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|Birth name||Damian Higgins|
|Born||July 24, 1972|
Tarpon Springs, Florida, United States
|Genres||Drum & Bass|
|Instruments||Turntables, DJ CD Players|
|Spouse(s)||Ramie Roth (divorced)|
Dieselboy was born Damian Higgins in Tarpon Springs, Florida in 1972. At the age of six he moved to Colorado City, Colorado, where he and his two sisters were raised by their mother. He moved with his family to Oil City, Pennsylvania, on the third day of school in the 9th grade, and is a graduate of Oil City Senior High School.
He is the eldest son of singer/songwriter Bertie Higgins whose ballad Key Largo reached #8 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart in 1982.
Higgins's early musical experience included playing drums in a school marching band and DJing for high school dances.
Higgins attended the University of Pittsburgh from 1990 to 1995 where he gained additional DJing experience, and completed a degree in information science. He also played on a Carnegie Mellon University radio station (WRCT). The name Dieselboy originated from Higgins's IRC handle, "Diesel". Upon discovering a local graffiti artist shared the alias, he "made it Dieselboy."
In 1994, Higgins created a mixtape entitled "The Future Sound of Hardcore," and sold about 100 copies through online LISTSERVs. "Through [the mixtape], people heard about me and I started getting bookings on the East Coast. It was a very slow process that eventually snowballed into my getting flown various places." In 1996, at the request of Dan Donnelly of British Drum and bass label Suburban Base, Dieselboy did a mix called "DrumAndBass Selection USA". In 1997, Suburban Base had him follow up with 97 Octane, this time allowing him to submit track suggestions, resulting in a more varied selection. In 1998, his mix called 611 DJ Mix-series Vol. One was released. Dieselboy did the graphics for the cover. Also that year, Dieselboy recorded a mix called Director’s Cut which he had packaged in film cans, his first experiment in presenting a dance mix in a quasi-cinematic framework.
In 1998, Dieselboy initiated Philadelphia's first 21+ drum 'n' bass weekly Thursday club night entitled "Platinum" at club Fluid, which ended on October 14, 2004. Platinum residents included Dieselboy, Kaos, Method One, Sine, Icon, Karl K, Mason, and MC's Dub2, Messinian, Armanni Reign, Sharpness, and Illy Emcee. It was rekindled in late 2009 featuring Mason, Sine and MC's Messinian & Sharpness.
In 1999, Dieselboy released his fourth mix CD, "A Soldier's Story" on the Moonshine label. It opened with his first original “intro” and marked his CD debut as a producer with Atlantic State, a track co-produced with Technical Itch. Also released on the Moonshine label was System Upgrade (2000) while Dieselboy joined forces with Palm Pictures/Island Recordings and his releases The Descent, Invid, Render. The 6ixth Session was a double CD release on Palm Pictures, featuring a cyborg-themed mix described by the Washington Post as “hard-edged hyperdriven dance music".
Dieselboy performed at Industry nightclub in Rochester, NY on August 9, 2001.
In 2001, Dieselboy founded Human Imprint, the drum 'n' bass imprint of electronic dance music label System Recordings. For projectHUMAN (2002), Dieselboy presented a mix framed as a movie trailer that reached #6 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic album chart. In 2003, Dieselboy was invited by DJ Magazine to create a mix showcasing American d&b entitled DJ World Series: D & B From The United States, on which he featured American producers Hive, Echo, Mason, Juju, Kaos, Karl K, Jae Kennedy, Stratus and Sinthetix.
In 2006, Dieselboy released his first Human Imprint compilation called "The HUMAN Resource". Disc One Selected Works, is a 12-song un-mixed selection. Disc Two Evol Intent Assemble the Monster features a continuous DJ-mix from Evol Intent.
In May 2008, Dieselboy released his ninth major mix-CD Substance D (Human Imprint), which reached the Billboard Dance/Electronic album chart. In conjunction with this release, Dieselboy initiated the "Monsters of Jungle" tour with rotating Human Imprint label artists including Evol Intent, Ewun, Demo, Mayhem, SPKTRM, Infiltrata and MC Messinian.
In July 2009, Human Imprint parted amicably from System Recordings. In summer 2010, Human relaunched with Steve Gordon of Steez Promo and Circle Management as new co-owner with Dieselboy, and they created the SubHuman Imprint for dubstep and electro releases.
