Callide, MC Coppa, Intraspekt
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One of Drum and Bass’ most important ambassadors, Crissy Criss has become an established force both in the studio and the DJ booth. One of the scene’s most versatile leaders, Crissy has become a household name in broadcasting, DJing and production.
Hailing from Leytonstone, Crissy Criss was constantly exposed to pioneers of the primordial Drum and Bass scene, and given the best start possible for a certified DnB selector. Given his first pair of decks at 5 by his step father Kenny Ken, Crissy’s mum was also the founder of the DJ Agency, Ton Management. Home to the likes of Kenny Ken, Nicky Blackmarket, EZ Rollers, Peshay and Stevie Hyper D, the musical environment was a huge influence for a young DJ - and proved instrumental in his later career. After hanging round with Drum and Bass’ brightest lights, it was no suprise that Crissy became interested in following the Drum and Bass heroes he admired.
Crissy’ first gigs were played to an empty room, sneaking into Kenny’s studio when he wasn’t home - but it was at the tender age of nine that his career began its meteoric ascent. After months of dedicated practise, and lots of broken turntable needles, Crissy's first gig as a DJ came without warning - at an empty Festival at The Essex Show ground. A last minute replacement for Kenny Ken, Crissy ended up playing alongside the likes of Andy C and GQ - names he would regularly be associated with in the future. Only 12 months later, Crissy had his first ever DJ booking. Handpicked by the mighty DJ Zinc, Crissy warmed up the legendary End for a line up that included Mampi Swift, Bad Company and again, Andy C. In 2001, Crissy also began playing abroad - solidifying his position as an international top DnB DJ. Since then, Crissy Criss has continued to be a force behind the decks, regularly playing at venues like Fabric, as well as for the BBC.
As well as delighting crowds in live events, Crissy began to use his ear to play the best tunes on the airwaves. Getting his first break on the legendary Kool FM at 10 years old, Crissy took his first steps to becoming one DnB’s most important broadcasters. Regularly playing with Logan D at the age of 15, Crissy soon graduated from Kool FM, stepping up to BBC’s national Radio 1. The youngest DJ presenter to ever grace the BBC’s flagship station, Crissy Criss’ first started on a 6 month Residency before quickly being given his own, permanent show.
Since then Crissy Criss has flown the flag for Drum and Bass on the BBC, with his weekly Radio 1Xtra show delighting listeners for a total of seven years. Breaking new artists on the biggest stage, Crissy Criss helped the likes of Camo and Krooked, Flux Pavillion, FuntCase, Metrik, Mind Vortex, Fred V & Grafix, SPY, Dimension and many more become iconic names for those in the know. As well as servicing the underground, the 1Xtra show also attracted many mainstream accolades - including a nomination for a Sony Radio Award.
Using his undeniable mixing talent and respected position, Crissy Criss has become an ambassador for DnB - representing the genre at numerous 1Xtra Live gigs alongside the likes of Alesha Keys, Disclosure, Chase & Status and more.
Like many DJ’s, Crissy Criss soon caught the producing bug. Beginning his beat making with the Back2Basics label in 2004, it wasn’t long before Crissy soon found a home at Drumsound and Bassline Smith’s Technique Recordings. Regularly releasing his own tracks from 2010, including the huge “Give You The World’ album with Youngman, releases on a multitude of labels soon followed. As well as signing his own tunes to the likes of the legendary V Recordings, Crissy also found time to launch his own imprint: Zoo Recordings - a label which has helped break a new wave of electronic artists.
Now, after a discography encompassing Grime, DnB, HipHop and a Top 40 produced hit with Yasmin and Shy FX, Crissy Criss is now ready to start a fresh new chapter in his production story.
A statement of intent, Crissy’s latest track “Create the Future” was played on his last show for the BBC, and immediately gained Radio and DJ support from Annie Mac, Zane Lowe, MistaJam, Andy C, DJ Hype, Subfocus, Matrix & Futurebound, Friction, Drumsound nd Bassline Smith, Annie Nightingale, London Electricity and many more.
Creating The Future
Now putting his talents to use in the studio and behind the DJ Booth, 2015 is set to be the biggest year yet for one of the most versatile, exciting leaders of the Drum and Bass scene.
