One of the all-time greats of the breakbeat/Jungle/Drum and Bass scene – Andy C is a total legend. He has been an integral part of the UK breakbeat scene since the early 90s and has seen it transform from the underground British roots, right through to worldwide domination over a span of around 25 years.
Although born in the Birmingham area of the UK, he grew up in the outer suburbs of London (Hornchurch, Essex). He got into DJing at a very early age and while still only 15, set up his own record label, named RAM.
Valley of the Shadows (31 Seconds)
After releasing a couple of EP’s his ‘big break’ came. Not that he was a ‘nobody’ before then, he was already playing sets with the likes of Sasha and Carl Cox before then. Along with Ant Miles he produced Valley of the Shadows, which was also known as 31 seconds (with samples of ’31 Seconds’ – hence the alternative name, and ‘Felt like I was in the long dark tunnel’).
Everyone within the DnB scene knows 31 Seconds. It very quickly became a dancefloor smash and was considerd by many to be way ahead of its time.
Late 90s Onwards
From this point on, nothing could stop him. Before long, he was playing out at the big Jungle raves like Telepathy, Roast and Innovation. Producing big tunes always help to propel DJs to the next level and to play out at the bigger events, and this was definitely the case with Andy.
However, not only was he producing quality tracks on his own (Cool Down, Roll On etc) and with others (Sound Control with DJ Randall, Quest with Shimon for example), he was also a quite brilliant DJ. His mixing skills were impeccable and arguably the best among the top Jungle/DnB DJs. The ravers also loved him for his tune selection. He very quickly became a firm favorite with many.
In the years following he kept growing his reputation, as the scene moved from ‘mainly UK only’ to worldwide. He was soon playing out in Canada, Japan and Australia as the scenes there started to grow.
Albums and EPs followed. The highly regarded Speed of Sound and Sound in Motion from his collective Origin Unknown sold lots. He also put his name onto Drum and Bass Arena releases and of course there are the Nightlife albums, which are still popular today (we are up to #6 now). The original Nightlife came out in 2002.
Andy has won numerous awards through the years. From the Best HardcoreTune at the Hardcore Dance Awards of 1993 right through to winning the Drum and Bass Arena ‘Best DJ’ every year from 2009 (when the awards started).
You can read more about Andy C at his official website