In the world of electronic music, there are few bigger names than that of Andy C.Regarded as one of the greatest DJs ever to touch a turntable, the Ram Records founder has relentlessly dedicated almost two decades of his life to the music he loves, flying across the globe week in, week out, to demonstrate a mastery of craft that has earnt him a status as one of the most iconic and important figures in global dance music culture.Much more than just a DJ, Andy C is a true figurehead for the drum & bass movement, within which he has been an instrumental player since its very beginnings; his DJ sets and own seminal productions helping to evolve the genre through the many stages of its evolution. Andy’s dedication to dance music is only matched by his list of achievements, and his is a journey that has taken him from sneaking into raves in barns as a 13 year old, to the glamorous terraces of Space in Ibiza and being invited to speak at Oxford University.Growing up in Hornchurch, Essex, the young Andy got his first taste of the rave culture that was sweeping the UK in the late-1980s from his older sister, Sarah. At just 12 years of age, Andy would obsessively educate himself by listening to her rave tapes and local pirate radio, eagerly absorbing the sounds of the nascent rave scene and desperate to become involved in its rapidly emerging culture.At 15, Andy first met Scott Bourne (Red One) through a school work-experience placement. The slightly older Scott ran a rave called Imagination in Bishopsgate, London, and it was here that Andy’s attention was first captured by the DJ controlling the crowd. After buying a cheap pair of decks, plenty of sleepless school nights spent practicing, and endlessly mailing out demo cassettes; luck struck and Andy was asked to play at Elevation on London’s Shaftsbury Avenue. Residencies at legendary raves such as Telepathy followed and, as Jungle emerged from Hardcore, Andy C became a name to watch.With his career as a DJ taking flight, although still yet to finish school, Andy was also busy cutting his teeth as a producer, grappling with the rudimentary music-tech of the early-90s under the guidance of family friend Ant Miles, and creating his own tracks on reel-to-reel tape players and monophonic samplers. Having spent months working on the four-track ‘Sour Mash’ EP, the young DJ was determined the tracks should find a release. As such, just one week after finishing his GCSEs, Ram Records was launched, taking its name from Andy’s star sign (Aries) and with a logo hand-drawn by his sister on the kitchen table at home. Little did anyone involved realise then, but what would go on to become one of the biggest and most powerful brands in dance music had just been born.Ram’s third release, the classic ‘Valley Of The Shadows’ (with Ant Miles under the Origin Unknown moniker) in 1993, assured Andy a place in the history of dance music at the age of just 16, but the teenager from Essex wasn’t about to rest on his laurels. As the 1990s went on, and Drum & Bass emerged from Jungle, Andy’s impeccable DJ sets consolidated his status as an essential at any big rave, while Ram continued to develop into one of the most forward thinking and consistent labels in dance music.Two albums followed for Origin Unknown, ‘Speed Of Sound’ and ‘Sound In Motion’ in 1997 and 1998 respectively, before Andy and Ant linked up within another longstanding local friend, Shimon, to form the mighty Ram Trilogy. In 1999 the trio released ‘Molten Beats’, a landmark drum & bass album that signified just how far the genre come in the few short years since the emergence of Jungle in the early-90s.Over the following decade both Andy and Ram refused to let up. DJing more than ever, in almost every corner of the planet, Andy was – and continues to be – repeatedly voted Number One at every D&B awards ceremony going, confirming his reputation for near super-human skills behind the turntables with every set, and demonstrating a technical and musical erudition that led to his fond labelling as a ‘robot’ by the fans that religiously attended the packed-out Ram events at The End nightclub in London’s West End.In 2003 Andy released the first in his ‘Nightlife’ mix series, winning universal acclaim for its selection and construction and spawning four further instalments over the years that would follow. While Andy kept himself busy with a tireless DJ schedule during the first decade of the new Millennium, Ram was busy too – signing up the brightest sparks from D&B’s new wave of producers. Among these were two names that have since become some of the biggest producers working in electronic music today; Sub Focus and Chase & Status, who have both gone on the record to expressing their gratitude for Andy’s role in their unprecedented success as producers.Despite this incredible career, the future is set for only bigger and better things for a man who has dedicated the vast majority of his life to the music he loves and believes in. After a year that saw him unleash the latest ‘Nightlife’, moving the Ram nights to London’s Fabric superclub, signing a whole raft of fresh talent to the label and even lecturing at Oxford University, as the new decade develops the man they call ‘The Executioner’ isn’t softening up… in fact, he’s sharpening his axe.
