Virus Syndicate

No one’s ears are safe from club destroying trio Virus Syndicate – they've spent ten years in the bass business to bag a following far bigger than their beats. Find out why…

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 7 May 2014
  • min read
Manchester's Virus Syndicate have spent almost ten years giving sound systems across the land sleepless nights. 

It's an indication of the heaviness of their brutal, bass music. The group - DJ MRK1 and MCs Nika D, Goldfinger and JSD - originally emerged back in 2005 via Planet Mu. The label was a bench mark for quality underground electronica with the syndicate a key act in their armoury, showing off a love for the gritty realities of grime. Their sound has since grown beyond these raw parameters to take in electro, drum’n’bass, house and trap.

After numerous key releases including The Work Related Illness LP(2005), Contagious Vol 1(2007), and Sick Pay (2008), the group have gone on to hook up with a whole cast of characters from the bass world. Jaguar Skills, SKiSM, Foreign Beggars and Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs are among their impressive list of collaborators.

They’ve also set up the Midication label to sign and promote both new and established talent in Manchester and beyond. Signees so far include female rap duo Batz inda Belfry (Envy and One Da) and collaborator, producer/DJ Son Of Kick. To top all this, Viral Syndicate’s latest LP - The Swarm - is out now while they're also touring extensively across the land. You’ll do well to remain uninfected… Let Nika D lift the lid on the group in their 30 seconds interview below...

I first started writing music because…
It was a way of releasing bottled up energy, anger, happiness, frustration, stuff I found funny and I love doing it!

I have been making music since…
Recording since 2004 but writing since I was at primary school.

My music is…
Generally quite hard with lots of bass energy and crazy lyrical flows.

You'll like my music if you listen to...
Wiley, the Prodigy, Danny Brown, Skrillex, Sean Price.

My favourite venue is…
Roxy Theatre in Hollywood or Fabric in London.

Music is important because…
The world would be boring without it!

My biggest inspiration is…
Life as it is.

My dream collaboration would be…
Jay Z, Twista and Liam Howlet on the buttons.

To try me out, listen to my song…
Sick Wid It or Worker Bess feat Buku.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
Fucked!

In 10 years time I want to be...
Rich, healthy, still touring and making bangers!

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