On New Year's Eve 2009 headlining a 3D Productions event at Club 24 in Washington, D.C., Dieselboy played a three-hour multi-subgenre set including drum and bass, dubstep and electro. The enthusiastic crowd response encouraged him to continue experimenting with this new open format into 2010. In January 2013 Dieselboy started playing all drum and bass sets again.
On January 31, 2011, Dieselboy released his first new mix in two and a half years, "Dieselboy – Unleashed!", as a free download on SoundCloud. He also performed with Skrillex. In 2012 he released the mix "Wake The Dead" on SoundCloud. On May 23, 2013, Dieselboy's mix "Beyond the Black Bassline" was released by Skrillex's then new NEST HQ website.
Dieselboy released his 93-track, 87-minute mix "Dieselboy – The Destroyer" on August 5, 2014. The mix and its art incorporate the aesthetics of his 2014 tour as Blood, Sweat and Bass with bass music producer Downlink and 1970s grindhouse films. It includes a new collaboration with drum and bass producer Gridlok called "MDMX," and three tracks by Faces of Def, a new collaborative project between Dieselboy and Mark the Beast ["Blvck Celebration" with Counterstrike (SubHuman); "Carcosa" with Mayhem and Downlink (SubHuman); remix of "Tuh Tuh Duh" by Sinister Souls (PRSPCT)].
In 2014, Dieselboy's passion for food advanced beyond writing about it for the James Beard Award-winning FirstWeFeast.com blog, into professional kitchens. He cooked a sold-out collaboration dinner with respected chefs Matt McCallister and Alex Stupak at FT33 restaurant in Dallas on June 9, 2014. Dieselboy competed in a nacho battle against chef Alex Stupak at Empellón Cocina in New York in February 2013, which he lost. He came back to face off against chefs Alex Stupak, Michael Anthony, Wylie Dufresne and Seamus Mullen in February 2014, beating Mullen.
In November 2014, Dieselboy's cooking was featured at his first "pop-up" event called "Burger Night with Dieselboy" at the Groningen, Netherlands restaurant De Boom, preceding his DJ performance at Subsonic nightclub. In January 2015, another pop-up hamburger event took place at P60 cafe in Amstelveen, Netherlands as a prelude to his DJ gig at the P60 club.
In 2012, Dieselboy was a co-presenter with mixologist Jim Meehan (PDT, New York City) and chef/designer Taavo Somer at the Origins and Frontiers mixology workshop at the 7th Annual StarChefs.com International Chefs Congress in New York City. Dieselboy's cocktail "The Higgins" is published in The New York Times' cocktail writer Robert Simonson's 2014 book The Old-Fashioned (Ten Speed Press).
Dieselboy collaborated with Betony restaurant chef Bryce Shuman on a limited edition hot dog as part of a monthlong "musicians and chefs" special menu at the New York City cocktail lounge PDT in May 2015. On August 9, 2015 as part of the Moonrise Festival in Baltimore, Maryland, Dieselboy and The Glitch Mob hosted a Taco Party for contest winners.
Awards and recognition
Dieselboy placed #23 in the 2014 America's Best DJ Poll, up 19 from the previous year's #42, between Moby and BT. Dieselboy was the highest ranked drum & bass DJ (#45) in the 2008 DJ Times America's Best DJ Poll.
In 1998, Dieselboy was the first American drum & bass DJ to be nominated for Best Drum & Bass DJ at the Global DJ Mix Awards, tying with LTJ Bukem.
