A bass music icon from the days of his Platinum-selling UK garage anthem I Don’t Smoke Da Reefer, Deekline is that rare figure in dance music, the seminal producer who balances the cutting edge and the mainstream with effortless flair. Up there with the busiest artists in the scene, the London-based producer recently released new album Bounce& Shake with studio partner in crime Ed Solo, a tour de force of booty bass, jungle, soul, breaks, dubstep, drumstep and drum & bass sent down with the kind of assurance one might expect from DJs who have sent bodies flying round the room at club venues across the globe for more than a decade.
Deekline splits his time between regular worldwide DJ tours, relentless production work and overseeing the six record labels he heads up; Sludge, Hot Cakes, Jungle Cakes, Booty Breaks, Rat Records and Giant Pussy Records, all of which work tirelessly to propel street level artists into the forefront of the electronic music scene.
A bonafide musical shapeshifter, his countless releases have erupted into both the underground and mainstream worlds, gaining support from the likes of Diplo, Craze, DJ Hype, Afrojack, Stanton Warriors, Plump DJs and Krafty Kuts and representing bass music in all its eclectic splendour; a melting pot of dubstep, UK funky, garage, bassline, dancehall and breakstep.
His back catalogue of collaborations shows incredible diversity, with artists such as Tim Healey, DJ Assault, Fast Eddie, Kid Sister and Freq Nasty having queued up to work alongside him over the years. Earlier in 2013 his 2-step- flavoured remix of Lethal Bizzle & Donae’s ‘Not A Saint’ anthem he&’s still in touch with his UK garage roots at a time when the sound has never been hotter.
Deekline’s Hot Cakes parties have achieved the rare feat of blowing up clubs on both sides of the Atlantic, in Miami, Spain and London, where his flagship night sits pretty at the heart of Brixton at iconic underground nightclub Jamm. He’s also known to put on a rump-shaking boat party or two on the river Thames.
Music aside, Deekline has been hard at work on The Bass Boutique, a creative music, fashion, art and lifestyle online store bringing together fashion from top designers as well as music chosen by the people that made it. His own clothing line, The Booty Farm, will also push forward this year with exclusive ranges from the likes of Uncle Luke and more. Fittingly for a producer whose Hot Cakes imprint has become a byword for bassbin-shaking bravado, this is one artist who’s cooking up a storm right now.Playing B2B with Ed Solo on Sector 6, and doing a Cut and Run set on Wrong Side of The Tracks: