From the very outset of dance
culture, and right upto the present
day, Brendan Collins, AKA DJ/
Producer Futurebound, hassteadily
developed an almost
unsurpassable reputation for
tearing up dancefloors on a
From the very outset of dance culture, and right up to the present day, Brendan Collins, AKA DJ / Producer Futurebound, has steadily developed an almost unsurpassable reputation for tearing up dancefloors on a worldwide scale.
Whether he’s destroying venues such as Fabric (London), Womb (Tokyo), or in the studio, you know what you’re getting with the sounds of Futurebound.
Born and bred in Liverpool, the cultural and musical epicenter of the North of England, Futurebound’s route to the top of his profession reads like a concise history of dance music. After the first illegal raves he attended in 1989, Futurebound went onto pursue his passion for dance music, with DJs such as Fabio, Grooverider, Mickey Finn & Top Buzz serving as early influences.
From this, Futurebound secured a home town residency in 1991, warming up for the likes of Carl Cox, Grooverider and Sasha, his first real break into DJing. Steadily the emerging influence of breakbeats grew on Futurebound, leading him to book names such as LTJ Bukem, Goldie, Ray Keith and 4 Hero for his own parties in the early nineties, and later lead him to start the notorious X events in 1999, some of which still rank as some of most important parties in Liverpool’s clubbing history.
His skills didn’t just stop with DJing and promotion either. Since 1993 Futurebound has been stamping his distinctive, rolling, peak time sounds on vinyl, initially with local producers. Inevitably however, more high – profile production and remix collaborations followed with the likes of J Majik. Matrix, Digital & Adam F. With his productions being released on imprints such as Infrared, Timeless, Moving Shadow, Metro and Frequency, and receiving heavy support over the years from the scenes hierarchy, the time seemed right for Futurebound to expand his repertoire once again, by infusing his reputation on an entire imprint.
ENTER VIPER RECORDINGS…â
Since releasing Futurebound’s ‘Blind Cobblers Thumb’ & ‘Pied Piper’ in 2003 which achieved instant anthem status, Viper Recordings and has since become one of the scene’s most high profile labels and one which boasts some the most exciting and groundbreaking artists on the Globe.
After releasing a series of killer tracks by the likes of J Majik & Wickaman, Brookes Brothers, Baron, State of Mind, Moving Fusion and Futurebound himself, 2007 saw Viper release its first album, as Matrix & Futurebound released their Monstrous ‘Universal Truth’ album, which was voted dance album of the year in numerous territories around the world and featured many anthems from the duo, such as ‘American Beauty’, ‘Skyscraper’ and ‘Coast to Coast’ to name but a few.
Following on from ‘Universal Truth’, Matrix & Futurebound where drafted into remix none other than Justin Timberlake’s ‘Love Stoned’ for Sony/BMG as well as turning in a blinding remix for Nu-Tone’s ‘System’ track.
Moving into 2008 and Futurebound had barely let the new years dust settle before unleashing the blistering ‘Headroom EP’, as well as linking up with the Brookes Brothers to produce the massive ‘Dawn Treader’ which was released on Breakbeat Kaos in May.
As well as being hard at it in the studio again and DJ’ing worldwide spreading the Viper sound, Matrix & Futurebound dropped their first 12” post ‘Universal Truth’, ‘Womb’ and the Nu:Tone & Logistics remix of ‘Family’, followed by the dancefloor killer ‘Shanghai Surprise’ backed by the lush rolling vibe of ‘Reflection’, which featured the vocal talents of Cat Knight.
Futurebound and his Viper crew wasted no time in taking things up a notch in 2009 with the highly acclaimed ‘Acts Of Mad Men’ LP, which was named Zane Lowe’s ‘Album of the Week’ on Radio1. If that wasn’t enough, Futurebound and his partner in crime Matrix were on serious remix duties for the likes of Moby, Snap!, Sasha, Lazee, and Ian Carey.
2011 was as busy a year as any for Futurebound. With successful releases from the likes of Camo & Krooked, ShockOne & Phetsta, and Smooth, which all dominated the D&B charts, his own collaboration with Metrik ‘Brave New World’ and ‘Sabotage’ also both hit number one on Beatport, as well as gaining huge support from Zane Lowe and Annie Nightingale at Radio1. Following that, Matrix & Futurebound released their ‘Worldwide 001’ album, once again showing why they are one of the leading producers in Drum & Bass. One might think that would be enough for Futurebound in one year, but as always he has kept moving forward, releasing Drum & Bass Summer Slammers 2011 album on Viper, as well as beginning work on the next Matrix & Futurebound studio LP.
2012 was a truly breakthrough year for the legendary duo, with the euphoric sounds of ‘All I Know’ (feat Luke Bingham) sending tremors across the Drum and Bass scene and beyond. Featuring the silky smooth ‘Rolling Out Mix’ and the dancefloor destroying ‘Smash and Grab Mix’, the production powerhouse’s joint effort has smashed clubs and dominated the airwaves worldwide and became their first UK Top 40 hit, coming in at #29 in the official charts.
Following the massive success of ‘All I Know’, M&F returned with an even bigger hit in ‘Magnetic Eyes’ which reached #24 in the UK Top 40. This would set the table for the duo’s biggest hit to date with the smash hit ‘Control’, released in 2014. With BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra “A” list status, ‘Control’ become their first Top 10 hit finishing #6 in the UK charts. This was followed by their 4th consecutive Top 40 hit with ‘Don’t Look Back’ at #38 in the UK charts, a feat accomplished by only an elite handful in the drum and bass scene.
Always in the highest of demand on the remix front as well, Matrix & Futurebound have remixed some of the top tracks from around the world over the past couple of years including: Oliver Heldens X Becky Hill – Overdrive, Showtek – Cannonball (Earthquake), Tinie Tempah – Not Letting Go, Eric Prydz – Liberate, Afrojack – Can’t Stop Me Now, Rude Kid – Get Busy, Seven Lions – Strangers, Labrinth – Let It Be, and many more.
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