Sub Focus has been relentlessly demolishing dancefloors, sound systems and ear drums for the past 17 years, deploying his extensive catalogue of chart placing, trigger finger inducing bangers to audiences across the globe.
Recognised and well respected by the hardcore junglist, drum n bass aficionados amongst us, the veteran 38-year-old, real name Nick Douwma, has enjoyed a long and illustrious career thus far.
Quickly rising through the ranks of the underground scene in the beginning, whilst still honing the skills of his trade, the masterful mixmaster and production whiz caught the ear of RAM Records honcho and fellow drum n bass don, Andy C through one of his early demos. He was subsequently signed to the offshoot of the aforementioned imprint, Frequency Records in 2003 and made his debut as Sub Focus that same year, releasing his first 12-inch single containing tracks ‘Down the Drain’ and ‘Hot Line’.
It wasn’t until 2005 however that Douwma made his big break into the mainstream, dropping his first record with RAM Records – ‘X-Ray/ Scarecrow’. The track was a huge hit, gaining recognition from former BBC Radio 1 curator and tastemaker Zane Lowe, who made the record his Single of the Week.
Throughout his partnership with RAM Records, Douwma continued to create and release a multitude of well received records, including his debut self-titled album in 2009. He also took on a residency at legendary London nightclub Fabric and performed at world-renowned music festival Glastonbury on behalf of the label, in addition to creating remixes for the likes of The Prodigy and assisting British rapper Example in producing the hit single “Kickstarters’ back in 2010. You can’t question his work ethic, that’s for sure.
He would later move on from RAM, penning a new deal with Mercury Records through which he released the follow up to his eponymously named debut – 2013’s ‘Torus’. The album encompasses an eclectic range of influences and dance music styles, from dubstep to pumping house and old school drum n bass, and features some next level vocal appearances from the likes of Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke. It also contains two of the producers most successful tracks to date, ‘Endorphins’ and ‘Turn Back Time’, both of which peaked at number 10 in the UK charts, cementing Sub Focus as a pillar of the drum n bass community.
Douwma’s latest, highly anticipated album ‘Portals’, a collaborative effort with drum n bass pal Wilkinson (who you can also expect to see performing live at Highest Point 2021), was recently released via Casablanca Records. The record contains a number of smash hit tracks including ‘Air I Breathe’ and ‘Illuminate’ which have already amassed over 10 million streams combined.
If you’re partial to a good rave and fancy going mad for it during what is certain to be a hefty Sub Focus set, we suggest that you get tickets for Highest Point 2021 now to avoid any disappointment.
Tickets are now on sale at Skiddle.com
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