3D and Badass present: Playaz Recording Tour
DJ Hype b2b DJ Hazard
Original Sin, Des McMahon
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009
This event is 18 and over
Although his Ganja Records label and tracks released under his own name and with the Ganja Kru have helped, it's the 'DJ' at the front of Hype's name that has proved most important in raising his profile to the level of the Grooverider's, Goldie's, and LTJ Bukem's of Drum'n'Bass. A battle DJ of renown (he represented England in the 1989 DMCs), Hype had a history of electrifying deckwork before moving on from his reggae and hip-hop roots in the late '80s and latching onto house and hardcore. He was an early force on one of London's most influential pirate stations, Fantasy FM, and since then he's consistently topped bills on the international DJ circuit, landing awards for Best Male DJ and Best Radio DJ (in 1994 and 1995, respectively) at the U.K.'s prestigious Hardcore Awards. He's also one of London's popular Kiss FM's biggest attractions and was the force behind Suburban Base's popular multi-volumed mixed compilation series, Drum and Bass Selection. A champion of jungle's dancefloor purity, Hype has also rallied consistently against jungle's compartmentalization into artificial "scenes" such as ambient/intelligent and hip-hop/ragga. (Of course, his sets tend to consist almost exclusively of the latter, which somewhat undermines his argument.)
Hype began producing in 1990, engineering and co-producing tracks (including chart-toppers such as "Exorcist" and "The Bee" by The Scientist) for hardcore staples Kickin Records, Strictly Underground, and Sub Base. Although he never lost touch with his breakbeat roots (even going so far as to spin hip-hop instrumentals over house tracks to add a bit of rhythmic flare), it wasn't until he launched his own Ganja label in 1994 (with "Cops") that he began seriously focusing on the post-rave possibilities of sampled breaks. The Ganja label's almost immediate popularity -- primarily through floor-fillers such as DJ Zinc's penultimate 1995 anthem "Super Sharp Shooter" -- peaked in late 1995 with Still Smokin', a combined-release label compilation between Ganja and cohort Pascal's Frontline imprint, which became one of the highest-selling independent jungle compilations. Re-pressed in 1997, that success also led to a major label deal with MCA's Parousia sublabel and the establishment of True Playaz Music, a Hype-led DJ and production unit also including Zinc, Pascal, and Rude Bwoy Monty. True Playaz the label has also come to the fore as one of the more consistent outlets for innovative hardstep, a style that all but disappeared during the jump-up- and techstep-dominated mid-'90s.
Drum & Bass producer from Birmingham. Born 1977, originally a DJ on Kool FM Midlands, served in the Music First shop at the Custard Factory, and released his first single "Year 2000" as a white label on Jason Ball's Promo Recordings. Also worked in the Basement Beats record shop in Birmingham.
Started his own labels, Radius and Structure, and subsequently R-Sound, as well as releasing material as Dirty Harry, "You Don't Need To Know" and Vague on other labels such as Kool FM stablemate DJ Devize's 3D Mode.
As his production skills progressed he attracted the attention of DJ Hype, getting his first releases on Ganja and True Playaz in 2003. Now To the present day since 2007, he is a major artist in the Drum and Bass scene, and on hypes new imprint "Real Playaz" with tunes such as Busted, Mr Happy, Machete, Killers Don't Die, Busta Move, Proteus and so on.
One of the best producers in the Drum & Bass scene with countless awards under his belt!
Drum & Bass Awards:
Best Breakthrough DJ
Best Breakthrough Producer
Best Track - Therapy
Best Producer - Original Sin
Also Original Sin has been hailed as "The King of Jump Up"
Des McMahon signed his first record deal at the young age of 18. Now, almost seven years later, the Philadelphia-born producer has become a staple in LA’s swelling electronic music scene. Whether composing mind-bending drum and bass, or pushing sound systems to their limit in his DJ sets, McMahon’s unique sound encapsulates both limitless range and time-tested drive.
Despite the sonic confidence throughout his music, Des is humbled to have shared the stage with fellow artists Skrillex, Nero, Spor, and Noisia in front of sold-out crowds. The backing his music has received from world renowned artists such as Diplo, Evol Intent, and Dieselboy only validates the many sleepless nights and thousands of hours that Des has committed to his vision.
In a field with little certainty, there is no doubt that Des McMahon is poised to shake-up the status quo with his unbridled experimentation and relentless pursuit of sounds to grip the soul.
***$30 at the door.*** No photo/video allowed. Advance ticket sales end one hour before doors.