Dublin Digital Radio has been broadcasting for a couple of months now and the range of shows has been growing in range and format. The typical chart hits and competitions that permeate our airwaves is the antithesis of what DDR are about and the styles of music represented have been consistently progressive and interesting. We asked the guys to tell us a little bit about how their freshman semester of broadcasting has been going and what their highlights have been so far - some good Christmas listening below!
It’s only been ten weeks since we started but it feels like a lot longer. We’ve gone from a little idea to having over fifty people involved with live shows now running four days a week and audio broadcasting 24/7.We’ve managed to throw a few decent parties and meet a heap of sound heads. It’s definitely the most worthwhile thing we’ve been involved in and hopefully we can keep convincing more people in Dublin that there’s worth and value in radio curation and especially within areas that are currently underrepresented by mainstream media outlets. Although all of the shows have been of such a high standard we’ve picked a few highlights below to listen to over the Christmas. We have more shows beginning in 2017 and a few other ideas so tune in, get involved and get to know.
Keep up the good fight.
1. WTTG (Where the Time Goes) w/ Cailín
wherethetimegoes have been quietly going about their business and building a fantastically talented collective of producers. Dean has been going around interviewing each one and this one in particular is a great insight into breaking through the mould in Ireland.
2. Noid the Droid @ DDR Launch Party
Dion is one of the best DJs in Éire in our opinion and his early afternoon set at our launch party was a great showcase of his mixing ability and song choice. We could have picked any of his Blank Machine shows but this one is still fresh in the memory.
3. Wah Wah Wadio #5 w/ Poppa Wino, Omid Geadizadeh & Morgan Buckley
All the Wino shows have been great, a real mixed bag of sounds and you never know what they are gonna play each time they come on.
4. Suaimhneas 001 w/ Dub Chiron
Dub Chiron, hosts one of DDRs most interesting shows Suaimhneas. In the first edition of Suaimhneas, Master Chiron gave us a taster of the journey that he is to bringing us on through “infrasonic rhythms inspired by jah” into the blessed future.
5. Repeater Radio 26-11-2016
Repeater is a collective comprised of Coilin O'Connell (Desktop Press), Mel Keane (Melly), Frank Sweeney (Sias) and Gareth Smyth (Lumigraph). Expect experimental/post punk/techno/whatever they want because everything they have been playing has been so good.
6. FSL Radio w/ Rory Bowens (NTS) & Der Opium Queen
First Second Labels second DDR show called on the fine services of Dublin selection maverick Der Opium Queen and Rory Bowens of NTS for guest mix duty. Plenty of deep sounds and oddities in this one. Perfect radio listening.
7. Holler Episode 2
Rashers Tierney and Beardy Ciaran marked the death of NYC legend David Mancusso by way of cosmic sounds from his ‘The Loft’ compilation. Lots of other bits and piece in between from Gnod, Flowdan and Dublin lad Rapih among other. Boxed off nicely with some UK Hardcore. Quite the ride.
8. Bandcloud #1
Bandcloud is a weekly roundup of releases on Bandcamp and Soundcloud selected and delivered by Aidan Hanratty. Mostly house/techno/ambient/drone and his shows have been jam packed of the newest sounds he can find on the interwebs.
9. Major Problems Radio #1
Major Problems have been absolutely relentless in 2016. A string of brilliant releases from Dublin's finest, including the likes of Compassion Crew, DJ Après Ski, Lumigraph and Pirac¥ Debt$, boss man Barry Redsetta has been keeping busy. He comes through once a month with a two hour show, filled with some crazy selections from all around the globe.
10. Staxx Lyrical
Staxx Lyrical has been flying the DDR flag since the first show and has become a firm favourite for us here at DDR. Dishing out the best in hip-hop, trip-hop, beats and whatever tickles her fancy on a Saturday afternoon, her show is a must listen every weekend.