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Vampire Records is a label created by Phil Aslett formerly of Source Direct who were signed to Virgin, Metalheadz and Good Looking Records in the mid to late 90's. The label has been set up to release Drum and Bass music of all styles and will feature many different artists. The concept behind Vampire Records is the relation between the nocturnal behavior of Clubbers and Vampires. Vampire has constant evolution and is a platform for established artists and up and coming talent. The birth of the label was at the end of 2006 and It has grown from strength to strength over the years. Vampire is still growing to this day but it has staying power in the world of Drum and Bass! All of the releases are still selling which proves that the music has shelf life and is non-disposable. It was very important to Phil Source at the birth of the label that it would have credibility with the old school, as well as the new breed of Drum and Bass fan. Some of the artists that have featured on the singles so far are Teebee, Grand Masterz, Stranjah and Gremlinz, System, Bal, Kiat, Soul Intent, Method One, Resound, ASC, NC-17 and Henree. The first release on Vampire featured "Teebee" who is now one of the most respected Producers on the Drum and Bass circuit and a past engineer of Photek. This release also featured "Grand Masterz" who consists of Phil Source from Source Direct and DeBoy Mancini a newcomer to the Drum and Bass scene but not to the industry being related to "Henri Mancini" the original composer of "The Pink Panther" soundtrack. On the 1st of April 2009 Vampire released its first label album "Once Bitten Twice High" which was a big success. The album featured some of the best tracks from the first 10 releases on the label, plus new and exclusive tracks from current and new artists such as Krone, Nusense, Nymfo, Survival, Method One and Stunna, Resound, Jem One, Strago, Rregula, NC-17, ASC, System and Phil Source, Henree, Sabre and Zero T, Amaning, The Untouchables, Gremlinz, System and Teebee. On the 15th of February 2010 Vampire released it's second label album "Drumz of the Damned" which again was a big success both in The UK and Overseas. It is the perfect follow up to "Once Bitten Twice High". It continues the deep journey into the world of Vampire Records. It has 22 exclusive tracks and 2 remixes which were featured on Fabio's Radio 1 show. It takes you on a journey through many different moods and styles of Drum and Bass. From Light to Dark this album has everything! Once Again! It featured artists such as Mindscape, Insight, Physics, Paul T and Ed Oberon, Soul Intent, Phil Source and Outrage, Mindmapper, Survival, System, ASC, Bal, Hybris, June Miller and many more... Vampire Records celebrated it's 5th Anniversary in 2011 with a Party called "The Bite!" at Club Nomad on Old Street, London. It featured Dj's such as Phil Source, Fierce, Data, Outrage, Soul Intent and Mark System in the Drum and Bass Room and in the Old School Hip Hop Room were Qumulus and Dj Shorty. Since then "The Bite!" has turned into a "Free Party" Club Night which has moved to Plan B in Brixton, London. Plan B is the perfect intimate venue with it's Funktion-One Sound System! The first party at Plan B featured Dj Storm, Phil Source, Data, EBK, DBR b2b Strago, Dj Chef b2b Dj E and Dj Nyx with Mc's 2Shy, Hostile, Havoc and KB. The focus for Vampire in 2012 and onwards is Artist and Label albums. There is also a series of Digital EP's which are planned for 2012! So far we have had digital EP's from Nusense, Generic, Naraka, Bkey and Dj E, Soul Intent, Atmospherix, Able Danger, Phil Source and Meth. Mechanizm will complete a series of 10 so far! The third label album will be out in early 2012 with a launch party to celebrate the release! The artists confirmed for the release so far are Generic and Perpetuum, Able Danger, Meth, Inztance, Atmospherix, Heavy1, Method One, Bkey and Dj E, Soul Intent, Kodo and Foreign Concept, Fade and Twisted, EBK, Phil Source and Strago, Paul T and Ed Oberon, Mindmapper, DBR UK and more... Vampire Records is coming through in 2012 so Watch this Space!!!

 

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