Richard West, aka Mr. C, has played a pivotal role in dance music since the late '80s. His first DJ experiences came by way of the R.I.P. and Base events in London, some of the earliest illegal acid-house parties in rave culture. Then, as the frontman for dance-rock pioneers the Shamen, Mr. C brought the sounds of techno and house to mainstream audiences around the world, paving the way for the likes of Prodigy and the Chemical Brothers. As co-owner of both London's The End nightclub and The End Recordings, he's still on the cutting edge of dance music; he and Killer Loop recording partner Layo were catalysts for the tech-house sounds that dominate the club scene. Catch Mr. C this Friday, November 12, in a rare appearance at Vinyl.