Stamina welcomes two true heavyweights to San Francisco in a stacked double-header: the mighty NYMFO and the legendary A SIDES. Nymfo, hailing from Holland, has been making serious waves since 2010 with releases on imprints like Metalheadz, Critical, and Commercial Suicide, while A Sides has been guiding the path of drum & bass for 2 decades collaborating with the likes of Makoto, Calibre, and Goldie.
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A true DJ at heart with many years experience under his belt, Dutch DJ/producer Nymfo has established himself as a strong presence in the Drum and Bass scene with his skills in the studio as well as on the decks. Standout singles for Commercial Suicide, Metalheadz and Critical Modulations have made his name synonymous with tough, techno-tinged dancefloor drum & bass, adding to a reputation built at his own nights Red Zone and Breek in Eindhoven. Now in 2012 he is set to pushing his sound and profile further with his debut album 'Characters' set for release on Commercial Suicide in June.
Twice voted ‘Best Dutch DJ’ in the past few years, Amsterdam-based Nymfo (aka Bardo Camp) may be no newcomer to drum & bass but has recently established himself amongst its most promising production talents. With a versatile and infectious style, his tracks have already won support across the scene from the likes of Goldie, Friction, Fabio, Hype, BSE, Teebee, Klute, Doc Scott, S.P.Y, Commix, Kasra, Logistics and more
“I started as a DJ when I was 14, but soon after that I started to promote as well. I liked this from day one already. I wanted to produce, but was very lazy most of the time. After I met Icicle, the producing part was getting more interesting for me. He gave me lots of tips and tricks, so it was easier for me to start.”
Nymfo’s breakthrough came in 2007, with releases on Shogun Ltd, Renegade Hardware and a 12” for Critical alongside Icicle. Solo releases for Critical and Crunch soon followed, with ‘Franky Mountain’ (alongside Icicle) earning a prestigious Ram release on the ‘Dimensions 3’ EP. Further honing his sound and remaining versatile, Nymfo stepped up with singles for CIA, Inneractive, Samurai Music and 31 Records before really hitting his stride in 2010. With a potent combination of powerful beats and hypnotic techno-influenced grooves, a guest appearance on Black Sun Empire’s LP (‘Kempi) plus two strong singles for Commercial Suicide (‘Matchstick b/w Bionic Fingers’) and Critical Modulations (‘Try To Forget b/w Autonomous Robot’) set dancefloors blazing worldwide and marked Nymfo as a name to remember.
In 2011, the 'Double Dutch' EP for Commercial Suicide again made a very potent statement of intent with all 4 tracks setting dancefloors alight for months before and after release. It was obvious Nymfo's talent had matured to the point where he was ready to design an album, and Commercial Suicide was the natural home for his sound.
An accomplished DJ with a diverse selection, Nymfo has captivated crowds at festivals such as Lowlands and toured worldwide to destinations including New Zealand and South Africa. With years of experience promoting his own events, he’s held residencies at Red Zone (which he ran together with Martyn for over 10 years) and Breek in Eindhoven yet Nymfo remains keener than ever to reach new places and take his music further:
“A 100% dnb crowd is wicked of course. But there are lots of people that don’t know the genre - that’s why I like it to play a party with a mixed up crowd and hope to convert some people to the lovely music that is dnb”
2012 is set to be the year where this Dutch powerhouse makes a musical mark that will push him further into the upper echelon of Drum and Bass Producers with his much anticipated debut album 'Characters' for Klute's Commercial Suicide label.
DJ, Producer and Engineer, Jason Cambridge (aka A Sides) has been producing music since 1990 and has released well over 500 tracks to date across many of the scene’s biggest labels.
With tracks released on labels such as Metalheadz, Valve, True Playaz, Bingo, Innerground, Violence, Hardleaders, Allsorts, Grid, Reinforced, Advanced, Strictly Underground, Advanced, Just Another Label, Reel 2 Reel, Liq-weed Ganja, Clear Skyz, Spearhead, Human Elements, and Hospital to name but a few, A Sides has a discography of truly epic proportions.
A Sides established his own label Eastside Records in 1996 and has since put out over 85 releases, including two compilation albums (Eastside Jamz Volumes 1 & 2) as well as the A Sides 3 solo albums 'Follow The Groove' 'Worldwide' and "Mysterious Vibes'
A highly accomplished engineer as well as an artist in his own right, A Sides has collaborated with the likes of Calibre, Makoto, Jenna G, Break, Deeizm, Peshay, Digital, MC Kemo, KJ Sawka, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Dj Randall, Goldie, DJ Marky and Nathan Haines (under the guise of Sci-Clone)
A Sides long-standing partnership with MC Fats has borne some of his biggest tracks to date, including the massive hit "What U Don’t Know" which featured on A Sides’ debut long-player in 2003. To catch the pair performing live is to hear drum & bass at it’s finest, with the deep soul sound of MC Fats bringing the perfect compliment to A Sides razor sharp beats.
A veteran of the scene from the early days, through hardcore to jungle to drum & bass, his influence has been immense. Over the years he’s taken on the role A&R for many labels, including of course his own imprints Fuze and Eastside, and was among the first to recognize and nurture the talent of producers such as Break.
Always moving forward and shaping new styles, in 2008 he established BassHead Music together with Juan BassHead to showcase the finest in bass heavy beats. After a successful debut (feat. 12th Planet and Skream) then following releases from Otto Von Schirach, Noah D feat. Einstein, Datsik, Bassnectar and Zeds Dead & The Killabits. Remixes have also been supplied by high profile artists such as Serum, Break and DJ Sneak. With a diverse music policy Basshead encompasses not just Dubstep and Drum & Bass but other bass-heavy beats. Expect more exciting projects over the next 12 months.
A Sides has been keeping himself busy in the studio since completing his last solo album. He is back in the studio again with Nathan Haines working on more Sci-Clone material and has been working on new remix projects. First up he has remixed 'Get Started' by Mark de Clive-Lowe which features Omar & Sheila E which will see release on Tru Thoughts. He has also been working with New Zealand based Pianist Kevin Field remixing 'Need You' which will see release on Warner Brothers in 2012. He also added remix duties to 'Lego' for up and coming EMI artist UK Rap sensation Lady Leshurr.
Over the course of his extensive DJ career A Sides has never limited himself to a single style and has proved to be a highly capable selector across multiple genres spanning from the most upfront Drum & Bass to Old School, Funk, Hip Hop and Soul to name a few. He has a reputation for sets that are tight and technical as well diverse. His career as a DJ has taken him worldwide, Playing in over 200 cities in over 40 different countries and every continent the world has to offer he is truly a Worldwide ambassador for Drum & Bass.
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