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26.May.2011 Empathy Recordings 8th Birthday Special

It all started for Empathy back in 2003 with a drunken brag that our mate’s music was as good as anything we were hearing on the radio. Putting our money where our mouths was, a short while later Empathy Recordings was formed and our first release was on the shelves. The first release was humble – a limited edition compilation CD featuring music from up and coming local electronic artists. It’s now eight years later and the Empathy story has continued with many more friends and much broader horizons.

Empathy has developed an extensive digital catalogue with more than forty artists represented as well as six commercially released compilations featuring New Zealand’s top breakbeat talent. For 8 years Empathy has been uncovering secret bedroom talent and in that time we’ve seen dozens of artists develop into genuine stars. To celebrate our 8 years we thought it was about time we gathered together some of our favourite artists to strut their stuff through the mighty Sandwiches sound rig. In true Empathy style, we’re covering all genres.

Borderline’s meteoric rise in the international Drum n Bass scene has seen him releasing on labels such as Cyanide, Red Light, Citrus, Smptm, DSCi4, Shadybrain and of course Empathy. He’ll be representing the darker side of things with what will no doubt be a brooding affair, oozing with deep basslines.

K+Lab is one of Empathy’s rising stars. He has been waving the Glitch Hop flag loud and proud. He has dominated all that is Glitch in New Zealand for the last couple of years. Expect a live Ableton set that’s heavy in basslines, glitched out beats and is dripping with his signature funk. Guesting with K+Lab is the amazingly talented female soul vocalist Sacha Vee. They are a combination that is not to be missed.

Olie Bassweight – head honcho of New Zealand’s own Bassweight Recordings – needs no further introduction. He will be bringing the absolute freshest Dubstep there is to offer. Will it be heavy? Will it be lush? You’ll just have to come to find out!

Empathy’s own co-founder Double_Negative will be balancing the night out with hands in the air bass injected party breakbeats. In true Dneg style he’ll have you nodding your head and clambering for the dance floor.

Holding things down in the Front room we have some of our favourite ‘Friends of Empathy’ DJs keeping things diverse and vibing. With Swamp, Snax, Dr Zhivago & Cest La Vie on the controls, you’ll have plenty of aural treats to sip your drinks and talk shit to your mates about.

We can’t wait to hear what all these artists have in store us and for $10 on the door it’s a bargain. Throw in the 50 back catalogue Empathy CDs we’re giving away to early arrivals, it’s a hands down steal.

Come celebrate in style with us… we hope to see you there!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=147527315318611

To browse all things Empathy Check out the following links. You’ll find our back catalogue, forthcoming previews & downloadable DJ Mixes.


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