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Youthful Implants usually plays breaks, you know - like the tunes with real breakbeats in. He also makes tunes which have been known to include a breakbeat or two. Now signed to several labels all over the world, his sound is more diverse and eclectic than ever before. With a classical music education as a choral scholar in the one of the finest choirs in the world, its safe to say he can hum a tune too. Notorious for aggresive beat programming, firing basslines and a melodic and expressive style his productions have garnered support from DJs everywhere.
32 yr old Alex Virr (aka Youthful Implants) started DJing drum n bass whilst at university in Manchester in 1996. After 2 years representing on the student scene and promoting a night called Beatific he returned to London and began working on a record stall in Camden selling nu skool garage and DnB alongside Ollie Moira of Hardcore Beats. From there he met Clayton from the south london based Trouble on Vinyl / Renegade Hardware studio who offered the opportunity to work for him both as a recording artist and consultant on fledgling breaks label Octagon. The Funkaholics were born with founding members Joe Grey and Tam Cooper (now known as Precision Cuts). An EP and two singles later the Funkaholics were receiving props from Adam Freeland, Tayo and Tipper in the early days of the nu skool breaks scene.
During this time the Funkaholics played sets around London for Chew the Fat, Renegade Hardware at the End and Mass. After an amiable split, the Funkaholcs were disbanded and Precision Cuts were born whilst Alex left London to pursue a career in graphic design. Three years later Alex returned to London in 2002 and soon after hooked up with DJ Jurassik to help mould the Supatronix sound. He now enjoys being partner and resident at the Hoxton based monthly parties with Jurassik and the hugely talented Missmax.
Following guest slots on BreaksFM and NuSkoolBreaks radio and excited by the developing sounds and continuing diversity within the whole spectrum of breakbeat - Youthful Implants' sound now spans a broad musical range from the electro-oriented side of breaks to its more hardcore cousins. A hook up with producer extraordinaire Anti-Science saw new ideas and skills brought to the table in 2007 and these two have been combining Ants' superb mixdown capabilities with some of YIs' older material to produce some brand new forward thinking breaks released on new label Waveshape last year. 2007 also saw Alex release on Sango, Defbox, and NuLogic as his remixing skills gathered demand.
Top SongsTotal plays on Last.fm over the last 6 months
- Energise - 948 plays
- Icarus - 1,022 plays
- Sizzler - 639 plays
- All for you (with Anti-Science) - 390 plays
- Mandroid - 308 plays
- Say What! - 105 plays
- Thinking Of You (Anti-Science Remix) - 199 plays
- Thinking Of You (Anti Science Mix) - 92 plays
- Raw Flex (Felix Stone remix) - 77 plays
- Thinking Of You - 79 plays