V Energy NZ, Desperados, Audiology & Emprise present..
Drum & bass superstar and international kiwi favourite..
DANNY BYRD (Hospital Records – UK))
One of the very first artists to sign to the fledgling Hospital label – way back at the turn of the millennium, Danny Byrd’sown inimitable take on soulful, vocal Drum + Bass has become a staple in the scene. His use of hip hop, house and R&B influences immediately began turning heads with his first Hospital outings. The Bath based, brandy drinking producer has been responsible from some massive rave anthems over the years, which has gained him Radio One success and international recognition.
Having signed to the label in the early noughties, Danny Byrd released a number of singles, such as “Do It Again” (2000), “Changes” (2001) and “Dog Hill” (2006), However, it was not until 2008 that Danny delivered his long awaited debut long player “Supersized”. Having spent years honing his craft, the album was an excellent display of his skills and featured massive anthems such as “Shock Out”, “From Bath With Love” and “Red Mist (feat I-Kay)”. The album gained support from Radio One heavy hitters such as Annie Mac and Zane Lowe, as well as the mighty Andy C. The VIP version of “Red Mist” catapulted its way onto the daytime Radio One playlist and received over six hours of Radio One play in 2009, all to itself!
Danny’s next major release was an update of liquid rave classic “Sweet Harmony” (feat. Liquid). The hit single reached number one in the UK dance singles chart and took Danny’s sound to a whole new audience. Championing a revival of classic dance music sounds along with his own unique and forward thinking production the second Danny Byrd studio album “Rave Digger” was unleashed October 2010. The lead single “Ill Behaviour feat I-Kay” smashed it’s way into the UK top 40, swiftly followed up by Radio One play listings for “We Can Have It All” and “Tonight (feat. Netsky)”.
Entering 2011, the “Rave Digger Special Edition” was released and later in the year, Danny launched his short-lived but impressive live show at Hospitality Brixton in September. Bursting back onto the scene in 2012 with the incendiary “Blaze The Fire (Rah!)”, Danny teamed up with the legendary General Levy for this smash hit single. The recent Radio 1 premiership of his latest double-sided single “4th Dimension // Bad Boy (Back Again)” with futuristic, 1995 dnb and jungle influences, gripped his loyal fans in anticipation for the release of his third artist album “Golden Ticket” which is due to drop at the end of May 2013.
This year, the Byrd is definitely the word…