|Genres||drum & bass, hardcore, jungle|
Bill Vega has been involved with Dance music since 1991. He has produced & DJ'd under many different guises in an array of genres and has a long history with pirate radio. For over 25 years he has been active in the evolving scenes of Hardcore, Drum & Bass, Breaks and House music. By 1990 Hardcore had evolved from the Acid House scene. Breakbeats were taking over the UK raves and this set a small group of friends from Romford (Essex) on their way to pirate radio, raves and record labels. At just 15 years old they taught themselves to mix on shoddy bedroom set ups which soon progressed to producing. In 1991 the label 'Out Of Romford' was launched by fellow producer 'New Decade'. The label went on to supply major releases in rave history with its biggest being the anthemic 'Get The Message' by New Decade. It was also responsible for signing early tracks by Andy C & Ant Miles as 'Desired State', giving them a platform to start the legendary 'RAM Records'. Pirate radio at this time had exploded in London and by 1993 they had brought Hardcore to the airwaves of Essex via their own stations 'Shakedown FM' & 'Conflict FM'. Their radio involvement continued throughout the whole of the 90's as Hardcore evolved into Drum & Bass. Bill Vega (as DJ Infinity) launched his productions on Out Of Romford Records in 1993, gaining support from top flight DJ's such as LTJ Bukem. He also worked alongside Ant Miles (Origin Unknown) and DJ Freedom releasing Drum & Bass on RAM's sister label, 'Liftin' Spirit Records'. When one of the group 'Flatliner' signed to RAM in '94 they secured a show on one of London's infamous radio stations of the 90's, 'Weekend Rush'. It wasn't long before their graveyard shifts progressed to prime time Sunday nights on Rush FM during arguably the best year for Jungle/Drum & Bass, 1995. By the end of 1996 Drum & Bass was changing rapidly. As the breakbeats faded from D&B so did Bill's passion for it. House music became a new priority for Bill Vega whilst keeping the ever popular sound of '91/'92 Hardcore alive. Alongside his original friends they re-launched Shakedown FM in 1997 and promoted their own 'Hardcore Revival' raves, held a residency with Oldskool promoters 'Raindance' and presented additional shows on London's 'Eruption FM' and Essex's 'Klass FM'. After a run of shows on London's 'Passion FM', Bill Vega was back in the studio with New Decade to start their 'Nuskool Breaks' productions. Their first track in this genre 'Mind Beats' was signed to ED209's 'Wireframe' label which launched them into this emerging scene. They soon found themselves being an established act as they churned out releases and remixes whilst playing regular club nights & festivals in the UK, Spain and across Europe. In 2003 they set up their own Breaks label 'Full Intent' and were asked to appear on the Annie Nightingale show on BBC Radio 1. Their tracks featured heavily during breakbeat shows on Kiss FM as they remained at the forefront of this underground but global genre where oldskool influences became their trademark sound. The label ran until their signing to 'Bassrock Records' in 2004 where they continued a busy release, remix & DJ schedule with a brief return to D&B shortly after. With well over 100 releases between them since 1991 they have made a significant mark on the ever evolving genres of electronic music. In 2016 Bill Vega & David James joined London's biggest House radio station 'Select'. Tech House, Techno, Deep House & Nu Disco were the sounds of their Sunday night show for well over a year. 2018 and beyond brings a new project from Bill Vega. 'The Hardcore Archives' is a video mix series showcasing the entirety of his Oldskool Hardcore collection from 1991 to 1993.