Hazard Q&A

Originally hailing from Birmingham, and responsible for the most intense tracks the drum and bass world has even heard, we are so excited to have DJ Hazard tearing it up at this year’s festival!

With releases dating back from 2001, which include anthems such as: ‘Time Tripping’; ‘Bricks Don’t Roll’; and ‘Mr. Happy’, to name just a few. No party is complete without these dark, chaotic and pure genius tracks.

As well as being a producing mastermind, DJ Hazard’s DJ sets display what a highly seasoned and creative DJ Hazard really is. Prior to his highly anticipated performance at this year’s festival, Hazard has taken part in a Q&A with us, so we can get to know the Jump Up phenomenon a little better.

What three things can’t you live without at a festival

My car, an escape plan and a bottle of water!

What is your most embarrassing festival memory

There was one festival where I was playing an outdoor stage and it was chucking it down. I was really worried about getting electrocuted so was standing as far away from the decks as possible, trying not to touch too much – it definitely looked a bit embarrassing I’m sure.

What is your most memorable performance to date?

Definitely Boomtown with Hype last summer. It was unreal.

If you had your own festival what three headliners would you pick?

Bryan G, Randall and Brockie.

What is your favourite song at the minute?

Any Taxman tune, he’s on fire right now.

When you’re not DJing what are you doing?

As little as possible. I’m very good at watching TV.

If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?

To be honest, nobody – I hate working with other people in the studio!

Your tunes have become recognised all over the world, how does it feel seeing and hearing other DJ’s playing them to 1000’s of people?

At first it was really good, but now they’re just playing old tunes because I haven’t released anything for a while so the novelty has worn off a bit. Perhaps that’s the kick up the arse I need to get some new music out?

Kasra – Q&A

Ahead of this years festival we caught up with Kasra, the founder of Critical Music, for a chat about the history of his label. Founded 15 years ago in London the label is widely regarded as being at the forefront of the modern underground drum and bass scene.

“Kasra is a gatekeeper to what is under the surface in drum & bass. He does what he does with passion and care. He is a kindred spirit.”
Goldie, Metalheadz

How did Critical Music come about?

I had been a long time fan of the genre and was hearing more and more music by unsigned/new producers. I wanted to get involved in the scene so decided to try my hand at running a label.

When did you know or feel that your label had become a staple in the Drum & Bass scene?

I wouldnt like to say, i suppose thats for others to acknowledge. We’ve been doing this quite a while now and i think its something we are good at, we just keep on doing our thing.

What is your most memorable performance to date?

Probably our MainStage takeover at Boomtown last year or my first set at Glastonbury.

When you’re not making music or DJing, what are you doing?

Overseeing the running of the label, spending time with my girlfriend and friends or thinking about music!

Which artists do you look up to and why?

Anyone who sticks to what they believe in.

What is your favorite tune atm, apart from your own?

Probably a forthcoming Critical tune called “Blej’ by Halogenix.

What are your future plans for Critical Music?

This year is a big one so focusing on the releases in the forthcoming months including our 15 special anniversary album.

What can we expect for ’20 years of Critical’?

Ask me in 4 years when i start thinking about it !

What three things can you not live without at a music festival?

Sun Block (even in the UK) , inlfatable mattress (if camping), the missus

Uncle Dugs Q&A

The ever popular Jungle guru, Uncle Dugs, returns to Nozstock to grace The Cubicles for the fourth time, so we thought it was time for a little chat…

Uncle Dugs is the award winning best Jungle DJ of 2013 who also presents the only legal daytime Oldskool / Jungle radio show in the whole world known as #RCFF (Run Come Follow Friday) on Rinse FM. Expect ‘vibes 4 miles’ from the UK’s newest old skool legend.

If you ran your own festival, who would you pick to headline and why?

Thats a really tough question,,,, errrrrrrrm,,,, I guess if it was only allowed to be one person then I’d have to go with Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and that Tupac hologram (and a Biggie Smalls one as well) or Stevie Wonder or ACDC or an Oasis reunion. Ask me again in 10 minutes and i’ll probably give you another bunch of names lol

What are your 3 most essential items for a festival?

For me personally its my music, my mates and a smile

Do you have any embarrassing festival stories?

Nothing that jumps out although saying that has probably just jinxed me for this years festival season.

What is your best memory from a festival?

Ahhh man there is so many, Last years Hidden Woods set at Boomtown was amazing, playing the Rinse stage for Bestival in 2011 which was my first big festival stage booking, getting everyone to give Noz a massive cheer when we got him out the front of the stage in the Cubicles a couple of years back, to be fair every festival has a golden memory attached to it, something funny / special happens at every single one.

