References: Metalheadz, UK
DJ Bailey's prowess as a premier Drum ‘n’ Bass artist has earned him global respect. As a DJ, a multi award winning BBC radio presenter and a record producer, Bailey communicates his musical passion to the masses. Bailey's foremost love lies in being the best possible DJ with an extensive record collection ranging from classic Funk to the freshest Drum ‘n’ Bass pre-released mp3s saved on his hard drive.
Bailey gained momentum as a DJ recording mixtapes for friends, playing wine bars, dance halls and pirate radio stations. After a chance meeting with DJ’s Kemistry & Storm they tuned into his show, and recruited him for Goldie's legendary Metalheadz club nights in 1995. To this day Bailey remains a Metalheadz resident DJ. He also plays Fabio’s long standing weekly club night Swerve and regularly tours as a guest with other established Drum ‘n’ Bass artists. Bailey's skills when he's behind the turntables. Always an alchemist in the mix, he creates sonic landscapes as his sheer mixology elevates him above the crowd of DJ's.
In 2002 Bailey was selected to present his weekly radio show on BBC Radio 1Xtra - now running for several years; broadcast world-wide each and every Wednesday from 22:00 – 01:00 as well as a new slot on BBC Radio 1 every 6 weeks from 01:00 – 03:00. The show has been extremely successful winning Bailey and 1Xtra many awards including Best Radio Show at Knowledge's D&B Awards in 2003, ahead of contenders Fabio, Grooverider and DJ Hype.
Bailey is one of a handful of successful DJ’s to gain fame without the help of production credits. His recordings, mainly in the form of traditional DJ's mixes have been produced for Metalheadz, the front cover CDs of various music magazines, a compilation for French owned Black Label on Sony's Music Garden imprint, a mix called Soul Thunder for the renowned U.S label Breakbeat Science to name a few. Bailey began warming to life as producer/DJ in 2003 when he produced a track for Roni Size’s Full Cycle.
His first steps into the world of production occurred by mistake. Bailey had requested a tune from the Full Cycle crew. Instead of the track, he received gold dust - a CD of samples to make a remix. So Bailey gave it a shot. The result a rework of Forget Me Knots by Roni Size was immediately signed to the label. To date, Bailey’s produced tracks for many artists and labels including Nas & Damian Marley, Chipmunk, Melissa Molinaro, Goldie’s ‘Metalheadz’, A Guy Called Gerald and Total Science.