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In the beginning there were drums. Stylus Rex aka Greg Marshall smashed out drums for various underground Alt-Rock & Indie-Dance bands through the nineties which involved studio sessions with some major producers like Steve Lovell (Blur, Julian Cope), Dan Carey (Hot Chip, La Roux) and Youth (The Verve, Killing Joke). Watching these studio geniuses at work would influence the shift in focus in the coming years from drumming to production.
The introduction to the underground beats scene came about in '98 when London based 'Dust II Dust Records' (the original home of Sunday Best Recordings) signed a band he was involved with called 'Multiscreen'. Loaded up with the entire back catalogue of the label's vinyl (kindly donated by label boss Massimo Bonadio) and the freshest cuts available from Camden's Vinyl Addiction, he DJ'd his first set and became a resident at Brixton club 'The Junction' precisely 3 weeks after buying a set of decks. Several years of immersion in dance culture and honing of production skills followed and culminated in the release of the first Stylus Rex 12” single Boomstick in 2005; a grimey white label, picked up for sale solely at Phonica Records by Heidi Van Den Amstel & Vinyl Addiction by Ray Stanley.
The first proper Stylus Rex release came when 'Blatant' was championed by JDS on his Punk Funk imprint in early 2006 & gained wide support with plays from Eddy Temple Morris, Stanton Warriors, Meat Katie, Ali B & Rennie Pilgrem to name a few.
While Dj'ing at a Spectrum event later in 2006, a meeting with Andy McAllister who was about to start the label 'Ground Level' resulted in the release of next single 'Serious Wobble' and the forging of a label/artist relationship that would see 5 singles released through 2006-2010. The releases Cops On Coke, Surge, Spangle Wagon & Volta saw the likes of Radio 1's Annie Nightingale, Kiss Fm's Jay Cunning, Krafty Kuts & Soul Of Man being added to the list of supporters. Releases & remixes on several other labels - Re-Connect, BijouBeats & Bronzerat Records (Seasick Steve) were well received through this period and helped secure Stylus Rex DJ sets at key clubs like London's Ministry Of Sound, Heaven, The Fridge & The Cross as well as shows across the UK.
An album of bass-driven warehouse beats & film influenced cinematic soundscapes is ready to drop on Ground Level later this year. With the addition of mind altering visual elements to the DJ shows, the Stylus Rex sound is about to amplify.