EVENT: ZED BIAS – 03.10.13



Dave Jones aka Zed Bias, Maddslinky, Phuturistix … etc will mark the return of Bang Bang to Junk next Thursday (3rd Oct). Zed Bias is cited as one of the pioneers of breakbeat garage circa 2000 but has continued to move with the times, putting out music (under various aliases) through SWAMP 81 and Tru Thoughts, as well as via his own new label Biasonic.

Competition: Like SOTONIGHT on Facebook and leave a comment on this article to be entered into a draw to win the following:

  1. TWO TICKETS to see Zed Bias at Junk
  2. Zed Bias 12″ (SWAMP025 Furrball/Boiler w/ Paleman)
  3. Neighbourhood on CD

Update: Competition now closed. Congratulations to Daniel Jeffs!

Through 1999 and into the early 2000s, Zed Bias released a slew of records via his own Sidewinder and Sidestepper imprints (predominantly garage and dubstep respectively), many of which are now regarded as instrumental in the development of the genres (or rather the foundation of the genre in the case of dubstep). Zed’s now classic garage anthem “Neighbourhood” was released in 2000 . It peaked in the UK charts at number 25 and was probably partially responsible for landing him a residency at seminal London club FWD>>, where his bass-heavy sets continued to push boundaries and inspire many soon-to-breakthrough producers.

You’ll find Zed’s records in the hands of plenty of BBC Radio 1 specialist DJs, while also making themselves at home in the crates of DJ’s ranging from Toddla T to Loefah and from Plastician to Martyn. There’s certainly no shortage of content online either – even if you go back several years – if you want to get stuck in to some Zed Bias DJ sets. Highlights include a classic UKG mix and a Surfire Sound mix series from 2011 and his double FACT mix from 2010 if you can find a link. For something a little more recent, try this mix released ahead of his Outlook/Dimensions appearances:

Over the last two years Zed Bias has been most closely associated with SWAMP 81, having released two EPs with them and being featured on countless posters alongside Loefah, Boddika, and others for events all over the world. Earlier this year, alongside Paleman, he unleashed a mighty furrball …

I was lucky enough to catch the Mancunian in Croatia (back to back with Loefah on one of the famous Dimensions boat parties) and I had a jolly good time indeed. Zed Bias is a a highly accomplished DJ (not that I’m qualified to say so) and will certainly be bringing plenty of excitement to the Junk dancefloor. I expect there will be a fine selection of well known tunes mixed in with unknowns and unreleased Biasonic material, speaking of which:

Support on the night will come from Bang Bang residents and friends: South RoystonK1R3Y (back from his summer residency with Mallorca Rocks), BITR8 (Speakerbox), Levi Julez, and Rocksteddy. South Royston have a release forthcoming on Bang Bang, take a listen:


Photo credit: Loud Noise


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Adam is a physics graduate from the University of Southampton with an interest in electronic music. He co-founded Sotonight and was involved with SEMSU and other music-related projects while at university.