Dj / Producer Alter Ego. (Michael Bowles) has worked on Drunken Masters “Dope Ammo” label tuning his craft, with collaborations which have received acclaim amongst the Drum and Bass community. In Aug 05 he was BBC 1Xtra’s cutting room winner. He was then signed to Maximum Ammo Records, founded by Coco (Dope Ammo) & Dj Swan-E (Maximum Boost) for new up and coming artists.
His 1st release was “Mortal Kombat” MA002, launched Alter Ego, and was the start to his career as a respected producer . After the success of his last release he hit the scene with a dance floor bomb “Space Race” MA004 which was heavily supported by 1xtra, Brockie, Zinc, Mampi Swift, Darren Jay, Nicky Blackmarket & J Majik etc..
He then followed up with “Infection / Every Single Sound” MA005 carrying on his trade mark style. By now he had started getting a name for himself, and in Sept 07′ he signed a track to the legendary Mickey Finns new imprint label Finn People Productions, which has already seen the likes of Modified Motion, Ego Trippin and Erb n Dub
In 2010 he started working for 2 digital labels Global Domination and Karma digital releasing his first EP Lost in bass which was a instant hit across the uk . In 2011 after a few more releases his tune Step It Up was snapped up by Futurebound from Viper Recordings who released it on the summer slammers album. This was along side some of the biggest names in Drum & Bass, DnB Royalty including the likes of Futurebound, Metrik, Camo & Krooked, Brookes Brothers, Delta Heavy, Smooth, Dc Breaks and Ed rush & Optical just to name a few. This was his biggest signing so far but then things just got better and better.
In 2012 Alter Ego joined forces with Dangerous New Age Recordings and Live & Dangerous, and has since been under the watchful eye of Scoop. Since then he has successfully worked with Major artist Franco & The Dreadnought who was signed to Universal Records under the name International One.
Alter Ego’s new release Dark Matter has just been picked up by Andi Durrant on Capital FM and it was played as the last tune of the night on Friday 1st March 2013.
Alter Ego has also been impressing J Majik & Wickaman and there are talks of a possible release coming in the near future on the mighty Infrared Recordings. At the beginning of this year Alter Ego was asked to be one of a few handpicked producers to start a remix project for Wrongtom & Deemas J who have been getting huge props in all kinds of magazines and their debut LP In East London was recommended for a MERCURY AWARD at the end of last year!
The track he was asked to remix is called Superteng and is their follow up track from the hugely successful album in East London .
This will be coming out on Tru Thoughts which is British godfather Rodney p plus partners in crime Fallacy and Garage legend Zed Bias label. Superteng is set to drop on April 1st and comes with a remix from Benny Page and Mo Matic plus someone else.
Alter Ego has offered up a massive single for Ten Ton Beats, Enter the Matrix & Aurora which has been given a 13.5.13 release date and is already being hammered by the dnb elite, Alter Ego is a name we at Ten Ton Beats are very proud to have on the release schedule, listen to what the man of the moment has offered up below.
Alter Ego – Enter The Matrix – Ten Ton Beats Dub by Ten Ton Beats
After the phenomonal success of both TTB23 Sharkbait by Samy Nicks and MarX which reaching the heady heights of the drum and bass arena number 1 spot for a very respectable 2 week run, to TTB24 Ganja Riddim | Dimension Fortress by Encounters just released and being hammered up and down the country in raves and on radio stations, TTB25 had to be just as strong, So rising stars of dnb Rekwest and Samy nicks were drafted in to keep the momentum going.Ten Ton Beats presents yet another masterclass in the jump up genre.
Step by Step – Rekwest
Rekwest offers bass squelching goodness to the TTB camp with this snappy brockout number. Eerie horror flick piano leads down a lonely road ending up in the scary forest of bass, bass lines and effects surround you as the track keeps you looking over your shoulder to see where or how the next synth will be manipulated for your raving pleasure, clean drums and clever percussion keep you intrested on this sonically driven trip to all things jump up. Samy Nicks - Sunday Sessions
Samy Nicks returns to TTB with this cheeky lil number, something different from this rising star massive good time vibes on this one Mr Nicks showing some versatiility to his repertoire. Definate feel good factor to this track as Samy hooks you in from the start with a downtempo smooth synth play swiftly followed by trademark snappy drums, before you know it this new school leader is building this track up, the drop is immenent and boy does it deliver, another banger from Samy Nicks
Ten Ton Beats head honcho Dj Rekless in the hot seat for his fortnightly Ten Ton Beats show on the Highly respected Rough Tempo Radio features Interviews with Dangerous and Miss melody not forgetting the Powerhour Back to back mix with Dangerous ands Miss melody on mic duties, plenty of dubs from the Ten Ton Beats camp and current dnb bangers of all types…..ENJOY
Ten Ton Beats is proud to announce we have our first Number 1, Sharkbait by Samy Nicks & MarX has reached Number 1 in the not oriously hard to chart on Drum and Bass arena charts. This is a massive acheivement for both the artists and the label. It seems putting in the work and releasing quality music by above average talented artists is the way to go whilst still keeping to the labels ethos of ‘Fresh talent first’.
Psynopsis: The flips side to the grinch is equally able to merk a dancefloor, the moody intro leads into a creepy break down untill a bassline that must have been slapped with an ASBO order has its way with the raving masses. As Sharkbait moves along it kicks off its ankle tag and really gets to grips with the job of drawing in sweat ridden dnb heads into an skankathon only slowed by the 2nd breakdown, a much needed addition to any Dj or ravers selection, another banger not to be missed by this duo
ON THE DNBA WEBSITE AND ON QUITE A FEW DOWNLOAD STORES THERE HAS BEEN A NAMING ERROR, SHARKBAIT IS BY BOTH SAMY NICKS & MARX NOT JUST MARX AS IT HAS BEEN STATED ON DNBA, THIS HAS BEEN CHANGED ON SOME WEBSITES BUT NOT ALL, CHANGE WILL BE A SLOW PROCESS BUT WILL HAPPEN ON ALL SITES EVENTUALLY.