Although best known for his collaborations with Ed Rush, by the time the duo got together, Optical had already built a sturdy reputation as a solo artist. After early work on a variety of labels and under a variety of aliases in the early 90s, Optical begun to really make his mark with some classic drum & bass releases such as ‘Moving 808s / High Tek Dreams’ on Prototype and the mighty ‘To Shape The Future’ on Metalheadz. He also worked behind the boards engineering for Grooverider on his ‘Mysteries of Funk’ LP, and worked in the studio with Goldie on the ‘Saturnz Return’ album. Forming Virus Recordings with Ed Rush in 1998 was a pivotal moment in Optical’s career, as the label became a major force in shaping the musical landscape of drum & bass. The link up with Ed Rush also yielded many of his career’s finest moments, with classics including ‘Medicine’, ‘Gasmask’, ‘Kerbcrawler’, ‘Pacman’ and the unforgettable ‘Wormhole LP’. Virus continues to be a major force in the scene, as does Optical in the studio as their recent LP ‘Chameleon’ demonstrated. Optical has played here at The End many times, in the past at parties such as Prototype and his own Virus, and more recently at Ram Records.
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