Kool with a K is a brand known throughout the drum ‘n’ bass world. The infamous radio station, originally a pirate, now online, is the longest running dedicated DnB broadcasting network, having been established in 1991. That’s before the scene had even agreed on the name “jungle”, let alone “drum ‘n’ bass”. So, anyone involved in founding Kool is automatically a certified legend in the game. And that includes Brockie
Already established as a selector playing rare groove, hip-hop, ragga, and the nascent sounds of hardcore by the late eighties, Brockie is one of the founding fathers of jungle music. Even though, in those early days, he had no thought of producing or running a label, his show on Kool FM made him one of the main influencers of the scene, even featuring on a 1996 BBC documentary.
Having spent almost a decade as one of the scene’s top deejays, it was inevitable that Brockie would take a step into making his own tunes. Teaming up with Ed Solo, a trained studio engineer, he created the anthem “Represent”. Turning down offers from other labels, he set up Undiluted Recordings to put out his music. The stage was set for Brockie to define a dark-tinged, rolling, bass-heavy sound that has smashed up raves ever since, culminating in the 2017’s monumental “The Story So Far” album.
In recent times, as owner of Undiluted and co-owner of Octave Recordings with Profile, Brockie has been instrumental in bringing through new talent. Crowd favourite artists like Turno, Nu Elementz, Sub Killaz, and K Motionz have all released on one of his imprints over the years.
Although he’s added label A&R and production to his armoury of talents, Brockie is still, first and foremost, a deejay. His long-standing alliance with Det has gone from strength to strength, and their shows as the Brockie & Det Experience are bringing those OJ vibes to a brand new generation.
Still smashing it as a deejay, producer, radio host, and label owner, Brockie is a true drum ‘n’ bass pioneer.