This Saturday, local DJ collective Don’t Test are set to take over Bristol’s dub hotspot Cosies, for their biggest lineup yet. Welcoming top drawer DJ and producers, featuring Louisiana-born dubstep producer Bukkha, local legend RSD for some bass heavy tremors, plus Noods DJ RI-J and Don’t Test’s very own dubstep connoisseur Reznik.
the crew have continued to make big waves in the local nightlife scene with their ‘multi-genre experience’
Since we last spoke to the Don’t Test crew back in 2018, the crew have continued to make big waves in the local nightlife scene with their ‘multi-genre experience’. Coordinated by MLab and backed by DJs Benny, Reznik and friends, the collective have made their way from the humble beginnings at The Bell, to hosting several takeovers at the likes of The Volunteer Tavern, To The Moon and The Red Lion pub, as well as securing a slot behind the decks at the St Nick’s Night Market. Needless to say, the eclectic collective have firmly cemented their place on the Bristol map.
Nitelife caught up with two thirds of the collective, Reznik and MLab ahead of their Cosies takeover to get the low down on their next event and find out what else they have been up to since we last spoke.
Don’t Test are returning to Cosies this month for an evening of pure bass, dub and dubstep bangers. What are you looking forward to most at your next event?
Bass and vibes a plenty! There will be no watered-down mixing or tunes in this dance.
Since our last night at Cosies got snowed off, we’re mainly looking forward to doing this one properly. Being able to hear what all the DJs have to offer and being able to play alongside them.
There will be no watered-down mixing or tunes in this dance
You have a heavyweight lineup on your hands with the likes of Bukkha / Preacha, RSD, RI-J and Don’t Test’s very own, Reznik. How did you go about choosing the lineup for this night?
Choosing the lineup, we wanted a mix of well-known names and up and coming artists you will soon get to know.
We heard Bukkha was going to be in the UK and I’ve had his One Step Forward remix for a long time now. Bukkha has great dubstep, but also dub and faster tempo tunes, so the variety is key. We also have RSD who is a Bristol don, so we’re really glad to have him on board.
Bukkha has great dubstep, but also dub and faster tempo tunes, so the variety is key
We found RI-J when we got chatting at a Don’t Test Volly gig and we were impressed by her mixing skills. As for our very own Reznik? Well he was just DJing for spare change, so we thought we’d give him a chance!
Don’t Test are usually known for being a ‘multi-genre experience’, what inspired you to take the dub/dubstep heavy route for this night?
Reznik is massively into dubstep, so he’s probably the one to blame for this one! We plan on doing more focused genre nights for particular events, alongside the multi-genre experience nights, so watch this space. But using Cosies as the venue for this night, it seemed like the perfect venue for dub and dubstep lineup.
Alongside your upcoming Cosies night, you have been extremely busy the past year hosting events at the likes of The Volunteer Tavern, To the Moon, The Bell and Red Lion. What do you enjoy most about putting on Don’t Test events?
DJing and getting people dancing. Events like the Volunteer Garden Party was a great way to get a lot of our mates and friends of friends together in one to place to party. Creating the vibe is most enjoyable part.
Creating the vibe is most enjoyable part
Don’t Test have accomplished so much since first starting out in 2017. What’s been the biggest highlight for the Don’t Test collective so far?
That’s a hard question, it feels like small victories at the moment while we grow. Playing out across Bristol to different audiences tailoring our sound to suit.
Our night at Take 5 Cafe back in April was a highlight for us. It’s such an interesting space situated in the basement of a cafe, plus we had a wicked lineup to match. That night we had future Bristol legend Dutchie from Hold Tight, DJ Tyrant from Mode.FM from London and Sabasonik boys from Kaarbanik sound.
Recently we played at St Nick’s Night Market, which saw us support the amazing food and art event with music across two different spaces. Big shout to DJ Rowley and Lorna for putting us on.
Reznik has now got himself a slot on Sub.fm radio, a fortnightly show of mainly 140 sounds from the underground, which has featured artist including DJ Tyrant, Sabasonik and most recently Bukkha.
there’s not one big highlight, but the joy of constantly being able to push the music we love
MLab’s 1020 Radio show got to #1 in the Mixcloud dubstep charts for the Don’t Test! show too – that was huge.
We’re still going with the same fire as the beginning, regardless of the many hurdles, so there’s not one big highlight, but the joy of constantly being able to push the music we love.