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Dextrous has been producing as well as DJing for over 2 decades. Starting his career in the late ‘80s, as Dextrous he cut his teeth making Hardcore / Jungle as it was then known. His first release was on ‘Shut Up and Dance Records’ sister label Ruff Quality Recordings with a track entitled Ruffneck Bizznizz back in 1992. From there he started his own label King of the Jungle Records in 1993, where he enjoyed much success with his then partner Rude Boy Keith, flying around the globe DJing and PA’ing. His DJing has taken him to countries such as: Austria, Germany, Canada, America, Holland, Latvia, Belgium, Estonia, Ireland and Italy to name but a few, as well as many locations in his native U.K.

As King of the Jungle was already establishing a particular sound Dextrous decided to start another label where he could concentrate on his own projects. This was the birth of Subliminal Records, (which in December 1994 became Subversive Recordings due to an imprint called Subliminal already being in existence).

By late 1994 Dextrous hooked up with 2 other guys, Paul Brown and Jon Stewart (who then went by the names of Phaze 3 and Klass A respectively) whom he had met whilst DJing on the London pirate station Kool FM. They all shared the same artistic ideas and the frustrations with the way the scene appeared to overlook a more musical approach in Drum & Bass production. So Dextrous decided to start State of the Art Recordings, as a vehicle to release music that wasn’t confined to the ubiquitous styles that club DJs were playing at that time, to allow a little more freedom of expression, and with that, reach a whole new audience. The three of them recorded together under the name Solid State and christened their sound Urban Fusion, which encompassed many elements i.e., Funk, Jazz, Techno, Dub…as well as Drum & Bass. Solid State became known as the one of the pioneers of Drum & Bass Funk Fusion and paved the way for more musical producers such as Calibre and High Contrast, amongst others.

Well as they say “all good things come to an end!”, and by the summer of 2000 the three guys parted company. Their last project together was the album entitled ‘Point of No Return’ (pretty fitting!) on the Renegade Recordings label, which included their most popular track to date: “Just a Vision” featuring Zoe H.

Since then, Dextrous has become heavily involved in composing music for library companies and has had many of his recordings featured on adverts and TV programmes such as Footballer’s wives, The Stepfather, Driven, Trisha, Doctors, London Today, Sky Travel, to name but a few. He was also commissioned to compose the theme tune to ITV’s “The LADS” which was a men’s magazine programme aired a few years back on Friday nights.
In addition to his production of Drum & Bass, Dextrous is slowing down the BPMs from time to time and experimenting in other areas. As ‘Transcendent Minds’ (a project started on Dynamite Joint Recordings and continued on Karma Giraffe) Dextrous has been able to progress with the Urban Fusion sound (also known today as Broken Beats, Electric Soul, Future Jazz) where Solid State left off. Once again highlighting Dextrous musical versatility, as he is always seeking new sounds to fuse together in order to form hybrid genres, which is also evident in his DJ sets as he loves to mix things up!

With this wealth of experience Dextrous was a great choice for scoring the BAFTA winning “Feltham Sings” documentary shown on Channel 4 in 2002. Having a diverse musical background and a passion for working with & being a positive role model for inner city youth, undertaking this project made perfect sense. It was a huge challenge as Dextrous was brought on to the project pretty late on, so was only given 3 months at most to get the whole project completed. But…all was not lost, so successful was Dextrous’ input to this project, that he won a coveted Ivor Novello Award (2002) in the category ‘Best original music for TV’, in addition to the entire team behind “Feltham Sings” winning a BAFTA for Best Documentary (2002). The documentary also received a nomination for The Greison Documentary Award, and Dextrous was nominated for a Royal Television Society Award for his musical efforts.

More recently, Dextrous has also been involved with youth work. Together with ‘Stage One’ he has devised a ‘Youth Music Workshop Program’ that has been a success so far. He has helped develop the talents of young people in under privileged areas and those that have criminal backgrounds or have been socially excluded. These programs include basic music technology tuition together with vocal training, song writing, choreography, graphic design, make-up and tutorials on the legal side of the music industry. He has since worked in conjunction with the following organizations: Connexions, Youth Music, Befrienders (Barking and Dagenham), Ladders, Community Links, Crime Concern, Breaking Through, as well as many schools in Waltham Forest freelance. He has also worked for many years with Irish Travellers doing more generic youth work.

Right now his main goals are to get back in the studio to work on some new productions and return to DJing on a more frequent basis. He also plans to continue developing his skills as a photographer, a lifelong passion that he has given much more attention to in recent years.

