Real Name:
Matthew F Quinn
Born as Matt Quinn, brother of Jamie Quinn alias Matrix. (The third brother, Fergus alias Plainclothesmen, designed numerous covers for Virus and Metro, Matrix's own imprint). Started making music when 17. His first hardcore label was Phat Tunes. Recorded for No U Turn, Prototype and Metalheadz, worked with Goldie on Saturnz Return, engineered Groovrider's Mysteries Of Funk, founded Virus Recordings with Ed Rush in 1998.

Although he developed acute tinnitus when a few speakers blew up in the studio, he's still around, DJing and producing music.

Optical Discography

Singles & EPs

RCL 003 Optical No Time / T.H.X. Celluloid Records RCL 003 UK 1996 Sell This Version
MA 17 Optical Cut Throat Flow / Lazy Gun Bear Necessities MA 17 UK 1996 Sell This Version
PRO 009 Optical Moving 808s / High Tek Dreams Prototype Recordings PRO 009 UK 1997 Sell This Version
MTRR-002 Optical The Shining / Dark Skies Metro Recordings MTRR-002 UK 1997 Sell This Version
MET H 027 Optical To Shape The Future Metalheadz MET H 027 UK 1997 Sell This Version
SHADOW 111 Dom* & Optical Dom* & Optical - Quadrant Six / Concrete Shoes Moving Shadow SHADOW 111 UK 1997 Sell This Version
AC 111 Dom* & Optical Dom* & Optical - Quadrant Six (Fierce Remix) / Rage Roll(12") Audio Couture AC 111 UK 1997 Sell This Version
31R - 005 Optical Bounce / The End Part I 31 Records 31R - 005 UK 1998 Sell This Version
PRO 014 Ed Rush, Optical & Fierce Ed Rush, Optical & Fierce - Cutslo (Lokuste Mix) / Alien Girl Prototype Recordings PRO 014 UK 1998 Sell This Version
12HOCK 01 Optical Vs Matrix Optical Vs Matrix - Data Life / Crossfire Ad Hoc Recordings 12HOCK 01 UK 1998 Sell This Version
VRS 006 Optical & Ryme Tyme / Bad Company Optical & Ryme Tyme / Bad Company - Twisted (EP) Virus Recordings VRS 006 UK 1999 Sell This Version
MTRR 006 Optical / Outfit Optical / Outfit - Level_01 (LP Sampler) Metro Recordings MTRR 006 UK 1999 Sell This Version
VRS007 Ed Rush & Optical / Optical & Trace* Ed Rush & Optical / Optical & Trace* - Socom (EP) Virus Recordings VRS007 UK 2000 Sell This Version
DSCI4LP 003KL SKC / Fierce & Optical SKC / Fierce & Optical - Spy Technologies 2 (Battlefield)(12") DSCI4 DSCI4LP 003KL UK 2003 Sell This Version
VRS 020 Optical Electric-Music / Kung Foo Virus Recordings VRS 020 UK 2008 Sell This Version
SLRDUB003, NUT035 Ed Rush, DJ Trace, Fierce, Nico (4), Optical Ed Rush, DJ Trace, Fierce, Nico (4), Optical - Sublogic Dubplate Vol. 3 Sublogic Recordings, No U-Turn SLRDUB003, NUT035 UK 2009 Sell This Version
DAUDIO031V Optical, Btk (4) Optical, Btk (4) - Infection(12") Dutty Audio DAUDIO031V Brazil 2016 Sell This Version
none, VRS 007 Pascal & Monty / Ed RushOptical Pascal & Monty / Ed RushOptical - Untitled / Socom(Acetate, 10") Not On Label, Virus Recordings none, VRS 007 Germany Unknown Sell This Version

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December 18, 2009
edited over 6 years ago
Optical's pure, unchallenged talent shines through on his solo tunes, showcasing an artist well ahead of his time. No doubt the modern sounds of the likes of D-Bridge, Instra:mental and the rest of the minimalist dark revival heads, draw heavy influence not only from Optical himself, but from his inspirations in Jazz, such as Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis. His ability to blend Jazz, Funk and futuristic, technical soundscapes is masterful. From his early work on Metalheadz and Prototype Recordings to his collaborative work on Virus Recordings and the classic Mysteries of Funk (Grooverider's landmark LP), Optical can perhaps qualify as one of the most underrated musicians of the modern era. His mind has crafted sounds which were never before heard, moods which were completely original, and his vision of the future, although ultimately dark and disjointed, is beautifully vivid and addictive. Its a world he pulls you into with each and every track and only a handful of artists can begin to dream of being this successful in their work.

Although his sound has changed in recent years, I personally believe its a true shame that Optical hasn't branched out and done a solo album, free from the constrictions of today's treble addicted dance floors. He has unique talent, and perhaps its time he focused it somewhere else other than people who are often too drugged up to notice or care.


November 22, 2002
Optical's solo material truly shows the length to which Ed Rush influences his sound. Optical's solo stuff is not as dark and carries a different vibe than the usual, and incredible, Ed Rush & Optical collaboration efforts, but it is all still extremely worthwhile.

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