The club night
Tempo Tantrum was formed in 2000 as a club night in London. The ethos, then as now, was to provide a unified outlet for different styles of UK bass music - whatever the tempo. Beginning life at the Mint Bar in Clerkenwell before moving to the Living Room in Brixton, we were soon featured as one of the 'Best New Clubs in Britain' by dance music bible Mixmag. At this time, we were one of the first nights to feature the dark garage sound that later became dubstep.
In 2003, we moved to the two-room Brixton Telegraph where our reputation for innovative line-ups and cutting-edge music grew further. Drum and bass DJs we have booked over the years include Pendulum, Klute, Andy C, Fabio, Grooverider, Marcus Intalex and Ed Rush, to name just a few. On the dubstep side, guests such as Skream, Horsepower Productions, Kode9, Digital Mystikz and J Da Flex all made appearances. Our remit did not stop there - broken beat artists such as Landslide, Domu and Alex Phountzi as well as breaks DJs like ILS and BLIM have also played at Tempo Tantrum.
We left the Telegraph in 2007, starting a more nomadic existence that has seen us host parties at Fluid in Farringdon, both Herbal and Jam in Shoreditch as well as Plan B in Brixton. Beyond our own events, we have also hosted rooms at other major club nights, such as Hospitality at Heaven. In 2010 the Tempo Tantrum DJs (Reza and Xerxes) supported Leftfield on their UK tour, returning to the Brixton Academy in 2012 to take part in Leftfield and Friends alongside the likes of Breakage and Booka Shade.
The record label
Following the success of the night, the Tempo Tantrum label began as an outlet for music made by the residents. The first three singles by Reza were were well received by the breaks and garage communities, winning plaudits as Mixmag and Knowledge Magazine singles of the month while also receiving airplay on the likes of BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and London's Kiss FM. He's currently in the studio, working on new material.