DC Breaks

Drum & Bass duo DC Breaks have made their way onto the widest range of playlists. Their hardcore club cuts have been rewound by the likes of DJ Friction and Andy C. On the other hand, the songwriting ability has plastered them all over the radio. That’s just the tip of a very large iceberg. DC Breaks have earned their stripes in the underground but, with their debut album due and a packed festival season ahead, they’re about to explode onto the international stage in a spectacular fashion.

“The album is unlike anything we’ve done before,” enthuses Chris Page, 6’4” production dynamo and the ‘C’ in DC Breaks, “Good songs underpinned by seriously bangin’ drums and bass. There’s even live strings that make it really organic and fresh. I get down deep into the beats and Dan is really good on the songwriting and production.”

“Chris is the bigger drum & bass-head,” admits Dan Havers, the blonde, ebullient other half of the duo, “As a musician I go off into my own world but Chris always brings me back to what works. We’ve always worked so well together.”

Since signing to Andy C’s Ram Records they’ve carved a reputation for delivering world class remixes for some of the biggest names in pop. Their work on singles by Paloma Faith, Lady Gaga, Lana del Rey, Tinie Tempah and others, and production for Example (a cut on the ‘Playing in the Shadows’ album) woke the pair up to the possibilities offered by vocalists. It was the start of the journey that led to the forthcoming album, packed with crossover cuts such as the piano-led ‘Breathe’ featuring Dave Gibson, with its contagious, urgent chorus. Or the soulful explosion of ‘No One Like You’ sung with passion by Niara Scarlett. Or the epic blast of ‘Salvation’ wherein DC Breaks take heavy duty bass sounds and tie them to uplifting, irresistible vocal hooks.

The pair met through a mutual acquaintance at Edinburgh University but both had already been dabbling in dance music. They soon found they had a rare creative chemistry and DC Breaks was born. When they finished university, they moved in together and kept producing, starting to hit their stride. Chris eventually moved to Bristol, his studio housed in the basement of a city centre warehouse, a location he then lived in for years, initially without electricity or running water. Dan gave the desolate warehouse a shot but eventually moved back to London. However, they continued working together. Chris survived on wages from a surfer-centric wave’n’weather forecasting site, while Dan fired out nu school breaks singles but saved most of his creative zest for DC Breaks. Success started to show, with cuts such as the tough sci-fi sounds of ‘Halo’, ‘Romper’ and ‘Taken’ on Futurebound’s Viper imprint and the Ram sub-label Frequency.

Once they graduated to Ram itself, with monster cuts such as ‘Swag’, ‘Gambino’ and the battering ‘Lock-In’, they hit the drum & bass A-league. Before long it wasn’t just the drum & bass scene paying attention. DC Breaks tunes made it onto BBC Radio via Zane Lowe, Mistajam and Annie Mac.

Different Breed will stand as a testament to not just their longevity, but their experience and growth as artists throughout decades. Released on Ram Records, another resounding name within the electronic scene, their debut LP will be met with anticipation from both old and new fans. It also signifies another monumental part of their journey. A journey not looking to be over anytime soon.

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