QUEST DJ Quest is a name synonymous with all things breakbeat. Since first getting into the music in early 2000, Quest has been instrumental in shaping the heavier, more club-oriented style of breaks, alongside likeminded artists such as The Stanton Warriors, Deekline, Future Funk Squad and Tayo. Quest's vinyl career started on Pulse Recordings, his first label, on which he released many a massive track, hitting the right notes in both the breaks and garage scenes. The music back then (2000-2001) never really had a home or a name, and was tagged by the music press with all sorts of strange names, "breakbeat garage" being the one that eventually stuck. Quest came to dominate this crossover scene, with anthems such as "Warship", "Egypt" (with Ken Mac), "Captain Porno" and "Trunklets". Things started to move very quickly after a chance meeting with Deekline down at the infamous Music House (where Deekline first heard Quest's "Warship" and got very excited!), and a very important partnership and friendship was formed that still exists to this day. Quest was signed to Deekline's labels, Rat Records and Hardcore Beats, and the result was many more hits in this burgeoning scene. With tracks such as "Bad Boy DJ" and "Old Skool" becoming massive hits overnight, this paved the way for a project that is still very special to Quest. Rat Sessions Volume 1, released in 2002, was arguably the first album ever released in the more bassline, club orientated vein, featuring tracks such as "Floor Basher", "Say Yeah", "Feeling" and "Synthetic Funk". Accompanied with a mix cd that featured top drum'n'bass MC IC3, this album sent shockwaves through the industry. With the album under his belt, Quest felt it was the right time to start his own label. This was of course the label we all know as the infamous Cyberfunk Recordings. With a back catalogue consisting of an enviable array of breaks hits, this label has been instrumental in the shaping of the breaks scene and the launching of some big big names that the scene has come to know and love. Quest's vision and support for artists such as the Breakfastaz, DJ Mutiny, Odissi and MC Ken Mac have come to make them the household names that they are today. In addition to his output on Cyberfunk, Quest has also written huge tracks for other labels, including "Wormhole" (with Odissi) and "Blackhole" (with Ed 209), both on Hardcore Beats, and "Resident" and "Oil Drum", both on Mechanoise. He also co-wrote, with Ben Coupland, the epic "Haunted Gospel" (Botchit and Scarper), a track still popular with many almost four years after its release. He also has tracks and remixes on labels such as Wireframe, Supercharged, Against the Grain, Lot 49, Downbeat, Combat Wax and his new imprint, Mile High Recordings.
In the male dominated electronic music industry very few ladies hold both the studio and performance skills required to break gender stereotypes and gain the respect of their peers. Odissi however, is one of the rare exceptions. Since her vinyl debut on Cyberfunk Recordings at the age of 18 two years ago, her technical and quirky production style has earned her a string of releases on some of the UK’s most prestigious breakbeat labels.
While her almost unhealthy obsession for the technical aspect of making music and all things to do with the studio has kept production at the top of her priority list, she also held an international DJ career that took her places such as Spain, England, and throughout her native country of America before hanging up the headphones in 2004 when she relocated to London. While you will no longer have the opportunity to to see her grace the turntables, living now in the epicenter of the breakbeat world she has moved on to live performance. Her live act, Which in its first year has allready proved successful on an international scale with bookings in the UK, America, Canada, and France, features all her own tracks, collaborations, and vocals delivered in a eclectic and energetic digital mix.
as mentioned above in addition production and performance Odissi can add the title "vocalist" to her ongoing list of talent credentials. While the breakbeat scene has been familure with the sound of Odissi's voice since her debut single, she has recently teamed up with some very prominent names in the industry,lending her unique vocal skills to the likes of Meat Katie and D.Ramierez, Dylan Rhymes, Metric, and Vandal for forthcoming singles on Lot49 and Adrift Recordings.
