Croatia’s iconic celebration of bass music culture Outlook returns for its 9th year this summer from August 31st – September 4th. Taking place at the stunning Fort Punta Christo on the Adriatic coastline near Pula, Outlook has become synonymous with spearheading the region’s thriving festival scene, uniting music lovers from across the world for an unrivalled adventure under the sizzling sun and stars.
Outlook is one of the world’s most pioneering festivals and a leader in bass music and sound system culture. Returning for its 9th season in the majestic Fort Punta Christo and a 2000-year old Amphitheatre for the opening concert, it unites the very best artists across dub, reggae, hip-hop, drum ‘n’ bass, garage, dubstep, house, techno and electronica on the dazzling Adriatic coast. It carefully curates the most dynamic, respected and forward-thinking lineup to create a who’s who of talent, sound-tracking hazy days and pulsating nights a world away from normality. Because Outlook is not just a festival, but a mind-blowing experience bringing people from all over the world together along a thrilling, intense and mesmerising journey like nothing else.
OUTLOOK FESTIVAL 2016
OUTLOOK FESTIVAL 2015
Around 2000 years old and one of the largest Roman amphitheatres in existence, Pula arena offers festival attendees a chance to party in one of the most surreal and beautiful places in the world. An experience not to be missed.
A self-proclaimed ‘Spiritual Revolutionary’, Damian Marley has worked assiduously throughout his career to carve his own niche in music history and to add a new perspective to the Marley legacy for the 21st century. It is our great honour to welcome the man behind such legendary albums as “Welcome To Jamrock” and “Distant Relatives” (in collaboration with Nas).
Wednesday 31st August – 7pm – Pula Arena
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
Damian Robert Nesta Marley, also known around the world as “Junior Gong” and more recently as “Gongzilla” was born in 1978 to parents Bob Marley and Cindy Breakspeare, Miss World 1976. As a young adult, he developed a passion and a gift to speak for those who cannot always speak for themselves. A self-proclaimed ‘Spiritual Revolutionary’, Damian has worked assiduously to carve his own niche in music history and to add a new perspective to the Marley legacy for the 21st century. At the age of 13, Damian began performing in a group called “The Shepherds” which comprised of Shiah Coore (son of Third World guitarist Cat Coore) and currently a member of his band, and Yashema Beth McGreggor, daughter of reggae singers Freddie Mcgreggor and Judy Mowatt and then began touring with his brothers, Stephen, Ky-mani, Julian and Ziggy. By 1996, Damian had already made his stamp as a different kind of Marley when he released his first solo album “Mr. Marley”, a heavily dancehall-influenced album produced by his brother Stephen Marley. His second album “Halfway Tree” was released in 2001 by a major record label and showcased Damian’s unique gift for blending dancehall, reggae and hip-hop styles. This album won Damian much recognition and remained on the Billboard Top Reggae Album Charts for 158 weeks and earned him his first Grammy for Best Reggae Album in 2002. While honored by this recognition by the global music fraternity, Damian continued to work in the studio, laying the groundwork for the tracks that would become his highly anticipated album, “Welcome To Jamrock”. The lyrics in this album presented Marley as a true spiritual revolutionary, as he used his talent to evoke a spiritual change while trying to enforce a better way of thinking. He is described as “rhyming with the conviction of a street preacher with the intellect of a university economist”. Damian’s hit single “Welcome to Jamrock” was listed as one of the Top 100 Songs of the Decade by Rolling Stone, and at the 2006 Grammy Awards, he won Best Reggae Album and Best Urban/Alternative Performance for Welcome to Jamrock. Damian is the only Jamaican reggae artist in history to win two Grammy Awards on the same night. He is also the only reggae artist to win in the Best Urban/Alternative Performance category at the Grammy Awards. The New York Times called Welcome to Jamrock the “best reggae song of the decade.” Welcome to Jamrock led the pathway to Damian’s critically acclaimed collaboration with Nas for 2010’s much lauded album “Distant Relatives” – a project which explored the relationships between reggae, hip-hop and Africa. The album title refers not only to the bond between the artists, but the connection to their African ancestry, which inspired the album both musically and lyrically. USA Today referred to the album as a “potent and often provocative collaboration” and by Rolling Stone as “an Afrocentric winner.” The album debuted at Number 5 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart and Number 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Rap Albums and Reggae Albums charts, with Billboard heralding the album as “a dynamic hybrid.”
Chances are, if you are anywhere near the Detroit music scene, you’ve heard of the influential hip hop trio that makes up Slum Village. The group was founded in the early 90’s by 3 childhood friends: Baatin, T3, rapper and producer J Dilla, who all grew up together in the Conant Gardens neighborhood of Detroit, MI. After leaving Pershing High School, the trio began to forge a path into the Detroit underground hip hop scene and quickly found themselves steadily gaining popularity, where they originally went by the name Ssenepod.
In 1991 the group changed their name to Slum Village recording their first album “Vol. 1”, in Dilla’s basement and RJ Rice Studios, it was critically acclaimed in the Detroit underground scene, later finding its way into the hands of A Tribe Called Quest’s own Q-Tip, who played it for some of hip hop’s elite, such as Busta Rhymes, Questlove, and D’angelo.
