- OrginLondon, UK
- Genres[Drum and Bass, Techstep]
Growing up hooked to the bleeps and breaks of The Prodigy and London’s pirate radio stations, Blade and Virtua followed the development of Jungle to Drum & Bass, eventually finding themselves drawn to the futuristic output of labels such as Underfire and Renegade Hardware – and in particular, the techno-edged Konflict sound. Meeting through friends in the late 1990s, they have been producing Drum & Bass together ever since.
Their first release as The Sect came in 2003, but it was their debut EP on Offkey in 2006 that brought them to the attention of many of the scene’s most important players. A string of releases followed quickly on a host of other respected labels, including: Position Chrome, Freak, Obscene, Habit and Subsistenz and they have received support from DJs across the Drum & Bass spectrum for their productions and remixes on labels as diverse as Cause 4 Concern Ltd, PRSPCT, Red Light, KSS Black and Utopia Music.
Despite the heavy production schedule, The Sect are as at home behind the decks as in the studio. Virtua has showcased his formidable turntablist skills at competitions and nights around the country and Blade has been DJing for over 15 years, playing regularly at events across the world, from the UK to Russia and New Zealand. They have established a reputation for high-energy DJ sets, combining tight mixing with cutting-edge dubs to move crowds wherever they play.
The Sect’s debut album ‘Fractured State’ was released on Subsistenz Recordings in 2011. Following this, a deep bond in terms of their DnB agenda was formed between The Sect and Subsistenz – with both Subsistenz’s label boss Dean Rodell and The Sect based in Berlin, as well as long running Subsistenz collaborator, Current Value. The release of their own label ‘The Sect Music’ in the last part of 2012, along with collaborative releases with Subsistenz has formed the centre of the Techno-focussed DnB scene in Berlin. Their pioneering and uncompromising pursuit of new mutations of DnB has put them at the forefront of today’s producers in the scene, as well as their label operating as an important mouthpiece for their fresh Techno – DnB crossover genre.