Shockone thrives on regional vibe

Shannon SmithAlbany Advertiser

World-famous heavy electronic bass artist Shockone is a likely sell-out show at Studio 146 on November 24.

The big name in drum and bass returns to Albany and brings with him his catalogue of ARIA chart-topping club music.

The man behind the decks is Perth’s Karl Thomas, who said that he puts a lot more thought into his beats than first meets the eye.

“While the music is usually quite upfront I am always concerned with writing songs that will have shelf life, rather than club tracks that you won’t be listening to a month after you’ve heard it for the first time,” he said.

‘My debut album Universus was a semi-concept album, with a loose narrative, this seems to be the way most of my projects turn out.

“ I believe that just because it’s essentially club music, that doesn’t mean it can’t have some deeper element to it.”

His current single is titled A Dark Machine and features his long-time collaborator and sister Reija Lee on vocals.

Noting that he can’t wait to come back to Albany, he said there is something special about performing to a regional crowd.

“The thing I enjoy most about regional shows is the sense of appreciation you get from the diehard fans that come to shows,” he said.

“Obviously regional centres get fewer artists coming through so I really look forward to connecting with fans who I can tell are truly stoked on the fact that I’m playing somewhere like Albany.

“I always make a point of letting regional crowds know that it’s they that make these shows happen, not me or the promoter, particularly when it comes to underground music.”

Shockone played at Origin festival last new year’s eve in front of 10,000 people.

“This life isn’t always easy, in fact most of the time it’s pretty difficult and demanding, physically and especially mentally and I put a lot of energy into keeping my body and mind healthy, so I’m able to continue learning and mastering this craft,” Thomas said.

Tickets are available to see Shockone at Studio 146 on November 24 at 10pm on megatix.com.au for $22 each.

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