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He may have the soft velvety face of a 15 year old school girl, but he is in fact older than that time your mum gave head to her teacher behind the bike shed in primary school. To tell just how far round the block Al has been you need only listen to one of his sets. Proppa oldskool jungle and hardcore flavors mixed with a healthy amount of drum and bass from back in the days when you could still get stabbed at a DnB party, the good old days.
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Al Bong (or simply ‘Lion’ as he is known in the ghettos of the south west) has rolled with many a posse over the years and has been mixing since back when you actually had to buy records from a building in town. Al doesn’t seem to have much on his soundcloud account, when asked about it he simply waved his hands in the air and proclaimed “it’s not like that bruv… You don’t understand..” so you will just have to witness the magic live at a rave.
Other Affiliations; Biohazard, Selectavibe, Dave Soundsystem, Unit8, The Acquisition of Failure
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AL BONG can me found on soundcloud HERE!
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More from Al Bong…
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Here for your reference is a post about what we look for in the music we put out..
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- DOES IT HAVE TO BE GOOD?
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We often get asked the question “do you just accept any old crap?” and although it might seem like that, the answer is in fact no. We do however pride ourselves in being slightly different to other labels. As we have openly declared war on all mankind we have taken one of our main principals from the art of war. To defeat an enemy you must take all the rules they live by and break every single one. Some labels pride themselves on only putting out the best, well mastered and high quality music. We say fuck that! There are other labels you can go to if you want over produced “art” with a sense of elitism. For us it’s about supporting the under-dog as well as finding people who are masters in their craft. If supporting a producer/band/artist in the early days when their stuff is still a little ruff around the edges means they go on to master their sound like the big boys then it’s worth doing. Also, peoples early work has qualities that are often lost as they progress, like the difference between a idea sketch and an inked drawing. we will suggest improvements if we feel people need it and we do have people who know how it’s done to provide help and tips should they be needed. but ultimately it’s up the the producer when their work is finished. so long as it has a quality to it we like we will put it out. Many of us grew up in the punk scene and still carry that ethic into our rave misadventures. we like ideas and passion over perfection.
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- WHAT GENRES OF MUSIC DO YOU LOOK FOR?
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Other labels like to stick to one or two genres, again not really what we want to do. Does the world really need another jungle label? another oldskool label? another (whatever) label? There are already labels you can go to if you can’t handle the idea that people might like more than one sort of drum beat. We understand this risks us becoming ‘jack of all trades master of none’ but, well, the best labels in each genre tend to already exist, so until Long Live The Animals creates a new genre (animal disco hop-core coming soon) we feel it’s best for us to support whatever the fuck we want. We started out with Jungle and the harsher end of the dance music spectrum but will be pissing people off no end with random releases of stuff we feel has the Animal Spirit. We will try and make things as confusing as possible, but don’t fear, we will always be putting out Junglistic Rave Music.
Genres we look for…
- JUNGLE – Amens a plenty, ragga vocals if you like (not as mandatory as some people might think) heavy bass and if possible, an air of originality. although we do accept it can be too tempting just to find an old dub tune and let the jungle remix write it’s self. We love all forms of jungle so if you make it let us know.
- BREAKCORE/TEK/GABBA – We have all been to frenchtek and watched a french girl pee off the top of a transit van. We do promote the harder end of rave music and the only real criteria for this is that you repeat a 4×4 kick drum until peoples eyes bleed. Melody actually works well if you find the time. Breakcore has come along way since the experimental days of 2005. Again it never hurts to think outside of the box, tunes that stand out are the ones that make new ground. I am not sure there is any new ground to be made in gabba but at least your tune will go down well in Europe.
- OLDSKOOL/BREAKBEAT HARDCORE – Rave wouldn’t be where it is now if it were not for the oldskool hardcore movement. Respect where it is due. We love the old piano and female vocals but remember that it wasn’t all about the classics, it was about creating new noises people could dance too on drugs. Oldskool can be harsh and dark as well as light and cheesy.
- BASS MUSIC – This covers Breakbeat/Bassline/Ghetto Funk/Glitch Hop/Electro and other things of the nature. We started our love affair with rave music through Breakbeat so are very keen to bring it back, even if no one wants us to. We also like all the others mentioned and many sub-genres but what it all boils down to is this.. is the tune fat? does it have an awesome bassline and will it make girls like us? if the answer to these questions is yes then we will probably accept it.
- DRUM AND BASS – We did wonder if the world needed another drum and bass label. We figured No but have done it anyway. It’s not looking to be our main focus but we will accept dnb if we likes it. We have been mixing it since the first time it was cool to like it and do appreciate music that can be listened to in a car park. Again we would like to find stuff that has something the other 27 gazillion dnb tunes don’t have, but we are unsure if that is setting the bar too high.
- LONG LIVE THE ANIMALS RECORDINGS – This is an offshoot label where we put out music of the not so electronic sort. All sorts of Bands and Hip-Hop considered for this. With bands we just look for something, a spark if you will. We look for a punk attitude but you don’t have to be a punk band. At the end of the day we can’t really tell you what we want, but we will know when we hear it. Feel free to send demos if you wish and we will let you know. As for hip-hop. We are not really looking for Chav MC’s, we want artists who know what they are talking about and don’t just write songs about how big their dick is. Rappers who sound like they have actually seen a dictionary and don’t think a thesaurus is a dinosaur should send us a demo.
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- DO I HAVE TO SHARE LONG LIVE THE ANIMALS BULLSHIT BELIEFS TO BE ON THE LABEL?
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No.
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WHAT DO I GET FROM BEING A PART OF LONG LIVE THE ANIMALS?
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Well that depends. The more people engage with us the more we tend to do for them. You are welcome to be as big or as small part of what we do as you like. We firmly oppose the old label model where labels kept a strangle hold on their artists. The most important thing we offer is the fact that YOU ALWAYS OWN YOUR MUSIC. We don’t assume ownership of any songs given to us, you are always free to give them to any other projects you see fit. If albums are sold we make a percentage (negotiable depending on circumstances) but we don’t take “royalties” if you get it play somewhere. Nor do we try and change you or package you to a youth market. If you are not the package we want we just won’t pick you up in the first place. We will obviously promote you, but to the people who will like you and without the need for you to change what you love in the hope it will make more money. If you are into music for money then you are not what we are looking for anyway. We will also try and get you gigs and let you play at our events, although we will point out to bands that we aren’t your manager (we can be, but you will have to pay us loads more and let us do coke of your groupies tits). You will be included on our website and we will do as much as we can to support you. At the end of the day the more you work with us the more we will promote you.