Mob Tactics seem to be a name on people’s lips more and more of late. Already renowned for their own inimitable style of techy – yet very funky, dance-floor orientated drum & bass, the duo appear to be going from strength-to-strength with each release. Their tunes are already firm staples in the sets of Andy C, Friction, DJ Hype & Audio, to name but a few, and the demand for them on the DJ circuit is rapidly gaining momentum. Heavily influenced by the likes of Ed Rush & Optical, Bad Company, Konflict and Total Science, you can always guarantee a Mob Tactics release or DJ set will be nothing short of high octane.
Luke and Mark first met in 2009, when Luke, who was running the music department at Chemical Records, signed some of Mark’s tunes to their in-house imprint: RUN DNB. After instantly hitting it off and realising their musical tastes were so similar, the two decided to hit the studio in early 2010. The first weekend at Mark’s studio they managed to create ‘Gunjack’ and the following weekend at Luke’s, they knocked out ‘Stick-up Kid’ – both of which went on to garner support from DJ Hype, Bailey & Crissy Criss, and were subsequently released a few months later on Traffic Music.
Mob Tactics was born.
Fast forward a few years and the boys are in full swing. 2011/2012 saw several releases on the duos own imprint: Tactical Recordings – including the critically acclaimed ‘Kansas’, and a track for BTK’s Dutty Audio label entitled ‘Prang’. But it was 2013 that proved to be the most successful year to date. The dancehall tinged drum & bass hit: ‘Crazy Hype’, featuring ragga legend, Elephant Man, was snapped up by Playaz. Their remix of Cause4Concern’s early 2000 anthem: ‘Soul’ went on to feature in the sets of just about every man and his dog! Prolix snatched up ‘Grotbags’ for his Trendkill imprint, and the legend that is Andy C signed up ‘Wolf Trap’ exclusively for the sixth installment of his hugely successful Nightlife compilations.
2014, and the duo show no sign of slowing things down. With an EP already penned for release on Cause4Concern Recordings, another track in the pipeline for Ram, and a DJ schedule that is shaping up rather nicely, chances are, if you like drum & bass – you might just like Mob Tactics.
The combined forces of Callide and Intraspekt continue their assault on the world’s eardrums. The duo have been in a rich vein of form lately, with a rush of releases and of course the highly acclaimed 'Synthetic Future EP'.
Callide is an industry veteran, with a history of huge releases on Ram, 36 Hertz, Mix & Blen and others, and Intraspekt has a reputation as a producer of talent and technical excellence. They team up to deliver their own blend of dancefloor-driven drum & bass, which evokes the early 2000s sound of epic intros, reeces and 808s, and good time music which is delivered without boundaries.
Established as a DJ for over 17 years, Heist started producing tracks 14 years ago. In That Time hes produced tracks on many labels, including Logan D's Low Down Deep, Goldie's Metal Headz, DJ Hype's Playaz Records, Mampi Swift's Charge Records, Roni Size's Full Cycle, Shy Fx's Digital Sound Boy, V Recordings, Philly Blunt, Frontline, Propaganda amongst others, along with his own imprints Sumo Beatz, Co-Lab & Calypso. Being Influenced by all styles of Drum & Bass from the start, Heist’s incredibly adaptable production style has seen his tunes find themselves into a variety of big name’s DJ boxes across the scene, together with the compliment of being sound engineer to Goldie’s productions (Also as Rufige Kru) for the last 6 years. Expertly balancing a long line of ambitious production projects with his first love of DJing, Heist continues to play out across the UK and Europe, America and Australia to an ever-increasing fan base.
In a welcome diversion from the antisocial Drum & Bass stereotype, Heist has also come into his own as a personality in the music owing to a volume of media coverage pushing him into the public consciousness.The Sumo Beatz Podcast (Available on iTunes) offers a great insight into the variety of what Heist plays in DJ Sets. Also an appearance in Drum & Bass literary Mecca Knowledge Magazine providing invaluable knowledge for their ‘Studio Tips’ section was followed by demand for his DJ work at competing publication ATM, laying down a mix with award-winning MC Funsta. Further publicity has seen him interviewed for Drum & Bass Arena TV from his very own studio, also DJing on Drum & Bass TV LIVE many times with people like Harry Shotta, Skibbadee, Funsta and others. Add to that appearances on BBC Radio 1, Ministry Of Sound, Kiss FM and BBC 1Xtra where he held his own alongside superstars Grooverider, Bryan G, DJ Hype and Bailey. With continual support from industry heavyweights including Fabio, Grooverider, Hype, Goldie, Fresh, Annie Mac, Mista Jam, Bailey, Crissy Criss, Dillinja, Original Sin, Taxman, Hazard and plenty more, Heist’s spot in the limelight has been deservedly cemented in recent times.
