Since joining forces, however, they have provided a host of huge singles, including ‘When I Was a Yout,’ ‘Love Your Life’ and ‘Babylon Breaks’, along with the thundering remixes of Groove Armada’s ‘Superstylin’ and Freestylers v Pendulum ‘Painkiller’ which have seen them in high demand for production work as well as for DJing. Their debut album ‘Random Acts Of Kindness’ has whipped up a press frenzy with DJ Mag, IDJ, Knowledge, EQ, Beatmag and lots more all printing features on this dynamic duo!
But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s spin back through the misty turntables of time, to the days when Skool of Thought was a young, slip of a lad, a time when you weren’t worth your salt unless you had an Atari ST in the studio. We find our man flipping through some dusty vinyl in a Brighton record shop, when a chance meeting with a little known DJ by the name of Krafty Kuts produced a meeting of musical minds. Discovering a mutual love for the breaks, Skool Of Thought and Krafty Kuts set up the world-renowned SuperCharged club night in Brighton. As residents of the night, the two DJs played every week to an ecstatic crowd, in what is now a legendary Wednesday session on the south coast. As the club night exploded, demand for vinyl releases of the SuperCharged sound grew, and two record labels were born. ??In walks Ed Solo; the shy and nocturnal half of the duo, who’s more elusive than a badger in the Sahara during daylight hours. Ed Solo regularly locks himself away in secret studio locations, co-writing breaks with Krafty Kuts or Deekline and drum ‘n’ bass with Brockie or Darrison. Last year he came dangerously close to hitting the big time with the release of ‘Touch Your Toes’ on Fat Boy Slims ‘Southern Fried’ imprint. ??Ed Solo & Skool Of Thought met in 2000, at a time when Ed was creating breaks with Krafty Kuts and, finding common ground in their approach to music, they decided to write tracks together. The first Ed Solo & Skool Of Thought single was the double a-side ‘Feel The Music’ and ‘Loud Noise’, the bottom heavy thumpers with a soulful twist which caught the attention of many in the scene and shot the 12“ to number 1 in DJ Magazines Beats & Breaks chart. Their tunes were spotted by a production company that was working with MTV, and the boys were soon commissioned to write the music for the MTV EMA’s (European Music Awards), which later won an award for ‘Best Title Sequence’. ??Following these early successes, the labels went into collective overdrive and soon they were celebrating signing the Freestylers to the Against The Grain stable. The release of Freestylers ‘Push UP’ single blew the roof off, selling over 100,000 copies worldwide, going top 10 in 5 countries and picking up a gold disc along the way, ‘Push Up’ was by far the biggest selling breaks tune ever. Lloyd, aka Skool Of Thought, found himself in charge of two of the most highly regarded breaks labels in the world. This led to him spending increasing amounts of his time at the business as label manager, rather than as an artist.
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