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Flux Pavilion has headlined three US tours, two UK tours, and several festival DJ sets, including Glastonbury, Reading, Coachella, and EDC Vegas. He has also made live performances with Example, Foreign Beggars and Chiddy Bang. Flux has listed his sound to be inspired by The Prodigy and Rusko.
Sub Focus’s second solo album, as yet untitled, will further propel him into the realms of both credible notoriety and mainstream success – no easy feat. With features from The Alpines, Jess Mills and Kele Okerere (for whom he engineered 2010’s The Hunter) initial reactions have been overwhelming. Debuted by Douwma during a guest mix for Mistajam’s Radio 1 show, first single Out The Blue, featuring Alice Gold, had 250,000 views on YouTube in just one week, and was played by every major Bass DJ you can mention. Mixing Vangelis-like synths with Gold’s captivating vocals, it’s a brilliantly paced, deftly constructed D&B smash that will propel the 29 year-old straight back into the charts.
Refusing to be stuck within one genre, Sub Focus has ventured far and wide around the world of dance music. If it has bass and a hard hitting hook, he’s on it. “In the early days when I got into dance music, people were very tribal about what they would and would not listen to, and coming out of that period has been refreshing,” he says. “I like writing different types of music, so I threw caution to the wind and started putting more varied tempo music out there and the response was great,” he says of songs that have ranged far and wide through the world of Dance music. “The whole scene is evolving and people are experimenting with different tempos much more now - branching out without fear of the stigma.” This is brilliantly reflected on the new album, which effortlessly balances Dubstep, D&B, 90s Jungle, 80s rave, Future Garage and even a steel pan symphony. “I like pulling threads from places that maybe aren't meant to go together,” he nods. “I’m quite a magpie in the way I look at music.”
While his music has huge mainstream potential, he’s wary of playing to the crowd purely for pop star status. Like his contemporaries Nero, Skream & Benga and Chase & Status, he strives to stay true to his musical roots. Wary of doing anything too obvious, he explores the line between being popular without trying to court the commercial. "Trying to strike that balance is one of my main goals - writing underground music with mass appeal."
Beginning his career in the Jungle scene after leaving behind his teenage indie band and being blown away by the Prodigy and Incredible by General Levy, Nick balanced his neophyte beatmaking career with Art & Design. After switching to Sound Engineering at London Met, Douwma dropped out to concentrate on music as he quickly found himself one of Drum & Bass’s leading players. X-Ray was the track that got him noticed, before his seminal remix of the Prodigy’s Smack My Bitch Up, which allowed him to tour throughout America, Europe and Japan. Signed to the legendary Ram Records, his debut self titled album solidified Sub Focus as a serious player in the world of Electronic music. Since then, as club music’s boundaries have altered, his creations have been supported by everyone from Skream to Andy C, Annie Mac to Jack Beats.
Late last year, Sub Focus signed a deal to license his second album to Mercury Records, which is due for release in late 2012. Like two of his key influences the Chemical Brothers and Daft Punk, Sub Focus is interested in pushing the boundaries of both the live and recorded experience. For his incredible new stage show he has had a series of exciting gizmos made such as motion sensors which enable him to trigger both sound and light by movement; it needs to be seen to be understood! Within his studio you can expect to see ten types of keyboards from a vintage Roland Juno to the latest Teenage Engineering synthesisers. “I'm very deep into the technical side of things,” he laughs. “With the live show I'm incorporating improvisation, but in an electronic way. I'm using motion sensors, keyboards and computers to play my tracks, all synchronised to a light show based around my disc logo. I want to take the ideas of visualising electronic performance that started with the likes of Jean Michel Jarre and Vangelis and push them a little bit further.”
This Summer saw Sub Focus perform at a host of major festivals, including Snowbombing, V Festival and Coachella. With the likes of Skrillex winning Grammys, when asked about the future of the industry, Douwma says 'It's a great time to be making this music as it really seems as if there are no limits to where it can go now."
