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++ DJ SS ++
SS is short for Scratchenstein, which is a name he used when he was a hip hop scratch DJ, and a part of the hip hop act, The Formation Five, whose name inspired the name of his record label.
Originally a breakdancer, DJ Stratchenstein began playing electro music as a teenager in the early 1980s. He then played hip hop and rare groove before turning to producing in 1988 initially acid house, hardcore, breakbeat and finally drum and bass tracks.
SS got his big break DJ'ing at the big British raves of the early 1990s such as Telepathy. Since then he has gone on to DJ world wide. His biggest hit came in 2002 with "The Lighter", reaching number 63 on the UK Singles Chart.
SS is the co-founder and head of the Formation Records label, and has released over 100 tracks using a number of aliases. These include the "Color Series" and the "Country Series", MA3 "Those DJs", the piano-theme-from-Love Story-sampling "Lighter" (the label's biggest hit) plus many popular drum and bass tunes. He has also remixed "No Good (Start the Dance)" by The Prodigy. He has featured on radio shows such as BBC 1Xtra's D&B M1X, on which he put together an hour-long mix of Formation tracks and was interviewed about his career.
++ MAMPI SWIFT ++
The very definition of a legend, Mampi Swift has been involved in the drum & bass scene since the early 90’s. It was in 1990 that Swift started DJing and found himself behind the counter of Lucky Spin records. With access to the studio next door and an in-house engineer, Swift jumped at the valuable opportunity to start learning how to produce. Releases soon started filtering out with labels like Suburban Base, True Playaz, Trouble On Vinyl & Frontline all taking tracks.
1997 saw the launch of Charge Recordings, and a slur of releases that saw him rise meteorically to the top of the DnB tree. With the release of ‘The One’, Swift became a household name and he showed no signs of slowing up, following that up with the likes of ‘Hi Tek’, ‘Touch Of J’, ‘Jaws’ and ‘Trippin’. The label went from strength to strength and has since seen releases from Fresh, Friction, Blame, Sigma, Gridlok and more.
In the DJ booth, Mampi is a force to be reckoned with and it’s arguably where he feels most at home. A pioneer of the double drop style of DJing his unmistakeable presence behind the decks has formed the back bone of many a line up from the UK to the States and everywhere in between. A true originator he has influenced and shaped the scene like few others.
Moving into 2013, after a short break his brand new album entitled ‘HISTORY’ is soon to be released on the new MAMPI SWIFT RECORDINGS imprint. Already receiving huge DJ support from the likes of Andy C, Sub Focus, Netsky, Chase N Status, Friction, The Prototypes & Crissy Cris and of course not forgetting Bailey who premiered the lead cut ‘Gangster’ from the LP on his 1Xtra show recently.
There’s no doubt that with a killer LP dropping soon, Swift is ready to turn DnB on its head once again.
Jake Carter, AKA Sub Zero, has been an unstoppable force within drum & bass for almost a decade. After building massive respect and connections within the scene as one half of acclaimed Geordie jump up duo G-Dub, his solo output since 2009 has seen Sub Zero smash out some of drum & bass’s most destructive releases, from his tear-out debut ‘Spin Doc’ to ‘Ooh Baby’, ‘Dodge City’ and of course, ‘Poon’.
++ SUBZERO ++
Sub Zero has risen to become a major weapon on the Real Playaz/Ganja Records label, and his release schedule for 2011-12 went stratospheric. As Jake’s production diversified, breathing new styles and life into jump up with strains of dark & minimal drum & bass, praise has been rolling in from heads such as Metalheadz don Goldie, Shogun boss Friction and S.P.Y. His debut Bipolar EP on Real Playaz has fully unleashed the split-personality production of this versatile artist, reflecting a scene that has become stronger for its diversification over the last few years.
It was 2011 that saw Sub Zero smash out his biggest track to date, ‘Poon’, nominated Best Track of the Year at the Drum&BassArena Awards. Its irresistibly dark but heavyweight style saw ‘Poon’ slammed into the set of pretty much every major DJ set of the season, as well as dominating the number 1 spots on Beatport, Drum&BassArena and Track It Down. Undeniably one of the weightiest dancefloor smashers to emerge from drum & bass in recent years, its B-side ‘Brighter Days’ smashed expectations with a soulful, deep take on the minimal roller.
Sub Zero’s talent as a remixer has seen his toxic refix of Sigma’s ‘The Jungle’ get rinsed by hard-hitters everywhere, leading on to a massive remix of 'Run Riot' for Camo & Krooked on Hospital Records, as well as dubstep goliaths Circus Records commissioning a fiendish rework of 140 anthem ‘50 Calibre’ by Funtcase. And to show just how much his talents are in demand, Viper Records has asked Sub Zero to take on DC Breaks’ 'Babylon', adding some landmark collaborations to an already outstanding back catalogue.
When he’s not smashing out titanium-hard DJ sets worldwide in South Africa, the US, Russia, Australia, Canada, China and all over Europe, Jake kicks back in Leicester and works on his next breath-taking release for the Playaz crew, and heads down to London monthly to smash out a residency set at Fabric’s colossal True Playaz events. Of all the achievements and accolades he has had in his career, a massive source of pride is his remix of DJ SS’s ‘We Came to Entertain’ rinsing out as the soundtrack to the infamous 'Fred The Raver' video on Youtube, boasting 2.5 million views to date.
With Sub Zero was voted DJ ravers most wanted to see at the world’s biggest drum & bass festival (Saint-Petersburg’s Pirate Station), and with every release he puts out going straight to the top of every download chart, Sub Zero’s massive popularity and fierce reputation as a producer isn’t slowing down anytime soon. And after the versatility and vision shown by his debut Bipolar EP, the scene had better watch out for Sub Zero’s next move.
words by Anna Herber
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