DJ Andy Smith
23 January 1967, Thornbury, Bristol, Avon, England. Smith made his name on the UK music scene in the mid-90s as the official tour DJ for the Bristol-based trip-hop act Portishead. The response to his opening sets for that band prompted Smiths decision to release his own mix album in 1998. The highly praised The Document appeared on the Go! Beat Records label, and its popularity within the house and hip-hop fraternity helped give Smith a great profile boost. The list of records on the album seemed absolutely bizarre from Tom Jones to Jeru The Damaja, but with seamless mixing and top-drawer cutting and scratching Smith fashioned one of the years finest mix releases. Further work with Portishead was balanced with an increasingly hectic schedule as an international DJ, but in the new millennium Smith found the time to launch Dynamo Productions with Scott Hendy of the hip-hop outfit Boca 45. The duo issued a number of 12-inch singles before debuting with...