CERN - Raven Row
In 2001, two friends sharing a common passion for electronic music joined forces to develop their take on the sound of Drum & Bass. After finishing school they both began working in the nightclub industry and were regularly exposed to the cream of international DJ’s and producers passing through Auckland’s Fu Bar.
With access to this constant source of inspiration at their disposal, the pair began honing their skills behind the wheels of steel as well as at home in the studio, and over the next 7 years they began forging their own place in the New Zealand, and global Drum & Bass DJ & Production scene.
In 2008, things took a tragic turn for the worse, with the passing of one half of the duo, Jonny Beck. In his best friends name and honor, Ollie buried himself away and turned to the one thing that could help him mourn and recover from the loss of his best friend. Music. The end result of his loss, his need to honor his friend’s memory, and his passion is now truly undeniable.
The name CERN has quickly become a globally recognized entity within the world of D&B. Having released tracks on many of the scenes leading labels including the UK's Renegade Hardware, Critical, Cyanide Recordings and Samurai Music, collaborations soon arose with names like Loxy, Logistics, Sabre, Phace & Misanthrop, and close friends Bulletproof, Teknik and Concord Dawn.
He soon began gaining attention from some of the scenes leading players with the Cern sound being described by the legendary Virus co-founder Ed Rush as "the kind of music that you know u can listen to 2-3 years down the track and it still sounds good." Cern's tunes have been getting heavy support from the likes of Teebee & dBridge to Logistics & Gridlok, while still getting play elsewhere, receiving support from legendary Techno DJ/Producer Laurent Garnier.