Tyke: A mischief maker; a rascal; a cheeky little upstart gnawing away at the ankles of life with raw determination… Never, ever, letting go. A literal definition of how Tyke approaches his career with some serious skills and determination.
The tag harks back to his days as a young graffiti artist, covering London with his stark, sharp, vibrant style. It’s still just as relevant today in the drum & bass world. He has developed a style that is just as distinctively sharp, stark and vibrant. But, now he’s moved up from the ankles, he’s progressed to chewing the face off the scene, bassline after bassline. Why? Because he’s seriously hungry.
Having signed to the mighty Playaz brand, with the help of dnb scene forefathers DJ Hype and Pascal, Tyke is set to go interstellar. Now fully committed to fine-tuning his mind-bending studio skills, Tyke’s currency in D&B is priceless. It’s always been strong; his earliest, self-released, tracks were supported by Hazard, Jumping Jack Frost and Nicky Blackmarket. When Andy C joined the premier support list after he snapped up Tyke and Recipe’s old skool homage ‘Music Makers’ for his ‘Nightlife 5’ mix, Tyke really came to prominence.
Tyke takes the game very seriously managing to juggle worldwide tours, major festival appearances and a production schedule that features high profile EPs on Playaz, collaborations with of the scene’s most highly respected vocalists plus remixes for numerous top tier imprints. He does so whilst also retaining his original roots. Alter egos include Mugabe and Retronym with tracks such as ‘Infected Headphones’, ‘Drug Pusher’ and ‘Buzzards’ means he keeps a distinctive, playful edge whilst grinning wryly over his peers.