Those singles along with several more lined up for release this year on Cyberfunk and Mile High recordings only further insure that 2006 is gonna be massive for miss Odissi! And if she wasnt busy enough with everything mentioned above... Odissi gives back to the scene as 1/3 owner of breakbeatworldwide.com, which since its inception in August 2004 has proved itself to be the number one resource for breakbeat information online, featuring the latest dubs, mixes, and industry news from all the scenes key players.
for more info visit www.odissilive.co.uk
Entity is three Liverpool-based drum&bass; and nu-skool breaks producer / DJs, specialising in creating tunes with their own unique sound. 2004 began with Entity’s first breakbeat release - the very successful “Eatin’ Me Breakfast” / “Piss Off Fusetrax” on Manchester Megastep giants - Fusetrax. This reached number 4 in the worldwide breaks sales charts in February 2004 and number 7 the following month. This success was followed up by their first drum&bass; release in October 2004, of Entity vs Futurebound & Jaquan “Check with the vicar” on Viper Recordings, which also set the standard for things to come. The trio then dropped “The Angels fell / 3G” in February 2005 on their own label, ET Breaks, creating an outlet for material which was more experimental. July 2005 saw the release of the long awaited summer tune “Portugal” on the EZ Rollers’ Intercom Recordings. This is currently out as part of the successful Lickable Beats 2 EP, accompanied by a Lickable Beats mix compilation, mixed by the EZ Rollers. Entity’s dubstep-infected “Step Up” exploded onto international dancefloors in September 2005, released by Cyberfunk’s sister label, Combat Wax. This is also featured on the massive Breakspoll mix cd, mixed by The Breakfastaz. It doesn’t stop there. Forthcoming drum&bass; releases include the Futurebound & Entity remix of Total Science’s “Punisher” on CIA Recordings, early 2006. Not to mention “Gangster Jazz”, the next Entity & Futurebound release on Viper Recordings, as part of the Circuit Breakers series - this is already being exclusively rinsed out by big names in DNB. Also in the pipeline is a drum&bass; remix of “Loser” by DJ Quest & Odissi, for Cyberfunk Recordings. Anticipated breaks releases include the old skool / dubstep crossover tune “Heart Attack” on DJ Mutiny’s new label Sub Frequency Funk, with Screwface on remix duty – heavy! Set to drop December 2005. Watch out also for the Baobinga vs Entity 12” on Fusetrax, “Brace yaself / Smash it.” It’s been hard keeping a lid on that tango-breakstep vs megastep-bassline mash up! Where can you hear them? They have residencies at Pyrotechnic Radio (as guests of The Breakfastaz show) and also at Liverpool’s Krunch, a premier drum&bass; and breaks event. As well as DJ sets, the crew perform their music in a multimedia live sequencing set. For more information, live dates, tunes, contact details and other tings, check out their site at: entitymusic.com
Sunchase is the alias of Alexander Pavlenko, hailing from Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. At the age of 15 he started playing around with production software being influenced by people like Orbital, Chemical Brothers, Dj Shadow, Crystal Method, Ed Rush & Optical and Decoder.
Later on Static Nitro with Oxide, production outfit was formed and became one of the most successful duos in post-soviet countries. In 2002 Sunchase decided to get back to his solo career. One of the first solo works was «Remember Me» in collaboration with Latvian singer Yana Kay. This soulful vocal smasher immediately started gaining attention from countless international djs including Fresh, Pendulum, Concord Dawn, John B, Bulletproof... And he never looked back ever since firmly establishing himself on worldwide d&b; map as one of the eastern europe's premier producers. Various collaborations followed with Counter Strike, Resound, Cyb Orc, Dissident, Bes and Proket.
Cinematic, twisted, sinister.... Locust manipulates the Nuskool sound into something truely unique in the current breakbeat climate. A macabre hybrid of horror movie-esque soundscapes and talking basslines that creep alongside intricate drum programming like something out of a bad dream.
The determination to stray from the current standard of a production scene stuck on hoovers and kick rolls has earnt Locust a spot on the Cyberfunk artist roster. 2006 is expected to bring with it Locust's debut single, two sides of a record dripping with the dark massochistic tone that is the Locust mission statement. Some may call it souless, but Locust argues that you cannot discredit one end of the emotional spectrum simply because it isnt "happy."