Awards & Honours:
DJ Mag Top 100 Best D&B DJ – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010
National D&B Awards Best DJ – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Drum & Bass Arena Awards Best DJ – 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010
Knowledge Mag Best DJ – 1999, 2000, 2003
Accelerated Culture Best DJ – 2002, 2003, 2004
Mixmag Greatest DJ Of All Time – No.4
Southwest Awards Best DJ – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
DJ Mag Top 100 Highest Climber – 2010
Accelerated Culture Outstanding Achievement – 2004
National D&B Awards Lifetime Achievement – 2008
National D&B Awards Best Album – 2011
BBC 1Xtra Icon Award – 2007
Drum & Bass Arena Hall of Fame – 2009
Future Music Awards Best International DJ – 2009
Hardcore Dance awards Best DJ – 1997
Dj/Producer Marcus Visionary has been in the game for over two decades representing Jungle Dnb as well as a variety of british bass culture music. Marcus prides himself on clean mixing and is well known for his musical versatily and keen ability to read any crowd. In his hometown Toronto, Marcus has been running the Prophecy on 89.5 FM for 17 Years. The program is North America’s longest running Jungle DnB radio show and has been a integral part of the city’s developing bass music scene.On an international level Marcus is fortunate enough to be a part of Shy FX’s Digital Soundboy family since 2005. As a producer Marcus has worked for several high profile lables such as Revolver, 31 Records, T.O.V, Flex, Play Muzik, Shout, Co-Lab, Dance Rock, Rocksteady and many more. In 2010 he released an experimental double LP entitled ‘Carib’ (via Liondub) which stayed at #1 on Juno download for 6 weeks. In 2011 he released his first solo Jungle LP entitled ‘Humble’ which featured many veteran reggae artists such as: Johnny Osbourne, Bunny General, Sugar Minott, Pad Anthony, Jah Dan, Terry Ganzie, and Messenger Selah.In 2013 Marcus has many forthcoming projects for a variety of labels including: Necessary Bass, Benny Page’s ‘High Culture’ imprint, Inner City Dance with DJ Lush. Also watch out for several singles on Liondub International including an album project with reggae legend Johnny Osbourne.
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The Business / Embrace / Bassmentality / Destiny / DubstepToronto.ca Subkulture / Mckee Agency / Skyrocket EntertainmentDJ, MC, Producer, Promoter… Ruben “HYDEE” Reyes has made a name for himself in the Canadian music community over the past decade with unstoppable hustle, larger than life charm and top-shelf taste in Drum & Bass, Dubstep and everything else in-between. From early roots drumming in local punk and hardcore bands grew a love of DJing during the golden age of Toronto’s globally renowned Drum & Bass scene. Once Hydee heard the sounds of the UK underground there was no turning back and one of Toronto’s best loved personalities was born.As a long-time resident at EMBRACE events, Hydee has shared the stage with superstars like Nero, Skrillex, Rusko, Flux Pavilion, Skream & Benga and many more. A WEMF festival favourite and regular headliner and friend of the world famous BASSMENTALITY weekly, he has built a fanatical fan-base through tireless hard work, impecable DJ skills and his love of high-energy, hands in the air anthems selected with the skill only a true veteran can bring. Now signed to the McKee Agency along side some of Canada’s most well known performers, Hydee is poised to bring his room-shaking sound to new audiences nationwide.Equally able to rock a crowd from behind the decks or on the microphone, Hydee is riding high off the recent release of the BAD BOYS REMIX EP in June of 2012 with production partner Stickbubbly, making high-profile festival appearances across eastern canada this past summer and more highly anticipated original music on the horizon.There won’t be anyone left standing still when Hydee’s in the house.
LUSH describes his sound as Jungle Music at 130, 140 and 175 bpm. Sounds crazy? Maybe, but with Lush the single most dominant trend over his 19 years of DJing has always been unbridled passion for the music that he plays.Widely known and respected as a pioneering Jungle/DnB DJ in Canada, the DJ’s DJ as he has been frequently called by his peers has been a “student” of the art of DJing and a follower of the Hardcore Continuum from Hardcore thru to Jungle, into Drum & Bass; and forward onto the current genre less mutations and hybrids of Bass music. Whatever style Lush chooses to play, the underlying theme is always music with feeling and soul, with a heavy Junglist leaning and room shattering bass. He approaches it all with the same enthusiasm and razor sharp precision.A true champion of the underground, Lush has always been respected as a DJ who takes risks breaking new music and setting musical trends, but yet somehow putting it together in such a way as to always have the viewpoint of the dance floor on his side throughout. His super technical rolling mixing style has been his trademark though out his career, winning over crowds and other DJ’s alike with his high energy puzzle piece mixing. Lush’s connection with the people on the dance floor comes from his years of being in raves himself, always out in the crowd taking in all the of the sights, sounds and energy of the music and scene that he loves.Lush’s history is unquestionable, as Catchin Wreck, his much loved DJ/MC and production partnership with L Natural the two played all over the world and released music on some of DnB’s most respected labels. As a resident DJ for most of the biggest promoters to ever throw parties on this side of the world during the 90’s: Syrous, Lifeforce, Renegades, Destiny, Empire, Theory, Junglist Movement, Vinyl Syndicate. A who’s who of scene builders in Toronto who have all trusted Lush to play the right music at the right time to the thousands of people who would frequent their events.In 2012 Lush is just as relevant to and passionate about his music and DJing as ever. He continues to be a fixture behind the decks for big main room Drum n Bass promoters like Destiny and Toronto Jungle as well as underground heads events like AUX and On Point, tailoring his style to fit whatever crowd is in front of him. He continues to press forward pushing his love of other tempos of Bass music through his role as a co founder for widely successful podcast station Channel One and his new All Things Bass label and brand Inner City Dance in partnership with Toronto icon Marcus Visionary.The DJ’s DJ shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.