Tremors Crew are a collective of like-minded Drum & Bass DJs from Shropshire & Mid-Wales. We have been actively practicing our love and appreciation of DNB for a long time now. If you would like to know the whole epic & dramatic backstory, the following passages with bring you up to pace. Biggup and thanks for visiting Tremors Radio :)
Nick Fergusson was obsessed with music for as long as he could remember. A gifted dj and madly addicted to the wonders of audio production; much of his home town of Shrewsbury came to know him as a bit of a badass. After many years of playing with the sounds of Big beat, Trance & Hardcore, Drum & Bass came to Nick like the flux capacitor came to the Doc in Back to the Future – like a smack to the face (from a sink). The Jinjah Assassin (aka TJA) was born.
Meanwhile, in the valleys of mid-Wales, two very amateur performers were finding their feet. Greg Howe had been playing with decks since 2000, obsessed with the manic jump up sounds of labels like Full Cycle, Infrared & Grid Recordings. Colin Hancock had been heavily involved in his own website ‘MonkeyCrap.co.uk’ from the age of 15 and had promoted gatherings of punk & metal fans in village halls to watch local artists perform and generally have a party.
Thanks to this relentless spinning from the DJ Lopephish, his good friend Colin Hancock was also slowly becoming warped by drum & bass. Then when a friend offered Col a set of belt driven Kam decks for £40 one weekend, a vast amount of record shopping ensued, and all of a sudden, almost out of nowhere; Colon had begun.
A series of crazy-ass parties were staged in secret between 2003 & 2005 in the village of Llanrhydr, and with the current overwhelming group obsession being Drum & Bass, a lot of it was getting played very loudly at very unsocial times in the morning. It is here thanks to their mutual friend Phil Dryden that Colon & Lopephish were introduced the Jinjah Assassin. A massive un-relenting bromance ensued; never before had these guys met people so utterly musically compatible, in every dimension. Then a few months later we we’re also introduced to Jon Leech, drummer for local prog-rock band ‘Talk’ and all round dark drum & bass fanatic. Upon hearing the kind of music ‘Bloodsucka’ would play, this added yet another dimension to the spectrum of the Tremors sound.
Shortly after this the opportunity to stage a small monthly night in Welshpool emerged. Given the people of Welshpool hadn’t been exposed to anything quite like DNB before we were not sure how this would turn out, but luckily things went really bloody well, and for the second event, the name Tremors was conceived and attached.
Various people have claimed to have come up with the name ‘Tremors’, although it is nice guy & DOA legend Tomlinwellsly who can claim full credit as when we asked what the name should be on our forum he was the one to say it. So biggup that man!
After several sessions in Welshpool, Colon, Lopephish & Jinjah had performed several Back2Back2Back sets under the name ‘Triforce’ taking inspiration from the one and only Triforce of power. The concept here being that each DJ came with their own very unique style to the set, much like how the Triforce of Zelda is 3 separate components which come together to create ‘order’. These sets would often take place on 3 or 4 decks. Triforce appeared at the first ever Llanfyllin workhouse festival, and were a constant feature for the following 3 years as the festival developed into one of the biggest and baddest in North Wales.
In late 2006 we staged our first night in Shrewsbury at the Vaults. This night was pure un-paralleled success. The bar made a flat-out mint and everyone who crammed into that tiny pub came out with a beaming smile on their faces. 2 more events at the Vaults followed in 2007 and were equally as popular and it was this period which truly cemented our reputation as being a formidable force in the drum & bass eventing scene.
Colon was out of work in 2007 and was randomly appointed by the then crooked management of the Buttermarket in Shrewsbury to develop promotional materials and generally aid the club in planning shit. This led to a string of events at the club, under the Tremors name and also under Col’s own brand ‘Gears of Bass’. These went on for around a year and were also pretty popular amongst the local headz. Colin also worked on a lot of promotional material for extremely busy and successful jump up night ‘Sub:soundz’, and the Tremors crew were a constant feature on the decks at this event for many years.
In 2008 we promoted our own event with the addition of two of our favourite artists of all time. Jon Gooch AKA SPOR (and now aka Feed Me!) touched down at the Buttermarket and performed a blistering set of his ‘Lifted’ branded drum & bass. He was supported by the incredible talents of Break, Bristol’s DNB superstar and owner of the fantastic Symmetry label. Both smashed shit out of the venue and this is arguably our finest hour as promoters. A lineup this sick & twisted has unfortunately never returned to Shrewsbury since, but hopefully in the coming months we can again do something on the scale of this.
For the next few years, Jinjah & Bloodsucka alongside musical visionary Callum Jones would produce weekly radio shows under the name ‘Tables of Darkness’ (a name which stems from the nickname Nick had given to his old bedroom). These shows happened on Shedbass Radio & Atomic Vibes. Colon would continue to get invited to play parties here and there and Lopephish larged buried himself in the world of online RPGS, not emerging from his bedroom for what seemed like thousands of years. Eventually, this obsession grew week and thankfully Greg began to remember what drum & bass was.
After a shit hot 2011, 2012 was looking banging for Tremors Crew.