DJ Die – Sound Surgery Masterclass

Venue: Colston Hall’s Terrace Bar
Date: Wed 10 Apr 2019
Time: 19:00
Price: £5.00 incl. booking fee
Presented by Multi-Track
Ages 16+

In the first of Multi-Track’s 2019 series of Sound Surgery masterclasses, drum & bass pioneer DJ Die breaks down his craft and gives 1-2-1 advice on how to take your music to the next level.

After over 20 years in the game DJ Die is an artist whose passion, enthusiasm and relentless energy has earned his place as one of Bristol’s most cherished musical sons and one of dum & bass movement’s biggest stars.

He has released music on seminal UK labels XL Recordings, Talkin’ Loud, Full Cycle and now heads up the incomparable GutterFunk label.

Hosted by producer and DJ Kayla Painter in Colston Hall’s Terrace Bar.


Doors: 18:30
Masterclass: 19:00 – 20:00
Q & A with DJ Die: 20:00 – 20:30
1-2-1-Feedback: 20:30 – 21:00
Networking/sharing: 21:00 – 22:00

1-2-1 Feedback opportunity
There will be some time to receive 1-2-1 feedback on your music from DJ Die; please bring along any examples of your work on USBs or SoundCloud links etc, and register your interest on arrival.

Due to time limitations this will be done on a first come first served basis.

Post-event networking / music sharing
The Colston Hall Terrace Bar will be open throughout until 21:30 if you would like to  spend time networking or sharing your music with others after the session too.

DJ Die

Featured artist

DJ Die, a man whose passion, enthusiasm and relentless energy remains unbridled after over 20 years in the game. Still regularly touring the world and now running two record labels of his own, Die’s skills as a DJ and producer are as in demand as ever, thanks not just to his legendary status as a D&B don, but also to his unwavering love of what he does best.

That love began for Die back in the 1980s when he found himself frequenting the pre-rave parties of his adopted city and soaking up the sounds played by Wild Bunch and later DJ Krust and The Fresh Four, with whom he’d eventually join forces. By 1992, Die had linked up with friend Jody Wisternoff (of Way Out West fame) and begun his path as a producer, eventually leading to the fruitful musical relationship with Roni Size. Die and Roni turned out countless jungle/D&B classics, and between them forged the ‘Music Box’ project that laid the foundations of Full Cycle – the Bristol based label that dominated drum & bass for the second half of the 1990s; and of which Die, along with Roni, Krust and Suv, was an integral player.

With a career that started way before the genre even had its name, Die has always been much more than just a D&B DJ and producer, as his 80s-boogiefunk-celebrating Laminate Radio project (alongside Gus Pirelli) and the recent launch of the multi-genre Gutterfunk label deftly prove. If you haven’t heard DJ Die in some capacity over the last 20 years, then where have you been?

Kayla Painter


Practicing in the more academic reaches of sound design, Kayla Painter is a composer, producer and sound design artist. If you caught her set at Simple Things Festival or her debut at Glastonbury (Glade Stage) in 2017 you will no doubt have witnessed her unusual array of audio samples adopting field recordings as an intrinsic part of her live performance and recorded works. As a Masters graduate and a multi disciplinary artist Kayla’s works are part evolutionary, part exploratory with various media such as stop motion animation, installation, and film.

Kayla has been chosen by Gilles Peterson as a Future Bubbler, a scheme which provides mentoring and a host of industry opportunities for 10 emerging artists around the UK. She has spent two years as a lecturer at the University of South Wales and is currently the Course Leader of Songwriting at The British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) in Bristol.

DATE: 10th April 2019
TIME: 19:00
VENUE: Colston Hall Terrace Bar

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