Like a lot of prominent drum & bass producers, Duncan Busto’s story begins in the late ‘80s when he was a little more besotted with hip hop. Whilst spending his time in record shops stocking up on import 12”s, he was convinced by a friend to make the move from music collector to disc jockey and a flourishing fleet of DJ bookings followed in the wake of that decision. After acid house had fully bloomed in London, chance encounters, serendipity and the influence of Commercial Suicide boss, Klute and the seminal techno outfit, Ubik, led to the Ipswich based Busto putting together the basics of a home studio in which he started making his own take on the sorts of electronic music he was playing out.
Now Busto’s firmly ingrained as one of drum & bass’ old guard. Having played around the world and released music on a long list of coveted d&b labels like Shogun Audio, Violence, Metalheadz, CIA and Renegade Hardware he’s reportedly just reopened the doors to his own labels, Phantom Audio, which he began back in 1998 alongside his kindred producer, Digital and his own solo venture, Inneractive. Having recently returned to the UK from a five year stint in the USA, 2015 is already looking like a new chapter for Busto who’s already cued up releases on a raft of labels including Doc Scott’s 31 Records, Metalheadz and Warm Communications, so we’re pleased to be welcoming him back with open arms this Friday (20th February) where he’ll play alongside DJ Marky and Lenzman in the Innerground hosted Room Two.
With all that in mind, Busto took the time to make Fabric London a mixtape that proves to all and sundry that his selections are just as acute as they ever were, putting together something special as a precursor to his set this Friday…
Words by: Oli Marlow
Advance tickets: www.fabriclondon.com/club/listing/1014