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UK-based artist Sub Focus and the term “Drum & Bass” are two words that more often then not go together in a sentence. Real name Nicolaas Douwma, Sub Focus has been producing music for over two decades, mainly Drum & Bass.

A genre that is centered around community and connection, Sub Focus and his WORSHIP friends (Dimension, Culture Shock, and 1991) have continued to make waves in the United States over the last few years.

Performing at his first Ultra Miami Music Festival since 2018, Sub Focus has proved time and time again that consistent action and not giving up can reap great benefits.

From helping to pioneer an entire genre, to seeing his hard work take off in the United States and even touring with his best friends around the world, Sub Focus is the epitome of the Drum & Bass genre.

We sat down with Sub Focus before his Ultra set to discuss his journey over the years and how his work has impacted fans globally.

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EDM Maniac: You have been working on the Sub Focus project for over 20 years, how has Drum & Bass developed as a genre since you first started? How does it feel to help be a force behind the creation of a musical genre? 

Sub Focus: It’s changed a hell of a lot. Worldwide, it feels bigger than it’s ever been. There’s a big renaissance of the sound happening in the UK.

For example, Chase and Status just won the Brit award for best producers, which is the equivalent of our Grammys. It goes to show how it’s starting to really get mainstream recognition in the UK.

But, I think particularly now it’s really growing, especially out in the States. Stylistically, it’s changed a lot as well.

When I started getting into producing music I was inspired by people like Pendulum who came in just before me, who really raised the bar in terms of this sound quality in production.

I guess I was trying to emulate them when I started, and then, as I went on, I found my own style, and I think my style probably influences other people’s, and vice versa. But it feels amazing to be a part of that sort of musical development. And I’m very proud of the Drum & Bass scene. 

EDM Maniac: Could you take us through the process of working with/going on tour with Dimension and the rest of the WORSHIP team? (Culture Shock and 1991)

Sub Focus: Doing these tours with our group of like-minded friends is amazing. This is our third year of doing it [the tour]. We did it once, just before the pandemic in 2020, and then we resumed in 2023. Probably started out doing one thousand cap venues or sometimes even smaller.

On this most current tour, we’ve been doing 4,000+ cap venues, so it’s a big jump in terms of the amount of people coming out to the shows and it’s really cool to see.

I think we when we came out here we were very keen to do our own parties and we’ve had a lot more control over the way it’s presented.

We love to get the crowd on stage so that there’s people behind us vibing as well as people in front of us. And it’s just a really nice chemistry. We all are friends. We have the same manager, but we’re also friends.

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EDM Maniac: Anything special planned for your Ultra performance this weekend vs. your WORSHIP tour in Miami?

Sub Focus: I’m going to be playing lots of new music in my Ultra set. We’ve got some special guests that we haven’t announced just yet, but some of our friends who we’ve been either working with or closely associated with are coming down to play at the party.

It’s going to be really fun to be in town; there’s people like John Summit, who I’ve been working with recently.  It’s going to be super fun to be back at Ultra for the first time in in a while, and I’m excited to be back in Miami. It’s a crazy fun place to be, especially during this time.

EDM Maniac: One thing that makes drum and bass so special is the community that is brought together. What is your favorite memory (or memories) with fans and the Drum & Bass community as a whole?

Sub Focus: That’s hard to answer. Drum & Bass is always an underdog genre kind of thing. So what’s cool about it is it feels a bit like a sub culture that you secretly know about when you find somebody else who’s into it. It’s a part of a secret society or something.

A secret club that that not everybody knows about, because it’s a bit of an underground genre. It’s insane to connect with people instantly about this, across the world.

You’ll meet people here that have traveled to come to Belgium to see us play this big event from the US. It’s mad, because it gives you an instant connection with people. So we’re constantly meeting people in different places. It’s a real privilege to be a part of.

EDM Maniac: How do you balance going to shows every weekend worldwide and your overall physical and mental health?

Sub Focus: I mean, it definitely can be hard.  I’m always wary about complaining about any of this because I mostly feel very lucky to be doing this. But yeah, it definitely is a challenge on mental health and physical health.

I’ve actually recently been experimenting with being sober. Last summer, I did a few months where I didn’t drink at all. And I was doing that at the start this year as well, and that’s that’s been quite good because it’s never been a problem for me.

It’s something that’s just around, at events, a lot. I have a rider, which is just basically a whole pile of booze, which is nice, but it’s a bit dangerous if you’re predisposed to that kind of thing.

I think most producers probably struggle with their mental health at times, because you’re spending a lot of time on your own, and you’re in a very competitive field where lots of other people are vying for position with you, and you’re traveling a lot.

So you dabble off time to exercise. It’s definitely something to you got to really stay on top of. I think the DJs that do well are probably very health conscious.

I was reading a PDF from a dance music label and they were saying challenges for the years ahead and one of the challenges was is assuming that you have to be wasted to go clubbing.

It really it shouldn’t be like this. Tons of people message me about listening to my music when they exercise or other activities they are doing. It is balance to be struck, you know.

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EDM Maniac: What’s next on your radar?

