Opening his new label Detail Recordings in 2010, Lynx is a man on a mission to deliver only the freshest and most innovative sounds in underground electronic music.
Standout tracks including ‘Disco Dodo’ and ‘Global Enemies’ may have helped make his name across the worldwide drum & bass scene but the sheer diversity and quality of Lynx’s output across labels like Soul:r, Creative Source, Digital Soundboy and Bingo have marked him as a producer par-excellence. Remixes for Metalheadz, Hospital and Innerground, plus his sublime reworking of James Blakes ‘Limit To Your Love’ have shown he remains ahead of the rest, with cutting-edge studio skills and the drive to explore new musical avenues. A diverse and talented DJ, his live sets are largely built on exclusive and upfront material with an eclectic feel appealing to clubbers across the spectrum. October 2011 sees the release of his much anticipated studio Album ‘Devils In The Detail’ on his own label Detail Recordings.
With a long list of high-profile patrons including Marcus Intalex (Soul:r), Fabio (Creative Source), Shy FX (Digital Soundboy) and Zinc (Bingo), it’s no surprise that Lynx has risen quickly through the ranks to become one of the most in demand DJs in drum & bass. Bursting back on to the scene in 2006 with a fresh and infectious sound, it would be easy to overlook the many years of groundwork spent honing his skills with early releases on labels including Underfire, Audio Blueprint and Renegade Recordings. Lynx has since made music his profession, as well as his passion, and helps run a commercial studio, producing for a range of artists involved in other music genres. He’s already left his mark in the drum & bass scene, however, and raised the bar for creative and innovative production whilst keeping the dancefloor in firm focus.
Drawing inspiration from other sounds across the club scene, Lynx has since forged a style that continues to evolve, combining influences from rock to reggae and electro to hiphop. He’s already torn up the template with the massive ‘Disco Dodo’ (Creative Source) and went on to make 2007 his year with the standout successes, ‘Global Enemies’ and ‘Carnivale’ (Soul:r) alongside Kemo MC. From the deep and rolling vibes of ‘Shaku’ (Digital Soundboy) to the bold and brassy funk of ‘Randy’ (Soul:r), Lynx has already crossed a range of styles and demonstrated there are many more strings to his bow. A keen collaborator, Lynx has produced alongside Alix Perez, Maple, Malibu Rhodes, Aaron Jay and more and has a talent for drawing the best from himself plus the artist he’s working with. In the words of Marcus Intalex, “attention to detail is his trademark” and Lynx made this clear across his debut LP with Kemo MC, ‘The Raw Truth.’ on Soul:R in 2008.
‘Devils In The Detail’ is a perfect follow up to the landmark ‘The Raw Truth’ album, once again effortlessly flowing across tempos and styles while retaining the signature sound that has made Lynx so distinguishable from the many people producing Drum and Bass and indeed electronic music. Collaborators on the album include Marcus Intalex, Noisia, Hellrazor, Seed, & vocalists Kemo, MC DRS, Sense MC, Fats, Deeizm and more. From the essential liquid anthem ‘All For You’, to the jittery gait funk of ‘Without Warning’, the revisionary tribute ‘Back To The Jungle’ and the gentle beauty of ‘Jetlag’, this album displays a producer comfortable with his sound and not afraid to glide around musical sub genres and redefine it with every tune.
1. Top three (or more) tips for new and emerging talent to stay afloat and last long term.
1. Make sure you are on it with your social networking! (Sadly) in todays music it’s not just about how good you are at music, it’s about getting your name ahead of the sea of other musicians all doing the same thing!
2. Pick a name that is unique. Makes it particularly useful for your website, social media pages etc. Don’t make the mistake I made and pick a huge brand (Lynx) as your DJ name!
3. Stick to your guns. It’s the old cliché, but if your persistent and your music is good and the above is in place you will get to where you want to eventually.
2. What has been one of the toughest music related experiences you’ve faced?
Hmmm. I think it’s tough being flavour of the month, going from bedroom producer who has had a bunch of small releases to gigging all the time and writing for lots of different labels. This all can happen very fast for an artist these days. On the flipside, it’s tough having been flavour of the month and then your not! What goes up must come down…
3. How did you get through or deal with it?
I’m reasonably level headed person so when on the up I adjusted quite quickly and got on with my music/ touring…etc, as best I could. I think loosing the flavour of the month can be more difficult. You can be doing everything right musically…etc, but people will naturally lose interest because around the corner there is the next young budding producer to take your place.
4. What did you learn?
I have learnt to brush it off and just get on with my thing. Music is my career so its not about being an overnight success and then gone the next day!