DJ Skie

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One of London’s leading female DJ’s, Skie’s passion for electronica music started at an early age in the 70’s, with the influences of Kraftwerk, and with 80’s Electro, Hip Hop and ‘Jack & House’.

Towards the late 80’s Skie stumbled upon the M25 ‘Acid House scene’ via her brother, a ticket agent for all the major events. If there was a huge warehouse or field party around the M25 orbital in 1989/90 she was likely to be there.
In 1991 Skie landed a job at Total Music in East London. During her time at Total Music, she was working alongside DJ’s and Producers such as Hyde from London’s Fantasy FM, Spice and Jaz E, but it was Steve Canueto who taught Skie the basics of mixing on the 1210’s.

Skie started to build up her vinyl collection through 1991 and back dating her ’88-90 collection with all the tunes she loved and remembered from those times. In May of 1991 DJ Anton from Chillin 98.0 was in Total Music and saw her mixing. As a result he asked if she wanted a show on a new radio station called Pulse FM, which was going live in August 1991. She agreed and from there the journey began.

In 1991 Skie started to receive bookings playing Hardcore for the Bassbox, Harmony in Zodiac studio and little undeground events in and around East London, In 1992/3 She started to play for Labrynth in Dalston Lane and Bagleys and Desire/2000ad where she played House/Progressive. In 1993-1997 she had various bookings including the Roller Express and Moondance @ Camden palace and Innovation Club UN and Double Dipped at Bagleys. In 1995 Pulse FM left the airwaves and Skie Joined Eruption 101.3FM which she left in 2011. In the late 90’s-early 2000’s Skie started to play Uplifting Trance for Labrynth and various events outside London and in North Germany until 2005 when she started playing Hardcore once again.

To date you can now catch Skie spinning Hardcore & House for Raindance, Moondance, Labrynth, Society and many more.

You can catch Skie every fortnight on London’swww.originuk.net

Double O

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Double O formally 007 was brought up on lots of different forms of black music growing up as a child. Reggae, Soul, Funk, Rare Groove , Calypso. Then later on Electro, hip Hop, Detroit Techno Hardcore and Jungle etc. He started making music in the late 80ies inspired by his older Brother who had his own Reggae sound system. Also with the help of his Mother and Father who helped buy him his first keyboard,TB 303 and later on in the years sampler(God bless you Mum n Dad).He would often go to clubs in Sheffield where a Dj called Winston Hazel would play peoples demos, producers like Nightmares on wax and Rob gordon from early Warp records etc were just a few of the artists who would submit their demos to get played by Winston. This inspired him to want to take his music and Djing further , Double O started Djing professionally in the early 90ies at the Doncaster Warehouse and various clubs up North. At the Warehouse he had his first release with Dj Mzone a 4 track ep which he remembers they distributed themselves traveling to lots of different records shops up North for e.g. Eastern Block records in Manchester . While Djing in the warehouse a few years later he met Dj Oldskool legend Stu Allen who he would sometimes mc for when he played his set at the Warehouse . Stu who liked Double O,s Mcing style encouraged him to do some singing on some tracks for a commercial Label called Red Raw. The track ended up getting to 56 in the commercial charts but Unfortunately this direction was not the direction Double O wanted to take his music but he did value the experience.

Double O also met Dj SS where he made and put out one of his biggest and most well known productions called the Undercover Agent EP on Formation Records and it was being played by a lot of the scenes big DJs at the time Djs like Grooverider , Ratty and Randall would regularly play tracks from the ep. Around the same time he also made a tune at L doubles Studio with the same sample(Michael prophet Your love vocal) which was on one of the tunes from the undercover ep(your love). Due to some confusion and inexperience the tune ended coming out on Reinforced Records called low Key Movements “come cross” but Double O was never credited . He then moved to London and with the Help of one of his friends Danny from Lab logic records (big up Dan!) he got a job at Turnkey selling music equipment in Soho.

Double O eventually Set up Rupture with Dj Mantra.(A night dedicated to quality drum n bass music and oldskool) Due to the beauty of Music is it has enabled him to travel around the globe playing to and meeting like minded musical people . Double O primally known as a Drum n Bass Dj makes and collects many different forms of music from Hip Hop to Techno old reggae and Rare Groove. He has played at Glastonbury Festival, Boomtown,
Green Man and Bassface festivals as well as many high profile club nights such as Renegade Hardware.

“I just like good music ” Says Dubz (as his friends know him as). Also now with the Highly talented Dj Mantra they have set up Rupture London (www.rupturelondon.com). A label dedicated to good quality electronic music . Thank you for taking to time to listen and view my profile, below are a few of the labels Double O has releases with!

