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U Street Music Hall
1115 U Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20009
3D Productions & Badass Raves presents:
DJ Hype b2b DJ Hazard at U Street Music Hall
10 PM | $20-27 | 18+
$30 at the door
Tickets on sale Thursday 2/22 at 10 AM EST
Although his Ganja Records label and tracks released under his own name and with the Ganja Kru have helped, it's the 'DJ' at the front of Hype's name that has proved most important in raising his profile to the level of the Grooverider's, Goldie's, and LTJ Bukem's of Drum'n'Bass. A battle DJ of renown (he represented England in the 1989 DMCs), Hype had a history of electrifying deckwork before moving on from his reggae and hip-hop roots in the late '80s and latching onto house and hardcore. He was an early force on one of London's most influential pirate stations, Fantasy FM, and since then he's consistently topped bills on the international DJ circuit, landing awards for Best Male DJ and Best Radio DJ (in 1994 and 1995, respectively) at the U.K.'s prestigious Hardcore Awards. He's also one of London's popular Kiss FM's biggest attractions and was the force behind Suburban Base's popular multi-volumed mixed compilation series, Drum and Bass Selection. A champion of jungle's dancefloor purity, Hype has also rallied consistently against jungle's compartmentalization into artificial «scenes» such as ambient/intelligent and hip-hop/ragga. (Of course, his sets tend to consist almost exclusively of the latter, which somewhat undermines his argument.)
— Drum & Bass producer from Birmingham. Born 1977, originally a DJ on Kool FM Midlands, served in the Music First shop at the Custard Factory, and released his first single «Year 2000» as a white label on Jason Ball's Promo Recordings. Also worked in the Basement Beats record shop in Birmingham.
Started his own labels, Radius and Structure, and subsequently R-Sound, as well as releasing material as Dirty Harry, «You Don't Need To Know» and Vague on other labels such as Kool FM stablemate DJ Devize's 3D Mode.
As his production skills progressed he attracted the attention of DJ Hype, getting his first releases on Ganja and True Playaz in 2003. Now To the present day since 2007, he is a major artist in the Drum and Bass scene, and on hypes new imprint «Real Playaz» with tunes such as Busted, Mr Happy, Machete, Killers Don't Die, Busta Move, Proteus and so on.