DJ Hype

DJ Hype

Real Name:
Kevin Elliot Ford
Profile:
Although his Ganja Records label and tracks released under his own name and with the Ganja Kru have helped, it's the 'DJ' at the front of Hype's name that has proved most important in raising his profile to the level of the Grooverider's, Goldie's, and LTJ Bukem's of Drum'n'Bass. A battle DJ of renown (he represented England in the 1989 DMCs), Hype had a history of electrifying deckwork before moving on from his reggae and hip-hop roots in the late '80s and latching onto house and hardcore. He was an early force on one of London's most influential pirate stations, Fantasy FM, and since then he's consistently topped bills on the international DJ circuit, landing awards for Best Male DJ and Best Radio DJ (in 1994 and 1995, respectively) at the U.K.'s prestigious Hardcore Awards. He's also one of London's popular Kiss FM's biggest attractions and was the force behind Suburban Base's popular multi-volumed mixed compilation series, Drum and Bass Selection. A champion of jungle's dancefloor purity, Hype has also rallied consistently against jungle's compartmentalization into artificial "scenes" such as ambient/intelligent and hip-hop/ragga. (Of course, his sets tend to consist almost exclusively of the latter, which somewhat undermines his argument.)
Hype began producing in 1990, engineering and co-producing tracks (including chart-toppers such as "Exorcist" and "The Bee" by The Scientist) for hardcore staples Kickin Records, Strictly Underground, and Sub Base. Although he never lost touch with his breakbeat roots (even going so far as to spin hip-hop instrumentals over house tracks to add a bit of rhythmic flare), it wasn't until he launched his own Ganja label in 1994 (with "Cops") that he began seriously focusing on the post-rave possibilities of sampled breaks. The Ganja label's almost immediate popularity -- primarily through floor-fillers such as DJ Zinc's penultimate 1995 anthem "Super Sharp Shooter" -- peaked in late 1995 with Still Smokin', a combined-release label compilation between Ganja and cohort Pascal's Frontline imprint, which became one of the highest-selling independent jungle compilations. Re-pressed in 1997, that success also led to a major label deal with MCA's Parousia sublabel and the establishment of True Playaz Music, a Hype-led DJ and production unit also including Zinc, Pascal, and Rude Bwoy Monty. True Playaz the label has also come to the fore as one of the more consistent outlets for innovative hardstep, a style that all but disappeared during the jump-up- and techstep-dominated mid-'90s.
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DJ Hype Discography

Albums

SB 86000-2 DJ Hype Drum & Bass Selection 3 (The Dub Plate Selection) Sub Base Records USA SB 86000-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
SB 86002-2 DJ Hype Drum & Bass Selection 4 (Comp) Sub Base Records USA SB 86002-2 US 1995 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SUBBASE 28R DJ Hype The Trooper (Remixes) Suburban Base Records SUBBASE 28R UK 1993 Sell This Version
SUBBASE 28 DJ Hype The Trooper Suburban Base Records SUBBASE 28 UK 1993 Sell This Version
HN-20, RG 20 Flex* "N" Hype* Flex* "N" Hype* - Do Or Die / Pump The Bass De Underground Records, De Underground Records HN-20, RG 20 UK 1993 Sell This Version
SUB BASE 20R DJ Hype Shot In The Dark (Single) Suburban Base Records SUB BASE 20R UK 1993 Sell This Version
SUBBASE 38R DJ Hype Roll The Beats (Remix) Suburban Base Records SUBBASE 38R UK 1994 Sell This Version
GAN005 DJ Hype Remixes Vol One Ganja Records GAN005 UK 1994 Sell This Version
GAN006 DJ Hype Remixes Vol Two Ganja Records GAN006 UK 1994 Sell This Version
GAN 001 DJ Hype / Dopestyle DJ Hype / Dopestyle - Volume 1 Ganja Records GAN 001 UK 1994 Sell This Version
GAN 002 Hardware (4) / DJ Hype Hardware (4) / DJ Hype - Volume 2 Ganja Records GAN 002 UK 1994 Sell This Version
SUBBASE 38 DJ Hype Roll The Beats Suburban Base Records SUBBASE 38 UK 1994 Sell This Version
none Dr. S. Gachet & Audio Maze / DJ Hype Dr. S. Gachet & Audio Maze / DJ Hype - Touch My Toes (Dubplate Mix) / Dreams(Acetate, 10", S/Sided) Not On Label none UK 1994 Sell This Version
none Micky Finn & Aphrodite / DJ Hype Micky Finn & Aphrodite / DJ Hype - Dark Selector / Learn From The Mistakes(Acetate, 10") Not On Label none UK 1995 Sell This Version
GAN008 DJ Hype & Ganja Max DJ Hype & Ganja Max - Volume Six Ganja Records GAN008 UK 1995 Sell This Version
GAN007 DJ Hype Volume Five Ganja Records GAN007 UK 1995 Sell This Version
none Eskobar / DJ Hype Eskobar / DJ Hype - International / We Must Unite (Acetate, 10") Not On Label none UK 1995 Sell This Version
none Dj Hype True Playaz Anthem / Personal(Acetate, 10") Not On Label none UK 1995 Sell This Version
none DJ Hype / DJ Harmony DJ Hype / DJ Harmony - On That Dust / Let Me In(Acetate, 10") Not On Label none UK 1995 Sell This Version
GAN010 DJ Hype Remixes Vol 3(12", Ltd) Ganja Records GAN010 UK 1995 Sell This Version
TPR 001 DJ Hype Peace Love & Unity / And Remember Folks True Playaz TPR 001 UK 1996 Sell This Version
74321 42604 1 DJ Hype Presents The Ganja Kru DJ Hype Presents The Ganja Kru - Super Sharp Shooter E.P. (EP) Parousia, RCA, BMG, Parousia, RCA, BMG 74321 42604 1 UK 1996 Sell This Version
none DJ Hype, Mama Mystique DJ Hype, Mama Mystique - Peace Love & Unity (Vip Mix) / Tremendous (Dj Krust Retouch)(Acetate, 12") Not On Label none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none DJ Hype / Mr. Reds DJ Hype / Mr. Reds - Stomp Ya Feet / Win Some, Lose Some(Acetate, 10") Not On Label none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Just Jungle / DJ Hype Just Jungle / DJ Hype - Signal / Learn From The Mistakes(Acetate, 10") Not On Label none UK 1996 Sell This Version

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j.dudley390

j.dudley390

September 2, 2014
Hype's a legend............ [2]
wyley

wyley

October 1, 2011
Hype's a legend............
Madboy

Madboy

January 20, 2002
Dj Hype has been at the top of the scene for years and has recently won "the peoples dj of the year award 2001". This shows that his potential still accelerates above his ability even though i believe he is one of the finest live dj scratchers in the Drum&Bass scene.
kitkat

kitkat

January 11, 2002
I have been into dnb since 1994 and have always admired DJ Hype for his wicked styles, scratching and tunes. I would say he was my favorite DJ ever and the best set I have seen him play was at The END in London. It was so nice to be so close to the DJ's after cueing up for so long. I hope to see him again very soon in Cardiff after taking a break from the scene after having a baby. Nice 1 Hype much love and kisses Kitkat

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