Ed Rush (pictured) DJing at Washington in 2015.
|Other names||Ben Dylan|
|Occupation||Musician, DJ, Producer|
|Instruments||Sampler, turntable, drum machine, synthesizer|
Ed Rush is the stage name used by the drum and bass musician, producer and DJ, Ben Settle (born 1973). Rush has been releasing records since 1992 and primarily with his musical partner Optical (Matt Quinn), since 1997. Along with Optical he is also the co-founder of the record label Virus Recordings which releases his records along with other drum and bass acts. He is most associated with the aggressive styles of drum and bass music known as techstep, darkcore and neurofunk.
Drum and bass, is a genre and branch of electronic music which emerged from rave and jungle scenes in Britain during the early 1990s. The style is often characterised by fast breakbeats with heavy bass and sub-bass lines, sampled sources, and synthesizers.
Matthew Quinn, known by his stage name Optical, is a British musician, producer and DJ. He is best known as one half of drum and bass duo Ed Rush and Optical, whose debut album Wormhole has been described as one of the most significant LPs of the drum and bass genre. He is also the brother of another successful dance musician Jamie Quinn aka Matrix.
Techstep is a subgenre of drum and bass that was popular in the late 1990s.
Rush's first releases were a pair of self-released white label 12" singles, the Prince Jammy sampling I Wanna Stay in the Jungle and Look What They've Done in late 1992. In early 1993, Rush begun playing on the London pirate radio station Don FM, where he was to first meet future production partner DJ Trace,resulting in the duo releasing the track Don Bad Man, produced by engineer Nico Sykes. Shortly after, Rush recorded the classic Bludclot Artattack which was released on Sykes' No U Turn Records. The release was a key in signalling the change from hardcore to drum and bass. Rush's work became increasingly uncompromising and dark: writing in the book Energy Flash: a Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture , Simon Reynolds wrote "Ed Rush's No U-Turn tracks 'Gangsta Hardstep' and 'Guncheck' took the explosive energy of hardcore and imploded it, transforming febrile hyperkinesis into molasses thick malaise".
Don FM was a 1990s London pirate radio station, influential in the development of breakbeat hardcore, jungle and drum and bass music. It was the first jungle pirate station granted a temporary legal license.
Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture is a book by English music journalist Simon Reynolds which chronicles the development of dance and rave music from the mid 1980s to the early 2000s. The book was published in America under the title Generation Ecstasy: Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture.
Simon Reynolds is an English music journalist, critic, and author who began his professional career on the staff of Melody Maker in the mid-1980s, and has since gone on to freelance and publish a number of full-length books on music and popular culture, ranging from historical tomes on rave music, glam rock, and the post-punk era to critical works such as The Sex Revolts: Gender, Rebellion and Rock 'n' Roll and Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past (2011). He has also contributed to Spin, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Guardian, The Wire, Pitchfork, and others.
Further collaborations followed including The Mutant by DJ Trace in 1995 and releases on Grooverider's Prototype label and Goldie's Metalheadz further established his reputation as a drum and bass artist.In 1996 Rush and Trace named the dense, hard style of jungle they were working in as "Techstep" which went on to become the dominant style of drum and bass in the late 1990s. Rush's work with Trace and Nico on No U-Turn records was compiled on the album Torque in 1997.
Raymond Bingham, known by the stage name Grooverider is a British drum and bass DJ.
Clifford Joseph Price, MBE, better known by his stage name Goldie, is an English musician, DJ, visual artist and actor from Walsall, United Kingdom.
Metalheadz is a drum and bass record label based in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1994 by Kemistry & Storm and Goldie.
In 1995 Rush met Matt Quinn, who worked under the stage name Optical. They met at the Music House, a dubplate mastering company in Islington, London where dubplates would be made for their DJ sets.Rob Playford the owner of the label Moving Shadow gave them space in his Soho office building to allow them to build their own studio. They released their debut single Funktion in 1997, and followed it up in 1998 with their debut album, Wormhole which has been described as the greatest drum and bass album of all time. and introduced the style of drum and bass known as Neurofunk. In 2000, DJ Craze used their track "Watermelon" in his beat-juggling routine which helped him win his 3rd DMC World Championship. They released their second album in 2000, The Creeps (Invisible And Deadly!) which broadened their palette by introducing vocals to the mix and won best album and best producers at the Knowledge DnB awards. Their third album, The Original Doctor Shade was released in 2003 and featured a collaboration with turntablist DJs, Scratch Perverts. In 2005 they took part in the 40 Artists, 40 Days project organised by the Tate Gallery in the run up to London's successful bid to win the right to host the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. 2006 saw the release of their fourth album Chameleon which saw them using a live band for the first time and three years later followed with Travel the Galaxy. Their track Frontline was use in the soundtrack to the 2008 video game Wipeout HD . In 2014, Ministry of Sound described them as one of the most influential artists in drum and bass. Their most recent album No Cure was released in October 2015.
