HOW many artists and producers can count Jay Z, Snoop Dogg and Pharrell as fans?
Or enjoy heavy rotation in the hands of dub-step royalty such as N-Type and Skream, and have each release enthusiastically supported by Annie Mac and Zane Lowe?
This is what tonight’s Syndicate headliners Saul Milton and Will Kennard, producing under the name Chase & Status, have achieved in five years. They met at Manchester University through their mutual love of Drum & Bass in the mid 90s, and have DJ’d ever since, waiting until 2004 for their first production, a remix for Future Cut (better known these days for their production work with Lily Allen).
Chase & Status have been hailed as “The most exciting producers in the UK today” by Pharrell Williams of N*E*R*D fame. They have remixed tracks by some of the world’s hottest artists, including Jay Z’s Death Of Auto-Tune, The Prodigy’s Invaders Must Die and White Lies’ Death.
Since signing a major publishing deal with Universal Publishing in May 2009, and working closely with Roc Nation, the duo have been involved in some fantastic productions, most significantly with Rihanna, who has been quoted as calling the pair ‘the backbone’ of her record Rated R.
Chase & Status have completed two massive live tours of the UK and Europe in the last 12 months.
2009 saw Chase & Status sign a major record deal with Vertigo/Mercury Records, and smash into the Top 10 with single End Credits featuring Plan B, which featured in the film Harry Brown, starring Michael Caine.
Last year saw Chase & Status remain just as busy, spending a summer smashing up the European festival circuit, for which they received numerous award nominations, and in August, they released Let You Go featuring Mali, which became the summer anthem of the year.
Early this year they released their second studio album, No More Idols, which stormed charts worldwide and was dubbed ‘a genre bending phenomenon’.
Providing DJ support is Mixmag and Blackberry DJ 2011’ D.O.D.
His rise over the last six months, has seen him touring the UK and Europe, and supporting some of the biggest DJs and acts in the industry, including Pendulum, Arctic Monkeys, Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Kissy Sell Out, DJ Yoda and Example, as well as bookings for super clubs Cream, Gatecrasher, Kissdafunk, and Ministry of Sound.
Further support will come from Blackpool locals, the Breakout Elite in the Main Arena, and a whole host of North West DJs in The Hub.
Advance tickets can be purchased direct from www.thesyndicate.com