20 Years of Virus Recordings


It is no exaggeration to say that Drum & Bass as we know it today wouldnt be the same without the influence of Optical & his Virus Recordings label, that turns 20 this year. Responsible for some of the biggest tracks in Drum & Bass history, such as the seminal 'Wormhole' LP with Ed Rush, that also turns 20 this year, both he and the label have always strived To Shape the Future throughout their 20 year history.

On the production front Optical's collab single w/ Prolix is released on Virus at the end of February, and there's a '20 Years Virus' album from Optical scheduled for early summer.

Several Virus label nights and dj showcases have been lined up already at major events across Europe, so be sure to be a part of this milestone celebration. For all Optical & Virus branded booking enquiries, please contact us to discuss.

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Optical

Optical is the pseudonym of Matt Quinn, a renowned drum and bass producer and DJ from England. He is best known for his work with Ed Rush, fellow head of the Virus Recordings label, and as a pioneer of the techstep and neurofunk sound. His first single for Metalheadz, 'To Shape the Future'/'Raging Calm' (1997) and his collaborative material with Ed Rush, such as the Wormhole album (1998), were archetypal developments in the style. 

He 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. It’s 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.

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Rockwell

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This is just the tip of the Iceberg as well, with some more very big news and plans in the works for the rest of the year...

Technimatic

Sound Check

Technimatic

Technimatic drop their 'Winter 2018' mix, and in the words of the guys themselves:

"Featuring lots of tunes we don't often get to fit into our DJ sets, it's a deeper and more introspective selection, reflecting the season. A couple of brand new remixes from us feature, as well as some other exclusives. We hope you enjoy it."