Even Danny Williamson’s moniker has become ensconced in the rich tapestry of drum and bass history, ‘LTJ’ culled from ‘the DJ’ in Italian and the ‘Bukem ‘ taken from his school days – Williamson sharing his name with the James Macarthur character in Hawaii Five-0, recipient of Steve McGarrett’s every-episode call of ‘Book ’em Danno.’
Times have changed. In the ten years it has taken for drum & bass to blossom from an obscure strand of UK dance music to a worldwide phenomenon, the online counter culture has ensured that those seeking out new beats are as likely to be making their selection by point and click as they are through shooting the breeze with the staff in a back street record shop.
From his earliest recordings on influential East London imprint Sound Of The Underground to the recent ‘Nuttah vs. Bambatta’ soundclash, which tore apart clubs up and down the country earlier this year, Andre Williams – aka Shy FX – has more than earned his stripes as one of the leading lights of the drum & bass movement.
Within drum & bass Dego MacFarlane and Mark Mac are legendary. Responsible for the first artist longplayer (“In Rough Territory”, released in 1991), the introduction of jazz to the genre and the unleashing of Goldie to the world. Their Reinforced imprint has released a steady stream of material since May 1990, bringing through names such as Doc Scott, Nebula II, Peshay and Arcon 2.