(Intrigue Music, Metalheadz, Creative Source, NuDirections, Integral, 31, Defunked, Renegade -Bristol, UK)
Ben Payne and Joe Wills aka The Insiders have released music on some of the most pretigious labels in the drum & bass scene over the past decade. Tracks have appeared on Renegade Recordings, Metalheadz, Creative Source, 31 Records, Defunked, Nu Directions, Integral, Frontline and Good Looking (as Catch 22) amongst many others.
Their tracks regularly receive playings in the clubs and on the airwaves from names like like Fabio, LTJ Bukem, Goldie, Storm, A.I., Lynx, Icicle and Marky. In 2009 Ben (Soundscape) set up Intrigue Music, a new label for their own deeper brand of drum n bass as well as tracks from new and established producers.
DJ appearances have included Miami Ultra Week, Glastonbury Festival, Sun & Bass, Bristol Festival as well as dates throughout the world including the USA, Canada, Japan, Germany, Norway, France, Holland, Italy, Poland and Switzerland. Their main residency is the renowned drum & bass club Intrigue in their hometown of Bristol.
Their next releases will be the hotly anticipated ‘Many Things’ from Ben Soundscape featuring Random Movement (Intrigue006) and ‘Limelight’ by The Insiders (Intrigue007), both out on Intrigue Music in August. Look out for tracks and remixes due on Creative Source, Nu Directions, Prestige Music and Rubik in 2011.
(Simplify Recordings, Heavy Artillery, Rogue Dubs, Onset Audio, Bombeatz Music, Sub Pressure -San Diego, CA)
While San Diego’s veteran DJ/Producer Phrenik made his mark on the Southern California electronic music scene primarily through drum and bass, unbeknownst to many, his influence and impact reaches much further.His well-received and heavily downloaded “System Check Mix Series” has delved into genres as far and wide as electro and trance. While his latest mix, the third installment on the ever popular Simplify Mix Series, Phrenik journeys through the many realms of dubstep while sticking to his dnb roots as well. Varied and versatile, with both high-energy performances and critically acclaimed productions acting as his calling cards, Phrenik’s position as a major player in the world of EDM has been surely secured.
Long a staple on the SoCal scene, Phrenik’s popularity grew nationally and internationally through his long-running show onDrumnBassTV.com, “The Resistance”, which he hosted for 5 years.In 2009, Phrenik’s reputation as a respected producer was solidified with his well-received dubstep remix of Rihanna’s Disturbia. His follow up single Take Me Away, released as a free download by Sub Pressure Recordings, has received downloads numbered in the thousands, hitting home with fans of the melodic dubstep subgenre.
As of late, his studio credibility has grown further when he teamed up with renowned vocalist Jillian Ann to create their breakthrough dubstep hit ‘Set It Off’ which broke the Beatport top 100 within its first week of release on Simplify Recordings, not to mention also climbing to #1 in all-time label downloads for the site. This melodic banger combines gritty synth fanfare and a driving bass line along Jillian’s haunting vocals, giving the tune an aggressively urgent, yet upbeat, feel. Surely one of this year’s most notable releases.
2011 marks a busy time for Phrenik including a number of remixes, collaborations and releases scheduled for various labels including Simplify, Heavy Artillery, Rogue Dubs, Bombeatz Music and Sub Pressure Recordings to name a few. With such varied and quality productions on such a wide variety of fronts, and such a buzz around his upcoming releases, it’s no doubt Phrenik truly has arrived in the world of dubstep and drum and bass.
(Onset Audio, Simplify Recordings, Phuturo, Argon, Breakbeat Science -Sacremento, CA)
(Simplify, Bass Drop)