DJ Hype

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DJ Hype
DJ Hype, Matrix, and Futurebound at Egg.jpg
DJ Hype, Matrix, and Futurebound performing at the Egg nightclub in London on 30 November 2018.
Background information
Birth nameKevin Ford
BornLondon, England
  • Playaz
  • Ganja
  • Frontline
  • Ganja-Tek
  • Liq-Weed Ganja
  • True Playaz
Associated actsDJ Zinc
Ganja Kru

Kevin Ford, better known as DJ Hype is a jungle and drum and bass producer and DJ.


He was an early DJ on one of London's pirate radio stations, Fantasy FM, as well as Jeb FM, and has been popular on the international DJ circuit, landing awards for Best Male DJ and Best Radio DJ (in 1994 and 1995 respectively) at the UK's Hardcore Awards.[1] He also presented on the London based radio station Kiss 100, and was a player in Suburban Base’s compilation series Drum and Bass Selection.

DJ Hype began producing in 1989, engineering and co-producing tracks (including "Exorcist" and "The Bee") for Kickin', Strictly Underground and Suburban Base - where the latter label released his track "Shot in the Dark" that made the UK Singles Chart in 1993.[2]

His Ganja Records label gained popularity primarily through dance floor fillers such as "You Must Think First", "Tiger Style" and DJ Zinc's "Super Sharp Shooter". Their popularity peaked in 1996 with the release of their first album, Still Smokin' , a label compilation released jointly by Ganja and Pascal's Frontline imprint. Re-released in 1997, its success also led to a major label deal with BMG's Parousia sub-label and the establishment of True Playaz, a Hype led DJ and production unit also including DJ Zinc, Pascal and Rude Bwoy Monty. His 1997 Parousia EP, New Frontiers, with Ganja Kru, reached #56 in the UK Albums Chart.[2]

DJ Hype is known for his jump-up DJ sets, including appearances at the Playaz night at Fabric.

On 30 March 2009, Hype released a new double album mix compilation on Rhino Records, entitled DJ Hype presents Drum and Bass Essentials.



  1. ^ "Believe the Hype at Hereford's Lock Up". BBC Hereford and Worcester (13 February 2003).
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 159. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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