Kemal & Rob Data & Konflict & Paranoid User Fans

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Creado el: 10 Abr 2012

Kemal Okan and Robert Rodgers, both from Glasgow, United Kingdom, had their origins in the Detroit Techno scene, with their preferred sound being the minimal style of Techno. Kemal started to DJ at an early age and worked at the iconic 23rd Precinct record store in Glasgow. Their techno background can be heard as it had a strong influence in their music. They had their first release under the name Konflict in 1998, which was a remix of a trance tune named Share Of Bitterness by Paragliders. It was released on a scottisch label named WAQT recordings.
Their breakthrough was when they were signed to Renegade Hardware in 1999, one of the major Drum and Bass music labels. Their most notable releases on this label include Roadblock, The Beckoning, the Maelstrom EP and their hit, Messiah, which in 2010 was named the number one most essential Drum and Bass track of that decade by the influential Knowledge Magazine. After a struggle about the release of Messiah, Kemal and Rob abandoned Renegade Hardware and the name Konflict in 2000 as this was owned by and exclusively signed to the label. They continued to make music as Kemal and Rob Data and started their own label, Negative Recordings.
Rob Data decided to quit in 2002 to return to his studies for reasons unknown, though it has been rumored that it had to do with his brother passing away at a Rave party. After the closing of Negative Recordings, Kemal started his own Cryptic Audio label, on which he released music until 2004. On its first release he used the alias Paranoid User, which was the only occasion known where he released under a different pseudonym.
Besides releasing on Renegade Hardware and their own labels, their music appeared on labels such as Outbreak, Moving Shadow, Underfire, Audio Blueprint, Timeless, DSCI4, Cyanide Recordings, and Industry Recordings. Kemal produced much music alone as well as with his companion Rob, and he also cooperated with other artists such as Dom & Roland, Technical Itch, Paul Reset, Black Sun Empire, Rob F and Impulse, and Dresden Codex. Rob Data only produced with Kemal, and never had a solo release.
In 2004 Kemal also decided to quit, having been quoted to be "fed up with the current state of the Drum and Bass scene" and returned to his studies. He continued to work on music production, as he joined the arabesque world music formation Nomad'iqa and produced their first album. He also produced the album for Velahavle, a Bosnian Trip hop-Electronica band from Sarajevo, that was released in 2005.

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