Maniac (producer)

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Maniac
Birth name Brandon Jolie
Origin Bow, London, England
Genres Grime
Occupation(s) Producer
Years active 2006 - 2009
2015 - Present
Associated acts Wiley
Tinchy Stryder
God's Gift
Mucky Wolfpack
Maxsta

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.[1][2] In music, Maniac is a highly rated producer who has worked with artists such as Wiley, Tinchy Stryder and Chipmunk.[1][3]

Style[edit]

Maniac has been praised for his original, distinctive sound and the variety of sounds he explores in his music.[4]

Career[edit]

2006-2009: Active Work[edit]

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.[5] 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[6] and had his music featured on British soap EastEnders.[1]

2009-2015: Incarceration[edit]

Despite Maniac no longer being an active producer Maniac had recorded prolifically and had a large unreleased back catalogue.[7] Tracks from this back catalogue have continued to be released,[3] 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.

2015-present: Post-Incarceration[edit]

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".[2][8] In October 2015, Maxsta announced that he would be releasing a collaborative EP with Maniac and Boothroyd on Rinse.[9][10] Maniac produced four tracks for the BrOTHERHOOD film soundtrack, collaborating with Chip, AJ Tracey, P Money and Curtis Clacey.

Discography[edit]

Albums
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)

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