From the humble beginnings of finding out about Drum & Bass music via the late night broadcasts on Toronto’s College Radio stations (88.1FM & 89.5FM) while growing up, René has travelled worlds away from where he started. Flash forward a decade or so, René’s own productions are now hailed round the world as some of the genre’s most iconic and innovative records in electronic dance music. He’s flown world wide performing shows and cultivating the sound of Drum & Bass as a true tastemaker and leader in the genre. As though coming full circle, this year René was approached by the BBC about creating his own specialist show on Radio 1. And in 2017, following in the footsteps of legendary former hosts Fabio & Grooverider, Bailey, Crissy Criss and Friction, René is now the Drum & Bass representative on the world’s biggest platform. On this show, René continues the tradition of curating the music for a new generation of music lovers and captivating audiences the same way he was years ago.
As a producer, René LaVice’s sounds are unmistakable. Known for combining different styles and influences with his own sensibility, his music has a thumbprint which stands out in the mix. Nowhere could this be more evident than in his first breakthrough track ‘Headlock,’ which took the scene by storm and turned heads of tastemakers world wide onto what would soon become one of dance musics most exciting producers. Since then, René’s made a string of hits, such as The Calling ft. Ivy Mairi, a musical hybrid unlike any other which was A-Listed on Radio 1 for weeks and hit the billboard top 40 dance chart. Renowned for his remix track record and ability to turn a song upside down, he has remixed an impressive roster of artists such as Diplo, DJ Fresh, Craig David & The Prodigy, making him a highly sought after remix artist. Album wise, his first and second album’s release on the illustrious Ram Records earned him the respect of young fans and veteran DJ’s alike, and his third album currently in release cycle is sure to impress.
Having the support of touring Drum & Bass royalty such as Andy C, Goldie & Randall combined with attention from Radio presenters and tastemakers such as Zane Lowe, Nick Grimshaw & Mistajam is like a dream to any young producer. However, it wasn’t long before René’s own skills as a performer and a DJ were uncovered as he embarked on tours all around the globe and turned even the most obscure shows upside down. Known for crowdsurfing at his gigs, he may sound like a bit of an anomaly when it comes to dance music. The excitement he feels from his music is as captivating as it is infectious. Having performed shows at major festivals such as Glastonbury, Download, EDC, and world class venues like Brixton Academy, Fabric, and Alexandra Palace, René has evolved into one of the most exciting headlining acts in dance music.
Now living in London UK, one can only speculate where René LaVice’s journey through music will lead next.