Dillinja

REARED ON A MUSICAL DIET OF FUNK, JAZZ, REGGAE, AND RARE GROOVE GENRES HE SEEMED DESTINED FOR A CAREER IN MUSIC. BUT IT WAS THE 1980S HIP HOP AND ELECTRO EXPLOSION THAT REALLY CAPTURED HIS HEART ASWELL AS THE MIGHTY EARTH-SHAKING REGGAE SOUND SYSTEMS OF KING TUBBY’S HI-FI AND JAH SHAKA. AFTER SHADOWING A LOCAL GUY WHO HAD MADE JAH SHAKA’S AMPS, AT THE AGE OF FIFTEEN, HE WAS MAKING HIS OWN CUSTOM-BUILT AMPS AND BASS BINS; A HOBBY THAT SOON BECAME AN OBSESSION. WITH HIS TEENAGE BEDROOM SO FULL OF AUDIO EQUIPMENT, HE HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO PUT HIS MATTRESS ON TOP OF THE SPEAKER CABINETS AND SLEEP THERE. HOWEVER, WHEN THE INFAMOUS CRIMINAL JUSTICE BILL WAS INTRODUCED, SERIOUSLY CLAMPING DOWN ON SOUND SYSTEMS AND THE EVENTS WHERE THEY WERE PLAYED YOUNG DILLINJA FOUND REFUGE IN THE HEADY WORLD OF MUSIC PRODUCTION

DILLINJA’S INTRODUCTION AND PARTNERSHIP WITH KEVIN KING AKA LEMON D IN THE MID 1990’S GAVE BIRTH TO VALVE RECORDINGS IN 1997, SO NAMED AFTER THE OLD SHAKA PRE-AMPS USED IN REGGAE SOUND SYSTEMS. DISSATISFIED WITH THE DEEP BASS FREQUENCIES OF CLUB SYSTEMS TOGETHER THEY BUILT THE WORLD’S FIRST SOUND SYSTEM DESIGNED AND BUILT SPECIFICALLY FOR DRUM’N’BASS; THE MIGHTY 96K VALVE SOUND SYSTEM, WHICH IS RECOGNISED THE WORLD OVER AS BEING SECOND TO NONE. THE SYSTEM MADE A MIND BLOWING CLUB DEBUT AT LONDON’S FABRIC NIGHTCLUB IN MAY 2001, BLASTING CLASSIC LP’S SUCH AS ‘CYBOTRON’(2001) AND ‘BIG BAD BASS’(2002).

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