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Skream is the electronic music producer and DJ Ollie Jones from Croydon, South London. One of dubstep’s first and most prominent producers, he is often hailed as the ‘ambassador’ of the growing genre.
Most famous outside the dubstep community for his crossover hit ‘PlayMidnight Request Line’ released in 2005 on Tempa, he continues to churn out classics at an amazing rate, including his ‘Skreamizm’ vinyl series and a self-titled album, both also on the seminal Tempa record label.
Widely regarded as one of the founding forefathers of the scene known as Dubstep, after early heads like El-B and Steve Gurley had laid the foundations on swung garage beats and post jungle rhythms along came Benga and Big Apple records.
Drop the Lime
Everyone comes from somewhere, but some people wear the cities they’re from like badges of honor. Drop the Lime is Luca Venezia, one of those people whose identity is intrinsically connected to his hometown – New York City.
Drop The Lime’s influences range from Brian Eno to rockabilly (he’s well known for his 50s doo wop and soul sets) to Sonic Youth to Wu Tang but things don’t just stop there. He also runs Trouble & Bass, an influential New York club night and label since 2006. The Trouble & Bass crew are the DJs who are defining a new New York sound.
AC Slater, hailing from Philadelphia but now residing in New York City, was one of the biggest american hardcore and freeform DJs. In 2001 started the Pitched Up record label as an outlet for american hardcore music. The label saw 5 vinyl releases and 10 digital releases.
In 2007 AC Slater moved away from hardcore and raves to focus on fidget house, getting commissioned to do remixes for artists such as Freestylers, Moby, Shwayze, Human Resource, and Drop the Lime.
The first time Star Eyes touched a turntable was at the age of 15, when she decided she wanted to take up Djing. Sick of listening to rave DJ's with bad taste in breakbeats, she began buying jungle with the intention of playing to her bedroom walls. After giving out tapes to her friends and having her mixes featured on L.A.'s Underground Source info line, friends began asking her to play out at local jungle events. At that time, she was the only female junglist playing out in the Los Angeles area. In 1995, Star Eyes moved to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley. Star Eyes' name would soon become synonymous with the San Francisco jungle sound. Founding the B.A.S.S. Kru with original members DJ Abstract, Flux, and Hak from San Jose, she helped throw a series of weekly clubs and one-offs (Bass Instinct, Audio Impact, etc.) that would establish S.F. as a hotbed for drum and bass to this day. Star Eyes also released Ruffage during this time, a tape which has passed through ravers hands from the West to East Coast and back again.
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