As dubstep production duo Mt Eden (formerly Mt Eden Dubstep), Jesse Hooper and Harley Rayner are truly putting New Zealand - and dubstep as a genre - on the map. What started as a hobby in their early teens (they were 13 and 14 when they started mixing together on their computers), has morphed into international success for the pair, who only started posting their music online after a friend created a YouTube channel for them in early 2010. Within months their total hit count was in the millions and rising - all of a sudden the bedroom producers and amateur DJs were staring down the barrel of international renown, and feeling appropriately blown away.
Having first made their mark with the epic ‘Sierra Leone', USC.14 headliner MT EDEN have since remixed tracks by Ruby Frost, Six60, legendary producer DJ Fresh and many other incredible local and international artists - while simultaneously producing their EP MEDS. Check out The Mahogany Blog for a free download of "Sierra Leone" and 4 other Mt Eden tracks – just right click the link and download the file. Enjoy!
Live, Mt Eden's shows are built around moments - extended build-ups, drum solos, double and triple drops - the focus always being to generate momentum and keep the crowd in the right frame of mind. Featuring a lot of unreleased material - including their own unreleased bootlegs, unheard edits of their own tunes and unreleased tracks from other artists - every Mt Eden set is a unique journey.
Following a Kiwi summer that saw them play a number of well received gigs, including at the Rhythm & Vines and La De Da festivals, Mt Eden look ahead to a touring schedule that has taken on a life of its own. Fielding multiple requests daily from promoters around the world, 2011 looks set not only to be the year of dubstep, but of Mt Eden. Don't miss them at USC.14 Year Anniversary!