Sub Focus’s second solo album, (as yet untitled), will further drive him into the realms of both credible notoriety and mainstream success – no easy feat. With features from The Alpines, Jess Mills and Kele Okereke (for whom he engineered 2010’s The Hunter) initial reactions have been overwhelming. Debuted by Douwma during a guest mix for Mistajam’s Radio 1 show, first single Out The Blue, featuring Alice Gold, has had close to a million views on YouTube and has been played by every major Bass DJ you can mention. Mixing Vangelis-like synths with Gold’s captivating vocals, it’s a brilliantly paced, deftly constructed D&B smash that propelled him back into the charts. The follow up single to be released from Sub Focus’ hotly anticipated sophomore album was Tidal Wave featuring Alpines, a stunning track, which hit the airwaves and shot straight to the No.12 spot on the Official UK Chart in early November 2012.
With the entire worlds increasing obsession with electronic music, the year 2013 looks very bright for this rising star of Drum & Bass.
In an interview, Doctor P stated that the "P" in his name stands for Picto, which is the alias he used when he produced drum & bass. Picto was a nickname his friends gave him.
In a February 2013 interview, Doctor P said that a Method Man collaboration would be coming on the next release, as well as a track with Eva Simons. "The Pit" was used in a trailer for the 2014 American comedy film Let's Be Cops.
Born and raised in Leicester, he soon discovered a talent for the production of electronic dance music and released his first EP, Blue, on 14 February 2011 whilst studying at Leeds University. He is co-owner of Inspected Records and, so far, has produced four EPs and a charity single for Movember with the label. His first single was released via Lifted Music's sister label, Breed12Inches. His second EP was released via Beta Recordings.
2 April 2013, he launched his Lonely Hearts series with the first edition of Fire Inside including vocals by Greta Svabo Bech and himself. He publishes the releases of these series on the basis of a limited edition. All the series are self-released.
He has featured heavily on BBC Radio 1's night time shows especially the likes of Zane Lowe, Nick Grimshaw and Annie Mac. He appeared in Radio 1’s Festive Festival 2011 and also produced a minimix for BBC Radio 1Xtra’s MistaJam. As of today, Slinger has a full-length album called Forevermore, expected to release 2015.
Excision frequently works with fellow Canadian dubstep producers Datsik and Downlink. Along with Downlink, he is the founder of Rottun Recordings. Active since 2004, his first release was in 2007. He had released an annual "Shambhala" mix album in the third quarter of each year. He also is known for his watts of bass tours.
Abel recently founded another label "Destroid Music", upon its debut release a full length digital album was released with the majority of tracks by Excision himself and collaborations with other artists such as Downlink, Space Laces, Far Too Loud, Bassnectar and Ajapai. Another single was released in December 2013 by Excision & Space Laces entitled "Get Stupid". There are more releases scheduled to be released on Destroid Music.
Will and Saul met in London through their mutual love of drum and bass in the mid nineties before later cementing their friendship by Dj’ing together at Manchester University. 2004 saw their first production, a remix for Future Cut which was followed by a series of drum and bass anthems for the biggest underground labels including ‘Duppy Man’ for Breakbeat Kaos and ‘The Druids’ EP for DJ Zinc’s trendsetting Bingo label. Despite a high volume of releases on Ram Records and constant DJ’ing around the world, Chase & Status managed to mastermind and release their debut album ‘More Than A Lot’ in 2008. Packed with the kind of drum and bass anthems that have helped build their reputation, it also features tracks which show the diversity of their work: such as ‘Pieces’ featuring Plan B and the Radio 1 A-List single ‘Against All Odds’ featuring Kano.
The album is a thrilling journey through the UK urban scene and truly deserves its title. One track from the album, ‘Eastern Jam’ was even spotted by Snoop Dogg who newly released it in April 2009 as ‘Snoop Dogg Millionaire’.
