ME5 Records is a Medway based dubstep, drum & bass, hip-hop and grime based label, run by producers Matthew Boyce (Boycey/80yc3y) and Stephen Perry (Pez).
Boycey started out as a DJ and found his feet whilst spinning records on pirate radio, alongside his close friend Jim Cadman. A short slot on Reason FM began an addiction to music which led to a Friday night slot on Medway’s Urban Heights radio station, headlined by dubstep pioneer MC Rod Azlan. Alongside his Dj slots, Boycey began making music with ME5 co-producer Stephen Perry.
Perry spent the early part of his career studying at the Alchemea College of Audio Engineering (London) before landing a job at Grand Central Sound Studios and finding himself involved in the post production for Nike’s Write the Future World Cup advertising campaign. The pair would work through the night at Perry’s home studio, which became known as ‘The Greenhouse’ due to the San Pedro cactuses on the windowsill and the studio’s bass-traumatised pet tarantula .
It was during these long night shifts that the pair decided they needed a vocalist to bring out the best in the tracks they had produced. Boycey and Perry approached local singer/songwriter Farli to add vocals to classic 90′s R&B-influenced track ‘Truly Loved’. The recording that ensued was a success and the producers set about sending the track to Jacob Rickard’s BBC Kent Introducing show. Following the airplay on BBC Kent, ‘Truly Loved’ was also well received by Adam Dowling at KMFM, who commented on the overwhelmingly positive response to the song from the station’s listeners.
Farli – ‘Truly Loved’ on BBC Radio Kent Introducing
Working together, Boycey and Perry developed a versatile production style, drawing on a strong interest in a wide variety of musical genres, but focusing primarily on their love ofdrum & bass, dubstep and hip-hop. Their skill as producers led to them attracting the attention of influential grime/hip-hop artist Nolay, who recorded new track ‘Broken Home’ with the duo.
The end of 2010 saw Perry and Boycey start production on dubstep/drum & bass track ‘ Hero’, with a mix distorted sub-bass, jittering rhythms and euphoric electronica that echoes the work of Magnetic Man and Chase & Status . After a chance meeting at Luton Airport between Boycey and dubstep heavyweight Benga the song could be set for bigger things. Between working on various remixes, including a remix of Dizzee Rascal’s ‘Sirens’, Boycey and Pez have their sights set on reworking Eat More Cake’s ‘Underwater’, as well as working on Chatham-born M.C S.Kalibre’s ‘Empty Streets’ and releasing ME5 Records’ Hard Times E.P.