An architect of sound first visualizes then realises, making something out of nothing, making sure that not only the object itself shines but also the space around it. The sound is moulding, shaping and morphing at the hands of Dj Ink... Tribal/ Bboy/ Mechanical/Organic/Abstract/Groove Ink built architecture recordings as an outlet for his musical output-solely to get good music on the shelves, fast fwd to today and the label is held in massive regard by peers, new producers and veterans alike, but in order to really get the essence we need to go back, way back
Ray Keith started DJing 12 years ago when he was 15. He has had varied tastes ranging from soul/jazz to Hip-Hop and Acid house. He says his influences include fellow DJ's Fabio, Grooverider, Colin Hudd, Johnnie Walker and Eddie Richards. He started at the Crazy Club which was held at the Astoria. At this time he also played at the Pet Shop Boys parties, every function they played at Ray would also play at.
Marcus Intalex is 'pretty fly for a white guy'. Through his production with St Files as M.I.S.T. (Marcus Intalex & ST Files), he has produced incredibly popular remixes for classic tracks such as Just a Vision and Sincere. Marcus is one of the most recognizable names in the increasingly popular genre referred to as liquid funk. Alongside producers such as Calibre, Peshay and High Contrast, Marcus is bringing the Soul back to the Step.
Krust (or DJ Krust) is part of the Bristol-based Reprazent collective, as well as releasing his own solo material. In his own right, he is probably most well-known for the mid-90s release "Warhead," which was one of a handful of tunes released in early 1997 which saw drum and bass move towards a more streamlined sound. "Warhead" has been remixed several times by both Krust and other artists. Krust is also well known for his 1996 release "Angles" on V Recordings. He is one of the most cerebral yet eternally funky of all the great drum and bass producers to come out of that area.
J Majik (real name Jamie Spratling) hails from Northwood, England and has been a drum and bass DJ since his early teens in the early 1990s, releasing his first track as early as 1992(as DJ Dextrous ) on the Planet Earth record label. By 1994 he had changed his stage name to the current moniker (due to the fact that there was already another DJ Dextrous within the scene with a huge following recording with Suburban Base Records - http://www.discogs.
Edd Holmes, better known in the Drum & Bass scene as Optiv, first started his music career in the early 90s working at Dance 2, his local record shop in Guildford. At about the same time he was learning his production skills at SAE in London and also found time to hold a weekend job of assistant engineer at Ministry of Sound nightclub. Having completed his studies, he became a main player for the Drum & Bass outfit Pressure Rise.
Photek stands mercilessly on the edge. A sonic scientist, pushing both his sounds and fans' expectations to the outermost limits since 1994, he floods the footnotes of electronica like MP3s clutter up your hard drive. He was there when Goldie declared it drum & bass but to this day he still prefers the term jungle. Conversations with James Lavelle raise the question – what would've become if his remixes of Attica Blues had led to a more affirmed relationship with the agenda setting Mo Wax? His major...
Nick Douwma a.k.a. Sub Focus came to the DnB scene from Liverpool, UK in 2004, and has already broken through with a number of popular tracks released in his first year including "Acid Test", and "X-Ray". Entirely self taught, he was noticed at first by 'Andy C', and in a matter of months, he went from being one of many wannabe producers to becoming a permanent fixture of the award winning 'Ram Records' family.