The third act confirmed for Countdown 2011 is...


DBridge is a veteran producer and one of the most respected artists in drum & bass; an artist whose multiple transformations and evolutions glide through a staggering list of achievements. Over the course of a long and distinguished career, he has been at the heart of some the most exciting collaborative partnerships drum & bass has ever seen from Future Forces to Bad Company and mostly recently Club Autonomic.

Forging a strong bond with Instra:mental, they showcased their Autonomic sound with an award-winning Fabriclive mix CD, worldwide tour and residencies for Fabric and Rinse FM. In 2011, dBridge returns the focus to his label Exit Records with the Mosaic Vol. 1 compilation and more artist LPs as he continues to be a mentor to the new breed of producers inspired by his career.

Originally producing alongside his brother 'Steve Spacek' (now of Africa Hitec), Darren soon found himself working with UK hardcore group Armshouse Crew, the production posse responsible for Lennie De Ice’s proto-jungle anthem ‘We are IE’.

His debut (as DBridge) came out on Trouble On Vinyl, and soon after he met fellow producer Jason Maldini and the pair went on to form Future Forces. Their early productions stood apart from rest and so a new imprint, Renegade Hardware, was established to cater for the tougher, grittier sounds they were creating. Combining forces with two equally divisive producers, Fresh and Vegas, the scene-defining Bad Company solidified dBridge’s next chapter. Creating a myriad of anthems that to this day will be heard played (and rewound) any number of times at any D&B night, in any city around the globe (‘Planet Dust’, ‘Hornet’, ‘The Nine’), in BC’s 5+ years of working together, they redefined dance -floor Drum and Bass.

In 2003, dBridge opened a new chapter with the first release on his own label Exit Records, which was followed by releases for the likes of Soul:r, Creative Source, Liquid V, Metalheadz, Reinforced, Hotflush, 3024 and more.

 More than just a platform for his own music, Exit Records is the fruition of a lifetime goal for Darren and has developed to encompass styles beyond strictly drum & bass, enabling him to work alongside the likes of Skream, Commix, Concord Dawn, A.I, Fierce, Calibre, Rufige Kru and Instra:mental. A vocal appearance on Martyn’s ‘These Words’ and further solo singles like 'Wonder Where' and 'Inner Disbelief' have gone on to cement the dBridge vocal as a distinctive, unique instrument.

dBridge crossed paths with two equally open-minded kindred spirits, Instra:mental (aka Boddika & Jon Convex), and eventually formed a creative alliance as Autonomic. which spawned a club night, a podcast, an umbrella for their labels, and, most crucially, a sound. Effortlessly blurring lines, the Autonomic sound was showcased on their award-winning ‘FABRICLIVE 50’ mix CD, a radio show on Rinse FM, a globe-spanning tour, as well as an Autonomic club residency at Fabric.

BR #62 dBridge from BOILER ROOM on Vimeo.

 As for DJing, dBridge is now cemented as one of the most important, and innovative DJ's on not just the Drum and Bass scene, but the electronic music circuit, holding a residency at Fabric as part (of the Club Autonomic residency), playing at Outlook Festival and the Boiler Room U-Stream show as well as breaking new ground by playing at Berlin’s home for techno, the legendary Berghain club.

Autonomic (Consequence Vs dBridge) Outlook Festival Mix by outlookfestival

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DBridge joins Hudson Mohawke & Ms Dynamite on the Countdown 2011 lineup - but that is just the start of it!

We will be announcing the next confirmed artist when the Countdown NYE 2011 Facebook Page hits 1000 'likes' - and it's a big one so get sharing!

Tickets for Countdown are available from Alt-Tickets.