After a series of collaborative tracks with Swift in the early 90s, Zinc was shot to fame in 1995 with his first solo outing to make it onto vinyl, the unforgettable ‘Super Sharp Shooter’. This track epitomised the sound of jungle at that time, and remains one of the defining records of the era. Alongside Pascal and DJ Hype, Zinc set up the True Playaz label which became a staple of the drum & bass scene, and was the vehicle through which he released the vast majority of his work for the remainder of the 90s. Their True Playaz night, first at The End, then at Fabric became (and still is) one of the UK’s most influential and popular drum & bass nights and showcased Zinc’s massive talent behind the decks. Around the turn of the century, Zinc begun making tracks at a slower tempo that fused sounds from the nu-skool breaks scenes and UK garage scenes. ‘138’ Trek was the biggest of these tracks, and Zinc’s newly launched label Bingo Beats became an avenue for releasing tracks such as this. Since 2000 Zinc has released most of his tracks through Bingo, and has also demonstrated his considerable A&R skills on the label, having showcased fresh talent such as Redeyes, Chase & Status and Jenna G in its time. The label has also released mix albums from DJ Zinc, Friction, Marky and Chase & Status and continues to be one of drum & bass’ most innovative imprints. Zinc meanwhile remains one of the scene’s most revered DJs and producers.
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