A little bit about René LaVice
From finding out about Drum & Bass music via the late night broadcasts on Toronto's College Radio stations (88.1FM & 89.5FM) while growing up, René has travelled worlds away from where he started. Flash forward a decade or so, René's own productions are now hailed round the world as some of the genre's most iconic and innovative records in electronic dance music. He's flown world wide performing shows and cultivating the sound of Drum & Bass as a true tastemaker and leader in the genre. Following in the footsteps of legendary former hosts Fabio & Grooverider, Bailey, Crissy Criss and Friction, René is now the Drum & Bass representative on Radio 1 & 1Xtra, the world's biggest platform. On this show, René continues the tradition of curating the music for a new generation of music lovers and captivating audiences the same way he was captivated years ago.
As a producer, René LaVice is known for combining different styles and influences. Nowhere could this be more evident than in his first breakthrough track Headlock, which took the scene by storm. Since then, René's made a string of hits, such as The Calling ft. Ivy Mairi, a musical hybrid which was A-Listed on Radio 1 and hit the Billboard top 40 dance chart. He has also remixed an impressive roster of artists such as Diplo, DJ Fresh, Craig David & The Prodigy.
Known for crowdsurfing at his gigs, he may sound like a bit of an anomaly when it comes to dance music. The excitement he feels from his music is as captivating as it is infectious. Having performed shows at major festivals such as Glastonbury, Download, EDC, and world class venues like Brixton Academy, Fabric, and Alexandra Palace, René has evolved into one of the most exciting headlining acts in dance music.
Now living in London UK, one can only speculate where René LaVice's journey through music will lead next.
One of the very first artists to sign to the fledgling Hospital label - way back at the turn of the millennium, Danny Byrd's own inimitable take on soulful, vocal Drum + Bass has become a staple in the scene. His use of hip hop, house and R&B influences immediately began turning heads with his first Hospital outings. The Bath based, brandy drinking producer has been responsible from some massive rave anthems over the years, which has gained him Radio One success and international recognition.
Having signed to the label in the early noughties, Danny Byrd released a number of singles, such as "Do It Again" (2000), "Changes" (2001) and "Dog Hill" (2006), However, it was not until 2008 that Danny delivered his long awaited debut long player "Supersized". Having spent years honing his craft, the album was an excellent display of his skills and featured massive anthems such as "Shock Out", "From Bath With Love" and "Red Mist (feat I-Kay)". The album gained support from Radio One heavy hitters such as Annie Mac and Zane Lowe, as well as the mighty Andy C. The VIP version of "Red Mist" catapulted its way onto the daytime Radio One playlist and received over six hours of Radio One play in 2009, all to itself!
Danny's next major release was an update of liquid rave classic "Sweet Harmony" (feat. Liquid). The hit single reached number one in the UK dance singles chart and took Danny's sound to a whole new audience. Championing a revival of classic dance music sounds along with his own unique and forward thinking production the second Danny Byrd studio album "Rave Digger" was unleashed October 2010. The lead single "Ill Behaviour feat I-Kay" smashed it's way into the UK top 40, swiftly followed up by Radio One play listings for "We Can Have It All" and "Tonight (feat. Netsky)".
Entering 2011, the “Rave Digger Special Edition” was released and later in the year, Danny launched his short-lived but impressive live show at Hospitality Brixton in September. Bursting back onto the scene in 2012 with the incendiary “Blaze The Fire (Rah!)”, Danny teamed up with the legendary General Levy for this smash hit single. The recent Radio 1 premiership of his latest double-sided single "4th Dimension // Bad Boy (Back Again)" with futuristic, 1995 dnb and jungle influences, gripped his loyal fans in anticipation for the release of his third artist album "Golden Ticket" which is due to drop at the end of May 2013.
This year, the Byrd is definitely the word...