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I’m D-Code. I love making, playing and talking about music, especially breakbeat music. Alongside this, I also have a passion for human perspective and how it's affect in today's world.
My early days were spent hanging out in records shops around Essex. I bought my first compilation CD “Drum & Bass Selection 1” from Boogie Times Records in Romford and after hearing the “The Dark Stranger”, it all went a bit nuts.
From then on I spent most of my days crate digging for white labels and my evenings playing them on my parent’s dodgy Akai turntable. I also discovered raving, and remember we’re talking about the 90s; World Dance, Desire, Helter Skelter, AWOL, Moon Dance. You name it, I was there.
After a while, being a punter became futile. I noticed my habits of stalking DJ booths, eyeing up dub plates and miming along to Andy C’s DJ moves became more persistent.
I was hungry for some turntable action, so I decided to become a DJ.
This site highlights everything which has happened since.
From 2000 I hosted on pirate radio station Rude FM for the best part of four years. We broadcasted from a dingy squat on the 23rd floor of a North London tower block.
Fast forward to 2007, I found myself stepping into the studios at BBC Radio 1 alongside my label-mate Nerm to host our own show - In New DJs We Trust. Our aim was to blur barriers between genres in order to make Dance music more accessible. I think we did quite well considering we had guests like the Arctic Monkeys battling the turntables against Drum & Bass act London Elektricity.
As well as our show, we stood in for Mary Anne Hobbs, teamed up with Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens and Annie Mac and co-hosted on 1Xtra. I also stood in for Bobby Friction and Nerm on their Asian Network shows.
In April 2011, I felt the need to try something new. So I decided to study 60s and 70s rock’n'roll, sample dusty guitar sounds from classic records and set up a live recording studio.
After a 7 month bout of writing, forming, auditioning and rehearsing, Driving Lolita played their debut gig at The Nest in Dalston in November 2011. This snowballed really quickly with lots of live shows around London. Our noise caught ears at the BBC who booked us to play the Introducing stage at Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend in 2012. That started a run of main stage festival gigs, an international tour and a Maida Vale session.
In 2013 we released our debut self-titled LP which you can download for free here
2007 wasn’t just about Radio 1. A friend had been working on a prototype for a new DJ simulation game and was looking for someone to produce the music.
He asked me if I was interested. Obviously, I said yes.
Within 6 months we had recruited a team of producers, set up a studio in East London and had DJ Shadow, Jazzy Jeff and Grand Master Flash walking through the doors to work on their remixes with me.
DJ Hero was released in October 2009, followed by part 2 in 2010. Upon release I found myself being shoved out of the studio and into the role of ambassador. Press conferences alongside David Guetta, warming up for Tiesto, ending up in the same dressing room as Jermaine Jackson and Nelly, it was all a bit bonkers really.
DJ Hero was the highest grossing IP in North America in 2009, won a bunch of industry awards and was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Use of Audio.
I also managed to get my own music in the game. Here’s my track "Annie’s Horn” remixed with DJ Shadow’s “6 Days":
Here's "Apocalypse" vs "Apocalypse". The track was too mental to remix with anything else:
I joined East London based collective and snarl-merchants Shiva Soundsystem in 2003 after stumbling into one of their legendary warehouse parties and insisting I played the next one.
From warehouse parties to resident club nights to playing Lovebox, Bestival, Glastonbury and touring India regularly, it’s been quite the ride.
In 2006 the record label started with a track I wrote called Mumbai Cells. After a string of releases we dropped Phasmatis In Machina LP in 2009 and toured it across the UK, Middle East and India.
We got nominated for a bunch of awards, got a double page spread in DJ Mag and won "Biggest Baddest Gig of The Year" at the Time Out India Awards 2009. Huw Stephens also made us one of September '09’s Record Labels of the Week on BBC Radio 1.
You can grab Phasmatis in Machina LP here