well-founded rota of talented local DJ’s, Seedy has built itself a reputation not only for the quality of music provided on the night but the party atmosphere the students of Birmingham bring. This is not without its problems, as a crowd not into a DJ can taint your experience of them, but last Friday with the introduction of a mic man to keep the crowd rowdy; this issue was clearly in the past. The first DJ up when I arrived around 11 was ‘Spangle’, who played a upbeat techy house set, featuring some real personal favourites such as ‘Bring in the Katz’; a tune who’s infamous insanity always guarantees a big reaction.
As the clock struck 12, the warehouse really started to pack out and Radio 1’s Monki took to the stage. Much like a female Oneman, she hops seamlessly between various genres all around the 130 bpm mark blending all types of bass into one really enjoyable set. Most of her set was relatively new to me, although some classics such as ‘Rip Groove’ stood out and had everyone in the crowd who knew them singing and dancing their hearts out. The vibe in the warehouse was reaching usual Seedy Sonics levels now with smiles all round; people come here to party and that is exactly what they do.
Next up was a DJ who’s held a high presence in the music industry for the past few years, producing songs for many chart topping artists and still boasting an impressively varied back catalogue of underground electronic music. The party was in full flow when Redlight took us on his musical journey and from the first song to the last his set had everyone going mental. ‘Out My Head’ got a huge reaction from the crowd and is a well-known Redlight song for a reason. He also ventured into his own bass music side project, ‘Animal Youth’, playing a number of songs he has produced under that alias including the recent ‘Cassie’.
A bassy mash up of classic RnB is his speciality as ‘Animal Youth’ following the trend set by ‘Keep Up’ and ‘Try Again’. This set was one of the most enjoyable times I’ve had in the Rainbow warehouse, the mixture of vibes and amazing tunes created a brilliant experience. Seedy are meticulous at getting the right people to play their nights.
Last of the headliners of the night was ‘Zinc’, another musical veteran whose reputation of loud and exciting music precedes him. He too delved back in time, playing ‘Wile Out’, a song I haven’t heard out in years. His set was a high energy education in house and electro, with numerous songs that pricked up everyone’s ears and ensured as we got later into the evening people were still just as excited to get down as they were near the start. Zinc also played his VIP of Shadow Child’s now notorious tune ’23’, with the classic Zinc pulsing bass line which is sure to get anyone moving their feet.
Throughout the night the main room never became over crowded, something I have experienced at Rainbow perhaps a few too many times. This Seedy however stayed at the perfect level of busy from start to finish and the crowd was at the ideal levels to ensure everybody was enjoying themselves. Next on the decks were Seedy’s own LFM & Mali, doing their usual late night b2b to a room full of wide eyed revellers. Their sets always feature a good variety of the latest house and techno, including both tunes from Mak & Pasteman’s latest Naked Naked single, ‘Brown Bread’ and ‘ Drowning’ (a personal favourite).
In room two on this night they had DNB legend Total Science headlining, someone in the past I might have gone through to see but my recent music tastes have changed somewhat. I visited rooms 2 and 3 a few times over the evening and the vibe in their reflected the main room and as is a common theme with Seedy Sonics; everyone was having a great time.
As their involvement with UK and also the worldwide music scene grows and grows it is exciting to see where Seedy Sonic’s adventure will take them. Although occasionally Rainbow has had the sense that some people are less there to see the artists and more to just party than at some other nights; this still creates a really great atmosphere and is introducing people who wouldn’t usually give the artists they see a proper chance. Having already secured a boat party at Outlook festival thanks to their ability to sell out huge arenas and successfully present the biggest line-ups Birmingham has at the moment, it is clear they are growing year by year. It’s good to see this type of music being represented in the midlands and it seems they are without a doubt staying in the scene for good.
Written By Michael Thomas, Spectrum Music Blog
Photos by Alex Nunney