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Optiv's Upcoming Gigs
Fri 11 Jul, 14
Fabric, Fabric, London , United Kingdom
Fri 08 Aug, 14
Sonnentanz Festival , Sonnentanz Festival 2014, Jonschwil Degnaupark, Switzerland
Sat 09 Aug, 14
Boomtown Fair, Boomtown Festival, Bristol, United Kingdom
Fri 29 Aug, 14
Blackout, Tivoli de Helling, Utrecht, Netherlands
Fri 05 Sep, 14
Dispatch, Outlook Festival, Pula, Croatia
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Whenever you think of the name Optiv, a few things spring to mind. Quality, versatility and a habit of producing simply big tracks. Since he first started releasing music over a decade ago, Optiv has always had a reputation for putting it all out there, and has received deserved acclaim as an individual who represents only the best in drum & bass music.

Blending deep, dark and serious vibes, Optiv always exudes an air of professionalism and extremely high production values. His music expertly matches the light with the dark, with a considered and deadly approach. His releases have been on practically every label at the upper reaches of d&b (think Virus, Shogun, Renegade Hardware, Playaz, as well of course as C4C Recordings), and, in the various guises in which he has recorded, has touched the four corners of the globe in terms of both production and DJing.

It is no surprise that Optiv, along with partner in crime CZA and the wider Cause4Concern collective are so widely respected and held up as innovators in the d&b game. Known for his techy, rolling flavours, experi-ence and knowledge shines through in everything Optiv does.

As Cause4Concern emerged in the late 90s, so arose to the considerable talents of Optiv. The prolific producer has been changing the face of d&b since then, releasing on over 20 different labels, in many different styles. Every time, however, the impact has been the same, and his standing in the industry and amongst fans is second to none. Taking into account his own imprint, Red Light, and the not-inconsiderable work of C4C, his star has never shone brighter. His critically acclaimed work with BTK over the past couple of years was the result of a serious amount of collaboration, and included the spectacular Dirty Tricks LP on Virus.

But being one not to rest on his laurels, Optiv is picking up the baton once again, with forthcoming releases along with soul brother CZA set to shake things up once again.

New music from Optiv & CZA on Med School, Subtitles and a host of other labels is eagerly awaited by those in the know. In addition, a new EP on the C4C label will once again remind discerning ears of the technique, flow and overall appeal of Optiv’s masterful productions. Experience is mixed with innovation, and new and radical ideas are never far away. Whether it’s world building, the creation of aural atmospheres or just low down dirty grooves, Optiv can and does deliver. The new tracks will continue the rich vein of quality, far-reaching and forward thinking music for which Optiv has been rightly lauded.

From the punch of the snare, to the boom of the bass, Optiv has it all covered. For the finer side of drum & bass music, check out Optiv.

Optiv   C4C / Red Light, Bern, Switzerland

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  • A Comment on Optiv's
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    Optiv & CZA - Hindsight - Subtitles - Out Now!! at 1.20
    on September 07, 2013 13:55

    @oscar7n: Really? we just jammed them in.

  • A Comment on BTK☣'s
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    Dutty Audio Podcast 001 with Optiv & BTK at 8.14
    on August 07, 2013 20:54

    @corz_cozzer: Its better than us MC-ing ...Believe!!

  • A Comment on Physmatics's
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    Pythagoras Theorum Album Sneak Preview - Physma... at 1.36
    on April 28, 2013 13:34

    Sick, really like this one!!

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    Optiv & CZA - Cabin Fever - Med School - OUT NOW!! at 0.37
    on March 21, 2013 13:51

    @fringecp: Haha, nice observation!! :)

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    Optiv - Gram Podcast at 32.15
    on December 21, 2012 12:24

    @Adi-j: Optiv & BTK - Drop The Funk :)

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    Optiv & CZA - In Too Deep - Hospital Records -... at 0.16
    on October 25, 2012 10:07

    @Low5: Nice 1! see you then :)

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    Gridlok & Optiv - Time Goes By - Out Now On Pro...
    on October 12, 2012 09:01

    Cheers for the comments :) , @DbX i'm not sure yet, i'll ask mr Gridlok

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    BTK - Drop It (Optiv Remix) - Dutty Audio
    on September 17, 2012 11:38

    Thanks!! :)

  • A Comment on GRIDLOK's
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    Take The Poison at 45.25
    on June 11, 2012 08:34

    Loving the mix!!

  • A Comment on Optiv's
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    Optiv & BTK - Into The Wild (Dirty Tricks LP - ...
    on June 01, 2012 09:45
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    Chris.SU - F.A.T.E. (clip) [Subtitles UK] at 1.39
    on April 12, 2012 07:22

    Great work Chris :)

  • A Comment on Dabs's
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    Dabs & Safire w/MC LowQui - Hideout (AVANT002A) at 1.17
    on April 10, 2012 07:24

    Great funk!