Heist has raised the bar over time with a number of exciting collaborations and re-workings, ever conscious of a desire to improve his own already formidable skills. These include a remixs for Roni Size, Pendulum, Talay Riley, Stooshe and Josh Kumra. Also Engineering Remixes alongside Goldie for Calvin Harris, Ed Sheeran, Joker and legendary Stone Roses front man, Ian Brown.Further work alongside Goldie has seen him engineer hugely well-received LPs Malice in Wonderland and Memoirs of an Afterlife for the Metalheadz boss, together with A Recent new Goldie Track Called 'Freedom' which was supported on BBC Radio 1 by Ferne Cotton, Pete Tong, Zane Low, Trevor Nelson, Mista Jam to name a few. Meanwhile, Heist has Also worked on Collaborations with artists like Taxman, Majistrate, Crissy Criss, Serum and many more with new possible co lab options looming.
With an ever growing crop of new talent constantly emerging in the world of drum & bass there’s a crew staking their claim to make themselves heard this year. Making some serious noise out of the South West, Sinprint might be a new name to you but they certainly aren’t new to the game. Previously going under the moniker SubMental, the duo comprised of Max Stevens and Lee Williams under their new Sinprint alias are intent on doing some damage with their particular brand of punchy yet melodic dance floor music.
Their involvement with the music began as DJ’s and they have been taken to the decks at events such as Random Concept, Audio:Pressure as well as residencies at festivals including Nass, Glade and Run To The Sun. Proving themselves to be no slouches when it came to playing the music they loved the logical step into production was an easy one for the guys to make. Last year they got radio support from Crissy Criss on BBC 1Xtra and club approval from Hospital Records own Fred V & Grafix.
Now as Sinprint it’s time for Max and Lee to step it up a gear. 2014 is already looking like it’s promising a lot for the Cornwall based pair. They’ve recently cemented their hard work and dedication by signing an exclusive deal with Sigma’s Life Recordings. The first fruits of Sinprint’s labours on the chart topping acts label is The Distance / Hyperlink, both cuts hard hitting but laced with vibes and just a small glimpse of what is to come from them.
Sinprint will most definitely be ones to watch for the future.
One of the most active Polish drum'n'bass producers. His tunes were appreciated not only by wide audience from his home country, but also received lots of support from the major drum'n'bass DJs from all over the world.
Ravager tracks received support from Crissy Criss (BBC 1xtra/Technique Rec.), Krafty Kuts (Against The Grain/Skint/Instant Vibes), Figure (Play Me Rec.), Netsky (Hospital Rec.), Zen (Flip Audio/Ganja Rec.), Smooth (Viper Rec.), L.A.O.S. (Hospital Rec./Viper Rec.), Tony Anthem (Future Prophecies - Bad Monkey & Dub Monkey Records), Callide (Ram Rec.), Terravita (Technique Rec.), Technicolour (Technique Rec.), Grafix (Mainframe Rec./Cue Rec./Talkin Beatz), Komatic (Technique Rec.), Escape (Muzik Hertz), DJ Ollie (Direct Rec./Innovation), DJ AMC (Drum & Bass Arena), KG (Talkin Beatz/Viper Rec.), Nishin Verdiano (Dustla), Miss Represent (Ortofon DJ Team) among many others.
Back in 2011 his single released on Direct Recordings called 'Missing You' remixed by one of the top jump up producers - DJ Zen (Flip Audio/Grid Rec./Ganja Rec.). gained attention of wide audience by reaching number #1 in Drum'n'Bass Arena Download Charts. Also received good marks from the major scene stars like f.e. Brockie, Nicky Blackmarket or Crystal Clear.
Ravager tracks are were aired on the most respectable radio stations, incl. BBC Radio 1, BBC 1xtra, Bassdrive & Kool FM and podcasts (f.e. Innovation Podcast). In 2010 Ravager was invited to record an artist-only mix for one of the biggest Youtube drum'n'bass promotion channels: 'Panda DNBTV'. His tunes were also featured on major electronic music digital stores - Beatport, Trackitdown and Download Store of Drum'n'Bass Arena (where Raindrops and Missing You remixed by Zen both reached number #1).
NoiseCakes formed by Crissy Criss and Sammy Porter