Dominick drums up an act of a first-class Calibre
Forget about big-name stars jetting in — this week it’s the turn of one of Ulster’s own clubbing gurus to strut his stuff in front of a home audience. Patric Baird has the details
Northern Ireland can boast its fair share of DJs and dance-music producers who have made it big on the international circuit, such as David Holmes, Fergie and Agnelli & Nelson.
One slightly lesser known, but no less talented individual is drum and bass artist Calibre, who is set to make a rare appearance in his native city at Dub Discotech, taking place at Queen's Bar, tonight.
Born Dominick Martin, Calibre was just starting to make some waves around the turn of the millennium by remixing and releasing his own material, after signing with Dublin label Quadrophonic in the late 1990s.
In addition to impressing some of the biggest names in the business, he soon came to the attention of drum and bass godfather Fabio, who signed Calibre to his influential Creative Source label.
The d'n'b don had been pioneering a unique sound known as liquid funk, and it was Calibre's input, with his 2001 album Musique Concrete, which firmly established the sound which by 2005 had become one of the biggest-selling sub-genres in drum and bass.
Calibre moved on to the Soul:R label, releasing tracks including Fire and Water and Mist:i:Cal Dub, before setting up his own label, Signature Records in 2003, which he used almost exclusively for releasing his own material.
He is one of the most prolific artists around, having put out several albums this year alone, and he's also regarded as a supremely talented DJ when he makes one of his occasional appearances behind the decks.
He'll be playing alongside Dub Discotech's resident DJ Chuck with support from MCs Kat and Larriman. Doors open 9.30pm and admission is £3 before 11pm, £5 after.
DJ Switch, aka Dave Taylor, is a frequent visitor to these shores, having last rocked Belfast with a blinding set at Shine's 12th Birthday party in November of last year.
He's back by popular demand at Stiff Kitten tomorrow night with a trademark set containing his distinct blend of various styles, which takes in everything from hip-hop to his current favourite, jackin' house music.
The self-confessed hip-hop freak from London's Ladbroke Grove is also a much-respected producer, having remixed a whole host of big-name artists including Bassment Jaxx, Chemical Brothers and Busta Rhymes.
He also runs his own Dubsided label which he uses to release some quirky and crazy house music, rich in sound FX and cut-ups by artists including Jesse Rose, Herve and DJ Fame.
Tonight, at the same venue, new club night Medicine returns with the resident DJs playing indie and rock tunes, as well as a promise of appearances by some live acts over the coming weeks and months.
Medicine replaces Stiff Kitten's previous Friday night offering, Fad, boasting a more customer-friendly, guitar-based playlist than its short-lived predecessor. Admission is £4 and doors open at 10pm.
Club Mono in Belfast's city centre also has a new weekend look with several events kicking off this month, including The Eclectic Boogie Factory, as well as Chris Cargo's Spectrum launching at the end of August.
Tomorrow night sees the second outing of Plan B, with resident DJs Michael Bennett and Gavin Wilson playing a mix of the very best in house, disco and long-lost gems.
Doors open at 10pm, admission £5.