|Birth name||Brandon Jolie|
|Origin||Bow, London, England|
|Years active||2006 - 2009
2015 - Present
Maniac (born Brandon Jolie in Bow, East London) is an English grime producer. Maniac served 6 years of a 14-year sentence after being convicted of conspiracy to murder in 2009 before being given a conditional early release in 2015. In music, Maniac is a highly rated producer who has worked with artists such as Wiley, Tinchy Stryder and Chipmunk.
Maniac has been praised for his original, distinctive sound and the variety of sounds he explores in his music.
2006-2009: Active Work
Maniac first came to prominence at the age of 16 when his track "Bow E3" was used by Wiley for his album Playtime Is Over. In 2008 Maniac released a collaborative album with Tinchy Stryder entitled Tinchy Stryder vs. Maniac. This was followed by his first solo CD New Age Grime in 2009. Maniac contributed a number of tracks to the 2008 film Adulthood, recorded a single for a Nike advertising campaign and had his music featured on British soap EastEnders.
Despite Maniac no longer being an active producer Maniac had recorded prolifically and had a large unreleased back catalogue. Tracks from this back catalogue have continued to be released, including the track "Man Dem" which featured on Chipmunk's 2010 platinum selling album I Am Chipmunk and "Liquid Organ" which was used by Wiley on his 2014 album Snakes & Ladders.
In 2015, Maniac was released from prison on a conditional licence and returned to making music his first release after being released was a single with Wiley entitled "Outchea". In October 2015, Maxsta announced that he would be releasing a collaborative EP with Maniac and Boothroyd on Rinse. Maniac produced four tracks for the BrOTHERHOOD film soundtrack, collaborating with Chip, AJ Tracey, P Money and Curtis Clacey.
- Tinchy Stryder vs. Maniac (Eskibeat Recordings, 2008) (with Tinchy Stryder)
- New Age Grime (Ghetto Platinum Productions, 2009)
- Singles & EPs
- Devil EP (Adamantium Music, 2008)
- Salt Fish EP (Earth616, 2009)
- Thug / Wreckage (Terrorhythm, 2010)
- Devil Vs Saltfish EP (Pitch Controllers, 2011)
- 100 Problems (Rinse Recordings, 2015) (with Maxsta and Boothroyd)
- Homecoming EP (Earth616, 2017)
- Music pair jailed over death plot. BBC News, www.news.bbc.co.uk.
- Maniac - Devil v Saltfish (Pitch Controllers) Archived 2011-01-01 at the Wayback Machine.. DJmag, www.djmag.com.
- Maniac Releases New Age Grime Archived 2010-01-31 at the Wayback Machine.. FACT (United Kingdom magazine), www.factmag.com.
- Four New Grime Kidsa. Vice (magazine), www.viceland.com.
- THE AM90 SOUND - LONDON[permanent dead link]. Nike, Inc., www.nike.com.