A dubplate is an acetate disc usually of 10 inches diameter, traditionally used by studios to test recordings prior to mastering for the subsequent pressing of a vinyl record, but pioneered by reggae sound systems as a way to play exclusive music. They would later become an important facet of the jungle/drum and bass, UK garage, grime and dubstep music scenes.
Islington is a district in Greater London, England, and part of the London Borough of Islington. It is a mainly residential district of Inner London, extending from Islington's High Street to Highbury Fields, encompassing the area around the busy High Street, Upper Street, Essex Road, and Southgate Road to the east.
Moving Shadow was an English breakbeat hardcore, jungle and drum and bass record label which was founded in 1990 by Rob Playford. Moving Shadow grew to be a well-regarded and long-lived publisher, releasing over 200 releases.
2015 also saw the release of their first headline mix on the long running Fabriclive series of mix CDs, FabricLive.82. They had a long relationship with the London club Fabric having played at the opening weekend in 1999and appearing on the first drum and bass mix released by Fabric in 2002 ( FabricLive.06 mixed by Grooverider). Following Islington Council's decision to revoke Fabric's licence in September 2016, Ed Rush & Optical took part in a benefit show to challenge the decision. In November 2016 agreement was made to reopen the club. As well as club appearances they have appeared at festivals including Glastonbury in 1999 and 2014 and Bestival in 2013.
Fabric is a nightclub in Farringdon, London, England. Founded in 1999, it was closed down by authorities in 2016. Fabric began a campaign to save the club on 16 September 2016. Fabric was later allowed to be reopened under strict laws.
FabricLive.06 is a DJ mix compilation album by Grooverider, as part of the FabricLive Mix Series.
Islington London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Islington in Greater London, England. The council was created by the London Government Act 1963 and replaced two local authorities: Finsbury Metropolitan Borough Council and Islington Metropolitan Borough Council. It is a London borough council, one of 32 in the United Kingdom capital of London. Islington is divided into 16 wards, each electing three councillors. Following the May 2018 election, Islington Council comprises 47 Labour Party councillors and 1 Green Party councillor. Of these 48 councillors, the Leader of the Council is Councillor Richard Watts, while the Mayor is Councillor Una O'Halloran.
They have also collaborated and remixed several other artists including: Goldie,Skunk Anansie, Lil' Louis ( French Kiss) and Rudimental featuring John Newman ( Not Giving In ). They themselves have been remixed by other artists such as Pendulum who remixed their track Bacteria in 2004.
Skunk Anansie are a British rock band whose members include Skin, Cass, Ace and Mark Richardson.
"French Kiss" is a song by American DJ and record producer Lil Louis. The song became a European and American hit in 1989. The song also was a hit in dance clubs around the world, and it spent two weeks at number one on the American dance chart in October 1989. It became a crossover pop hit, peaking at number 50 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also a mainstream pop hit in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number 2 in August 1989.
Rudimental are an English drum and bass band, signed to Asylum Records, Atlantic Records and Black Butter Records. The band consists of Piers Aggett, Amir Amor, Kesi Dryden and Locksmith.
As well as his work with Optical, Rush has also released house music under the name Ben Dylan.
Ed Rush is a play on the phrase "head rush", which was slang in the rave scene for a temporary whiteout caused by too many Es.
LTJ Bukem is a British drum and bass musician, producer and DJ. He and his record label Good Looking are most associated with the jazzy, atmospheric side of drum and bass music.
Damian Higgins, better known by his stage name Dieselboy, is an American drum and bass DJ, producer,from Brooklyn. Since December 2013 he has been performing his sets on four CDJ's.
