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Birth nameKarl Francis
Also known asBasic Influence
Suburban Knights
The Specialist
Origin Brixton, London
Genres Drum and bass, jungle
Occupation(s) DJ, record producer
Years active1991–present
Labels Metalheadz, V Recordings, Valve Recordings, Chronic, Hard Leaders, FFRR
Associated acts Lemon D
Website http://www.dillinja.co.uk

Karl Francis, also known as Dillinja, is a British jungle/drum and bass DJ and record producer. [1]

Jungle is a genre of electronic music that developed in England in the early 1990s as part of UK rave scenes. Emerging from the breakbeat hardcore scene, the style is characterized by rapid breakbeats, dub reggae basslines, heavily syncopated percussive loops, samples, and synthesized effects. Long pitch-shifted snare rolls are common in old-school jungle. Jungle was a predecessor to drum and bass, which saw success in the late 1990s.

Drum and bass is a genre of electronic music characterised by fast breakbeats with heavy bass and sub-bass lines, sampled sources, and synthesizers. The style grew out of breakbeat hardcore and jungle in the United Kingdom during the early 1990s. The popularity of drum and bass at its commercial peak ran parallel to several other homegrown dance styles in the UK. A major influence was the original Jamaican dub and reggae sound. Another feature of the style is the complex syncopation of the drum tracks' breakbeat.

Record producer Individual who oversees and manages the recording of an artists music

A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many, varying roles during the recording process. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.



Dillinja is a prolific producer and artist within the jungle and drum and bass scene. [2] Since 1991, Dillinja has produced a number of tracks under both that and other aliases such as Suburban Knight, Cybotron, Trinity, Capone, Basic Influence, and The Specialist.

He set up his sound system and record label Valve Recordings with long-time producing partner Lemon D in 2001 and it made its debut at Fabric nightclub in London, and subsequently travelled across the UK and Worldwide. [3]

Sound system (DJ) mobile sound system

A sound system is a group of DJs and audio engineers contributing and working together as one, playing and producing music over a large PA system or sound reinforcement system, typically for a dance event or party.

A record label, or record company, is a brand or trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. Sometimes, a record label is also a publishing company that manages such brands and trademarks, coordinates the production, manufacture, distribution, marketing, promotion, and enforcement of copyright for sound recordings and music videos, while also conducting talent scouting and development of new artists, and maintaining contracts with recording artists and their managers. The term "record label" derives from the circular label in the center of a vinyl record which prominently displays the manufacturer's name, along with other information. Within the mainstream music industry, recording artists have traditionally been reliant upon record labels to broaden their consumer base, market their albums, and be both promoted and heard on music streaming services, radio, and television. Record labels also provide publicists, who assist performers in gaining positive media coverage, and arrange for their merchandise to be available via stores and other media outlets.

Fabric (club) nightclub in London

Fabric is a nightclub in Farringdon, London, England. Founded in 1999 on Charterhouse Street opposite Smithfield Market, the club was voted World Number 1 Club in DJ Magazine's "Top 100 Clubs Poll" in 2007 and 2008 and ranked World Number 2 in 2009, 2010 and 2017.

With the re-release of his track Twist Em Out (featuring MC Skibadee) he reached number 35 in the UK Singles Chart in June 2003. [4]

MC Skibadee, Real name alfonso bondzie, is a drum and bass MC from London.

UK Singles Chart British singles sales chart

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FFRR Records British record label

FFRR Records is a dance music label run by English DJ Pete Tong. Originally distributed by London Records, FFRR is currently a dance music sublabel of Parlophone, a division of Warner Music Group. The label name references the recording technique developed by Decca Records.


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