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Renegade Riddims: BradyXK

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Arkansas isn’t exactly known for Drum & Bass music, but Seattle-based BradyXK might change that with his own productions.

Growing up in rural Arkansas in the late ’90s, Brady had a hard time finding Drum & Bass music. But after hearing the “Wipeout” game soundtrack and MTV’s “Amp” compilation, he dove deep into the genre, developing a love for artists like Photek and Source Direct. In the pre-streaming era, he frequently shopped online at New York City’s Breakbeat Science and Satellite Records. Despite slow internet speeds, he patiently downloaded mix sets, especially Andy C on Kiss FM. A summer in London saw him visiting Bar Rhumba and fabric weekly, cementing his passion for Drum & Bass. With a Yamaha EX-5, Brady started making his own music, but life, including a degree in Audio Engineering, put his Drum & Bass dreams on hold. However, the global pandemic reignited his passion.

In 2020, COVID-19 halted social gatherings, prompting many artists to focus on producing music. Brady, now in Seattle, took advantage of online tutorials and found lessons with Philth and Monty particularly exciting. Producers often had Discord servers linked to their Patreon accounts, allowing subscribers to connect and share material. Local artists like Quadrant and Iris, Klippee, and Demo also gave him valuable feedback. The pandemic also boosted Twitch streams, where DJs found a new platform. Brady joined in 2021, connecting with Drum & Bass fans worldwide. Through these online interactions, he met two key people who would significantly influence his journey.

Brady was introduced to Harry R4NS0M through a mutual friend on a production Discord server. They hit it off, started trading music, and decided to collaborate. Their work caught the attention of Diligent Fingers, whom Brady met on Twitch. Dili approached them about releasing their tracks on his Spynal Records label, leading to their debut EP, ‘Ekiden’. This EP explores Neurofunk revivalism, reflecting their ’90s and early 2000s influences while adding a modern twist.

BradyXK is now pushing forward as a producer, hard at work on his next project…

Today he joins our Renegade Riddims series with a fresh new mix curated especially for us! The mix features music from artists such as himself, Quadrant & Iris, Enta, Grintax, Zero T, Molecular and more!

Check out the mix below and download it for free here!

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Q&A:

Sum up this mix in 10 words…

Bangers from myself, friends, and around the world!

What’s your personal favourite track on it?

Enta – If You Leak This, You’re A Prick

What’s the special ingredient in this mix?

The special ingredient for any mix I do is knowing my music and what works well together, plus the privilege of receiving fantastic stuff from other producers a little ahead of release (dubs, dubs, and more dubs!)

Tell us about your next EP…

The next EP from myself will be a collaboration EP from myself and another artist, and you can hear at least one of the tunes in this mix! Since the details are being finalized, I’ll leave it at that for now 🙂

What have you got coming up? 

Aside from the collaboration EP, I’ve got a few remixes, solo efforts, and other collaborations in the works, so keep your ears peeled.

When was the last time you actually raved?

That would’ve been last Tuesday, as I opened up for Villem, then joined the crowd after my set to rock out to some excellent music.

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?

If you’re thinking about getting into production but are worried it’s not going to be good, well…you’re right, it probably won’t be, but everyone starts somewhere and before you know it, you’ll be cranking out stuff on par with your favorites. Keep at it, make the music that you wanna hear, and don’t let trends dictate what you want to express in your art <3

TRACKLIST:

BradyXK & R4NS0M – Psycho City
Quadrant & Iris – Sparkline
BradyXK – Universal Soldier
SubMarine – Back Then
BradyXK – The Second Quiet Place
Enta – If You Leak This You’re a Prick
Sekty – ID
Kai & BradyXK – Not Yet
Break – All You Gotta Do
Sekty – ID
Crystal Clear – Temper
The Sauce – Bang Your Head
BradyXK – Pulses? In My Electromagnets?
Clearance – ID
Speaker Louis – ID
TeeBee – The Lightning That Scarred Mars
ENiGMA Dubz & Snowy – Lost It (ID Remix)
Grintax – Money (ID Remix).mp3
R4NS0M – Cuidado (BradyXK Remix)
SD – This Side
NC17 & Philth – ID
Molecular – Next Level ft. Lavance
Klippee – Trying
HLZ & Philth – ID
R4NS0M & BradyXK – Which Way
Clearance – Diggin’ in Pockets
Portrait – ID
R4NS0M – Attention (Sekty Remix)
Zero T – Form 1
Primitive Instinct – Deux
Edlan x Tatora – Changes

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