BornAberystwyth, Wales
GenresDrum and bass, jungle, breakbeat hardcore
Occupation(s)DJ, producer
Years active1990-2007
LabelsUrban Takeover, Aphrodite Recordings, Aladdin, Aphrodite Mix, Aphradan, V2 Recordings, UMG.

Gavin King, better known by his stage name Aphrodite, is a British jungle and drum and bass DJ/producer on the Urban Takeover label.[1][2] Also known as A Zone or DJ Aphro, he contributed to and influenced the genre's styles and techniques. He was born in Aberystwyth, Wales, and moved to London with his family as a toddler.[2] He has studied computer science.[3] He was one half of breakbeat hardcore group Urban Shakedown (with Claudio Giussani) who scored a UK top 40 hit with "Some Justice".[4] The duo appeared in an article of Amiga Format magazine after using two Amiga 500 computers to help create the track.[5]

DJ Aphrodite is behind Aphrodite Recordings which was inspired by a club he ran in 1988 called 'Aphrodite'.[6] His debut album was a self-titled effort under V2 Recordings, released in 1999.[6] The follow-up was Aftershock which was again released under V2 Recordings on 24 June 2002.



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Singles and EPs

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  1. ^ Cooper, Sean. "Aphrodite bio". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b "DJ Aphrodite returns to perform in his hometown". BBC News. 25 January 2010. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  3. ^ DJ Aphrodite's 'Aftershock' Can be felt on MTA/V2. Billboard. 22 June 2002. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Official UK charts archive - "Some Justice"". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Urban Shakedown - Summer Break - Blog To The Oldskool". Blogtotheoldskool. 5 October 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  6. ^ a b Colin Larkin, ed. (2000). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Nineties Music (First ed.). Virgin Books. ISBN 0-7535-0427-8.
  7. ^ "Official UK charts archive - Aphrodite ft. Barrington Levy". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  8. ^ "Official UK charts archive - Aphrodite ft. Wildflower". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 December 2019.