Since bursting onto the scene with their multi award-winning compilation “The Stanton Sessions” back in 2001, the Stanton Warriors’ irresistible and inimitable sound has consistently remained the soundtrack to some of the world’s biggest and best parties over the past thirteen years; from East London warehouses, Miami boat parties and illegal Detroit raves, to the stages of Coachella, Glastonbury, Burning Man and Ultra, selling out global tours and topping DJ lists along the way.
In the studio, Bristol’s Mark Yardley and Dominic Butler have honed a trademark, uncategorisable sound that is at once all their own, but also utterly indefinable, leading to high-profile releases on XL Records, Fabric, Cheap Thrills, Central Station and Universal, alongside official remixes for everyone from Daft Punk and Fatboy Slim, to MIA and Gorillaz. This phenomenal output and remarkable longevity has ensured the Stanton Warriors legendary status amongst not only their fans, but also their peers, as they remain fresh, original and relevant; obstinately dancing to beat of their own drum and helping to pave the way for new talent.
In 2014 alone, the Stanton Warriors topped the Beatport charts (again), inspired Disclosure’s Grammy-nominated album Settle, got Annie Mac dancing on her living room carpet, opened London’s 3k capacity Building Six club, saw their podcast shoot to No. 3 in the iTunes chart and smashed the stages of Ultra, Supersonic and Glastonbury.
In 2015, Stanton Warriors typically show no sign of slowing down with a brand new album featuring a host of new exciting bass artists such as Cause & Affect (aka Chris Lorenzo & Kane), sold-out tours across the USA, Europe, Australia and the Far East, collaborations on Claude Von Stroke’s Dirtybird label and a slew of exciting releases on their own tastemaker label Punks.
Deekline is that rare figure in dance music, the seminal producer who balances the cutting edge and the mainstream with effortless flair. Boss man chief of the London to Brighton-spanning Hot Cakes collective of producers, promoters and DJs, this bonafide bass music icon is currently experiencing a new lease of life following the phenomenal success of his new Gutter Gutter imprint.
Tracks such as Got to Believe, Deepa and the new jungle anthem Good to Have the Feelin, with the legendary Tippa Irie, have this year picked up play and support from some of the biggest names in the business, DJs such as MistaJam and Annie Mac, on Radio 1 and 1Xtra.
In the studio, Deekline is a bonafide musical shapeshifter, his impressive diversity having seen him rework the likes of Armand Van Helden, Old Dirty Bastard and The Prodigy. A producer whose Hot Cakes and Gutter Gutter brands have become a byword for bassbin-shaking bravado, this is one artist who's cooking up a storm right now.
Oscar Gamboa II (OSCURE) has been one of the integral pioneers of the Los Angeles Underground Dance music scene, djing, producing and remixing music. He's a well established Los Angeles dj/producer, and has licensed and released on his own label LABA Recordings as well as local indie labels such as Off World Music, Phunkedup Records, DMT3 Traxx, Fifth Gear, Red Bull Academy, Ball of Wx and F.G.P. Music (Funky Ghetto Phonics). Collaborations in the studio include talented musicians like Run DMC, Sula, Medusa & the Feline Science, ILL Knob (Wu-Tang), Stacy Brandt, Eastern Sun, John Kelley and many more. Stay tuned for some new music coming soon.
Fester started getting into the DJ culture in the early 80's. Not having enough money to buy turntables and a mixer, he improvised by using a boombox instead (ask any OG DJ from back in the day as to how this worked). From there, he fell in love with the BBOY culture (breakbeats, graffiti, battling, turntablists) and began to follow all things BBOY. He was still turntable-less, but, at the same time, was gaining knowledge by watching his neighborhood DJ crew do their thing. Soon after that, he progressed into a variety of music genres (new wave, disco, funk) - basically anything that sounded good. He paid his dues by working as a mobile DJ (weddings, house parties, etc.). Fast forward to the early 90's, Fester found the techno sound and underground culture thanks to Eric Davenport (aka E Zone). And so began the incredible musical journey filled with massive crowds, traveling to out-of-town gigs, live PA's (Axis Worklabs), and a short stint with an independent record label (Turnstyle Records). Fester is proud and humbled to be a part of the Insomniac movement that has grown from hundreds of people to millions all over the world.