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AK1200, America’s original jungle/drum n bass don has been pushing the sound since the music’s initial incarnation as hardcore breakbeat. As one of the U.S.’s original proponents of breakbeat music, AK started DJing in 1989, playing electro and other beat friendly music of that time. In 1990, he opened a record store in his hometown of Orlando, FL called The Hottie Shoppe, where he began developing relationships with burgeoning breakbeat labels such as Suburban Base and Moving Shadow. Via these early relationships, he quickly became known in the UK as someone who could spread the message in America, and by 1991, he was writing articles and reviews in the classic US Rave. Around this same time, Dave Minner also gained his moniker as AK1200 when fellow Floridian DJ Icey noticed the hyped-up BPM’s of the tunes Dave would play in The Hottie Shop, and said “You’re playing so fast that you are like an AK on the 1200’s!” Icey started throwing raves at The Edge and he would put “Dave AK1200 Minner” on the flyer. The name stuck ever since.

For the next few years, AK headlined the second room of countless parties throughout the US, continuing to make a name for himself. As Jungle music evolved and became more popular, so did AK1200. Also in 93, he was invited to the UK again, this time to DJ, and played alongside such greats as Hype, Mickey Finn, Swift and Zinc, Danny Breaks, SL2, and several others for a Christmas party for Suburban Base Recordings. AK was also the first American to play on the UK’s pirate radio, playing alongside Swift and Zinc on Format FM.


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  • harpseel

    It was amazing listening to you DJ last night :)

    7 Jun 9:28pm Reply
  • Saragis_007

    Xenocide / Motherfuckerz = awesome

    4 Dec 2011 Reply
  • micro_dot

    Does anyone know the name of the track that features a piano playing a classical song on 'Moonshine Overamerica - Live from San Francisco'?

    2 Sep 2010 Reply
  • zeropaper

    Looking forward to see ya inna Berlin city! (but please... avoid the shitty icon club)

    16 Jan 2010 Reply
  • juanyodj

    AK1200 in Ultra Music Festival 09 Miami. More information:

    3 Mar 2009 Reply
  • slacker224

    drowning.......reminds me of vapor rub and head

    1 Mar 2008 Reply
  • dO__ob

    love rabit in the moon...wich isn't dnb:d

    8 Oct 2007 Reply
  • dayen

    Oh I'm drowning.. yeah..

    12 Sep 2007 Reply
  • seven7emcees

    After listening to him for the past 7 years or so, I just recently came to realize I really don't like AK. I don't know exactly why. I just don't really enjoy his overall sound or his mixing, and I can't recall ever really liking it. That being said, his mix of CL's Drowning is one of my top 3 D&B tracks of all time. That single will always be perfect to me, no matter what I think about the rest.

    7 Sep 2007 Reply
  • 9mm3piecesuit

    I think all those drowning plays are me, lol

    9 Apr 2007 Reply
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