1993 – present (25 years)
Essex, England, United Kingdom
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"Empirion" formed in 1993after Austin Morsley (aka "Oz Morsley")who is now KLOQ, Greatly missed Bobby Glennie who sadly passed away and Jamie Smart who is now working on a new project called Controlled Change met each other on the Essex club scene.
To begin with the band self published through their own "Wanted" label, but with the success of "Narcotic Influence" the band soon signed to "XL Recordings". Often overlooked in favour of label mates "The Prodigy", Empirion certainly had an influence at that time, fusing hard techno and industrial with acid house - the sound of many underground dance venues of that period.
In 1997 they released their debut album "Advanced Technology" through Beggars Banquet in a major label deal. They disbanded shortly after the release due to the loss of Bob Glennie to illness. Sadly, Bob passed away in January 2005.
Debuting with the acid-trance rocker "Narcotic Influence", which was voted one of the 100 greatest dance singles of all time by no lesser an authority than Mixmag, Empirion formed in 1993 at an Essex club featuring resident DJ Jamie Smart. Smart, who had spent time bumming around with the "The Prodigy"'s Liam Howlett (the two both worked at a car wash), met up with reformed industrialist Bob Glennie and rock & roller Oz, and the trio soon formed Wanted Records, recording "Narcotic Influence" in just two days. Unlike the Prodigy, however, Smart, Glennie and Oz all take an equal part in recording and running the label. Later singles "Quark" and "Ciao" furthered the band's reputation as forward-thinking dance hooligans, and Smart's DJ sets at Prodigy shows also increased their fame until Beggars Banquet signed the trio to a major-label contract. The debut album Advanced Technology was released in early 1997.
Oz Morsley and Jamie Smart reformed in 2010 they are putting new tracks out and continuing to play live events now in 2017.
Their official fansite is at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Empirion/142030082501511?ref=ts
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