Renegade Masters: Zero T & Ryme Tyme
With his first release in 1999, London based Irishman Cian McCann aka Zero T has long since established his place in the scene. From his early days in Dublin with the Bassbin label, to working with the likes of Calibre,4 Hero, Klute, Alix Perez, Icicle and Noisia, he has never stood still.
Zero T’s discography reflects the diversity that his DJ sets have always shown, ranging from full vocal smoothness to more rolling, dance floor styles. You are as likely to find his music on labels like Metalheadz and Shogun as on Soul:r or Signature.
After a short period away from the scene, 2014 saw the return of Zero T as a producer, remixer and DJ with a Metalheadz debut and a spate of collaborations with the legendary Fierce on the highly regarded Quarantine.
The last few years have seen Zero T touring extensively in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
This year kicked off with the huge 6 track ‘Exiles’ EP on Metalheadz with Beta 2, a second EP for The North Quarter and collaborations with DLR, Myth, Phase and more.
Ryme Tyme’s life, as well as his career, has been steeped in music. From early influences from hip hop and funk, Ryme Tyme has progressed through a range of musical endeavours, all of which have added to his unique knowledge and experience of the game. Ryme Tyme got his start early, when, at the age of 12, he and his brother became the youngest members of one of Jamaica’s biggest dance crews, The Smugglers, which also began his love for being an emcee.
Upon returning to London, he enveloped himself in the electro and hip hop scenes, which led to his immersion in the rave scene. From house parties to his first booking at Club Sterns in Worthing during the era of hardcore in 1990. Ryme expanded his sound through pirate radio stations such as Touchdown FM, then Don FM, and finally the mighty Kool FM.
Ryme’s vocals have been used by many producers, and through his work with the leading lights of the scene, he has been hailed ‘the voice of Neurofunk’. That list of producers and artists includes Ed Rush, Optical, Fierce, Trace, Audio, Optiv& BTK, Matrix, The Upbeats, Vicious Circle, Jade, Mindscape and Gridlok and he has been featured or has had releases on labels such as Saigon, No U Turn, Virus and legendary imprint Moving Shadow.
At the end of last year, Rebel Music threw a party at Lightbox in London which saw Zero T and Ryme Tyme join forces for a set together. We’ve been lucky enough to get our hands on the audio from this night and today we present it to you in the form of our next Renegade Master mix.
Check out the mix below and get your weekend off to a flying start!!
After their roadblock opening party for 2020, the Rebel Music crew have announced the next instalment of their residency at Lightbox.
Join them on Friday 27th March as they present another lineup that represents the full spectrum of Drum & Bass where you’ll FREE entry before Midnight with Downloadable Ticket – http://bit.ly/rebelmusic2703
£5 Anytime Entry.
Rebel Music’s full first year catalogue is now available via Bandcamp. Dip in and take at a look at the variety of artists EPs released in their inaugural year, you can even grab a 50% discount on the full discography. (An incredible 12 EPs/59 tracks for just £23.38)!
Featuring music from the likes of Kolectiv, Taelimb, Creatures, OB1, Tephra & Arkoze, RMS, Science of Man, NC-17, Hadley, Omega Point, Dark Ops and more.