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Diesel 'n' Bass

Considered the godfather of American drum 'n' bass, Dieselboy has helped cultivate the stateside scene since its inception. With a hectic touring schedule and the commercial release of eight mix CDs over 14 years, the DJ born Damien Higgins developed a loyal and rabid following across the country. His most recent release, 2004's Dungeons & Dragons-themed The Dungeon Masters Guide, revealed an artist unafraid of his inner gaming geek. The album crossed dance genres and took serious risks by including remixes of tracks by big-room dance artists such as Tiësto, Sasha, and Josh Wink. It's work like that — a d'n'b-based album that takes forays into more mainstream sounds — that keeps Dieselboy on top of the heap.

And the scene has taken notice, awarding Dieselboy a number of international prizes. He was also the first drum 'n' bass DJ to chart a single on Billboard's dance chart. In 2006, he'll release his ninth mix CD and will bring his "Planet of the Drums" DJ tour to cities across the country. For this upcoming South Florida gig, support comes from veteran U.K. producer/DJ Shy FX, best-known for his chart-topping tracks "Shake Ur Body" and "Bambaataa."

Dieselboy performs with Shy FX at 10 p.m. Saturday, January 7, at Club Space, 34 NE 11th St., Miami. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Call 305-350-1956.

 
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