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6339It all started with a demo CD being passed on by a friend to one of the biggest drum and bass DJs in the world, Ram Records’ boss Andy C in 2003, with a phone number badly scribbled on the cover. Impressed by the quality of the production, Andy, after a few tries, managed to dial the right digits and talked to Sub Focus. The result of that conversation was the release of “Down The Drain” on Andy C and Red One’s experimental offshoot “Frequency” in 2003, and the start of Sub Focus’ meteoric rise to fame in drum and bass circles.

Followed by a couple of 12″ vinyls on Frequency and Infrared, as eagerly received on dancefloors, and his exclusive signing and first contribution to Ram in 2004 with “Strobe”, one of the highlights of the “Ram Raiders 6 EP”.

His first 12″ on Ram was another major step forward. “X Ray”, released in spring 2005 and described as “Zombie Nation remade by Seattle grungers”, became one of the year’s anthems, enjoyed the rare privilege of being chosen as ‘Single Of The Week’ on alternative tastemaker Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 show and even got some daytime plays. He was consequently asked to remix The Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up” for their “Greatest Hits” package.

Sub Focus released one more single in 2005, the awesome “Frozen Solid”, while enjoying a busy DJ schedule. Kick-starting 2006 with an impressive remix of Dr Octagon’s “Aliens”, Sub Focus unleashed another killer track “Airplane”. Already previewed on Andy C’s “Nightlife 3” mix CD, the tracks gigantic synths and vocal hooks gave it the same irresistible appeal as “X Ray”. The follow-up, “Special Place” was released late February 2007, and qualified as no less than “Modern Art” by DJ magazine.

In the year 2007 Sub Focus started to work on his debut album, now about to get released, including the new single “Timewarp”. After months of dancefloor madness, this uncompromising track managed to get exposure on daytime Radio 1, even scooping the ‘Single Of The Week’ slot on Nihal’s afternoon show.

So what makes Sub Focus so special? Passionate about music from an early age, Sub Focus played bass in a band at school, before sitting in front of an old Acorn Electron computer at 13 teaching himself the art of sampling and producing. He went on studying acoustics at college. This eclectic formation, allied with an insatiable musical curiosity, with interest ranging from rock to experimental electronic music – happily discussing Vangelis, Nirvana and Justice in the same breath – explains how Sub Focus production manages to sound pristine, unique and strangely accessible, and why his imminent album is so massively anticipated.

October 2009 will see Sub Focus take centre stage with the release of his highly anticipated self titled debut album.

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