More About Brad Smith
Brad Smith also known as Mr. Smith, Sleven (Tech House and Techno), half of the group: Natural
Born Thrillerz (EDM and Trance), Praying Mantis (co-founder of Stateside Collective DNB crew),
Mantis (Tech House and House), Spit 'n' Blood (DubStep), Primitive of the Lost Tribe (House), R.
Gonzalez (House) and Sharkbite (Electro House).
Crescent Records, Box Of Cats Music, Del Sol Records, Rebel House Records, Dreams 2 Reality
Records, Noize Bangers Records, Brawla Records, Journees Music, Roja Records, ShiftAxis
Records, K5 Music LLC, 941 Electro Recordings, Kontainer Music, Future Music, Digital Records,
Juice Recordings, Painted Puppy Records, Just Funkin’ Records, Streetbeat Records, Xquizit
Records, Toolbox (UK), DarkWax (UK), Moonshine Records, Panadisc Records, Stickman,
Painted Puppy Records, Version 3.0 Records and Breakzlogik Records, ZentripZ Radio Resident
DJ, PM Entertainment, Clear Media Management and The House Movement.
Renowned for his mixing skills, Brad is a true DJ's DJ. Brad Smith is one of the pioneers of
Electronic Dance Music in Florida in the early 90’s. Brad started his career in the underground
Acid House and Happy Hardcore scene at WBUL in Tampa. In 1992, Brad began his club DJing
career at the infamous "Rave-O-Ween" in Tampa, Florida.
His roots go back to Rave/Techno spinning tracks such as Eon - Spice, Human Resource -
Dominator and KLF – 3am Eternal. Several years later, Brad was involved in the establishment of
the sub-genre: Florida Breaks. His name is synonymous with Anthems, whether he is crafting
them in the studio or catapulting a crowd into a frenzy. Brad stormed into the DJ arena 1992 and
has never slowed down! Brad has also kept the same furious pace in the studio with more than
500 tracks and remixes released. From his early years as Mr. Smith (Breaks) and Praying Mantis
(DnB and co-founder of Stateside collective) to his more recent works as Sleven (Tech
House/Techno), Natural Born Thrillerz (Electro House, Future House, Big Room House) and Spit
'n' Blood (Dubstep). Brad has had 33 Beatport Top 100 hits in Progressive House, Electro House,
House, DnB, Dubstep, Breakbeat, Glitch Hop and Psy-Trance. Brad has remixed such notables
as Capital Cities (of “Safe and Sound” fame), Interglaxtix (bass player from Heart’s own band),
pop sensation Right Said Fred (of "I'm Too Sexy" fame), Starkillers Beatport top charting track
“Discoteka” and Salme Dahlstrom - "C'mon Yall" which can be heard on Suave TV commercials.
In addition, Brad’s own track “Something You Can’t Believe” will be featured in 2015 and 2016 on
the TV shows “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” and MTV’s “Catfish”. Brad owns and runs the
underground label, Crescent Records; established in 1996.
Brad Smith started writing and recording music in 92, being taught by the legendary Rob Intile
(Lovecraft's writer, producer, engineer and singer). Brad released his first record in 1996 on his
own imprint, Crescent Records. Since then, he has released over 400 tracks, 30 CDs and over 90
remixes on numerous labels: Crescent Records, Box Of Cats Music, Del Sol Records, Rebel
House Records, Dreams 2 Reality Records, Noize Bangers Records, Brawla Records, Journees
Music, Roja Records, ShiftAxis Records, K5 Music LLC, 941 Electro Recordings, Kontainer
Music, Future Music, Digital Records, Juice Recordings, Painted Puppy Records, Just Funkin’
Records, Streetbeat Records, Xquizit Records, Toolbox (UK), DarkWax (UK), Moonshine
Records, Panadisc Records, Stickman, Painted Puppy Records, Version 3.0 Records and
Breakzlogik Records. Brad's journey in the studio has lead him in many directions of exploration
making House, Tech House, Techno, Progressive House, Minimal, Electro House, Drum n Bass,
Dubstep, Glitch Hop, Future House, Trance, UK Hardhouse, Deep House and Breakbeat.
Brad Smith has held residencies at 100's of clubs across the southeast US including The
Parthenon, The Abyss, The Edge, 911, Infinity, The Masquarade, Ultraviolet, The Rubb and Luna
Lounge (to name only a few).
