Founded during the summer of 2000, Planet of the Drums is the alliance of four of America's most popular and influential drum and bass DJ's:
AK1200 (Dave Minner, Orlando, Florida)
DJ Dara (Darragh Guilfoyle, Brooklyn, New York)
Dieselboy (Damian Higgins, Brooklyn, New York)
MC Messinian (James Fiorella, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Planet of the Drums is the longest running annual national electronic dance music tour of any genre.
POTD will mark their tenth consecutive year touring, which is unprecedented in electronic dance music. 'Planet of the Drums' was conceived with the intention of bringing their sound to the forefront of the dance industry. Up until this time, with no successful tours to promote the music, DnB DJ's were not given equal recognition in comparison to other DJs in the US dance community. This was all changed single handedly by the efforts of 'Planet of the Drums.'
Dieselboy is the proud owner HUMAN IMPRINT, one of the most prestigious drum and bass labels in North America. His other accolades include releasing THE 6IXTH SESSION (the best selling drum and bass mix cd), winning the 1998 Global DJ Mix, Awards with LTJ Bukem, charting the first dnb single on Billboard's dance chart, touring with the likes of David Bowie, Moby and Tiesto and playing in over 40 countries across 6 continents.
AK1200 is the longest running DnB DJ in the USA, and was the first to give exposure to hundreds of UK based DJ's and producers. To date AK has sold over 500,000 units combined worldwide, and is one of the most well known names in the United States for dance music. He has consistently been included in the Top 100 DJ's for each year in the states.
Dara's discography includes 2 critically acclaimed full length artist albums, 8 DJ mix CDs, as well as numerous singles and remixes for artists such as Freq Nasty, Afrika Bambaata and Keoki. He is also responsible for the nation's first & largest drum 'n bass record store, Breakbeat Science, in NYC which doubles as his own imprint, Breakbeat Science Recordings.
The launch of the second annual 'Planet of the Drums' tour saw MC J-Messinian become a member of the POTD crew. When not touring with POTD, he can be seen touring around the world with each of the superstar DJs individually. Messinian's enthralling stage presence and dope rhymes reverberate through out the Drum and Bass community.