Sub Focus: I’m coming out with a song with John Summit. We’re trying to do something that fuses both of our sounds. He was in the UK recently and he came to my studio and then we sort of hooked up again in one of the studios that he has.

I mentioned I have been working with Alison Wonderland and been in studio with NGHTMRE as well.

Last year I put out my fourth album, Evolve and now I’m getting ready to put out a batch of new music I’ve been teasing on my socials.

I’m getting approached by some really interesting people to work with, you know, singers and producers and stuff.

I’m excited about what I’ve got coming.

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A State Of Trance Top 1000 #1 Is Revealed!

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After 30 years of nothing but Trance excellence, with all the feels, and all the incredible talent, Armin van Buuren‘s legacy prevails. A State of Trance Top 1000 Award revealed the number one track of the label. We can’t imagine how hard it was to pick their top track ever. Cue the drum rolls please… The award goes to none other than Dutch Trance producer RAM and German DJ Jorn van Deynhoven. The honorary title is thanks to their remix of the 2009 masterpiece ‘RAMsterdam’.

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The Duo took it on their social medias to showcase the plate they received to commemorate the award. We can’t forget the track has earned over 10 million streams on spotify. The track embodies Trance in its rawest form. Its true nature and drive summarize the power the genre carries from decade to decade. Naturally, ‘RAMsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix) reigns supreme over 999 other songs that have moved millions of people since the inception of A State of Trance. Furthermore, RAM mentioned on his Facebook post that after he earned the title, DJ Mag announced his residency in the number one Trance club in China for 2024.

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Both artists are one of a kind, and the award deeply recognizes the mark they continue to leave on a State of Trance and the scene itself. ‘RAMsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix)paved the way for more unique sounds to evolve and develop to this day. RAM and van Deynhoven have what it takes to carry the title of worldwide phenomenon.

Congratulations to these two legends! Now, go ahead and leave ‘Ramsterdam’ (Jorn van Deynhoven Remix) on replay. After all, it is the number 1 ASOS Top 1000 track.

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[EVENT REVIEW] Ultra Chile Returns After Nearly A Decade, And In Full Force Too

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The large ‘U’ festival celebrated a fantastic return to South America recently.

When you think of Ultra Music Festival, you likely gravitate towards Miami straight away. But we’re lucky enough to have them all over the world, celebrating parties far and wide. That is certainly a blessing for energetic crowds living in somewhat further places in the globe, like South America.

I’ve been here for a while, and it’s safe to say it’s growing a strong community of Dance-devoted madmen like me. I’ve been lucky enough to get to know the Argentinian scene fairly well, and also those in its neighbouring country, Chile. This is a country where Hardstyle reigns supreme, and genres like Techno and its branches are seeing a roaring uptrend in the number of fans and followers. So much so, that Ultra themselves decided to pay a visit. A two-day visit, mind you.

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Ultra Chile: Its History

Chile had its first Ultra in 2013, with the next two years also calling artists from around the world to come together on the far southern end of the globe for Ultra Chile 2014 and 2015. The year after, Chile received a more compact Road To Ultra, as well as in 2017, for the Ultra host of those years was the continental giant, Brazil. After that, Chile would have to wait some time before the brand set foot on it again.

2023 saw Road To Ultra return to the long country for a Halloween party, headlined by Marshmello, Nicky Romero, Oliver Heldens, and Two Friends. And this year, the acclaimed main branch returned in full force, with two days of unstoppable beats coming from a handful of places, and showcasing an impressive plethora of talents, established, up-and-coming, returning… everything.

It was held on Friday, April 19th, and Saturday, April 20th, in Santiago’s iconic go-to place for massive events, Espacio Riesco.

Day One: Friday

Day One kicked off late in the afternoon, at 7 PM to be precise. The crowds started to appear from very early on. Once inside, it was time to have a look at the place, and, oh dear, they truly made the most out of the venue. Three of the four stages were on that day, the Mainstage, on the back of the property and boasting an impressive open-air setting, the Resistance stage, a blacked-out, massive former plane hangar to welcome the best Techno represents in the world, and the Carolina stage, a local-lineup filled stage out on the open.

Day One Winners

Jumping between the Mainstage and the Resistance stage allowed me to watch basically all artists for a little. That’s life at a festival, you can’t really marry one particular DJ. That said, I think I’ve got my favourite artist of the night, and it is Stephan Bodzin.

I had never watched him play, so I was basically going in not knowing what to expect. Add to that, I was at the Main seeing Armin before, so I didn’t really know what I was about to witness. Walking into Resistance, the first thing I noticed was that there was A TON of space to dance and just be yourself. The Mainstage was filled to the brim with people, and well, that left the Techno-devoted stage with a crowd that was truly enjoying Bodzin’s magic. I did too.

I swear, ten minutes in I was already fully hooked. Eyes closed, moving side to side, that kind of hooked. Him playing a live set was a tenfold amplifier as well, since he was interacting a lot with the audience, and the audience interacted a lot with him back. Ask me to name one track from his set, I can’t. But what I CAN recall vividly is how happy he was managing his instruments, and how happy the people dancing beside him were. I was one of them, fully gone away in a trance. A star for you, mate.

