Although artists and listeners alike have dubbed it a dying genre, pure drum and bass, I’ve found, is far from dead. You just have to know where to look.
In the city of Philadelphia, Mike Harrington is hard at work producing his own breed of D’n’B. His listeners know him better as Structure. Entirely self-taught, Structure has been producing drum and bass since 1996, although his passion for the music began in 1991, when he spent a year studying abroad in Germany.
“IslaVerde,” Flaco’s first solo-release on vinyl.
I thought I knew what drum and bass was before I met Adrien “Flaco” Smadbeck. Until that point I still thought of it as just really fast break beats and deep bass lines.
Sitting next to his decks—the same ones he’s had since he was 18—the 27-year-old DJ and producer opened my eyes to a genre more diverse than I’d ever imagined.