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Camo & Krooked with ShockOne
September 30, 2018 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
CAMO & KROOKED
The Camo & Krooked takeover continues to permeate every corner of the electronic music landscape as they take their unique sound to uncharted pastures. in June 2017 the Austrian music-producer A-listers presented the most critical releases of their career…
After three long years of the deepest studio craft they’ve ever committed to, Camo (Reini) & Krooked (Markus) unveiled their most startling, detailed and singular body of work yet – ‘MOSAIK’.
Their fourth album since emerging in 2007, ‘MOSAIK’ is a pivotal document that elevates Camo & Krooked’s creative credentials, vision and technique to brave new levels. The result of years of studio hibernation, studying vintage analogue instruments, honing their instantly distinctive signature, songwriting skills and, in Markus’s case, even finding their own singing voice, ‘MOSAIK’ galvanizes the duo’s position as one of the most exciting, unique, innovative and in-demand acts in electronic music.
This career-defining chapter of their ever-evolving journey began in November 2016 with the critically-received two-track release: ‘IF I COULD / EMBER’. Released on their own Mosaik Musik imprint (a label they run mutually with Ram and BMG), these were the first fresh sounds from the duo since 2013 and were heralded as instant classics. Carefully and cleverly balancing the signature the duo have gradually grafted and crafted since day one with hints that they’d evolved once again, the release lit the fuse for an explosive wave of milestones and moments that rumble to this day…
Sparks began flying in February 2017 with the first of two key releases: First their premiership iced-soul remix of Noisia’s remarkable ‘THE ENTANGLED’. Then another teaser for MOSAIK – the dusty sunset soul of ‘GOOD TIMES BAD TIMES’ and the delicate, dreamy soft focus stepper ‘HONESTY’ (which Markus/Krooked sings himself). These major releases were backed up by an impeccable, detail-rich Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1 and a non-stop run of headline dates throughout the year including key events such as Let It Roll, Tomorrowland, Dour, We Are FSTVL, National Drum & Bass Awards, Fabric, Hospitality, Foundry, Detonate, Noisia Invites and their own festival Nuforms, Austria’s only drum & bass two-day festival which they personally curate.
Hailing from Perth, the epicentre of the Australasian drum and bass scene, ShockOne aka Karl Thomas is fast becoming one of bass music’s major talents.
Since the release of ‘The ShockOne EP’ in 2009, which featured the chart topping ‘Polygon’, ShockOne has been one of the hottest names in the scene. ‘Polygon’ received major air-play worldwide with high-rotation play listing on Australia’s Triple J radio and BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac penning it as, “the biggest drum and bass tune out”. The three drum and bass tunes from the EP achieved the top 3 spot on Beatport’s drum and bass chart, and ‘Adachigahara’s Theme’ stayed at number 1 on the dubstep chart for over a month. Following this, ShockOne released his remix of the Brookes Brothers epic ‘Crackdown’ on Viper Recordings ‘Acts of Madmen’ LP which was labeled “Album of the Week” on Zane Lowe BBC Radio 1. ShockOne followed up his debut EP with his highly anticipated ‘Re-Fix EP’, a collection of VIP’s and remixes of the massively successful ‘ShockOne EP’.The EP featured Phetsta’s dubstep remix of ‘True Believer’ which was featured in Pendulum’s 2010 Essential Mix on Radio 1, as well as the Dirtyphonics remix of ‘Polygon’ which was featured on Andy C’s ‘Nightlife 5’ mix, as well as hitting #1 on the BBC 1Xtra charts. Following on success of two massive EPs under his belt, ShockOne’s remix discography began rapidly expanding, with mixes for: Netsky, Chicane, Cutline, Mutya Buena & Agent X, Skepta, and Ayah Marar.
In mid-2011, ShockOne released ‘Crucify Me’, an epic drum & bass/dubstep anthem in which ShockOne also showed his versatility as a vocalist. The single which would serve as the first sneak peak at his forthcoming debut album, ‘Universus’. This was followed by the second single, ‘Relapse’, a dubstep track featuring Sam Nafie on vocals, as well as a blazing dance floor remix by Tantrum Desire.
2012 saw ShockOne relocate to London to make his own mark in the spiritual home land of dance music, and what better way to do it than the genre bending, production epic that is ‘Chaos Theory’. Arguably the most ambitious piece of music in ShockOne’s entire discography, ‘Chaos Theory’ is a cinematic journey featuring the voice over work of Corey Burton. The success this release received was nothing short of spectacular, holding the #2 on Beatport (only behind Skrillex/Nero collaboration), #1 on Trackitdown, and #1 on iTunes Dance in Australia, above the likes of Swedish House Mafia and Skrillex. The tune received high rotation airplay on Triple J radio Australia, was selected as Crissy Criss’ “Ace of Clubs” track on BBC 1Xtra, featured in Drumsound & Bassline Smith’s Radio 1 Essential Mix and received extensive DJ support from Knife Party, Nero, Chase & Status, Matrix & Futurebound, Sub Focus, xKore, Excision, Camo & Krooked, 501, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Delta Heavy, DJ Hype, and many more. The year of the apocalypse saw ShockOne tour extensively with two sellout solo tours of Australia, constant sold out shows throughout Europe as well as headlining slots at festivals such as Creamfields, The Big Day Out, Stereosonic, and Origin NYE in Perth.
2013 saw Shockone release his groundbreaking debut LP ‘Universus’ to critical acclaim. A sonic journey representing the lifespan of a universe, the scope of this semi-concept album was nothing if not ambitious. Released on Viper & One Love recordings, the album showcases the wide ranging musical expertise of ShockOne taking the listener on a multi-genre odyssey all the way from the big bang with ‘Singularity’ and ‘Chaos Theory’, right through to the collapse of ShockOne’s universe with the Vangelis-inspired modern day electronic symphony that is ‘Light Cycles’. Universus hit the number 1 spot on the Australian ARIA albums chart and the iTunes chart within its first week of release, solidifying Shockone’s reputation as Australia’s premier bass music producer.