Profile: Drums of Death
- Henry Northmore
- 10 June 2013
The skull-faced producer has worked with Hot Chip and Peaches in between his solo output
Name: Drums of Death
Occupation: Skull-faced, make-up caked master of spooky synths, gritty grime and acid techno. Born in Oban but now residing in London (via Glasgow), Drums of Death has created a villainous alter ego for his electronic output, a mix of dubstep squelches, techno voodoo and squealing electro with a fierce dance beat, often overlaid by his own MCing at live shows.
So what’s with the fright mask? Growing up with a deep love of superhero comics and heavy metal (The Punisher and Black Sabbath in particular) Colin Bailey, the man behind the make-up, melded all his influences into his own secret identity daubed in black and white grease paint. This visually-arresting image caught the public’s imagination and has now become his calling card.
What might I have heard? Signed to Greco-Roman records, he’s toured with Hot Chip and Peaches, going on to produce and co-write the title track on the latter’s I Feel Cream album in 2009. He’s remixed everyone from Tricky and Roots Manuva to Franz Ferdinand and Steve Mason (Beta Band). He quickly followed this up with his own début long player Generation Hexed in 2010 which he described as being made up of: ‘love songs and rave horns.’ Recently he’s been working on his Waves EP series on Civil Music.
Where can I catch him? DoD cut his teeth on the Glasgow club scene but you’re in luck as he will be unleashing his demented brand of dancefloor funk on both coasts. Being Scottish, he couldn’t resist visiting Edinburgh and Glasgow on his current tour, so head down to Juice and Flash Mob respectively.
Drums of Death plays Juice at Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, Thu 27 Jun; Flash Mob Presents at Saint Judes, Glasgow, Fri 28 Jun.