The Up:beat Drum & Bass Show
Up:beat started as a collaboration of artists wanting to create a scene for the music they love, in a city they love that didn’t have that type of music being played regularly anywhere. The city was Chiang Mai, Thailand. The music was Drum and Bass.
After a slow start, word gradually got around and people started noticing the music and the friendly vibe it created. Going from events with 6 people turning up, eventually, they would have packed venues at their monthly events. All in the space of a year.
The scene had been set but the beat must go on. The Up:beat team decided to do a series of multi-genre events in collaboration with Overstand Coffee shop which were all hugely successful. Up:beat had now firmly placed their roots and goals of setting the standard and creating the Drum and Bass scene in Chiang Mai.
This has been a journey of hard work, enthusiasm and dedication by a team of DJs and Bass Junkies. A team that wanted to offer alternative music events in a city that was lagging behind in the underground scene. The call-up to play an Up:beat takeover at North Thailand’s biggest music festival, Jai Thep was the recognition they deserved. It is a great credit to all the people and DJs that have helped to get to this point.
New year 2019 saw Up:beat residents Toxin & Hattronix invited to play at one of Chiang Mai’s most popular events; Synergy, which again shows the recognition of the hard work and dedication they put towards the underground music scene here in Chiang Mai.
Up:beat have also put on a series of highly popular events on the rooftop of Purple Monkey Backpackers, again collaborating with the creative talent from Overstand. These events have packed the venue with their custom-made high-quality sound system. The Up:beat monthly events are the ones that many people now look forward to in Chiang Mai.
The events kept on going until Covid put a stop to the momentum, with their series of popular “Elevation” events at Corner Bistro.
From its humble beginnings, Up:beat is now an established brand in the Chiang Mai underground music scene, waiting for when they can put on the next party.
Until then, on the UMT Up:beat radio show, they will deliver a series of mixes from the DJs who they have had the pleasure of working alongside in the last few years.
The mix for this month comes from Karl Bird
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