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LONG LIVE THE ANIMALS will be reppin’ hard at this years BALTER FESTIVAL. Not only will we be doing a 4 hour takeover but we also have loads of crew dem playing for other systems and labels. The full list of llta crew dem playing is…
Our 4 hour takeover will feature; Drake Mallard B2B Mark C (Oldskool Set) / Hamsta (Oldskool & Jungle) / Dubious B2B Black Orchid (Jungle) / Terry Sun (Jungle & Breakcore)
Those playing for other labels and systems are; Womble (Digga) / Ali Monsta (Digga) / Mandidexterous (Amen4Tekno) / Osh-kosh (Jigsore) / Humb (Jigsore) / E-Coli (Jigsore) / DJ Fuk (Jigsore) / Raggamortis (Digga) / Figcake (Jigsore) / Katch Pyro (Erisian) / General Waste (Erisian) / Omen Breaks (Monkey Dance) / DC Slinks (Monkey Dance) /

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Here is the write-up…
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Balter Festival is a three day event held in the grounds and buildings of a stunning stately home in South Wales, well within two hours drive of Bristol. We have brought together some of the best live bands and DJs from the international underground music scene for this extremely exclusive event.
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Balter offers four decor laden stages featuring projection mapping, VJs and Void sound systems through out that will be smashing out the best in ska, hip hop, reggae, gypsy, klezmer, punk, rock, jungle, breakcore, ghetto funk, electro swing, bashment, grime, juke, DnB, techno, hardcore, hardtek, bassline, old-skool, and good old fashioned cheese.
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As well as the huge line up you will also find a swimming pool, ball pit, circus & walkabout acts, funky stalls, free camping, great food, and a whole load more fun and games.
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Tickets on sale now from Bristol Ticket Shop -

http://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/eventdetails.aspx?e=5162

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Line up:

MAIN STAGE…

The Destroyers
Dizraeli & DJ Downlow
Dead Players
Cut Capers
Split Prophets
Captain Hotknives
Tyrannosaurus Alan
Shire Roots & Blazenstein
Smokey Bastard
Largo Embargo
Mad Apple Circus
Surfin’ Turnips
Zuri Aura
The Big V
The G.S.C
DJ Frenchy
Oh Henry

THE ARENA: This cavernous indoor arena is being taken over each night by a different promoter showcasing the best in up and coming electronic music. Expect the eclectic.

