Rawbeats was established in 1999 to provide production support for creative individuals worldwide.
Founder: Yeshen Venema
Our collective has taken many forms and resulted in a vast array of projects, such as:
Decknology: DJ group founded at the Dragon Bar with a long running monthly residency at the Pool Bar, London and two legendary block parties at The Dragon and New Inn Yard.
The Shoreditch Carnival: Street party in the triangle for 20,000 people 2003-4
Blacksoil Hiphop Film Festival: Annual celebration of all things dope and cinematic in Amsterdam/Rotterdam.
The Earl’s Court Festival: Community activities and events in West London.
Sunday Cypher: Open mic hiphop event at The Dragon Bar and other venues in London.
Brick Lane North: One day party and basketball tournament off Brick Lane.
Return of the Living Beatz and Night of the Living Beatz: Warehouse parties on Redchurch Street and Mare Street, Hackney.
Opening party for Ray Lichtenstein exhibition at the Hayward Gallery.
Music nights and DJ sets at Cargo, Jaego, Bluu, Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, Dream Bags/Jaguar shoes, 333, Dogstar, Dalston Superstore, Callooh Callay and The Secret Garden Party.
The Rawbeats family and collaborators include:
Yeshen Venema (founder of Rawbeats)
The Dragon Bar
Joel Gethin Lewis
The King Kong Crew
DJ Chris Read
Gravity in Motion
We are always open to new ideas, so get in touch with Yeshen if you want to make it happen. ‘ideas at rawbeats dot com’