In 2009 Chase & Status began crafting their now renowned, live show, which they debuted at the BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend that year. Their live set up includes the legendary Andy Gangadeen on drums and enigmatic front man, Rage as their MC. The show features an exhilarating mixture of lighting, video and guest appearances from vocalists including Plan B and Tinie Tempah as well as rising stars Delilah, Liam Bailey, Maverick Sabre and Mali who all appear on ‘No More Idols’. The live show continues to draw in record attendances through two years of headline festival appearances, five sold out UK tours, three sold out European tours, two sold out US tours and repeated festival appearances across the globe from Coachella to Big Day Out, Ibiza Rocks to Summersonic in Japan.
Having signed both a major publishing deal with Universal Publishing and a major record deal with Vertigo / Mercury Records in 2009, the duo smashed straight into the Official UK Top 10 with single ‘End Credits’, their second collaboration with UK vocalist, Plan B which featured in the gritty British movie ‘Harry Brown’ starring Michael Caine. The video to this track would go on to win ‘Best Video’ at the 2010 Q Awards.
2010 saw Chase & Status next release ‘Let You Go’ Feat. Mali which undoubtedly became the anthem of the Summer festivals along with ‘Hypest Hype’ featuring grime artist Tempa T which was released as a free download. At the end of January 2011, Chase & Status released ‘Blind Faith’ feat. Liam Bailey, which entered the UK singles chart at No. 4, the bands’ highest charting single to date. One week later, their hotly anticipated second studio album ‘No More Idols’ was released and went flying straight into the No.2 spot on the UK Album Chart second only to Adele’s worldwide smash ‘21’.
Musically, ‘No More Idols’ sees Chase & Status move from the punk-like riffs of ‘Fire In Your Eyes’ featuring soulful vocalist Maverick Sabre to the hip-hop beats of ‘Hitz’ featuring Tinie Tempah via tracks with some of the hottest names in music such as Dizzee Rascal, Plan B, White Lies and Cee Lo Green who is the only non-British artist to feature on the album. Will and Saul kept the solidly British flare of the album alive through working with up and coming UK talent including Liam Bailey, Delilah and Clare Maguire to name but a few. Spring 2011 saw the release of the single ‘Time’ featuring the vocal talent of Delilah before ‘Hitz’ featuring Tinie Tempah was released later that year. The seventh single to be released from ‘No More Idols’ came in the form of their anthemic collaboration with Sub Focus on ‘Flashing Lights’.
Chase & Status became the biggest selling band in the UK in 2011 selling over 1 million singles in the UK. Their album ‘No More Idols’ did not leave the top 40 for 35 weeks and has now achieved double platinum status. Will and Saul began 2012 with a Brit Nomination for ‘Best British Group’, a true credit to their enormous success in the UK and an amazing recognition of drum and bass music by such a prestigious awards ceremony. Early 2012 also saw Will and Saul release their ‘Live at Brixton Academy’ DVD capturing their phenomenal live performance at the legendary venue on their last UK tour.
November 2012 saw the duo release festival favourite 'Big Man' featuring Liam Bailey on vocals as a free download and a thank you to fans for their support throughout the festival season. The track has since featured as Fearne Cotton's 'Big Thing' on BBC Radio 1.
The pair now head back into the studio to work on album number three after another busy summer of festivals, which saw them headlining Global Gathering, SW4 and many more festivals across the UK and Europe. For this dynamic duo, things can only get better in 2013.
Zimmerman produces a variety of styles within the house genre and sometimes other forms of electronic dance music. His tracks have been included in numerous compilation albums such as the 2007 In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza CD. The February 2008 issue of Mixmag 's music magazine included a free CD which was titled MixMag Presents: The Hottest New Name In Dance! DEADMAU5 Tech-Trance-Electro-Madness, mixed by Zimmerman. Tracks have also been included and presented on Armin van Buuren's A State of Trance radio show. His debut album, Get Scraped, was released in 2005, followed by others in the next few years.
As well as his own solo releases, Zimmerman has worked alongside other DJs and producers, such as Kaskade, MC Flipside, Rob Swire of Knife Party and Pendulum, Wolfgang Gartner, Bighorse, and on a number of releases, he has partnered with Melleefresh. An early 12" single produced on vinyl titled "I Don't Want No Other" was released by Joel Zimmerman under the alias "Dred and Karma".