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 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!
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!!
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
DJ Mantra – Facebook
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!
Warlock began DJing in 1990, with his first gig being at the Wasp Factory in Plymouth. He then went on to write for the . \zzzzRavescene & Generator, as well as hosting a show on Pulse FM and A&R for Kickin Records. He is one to keep his finger on the pulse with upfront dance music also not one to forget the classic rave sounds from over the years. He co-runs a record label Rag & Bone Records alongside his partner No Yeah No releasing various twisted Techno, Electro and Bass music cuts.
You can catch Warlock on http://KoolLondon.com every Tuesday 11:00-13:00 UK GMT.
Uncle Dugs presents Run Come Follow Friday #RCFF the only legal daytime weekly Oldskool / Jungle Radio show in the world every Friday 11:00-14:00 on Rinse FM 106.8 http://www.rinse.fm. As well as presenting this landmark show he regularly smashes up raves around the world it was a pleasure to have him play at our event @ Peckham Palais he certainly rocked the crowd.
This translated to the Distant Planet Crew as the following: Trooper has been a regular on the underground rave scene for 20 years playing/spinning all genres including 91/92 Rave, D+B, Jungle, House, Hard House and now tearing out the London acid techno. He plays for all the squat party rigs including E1S, Manik, Malifatuers, Free Bass, Stinky Pink, KSS, Hackney Sounds and is also involved and well known with the Stay Up Forever crew playing alongside, Chris Aaron & Julian Liberator, DDR, Geezer,Thermobee, Gizelle, Rachel Rackitt, Zebedee, Redmond, Acid Steve and Aston Martin. Well known for his crowd pleasing party style of Acid techno and stage prescence Trooper is sure to rock the crowd PROPER!