Neurofunk is a subgenre of drum and bass which emerged between 1997 and 1998 in London, England as a progression of techstep. It was further developed by juxtaposed elements of darker, heavier, and harder forms of funk with multiple influences ranging from techno, house and jazz, distinguished by consecutive stabs over the bassline and razor-sharp backbeats. The first sounds of neurofunk's early evolution – when diverging from techstep – can be heard on Ed Rush and Optical's Funktion single for V Recordings in 1997 and on their first album Wormhole for Virus Recordings in 1998.
Joshua Winkelman, better known by his stage name Josh Wink, is an American electronic music DJ, label owner, producer, remixer, and artist. He is a native of Philadelphia, United States. A pioneering DJ in the American rave scene during the early 1990s, Wink was the most prominent exponent of the tribal forms of techno and house in the U.S. In 1995, he released several hits, including "Don't Laugh", "I'm Ready", and "Higher State of Consciousness," which topped the dance charts in Europe. He has had many club hits such as "How's Your Evening So Far?" and "Superfreak (Freak)" and has also gained a lot of attention for his remixes of Stabbing Westward, FC Kahuna, Paul Oakenfold, Moby, Towa Tei, Ladytron and Depeche Mode, among others.
MJ Cole is an English DJ, record producer, musician and remixer.
FabricLive.18 is a DJ mix compilation album produced by Andy C and DJ Hype, as part of the FabricLive series. It was released on 18 October 2004 by the Fabric record label. The album is the second in the series to be produced by DJ Hype, who also produced FabricLive.03.
Source Direct is an English drum and bass act from St Albans, Hertfordshire. Source Direct have released an EP, Controlled Developments (1997), an album, Exorcise the Demons (1999) and numerous singles.
Drumagick are the brothers JrDeep and Guilherme Lopes. They are DJs and drum 'n' bass producers who live in São Paulo, Brazil.
FabricLive.40 is a 2008 mix album by Noisia. The album was released as part of the FabricLive Mix Series.
Commix is a drum and bass project now solely composed of George Levings from Cambridge, UK.
Noisia, is a Dutch electronic music trio consisting of members Nik Roos, Martijn van Sonderen and Thijs de Vlieger from Groningen, Netherlands. They produce a wide variety of music including drum and bass, dubstep, breakbeat and house. They own three record labels: Vision, Division and Invisible Recordings, and have released on several labels including Skrillex's OWSLA, deadmau5's mau5trap and Jay-Z's Roc Nation. Foreign Beggars have combined with Noisia to make the side project and supergroup I Am Legion. They released their collaborative album I Am Legion on 2 September 2013. Noisia also go by the name Nightwatch for some of their production credits, such as for their work with Alexis Jordan, Hadouken!, Wiley and Wretch 32. The group produce using Steinberg Cubase. They produced Hadouken!'s entire album For the Masses which charted at number 19 on the UK Albums Chart. They are often honored and held in high regard across the entire electronic dance music scene. Their dedication to perfecting their sound design has become legendary and are renowned for their high-quality production value in the creation of their songs.
Split the Atom is the debut studio album by Dutch drum and bass trio Noisia. The album was released on April 5, 2010 as a full-length CD as well as two double 12" EPs; the Vision EP includes four Drum and Bass tracks whilst the Division EP includes four Electro house/Breaks tracks.
Camo & Krooked are an electronic music producer/artist duo from Vienna, Austria with their musical roots embedded in drum and bass, consisting of Reinhard "Camo" Rietsch and Markus "Krooked" Wagner.
Gareth Greenall, better known by his stage name Audio, is a British DJ and producer from Redhill, UK. Currently signed to RAM Records, he has released four albums on Virus Recordings. Greenall is also part of the record production group Pixel Fist.
FabricLive.82 is a DJ mix album by English drum and bass musicians Ed Rush and Optical. The album was released in July 2015 as part of the FabricLive Mix Series.
Wormhole is the debut album by the English drum and bass act Ed Rush & Optical. Recorded between 1997 and 1998, the album was issued on November 16, 1998 through their self-run Virus Recordings label on vinyl and CD formats. The CD edition was a double disc, the second disc containing an hour-long continuous mix while the LP was a five-disc boxset, with a single track per side. On November 26, 2012, the album was reissued on both formats with new artwork, the LP edition being pressed on green vinyl.