**FRIDAY – SWING CITY**
One of Wales pioneering nights for Electro-Swing, Ghetto Funk, Dutty Riddims, Manic Mashups and Festival Fun times. Mixing up those classic Speakeasy anything-goes-behind-closed-doors vibes and ideals and bringing them crashing into the modern day. With their decadent decor, barmy performers, mind bending set designs, crazy visuals and a big fat dollop of bass, we’re very excited to have them kick off the weekend!

Dutty Moonshine
Odjbox
C@ In The H@ ft live sax
DonJohnston ft Leo Wood
Swing City DJ’s

**SATURDAY – ERRORJIG**
An evening of hype and chest-poundingly heavy UK bass, garage & grime.

Kahn and Neek
Flava D
Riffs
Bizarre Rituals (live A/V show)
Haslem

**SUNDAY – DIGGA & FRIENDS**
Somerset’s Digga Soundsystem have been smashing the south west rave scene for years with their wobbley basslines and morning cheese. Tonight they are bringing along a few special friends..

Spongebob Squarewave
Kanji Kinetic
Ali Monsta
Womble
Dick

**JIGSORE SOUNDSYSTEM**
The infamous Devon crew known best for breaking everything will be bringing the best jungle, techno and core all weekend

I:gor (Live)
Remarc
Hyper On Experience
Jerome Hill
Stazma The Junglechrist (Live)
Mandidexterous
Fexomat
Wan Bushi
Acrnym
Killabomb
Computer says
Osh-kosh
Humb
Spacedocker
Sebby-T
Aplin8
e-coli
DJ Fuk
Gizmode
J-Man
Raggamortis
Vicious Matter
Wit?!
Drake Mallard
Marc C
Hamsta
Black Orchid
(dub)ious
Terry Sun
Figcake
Subindex
Iller Instinct
Dook Nookem
Neotr1x
Bet Middler
King Bolo
Sharkman
Panda

THE DRAWING ROOM: Celebrating the best in new underground rave music from around the country, curated by a different soundsystem crew each night, and hosted in a small dark room, things are going to get sweaty…

**ERISIAN**
Brighton based ragga-jungle-hardtek-DnB-gypsy-moombah mash-up smash-up

Katch Pyro
C3B
Pastaman
General Waste
Thrackh
Ook
L Mutant
Test Tube Rabies
Fucknose

**MONKEY DANCE**
The fun-lovin’ Bristol crew bringing the freshest junglist vibes

Dub-liner
Omen Breaks
Lady Lox
Major Upset
More or Less
Lemongirl
DC Slinks

**RETOX SOUNDSYSTEM**
Taking it back to the old school for the Haldon Hill crew!

Markutz
The Bidiots
Poptart
Rinse Charles
Wrekz HZ
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TICKETS HERE!!

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FACEBOOK PAGE HERE!!

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Normally we just like to let the humans get on with destroying themselves, but often some of the things they do are so retarded that they just might kill us all. We can’t fight a war against humanity if we are all dead now can we? Wars are complicated and sometimes we must work with the enemy in the interest of the greater good. That’s why we have set up this night to raise funds for both human and Animal Warriors who are on the front line against the globalist elite and their police security guards.
For more information on fracking see links at the bottom of the page.

Expect underground rave music played underground.
Breaks-Oldskool-Jungle-Shaolin-Breakcore-Shire-Death To The Filth Tek.

10 – 11 – JEDTEK b2b DRAKE MALLARD – breakbeat set
11 – 12 – CHRIS EL – breakbeat set
12 – 1 – MARK C – oldskool hardcore set
1 – 2 – AL BONG – oldskool jungle set
2 – 3 – TERRY SUN – shaolin amen set
3 – 4 – CRUMPERS – shire ragga set

LINKS TO FRACKING INFO…
There really is no end to the good work being done to expose this horrific push for profit over life. there is no bigger crime than ecocide. Big respect to all those who have been fighting this evil and a massive fuck off and die to any policeman who has sided with power instead of the people.

