Music Nation is a documentary series on Dazed Digital (http://www.dazeddigital.com/) about cult music scenes exploring youth and pop culture provocateurs since 1991. It’s about that kind of fearless fashion, music, art, film, politics and ideas from today’s bleeding edge.
Associated with violence, anti-social behaviour and criminal activity during the time of its rise to popularity, bassline shares its genes with styles like dubstep and grime, mainly because of its heavy use of bass. It derrives from the UK Garage style which originated from Speed Garage or Bouncy Techno. You can trace this particular style back to 2002 in Sheffield, a city and metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire, England.
The main object of this documentary is to talk about the main cause of the controversy this style of music generated, prompting police raids on the former place to be, the bassline club night “Niche”, after which the name of the club became the alternative name for the musical genre. This “free police publicity” made the genre even more famous, attracting more young people to the scene.
For the 2nd installment of series two of Music Nation, director David Graham takes a trip up north. Harking back to the 00s bass odyssey that kicked off a youth movement among the streets of Britain’s ex-industrial towns, this documentary meets up with the masters of the genre: Toddla T, Paleface and DJ Smalls, as they recap the golden days of bassline.