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DJ SS performs at a rave.
DJ SS performs at a rave.
Background information
Birth nameLeroy Small
Born (1970-08-27) 27 August 1970 (age 50)
Leicester, England
Drum and bass
LabelsFormation, Benz-Street

Leroy Small (born 27 August 1970 in Leicester, England), better known as DJ SS, is a British drum and bass DJ and record producer.[1]


SS started out as a hip hop and rare groove DJ in his home-town of Leicester, and was originally known as Scratchen Stein (later shortened to SS).[2]

When the hardcore scene exploded in the UK in the early 1990s, he and his partner Eidris started promoting their own parties called Total Kaos every Friday in Leicester. They also put on one of the first large indoor parties at Donington Park in the summer of 1991. It was an amazing success and 6,000 people danced till dawn. Since then he has gone on to DJ worldwide.

SS is the co-founder of the Formation Records label, which has spawned over 30 sub-labels. The label would play a pivotal role for artists and producers such as Tango, John B, and Twisted Individual. The label was particularly prolific from 1991-1994 releasing many of breakbeat hardcores and jungles classics - such as The Psycho EP, the Colour Series, Rhythm For Reasons, Breakbeat Pressure and in 1995, his and the labels biggest track - the piano-theme-from-Love Story-sampling "The Lighter". It is a track that has remained incredibly popular and still continues to be played years on.[3]

SS 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.[4]


  1. ^ "DJ SS - Biography & History - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  2. ^ Dave Jenkins (21 January 2019). "In Conversation with DJ SS".
  3. ^ "Grooverider's Top 5 Jungle Anthems". DJMag. 14 June 2016.
  4. ^ "BBC 1Xtra D&B M1X with Crissy Criss", BBC, 17 June 2010, retrieved 9 August 2010

Further reading[edit]

  • 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

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