Dope Ammo was formed in 1996, initially as a collective seeking to promote a series of club events. The hugely successful shows featured world renowned DJs and live acts including amongst others: Scratch Perverts (Tony Vegas), Kosheen, SL2 (Slipmatt+Lime) and Nicky Blackmarket. Being aspiring DJ’s and producers themselves they found a studio space, becoming “The Drunken Masters” – this became the production moniker for the founding members of the Dope Ammo crew: Anil ‘Coco’ Shah, Chris Ball, Alan Parker, Nik Tomkins and Pornchai Doyle. By 1998, the label Dope Ammo Records was born and acted as an outlet for developing their own influences and style. Their intention was to reach out as far as possible and get their tracks in stores and on turntables all over the world. Since then the label has grown with the addition of new artists and remix work from big players in the Drum & Bass scene such as: Baron, DJ Hazard, G Dub, Benny Page, DJ Swan-e and many others. The label has a back catalogue now well into double figures with more releases on the horizon.
The year 2001 saw Dope Ammo sign to the DJ agency of jungle legends, Micky Finn and Aphrodite. It was with ‘Urban Agency’ that The Drunken Masters found the opportunity to take their innovative, forward-thinking sound to the nightclubs of Europe and America; smashing up the dance worldwide with their highly acclaimed dancefloor anthems: ‘Kill Bill’ and ‘Mastered Technique’. It was the globally commended reception of these tracks that saw The Drunken Masters profile rise even higher, gaining Radio 1 airplay courtesy of Steve Lamacq.
The label released their first album, ‘Uprising’ in 2002. This featured tracks from The Drunken Masters themselves as well as some new recruits. The lead single from the album, a reworking of ‘Deep In The Underground’ helped propel newcomer DJ Hazard to the forefront of the Drum & Bass scene and gave Dope Ammo a highly respected reputation for supporting new talent as well as established artists. With this increasing praise, the Dope Ammo crew soon found themselves collaborating with big names such as Benny Page, Micky Finn & Aphrodite. Around this time the crew teamed up with good friend, DJ Swan-E to set up a project label for young and emerging Drum & Bass artists called ‘Maximum Ammo’.