The Beatdown

In the hedonism of the early '90s UK club scene, something had to give. Sounds had stagnated and people were starting to understand the "dark side" of a steady diet of ecstasy and glow sticks. With rampant commercialism and subsequent unrest in the hard-core creative community, a club night was born hosted by residents Fabio and Grooverider and appropriately titled "Rage." Fusing hard-core with elements of American hip-hop and Jamaican dub, this new sound was coined "jungle," and when it was later renamed "drum 'n' bass," the sound soon gained widespread acceptance. The form spawned subgenres in droves, but the many variants were all British in origin, and stateside producers and DJs in the early days simply emulated their English forefathers. That is, until DJ Hive arrived. Along with genre stalwart Dieselboy, Hive gave the hometown kids something to crow about. Hailing from Los Angeles, his background in hip-hop beat production gave his sound and sets a distinctly Yankee vibe and ultimately earned him global acceptance as one of the leaders in the world of D&B. His DJ sets are truly the stuff of legend, full of brutal bass lines and seamless mixes conjoined with his wicked scratching skills. His vinyl crate, full of the most sought-after dub plates and many of his own productions, doesn't hurt either--hear for yourself when he lugs that crate to Dallas on Saturday.

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Drexel Faris
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