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Renegade Masters: John Rolodex


John Rolodex is a pioneering Drum & Bass artist from Edmonton, Canada. Releasing music on acclaimed labels for nearly 20 years, he is considered one of the seminal international artists in North America. His early releases on Ray Keith‘s Dread Recordings lead to global recognition of his signature heavyweight sound and support from every major figure in the genre as well as numerous spins by the venerable John Peel (OBE) on his iconic BBC Radio 1 show.

John quickly garnered the attention of Drum & Bass figurehead Goldie, leading to releases on his Metalheadz imprint and an ongoing affiliation with the imprint which continues today. His ‘Rainmaker‘ EP (October 2020) received critical acclaim and widespread support among the key figures in Drum & Bass.

In 2010, John founded Machinist Music, a label focusing on raw, undiluted sounds within Drum & Bass. Early releases include some of the first from René LaVice, Trex and Acid Lab. In the subsequent decade, Machinist Music has released music from dozens of established and developing artists around the globe. Machinist Music is now operated alongside Dioptrics (USA).

John has headlined events in dozens of cities across Europe and North America… from Oslo to Budapest; from New York to Vancouver. His ongoing relationship with Bassdrive.com has led to tens of thousands of new fans across the globe. His recent guest mix for Re.set Radio in Colombia reported an audience exceeding one million!!

John has directed music videos and completed scoring work for film and television. He enjoys combining sound and visuals and regularly does so in various capacities for his releases on Metalheadz and others on Machinist Music.

I’ve been working alongside John for a while now and I’m always in awe of not only the music he creates but the outputs on Machinist as well. I’m super happy to be bringing him in as our latest Renegade Master!

Check out John Rolodex’s mix below and share it with your mates!


I Kamanchi – Back To Da Boogie ft. Lady Miss Kier
Tweakz & Dava – Like This
John Rolodex – ID
Mr Fingers – Can You Feel It (Bailey Bootleg Mix)
John Rolodex – ID
Phase & Grey Code – Call in Me
Hybert Philips – Rove Dark Place
NC-17 & Kumarachi – Mood Point 
Draize ft. Invadehertz – Railroad
Lynx ft. Deeizm & MC Fats – All for You
Chimpo ft. Keep you round
Natural Forces – Genesis
Reprezent – Share the Fall (Grooverider rmx)
NC-17 – Event Horizon
Dark Ops – Fly Away
Asylum – Da Base II Dark (Stealth rmx)


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