LABEL FOCUS: SPEARHEAD

Next year will mark the 15th anniversary of drum & bass label, Spearhead Records. Set-up by founder Steven Jeffery - AKA BCee - in 2005, the imprint has gone on to achieve legendary status within D&B circles and beyond.

BCee was already a decade deep into his career as a DJ when he launched the project. It was his second dalliance with running a label, after previously starting up Rubik Records alongside Kubiks, several years earlier. This would merely be the foundation for what was to come.

In the early days, BCee would frequently collab with Lomax - one half of Loadstar. Although their studio partnership graced many labels, their output together provided the backbone from which the Spearhead catalog would grow.

Although BCee is somewhat of a forgotten man - highly regarded, but often overlooked - much credit must be put at his door for his unflinching eye for talent and his ability to nurture fledgling producers into fully-grown superstars. Some of the biggest stars in today’s D&B scene have him to thank for their early development. Names as high-profile as Netsky and S.P.Y. found early success on Spearhead.

Spearhead wasn’t merely an incubator for exciting young talent. The label’s early efforts and Jeffery’s industry connections, saw him entice some already established D&B heads to release on the label. Most notably, was a certain Danny Byrd - underlining the clout Spearhead wielded.

Before long, Spearhead had amassed enough of a following to branch out into the events sector. The label started throwing parties at Brixton’s intimate Plan B (now Phonox), but it wasn’t long until their soaring popularity outgrew such modest environments. Later, they would move operations to Village Underground in Shoreditch. Much like before, it didn’t take long before BCee was on the lookout for larger venues to satisfy the cravings of Spearhead’s ravenous fanbase. Spearhead Presents had turned into a juggernaut of its own.

Legendary full-venue takeovers of Egg LDN produced some of the finest moment for D&B clubbing London has ever seen. Quite a sight to see all five floors of music go absolutely crazy. There would be the odd excursion to fabric as well, cementing Spearhead in the anodes of D&B folklore.In the present day, Spearhead continues to tour around the capital’s finest underground haunts. The label has landed at The Pickle Factory, The Steelyard and Dalston Rooftop all in the last 12-months, in addition to infrequent visits to old stomping grounds, like fabric in conjunction with FABRICLIVE.

On the release front, too, things look as hectic as ever. At the start of March, BCee released his fourth full-length studio album titled Shouting About Nothing. The 14-tracker would contain modern day anthems Sincerely Yours and All Fired Up.

More recently still, the label have celebrated their 100th release with a V/A of the same name. Many faces from Spearhead’s alumni contributed, including Seba, Technimatic and CBee’s duo with Villem, the Vanguard Project. Continuing to push the envelope for D&B, Spearhead Records shows no signs of slowing down as it fast-approaches a landmark anniversary.

Spearhead Presents makes an emotional return to Village Underground on Saturday 22nd November. There’s no place like home. BCee is joined by Commix, Dexcell, Chris Introspective, Becky Saif, Dazee and a special guest TBA.

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