Stivs (Finn O’Rourke)
DJ STIVS, Mashing up the dance with a badman blend of jungle, raggatek and breakcore. A true giant of the underground dance scene, Stivs is a founding member of the infamous Life4Land Sound as well as several independent record labels. As one third of bass-terrorist trio The D.S.C., Stivs has been steadily hacking away at the rave scene for over a decade, lumping speakers across muddy fields, inhabiting warehouses for one night and one night only, and playing dirty ragga-jungle, breakcore and raggatek to jumping party people across the globe, entertaining ravers at clubs, Teknivals, raves and festivals since the year 2000. DJ Stivs, AKA Finn O’Rourke, started producing in 2003 and, having been raised on amens since his early teens, soon developed a particular talent for hardcore, ragga and dancehall-influenced jungle. Learning his way round Logic and Ableton alongside his Life4Land brethren, he followed closely in the footsteps of legends like Remarc, Lemon D and Ray Keith and was soon applying cutting-edge production techniques to the sounds of his youth, pioneering a brand-new breed of old school and staking his claim to a chapter in the Jungle book.. He brings these skills to the D.S.C’s table in abundance, creating soundclash-inspired dubstep, jungle and techno alongside fellow Life4Land founders Ed Cox and Scion. They regularly work with top ragga vocalists like Daddy Freddy, Murray Man, Demolition Man and Deadly Hunter, as well as collaborating with producers such as Freddy Frog, Ghost, M.D.S., Kelvine 373 and Scamp.
On the back of his UK successes, Stivs has toured all over Europe, appearing in France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Holland, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Lithuania, as well as executing a quick sweep of the southern hemisphere taking in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and Tokyo. In 2010 Stivs and Junglefever co-founded Bomba Cut Recordings, a label dedicated to extreme soundclash-based ragga-junglecore mashups where they can really flex some amen muscle, releasing the dirtiest rasclart beats they can possibly cut to vinyl. However, at the other end of the spectrum he is also heavily involved with Born On Road, a vocally-driven bass-music label unfettered by tempo or style restrictions, where artists are free to explore musical boundaries and span genres including dancehall, dubstep, bashment, breakbeat, reggae and Jungle.
Established in 2013 Born On Road is intent on pushing raw emerging talent alongside industry heavyweights such as MC Navigator, David Boomah, Buggsy and Eva Lazarus. He has also programmed festival stages and dance arenas as well as starting his own internet radio station, Site B Radio, where he DJs alongside his Life4Land stablemates as well as an ever-expanding roster of guest DJs. Despite all this extra-curricular activity Stivs is still mashing up the dance week-in week-out in his hometown of Bristol and beyond, gigging regularly all over the UK and Europe. Whether it’s an all-vinyl journey through the jungle ages or an up to-the minute digital set trialling his freshest productions on a crowd, Stivs never fails to create a euphoric auditory journey through bass music and amen breaks. Stivs currently divides his time between his label-related obligations, smacking dancefloors across the UK and Europe, and pushing his production skills to the limit .
LIFE4LAND 004 – 2005 | Busy Cuts- 2006 -10 TRACK DEBUT ALBUM | Deathsucker Records – 2007 JOHNNY CLASH – MOVEMENT STIVS – DUSTBINMEN | Jungle Clone –002-2008-TESTER – THINK BEFORE YOU WALK (ANTICLONE REMIX) STIVS – SPECIAL REQUEST (REMIX) | DEATH$UCKER RECORDS – 030 PIRATE CUTS – 2008 DOUBLE 12″ 45 8 TRACKS | DEATH$UCKER RECORDSTHE DSC – 2009 ED COX AND STIVS PRESENTS THE DOG SHIT CREW – KINGDOM 003 – 2009 | DSC – BURN DOWN THE SYSTEM | DSC – RETREAT, DSC – RESPECT | BOMBACUT RECORDINGS 001 2010 JUNGLEFEVER STIVS – MONEY MONEYJUNGLEFEVER STIVS – FAT TING | FROGS 009 – 2010 MAD AS A BOX OF FROGS FREDDY FROG ED COX STIVS – NASAL DIESEL | LICKSHOT 002 – 2010 BONG SELECTA – NEW DAY DAWNING JUNGLEFEVER & STIVS – TEMPO RIDDIM | KAOTIK 02 – 2011 SIDE A VANDAL MR POLITICIAN VANDAL – FYAH BURN SIDE B THE DSC – HAFFI GET GAL DANGER MARC – PARADISE | DEATH$UCKER RECORDS 037 THE DSC – 2011 | DSC – FIRE, DSC – HERBALIST, WICKED VINYL – 08 REMIXED EP VOL 1 CAPITAL J | FRISK, WICKED SQUAD, MATTYKORE STIVS | BBL RECORDS 001 – WATCH DIS RMXS | TYFF CUT RECORDS 001 – JUNGLE-ISM | TUFF CUT not TYFF CUT | LICKSHOT 006 – BADMAN NAH PET | BBL003- FILET MIGNON | A4T 002- HORNS 4 2014 rmx | A4T 005- RAVE IN SESSION | BCR 002 – MURDER MURDER / DIE U DIE | KAOTIK 010 – HORNS TEK RMX | TCR002 – 12 OCLOCK DROP | LICKSHOT 004 – SENSI ADDICT |