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About Sick Cycle
Michael West and Levon Maeder are Sick Cycle, audio engineers and producers of mechanical, bass orientated noise and rhythms. Hailing from Christchurch, New Zealand, Sick Cycle are dedicated to the aggressive and metallic side of electronic music, and are the brutal face of New Zealand dubstep and drum & bass. The two met in 2001 while on an audio engineering course in Christchurch, but decided to join forces later on in 2007 once they had both refined their production style.
Canada's Rottun Recordings released the first major tracks from Sick Cycle. 'The Hive Mind EP' exploded into the dubstep scene in late 2009, alongside Australian producer 'Sook'. The extreme distorted basslines and metal influenced double-kick drums struck a chord the world over, and the sound has resonated with many. Later in 2010 'The Various EP', also on Rottun, featured 2 more of Sick Cycles tracks 'Concept' and 'Epinephrine', this time featuring on the same release as industry legends Excision and Datsik.
Tracks on Section 8 Recordings also pay testiment to the sheer force behind their sound. The 'Smoke & Mirrors EP' on Section 8 Recordings was the number one download on digital tunes for two weeks consistently across all genres. And, their track 'Mutate', also on Section 8 Recordings, appears on the 'Best of Dubstep 2010 CD' released by Future-Dnb. Mid 2011 Sick Cycle will appear with Current Value and Balkansy on a massive Section 8 Recordings EP titled 'Future Darkness'.
Sick Cycle Records began at the end of 2010, and serves as an outlet for the extremes of their production. So far there have been 6 releases on the label, the biggest of course being the long awaited Happy Tree Friends Remix, and the remix of Wu Tang's late Ol' Dirty Bastard. The tracks are available on digital tunes, chemical records and direct through bandcamp. In addition, each year Sick Cycle Records will release an exclusive CD of the years best tunes, available only in New Zealand at an exclusive release party held in Christchurch. There will be a voting system set up so fans can choose their favourite tracks and decide what gets on the cd.
The sound of Sick Cycle is truly unique: a smashing of the sinister and the twisted, precisely tuned to form a destructive spasm inducing noise. You are victim to the sound.
Thanks to manufacturers: Dynaudio, MOTU, Roland, Soundcraft, Waldorf, Quasimidi.
Thanks to event promoters: PLR Audio, Psy Pirates, Subtle, Phat, UTU, Loco FM, Hamilton City Dnb, Massive
Thanks to Labels: Rottun, Section 8, Delicious Music, LU10, Optimus Gryme, Dolls House, Mutated Sounds, Electrode, Darkland, Estuary, New Clear Music, Empathy, Kryple Brain