ShockOne announces homecoming tour

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The Perth-bred, London-settled ShockOne is heading home this Spring, and he’s got a hefty national tour booked in to take him through to the Fat As Butter festival. Kicking off in Sydney with a bass-heavy affair at Oxford Art Factory, the DJ known on his passport as Karl Thomas will take his “impact music” to clubs around the country. There’s also the promise of ‘guests’ along the way, so stay tuned for that.

2012 has been busy so far for ShockOne, with dates at festivals like The Secret Garden Party and Urban Art Forms. He was home in April for Creamfields, and inthemix sat him down for a one-on-one with MaRLo. “Even though I write bassline-heavy music, I focus first and foremost of chords, melody and harmonic structure,” he said in that interview. “That’s what I get off on musically.” The remainder of the year will see a host of new studio goodies from Thomas, some of which he’ll get to try out on our dancefloors. ShockOne does his thing on Futurebound’s drum & bass and dubstep label Viper Recordings, and an LP is expected in the second half of 2012. Before that drops, though, he’ll give Chaos Theory – a staple of Knife Party sets – an official release.

Although he’s settled in London, Thomas mused to inthemix that there’s something unique in the Aussie approach. “I think I have a different sense for the music as opposed to someone who has grown up in London. In Australia, there’s less pretension. I had a young dude come up to me at one of my shows and ask, ‘Do you reckon there’s a difference between UK drum & bass and Australian drum & bass?’ That’s the first time I’d heard anyone use the term ‘Australian drum & bass’. Because for him, drum & bass began with Pendulum’s Watercolour. I don’t hear that distinction, but he did. Inadvertently, we’ve created something that’s unique to us.”

ShockOne ‘Chaos Theory’ tour dates:

Sat 1st Sept – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Tues 4th Sept – Discovery, Darwin
Fri 7th Sept – Brown Alley, Melbourne
Sat 8th Sept – HQ Complex, Adelaide
Wed 12th Sept – Secret Show, details TBA
Thurs 13th Sept – La La Land, Byron Bay
Fri 14th Sept – Oh Hello, Brisbane
Sat 15th Sept – Villa Nightclub, Perth
Fri 21st Sept– The Clubhouse, Canberra
Sat 22nd Sept – Fat as Butter Festival, Maitland
Sat 22nd Sept – Onefiveone, Wollongong

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