Mace

Mace

Real Name:
Ashley Jackson
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Mace began his career in 1991 after being heavily inspired by the legendary Sterns nightclub in his hometown of Worthing, listening to early sets from LTJ Bukem, Grooverider, Carl Cox and Kid Batchelor.

This led to Mace picking up his first pair of decks in 1992, he self taught himself to mix, and was always into the rolling style, longer mixes that DJ's like Randall and Carl Cox were known for at the time.

Come 1993 and the scene was splitting from Hardcore into Jungle and Mace naturally took the Jungle path, at the time he spent a lot of time in London visiting record shops such as Black Market, Unity, Wax City and Lucky Spin, often spending hours waiting around to pick up a limited promo run of the latest Jungle release, whilst religiously tuned into Kool FM.

Maces big break was towards the end of 1996 when he linked up with local DJ Rok One who was part of the Jungle Pressure and Steppaz Convention crew, Rok introduced Mace to Richard Scott and Original Vibes who ran a studio in Chichester called Dancefloor Studios, incidentally this was the same studio that used to master the Sterns tapes that Mace grew up on.

In 1997 Mace produced his first Jungle track called Reminiscene at Dance Floor Studios, a simple rolling drum & bass track that worked really well on the dance floor.

At the time the Kiss FM Drum & Bass shows were very popular so Mace sent the track to Kenny Ken, two days later Kenny called him to arrange a meeting to sign the track for release on Mix & Blen records.

This was to be the start of Maces production career, Reminiscence went on to be a classic, being played by many top DJs at the time and featured on the World Dance album in 97.

Mace was still actively pushing his DJ career and won best up and coming Drum & Bass DJ on the 1997 Kiss FM DJ competitions.

Shortly after this Mace also signed with Ton Management, a DJ agency with an impressive roster such as Kenny Ken, Ratpack, Ellis Dee and Peshay to name a few, Ton was the agency to be with at the time.

The bookings soon came flooding in and Mace was performing weekly up and down the UK and abroad at clubs such as Labyrinth, One Nation, Pure Science, Ministry Of Sound, Steppaz Convention, Club UN, Slinky, Roadmender, The Matrix, Kiss FM, USA Tour, Paris, Amsterdam and beyond.

Mace also had a weekly show on one of London's leading pirate stations, Rude FM where he joined up with Mc Evil B, who hosted his weekly show at the time.

Over the coming years Mace released many tracks on Mix & Blen and often collaborated with Kenny Ken and good friends G-Squad, who are now known as Supply & Demand.

Come 2003 and Mace was branching out musically and was releasing music on Fabio's label Creative Source, his track "Inside Your Soul" was a classic down at the legendary Swerve nights that Fabio ran at the Velvet Rooms, in Charing Cross.

Fabio used to host a weekly show on BBC Radio One with Grooverider, and often played Maces new tracks, this exposure really helped and Maces DJ work picked up full time.

Mace then set up his own label Planet Funk Recordings, which was co-owned with Kenny Ken.

Planet Funk was more geared towards the Liquid Funk sound of the time, and was an instant hit, with many top DJs playing tracks from the label, it soon became well known for pushing new artists and music from overseas.

The label had 10 releases between 2002 and 2009 and has been left open for future projects....

It was around this time when Mace was spending a lot of time in Miami, it was like a second home, initially it began with a booking at the winter music conference, where he met some local promoters and DJs, Mace was then back and forth to Miami Djing every three months and played all over Florida for a number of years.

From the very beginning in 1991 to the present day, Mace has dedicated over 25 years to the music he loves and will continue to do so.

2016 and 2017 hold some exciting new projects, with the original Mix & Blen family Kenny Ken, Supply & Demand and Original Mace re-uniting for a new album.

Mace now goes by the artist name "Original Mace".
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Mace Discography

Singles & EPs

Mace / Kenny Ken Mace / Kenny Ken - Reminiscence / Clap To This Mix & Blen' UK 1997 Sell This Version
Mace Inferno / Ram Jam Mix & Blen' UK 1999 Sell This Version
Mace Silhouette Dance / Cross Fire Mix & Blen' UK 2000 Sell This Version
Mace Rock Ya Soul Mix & Blen' UK 2001 Sell This Version
Mace My Soul / Need You Mix & Blen' UK 2002 Sell This Version
Mace Mars Attack / Love And Devotion Planet Funk Recordings UK 2002 Sell This Version
Mace This Is It / Cannonball Mix & Blen' UK 2002 Sell This Version
Supply & Demand & Mace Featuring Angie Wilks Supply & Demand & Mace Featuring Angie Wilks - Shy Girl Planet Funk Recordings UK 2003 Sell This Version
CRSE0034 Mace Inside Your Soul / Free Flow(12") Creative Source CRSE0034 UK 2003 Sell This Version
Mace & Ed Funk Mace & Ed Funk - Forever Soul / Lazy Afternoon VIP Planet Funk Recordings UK 2005 Sell This Version
Q-Bik (2) / Mace & Solley Q-Bik (2) / Mace & Solley - My House / Light Up The Darkness Planet Funk Recordings UK 2009 Sell This Version

DJ Mixes

URBANTCD05 Kenny Ken & Mace Kenny Ken & Mace - Urbanthology 5(2xCD, Comp, Mixed) Nu Urban Music Records URBANTCD05 UK 2006 Sell This Version
KNOW 87 Mace Inside Planet Funk(CD) Knowledge Magazine KNOW 87 UK 2007 Sell This Version