- Patriot Games EP (2x12") – Tech Itch Recordings
- The Descent (12") – Palm Pictures (1999)
- The Trans-Atlantic Link Part 1 (12") – Tech Itch Recordings
- Invid (12") – Palm Pictures (2000)
- Render (12") – Palm Pictures (2000)
- Invid (Remixes) (2x12") – Palm Pictures (2002)
- Barrier Break/Submission (2X12") – (Dieselboy & Kaos) Human Imprint (11/17/03)
- N/V/D (12") – Dieselboy (Counterstrike Zentraedi remix) Human Imprint (5/8/08)
- Midnight Express (12") – Dieselboy + Evol Intent + Ewun, Human Imprint (5/15/08)
- Get Back (CD) – Blokhe4d & Dieselboy, Unique Artists (2010)
- Murder Machine Feat Dieselboy (Digital) – Bare & Mark Instinct, Human Imprint (SUBHM 012, 7/18/2011)
- W.M.F.D. (Digital) – Dieselboy & Bare, Human Imprint (HUMA 8035, 6/20/2012)
- Beyond Thunderdome (Digital) – Dieselboy & Bare, Human Imprint (HUMA 8037, 7/17/2012)
- MDMX (Digital) – Gridlok feat. Dieselboy, Project 51 (P5130, 8/25/2014)
- Blvck Celebration (Digital) – Faces of Def (Dieselboy & Mark The Beast) & Counterstrike, Human Imprint (SUBHM 038, 9/30/2014)
- Carcosa (Digital) – Dieselboy, Downlink, Mark The Beast & Mayhem, Human Imprint (SUPA 01, 5/12/2015)
- Angel Dust (Digital) – Dieselboy & Mark The Beast, Human Imprint (HUMA 8040, 1/30/2017)
- Demolition (Digital) – Dieselboy, Bare & Mark The Beast feat Armanni Reign, Human Imprint (SUBHM 044, 9/4/2017)
- Stagediver (Digital) – Dieselboy, Mark The Beast & Counterstrike, Human Imprint (HUMA 8042, 6/29/2018)
Mixtapes / DJ Mixes
- Future Sound Of Hardcore (1994)
- Witness The Strength (1995)
- Supreme (1995)
- East Coast Science 1 with Scott Henry (1996)
- East Coast Science 2 with Scott Henry (1997)
- East Coast Science 3 with Scott Henry (1998)
- Director’s Cut (1998)
- DJ Magazine World Series (2003)
- Live At The Jungle Room (2005)
- Unleashed! (2011)
- Live At Beta (2012)
- Wake The Dead (2012)
- Beyond The Black Bassline (2013)
- The Destroyer (2014)
- The Destroyer 2 - Extinction Event (2016)
- Planet Of The Drums - Awakening (2017)
- Heart Of Darkness (2019)
- Live At EDC (2019)
- Heavy Breathing (2021)
- BBC Radio 1 Drum & Bass Show Guest Mix (2021)
- Dieselboy + Ewun - Warning Label
- Demo - Trauma/Cell (SPKTRM Duomix)
- Limewax - One Of Them (Current Value Remix)
- Technical Itch - Pressure Drop VIP
- Technical Itch + Kemal - The Calling (Evol Intent + Ewun Remix)
- Psidream - Death Sentence
- Freeland - We Want Your Soul (Raiden Remix)
- Dieselboy + Evol Intent + Ewun - Midnight Express
- SPKTRM - Machine March
- Current Value - Fear / Machine (Demo Duomix)
- Demo - O.D.
- The Upbeats - SFX
- Counterstrike - Timewarp VIP
- MSTRKRFT - Paris (The Upbeats Remix)
- Computer Club - Load Rocket (Gridlok Remix)
- Meat Beat Manifesto - Helter Skelter (Evol Intent + Mayhem Remix)
- Dieselboy - N/V/D (Counterstrike Zentraedi Remix)
The Human Resource
Disc One: Selected Works
- Vector Burn – Paradise Lost (D-Star Remix)
- ƆƐI3C – Mass Hysteria (Hive Remix)
- Kaos + Karl K + Jae Kennedy – Houston
- Styles Of Beyond – Subculture (Upbeats Remix)
- DJ Fresh – Wargames '03
- Skynet – Catherine Wheel
- Evol Intent + Ewun – The Rapture
- ƆƐI3C* – Grunge 3 (Dieselboy + Kaos + Karl K Remix)
- Dieselboy + Kaos Feat. Messinian – Barrier Break (Infiltrata + Hochi Remix)
- Evol Intent + Mayhem (7) + Thinktank (3) – Broken Sword
- Dieselboy + Kaos – Submission
- Kaos + Karl K + Jae Kennedy – Studio 54
Disc Two: Evol Intent Assemble The Monster
- Evol Intent + Dieselboy – Vivify
- Infiltrata + Define – Parallel Universe
- Evol Intent + Mayhem (7) + Thinktank (3) – Broken Sword
- Upbeats – Piss Fiend
- Kaos + Karl K + Jae Kennedy – Moonraker (Gridlok Remix)
- Evol Intent + Mayhem (7) + Psidream – Assimilation
- Styles Of Beyond – Subculture (Upbeats Remix)
- Kaos + Karl K + Jae Kennedy – Xanadu (Stratus Remix)
- DJ Fresh* – Wargames '03
