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badman press



Badman Press represents the Canadian music label launched back in 1998 and run by DZ alias Sean Harten.

In the spring of 1995, DZ recorded his first demo mixtape under the moniker “Fah-Q”. It was an assortment of old hip hop instrumentals, trip hop singles and various breaks laden with cuts and samples from Eddie Murphy’s “Delirious”, Beastie Boys’ “License to Ill” & “Paul’s Boutique” and the “Star Wars” soundtrack.

From 1995 to 1998 he performed at numerous shows and raves in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto, and often found himself sharing a stage with a local up and coming jungle/drum and bass DJ, Threesixty. They became very close friends over the years and in the winter of 1998, the pair put together the idea of “Badman Press”, which would be their own record label to release their own music.

In early 1999 DZ became a father and DJ’ing & producing took a back seat, but he continued to take the occasional local gig when he could. In 2001, he started producing drum and bass with longtime friend Threesixty, and performed at a handful of events in 2001/02 with the former under the collective moniker “Badman Press”.

In November 2007, DZ performed for the first time in over 4 years, headlining the massive “Dubforms6” dubstep dance in Vancouver alongside DeVille (UK) and Swytch (CAN/US). Since then he has played in numerous Canadian cities including Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary, Kelowna and Vancouver. In 2008 he has toured the US twice over, performing in LA, San Diego, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Sacramento, Portland, Seattle, Cincinnati, Denver, Chicago and Scranton, and the next round is long overdue atm!

2008 was a massive year for DZ with no shortage of releases bearing his name, and even though he builds new material incessantly, forever chasing new sounds, arrangements, techniques and styles, he has maintained a core sound that continues to appeal to listeners worldwide.

Even house DJ’s have been playing his releases and dubs, from Diplo naming “Down” his #1 track of the month in XLR8R’s October 2008 issue, to Herve playing his remix of Jokers of the Scene’s “Baggy Bottom Boys” on his Radio1 Essential Mix, to Jack Beats battering his dub “AWOL” and the hundreds of mixes posted online featuring (and most opening with) his Bobby Caldwell remix.