Funtcase / High Ranklin / Schoolboy / Nerd Rage
- Categories: Electronic
- Event posted: Aug. 28, 2012
- Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014
FuntCase aka James Hazell is a producer and DJ from Bournemouth, UK. He is known for his raw and dirty sound, forging the way with his controversial ‘filthy’ style of dubstep. “FuntCase produces sensory overload dubstep that wobbles, womps and machine guns through your body, making you dance whether you want to or not.” www.brightonsource.co.uk
James first expressed his love of music through jamming with his schoolmates, taking his energetic and aggressive drumming style from death metal as well as being h eavily influenced by happy hardcore and jungle, growing up to a background of Helter Skelter and Dreamscape mixtapes.
Along came Music 2000 and James discovered the world of electronic sound, before an introduction to Reason opened up his eyes to a whole new world of music production beyond pre-made loops.
After hearing ‘Bandwagon Blues’ by Twisted Individual, James fell in love with the drum and bass sound and began to focus his talents on producing. Sharing his tracks with D&B radio stations led to the first recognition of his foot-thumping talents, and a first digital release ‘Unleash’ on Hammer Records followed in 2007, under the alias DJ Dose. He started working with Sensa and Jayline, with several more releases following, and James began to DJ to promote his own sounds.
In 2009 James began to dabble with producing dubstep, giving his tunes a big energy by incorporating the drum and bass layering technique into his dubstep sound. His first track ‘Make Our Day’ was quickly signed to 4:20 Records. And so began the raw sound that is ‘FuntCase’.
It wasn't long before FuntCase began trading tracks with Doctor P, and an offer soon followed to bring James into the Circus Records camp with the release of his famed track ‘So Vexed', with ‘Mattress Punch' on the flip, in 2010.
Releases rapidly followed including ‘Gorilla Flex VIP’ on GetDarker’s Compilation ‘Pure Dubstep’, ‘Fuuuuk!’ on Dubsaw Recordings, and remixes for Ali Love and Marco Del Horno, the latter featuring on the Ministry of Sound’s compilation CD ‘The Sound Of Dubstep 2’.
With support from some of the biggest artists in the scene, the future looks bright for FuntCase. Highly sought after for his high energy sound DJ sets, and as a recognised member of the Circus Records crew, FuntCase now travels the globe promoting the dark side of dubstep, working hard, playing hard, travelling hard - doing his thing!
Nerd Rage's music, hand-in-hand with his stage presence, is loud, aggressive, and right in your face. Never taking himself too seriously, Nerd Rage continues to deliver good vibes whether he’s behind the decks or in front of his computer. The phenom has developed some serious production skills as well as respect throughout the Bass Music community since exploding onto the scene last year, and demo nstrates his progress every step of the way.
Nerd Rage has quickly risen to the top of the heap beginning with his first single, "Real Life," hiting top 10 on the Beatport charts. One of the tracks was also featured at number one on Beatport's "Top 10 Must Hear Dubstep Tracks."
Korn Frontman Jonathan Davis also listed the track, “Dark Crystal,” as one of his top 5 favorite EDM songs for Revolver Magazine.
His tunes can now be heard on dancefloors and radio around the world, with top DJs such as Terravita, Dirtyphonics, Evol Intent, Pendulum, Excision, Funtcase, Datsik, Downlink, SKisM, Bare, and Dieselboy playing his musical creations.