Between founding two record labels,
composing original tracks and constant touring, the L.A.-based
DJ Hive has emerged as a major figure in the underground music
movement. His skills on the Technics are legendary, while his
production skills are equally venerable. With his first major
Mix CD on the way from upstart Rockwell Recordings, the future
has never been brighter for one of America's most beloved
Born and raised in Washington DC, Hive
made the transcontinental move to Los Angeles shortly after
completing high school in 1992. The next few years were spent
in the underground trenches of Los Angeles, conspiring with
various emcees and producers on a variety of hip-hop projects.
One of these projects would end up becoming O.D.'s Beneath
The Surface, a widely acclaimed L.A. underground hip-hop
album that was recorded at Hive's home studio in San Pedro,
a.k.a. The Treehouse.
In late 1996, Hive formed his own
independent record label, Mandala Recordings, and proceeded
with the limited release (only 500 vinyl copies) of his first
album, Working With Sound. The west coast underground
gave its nod of approval in the form of positive zine reviews
and college radio play for the jazz-influenced beatdown. As
the record gained momentum, it wasn't long before A&R reps
started knocking down the door. A small bidding war resulted,
but Hive eventually found a home at London Records. Winter
1998 brought the release of Devious Methods, Hive's
first major label full length. A maniacal fusion of hip-hop
and drum-and-bass, Devious Methods was lauded by music
critics across the globe, earning Hive features in
publications such as Urb, Spin, Raygun, Vice and DJ Times. His
"Ultrasonic Sound" single was then licensed for The Matrix
soundtrack -- double platinum sales -- further exposing the
masses to the devastating sounds of Hive.
same time, Hive also managed to start Celestial Recordings, an
L.A.-based underground hip-hop and drum-and-bass label.
Celestial has emerged as one of the most respected independent
labels in the underground music movement. Hive is also a
founder of Vortex Recordings, a subsidiary of Celestial that
was conceived as a cutting edge drum-and-bass label that would
focus on dancefloor smashers. His latest production, The
Raw Uncut, is a six-track triple vinyl and eight-track cd
release, showcasing Hive's constant evolution in drum-n-bass
production. Already in high dubplate demand from DJs across
the globe, heavyweight U.K. labels such as Renegade
Recordings, Commercial Suicide and Tech Itch Recordings have
all expressed interest in releasing his future output.
Meanwhile, Hive's live performances
continue to leave audiences bewildered from coast to coast.
Hive completed a nationwide tour with Asian Dub Foundation,
and has rocked venues from the Getty Center to South By
Southwest, the CMJ Music Marathon, Winter Music Conference in
Miami and the WHFS Summer Festival. Hive has also rocked many
a rave, including the likes of Narnia (LA, CA), the Focus
Festival (Phoenix-AZ), and the Juggernaut Festival (SF, CA).
Hive is also a founder and resident of "Konkrete Jungle Los
Angeles" named the "best dance club in L.A." by Rolling Stone
and considered by many to be the premiere drum-and-bass venue
in Los Angeles. Hive is also affiliated with the West Coast's
Phunckateck collective, the world-renowned DJ/producer clique.
For more information, please contact Susan at Green
Galactic, 323-466-5141 or