Jade (Gabor Simon) is a 26 years old guy from Budapest, Hungary. After a couple of years producing in different genres, he found drum and bass the most suitable domain to fulfill his style. His first 12", a cooperation with 'Matt-U', was released at late 2004. It was followed by a massive release on the mighty Moving Shadow, and one on Ryme Tyme's Spawn recordings. After his first drum and bass release he felt the time has come to try out himself in breakbeat. His first tracks, after a short time floating around in the scene, they finally landed in the hands of Marcus, who instantly offered an exclusive contract for him. The first 12" is on the way…
Sunchase is the alias of Alexander Pavlenko, hailing from Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. At the age of 15 he started playing around with production software being influenced by people like Orbital, Chemical Brothers, Dj Shadow, Crystal Method, Ed Rush & Optical and Decoder. Later on Static Nitro with Oxide, production outfit was formed and became one of the most successful duos in post-soviet countries. In 2002 Sunchase decided to get back to his solo career. One of the first solo works was «Remember Me» in collaboration with Latvian singer Yana Kay. This soulful vocal smasher immediately started gaining attention from countless international djs including Fresh, Pendulum, Concord Dawn, John B, Bulletproof... And he never looked back ever since firmly establishing himself on worldwide d&b; map as one of the eastern europe's premier producers. Various collaborations followed with Counter Strike, Resound, Cyb Orc, Dissident, Bes and Proket. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Brendan Angelides, aka Eskmo, currently resides in Connecticut, on the East Coast United States. He has been writing and producing a number of styles of electronic music steadily since 1999 - from D&B; to house, breaks, techno, downtempo as well as ambient. He began fooling with sounds far before then from playing with various bands, projects and experimenting with one-man recordings. Eskmo was first drawn to an abstract heavy funk psychology through the sounds of Les Claypool, and a sort of understanding took place. This inspired Eskmo from 1995 onward to work with several bands throughout his local area while maintaining a drive to create works of art through sound. This led him to save up and buy certain synths and sequencers that would soon lead to the buildup of a live stage performance and studio career.
This led him to save up and buy certain synths and sequencers that would soon lead to the buildup of a live stage performance and studio career. Since 1999, Eskmo has traveled along the East Coast US as a live pa act featuring on the spot manipulation of songs with various keyboards, samplers, fx processors etc. Throughout this time he has played in Manhattan, Philly, Boston, Springfield, Connecticut and more. Eskmo has just recently been exclusively signed to the UK breaks label Cyberfunk in which 3 releases and various remix work are set for 2005. As of January 2005, Eskmo has self released 4 full length albums and released 3 records on NYC based breakbeat label Downbeat. The most recent of these records features him collaborating with the oldskool UK breaks team Backdraft on the tune entitled "Basement", which earned a 4 /5 star review in DJ Mag. His next release under Downbeat is set for April of 2005 and has just recently won the remix contest of "Gravel Muncha" which was originally done by UK breaks heavyweight Dj Quest. For the majority of 2004 he has taken a break from the live circuit to focus on studio work, graphic arts and various 'out of the box' studies, although he soon plans on returning once again to the live atmosphere of performance...Keep your eyes open on this up and coming artist...
Froe, Gav and Merf make up the nu-skool breaks collective known as The Breakfastaz. They have been working together on a number of musical projects for several years and the wide ranging influences they collectively bring have helped to form their unique breakbeat sound. With over 17 successful releases and remixes on respected breaks labels such as Cyberfunk, Passenger and Mob in little over 12 months, their offerings have received support and heavy rotation from scene stalwarts such as Plump DJs, The Freestylers, Tayo, Ali B, Meat Katie, Aquasky, Krafty Kuts, Deekline, Annie Mac and even Zane Lowe, highlighting the enormous impact they’ve had on the scene in such a short period of time. To back up their releases, the guys have been DJing everywhere from London to Spain to the United States and were also invited to do guest shows and interviews on BBC Radio 1 (Annie Nightingale), Xfm (Eddie Temple-Morris) and Kiss 100 (Tayo), accompanying their weekly shows on Pyrotechnic Radio (Fridays 3-5PM GMT - www.pyrotechnicradio.com) and on Breaks FM (Saturdays 6-8pmPM GMT - www.breaksfm.com). Their hard work is already being recognised, with the guys being featured on the front cover of IDJ’s ‘Players Of The Year 2004’ December edition and recently winning Best Breakthrough Act at the Breakspoll World Breakbeat Awards 2005, as well as being nominated for the Best Producer award too. The future is also looking bright for The Breakfastaz with imminent releases on Against The Grain, mixing the first 'Breakspoll presents...' compilation CD and an album project looming large.
Baobinga's approach to music, and indeed life in general, is best explained through the words of that most inspirational of philosophers, the 'Mad Stuntman': "All girls, all over the world... I love how all girls a move their body, And when ya move ya body, Wanna move it nice and sweet and sexy" Wise words indeed. Baobinga is so street that he has recently moved his studio to the pavement outside his flat; however, he finds it hard to make time for production amongst his hectic schedule of steady-thuggin'. In his spare time, Baobinga dresses up as a pirate and hobbles the streets of Manchester, menacing children and small animals. His ambition is to one day have a real wooden leg.