The Faction Sound Crew was formed in Vancouver, BC – Canada in 2001 when DJs Arems, Tanner and Akshun joined forces thanks to a mutual love of hip hop and dancehall music. All three had been heavily involved in College Radio and the Vancouver nightclub scene already so the connection was waiting to happen, and soon after The Faction was born. Come 2006, Trigga joined the crew on the mic and hype man duties as the residencies, mixtapes, radio and touring began to ramp up.
After touring Asia in 2007 and all over the US and Europe in 2008, acclamations began to bubble back home as the Faction was nominated for multiple awards including best mixtape of the year in ‘08, and Canadian Club DJs of the Year in ‘09 by the Stylus DJ Awards (Toronto). More and more mixtapes followed as Faction’s scope of music evolved and grew into the worlds of Baltimore Club Music and Electro. Since then Faction has only grown stronger by inducting homies and heavyweights like Iron Lyon in New York City and later Deejay Theory in San Francisco.
In 2011, DJ Tanner pushed to NYC to pursue DJing on a larger scale where he quickly gained attention and residencies throughout the city. Iron Lyon dipped from NYC to Miami some years back where he signed with the OFM Agency and has been steadily murdering Miami Beach’s hottest clubs every night of the week. Deejay Theory has continued his rise as a leading ambassador of the Tropical Bass sound, and has been turning out official remixes for some of dancehall’s biggest artists while also touring the world. DJ Arems continues to call Vancouver home and can be found pulling up dubplates at the best parties in town every week while also still touring often.
As the 15 year Anniversary of the Faction Sound Crew approaches who knows what could be next – other than pure fire every time.