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Mt Eden is the dubstep project of New Zealand based producers Jesse Cooper and Harley Rayner. Their music combines experimental techniques such as drill n bass drumming, wall of noise dynamics, and bass drops with more traditional pop ideas such as strophic song forms and catchy monophonic synth leads.
Cooper and Rayner’s collaborative efforts in music trace back to their early teens. Almost since the age of 12 the two were infatuated with hip-hop music and began comprising mixtapes of their own. The duo’s initial releases conformed almost exclusively to hip-hop; however, their whole perspective changed once they witnessed the performance of dubstep pioneers Benga and Skream during New Zealand’s festival “Phat09”.
The group has since shifted their efforts towards composing dubstep and occasionally drum and bass music. This stylistic change was made explicit in early forms of their name. The 1st track they released “Sierra Leone”, a remix of Freshlyground’s “I’d Like”, was credited to MtEdenDnB08, a moniker they used for their YouTube and myspace page. The name is a reference to the members hometown, a suburb outside of Aukland, New Zealand. DnB is simply an acronym for Drum and Base. Cooper and Rayner went on to change their name to Mt Eden Dubstep before finally settling on Mt Eden.
On 7 December 2010 Mt Eden issued their debut EP “Medes”. Though the album did not initially receive much recognition from major journalistic publications it was blasted with praise from many YouTube and iTunes subscribers. Following this release the duo put out a remix album entitled “Sierra Leone Reinvented”, which included contributions from AraabMuzik, Ta-ku, and Tommie Sunshine. Their EP “Walking on Air” came out at the end of May 2014 and their 1st studio album “No Mans Land” was issued the next month.
MT Eden’s sound has gained notoriety for it’s dichotic mood and it’s accumulation of different styles stemming from influences such as Baths, Doctor P, Ben Sage, Tokyo Prose, Hudson Mohawke, Skrillex, and James Blake.