Dj SS // Formation Records // Drum n Bass/Jungle // UK
One of the UK’s finest DJ/Producers and one of the founders of Formation Records, DJ SS aka Leroy Small is an original breakbeat pioneer who
has made an immense contribution to today’s drum & bass sound. SS is one of the very select DJ / Producers who has been there right from the start, due to the hard work and dedication that he puts into his music.
When the hardcore scene exploded SS was there and hasn’t looked back. He and his partner Eidris started promoting their own parties called Total Kaos every Friday in their hometown of Leicester. They also put on one of the first large indoor parties at Donnington Park in the summer of 91. It was an amazing success and 6000 people danced till dawn.
DJ SS has an enormous list of tracks and used various aliases. Over the years he’s had countless releases on Formation Records as well as doing remix work for other artists. He has released such tracks as ‘The Psycho E.P’, ‘Rhythm For Reasons’, ‘Breakbeat Pressure’, the Drum & Bass anthem ‘Black’, with the highlight being ‘ Lighter’ which was Formation Records best seller, reaching the number 1 spot in the Music Week dance chart and reaching number 68 in the music charts. It is a track that has remained incredibly popular and still continues to be played years on.
Not only has his label Formation during the years had many big tunes released, they have alsohad many big DJ/producers release records on the label. The list isstrong, big and endless including Carl Cox, Grooverider, Shy FX,Ray Keith, Bryan Gee, Frost, Roni Size, Krust, Kenny Ken, Ratty, Matrix, John B, Mickey Finn, Twisted Individual and Distorted Minds.
DJ-SS is now celebrating 20 years of Formation records, and 11 years of World of Drum & Bass which is the longest consecutive D&B tour and a phenomenal achievement in any music genre.
ALFONZ DE LA MOTA // Smart Bar Chicago /Combat records /M.I.A. // Chicago USA
His name is synonymous with Chicago drum n bass and one of Americas largest drum n bass music groups the M.I.A. (murda In america) with over 50+ members all over the country. Since the early 90’s Alfonz has been djing and promoting jungle/drum n bass music. He has played along side the worlds best drum n bass djs including Andy C, Ed Rush & Optical, Black Sun Empire, Concord Dawn, DJ Swamp, Aphrodite, Bad Company, Krs One, Evol Intent, Gein, Ewun. He has headlined all over the country and has played marquee nights such as Respect in Los Angeles and the original Konkrete Jungle at the pyramid in New York City. In Chicago you can find him once a month at subfix Thursdays at Smartbarchicago.com where he hosts his monthly M.I.A. drum n bass event featuring Chicago’s brightest drum n bass artist on a truly sick Funktion one sound rig. With numerous productions under his belt, a very busy dj schedule and a new mix released every 2-3 months alfonz has gained a nice following anywhere the internet is available. His drum n bass mixes are on rotation in several over seas radio stations most recently in New Zealand on loco fm 107fm, his events in Chicago exceed what any one thought a full on drum n bass rager could be like, the energy is high just like the temperature in room, care of the bass heads that are packed on the dance floor moving to the 99.9% drum n bass music pumping out of the speakers. His night at Smart Bar is the Longest running drum n bass night in Chicago with over 200 dedicated attendees every month that come to Smart bar (voted Chicago’s best club several times) and expect to hear Alfonz De La Mota and the M.I.A. crew’s big bass lines melt their faces. Look out for his track “blood and sweat” available on beatport via combat records usa.
Mega Mike // M.I.A. // Chicago
Best known as a top ranking Chicago Junglist and mastermind of all styles bass and party driven, Mega Mike is one of the city’s most skilled and versatile DJs. Exclusive selections, flawless execution and unmatched crowd rocking skills are what make him one of the best!
Getting his start in the mid 90s, he’s played countless events across the mid-west with major artists including Atmosphere, Excision, Figure, 12th Planet, 16 Bit, Aphrodite, AK1200, Gridlok, 6BLOCC, Chrissy Murderbot, King Fantastic, Shpongle, Kirk Degiorgio, Frankie Bones, Cyberpunkers and all of Chi-Towns finest.
Additionally, he has appeared on Chicago radio programs including the highly regarded “848″ on WBEZ 91.5 FM, as well as “Joystyxx Radio” on Loyola’s WLUW 88.7 FM, and “Part Time Sucker Radio” on WNUR 89.3 FM
He currently holds down a weekly Hip Hop residency in Wicker Park and continually plays all of the essential venues in Chicago.
From underground to high profile events, MEGA MIKE always brings the party to a higer level. Come witness the steez!!
KODE X // Soljazz/Chicago bass / M.I.A. //Chicago USA
Kode X comes from the dirty warehouse era of the 90s Chicago rave scene. Getting his start playing at some of the biggest raves to hit the midwest as part of the Soljazz live drum n bass group.
An accomplished producer and remixer he has done work for several labels and major recording artist from Chicago. His love for drum n bass stays steady and his selections stay current. When in the booth you can expect heavy hitting dance floor drum n bass played with a skill only a true veteran can display. He has played all over the midwest and as far as Arizona representing the Chicago sound and bringing the big bass lines when ever he can. Currently you can expect a few releases by him on Combat records due for release some time in January of 2012.