We plan to give any money raised to NO DASH FOR GAS to reward their efforts in the fight to far.

http://frack-off.org.uk/

No Dash for Gas

https://www.facebook.com/frackfreebristol

https://www.facebook.com/groups/FellowFractivists/

MORE INFO ON LONG LIVE THE ANIMALS…

http://www.llta.pw/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/309753495747408/

As there seems to have been a little confusion as to our ethics and where our money goes I thought it might be worth just making this formal written post to explain it all. I think some people might have confused our “10 ways you can save the world” with some sort of llta mission statement, which it isn’t, it’s just a list of 10 ways you could save the world. I will also mention at this point that our code of ethics are optional for our “fans” and producers as its not up to us to tell you how to live. We never wanted to be an organisation that preached to people so you can take or leave these ethics as you see fit. just because you don’t agree with our politics doesn’t mean you can’t just enjoy the music, after all, you don’t have to fuck children to appreciate the work of Michael Jackson, nor do you have to offer to suck of policemen in public toilets to enjoy the music of wham. It is however the industry standard to be a creepy pedophile to enjoy the music of psytrance. But each to their own.
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WHERE THE MONEY GOES…
As we spend all our own money on drugs, hookers and court fees we want the money raised by Long Live The Animals to be put to good use, not that drugs and hookers aren’t a wise investment though, supporting your local industries inert.
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- SOLO/COLAB PRODUCER EP’S; Because there is next to no money to be made from the sale of these we encourage our producers to put them out for free in the hope they will be good for promoting both us and them, gaining them more gigs and hopefully some money from bookings. If a producer EP is for sale or on a donation basis then the money is split 50/50 between us and them. We aren’t talking much though and it is the producers choice how much they sell their work for. Our cut will just sit in a pot and be used to buy about three chomps and a can of iron brew because that is about how much they bring in.
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- COMPILATION ALBUMS; These will be done for various causes, Different albums will have money donated to different causes to be made clear within the release write-up and often the album name. These do actually sell, mainly because we can get lots of producers involved and its for a good cause. So far we have built up one such series (more will follow) called “JUNGLE4JUNGLE” where we put out albums of jungle (and the likes) to raise money for the Rainforest Conservation Fund. At time of writing we have put out three in the series (J4J001, J4J002 AND J4JTEK EP.) with a fourth (J4J 003) in production. We will be doing more compilations for more causes as time goes on so watch this space (or our soundcloud) for info on that.
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- MONEY FROM CLOTHING; We do sell clothes, but the revenue is tiny. This money goes into Drake Mallards bank account and is spent on weed. If in the future we start selling loads then money will be invested into llta related activities, but until then it’s a £20 bag every two months.
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- MONEY FROM CLUBNIGHTS; This can vary. We do nights for causes, like our “KILL A FRACK HEAD” night to raise money for the anti-fracking movement. however some nights will see money used to build Long Live The Animals and allow us to become bigger and ultimately do more. Building a soundsystem and pressing vinyl, making stickers and printing our own clothes (all things we will be doing in “futureland”) all costs money and needs to come from somewhere, yes we are using our own pockets but that still isn’t enough!!
It should be pretty obvious from the write up of a night weather or not it is a benafit gig for charity/cause (and what one) or weather it’s for the llta pot.
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- MONEY FROM RIG/EQUIPMENT HIRE; This will be used to get us more equipment and reward those who have invested in the equipment we are hiring. This doesn’t mean much ’till we have a rig to hire people but yeah, that’s how that should pan out.
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- MONEY FOR BOOKINGS; On the off-chance that someone offers us money for a booking, this money will go to those booked so they can continue the hard work of taking drugs and making music. We are however willing to play charity events for little to nothing (depending on what producers you want and how they feel about it).
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The bottom line is not all our money goes to charity, it should be made clear what is going where as and when it happens. some will be used so that we can continue to do what we do and expand and be able to do more. If you have any questions please write them on some paper, put the paper in a bottle with petrol in it. set fire to the paper and deliver directly to your local police station.
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LLTA CODE OF ETHICS (TO FOLLOW… LATER, WHEN I HAVE TIME TO WRITE IT)