Valiant Emcee is a drum-n-bass MC from Buffalo, NY, whose involvement in the genre goes back two decades. After discovering house and techno in 1994, he quickly discovered drum-n-bass through a combination of cd and cassette releases: Goldie’s “Timeless”, LTJ Bukem’s “Logical Progression”, Metalheadz “Platinum Breakz”, and the now-legendary Dieselboy mixtape, “Witness the Strength”. After throwing several events in Buffalo in 1997 and 1998, including the city’s first all drum-n-bass warehouse party, “Enter the Dragon”, Valiant and his business partner decided promoting was not the realm for them, and they each decided to explore other ventures.
After making friends with Underground FM DJ’s Cable, The Concept, Dan Ratel, and Stevie Washington, Valiant began experimenting with MC-ing on the radio. Motivated by his general detachment from the style of many MC’s at the time, he picked up the mic to stay involved with the music. Through the radio show and some local events, he worked to develop his skills to fit his vision of what he felt a drum-n-bass MC should sound like. He found sonic inspiration in such dnb vocalists as Conrad, DRS, Dynamite, Stamina, and Dub 2, hip hop legend Chuck D.
In 1999, Valiant hosted North America’s first all deep drum-n-bass event, Submerge, which featured the first appearance of Seba on the continent, as well as Atlantiq, aka Method One and Kaos. In 2001, after having held host duties at multiple events, he became resident MC for Return, a seminal Buffalo drum-n-bass weekly that brought in headliners that the city had never seen, in one of the most intimate, vibe-filled rooms in the city. Soon after, he became the resident MC for Factory at OPM Lounge, which became a regular tour stop for some of the biggest acts in the world. This led to being featured annually at the Winter Music Conference in Miami.
Regionally, Valiant was known to partner regularly with Cable (Good Looking Records, Telluric Records) and Toronto’s Mr. Brown (Soul in Motion, The Prophecy FM), with whom he still regularly collaborates. His versatile style is what allowed him to be chosen to perform regionally and around the country for a diverse array of artists, including Dara, Dieselboy, AK1200, Goldie, Grooverider, Craze, Roc Raida, John B, DJ Rap, Nookie, Darren Jay, Seba, Kenny Ken, Blame, Aphrodite, Evol Intent, Cable, Blame, Ed Rush, Optical, Marcus Visionary, DJ SS, Ewun (Kill the Noise), and many more, all of whom collectively represent the entire spectrum of drum-n-bass and breakbeat culture. But after relocating to Las Vegas in 2007, he decided to step back from music, focusing on his career and family.
Upon 2014’s arrival, a great number of changes occurred to Valiant’s life, including a move back to the Great Lakes area, and a refocus on his career and artistic endeavors. In 2015, Valiant officially came out of drum-n-bass retirement, playing dates around Upstate New York and in Toronto. In addition to reestablishing his working relationship with Mr. Brown and linking up with Dieselboy for a number of his tour dates, he’s been chosen to host sets by Ed Rush and Optical, Makoto, Aphrodite, Pish Posh, Drumsound and Bassline Smith, DJ SS, Tantrum Desire, Mob Tactics, Nu:Tone, and Hybrid Minds among others. After several well-received mixes, he released his debut EP on Toronto imprint Dutty Bass Audio in July ’18. Completely produced by celebrated beatsmith Will Miles, it showcases Valiant’s stylistic diversity over a variety of DnB moods. This released was mastered by UK jungle guru DJ Hybrid, who signed Valiant to an album deal on his label Audio Addict Records, which will see release in 2019, and already has such producers as Section, Gravit-E, Conrads Sub, Cyberposix, and Future Tactics, and vocalists such as Armanni Reign, MC Dre, Kemst, Diligent Fingers, Zee, and Anastasia signed on. Hybrid also remixed one of Valiant’s tracks, “Mic Check”, which features Armanni Reign and MisTy. He’s also collaborating on a batch of tunes with Conrad Subs, who remixed another one of his tracks, “Walking”, and featured Valiant on the title track to his EP on Dutty Bass Audio, “Update Funk”. Together, they also released a mix on LiquidDnBftw called “In Session”, showcasing both Valiant’s lyrics and Conrad’s own tunes. Finally, he has established a merch deal with Canadian clothier DnB Refined, which released his metal-influenced design aesthetic to the streets. Lots more developments are in the pipeline, so stay tuned for more developments.