Rupture London
Hidden Hawaii
117
Syncopathic recs
Eastern promise
Criminal records
DSCI4
Wrekanize
DZR
Formation recs(1994)
Lab logic(1995)
Rogue records(94)
Mzone and Double O(1992)

Music who feels it shows it who knows it feels it …..and remember don’t come with an ego we turn that to zero!!

 

 

Mantra

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Representing real drum and bass at it’s finest, Mantra’s deep and emotive sound in the mix comes from an intense passion for the music. With a selection that’s both inspirational as well as educational, her sets bring the beats into balance and cross the spectrum of dark and uplifting styles. Much more than just a DJ, Mantra has already made an impact across the drum and bass scene and looks set to keep rolling strong.

Conscious of the history of the music she loves yet always looking to push things forward, she’s no newcomer and her involvement with drum and bass runs much deeper than just a hobby. Having worked for record distributers SRD as well as promoting her own regular club night, Rupture, she’s learnt from the ground up and built a solid foundation on which she continues to grow.

The success of Rupture stands testament to Mantra’s hard work and commitment, and that of her partner Double-O. Borne of a desire to take it back to basics, Rupture has gone from strength to strength with original lineups that combine the best new DJs alongside some of the underground’s leading lights. The night has built up over the past 9 years to form what is now recognized as London’s best underground dnb night.

DJ Mantra has played recently in Berlin, Austria, Birmingham and Manchester as well as festivals such as Boomtown and Glastonbury.
Her productions have been supported by dBridge, Loxy, Flight, Storm amongst others. With collaborations underway with Gremlinz, Drum Cypha and her partner, Double O, Mantra’s productions are set to keep moving forward and she has just released a track on vinyl on AKO Beats – Unknown Elements 2 – Dark Matters Limited Picture Disc (AKOB 004)

AIM – mantradj
http://www.rupturelondon.com/

 

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Looking forward to hearing No Yeah No play at Rupture vs Distant Planet. Check out her biog.

Looking forward to hearing No Yeah No play at Rupture vs Distant Planet. Check out her biog.

London DJ, Noyeahno, started her career during the massive rave explosion in the early nineties. Known as DJ Stacey back then, she was found both DJing and partying hard throughout this time. At the age of 17 she managed to get a show on the now infamous Fantasy FM, playing alongside the legends to be of DJ Hype, DJ Rap, DJ Krome etc. as well as dropping tunes at many an underground party in those glory days.

After the rave years calmed down she has been involved with many different musical genres, always searching out the beats that make her move. From the early 2000’s she has co-run Rag & Bone Records and currently has a regular show on subfm.com

Her style is a mash up of genres that make the partee jump, bass heavy, rave driven and often with no mercy.

However, for her return to Rupture Vs Distant Planet, she’ll be going back to her roots digging out some proper 1991 pressure, expect tunes, no fillers, all killer!

We will be hosting the rave quiz at our next event on August 8th at the Fox & Firkin pub in South London

Here are some questions to get your brain in gear.

Who are the 3 Detroit artists known for creating techno ?

In the tune Charly by the Prodigy who did the Cat noise originally that features in the tune ?

Which East London venue spanned 20 years and held nights such as Hypnosis & Re-
rave-all and was also where Carl Cox did his 1st warm up gigs?

Which DJ is known for his Red series?

Which techno star named himself after a whale?

In the tune Charly by the Prodigy who did the Cat noise originally that features in the tune?

Complete these duos:

______ & Ratty
Shut Up & ______
MC Jay J & ________
Chops EMC & ________
Gappa G & ________

Which Rave act originating from Dollis Hill had a debut album called “In rough territory” ?

Ron Wells & Loftgroover released records on Basement records and Sinister records as?

Which rave act released tunes such as 20,000 Hardcore Members, There is no Law and Temple of Dreams?

What was the real name of the artist who’s alter egos were direct, technical onslaught, final exposure and program 2?

Who are the 3 Detroit artists known for creating techno?

What is the real name of Spiral tribe member who produced moving shadow 01?

What was the name of the subsidiary label of Rising High Records named after Casper Pound the label owners daughter?

Who released tunes under aliases Captain Codseyes, Curly Greylox, Eat Life, and Ruff Tuff & Wicked Stuff? And what was the name of his record shop he ran in London for a bonus point?

When the Sun newspaper went undercover at the Sunrise party in 1989 they reported that they found thousands of…what?

a) Radioactive glow sticks
a) Ecstasy Wrappers
c) Acid pipes

Which East London venue spanned 20 years and held nights such as Hypnosis & Re-rave-all and was also where Carl Cox did his 1st warm up gigs?

If you were making a rave track what would you call it ?

We will put the answers up later in the week