Since the days of his early prominence as part of his local clubbing scene, Glaswegian artist Big Miz has progressed and developed into a key producer and DJ to emerge from the city’s ever fertile house and techno field. His music is a playful and energetic mix of acidic tinges, 808 rhythms, disco inflections, techno swing and house music hedonism, combining his traditional music abilities and multi-instrumentalism with contemporary electronic equipment and production techniques.
His regular releases on record label Dixon Avenue Basement Jams as well as output courtesy of Shall Not Fade and Monki’s ‘& Friends’ label have helped to secure his position as one of the most exciting artists to break through into wider consciousness in the last few years. Miz's first venture into being a label boss sees him confidently launching with a self-released 12" vinyl EP on Miz Records, which features two synth-heavy tracks, the A-side emerges with 'Passing Place' bringing a pace that is vibrant with an evolving synth and rolling four-to-the-floor drums, the flip including a very solid remix from Mella Dee. Miz Records debut showcases what deems to be a slick label with a great future and more releases poised to be certified dance floor favourites.
Not many peoples first foray into the field of electronic music come as successful as DART's, albeit he started his career as a warm up DJ in Dublin's legendary venue Hangar many years before under his real name, Jordan Rafferty. It was a fast beginning for the Dubliner, who went from being announced as AVA Festivals Emerging Producer to making his debut on Boiler Room.
Somewhere in between 90s progressive house, old school trance and modern techno lies his craft. A sound that has been championed by some huge names and labels across electronic music. Last year saw him put out a number of releases on Shall Not Fade, Homage and Sasha's label Last Night On Earth. He even got the nod from fellow Irish exports Bicep to be featured on their blog. Not bad for a year in lockdown.
Not resting on his laurels, DART has started the new year as strong as he finished the last. A number of shows across the UK & Ireland coinciding with the release of his next record on the iconic Hot Haus Records has well and truly kicked him back off again.
Route 94, real name Rowan Jones, represents the very best of British, London’s beat flows through his veins. The city’s rich musical history informs all of his work, giving him his unique fingerprint. Cultivating his sound for years, Rowan first got to grips with music production when he was 13 years of age. In the 13 years that have passed since, the Londoner has performed all over the world from Mexico to Miami, Amsterdam to Dubai, Sydney, Ibiza to name but a few.
Route 94’s sound is distinct, and evident in his diverse range of productions, moving from deep, emotive cuts to more dance floor-orientated material with ease. A whirlwind few years early on in his career has seen him go from hitting the No.1 spot in numerous countries around the world’s charts with “My Love”, to performing at the most-respected clubs on the planet, but he’s unaffected by the attention, keeping his head down in the studio and injecting his energy into a series of projects that allow him to maintain his creative flow with panache.
Naturally-gifted, musically astute and a total studio hound, Route 94 has already assured himself a place in the history books, where he goes from here is all in his own hands.
As one of the UK’s best-loved selectors Skream has enjoyed the kind of consistency most DJs and producers can only dream of. His passion for collecting and playing music is unrelenting; disco, house, techno and everything in between… it runs deep into his core and he lives it every single day. Still only in his early thirties, Skream has achieved more in the last 16 years than most people do in a lifetime, yet his hunger and enthusiasm is akin to that of a man who is only just getting started…
For the last few years Skream has been showcasing the depth of his musical knowledge at his ‘Open To Close’ parties, playing all night long at venues around the world; every step of the way he played at sold out clubs that were packed out with people who were there just for him. Skream’s name is now so synonymous with delivering quality in any genre he chooses that ravers will happily pay for a ticket to see him play all night simply because they trust in his ability to entertain them for eight hours or more. For Skream, this is a dream come true, the epitome of success.
To achieve that kind of trust from the dance floor is rare, and to maintain it is even more extraordinary, but Skream is no ordinary artist and his commitment to music, and his fans, is unparalleled. “There was never any other option,” he says, and that is why he will continue to be one of the UK’s most treasured electronic music artists keeping the legacy of UK rave culture alive until the very end…