Who puts the BASS into ambassador?
Bryan Gee: A man who embodies every beautiful aspect of drum & bass… And has done since day one.
Badboy selector, multiple-label mogul, seminal event promoter, slick-chatting broadcaster: Whether it’s through his continuous global talent scouting missions, his ability to smash any dance from dark jungle to liquid funk, his legendary scene-shaping Movement events or the non-stop slew of exciting releases on his imprints V, Liquid V, Philly Blunt and Chronic, Bryan has carved drum & bass into the beast it is today.
With such a long and illustrious career, it’s hard to know where to start. A Cheltenham lad brought up amid a rich Jamaican soundsystem culture, Bryan’s played a pivotal role in the development of dance music since relocating to Brixton in the 80s and establishing the Kleer Soundsystem with Jumping Jack Frost. A regular face on the pirates he was eventually headhunted by Rhythm King, who employed him to establish the careers of many artists including household names such as Leftfield and Moby.
A trip to Bristol saw Bryan taking business matters into his own hands. V Recordings was THE vehicle that drove Roni, Krust and Die’s hugely influential Bristol sound right across the globe. A few years later a trip to Brazil saw him revolutionise the scene once more as he imported the soul-soaked sounds of Marky, Patife and XRS… Instantly flipping a largely dark-grooved scene with massively influential sexy samba and sunshine sonics.
As a promoter, both his Planet V and Movement brands are stuff of scene legend. Paving the foundation for commonplace festival arena hosting, Bryan also worked closely with Homelands – the prototype event that shaped the way we party to this day – becoming one of the earliest drum & bass promoters to take over an arena at a commercial rave that focused primarily on house and trance.
Back to the future and Bryan’s influence is stronger than ever; the Liquid V sessions remain one of London’s hottest bass tickets in town and his nose for exciting next-level talent can be found in the careers of Artificial Intelligence, Utah Jazz, Savage Rehab, David Boomah, Mr Joseph and whole new generation of Brazilian players such as DJ Chap, Level 2 and Unreal. Meanwhile, his Liquid V Club Sessions series is one of the most collectable drum & bass mixes available and he’s regularly found preaching the good word of D&B on both Ministry Of Sound and Origin Radio.
Still just as enthusiastic about the scene as he was when he plugged in his first soundsystem, the consummate selector and industry-savvy businessman Bryan Gee remains the drum & bass scene’s most respected, consistent ambassadors.