In 1992, Brad Smith started his career in the underground Acid House and hardcore scene on the
radio at WBUL in Tampa, Florida. Later in 1992, Brad began his club DJing career at the
infamous "Rave-O-Ween". During the last 2 decades, Brad has played over 1000 gigs with some
the world's biggest stars: The Chemical Brothers (at their 1st US show ever!), The Prodigy (on
their 1st US tour), Orbital (live), Reel 2 Reel (live), Cosmic Baby (live), Utah Saints (live), Banco
De Gaia (live), Crystal Method (live), Carl Cox, Moby, Danny Tenaglia, Deepdish, Afrika
Bambaataa, Gat Decor, Sasha, Keoki, Kimball Collins, Sandra Collins, Trace, Josh Wink, King
Britt, DJ Duke, Doc Martin, Bassbin Twins (live), Ed Rush and Optical, Dara, AK 1200, Xpansion
(live), Shades Of Rhythm (live), Demitry (Dee-lite), Ani (Dee-lite), the Smart-E's (live), Three,
Monk, Jask, Andy Hughes, All Boxed In(Live), Maradonna (live), Aquanox (live), Luvdup (live), M5
(live), The Cotton Club (live), Red Seal (live), Rebirth (live), Metro (live), Jackal and Hyde (live),
Cybersonik (live), Omar Santana, Jim Masters, Cirrus (live), Young American Primitive (live),
Angelina (live), Dieselboy, Garth, Dillon and Dickins, Dj Who, Dj Magic Mike, Baby Anne, Vicious
Vic, Bad Boy Bill, Lovecraft (live), Deekline, Dj Onionz, Feelgood, Jimmy Van M, Scott Henry,
Nick Slater, Eric Davenport, Dream Frequency (Live), Dose (live), Prophecy (live), Q-Burns
Abstract Message (live), Rainbow Bridge (Live), Micro, Jon Debo, Dub Tribe (Live), Plummet
(live), K5 (live), Guy Oldhams, Stacy Kidd, Soloman, Chang, Uberzone, Simply Jeff, Dj Jeffee,
Robby Clark, Chris Harshman, Chris Fortier, That Kid Chris, Juan Kato, Reese, Huggie, Scott
Bond, Kelly Reverb, Dave Cannalte, Friction and Spice, Kingsize, Darwin Chamber, Pete
"Shaker" Bones, Dj Icey, Rob Base & Dj EZ Rock (live), Young MC (live), The Mix Factory (live).
In 1995, Brad started to expand his musical realms while DJing at the infamous Parthenon club in
Tampa, Florida; along with fellow DJ and mentor Dj John Panapolous. John broadened Brad's
mind by educating him in the best of House and Progressive House as well as teaching him about
the vinyl market and business of the major record labels and record pools.
In 1997, Brad won his club, Luna Lounge, best dance club of the year. Brad was the only DJ at
the venue, playing his legendary 5 hour sets of house, trance and breaks every Saturday for 3
years to a standing room only packed house!
In 1998, under the moniker, DJ Praying Mantis; Brad alongside with Dj Dread and Bamboo
started the infamous Stateside collective crew. The outfit was a group of inspiring Drum N Bass
artists whom helped pioneer the genre in Florida.
In 2000, Brad started his mash-up/remix label, Mr. Smith's DJ Tools, with partner DJ Spice (of
Friction and Spice fame). Brad created the moniker Mr. Smith and his bootleg remixes under this
name found worldwide success for which he is still known to this day. Most memorable is his
remix of Sabotage's "Return To Ibiza" which not only got air play from most of the world's top 100
DJ but also most the world's top 100 Radio stations. The track is still getting played across the
globe on the radio 15 years after it's release.
In 2005, Brad created his moniker, Mantis. Under this moniker, Brad had success with his tracks
"I See The Light" reached number 18, "My Body" reached number 23 on the progressive House
charts and "Twisted Love" reached number 25, "Yo Quiero" reached number 39, "Dance 2 The
Music" reached number 46, "Change" reached number 48 and "If You Feel It" reached number 59
on the house charts.
In 2008, Brad adopted the moniker, Sleven; and has used it to produce underground Tech House,
Minimal and Techno. Inspiring many of Florida Tech House DJs of today.
In 2011, Brad began another new chapter producing and spinning Dubstep under the moniker,
Spit 'n' Blood. His first release as Spit 'n' Blood - "Fall Back" reached number 23 on the Beatport
Dubstep Top 100 singles.
In 2013, Brad's remix of "Vila Roel - Survive This World" debuted at #18 on the Beatport
Progressive House Top 100 releases and #23 on the Beatport Electro House Top 100 releases.
Also, Brad has charted twice this year on the Beatport Glitch Hop Top 100 Tracks Chart at #61
with LOWFREQ - 50k Watt (DJ Brad Smith Remix) and #85 with Dynomyt - Squares N Things
(DJ Brad Smith remix)! Brad also had 5 tracks in the movie titled "Peace, Love, Unity, Revenge"
and 8 tracks featured on Planet Fashion TV.
In 2015, Brad along with his partner, Reno Rojas as the group Natural Born Thrillerz remixed
Intergalactix – “Tuesday” (the bass player from Heart’s own band), History – “History” (also
known as Capital Cities from “Safe and Sound” fame). As a solo artist, Brad remixed Queen
Victoria – “The Way”. Also, Brad licensed his original track “Something You Can’t Believe” to the
TV shows “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and MTV’s “Catfish”.
In 2016, Brad made Techno remixes for Starkillers – “Discoteka” and Keith Berry’s – “Believe”. As
Natural Born Thrillerz, Brad remixed Keith Berry’s – “Everybody’s Free” (cover of the infamous
Rozalla – “Everybody’s Free”) and Starkillers – “Discoteka” (giving him 2 remixes on the same
release under 2 different names).
When Brad isn’t making dance music tracks for himself, he is mastering tracks for other artists,
producing Rock and Alternative Rock for singers, making dance music tracks for Pop artists and
making music for television shows.