LIZ E ( SGN / SMOKIN RIDDIMS / PUNCH )
Elizabeth Welch aka LIZ-E first discovered her love for drum & bass after attending such raves as Helter Skelter and Slamming Vinyl at the Legendary Sanctuary in Milton Keynes around 2003. Following on from these early encounters she developed a huge passion for the music and decided she wanted to take up dj’ing and as a majority of her group of friends were male and contained other budding dj’s she wanted to put in extra effort as she wanted to outdo the boys in the group. She then bought a set of decks and spent all her spare time and money buying vinyls and doing mixes whilst perfecting her skills.
After doing early guest slots on UK bass Radio, and taking various opportunities playing in clubs she landed a long term and very well supported weekly radio show on Intobeats where she continued to spread her unique sound and style and also started to incorporate the now strongly emerging dubstep sound. Liz states that she used her show very much for experimenting musically and this was what she felt drew people to tuning into the show on a weekly basis.
2010 was the year she started seriously to pursue another passion in writing and producing her own tracks, after a chance meeting with the drum & bass artist Jaydan in Spain in 2009 he offered to help Liz get her own studio set up and to give her support in getting started. Since then Liz-e has worked very hard on advancing her studio skills and any spare time she has is spent in the studio. She is exclusively signed to the drum and bass label “Smokin Riddims” and has also released Dubstep tracks on the record label “PUNCH”
2012 has been the year where she has really started to make an impression in and around the drum and bass scene following the releases of “The Witches” collaboration with Jaydan and also her solo releases “Time & Space” b/w “Fred” on Smokin Riddims. After starting to write an EP for Smokin Riddims which she wanted to be as diverse as possible to show all the styles she enjoys a couple of the completed tracks were sent to BBC Radio 1’s Dj Friction. Much to her surprise he immediately started to play her track “The Last Time” on his Radio 1 Show and it created a hive of positive activity which led onto him contacting her to see if he could have the track to release on SGN Ltd a big and well respected label. After discussions between the labels it was agreed that it was a great opportunity for her as an artist and the track would reach a more appropriate audience if released on SGN ltd. So Liz-e was asked to provide a flipside to the track and release a debut single on SGN ltd. Following on from the flipside being well received by them they then stepped up and offered her a record deal to run alongside her exclusive contract with Smokin Riddims. Again this was discussed between the labels and between Jaydan and Friction everything was agreed amicably.
With 2013 rapidly approaching it’s safe to say that the ingredients are definitely in place for it to be a fantastic year in Liz-e’s career. With the first single finished for SGN ltd, an almost completed EP for Smokin Riddims, weekly increasing airplay on BBC Radio1 and 1xtra and more gigs rolling in the future is definitely moving in the right direction.