Welcome to the second and final chapter of the thrilling review of 2013’s Sun and Bass. In this story I interview two cracking chaps – Tej and Luke, whom I’ve barley met! (Well I lie – I met Tej a few times out as he’s a dead ringer for Marcus Intalex) All I did was post in the facebook group and ask who would like to be interviewed…Thats the beauty of Sun and Bass, everyone is super friendly and helpful, a family. So anyway I digress, have a read of what their interpretations were of the event, apon reading this you will book. Jus sayin!
Name Age Location?
Tej Jutla. 24 years old. Hounslow, West London.
Luke Slipper (Bassics) 30 Norwich UK
Are you a DJ? If so Soundcloud mix?
Tej: Not a DJ, however I’m in the process of learning how to mix vinyls on turntables at the moments. I do have a Facebook music page, where I post up links to things I’m feeling at the moment…
Luke: DJ/Promoter (Dub Fiesta)
What was the driving factor to come to Sun and Bass?
Tej: Sun & Bass is somewhere where I’ve always wanted to go for about 4 years. Every year it hasn’t happened for all sorts of reasons. I’ve got a cousin (big up Snoop!) who’s been regularly and said that I’d love it here, so I took his advice and finally came.
Luke: Music/Holiday/Great reviews
First time or a veteran?
Tej: First time here. Hopefully first of many times…
Luke: First time definitely not the last.
Did you come on your own or as part of a crew?
Tej: Came here with some of my friends from back home who I’ve grown up with. Big up to Pav, Taz & Jugy. Nice one bruvvas!
Luke: Crew of 7 which grew every day the more great people we met.
What was the highlight? Or highlights?
Tej: Every day was a highlight. Every day there was something that happened that I’ll never forget, whether that was the opening night, the Metalheadz night, Marky, Marcus Intalex B2B Calibre… So many moments. If I really had to pick the top moments though, one would have to be the Monday when I trekked 2 hours along the Sardinian coast on my own to see Synkro and Robert Manos at the secret location party. Shortly after it was dBridge at the 10 years of Exit Records night. What an experience! The closing party is my other major highlight. Marcus Intalex & dBridge done an impromptu all Calibre set, the last tune of the entire week was Chaka Khan – Ain’t Nobody and we all walked out to the most beautiful sunrise at 6.30am with all the ravers. Couldn’t have asked for a better ending to Sun & Bass.
Luke: Too many, would have to say meeting great new friends. Events wise would have to be Ambra day with Bailey, Bryan G, Fabio & Grooverider and La Cinta Beach party. Metalheadz, Exit, Soulution…
If you could describe it as one word, what would it be?
Did you learn any Italian? If not would you learn more before going on another SnB?
Tej: My knowledge of Italian contained only the words “ciao” and “prego” while I was out there. I’m absolutely rubbish with new languages and a lot of the locals don’t speak anything else so it was difficult at times! However we all got through it (somehow). I’d definitely learn some basics before I head out there again.
Luke: A few essentials, a friend with us was Italian so did allot of translating but will definitely learn more for next year.
Tej: Easily dBridge & SPMC on the Exit Records night. Without sounding too cheesy, Exit Records really are one my favourite record labels not only for the music they release, but for the experimental and forward-thinking philosophy behind their music. For dBridge to come down and draw for so many classics from their back catalogue, that was special, really special. His intro was True Romance into Drop It Down. You know when someone does that, he/she means business!
Luke: Chimpo at La Cinta beach party or Bailey b2b Dom & Roland (Lost dubplate set) or Bryan G at Ambra day.
How’s the vibe? Did you notice any differences from other festivals you have attended?
Tej: The vibe at Sun & Bass is crazy! It’s entirely full of heads who really know their stuff and who just want to have a good time. The crowd were extremely knowledgeable, that surprised me a lot. Every single night was rammed and the reloads…Well they speak for themselves. I’m not one for festivals and coming from a predominantly London based clubbing background, I think the biggest thing with Sun & Bass though is the complete lack of ego there. Everyone is friendly, everyone’s happy to have a conversation and have a good time. The intimacy of it helps a lot, it’s never overcrowded and you feel at one with the artists.