  • A Comment on blacksunempire's
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    Obse015 - a - n.phect - lotus at 0.52
    on March 28, 2012 07:10

    Great tune!!

  • A Comment on blacksunempire's
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    Obse015 - b - n.phect - resilience at 0.56
    on March 28, 2012 07:10

    Spondicious!!

  • A Comment on State of Mind's
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    State of Mind, Black Sun Empire & Bulletproof -... at 2.06
    on March 26, 2012 10:30

    A personal favourite!! big up Mr Gridlok!

  • A Comment on NEONLIGHT's
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    Mefjus & Neonlight - Hot Glue (EATBRAIN004B) OU... at 1.49
    on March 22, 2012 12:49

    Beauuuuuutiful!!

  • A Comment on Optiv's
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    Optiv & BTK - Ignition feat. Ryme Tyme [ Drum&B...
    on March 22, 2012 12:32
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    Dose - Caffeine Dream - Subtitles (192kps clip) at 0.52
    on March 21, 2012 10:50

    Great tune!!

  • A Comment on DOSE (NZ/UK)'s
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    DOSE - Hardwired - Subtitles (192kps clip) at 0.15
    on March 21, 2012 10:50
  • A Comment on eatbrain's
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    Mefjus & Neonlight - Hot Glue [EATBRAIN004-B] at 1.36
    on March 16, 2012 18:11

    Sickness, love it!!!!!!

  • A Comment on Optiv's
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    Optiv & BTK - Beserker
    on March 16, 2012 09:38

    Thanks Pervert Junglist (nice name btw :P)

  • A Comment on GRIDLOK's
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    Gridlok - Blender - P51-26b at 0.48
    on March 15, 2012 19:23

    Sickness again :P love it!!

  • A Comment on Optiv's
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    Maztek - Renegade (Optiv Remix) - Icarus Audio ...
    on March 14, 2012 07:53

    @Full Force recordings - Hey Radic, hows it going?!

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    Maztek - Renegade (Optiv Remix) - Icarus Audio ...
    on March 14, 2012 07:52

    Thanks for the great comments :)

  • A Comment on telekinesis's
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    Telekinesis-Lich at 0.44
    on March 12, 2012 11:59

    Another Banger!! Nice work once again :*

  • A Comment on Dabs's
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    Dabs & Amoss - Stendhal (DISPATCH#052D) at 0.49
    on March 11, 2012 11:14

    Great tune as always ;)

  • A Comment on Optiv's
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    Optiv & BTK - Jacknife - BBC Radio 1xtra World ...
    on March 11, 2012 11:13

    @Khemikal no idea, ask BTK :)

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    Siren - Snorkel (SPY Remix) at 0.29
    on March 09, 2012 10:04

    Love this tune!!

  • A Comment on Optiv's
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    Optiv & BTK - Jacknife - BBC Radio 1xtra World ...
    on March 09, 2012 10:01
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    Hybris - The Blinds - Dispatch LTD 006 A (CLIP)... at 0.51
    on March 06, 2012 08:53

    Good sounds, great production as always!

  • A Comment on nΞosignal™'s
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    ENERGY EP - Y - Phace + Spor - Out of Focus - ... at 3.13
    on March 05, 2012 08:50

    My Favourite from the whole E.P. just pure filth!!

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    ENERGY EP - E - Phace + Misanthrop - Energie -... at 0.20
    on March 05, 2012 08:48

    Always Sick!!!

  • A Comment on Borderline(DNB)'s
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    Borderline - Synthetic Man [ SOM MUSIC PREVIEW ... at 0.55
    on March 05, 2012 08:44

    Great tune man!!

  • A Comment on Optiv's
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    Optiv & BTK - Zero Hour - Clip from Risky Drum ...
    on March 05, 2012 08:38

    @LOGAM Glad you like it!!

  • A Comment on MAZTEK's
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    MAZTEK - UP&DOWN [SUBCULTURE] at 2.31
    on March 04, 2012 15:58

    Also good tune, looking forward to the release!!

  • A Comment on GRIDLOK's
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    Gridlok and Prolix - Poisonous - Bailey World E... at 1.17
    on March 04, 2012 15:56

    Sick Tune as usual guys!! Great work!!

  • A Comment on Optiv's
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    Optiv & BTK - Beserker
    on March 04, 2012 11:14

    @ Stitch Jones - Thanks! much respect.

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    Optiv & BTK - Zero Hour - Clip from Risky Drum ...
    on March 03, 2012 15:06
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    Optiv & BTK - End Run
    on January 12, 2012 10:24

    @blinide - fuck dan its been ages, hope your well man :)

  • A Comment on Optiv's
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    Optiv & BTK - Whatever - VINYL OUT NOW!!
    on December 21, 2011 09:17

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