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Tyke: A mischief maker; a rascal; a cheeky little upstart gnawing away at the ankles of life with raw determination… Never, ever, letting go.
The tag relates to his days as a young graffiti artist, covering London’s rail network with his stark, sharp, vibrant style. But it’s just as relevant in the drum & bass world: His style is still distinctively sharp, stark and vibrant… But now he’s moved up from the ankles, he’s currently chewing the face off the scene, and he’s hungry.
Now signed to the mighty Playaz brand, with the help of scene forefathers DJ Hype and Pascal, Tyke is set to go supernovae. Once a semi-pro footballer, now fully committed to fine-tuning his mind-bending studio skills, his currency in D&B is more valuable than ever… But it’s always been strong; his earliest, self-released, tracks were supported by Hazard, Jumping Jack Frost and Nicky Blackmarket. Andy C joined quickly joined the premier support list when he snapped up Tyke and Recipe’s old skool homage ‘Music Makers’ for his ‘Nightlife 5’ mix.
A deal with Grid Recordings followed, with label boss Twisted Individual developing Tyke into the characteristic artist you hear today. Tyke calls it moral guidance; starting each track with a fresh sound palette, approaching each creation as if it’s your very first. Somewhere at this point he also developed a taste for analogue outboard kit. Ploughing his earnings into his studio, Tyke’s warm, weighty output is made on kit twice his age… And sounds many, many times his weight.
Juggling worldwide tours, major festival appearances and a production schedule that features high profile EPs on Playaz, collaborations with of the scene’s most respected vocalists and remixes for numerous top tier imprints, he takes his game very seriously. And he does so while retaining his original rascal roots. Alter egos such as Mugabe and Retronym and tracks such as ‘Infected Headphones’, ‘Drug Pusher’ and ‘Buzzards’ have given him a distinctive, playful edge that grins wryly over his peers.
Backed by full support from the most influential DJs on the scene; armed with a notoriously bass-heavy approach; charged with a musical knowledge and imaginative scope that dates back to being taken to Blackmarket Records before he was 10… Whether you catch him on wax, catch him on other DJs’ playlists or catch him smashing the dance in any discerning venue across the world, there is no doubt this mischief maker will be chewing the face off the drum & bass scene for a long, long time to come.