I must admit though one of my favourite non music memories was a couple of years ago when I played at Camp Bestival, me and a couple of friends ended up at the top of Ludworth castle overlooking the whole festival. We werent meant to be up there (cos the roof was literally packed out with fireworks and pyrotechnics for the closing display) but with some very good blagging skills we managed to get to the very top and grab a few selfies.

What was the first festival you went to? Tell us about it.

Its funny because many of the raves we used to go to are the equivalent of the 1 day festivals now, although back then we would never have labelled them festivals they were just normal raves at that time. Parties like Universe / Raindance / World Dance / Perception etc etc the list goes on,, some of the best days of my life (what I can remember anyway).

How did you get into music?

I have loved music from a kid, my Dad was a singer so I was surrounded by it from as far back as I can remember. My older brother Ricky took me to see a few bands as a 15/16 year old then my cousins Jamie and Daniel took me to my first rave when I’d just turned 16 and that was it, I wanted to be a DJ. Now nearly 30 years later I love playing music more than ever.!

What can we expect from your performance / set?

always play with as much energy and passion as I got in me. I like to play fast and for the crowd, especially at festivals. There is always a few curveballs chucked in along the way so even though its mostly Jungle and DnB you never know what might pop up when the time feels right.

Can you sum up your music in 3 words?

Vibes For Miles

Any musical heroes?

I was brought up on some of the real oldskool legends, if I had to pick 3 I’d say John Lennon / Elvis / Freddie Mercury.

Highlight of your career so far?

Probably releasing my autobiography last December (Rave Diaries And Tower Block Tales). I have had some amazing highs from music but to release your life story as a hard back book and to be able to give it to your proud parents and say thank you for everything is way beyond anything I ever dared dream about as a teenager playing records 24/7 in his little tiny bedroom in Dagenham..

Delta Heavy, Critical Music, DJ Mag + more to takeover The Cubicles

“Nozstock just happens to be in my favourite part of the world and happens to be one of my favourite festivals in the world, which is run by the nicest people. Unpretentious, full of love and with the best stages ever. I love playing The Cubicles, from the outside it’s a massive cow shed, inside it’s a massive cow shed jam packed with carefree ravers going totally bonkers. It’s one of those gigs where you take one look at the decks and one at the crowd and you simply can’t wait to get started. Then Noz himself wanders up with a bottle of bubbly, you know this is a real family occasion. Long may nozstock rule.” – Tony Colman, London Elektricity.

It’s no secret that over the past few years our converted cowsheds have been rammed to the rafters full of you Nozzers, rattling the walls to their very core. The Cubicles have been run by our own avid drum ‘n’ bass residents, Dex, Octo-pi and Koncept ever since the festival got a license, and it’s due to their love for the music that this, one of our most popular dance arenas, was born.

Each year our music moguls carefully craft and finetune you a line-up guaranteed to send bass into your soul and shivers up your spine. This year The Cubicles boasts a billing chocful with cream of the crop artists from the international d’n’b circuit alongside local and emerging talent. Our boys have done good and we’re sure you’ll think so too. Over the weekend we have some select bookings from RAM Records a takeover from 15 years of Critical, plus a DJ Mag presents ‘The Bunker’ takeover in the form of an Uncle Dugs + Billy Daniel Bunter showcase.


First up to grace the decks are Delta Heavy, described as “forward-thinking, impact-based electronic music with a twist to the next level.” In 2010 the duo joined Andy C’s leading drum ‘n’ bass label, ‘RAM’, and although they might be relative newbies, Delta Heavy have definitely proved their salt. Recently nominated for ‘Best Producer’ and ‘Best Newcomer DJ’ at the Drum and Bass Awards, Simon and Ben have come along way since meeting at University in 2003. Their latest release, ‘Kaleidoscope’, was eagerly anticipated by fans and it’s welcomed reception proves the musical production of this duo holds no bounds.

