Dan Tyler and Conrad McDonnell, aka Idjut Boys, are an English duo whose dub-heavy house tracks incorporate their playful sense of humor. With titles like "Frogs Arrrse" and Life: The Shoeing You Deserve, its clear that Tyler and McDonnell keep the pressure and often seriousness of the hectic music industry in perspective.
Tyler and McDonnell met in the late '80s in Cambridge while Conrad was working as a lifeguard and McDonnell was studying at university. Both men met at Brighton's Tonka night events, where they discovered a shared passion for similar music. Soon after, both moved to London and established the U-Star parties. In addition to lending their own talents, Tyler and McDonnell hosted New York DJs Hector Romero and Ted Patterson. The Idjuts' fusion of dub, house, and techno soon caught on and landed them gigs DJing all over the world.
After the release of their fourth 12" in 1994, McDonnell and Tyler established U-Star Records. Their release "Not Reggae" was admired by such production legends as François Kevorkian. The Idjut Boys subsequently remixed the likes of Lighthouse Family, Sound 5, and Dimitri from Paris. After releasing a slew of 12"s, in February of 2000 the Idjuts released the mix CD Saturday Nite Live on Nuphonic Records. The CD featured a techno and house mix of Idjut Boys favorites such as Syrup's "Sweat Shop," Aril Brikha's "Groove la Chord," and François K's mix of Femi Kuti's "Shoki Shoki."
Throughout the remainder of the decade, the Idjuts released several 12" singles of original productions, along with re-edits of obscure and not-so-obscure material by other artists and a handful of DJ mixes. A proper studio album, Cellar Door, was released on Smalltown Supersound in 2012. ~ Diana Potts