Dynamo Productions is Andy Smith and Scott Hendy, whose new LP ‘Analogue’ is out now on Illicit Records (UK), Unique Records (Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria), and Invada Records (Australia). Scott and Andy’s shared love of funk and hip-hop is what first brought them together and saw Andy DJing at Scott’s club night Home Cooking.
Growing up in Portishead, Andy met Geoff Barrow who was later to head the band that put the place on the map. Andy became Portishead’s Tour DJ where his eclectic style was perfectly showcased on the band’s 1995 and 1998 world tours and he’s been in constant demand in clubs across the globe ever since.
Andy’s much talked about radio appearances on the BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix and Boston radio station WFNX, secured him a deal to release his own DJ mix album in 1998 called The Document (Go Beat/London). It mirrored Andy’s club sets, blending hip-hop, soundtracks and funky rock and sold more than 100,000 copies. Volume II of The Document is out on Illicit Records next April.
While Andy’s career went from strength to strength, Scott too had been busy touring with Bristol band Purple Penguin, DJing with John Stapleton (Dope on Plastic), producing much talked about mix CDs on Cup of Tea Records, as well as tracks on Hombre Records and Superslick Stereo Sounds as Boca 45.
Scott went on to support Andy on tours around the world, securing their DJ partnership as Dynamo Productions. On its release, Dynamo Production’s debut EP Showtime Volume I flew to number 4 of DJ Magazine’s respected Breaks and Beats charts, gaining critical acclaim and generating a worldwide tour.
Their success resulted in tracks being licensed to Deadly Avenger’s Fabric Live CD, The Battle of The Year LP (DefJam Europe), Unique Club Culture LP (Unique) and Freddy Fresh’s label Howlin’ Records.
A monthly residency at Fabric Live and an Australian tour taking in the Vibes On A Summers Day festival where they supported Groove Armada, are among the highlights of this year. Next year the pair will tour Europe and the US to support the planned release of the Showtime Volume III EP and their first ever album.
A separate remix EP will include mixes by The Jimi Entley Sound produced by Portishead, Deadly Avenger (Illicit Records), DJ Krafty Kuts (Finger Lickin’/Against The Grain Records) VS The Mexican (Catskills/Blue Juice Records) and Katalyst (Invada Records Australia). The guys are set for a dynamic 2003!