Best known as the leader of Death in Vegas, an eclectic electronic rock band whose music spans genres such as shoegaze, dub, and psychedelic rock, Richard Fearless (whose real last name is Maguire) has long been active as a DJ and remixer, in addition to producing solo material. Fearless formed a band called Dead Elvis in London in 1994, and the group signed to Concrete in 1995, releasing their trippy debut single "Opium Shuffle." The estate of Elvis Presley became aware of the group and asked them to change their name; now branded Death in Vegas, their debut album still retained the title Dead Elvis, and was released in 1997 to critical acclaim and moderate commercial success (the disturbing video for "Dirt" received notable airplay from MTV).
Following this album, Fearless completed remixes for Oasis, Yoko Ono, Kasabian, A Place to Bury Strangers, and many others. He also moved to New York City and began working on DiV's fifth album. Trans-Love Energies finally appeared on Portobello Records in 2011. Since the release of this album, Fearless' remixes (for artists including Daniel Avery and Tiefschwarz) have been more dance-oriented than the guitar-heavy work of his main band, and in 2014 he resurrected his Drone label and began releasing solo singles as well as acid techno 12"s by Gabriel Gurnsey (of Factory Floor) and Michigan producer D'Marc Cantu. In 2015, Fearless became associated with reissue-heavy German label Bureau B, which released a 12" of his remixes of "Speed Display" by Moebius/Plank/Neumeier. Fearless also compiled Kollektion 04, a selection of material from the label's extensive catalog. Detroit techno-influenced single "Overview Effect" appeared by the end of the year, and two additional 12"s, "Night Blind" and "Sweet Venus," followed in 2017. ~ Paul Simpson