JakN continue the minimal techno at the GRV
Now heading into their seventh year, it seems a pleasure for the boys at Edinburgh techno night JakN to be able to report a positive change on the horizon. After all, they’ve already endured two venue changes (one forced on them when their original haunt The Venue closed down, another when they decided to leave Studio 24 two years back) before settling down into their current bi-monthly slot at the GRV. Now, though, they’re laughing – Gary Beveridge, aka S3konz, has got his hands on a Rane Sixty-Eight mixer, and the pair are talking it up as if it were a special guest star.
‘It’s silly,’ says co-promoter Chris McKimmie, aka FuK-NuT, of the piece of kit. ‘I had a go on it for five minutes and I was amazed at all the things I could do, but once you get in-depth it feels like the possibilities are endless. Now Gary’s a really skilled DJ already, the boy is absolute techno, so I reckon combining him with this mixer is going to be just ridiculous.’ McKimmie doesn’t want to second-guess what his DJing partner will do, but he knows it’ll involve a straight three-hour set played off three decks.
Musically, though, it’ll follow the style that JakN has established for itself since it started, which is ‘all kinds of techno, a progression through all its forms, with maybe a little house at the start and then moving towards harder stuff at the end. Minimal, techy stuff, a bit of breaks, too...’ At least now they know they have the gear to put together such a packed set.
GRV, Edinburgh, Sat 10 Jul