5 Facts, 5 Tracks: Ed:it
Hailing from Nottingham Ed Warrener aka Ed:it made his first appearance into the scene back in 2010. Since then he has perfected his sound to become one of the finest purveyors of meaningful, soulful but gritty drum & bass. Ed:it has gathered fans from across the spectrum and heavy support from some of D&B’s biggest names & labels.
Since first releasing on labels such as Critical Music, Demand Records & Addictive Behaviour the inevitable progression for Ed:it lead to collaborations & remixes with Pennygiles, Hyroglifics, Overlook & Eastcolors.
Shooting to the attention of Friction and K-Tee it wasn’t long before the first Ed:it tunes appeared on Shogun’s sister imprint SGN:LTD in 2014, namely ‘Sound Killer’ and ‘I Would’. Having worked closely with the Shogun bosses since then Ed:it finally got the call he’d been waiting for. Two years later he was exclusively signed to the acclaimed Shogun Audio roster.
The latest single from Ed:it ‘Silhouettes’ Part One EP dropped last week and is available to buy/stream here
Now, let’s find out a little bit about his personal life and musical roots…
A classic ‘drunk’ story between myself, heavy drum equipment and a pavement… The story ends badly. I now have a fake tooth… It hurt.
I support Newcastle United Football Club.
In my early years, I produced under the alias ‘Edible’ – Thankfully I never had a release.
I’ve played Drums & Percussion for 17 years. For me, this has been key to what I’ve listened to as well as a massive inspiration to what I’ve produced.
‘Showbiz’ began at the age 4 staring in an ITV drama. Footage can be found online. Link not provided…haha
Queens Of The Stone Age – The Lost Art Of Keeping Secret
A band that will always be a firm favorite. I began to listen to the ‘Queens of the Stone Age’ around the age of 14 and not looked back. Their progressive desert stoner rock style has been a big inspiration in writing music and still influences me to this day. ‘The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret’ was one of the first songs I heard from the band and the entire ‘Rated R’ album quickly became an everyday listen throughout my teenage years.
The band has gone through many drummers on different studio albums from Dave Grohl to now Jon Theodore of Mars Volta. As a drummer myself I find that approach really intriguing with each LP technically exceptional but always providing a certain groove/hook which really sparks my creativity.
Aim The Force ft. QNC :
My first real introduction to Hip Hop and Trip Hop was through a label called ‘Grand Central Records’ which are sadly no more. They featured acts such as AIM, Rae & Christian, Fingathing and Jon Kennedy.
‘The Force’ is a groove which in particular brings home the days of skating at the local park, summer evenings and getting into trouble as a teenager. The chilled out syncopated beat, smooth vocal cuts and subtly piano chords works so well, especially alongside the lazy rap style of QNC.
Calibre – Bullets ft. Diane Charlemagne
The main man of Drum and Bass for me. ‘Calibre’ will always be put up on that pedestal that no one in the scene could ever reach. When I first heard ‘Bullets’ it hit me like a tonne of bricks. The piano sample and smooth double bass combined with ‘Diane Charlemagne’ unprecedented vocal is simply perfect.
This track will always have a special place in my heart and has been one of those songs that have helped me through the hard times in life. It never ever gets old and in fact, the entire ‘Second Sun’ album was one of my first introductions into Drum and Bass which greatly inspired me and still does to this day.
Break – Last Chance ft. Kyo
That Bristol ‘Quarantine’ sound was my first venture into the heavier, grittier sound of Drum and Bass. It had an impact on what style I began to produce and DJ when I first started out. ‘Break’ is a producer who needs no introduction if you follow the scene. ‘Last Chance’ came from his debut album and own imprint ‘Symmetry’. When I first heard the tune I was hooked, especially with the conceptual idea of a melodic intro into a dirtier, rolling drop. The percussive and subtle instrumental elements really stand out on this one.
Massive Attack – Inertia Creeps
Massive Attack’s sound had a large impact on me when I was growing up. Their moody, organic trip-hop style really spoke to me on a meaningful level. This track in particular with its rising intro and heavy driven percussive subconsciously guided me to listen to certain Drum and bass acts at around the same time. The album ‘Mezzanine’ will always be in my top 10 and is still a great inspiration to me today.