DJ Zinc

DJ Zinc

Real Name:
Benjamin Pettit
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DJ Zinc, is a DJ from the United Kingdom. Zinc first became known for 1995's "Super Sharp Shooter", a hip hop/jungle fusion. He went on to produce drum and bass, breakbeat and more recently house music.. Zinc's career as a DJ and producer, however, stretches quite a ways further back, sketching the steady evolution of hardcore from its house and rave roots through ragga and hip-hop-styled hardstep and beyond. He's worked with a broad range of labels, both respected and virtually unknown, done time on the pirate radio circuit (Impact FM, Format FM, Eruption FM), and DJed as a resident at some of London's most popular underground clubs.

Zinc's first production work came in the form of the eight-volume series Swift and Zinc, released on The Dream Team / Joker Records' The Bizzy B's Brain Progression imprint in the early '90s. The collaboration came to an end in 1994 when DJ Swift decided to focus on garage and house (the two still share studio space). Remarkably, "Super Sharp Shooter" became Zinc's solo debut, and he's since released a number of popular tracks, although none have scaled the heights of his first. From mid 90ies to mid 2000s he was recording with DJ Hype, Pascal, and Rude Bwoy Monty as part of The Ganja Kru (for MCA sublabel Parousia), as well as for Hype's True Playaz label (as DJ Zinc and Dope Skillz). He also runs Bingo Beats for breakstep etc material.
Zinc's career as a DJ and producer stretches the steady evolution of hardcore from its house and rave roots through ragga and hip hop-styled hardstep and beyond. In 1991 he began his radio show with then partner dj swift on London's impact fm. He continued to DJ on various pirate radio stations, including Rinse fm while it was a pirate, and has continued since it was awarded a license in 2011[2]

He continued to DJ on a regular basis, and was one of the first drum and bass producers to score with the 2-step garage market courtesy of his 1999 single, "138 Trek".[2]

His productions have been relatively popular outside the drum and bass scene, most notably in the breaks genre under the pseudonym Jammin. He reached No. 27 in the UK chart with "138 Trek" in November 2000.

Zinc produced and DJ'd as part of the Ganja Kru and True Playaz collectives, often in association with DJ Hype from 1996 to 2002. He ran the Bingo Beats record label, which released both drum and bass and breaks records from 2002 to 2008. He has been known to release records under the alias of Dope Skillz, Jammin and Jelly Jams plus others.

In 2001, Zinc released a remix compilation album of his own productions called Beats By Design which included "138 Trek". By August 2004, he released his second album, Faster, a concept album of sorts. The album, as the name suggests, ups the tempo little-by-little for each song. The title track and album opener, epitomises this and is a grimy crawl through bass and beat that speeds up from 40bpm into the early 100s by its end.[3]

In 2007, Zinc stopped making and playing drum and bass, citing "disenchantment with the scene". He started producing again in 2009 with a fusion of deep house, funky house and fidget house, which he believed did not fit into any of these subgenres. He later named his new sound "crack house".[4]

In October 2009, DJ Zinc released Crack House EP encompassing his new sound of the crack house genre. A follow up to this EP, Crack House Vol. 2 was released in July 2010. In November 2009, DJ Zinc created a 2-hour mix for broadcasting on BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix.

In 2011, Zinc collaborated with A-Trak to release "Stingray", which also has a "crack house" sound. DJ Zinc is also well known for his radio show on Rinse FM.
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DJ Zinc Discography

Albums

FASTER1 DJ Zinc Faster (Album) Polydor FASTER1 UK 2003 Sell This Version
EAST002P Zinc* Crack House Vol. 2 (Album) Bingo Bass EAST002P UK 2010 Sell This Version
SVDB033 Andy C, DJ Friction, DJ Zinc, Nicky Blackmarket, Logistics, Nu:Tone, Chase & Status, Fresh, Gerard Andy C, DJ Friction, DJ Zinc, Nicky Blackmarket, Logistics, Nu:Tone, Chase & Status, Fresh, Gerard - Westfest 2005(8xCass, Club, Ltd, Mixed) Slammin' Vinyl SVDB033 UK Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

GAN009 DJ Zinc Volume Seven Ganja Records GAN009 UK 1995 Sell This Version
GAN011 DJ Zinc Remixes Vol 4 Ganja Records GAN011 UK 1995 Sell This Version
12RENKT56 DJ Steve-B* + Zinc* DJ Steve-B* + Zinc* - Ripple(12", Promo) Renk Records 12RENKT56 UK 1995 Sell This Version
12RENKT60 Steve B + DJ Zinc Steve B + DJ Zinc - The Groove(12", Promo) Renk Records 12RENKT60 UK 1995 Sell This Version
none DJ Zinc Super Sharp Shooter(Acetate, 10", S/Sided) Not On Label none UK 1995 Sell This Version
none DJ Zinc / Unknown Artist DJ Zinc / Unknown Artist - Untitled(Acetate, 10") Not On Label none UK 1995 Sell This Version
TPR 12002 DJ Zinc Reach Out / Pranksters True Playaz TPR 12002 UK 1996 Sell This Version
GAN014 DJ Zinc Remix Volume Five Ganja Records GAN014 UK 1996 Sell This Version
GAN 012 DJ Zinc Volume Eight Ganja Records GAN 012 UK 1996 Sell This Version
none DJ Zinc On Fire Tonight / Fucked Up Cut(Acetate, 10") Not On Label none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Ellis Dee / DJ Zinc Ellis Dee / DJ Zinc - Yeah C'mon / What Is It(Acetate, 10") Not On Label none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none DJ Zinc Super Sharp Shooter / So Damm Fresh(Acetate, 10") Not On Label none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none DJ Zinc / DJ Hype DJ Zinc / DJ Hype - Reach Out (alternative version) / Peace, Love & Unity(Acetate, 10") Not On Label none UK 1996 Sell This Version
TPR12016 DJ Zinc Stretched / Bring The Danger True Playaz TPR12016 UK 1997 Sell This Version
TPR 12007 DJ Zinc Reach Out (Remix) / Damn True Playaz TPR 12007 UK 1997 Sell This Version
FRONT029 DJ Zinc It's Like That / Oasis Frontline Records FRONT029 UK 1997 Sell This Version
none Shy FX / DJ Zinc Shy FX / DJ Zinc - Bambaata / Untitled(Acetate, 10") Not On Label none UK 1997 Sell This Version
TPR12006, TPR12007 DJ Zinc Bring The Danger / Reach Out(12") True Playaz, True Playaz TPR12006, TPR12007 UK 1997 Sell This Version
FRONT033 DJ Zinc It's Like That (Remix) / Music Of Yourself Frontline Records FRONT033 UK 1998 Sell This Version
GTR 001 DJ Hype & DJ Zinc DJ Hype & DJ Zinc - Global Thang - Volume 1 Global Thang GTR 001 UK 1998 Sell This Version
FRONT040 DJ Zinc & Frequency (2) DJ Zinc & Frequency (2) - White On Black / Bearings Frontline Records FRONT040 UK 1999 Sell This Version
GTR 12008 DJ Hype & DJ Zinc DJ Hype & DJ Zinc - Global Thang - Volume 8 Global Thang GTR 12008 UK 1999 Sell This Version

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djsonar7

djsonar7

June 23, 2012
A true pioneer in music, for me one of the very few artists who was both a fantastic producer and a skilled DJ as well. He has always had a defined sound and for me tracks like 138 trek feel like 15 years ahead of time when you hear a lot of music coming through now. For me Casino Royale is one of the most unique and atmospheric drum & bass tracks of all time and I can assure you that people will look back in fifty years time and still feel the same way.

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