Slum Village landed their first record deal in 1998 with Barak/AM records. Due to label politics, the group was forced to release their album “Best Kept Secret” under the alias J-88. Their now classic record, “Fantastic, Vol. 2” was not officially released until 2000 through Barak Records, dubbed an immediate classic from fans and industry tastemakers. This album featured an A list line up including Busta Rhymes, Common, D’angelo, Jazzy Jeff, Pete Rock, Kurupt, and Q-Tip who passed the torch to Slum Village on the record “Hold Tight”.
In 2001, J Dilla made the decision to leave the group to pursue his solo career, but still hung around helping Young RJ with production. Baatin and T3 started work on their next album “Trinity” through Barak/Capital Records, featuring Elzhi on 6 of the tracks. This album would feature their first commercial single “Tainted” which ft an unknown Dwele, also “Disco” the remix produced by Timberland.
In 2002, “Dirty District”, a compilation of songs by Detroit rappers largely produced by T3 and Young RJ, was released.
2004 album, “Detroit Deli” (A Taste of Detroit). The album included the hit single, “Selfish”, produced by Kanye West and featuring John Legend.
2005, the release of “Prequel to a Classic”, a mix tape, with production from Young RJ and Black Milk.
In 2009, Slum, started production on their next album, “Villa Manifesto”.
In 2010, the album “Villa Manifesto” was released under Ne’astra/Koch Records, featuring the late Baatin. By that time Elzhi had decided to move on and focus on pursuing his own solo career.
2011/12 Slum Village new mixtape “Dirty Slums Vol. 1 & Vol. 2”, presented by DJ Mick Boogie, featuring artist such as Rapper Big Pooh, De La Soul, Focus, Skyzoo, Phonte, and Phife, having over 100,000 + downloads.
2012 releasing “Evolution” on vinyl and CD.
2013/14 “B-Sides and Vintage, were released.
Their new release “YES” is slated for release this summer, produced by J Dilla a.k.a. Jay Dee, and Young RJ.
Slum Village continues their journey with an invigorated energy as T3 holds down the legacy with Grammy nominated producer Young RJ.
Iration Steppas are one of the top dubwise outfits in the world, and a firm favourite of Outlook, initially starting out as a soundsystem in the 90’s they focused primarily on spinning dubplates before venturing into their own productions.
Following in the footsteps of the sound systems that inspired him, Mark Iration, with partner Dennis Rootical, has moulded and crafted a very personal Iration Steppas vibe, a particular style that has grown to be internationally recognised as one of the best on the block.
Having played out all over the world from USA to Japan and spearheading the introduction of the dub scene to Leeds through their own flagship night Subdub, it is guaranteed that these boys will bring the noise in a big way.
ASM (A State of Mind)
A forgotten ancient world of bloodstained samurai swords and majestic sunsets over desert landscapes, ASM’s third album, The Jade Amulet, is their Magnus Opus. Imagine a Quentin Tarantino movie set in ancient Greece and scored by Ennio Morricone and A Tribe Called Quest.
ASM is principally composed of MC’s Green and FP and DJ/Producer Fade. this international trio of friends from high school (one Canadian, one German, one English) first gained international recognition from their collaborative singles with Wax Tailor: “Positively Inclined” & “Say Yes” on the albums “Hope & Sorrow” and “In the Mood for Life” (combined sales of over 100,000).
ASM’s first album “Platypus Funk” first saw the light of day in March 2010 on French independent label Lab’Oratoire. The Platypus Funk campaign was something of a Launchpad for the group, with ASM teaming up with Wax Tailor as featured act & support band for his “Hope & Sorrow” tour. The tour took them through high-profile venue spots such as the mythical l’Olympia in Paris or the Arenes de Nimes, as well as a long line of summer festivals including Solidays, Francofolies, Garorock, and Vielles Charrues. The campaign also saw ASM first break onto the media circuit with spots on France Inter, Taratata, Radio Nova, and many others.
The second album “Crown Yard” soon followed in the autumn of 2011, now with a cinematic 70s b-movie edge and increasingly sophisticated orchestration that explored the roots of intelligent hip hop in the form of dusty funk, soul, and afrobeat-inspired soundscapes. ASM’s first major tour as a headline act took them to 10 countries in 15 months. Amongst others, the Crown Yard Tour took them to Glastonbury (UK), Marsatac (FR), Paleo (CH), Dour (BE), and Soundwave (CR) festivals, as well as over 70 venues across Europe.
In 2013 – 2014, FP and Green could be found alongside Wax Tailor on his “Dusty Rainbow Experience” and “Phonovisions Orchestra” tours, alongside Deluxe on their “Family Show” tour, or teaming up with Chinese Man for their “10 Years” tour of Zeniths across France and more high-profile festival slots across the globe. Meanwhile, producer Fade, recognized as one of the leading MPC-maestros in the game, became one of the founders of “Jukebox Champions”, and embarked on a worldwide tour over 2 years, backed by Adidas All Originals and Akai.
Having started the year with a brief excursion into dubplate culture with a successful run of ASM Soundsystem shows, ASM are back in full capacity in 2015 to present “The Jade Amulet” to the world. The sonic journey of The Jade Amulet is visually accompanied by a graphic novel / comic book version of the story, and the corresponding live show takes the form of a marriage of funked-out hip hop show and traditional theatre piece. This is easily ASM’s most ambitious project to date, and certainly not one to miss.