As a drummer, it was the complex patterns and heavy percussion that drew Rize to jungle music. From the drumkit to the decks, today Alex’s multi-layered mixes unfurl to reveal his extensive knowledge of the genre.
Rize’s influences are laid bare in his 2017 Frogcast mix ‘Forest is Small’. He moves from ambient sounds to searing basslines in a matter of bars with carefully chosen samples throughout. But it is the interwoven percussive structures that move from classic breaks to footwork that mark RIze as a special mixer.
On the other branch of his musical expertise, Rize makes refined and overpowering productions laced with nostalgic samples that take you back to 90s Kool FM. He surrounds these samples in a deep space of modern D&B. ‘Babylon’ is a sublime tune that could slot straight into a Shogun Audio compilation while his 2017 productions bring in a new mesmeric and menacing bass sound to his work. As Rize becomes more prolific year on year, his tracks keep flying up on Soundcloud and dropping down onto the Frogbeats decks, primed for the dancefloor.
A paint pallet can be found by the side of Alex’s production set up. He doubles up as a graphic designer for Frogbeats and various nights around the UK, showing his versatility across formats from captivating promo posters to submersive music videos. The visuals to ‘Finally’ are a beautiful evocation of the spirit of Drum&Bass, proving that Rize takes a holistic approach to holding the audience’s attention.