A member of the infamous Planet of the Drums crew alongside fellow drum ‘n bass pioneers AK1200, Dieselboy, & J Messinian, this Irish transplant has been a dominant figure in the U.S. drum ‘n bass scene since his arrival here in 1994. His discography includes 2 critically acclaimed full length artist albums, 8 DJ mix CDs, as well as numerous singles and remixes for artists such as Freq Nasty, Afrika Bambaata and Keoki. Along with DJ DB, Dara co-founded the nation’s first & largest drum ‘n bass record store, Breakbeat Science, in NYC which doubles as his own imprint, Breakbeat Science Recordings. He has been featured in countless magazine articles and interviews both in the US and worldwide. He previously hosted one of the internet’s most popular drum ‘n bass broadcasts, Velocity, where he regularly interviewed leading drum ‘n bass artists such as Jonny L, Kemistry & Storm, Trace, Ed Rush, Optical, Hype, Andy C, Zinc, and many others. Dara’s long standing relationships with the world’s drum ‘n bass elite gives him access to an astounding amount of new and unreleased material. His brilliant recording endeavors along with his incessant touring marked by consistently awe-inspiring DJ sets have made him one of the most recognized and well respected DJs in the country. After a lengthy hiatus, 2012 sees DJ Dara return to the studio to produce the kind of beats he wants to hear. Watch this space……
Be On It (aka B On It Productions) was formed in 2012. Birthed out of Indianapolis Be On It was created to push the boundaries and limitations of music. Be On It covers a lot of musical ground and different genres from pop, rock, rnb, hip hop, trip hop, neo soul, fusion, jazz, techno, country, christian, and experimental. When you look at the band you’ll see a typical 5 piece set up but when you really look deep into the band you see 5 individual artist that work together as a “collective” to create the most interesting, thoughtful, and intentional music you have ever heard. The band consist of 5 members, Joe C Elliott III (drums/producer), Jesse Thompson (guitar/bass/producer), CJ Warfield (Keys/composer), Brandon Bufford (Keys/composer).
In 2014 Be On It was crowned the champions of a national competition called Strange Arrange. Strange Arrange is a competition put on my Soundtrack Entertainment, where the top 5 bands in the nation compete in Nashville TN. From that opportunity, Be On It has landed major opportunities to work with some of the industries top artist, such as Sony Music Videos or shooting a music video with PJ Morton (Maroon 5). You can find some of those music videos on youtube and iTunes.
The goal of Be On It is to become one of the most dynamic bands of our time. From performing live to producing, Be On It has developed a signature sound and style that cannot be duplicated. Be On It has performed many places around the country and has worked with many different artist and producers around the world. The energy they perform with live will leave you mesmerized, inspired, and motivated to challenge what you think about music in a new way!
John Larner hailing from Bloomington, Indiana has had a 20-year association with electronic music and dance culture. As with most youngsters he began with his Father’s record collection, which introduced him to the electronic and new wave sounds of the late 70’s and early 80’s. From here because of his unique location, he was given a front row seat to the Chicago and Detroit music scenes which blew up in the mid-80’s. A religious follower of the Hot Mix Five and Wizard (JeffMills) mix tapes, John was influenced by the best.
In 1983 John began his early experiments with dance music where he fused Chicago acid house, Detroit electro, European new-wave sounds and Hip-Hop on his Dad’s turntables. He wanted to emulate the sounds he heard coming out of Chicago and Detroit. John describes his early experiments, “I’d try mixing Prince with Kraftwerk or Art Of Noise with Hip Hop or funk with Newcleus or electro. This came from the influence of the Wizard tapes that we all listened to. That style has stuck with me to this day”.
It wasn’t until 1988, when John first heard Lil’ Louis “French Kiss” that he became hooked on house music for life. With years of musicology behind him, he hit the DJ world with the help of some Chicago DJ friends. From house parties at Ball State University with Richie Hawtin to playing raves with Derrick Carter and Paul Johnson in Chicago, John Larner hit the straps as a DJ in the Mid West. His name became synonymous with the tougher edge of Chicago and Detroit house sounds taking him all over the local area and to New York and Canada.
Naturally, his success as a DJ led him into production. His first release “How I Really Feel” on Better Days Records in 1999 (under the name Cyberjive) was played throughout Chicago. Around this time he started working in the studio with his long-time friend, Slater Hogan. Their association unleashed a flurry of underground releases. In 2002, their first release, a white label bootleg caused a major stir in Miami and put the two on the map.
John Larner and Slater Hogan’s creative output blossomed into a hybrid of swing, jazz, hip-hop, techno and classic house sounds. The last three years has seen the two deliver some of the finest moments in modern house history. Most notably, the rough and ready styles of “Caught Up” on Hip Therapist reached the decks of Pete Tong, Yousef and Paul Woolford on BBC Radio One. “NOLA House” on Aroma was a ‘jam’ that made DJ’s rejoice and their girlfriends dance. “Blessed With Soul” on Scotland’s Flygaric Tracks, jazzed up the mix and bumped up the groove. The Hoosier Daddy EP ..school, was an instant underground classic that was Daft Punk, Louis Armstrong and the Music Box all in one, and was championed by Mark Farina and Fred Everything. The Freaky World Bubble EP on Lowdown was played in all corners of the globe, while “A.D.D Acid” on Mouthful was a staple on BBC Radio One, bounced by Yousef and Lottie. More recently “Movin” on Odds and Ends, with its infectious R&B vocal hook has received universal approval from heads, dancers and DJ’s worldwide. John and Slater got it right from the beginning, and their association has seen their music released by the world’s best house labels. Icon, Gallery, Nightshift, Aesoteric and Tango have all joined the party, eager to be part of this house phenomenon.
In 2001 John, Slater and Shawn Collins founded Muzique Boutique Recordings as a vehicle to present their sound to the world. Packaged in a colourful, kitsch sleeve picturing a martini glass, it’s an ironic nod to the swing and jazz history of the area. With acclaimed releases from Jonene & Tony Senghore, Hakan Lidbo, Lance De Sardi, The Littlemen and Stacy Kidd the label is a consistent performer. Muzique Boutique releases have found their way into the record boxes of Mark Farina, Derrick Carter, Inland Knights, Heather and DJ Sneak.
John’s production success and DJ talent have seen him in demand in clubs around the globe. Widely known for his high-octane sets, which incorporate a balanced mix of fresh cuts and the old sounds of Chicago and Detroit. John’s DJ mantra is juxtaposition, and he isn’t afraid to mix things up for his audience. His full-spectrum sets are enjoyed in Europe, United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. With strong followings in Belgium, Australia and Scotland, John racks up frequent flyer points all year long!
Back home in the U.S.A, when not in the studio, you can catch him laying it down from San Francisco to New Orleans and most places in between. For 20 years John has made electronic music his life thanks to friends and family. He currently receives his musical inspirations from likes of Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, Mathew Dear, Phil Weeks, Lance De Sardi and music from all over the globe. He digs playing shows in new places, and jamming the local skateparks when he gets a chance and exposing people to his music.
Ceebz is the DJing alter ego of 23 year old Cody Bowen. Ceebz has been performing since a trip to his first festival 2 years ago when he realized his passion for EDM and the want to play it for a crowd. He plays a few genres such as Moombahton and Drum n Bass but has a focus on Dubstep music, taking influences from artists such as Caspa, Bassnectar, Figure and Dream, just to name a few. Ceebz brings the bass and the vibes to make any event a banger, just get him behind the decks and let him go.