DJ Kid is a name which has been synonymous with the UK Jungle and Drum & Bass scene for what seems like an age now. Originally from Edinburgh in Scotland, Kid spent his formative years during the early 90’s making a name for himself in England playing for some of the biggest Jungle and Drum & Bass promoters. The time Kid spent south of the border was to become an essential part of his development and was where he would go on to forge many relationships with DJ’s, MC’s, producers and labels, all of which would come into play when the musical landscape in Scotland was to change.
After performing regularly across England, Europe and the USA which was to culminate in two live performances on BBC Radio 1, DJ Kid would start to solidify his name back in his native land in particularly with his 12 year residency at the now legendary club night Manga. Running from January 1996 until January 2008, Manga was without doubt the heart and soul of the Scottish Drum & Bass scene. Manga was highly regarded within the industry and was hugely influential in the development of the scene north of the border, and was many a Scottish clubbers first introduction to Drum & Bass music. Manga celebrated their 20th anniversary re-union in October 2016.
Restless Natives DJ Kid’s record label was set up in 2004 with early releases coming from local producers DJ Kryptik and DJ Samurai, who were studying at Edinburgh University at the time. 2005 would eventually see the pair join forces and collaborate under the guise of DC Breaks for some of the label’s most successful tracks, including ‘Do You Believe’ and ‘Emperor’. With DJ Samurai’s ‘Be Mine’ coming to the attention of Andy C and subsequent release on Ram Records sister label Frequency, Restless Natives reputation for nurturing new talent grew further still. DC Breaks have since gone on to be one of the most prolific production outfits in the Drum & Bass scene and there is no doubt DJ Kid played an influential part in the direction the duo would take.