Andy C

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Andy C
Andy C live in 2011.jpg
Background information
Birth name Andrew John Clarke
Also known as The Executioner, The Armin van Buuren of Drum and Bass, The President, Origin Unknown, Desired State, Ram Trilogy, Concept 2
Born (1976-04-06) 6 April 1976 (age 38)
Walsall, England
Origin Unknown
Genres Drum and bass
Occupation(s) Turntablism, record producer
Years active 1989–present
Labels Ram
Associated acts Concept 2, Desired State, Origin Unknown, Ram Trilogy, Telepathy Crew, Tyranny
Website AndyC.com

Andrew John Clarke (born 6 April 1976), known by his stage name Andy C, is an English DJ and producer and co-founder of the RAM Recording Studio. He is considered a pioneering force in the drum and bass genre.[1] In 2011 Andy C won the Best DJ title in the 2011 Drum and Bass Arena Awards,[2] and since the awards' inception in 2009, he has won the people's vote in the awards for Best DJ each year.[3]

He specialises in fast mixing, often employing three turntables.[citation needed] A signature mixing style of Andy is what he refers to as "The Double Drop" - lining up 2 tunes so that both basslines drop at the same time.[4] Andy C has often organised events where he DJs for 6 hours solid.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Walsall.[citation needed] He is the son of Mick Clarke, bass player and founder member of the Rubettes.[citation needed] Andy Clarke attended Emerson Park School in Hornchurch.[citation needed]

Music career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Andy C was a DJ in his own right but gained a strong reputation and more bookings off the back of the hugely successful Valley of The Shadows track, an early drum and bass track that walked the line perfectly between hardcore and drum and bass just as the genres were starting to split. The track created and released by Origin Unknown - The name Andy C and Ant Miles use when recording together, often referred to as 31 seconds or long dark tunnel because of the samples, used a heavy bassline, bell samples and a rolling drum track to produce a popular, easy to recognise track that was easy to mix and became a favourite in dance floors at raves across the UK and beyond. The track was released as an EP in 1993[5] and has been remixed and re-released several times, and is widely recognised as one of the most influential drum and bass tunes of the early 90s. His signature look (Andy C is rarely seen without a baseball cap) and energetic movement behind the decks when playing make him a recognisable figure.

Andy C has continued to produce strong selling records put out through his label Ram Records throughout the duration, and has earned extensive respect both as a producer and as a DJ. Due to its success as a label, Ram Records has been able to attract and nurture other artists of high calibre, including Chase & Status, Loadstar, Sub Focus and Wilkinson.

Showcasing their label and DJ talents, Andy has secured headline acts and their own stage at major events including Creamfields, Global Gathering, The Sunbeat Festival and The Electric Daisy Carnival.[6]

2010-14[edit]

In 2012 Andy C launched a new concept - Andy C Alive, where he uses custom made software and settings to mix both audio and visuals, creating stunning light and laser shows. At the heart of the setup are 3 deck mixing desks, audio and image editing suites and a setup that allows Andy to custom mix content on the fly. These sets need to be custom made for each venue, and to this date Andy C has already had bookings at SXSW in Texas, Beyond Wonderland in California, Vooruit in Gent Belgium and Melweg in Amsterdam, as well as Brixton Academy and Cambridge Junction.[7]

His talent as a producer and a DJ have earned him extensive respect from his peers, sites as a musical influence and inspiration by some of the biggest names in drum and bass; so diverse is his style that Andy C has played for events run by LTJ Bukem's Good Looking Records, Goldie's Metalheadz and jump up parties like JungleMania and Desire 2000AD. DMC World DJ Championships Hall of Fame Inductee DJ Craze retains that Andy C is his favorite DJ to hear play drum and bass.[8]

His first single in ten years, "Haunting / Workout", was released as a promotional double A-side from the Nightlife 6 compilation on 3 November 2013. It entered the UK Singles Chart at number 188. His next single, "Heartbeat Loud" (featuring Fiora), was released in November 2014 and entered the UK Singles Chart at number 50.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Andy C ranked #61 in DJ Magazine's 2010 Top 100 DJs annual poll announced 27 October 2010.[9]

Andy C is the highest ranking D&B DJ in DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs.[10][clarification needed]

On 1 December 2011 Andy C won the Best DJ title in the 2011 Drum and Bass Arena Awards.[2]

On 29 November 2013, Andy C won Ambassador of Bass Music in the 2013 Bass Music Awards, and his label Ram Records was nominated for Best Label.[11]

Since its inception in 2009, the peoples vote each year for the annual awards for best DJ at The Drum and Bass Arena Awards has been won each year by Andy C.[3]

On 3 December 2014, Andy C won the best DJ title at The Drum and Bass Arena Awards.[12]

Musical style and influence[edit]

He is considered a pioneering force in the drum and bass genre.[1] He specialises in fast mixing, often employing three turntables.[citation needed] A signature mixing style of Andy is what he refers to as "The Double Drop" - lining up 2 tunes so the baselines heaviest baselines drop at the same time on both tracks.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Andy C is a self-confessed tech freak, a lifelong fan of West Ham United.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Releases[edit]

Year Release Label
1992 Sour Mash (extended play) RAM Records
1993 Bass Logic (extended play)
Slip N' Slide / Bass Constructor
1994 Sound Control / Feel It (with Randall)
1995 Cool Down / Roll On
Sound Control / Feel It (Remixes) (with Randall)
2001 Get Ready (Andy C) / Warehouse Dub (Digital) Music House
2013 Haunting / Workout RAM Records
2014 Heartbeat Loud (featuring Fiora)

Mix CDs[edit]

Year Release Label
1995 Pure Rollers Sub Base Records USA
2001 RAM Raiders - The Mix RAM Records
2002 World Dance: XPRS YRSLF Ministry of Sound
2002 Nightlife RAM Records
Andy C - Drum & Bass Arena React
Andy C - Drum & Bass Arena, Version 2
2004 FabricLive.18 (with DJ Hype) Fabric
Nightlife 2 RAM Records
2006 Nightlife 3
2007 Andy C - Drum & Bass Arena: Babylon Mixmag
Andy C & Grooverider - Drum & Bass Arena Resist Music
2008 Nightlife 4 RAM Records
2010 Nightlife 5
2013 Nightlife 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Birchmeier, Jason. "Biography: Andy C". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b DNB Arena Awards Winners 2011. IMO Records, London, 2 December 2011. Retrieved on 2 Dec 2011.
  3. ^ a b Drum and Bass Arena Awards, 2013
  4. ^ a b Dancing Astronaut Interview
  5. ^ http://www.discogs.com/artist/2169-Origin-Unknown
  6. ^ https://www.ramrecords.com/events
  7. ^ Andyc.cc
  8. ^ http://www.wordplaymagazine.com/2014/07/hip-hop/dj-craze-interview/
  9. ^ "DJ Mag". DJ Mag. 23 September 2011. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "Andy biography". Residentadvisor.net. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  11. ^ [1]. Bass Music Awards, London, 29 November 2013.
  12. ^ [2]. Drum & Bass Arena Awards: Your 2014 Winners : Blog, 3 December 2014.

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