KARL BROWN - PERSONAL INFO
LIKES: NIKE sports gear, eating out (fave: indian, chinese & italian food).
DISLIKES: Drugs, alcohol, lack of musical elements in productions, 'unauthorised rewinds'!
INTERESTS: Reading the scriptures (bible), cycling, fitness, hunting down the latest NIKE trainers, especially when visiting the U.S.
CLUB NIGHTS: UK & International DJ appearances (see Gig Guide), including regular sets for: Twice As Nice, Pure Silk, United Dance, Garage Nation and Lords Of The Underground. Also appears regularly at student events for universities.
FAVOURITE MUSIC: 70"S, Rare Groove, R & B, US House, U.K. Garage.
Karl was running reggae and 70"s sound systems in his teens, then gained an electronics diploma at college. He was part of the pop group/ mixing team "Double Trouble" in the 1980"s, achieving chart success as Double Trouble & The Rebel MC, mixing Morgan Khan"s 'upfront' acid LP"s and producing regular Double Trouble megamixes for the Chris Forbes show on capital radio. Karl left Double Trouble to become an individual DJ and Remixer, working with artists such as J.D.Braithwaite, and producers such as Mark Cyrus, Mike Spencer and Aston Harvey ( who first taught Karl how to program). He teamed up with Matt 'JAM' Lamont to form TUFF JAM in 1993, and remix & production work as TUFF JAM increased rapidly over the next 6 years. Karl"s own DJ career reached and maintained headline status during the same time. TUFF JAM"s own record label UVM was launched in 1997, featuring tracks such as 'Peekay - Sweet Sensation' and 'Dawn Tallman - New York City Girl'. Karl & Matt compiled and mixed the album 'Havin" It Stateside' o n D.W.A. followed by two TUFFJAM mix CD"s 'Underground Frequencies' Vol.1 (silver sales status) and Vol.2 in 1997 and 1998 for Satellite Records. Another album was compiled and mixed for the U.S.A. entitled 'TUFF JAMS'.
UVM recording studio was built in 1998 to allow the duo more freedom to refine their sound (using logic emagic sequencing to replace the previous atari cubase system), and to produce 'in-house' to the highest standards. They remixed numerous tracks for artists such as Rosie Gaines, Tina Moore, Ce CE Peniston, En Vogue, Brand New Heavies, Mark Morrison, Usher and Coolio, as well as entering the charts with their own productions, such as TJR Feat. Xavier 'Just Gets Better' and TUFF JAM Feat.Jaquee Bennett 'Need Good Love'.
Their first radio show was broadcast on KISS 100 in 1997. The weekly show continued until March 2000. Karl released his first solo mix cd 'Pure Silk - A New Dimension' in 1999, which has now achieved silver sales status, followed by second mix CD 'KISS - UK Garage' in March 2000. Both cd"s entered the music week top 10 dance compilations chart immediately after release. TUFF JAM parted amicably with the end of the KISS show in march 2000, both Karl and Matt wanting to pursue their own individual projects. Those who acknowledge the contribution that the duo made to the phenomenon that is now known as 'UK Garage' will be pleased to see that Karl and Matt individually continue to support and develop the genre, taking it to larger and wider audiences in 2000 and beyond...