In an age increasingly dominated by faceless machine-created sounds, DJ-Producer Rebecca Vasmant is bringing a fresh new twist to dance music with her love of jazz, the original form of unbridled spiritual sonic expression.
Rebecca has already made a name in Glasgow with her residency at Sub Club, Made In Glasgow and Know The Way parties, running a popular record fair with the venerable Sub Club and a monthly spot on BBC Radio Scotland playing contemporary jazz records in an attempt to bridge the gap between this much abused but crucial genre and the electronic scene. A huge jazz fan, she also airs this facet of her irrepressible musical passion at key events like the Glasgow Jazz Festival and the Baltic Soul Weekender.
While promoting her own parties in Glasgow, starting her jazz record label Shiehallion and touring the world for Ministry Of Sound, her whirlwind schedule has recently fitted in sessions with eight-strong Ghanaian outfit Kakatsitsi, which will manifest as a live fusion show mixing traditional African rhythms with modern dance ingredients; two strains of dancefloor-friendly catharsis joining together in a vibrant new mutant.
As well as working on her new project – Glasgow Jazz Experiment – which features world class musicians from The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, her talents are not only in spinning records, but in composing and live shows also.
Renowned UK clubs which have been treated to Rebecca’s sublime house and techno sets include a two year residency at Edinburgh’s Cabaret Voltaire, the Sub Club/Arches and 69 Below in Glasgow, Aberdeen’s Snafu, Dundee’s Reading Room, We Love… at Manchester’s Sankey’s, Leeds’ Back To Basics and London niteries including MOS, Pacha, Turnmills and East Village. She has also played festivals including Rockness, Audio Soup, Kelburn, Doune The Rabbit Hole and Wickerman, plus Ibiza spots such as Space, Savannah and Zoo Project.
Rebecca’s MOS activities have taken her to 22 countries in the last two years, including premiere spots in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Estonia, India, Africa, Nicaragua, Bosnia, Latvia, Dubai, Austria, Turkey, Serbia, Algeria and Bulgaria.