Xplicit sixth birthday hosts Sub Focus
Scotland’s biggest drum & bass night invites Londoner Nick Douwma
Scotland’s biggest drum & bass night has secured early appearances from many of the genre’s biggest crossover names, including Pendulum and Chase & Status. This month’s sixth birthday guest has already made his bones at the club and moved on to a headline slot on the Glade stage at last year’s Glastonbury, as well as support dates for Pendulum and remixes for The Prodigy, Deadmau5 and Dizzee Rascal. Now Sub Focus, aka Londoner Nick Douwma, is returning to his roots with a show he might count as intimate these days.
Emailing from the midst of an Australian tour, he promises a bunch of his own new tunes and new material from some of his favourite artists. Nero and Culture Shock are two of the artists getting him excited right now, while he’s ‘writing a real mix of stuff at the moment from dubstep to house and D&B’. When can we expect the follow-up to 2009’s self-titled debut album? ‘I’m working on it at the moment and have got some really interesting and unusual guests lined up. Expect something that’s going to be more of a listening experience than a straight club record.’
Douwma also promises more pop production in the vein of his work with Example on the hit ‘Kickstarts’ (although this is ‘a completely separate thing from Sub Focus’) and a collaboration called ‘Flashing Lights’ on the new Chase & Status album later this month. Is he aiming for the same level of arena success as his friends from C&S and Pendulum in 2011? ‘I’m keen to get more people into my music without compromising,’ is his statement of intent. (David Pollock)
Xplicit’s Sixth Birthday, Liquid Room, Edinburgh, Sat 29 Jan