As we celebrate our 7th long player Sub Slayers Series 04: Bass mixed by Jay Cunning we asked our artists what moments stood out for them since the label started back in 2009. First up we chat to head honcho Jay Cunning:
1 – The Birth
Of course this would have to be one of the best moments as it’s where it all began! Originally it was myself and DJ Quest (Cyberfunk) who started planning the label in 2008 but in the end it was to be a solo project for me. I had always worked on labels and projects with other people and really wanted to have something to call my own. The label came about when I was on Kiss FM and I was playing some great crossover tracks like Noisia’s remix of Omen By The Prodigy that had elements of Breakbeat, Jungle & Dubstep and I wanted to create a label the focused on forging these sounds that later became known as Future Jungle.
2 – Being nominated by DJ Mag & Bass Music Awards for ‘Best Label’
3 – Spirit Song On A Metal Spider
We’d had great success with signing Toronto Is Broken’s first EP ‘Move It’ who was only 18 at the time. Sprit Song 2012 had been played from everyone from Netsky to Paul Oakenfold and was even played by Sub Focus on his BBC Radio 1 live tour. After a few months Arcadia got in touch and asked if they could use it for their monster robot fire display across the globe. Getting that news was one thing but witnessing it live at Boomtown was something else!
4 – Kool London show
I’d been a big fan of Kool since it launched back in 1991 and after a long career in radio from Groovetech to Breaks FM, Ministry radio to Kiss FM I’d taken a break for a couple of years. Billy Bunter asked me to guest on his Kool show and brought down MC Five-0 and that was it, the radio bug was back on! To be able to play on such a historic station that helped lay down the foundations of Hardcore, Jungle, Drum & Bass was truly an honour, 4 years later and King Yoof and I are still banging it out every Friday!
5 – Long Players
From running record labels since 2004 I’d only ever put out 1 album (Rico Tubbs) and that was a lot of work to get it out there and really went off doing any more, but with this new sound we were forging with Sub Slayers and its artists I really felt it was the right thing to do. So the Bass Selection compilation series was born and was a huge success. 3 years on and we’ve created a genre focused Sub Slayers Series compilation and of course released our first ever artist album from Toronto Is Broken “Section Nine”.
Was a struggle to limit it to just 5 moments so here’s 5 quick ones:
1 – Our first official video: King Yoof Warrior Charge
2 – Rack-N-Ruin going on to be half of Gorgon City
3 – Releasing a track by Renegade Soundwave & the legendary Aswad
4 – DJ Hype playing Rage at the end of his set
– Website (Sounds crazy but this was the moment for me where we could centralise all our efforts into one place, with being scattered over all these socials it was good to have a home.