Austen Afridi aka DJ Philistine has been blowing up the blogosphere for the last year. He began producing a little over a year ago starting with mashups, but now has moved to dubstep and house. He lived in Rome, Italy for 5 months last year and started his DJ career there playing at several of the hottest clubs. Still in college, he plans to continue producing when he is out. He is currently looking at signing to a electro label releasing disco house and dubstep. Keep a look out for him in the future. He know resides in The East Bay of California.
Artist Name – Dash Total’D
Real Name – Dan Ashworth
Age – 19
Hometown – Manchester, UK.
Been Producing Since: 2004
Dan originally was into a lot of Trance, House, & Electro styles of music in the early years, therefore producing a lot of electro tracks for his own pleasure. Then went to college where he heard MC’s in the studios messing about with Dubstep and Dub styles of music. He then became hooked! Could not get enough of the stuff and started making his own Dubstep tracks in late 2007.
He set out to achieve his own unique sound, and with time and patience, Dash thinks he’s found it. Although a lot of his tracks vary from sound to sound, I think people will still recognise his sound, pattern & technique.
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Dark Elixir, real name James, is a 20 year old dubstep producers from the northern United Kingdom in Manchester.
James got into producing a little over a year ago during college.He didn’t hear dubstep until like a month after, so he was making Drum n Bass and hip hop, that’s when he started hearing it. The first dubstep songs that really caught his attention was some bar9 tunes and Babylon system when they released the song ‘Shevil’.From then on he prefers the dark and up paced style of dubstep. Dark Elixir did want to make more of the mainstream style but felt uncomfortable doing so. Now he attempts to craft his own style of dubstep.
Currently James is not interested in achieving fame, he just wants to make music he can listen to and share.
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Having been influenced by music as diverse as Brian Blade, The Yardbirds, Erykah Badu, A Tribe Called Quest , Bugz in the Attic, The Stone Roses, Photek and Calibre; Manchester based Drum and Bass producer Dub Phizix began his obsession with music over 15 years ago by annoying the neighbours with a guitar, a double tape deck and his Dads collection of 7” records. In 2000 he decided to turn his interest of Drum and Bass music into some compositions of his own. Since then the aim has been to make forward thinking, eclectic music, which has the longevity of the music which influenced him. 10 years later and Dub Phizix is an accomplished producer having made music in a variety of styles. Credits include tracks for; Nokia and V inspired and have featured on MTV, BBC and 4Music. During this time he also released music on IDJR and remixed for Panjabi MC and DRS. The latter, being “Slow that Flow” which received support and airplay from Ras Kwame, Mistajam, Chimpo, The Steppahs and MRK-1. Other DJs to play his music include Fabio, Goldie, Marcus Intalex, D Bridge, A-sides, Bailey, Loxy, Data, Sabre, L Double, S.P.Y, Spectrasoul, Marky and many more. He has collaborated with many artists such as Future Cut, Virus Syndicate, Broke ‘N’ English and Skittles. He also carried out production and mix work for the majority of acts on the Manchester music circuit from his “Dub Tub” studio, which he ran for 2 years from above Sankeys Soap nightclub. This varied from hip-hop to Indie to Folk.
As a DJ; he mixed the worlds first games mod for Grand Theft Auto alongside MC Code:breaker. As well as appearances at nights including Soul:ution, Hit and Run and Platoon. He was also one third of the Phizical education show on Unity radio with DJ Pale and MC Longman. 2010 was the year when Dub Phizix, Drum and Bass surfaced. With music being signed and released throughout the year. The first of which; OK [feat Fox] b/w Heart Soul and Mind came out in the first 1/4 of the year on IDJR. “Between Us” was released n August on the “Without Borders” LP on Translation recordings with “Handmade to follow on a 12”epilogue. Septmeber sees the release of “Fallen angel” a collaboration with Skeptical on Ingredients records. Other releases to come include dance floor favourite “The Editor” featuring Strategy from Broke ‘n’ English on legendary label Soul:r. Codec b/w Hammerhead on Fabios Creative Source imprint and Parquette b/w Rainy city music on Nu Directions. With a number of releases still to be finalised and various live performances due throughout the year and beyond the future looks bright.
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