AK1200

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AK1200
Me & AK1200.jpg
AK1200 at a rave in Massachusetts
Background information
Origin Orlando, Florida, United States
Genres Drum and bass
Occupation(s) DJ, Record producer
Years active 1989–present
Labels Breakbeat Science Recordings
Moving Shadow
Run
Associated acts Hydrophonix
Planet of the Drums
Website www.ak1200.com

AK1200 is the stage name of Florida-based musician Dave Minner[1] working in the jungle and drum and bass genres.

Career[edit]

He started DJing[buzzword] in 1989 playing mainly Electro, and in 1990 he opened a record store in Orlando, Florida called The Hottie Shop. His early working relationships[buzzword] were with record labels such as Suburban Base and Moving Shadow. He teamed up[buzzword] with DJ Jeffee to publish the U.S. jungle fanzine Junglized.[when?][1]

His first production effort was a 1993 remix of a Suburban Base Records track by Flex and Fats called Somebody and, as this was released on Suburban Base, he became the first U.S. Jungle producers to release a track in the U.K. (the country of origin of Jungle/Drum and Bass).[verification needed] AK1200 was also the first U.S. DJ to play on U.K. pirate radio, alongside Swift and DJ Zinc on Format FM.[verification needed]

Throughout the 1990s he tried his hand at just about every variation[neutrality is disputed] on the high speed breakbeat musical idiom and has collaborated with many influential[peacock term] jungle and drum and bass artists including Aphrodite (Artist), DJ Dara, Danny Breaks, Dieselboy, and MC Navigator, as well as with hip hop artists such as A Tribe Called Quest.[2]

His debut album, SHOOTTOKILL was co-produced with Rob Playford, of Moving Shadow fame. A prominent American artist in the jungle scene, AK1200 has been credited for helping to increase the popularity of jungle and D&B in the United States, due to his reputation for impressive live performances and prolific remixes, as well as for playing for free to help promote the spread of the style.

In 2000 he joined forces with fellow U.S. DJs Dieselboy and DJ Dara to create the annual Planet of the Drums tour.[3]

Discography[edit]

  • 1997 Fully Automatic
  • 1996 Sub Base Classics
  • 1999 Lock & Roll - A Drum & Bass DJ Mix
  • 2000 Prepare for Assault
  • 2001 Mixed Live - Moonshine Overamerica, San Francisco
  • 2002 Shoot to Kill
  • 2002 I Failed 8th Grade Math
  • 2003 At Close Range
  • 2007 Weapons of Tomorrow
  • 2008 Autopsy (with Gridlok)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "AK1200". vh1.com. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Deep End". New Times Broward-Palm Beach. 10 February 2005. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "DJ AK1200 is the man behind the beats". hiphop-elements.com. 25 May 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 

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