Luke: One of the best atmospheres have ever experienced in 15 years of raving. Most probably the best festival I’ve ever been too and have been to most big UK festivals and few abroad, it Just beat this years Glastonbury to my top spot.
Going again? Or just this once and why?
Tej: After experiencing what I did, I’m going to be there every year. You feel a part of a family out there, that’s how intimate it is. It’s not like most other festivals where you’re just one person in a crowd of thousands of people.
Miss any nights? Is it possible to party for 7 days straight?
Tej: I can proudly say I never missed out there! Saying that, it did get to the point on the Wednesday where we all got ill from the late nights, mosquito attacks and lack of “proper” food (I think my body hated me for having pizza and pasta for 8 days straight!!). Realistically, I think it’s worth having a few nights where you just take a little easy, just to give your body a slight rest. Our plan was to do that for the Samurai night on the Friday, but after seeing Presha and Paradox absolutely kill the place, that really didn’t work out haha!
Luke: Unfortunately we all feel asleep and missed Marky & friends and I’m still gutted and kicking myself for it. It is if you get some sleep each day, don’t think your invincible (maybe I’m just feeling old haha)
Favourite part of the island? Favourite dish, favourite cocktail?
Tej: It sums up Sun & Bass perfectly. Favourite dish has to be the Churrascaria Brazilian barbeque thing at…wait for it…Bal Harbour. I’m don’t drink (so my nights were entirely made up of Coke and Red Bull), but I hear the Strawberry Daiquiri was pretty mean out there.
Luke: We didn’t travel too much but everywhere we saw was beautiful, loved the quietness of Ambra beach in the day. Intend on see more of local area next year. A few excursions failed like a trip to water park as only made it half way when found no more busses so returned to San Teodoro. Went on boat cruise we didn’t enjoy, next time will hire our own boat. All lessons learned for next year. So much good food, lot of amazing pizzas. My Favourite dish was Spaghetti and clams. STRONG Rum cocktail is all I pretty much asked for all week, different and great every time. Had the best ever Mojitos too.
Was it expensive festival or relatively cheap?
Tej: I would say in terms of price it’s kind of in the middle. I think how expensive the holiday becomes really depends on when you book the flights. The earlier you book them (let’s say February/March time), the cheaper everything on a whole becomes. I’ve also heard renting out a villa is much cheaper per day than staying in the Hotels. You’ve just got to make sure you commit people early.
Luke: Festival is a good price, accommodation was good price too, we paid over for flights as left it so late to book. Cost of living was fair, we were living being LD supermarket which was very cheap which helped allot.
Bad points of the festival? (if any?)
Tej: Coming back to the grey skies of London… No seriously, I think the only bad point out there were the MOSQUITOS. I was assaulted by them on the first night and my leg looked as if it has been shot multiple times.
Luke: Mosquitos! Couldn’t be helped but be prepared. The disgusting price of a small bottle of water in the clubs, especially as can’t drink the tap water. Too many inconsiderate locals in club on the last night but was only the last night.
Advice to first timers – what to pack? What not to do?
Tej: No regrets, none whatsoever. Just wish I had come here before. I know it sounds weird, but if I was to come here again, I’d want to try coming here on my own and try sharing a place with a bunch of randoms. Just to try a different sort of experience. Don’t feel that you’ll be alone and left out if you come on your own. Everyone is SO friendly out here.
Luke: Mosquito repellant and bite cream. Don’t try and stay up all week and don’t down cocktails in one go, they are Strong! Bring a big smile an open mind and great attitude, oh and something to copy names & numbers of all good friends you’ll meet.
Anything I’ve missed? Anything else you would like to share?
Tej: Nothing else but a massive thank you to all the great people I met out there and to Stefano, Martina and the whole Sun & Bass crew for creating something so damn special
Luke: I’d just like to say a massive thankyou to all involved in making the festival what is was, the crew, the artists, the club staff, security, everyone we met, all the ravers, the people of San Teodoro. Especially would like to thank all the people who helped me get my wallet back, I lost it mid week. It was found handed in, I put up a post when home and straight away there were replies saying where it had been handed in and links posted to me to help find the bar. The staff have now kindly posted it all the way back to the UK for me. One Love S&B Family.