Whenever you think of the name Optiv, a few things spring to mind.Quality, versatility and a habit of producing simply big tracks. Since he firststarted releasing music over a decade ago, Optiv has always had areputation for putting it all out there, and has received deserved acclaim asan individual who represents only the best in drum & bass music.Blending deep, dark and serious vibes, Optiv always exudes an air ofprofessionalism and extremely high production values. His music expertlymatches the light with the dark, with a considered and deadly approach.His releases have been on practically every label at the upper reaches ofd&b (think Virus, Shogun, Renegade Hardware, Playaz, as well of courseas C4C Recordings), and, in the various guises in which he has recorded,has touched the four corners of the globe in terms of both production andDJing.It is no surprise that Optiv, along with partner in crime CZA and the widerCause4Concern collective are so widely respected and held up asinnovators in the d&b game. Known for his techy, rolling flavours, experienceand knowledge shines through in everything Optiv does.As Cause4Concern emerged in the late 90s, so arose to the considerabletalents of Optiv. T he prolific producer has been changing the face of d&bsince then, releasing on over 20 different labels, in many different styles.Every time, however, the impact has been the same, and his standing inthe industry and amongst fans is second to none. Taking into account hisown imprint, Red Light, and the not-inconsiderable work of C4C, his starhas never shone brighter. His critically acclaimed work with BTK over thepast couple of years was the result of a serious amount of collaboration,and included the spectacular Dirty Tricks LP and Blackjack LP on Virus.But being one not to rest on his laurels, Optiv is picking up the baton onceagain, with forthcoming releases along with BTK and soul brother CZA set to shakethings up once again.Experience is mixed with innovation, and new and radical ideas are never far away. Whetherit’s world building, the creation of aural atmospheres or just low down dirtygrooves, Optiv can and does deliver. The new tracks will continue the richvein of quality, far-reaching and forward thinking music for which Optiv hasbeen rightly lauded.From the punch of the snare, to the boom of the bass, Optiv has it allcovered. For the finer side of drum & bass music, check out Optiv.