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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand | SELF

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand | SELF
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"Dubstep? What's next?"

Quotes about my 3BEAT crew F*k The Format from November 2010 issue of New Zealand's Rip It Up magazine...

“A nationally active collective of beatmakers and DJs determined to work well outside of the ubiquitous 4/4 time signature which defines the majority of modern dance music.”

“… their emphasis on unconventional formats and sonic physicality in bass allude to the potential birth of a distinctly local new form of electronic dance music.”

“time signature by itself isn't that significant… but with contemporary club music…the switch to 3/4 in this context opens up all sorts of rhythmic and sonic possibilities…”

“an untapped, virtually invisible new bass-heavy dance music style of distinctly Kiwi origin”

Martyn Pepperell, Rip It Up, Nov 2010

- Rip It Up


Discography

Dancehall Vibes (Single) - Featured on Thai Drum & Bass compilation

Dujada - Pink World LP (Guest beat production)

Coco Solid - Denim & Leisure LP (Guest beat production)

Chali Ash - Ah ha (Remix)

Moronsayswhat?!?! - Wikipedia (Remix)

Rugged Tekniques - B O Double S (Remix)

Rugged Tekniques - Tweaker (3BEAT Remix)

Olmecha Supreme - Juggernauts Approach (3BEAT Remix)

Gang Gang Dance - House Jam (3BEAT Remix)

Simian Mobile Disco - Cruel Intentions (Remix)

King Kapisi - Safari (Remix cloab with ill.Gates from Canada)

Stonerange - Throw Away Your Gun (Remix)

Reality Chant feat. Natty King (Jamaica) - Fyah Bed (Remix)

NSPC - Sex, Drugs & Drum Machines (Remix)

Buoyancy Aid (Single) - Featured on Aotearoa Dubstep All Stars Compilation

forthcoming:

Last Man Standing (Only God Knows)

and

Cosmic Boogie

both to be released on Christchurch earthquake benefit compilations =)

many of the above tracks have been or are play-listed here in New Zealand on the BNET (bFM - Auckland, Radio Active - Wellington, RDU - Christchurch & Radio One - Dunedin)

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Musician, DJ, producer, graffiti artist, b-boy, graphic designer and event promoter; welcome to the world of Jacob Webster, better known as Flex. A full spectrum music lover with fifteen years in the game, whatever the style you can guarantee that Flex has had a hand in it either on a local or international scale.

A child of the nineties, Flex was captivated early on by Hip Hop culture, DJing, graffiti art and break-dance. He spent his teenage years running with a collective called UAC (Urban Artists Clique) and organizing cross discipline street-culture events. While attending Linwood High School with contemporaries LADI6, SCRIBE and 4HIGHER, Flex played bass with 1998 Rockquest finalist The Phat Cats, which found him performing alongside drummer Redford Grenell who would go on to become a key member of SHAPESHIFTER.

Looking to broaden his horizons, Flex relocated to Wellington city where he would go on to form REDLINE with Caron Stace. The duo organized successful events such as RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE (New Zealand Drum & Bass DJ competition), BLACK FRIDAY and RELOAD 2 featuring Spikey Tee (UK). During this period he found himself DJing in different cities around New Zealand and Australia on a regular basis. He also opened a Record, Clothing & Graffiti store called SUBCULTURE on Cuba Street.

Concurrently Flex was getting his head around electronic music production. Relocating to Japan for 18 months in 2003, Flex put his head down in the studio and kept busy on the promotions tip running a series of successful events under THE BLEND moniker. During this period he took several trips to Thailand, which resulted in production work with Thai Hip Hop group DUJADA (Sony Records). ‘Skate’ the single Flex produced later aired on MTV Thailand.

Returning to New Zealand in 2005, Flex produced backing tracks for Auckland based Rap & Roll duo Coco Solid that would later appear on the Denim & Leisure LP. Going from strength to strength after winning RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE he was later accepted to attend the RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY in Seattle. After the academy Flex played a series of DJ shows in America and Canada.

Since then Flex has spent various stints living and DJing abroad, most recently Washington DC (USA). From DC he bounced between New York and Baltimore where he soaked up the street culture. In 2008 he graduated from SAE in Auckland with a diploma in Audio engineering. Over this time he knuckled down in the studio working on new music including remixes for Indie kids CHARLIE ASH, teen sensation MORONSAYSWHAT?! and New Zealands top grime vocalist RUGGED TEKNIQUES. Currently focused on producing fresh styles lincuding 3 Beat, Funky and Dubstep Flex continues to push things forward.

As a DJ, Flex has performed in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, America, Thailand, Austria and Japan. He has supported the likes of DJ ZINC, MALA (DMZ), LTJ BUKEM, EVIL NINE, SLAP & DASH, SHAPESHIFTER and THE UPBEATS to name a few. Over the years he has also maintained various residencies at clubs around the country including SAN FRANCISCO BATH HOUSE, FU BAR & RUBY. Flex also boasts over 10 years on the festival circuit having performed at twice at THE GATHERING, ALPINE UNITY, PHAT, RHYTHM & VINES.

Currently working under his Steezie Wonder guise Flex’s latest production output includes: 3 Beat for F*K THE FORMAT, original Dubstep for the ‘AOTEAROA DUBSTEP ALL-STARS’ compilation (Optimus Gryme Records), and official remix work for DUBWIZE, STONERANGE, NSPC and KING KAPISI.