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The rave scenes in the US (New York) and in Canada (Toronto) embraced the transition of hardcore to jungle around 1994. America’s longest-running party, Konkrete Jungle also born in NYC, discovered the first US drum and bass MC’s Blaise (Naughty Ride), Panic and Johnny Z. Outside of NYC. Dieselboy in Pittsburgh, Jae Kennedy, Karl K & Kaos with MC Dub2 in Philadelphia and DJ Slant & DJ Stress from the 2Tuff Crew along with Krazy Josifer and Mark Wease from the Life of Leisure Crew in Washington DC. This small handful of US East Coast pioneers spent years in the underground playing “back rooms” before the sound caught on throughout America. Perhaps most responsible for the extensive introduction of drum and bass to the U.S.in the 1990s was Bassrush, headed by Raymond Frances, whose innovation was to present House, Techno, and Drum & Bass in separate rooms—making Drum & Bass, for the first time, a major feature at U.S. rave parties. The Bassrush DJ Agency also introduced many major UK DJs to the American scene, including Shy Fx, Kenny Ken, and DJ Randall. While New York and Toronto thrived in this culture in the early ‘90s, new scenes were rapidly gaining recognition in the mid ’90s in: Chicago, Pittsburgh,… Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Orlando, Denver, Seattle, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. Producers and DJs such as AK1200, DJ Dara (NY), Danny the Wild Child (CHI), Krazy Josifer (DC) and Dieselboy (PIT) who helped push the genre further and darker, by producing, promoting, releasing compilations available for the public, and performing at raves. He is also one of the first US producers and DJs to break out on the international scene. Evol Intent, Ewun and SPL have followed suit. These artists have had a profound effect on the surrounding areas movements, causing drum and bass to spread in the majority of the United States. Clubs such as Buzz (DC), Breakdown (DEN), Seminar (CHI), Firestone (ORL), Platinum (PHI), Eklektic (SF), Science (LA), Masquerade (ATL) and Baltic Room (SEA) helped generate a scene outside of the then prosperous rave scene. Crews like Life of Leisure however promoted this scene heavily in Suburban highschools all across MD/DC/VA. The creators of Life of Leisure, two underage kids, Krazy Josifer and Mark Wease, who attended the events at Buzz and other events Thrown at the Edge nightclub and Tracks Nightclub in DC, so often that they were quickly recognized and gained the resources to plan their own parties. Yet due to their age, were forced to run them “underground”. These two had an idea of promoting their local DJ’s. They would hand pick the DJ’s then flood local high school’s with little paper flyers reaching to a crowd that had never heard of this type of scene and in return their events had attendees in the thousands. In 1999 their house party, “SPLASH”, was an event held in the back yard of a suburban home which authorities said was “THE largest house party in the Montgomery County area” Holding over 2000 attendees, and quickly making the two 16-year-old DJ’s local legends. Krazy Josifer and Mark Wease continued to throw these massives all over Maryland, DC and Virginia and were even recognized by most of the DJ’s above, which led them to throw a party “DUSK TIL DAWN” Where they mixed their favorite locals, with DJ Dara, Gridlok, and Stakka. The Party also featured a free raffle with the prize of 2 unopened Technics turntables signed by those DJs, again further influencing the sound and promoting the art of Drum and Bass Music. Krazy Josifer and Mark Wease still continue to hold these underground events in 2010 with different discreet forms of promotion, one well known party had a golden admit one ticket. An invite only party held at the “House of Secrets” in Washington DC. As of now, Mark Wease runs a successfull dubstep party at the Barking Dog in College Park MD, named CP DUB. Krazy Josifer continues to produce heavy hitting drum & bass tracks, performing all across the US as well as being recognized and brought into the family of one of the Tri-State area’s most Notorious group “Digital Conspiracy” featuring artists: Noistek, CJ Weaver, Karma, C-Level, Render One, J-Dastardly of Trigga Happy, Indidjinous, Murdrum, & DJ Hera. With this monstrous collaboration the team has been throwing quarterly events featuring legendary DnB producers, DJ’s, & singers such as: Optiv of Cause 4 Concern, MC Tali, Jae Kennedy, DJ Dara, & Miss Behave to name a few, as well as pulling in upcoming giants such as EndBoss, Gein, Seraph & more. There is no doubt Washington is one of america’s best havens for Drum & Bass.