Black Artist Database also recently announced a collaboration with Ableton to offer online music production masterclasses
The Black Artist Database (B.A.D.) will host the first ever ‘B.A.D. Presents…’ event at newly-opened East London venue Colour Factory on Friday 1st October.
Heading up the Main Room is South African born, Berlin based Lakuti. A leading mind behind “Bring Down the Walls”, a project spotlighting the Black and Queer roots of electronic music. Either side of her are the inimitable Worldwide FM resident and Club Yeke founder Tash LC, and London favourite Errol of the Touching Bass crew.
In The Garden, keeping things moving will be Danielle, laying down bass-heavy grooves from across the electronic spectrum, alongside the steadily rising Otik, as well as B.A.D. founder, NIKS.
A celebration of black culture, the event aims to bring the wonderful community together for a shared experience of dance, sound and togetherness, soundtracked by some of the finest black artists out there.
One of the most recognisable and inspirational artists in the UK, Junior Tomlin, regularly described as the ‘Salvador Dali of Rave’, is putting his visionary pen to paper to draw up the artwork for the first shindig. His body of work spans three decades, adorning record sleeves, flyers, bedroom walls and collections of many a raver. In that time Junior has always gazed forward thematically, with his works combining sci-fi, surrealism and traditional African colour to produce singularly unique work that can truly be described as Afro-futurist.
Opening earlier this year during lockdown, Colour Factory is a new black-owned club in the Hackney Wick area and, much like B.A.D. itself, is driven by its desire to celebrate black culture in the musical realm.
The announcement follows B.A.D.’s recent collaboration with Ableton to offer online music production masterclasses. The classes will be interactive online sessions, with the next three taught by Russell E. L. Butler, KMRU and rRoxymore.
Formerly known as Black Bandcamp, B.A.D. is a community-based platform that hosts a wealth of black-owned record labels, artists, producers and bands. This crowd-sourced database provides an easy way to search, filter and directly support the creative output of black artists globally, via their online profiles. The database is a continuous work-in-progress maintained by volunteers and paid administrators.