Introducing: Catacombs

New post ting. Artist with great vibes, keeping it real on the dark scene. Kryptic Minds and DMZ your thing? Then have a look at this:

Introducing – Catacombs


Why this guy is still under the radar I have no idea. With sounds like these, and plays out by the likes of Distance, this guy should be huge. Well, we certainly think he’s something to shout about. With a great dark vibe, and open, spacious tracks this guy is producing some of the best dubstep we’ve heard in a while.

Definitely an artist to watch out for, here’s out interview with him:

Dubstep Origins: First up, what’s your name, how old are you and where are you based?

Catacombs: My name Calum, I’m 20 years old, currently living in Stoke but spend most of my time in either Leeds or Manchester.

DO: How long have you been producing for, and how would you describe your style?

C: I’ve been producing for coming up to 2 years now. I’d describe my sound as dark. Not really much else to say about it.

DO: Who or what introduced you to dubstep?

C: I was introduced to dubstep by my friend Jon, who I went to college with, in late 2006. I didn’t get it at the time, I was very into DnB and IDM and just thought it was too slow and lacking energy. He used to DJ at a club called Satchmo’s in Stoke and about 5 people would turn up to hear him play old Shackleton bits and what not. In late 2007 the sound kind of clicked with me, as I got in to the more jump up influenced things through Fabric Live 37 (who didn’t?) and I spent all that Christmas holiday trying to make wobble sounds on Reason! I got in to the more dark stuff through checking out versatile producers like Kromestar and Coki; which moved on to me checking out DMZ and MEDi releases. In all honesty though, Kryptic Minds making dubstep was what really got me in to producing properly, and trying to do it seriously. I’d been in to them for a while because of their DnB stuff. When I heard 768 I was absolutely blown away. I remember thinking “this is how dubstep is meant to sound”.

DO: Which artists are currently influencing your production?

C: Distance, Cyrus and Kryptic Minds are the more obvious influences you can hear in my stuff, but I get a lot of inspiration from producers like Alix Perez, Dbridge, Phace, and Icicle. I still think DnB is amazing and the more forward thinking, intelligent stuff is keeping it going. Other than dubstep and DnB I’d say Boards Of Canada, A Made Up Sound, This Will Destroy You… Loads of stuff!

DO: In your eyes, what is dubstep as a genre?

C: Dubstep is music that should be played loud, in a dark room!

DO: What’s on your playlist at the moment?

C: The RSD singles collection on Punch Drunk, that’s one of those records I always come back to. New Jack Sparrow and James Blake have been on heavy rotation as well. I liked the recent Raime release, that was cool, the new Tunnidge stuff on Chestplate and the VIVEK ep Medi put out. I play in a band too and like listening to non-electronic stuff like Mogwai, Sleep, Maps and Atlases, Sunn, Cult Of Luna etc.

DO: Anything else you’d like to add?

C: I’d like to give a shout out to Knowledge, who is hopefully going to have some of his own stuff popping up soon, from what I’ve heard it’s sounding sick. Respect to Fused Forces and Distance for playing my stuff out, and to anyone who actually enjoys listening to my music.

Great stuff. Well, as usual we’ve got a couple of great tracks for you guys, make sure to check out his soundcloud also for a great free download! –

Catacombs – Exhale

Catacombs – Warsaw

Thanks for dropping by!


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One Response to Introducing: Catacombs

  1. fused forces says:

    Massive big ups to catacombs!

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