DJ SS performs at a rave.
|Birth name||Leroy Small|
|Also known as||Leon Small|
27 August 1970 |
Drum and bass
DJ SS (born Leroy Small, 27 August 1970, Leicester, England) is an English drum and bass DJ and record producer. SS is short for Scratchenstein, which is a name he used when he was a hip hop scratch DJ, and a part of the hip hop act, The Formation Five, whose name inspired the name of his record label. Has two children, Parris and Jordan and is married to wife, Tania who runs the artist management agency, UMC (Underground Music Collective). His siblings include Pam, Melanie and Fitzroy.
Originally a breakdancer, DJ Stratchenstein began playing electro music as a teenager in the early 1980s. He then played hip hop and rare groove before turning to producing in 1988 initially acid house, hardcore, breakbeat and finally drum and bass tracks.
SS got his big break DJ'ing at the big British raves of the early 1990s such as Telepathy. Since then he has gone on to DJ world wide. His biggest hit came in 2002 with a new release of with "The Lighter" (originally released in 1995), which reached number 63 on the UK Singles Chart.
SS is the co-founder and head of the Formation Records label, and has released over 100 tracks using a number of aliases. These include the "Color Series" and the "Country Series", MA3 "Those DJs", the piano-theme-from-Love Story-sampling "Lighter" (the label's biggest hit) plus many popular drum and bass tunes. He has also remixed "No Good (Start the Dance)" by The Prodigy. He has featured on radio shows such as BBC 1Xtra's D&B M1X, on which he put together an hour-long mix of Formation tracks and was interviewed about his career.
The Formation label has become a stable for new drum and bass producers such as John B and Twisted Individual. The label came to prominence from 1992 onwards releasing countless classics of darkside hardcore/jungle over the next couple of years. The label evolved with the times and by 1994 was one of the leading jungle labels. In the wake of this, the label created a number of subsidiary labels, each showcasing a differing style of music from the main imprint, including 100% Records, 5HQ Recordings, Reformed Records, New Identity, Easymen, F Project, Dubform and lately, Digiform.
- Amaning (drum and bass)
- Connecta & DNK (drum and bass)
- Critical Impact (drum and bass, minimal, neurofunk)
- DJ SS (drum and bass)
- Greenlaw (downtempo, dubstep, jazz)
- High Roll (drum and bass, jazz)
- Hotwire (drum and bass, jump up)
- Influx UK^ (drum and bass)
- Kid-Alt-Dub (electronica, dubstep)
- Medicin (drum and bass, jazz)
- Rollz (drum and bass, jump up)
^Influx UK has stated he has retired, but he appears on Formation lineups and it can be assumed it meant retiring from production only.
- Shapiro, Peter (1999) "DJ SS / Formation Records", in Drum 'n' Bass: The Rough Guide, Rough Guides, ISBN 978-1-85828-433-0, p. 211-3