Next up on the 1s and 2s  is Loadstar. Hailing from Bristol, Gavin and Nick really are at the helm of the drum ‘n’ bass world – just take a look at their calendar! With their second studio album, ‘I Need The Night’, due for imminent release, this pair continue to delve deeper into the dance, and plan to take you with them. Trust us, few things say ‘next level’ like a live show of Loadstar proportions…

Three is the magic number, which meant it was only fair to squeeze in one more RAM duo for ya! *drumroll please* Mind Vortex started out, in 2003, after six years of honing their trade, Laurie and Stefan began to ring through their wish list of labels. RAM was top of the list, so they picked up the phone. The rest is drum ‘n’ bass history…. Their debut single ‘Hotbox’ followed, and with fans including Mistajam, Grooverider and DJ Hype, the duo have quickly cemented themselves as hot property. Completing the RAM billing we have Frankee. Like a younger brother to our duos but equally talented, he recently won ‘Best Newcomer and Producer’ at the Drum & Bass Awards 2014 and is an artist that continues to smash up dancefloors and charts worldwide.


With the focus on organic growth and culture at Nozstock, we thought it was about time we asked our friends at Critical Music to pay us a visit. They’re a label close to our hearts who have laid some of the later foundations of the drum ‘n’ bass scene and given a platform to the industry’s most prolific artists. Now with 15 years in the game the crew are coming down to celebrate Nozstock style with a takeover headlined by Break, pioneer of Symmetry Recordings, and a firm favourite amongst the industry. In 2014 and 2016, Break topped Beatport’s Drum & Bass download chart, and later that year released his truly iconic LP,  “10 years of of Symmetry.” Next in line are Ivy Lab, so dust off your raving shoes and be upstanding. His trio continue to push the boundaries of drum ‘n’ bass after being voted one of the ‘Top 10 DJ’s of 2015’ by MixMag and after their recent E.P.  “Peninsula” gaining over 300K plays in 14 days.

Keep um coming you say? Bristol based producer, Foreign Concept took to the turntables in 2004 and will be bringing his truly signature blends to The Cubicles this year. He has firmly established himself on the DJ map with a worldwide DJ schedule and residencies in many popular night spots. (We’re almost done, promise.) It wouldn’t be fair to invite Critical Music down and leave Kasra behind. Curator, DJ, head honcho, top-cat, bossman, Kasra, founded Critical Music back in 2003. His vision and determination is second-to-none and he’s played a vital role in the drum ‘n’ bass movement over the past 15 years. In 2012 Kasra was asked to mix the latest Fabric Live album which resulted in FabricLive 62 being one of the most successful drum ‘n’ bass mix albums of the year. The Critical Music flag will no doubt be flying high for many more years, so come and celebrate with them at Nozstock 2017.

But that’s not all we’ve got for you…

We told you it was a corker! DJ Mag’s ‘The Bunker’ will oversee a showcase brought by Uncle Dugs and Billy ‘Daniel’ Bunter, old skool veterans of d’n’b, who’ve seen all the genre’s many mutations. They come at their sets with all the knowledge and skill required from years on the scene, so expect a rousing mix of anthems, and proper knees-up party-level d’n’b activity.

One of our favourite residents Octo-Pi, a true trojan among the turntablists will be weaving a journey through jump up, deep and dark, and dropping some of his own fresh bangers in there too.
We advise you grab yourself a disco nap, cover yourself in glitter and douse yourself in deodorant because things are gonna get dirty!

To see the full Cubicles line up in all it’s glory click here.

Malaney Blaze wins DJNoz 2016

Ancient folk were big on their prophecies — Ragnarök, 2012, the second coming of Christ, you name it… While we all wait with baited breath to see which of their apocalyptic predictions come true, here at Noz HQ we’ve been cooking up a prophecy of our own…

Legends tell of a DJ whose ability to keep a crowd moving to the wee small hours was unparalleled, whose turntable wizardry surpassed all others – a talent to be discovered by Data Transmission as the winner of our DJ Noz competition. This DJ will ascend to the heady heights of the Cubicles at Nozstock 2016 to appease the hoards of bass-hungry revellers, taking their rightful place on a line-up alongside such heavyweights as Friction, Goldie, and The Prototypes, to name but a few.

Competition was stiff, but we are pleased as punch to be able to reveal Malaney Blaze as the Once and Future DJ. Nottingham based Malaney Blaze aka. Daniel Neal has a background in ska drumming which honed his ear for rhythm from an early age, as well as DJing hip hop and electronic vinyl. Somewhere along the line he landed on drum ‘n’ bass as his raison d’etre, but has never abandoned the eclectic genres of his youth.

As the winner of our DJ Noz competition, Malaney Blaze wins a Friday set in the Cubicles at this year’s festival, as well as some free tickets, fine winin’ and dinin’ backstage with the artist liaison crew, and an exclusive interview with Data Transmission. Check out his winning competition mix for a taste of what’s to come in just a few short weeks – fate has decreed that we’ll see you there…