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Day Two: Saturday

Day Two started quite earlier, promising twelve endless hours of good music. My friend — who flew in from Buenos Aires for the festival — and I entered the place just past 2:30 PM. And after a little day tour of the venue, we headed straight to the brand-new Resistance Square stage. Reason being, Daniella Da Silva was on at 3:00.

The stage itself was really interesting to me, since the Ultra guys turned this giant conference place into the host for the darkest, most energetic beats of the entire day. I remember my highschool once took me for University speeches or something of that kind literal years ago, and seeing it changed to fit a literal Ultra festival blew me away.

The other stages were just as breathtaking as the day before, and now places like the Mainstage enjoyed the geographic surroundings of Espacio Riesco: mountains for days. It was another level. Point for you, day parties!

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Day Two Winners

Daniella Da Silva

My friend wanted to see her so badly, and I wanted to learn from someone new to me. Good. Lord. Those were 90 minutes of nonstop dancing. There are pictures and videos of me absolutely losing it during her set which I won’t show for, reasons, but let me tell you, her energy is sensational. Dark, Hard Techno. I’m not of the kind to enjoy that in a car ride or on a normal day, but I for sure allowed myself to enjoy her beats at Ultra. I felt slightly sore after that, and that should tell you enough of how good of a set hers was.

Hardwell

My childhood hero. How wouldn’t I have enjoyed Hardwell’s set when he was my role model when I was in school back in the day? Growing up loving ‘Encoded’, ‘Spaceman’, and his remix of ‘Man With The Red Face’, it was about time to see him again. Absolutely nuts. Lots of what he played I had heard before at his Ultra Miami set from earlier this year, but far from taking away from the experience, it allowed me to sing my lungs out. Special shoutout to that ‘Strobe‘ x ‘Save The World‘ mashup which nearly got me crying.

Kasablanca

These guys take the gold for me, no question. Seeing Hardwell, you know beforehand that it’s going to be a phenomenal show, but I had never seen Kasablanca before. I’d only heard their Anjuna tunes. And so my friend and I got to the very front of the Mainstage to see them. We could not have decided better.

They played a live set, just like Bodzin had done the day before. The difference here was the setting: While Stephan Bodzin played inside the warehouse vibe of the Resistance stage, Kasablanca did it out in the open. And their set just so happened to occur during the last hours of the day and into the night, sunset included.

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They absolutely rocked it. From synths to vocals to literal choreography, their set had it all. They truly made good use of the Mainstage speakers as well, with their fat-bottomed tracks. I can’t tell you just how magical that time was, even the landscape fit the vibe of their music. Mountains all around, the clouds turning slightly red at sunset (see a few pictures above), and the moon reigning high aloft by the time they dropped their remix of Above & Beyond’s ‘Black Room Boy’. The duo take the gold, and my heart with it. I won’t turn down the possibility of seeing them in the future.

Final Thoughts

It had been a while since I last attended a big festival, since I’d been much more inclined to go to artist-focused events. It was a refreshing treat to come to Ultra Chile and soak in the festival experience again. My mate and I had a great time, enjoyed the food (shoutout to Papa John’s), the Gin Tonics, and the feel-good atmosphere. For now, be right back, I’ll be listening to Kasablanca!

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Adriatique’s ‘Beyond Us’ (Hatshepsut Version Alex Wann Remix) Is a Mystical Voyage

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As time goes by, some songs become timeless classics. Even more when artists reimagine different emotions and moods. This is the case with Eynka‘s ‘Beyond Us‘. It wasn’t long until Swiss Electronic duo Adriatique made their own renditions of the track. They amped it up a notch when they immortalized their rendition at the Hatshepsut Temple in Egypt last year for Cercle. Finally, we’re delighted to get an even more magical version of the track, brought to you by Deep House Parisian Icon Alex Wann.

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‘Beyond Us’ (Hatshepsut Version Alex Wann Remix)

How do you remaster and refresh a track that has so much influence and power, you may ask? Well, it seems like Alex Wann found the right formula for his ‘Beyond Us’ remix. From Eynka’s melodic touch, to Adriatique’s deeper and darker undertones, Wann manages to deliver an ethereal track with powerful afro elements. The percussion calls out to your ancestors, and the groove represents the vast deserts phenomenally. After a successful run with his Kelis’ ‘Milkshake’ Remix, the producer continues to influence the world around him.

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A star in the rise, Alex has received the support from House legends Keinemusik, Pete Tong, Swedish House Mafia, Diplo, and Blond:ish. This remix furtherly proves his ability to produce with different elements and styles, such as Adriatique’s unique sounds. Earlier this year he embarked in a North American tour, visiting major musical capitals such as Miami, New York, Toronto, San Francisco, and Montreal. Next Up, Alex Wann will make his rounds around Ibiza, Milan, Dubai, and La Bourget.

Watch out for Alex Wann this summer! He will most likely reign supreme with this delicious version of ‘Beyond Us’.

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