- ƆƐI3C* – Mass Hysteria (Hive Remix)
- Dieselboy + Kaos – Barrier Break
- Dieselboy + Kaos – Barrier Break (Infiltrata + Hochi Remix)
- Evol Intent + Ewun – Reality Check
- Upbeats* – Le Mammoth
- Evol Intent + Ewun – The Rapture
- BT – Knowledge Of Self (Evol Intent Remix)
- ƆƐI3C* – Grunge 3 (Diesleboy + Kaos + Karl K Remix)
- Ewun – The Divide
- Stratus – You Must Follow (Anthology)
- Dieselboy + Technical Itch – Atlantic State (Gridlok Remix)
- Dieselboy + Kaos – Submission
- Sasha – Fundamental (Gridlok Remix)
- BT – The Great Escape (Alliance Remix)
- Hard Times – Baby Namboos (Dieselboy + Decoder) Palm Pictures (2000)
- Opticon – Orgy (Dieselboy + Technical Itch Arena mix) Reprise (2001)
- Subculture – Styles of Beyond (Dieselboy + Kaos VIP) Human Imprint (2002)
- You Must Follow – Stratus (Dieselboy + Kaos) Human Imprint (2003)
- Grunge 3 – Bad Company UK (Dieselboy, Kaos + Karl K) Human Imprint (2003)
- Moulin Rouge – Dom + Roland (Dieselboy, Kaos + Karl K) Human Imprint (2005)
- Hooked – Dom + Gridlok (Tech Itch + Dieselboy) Project 51 (P51UK10, 8.7.2006)
- Tuh Tuh Duh – Sinister Souls (feat. Dieselboy feat. Mark the Beast) PRSPCT (PRSPCTRMXEP001,1.28.2015)
- No Control – Bro Safari, UFO! & Beauty Brain (Dieselboy + Mark The Beast Remix) Free Download (2015)
- Amplitude : Styles of Beyond – Subculture (Dieselboy & Kaos Rock Remix)
- Crackdown : Dieselboy & Kaos – Barrier Break
- Gran Turismo 4 : Dieselboy & Kaos & Karl K (feat. Messinian) – Nitro
- Need for Speed: Most Wanted : Dieselboy & Kaos – Barrier Break
- Saints Row : Styles of Beyond – Subculture (Dieselboy & Kaos Remix)
- Lawbreakers: Dieselboy & Mark The Beast – Abaddon / Dieselboy & Mark The Beast - Sunshine
- Opticon – Orgy (Dieselboy + Technical Itch Arena Mix) (2001) on Orgy: Opticon Remixes (12") – Reprise Records
- Opticon – Orgy (Dieselboy + Technical Itch Arena Dub Mix) (2001) on Orgy: Opticon Remixes (12") – Reprise Records
- Grunge 3 – Bad Company UK (Dieselboy, Kaos + Karl K) HUMAN (2003) on Andy C: Nightlife (CD) – Ram Records (2003)
- Get Back – Blokhe4d + Dieselboy on Unique Artists: Volume 1 – Unique Artists (UA001CD, 8/23/2010)
- Put the Needle on the Record (2004)
- American Massive (2002)
- Atlantic State (Technical Itch + Dieselboy), Sounds & Motion: V. 01 (Ukraine, 2002)
- Moonshine Over America (2000)
- Dieselboy is featured in Michaelangelo Matos' book "The Underground Is Massive: How Electronic Dance Music Conquered America" (2015)
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- "How The Internet Transformed The American Rave Scene". NPR.org. Retrieved 2016-12-13.
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- "Dieselboy Interview: SXSW 2010 – Spinner". 2012-04-03. Archived from the original on 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2016-12-13.
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- "Dieselboy Talks Online Promotion Difficulties, Labels, Free Mixes". Dotted Music. 2011-03-20. Retrieved 2016-12-13.
- "Dieselboy interview! + ticket giveaway tonight 12-3AM kuci.org". beatification.kuci.org. Retrieved 2016-12-13.
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- "The Great Nacho Cook-off: Alex Stupak vs. DJ Dieselboy". Firstwefeast.com.
- "The Second Annual First We Feast Nacho Battle". Firstwefeast.com.
- "Questove's Food Salon MIAMI Featuring Daniel Patterson, Dave Beran, and Christina Tosi". Vimeo.com. 10 January 2015.
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- Official Dieselboy Website
- DnBTV interview on February 27, 2006 Louisville
- Dieselboy page, Planet Human Label Website
- Dieselboy on Soundcloud
- Dieselboy bio at TheDJList.com
- Dieselboy bio at ResidentAdvisor.net
- Dieselboy at rolldabeats Archived 2005-11-09 at the Wayback Machine
- Dieselboy discography at Discogs
- Archived Pit5.com discography