Sleeper is a deep, dark, bass-heavy electronic music producer based in Coventry, UK. He has had releases on Chestplate, Osiris, Artikal and he has also released a string of tracks on his bandcamp website including a techno album.
Sleeper got some turntables when he was 14 and started mixing house and techno while everyone else at his school was into garage. When he left school he got into jungle and drum & bass and stopped buying techno records and started collecting music from labels such as Metalheadz, Reinforced, Soul:r, Commercial Suicide and Bassbin. Jungle got him interested in music production, he was amazed by the creativity in the drum work especially by guys like Photek, because they really took drum editing to a new level.
At the time he had no idea how to create the sounds he was into, so he found a six month course on sound engineering and started messing around on Cubase. He then moved to Leeds, got a PC and a few cracks and taught himself how to make beats. He started off making jungle and drum & bass because that's what he was really into at the time, but began to play around at 140bpm after going to some of the early DMZ/Exodus nights at Leeds West Indian Centre. Those nights were a massive influence on his sound.
His efforts were soon signed by Chestplate Recordings' head honcho Distance, quickly establishing himself as one of the hardest hitting producers in dubstep, with his dark and grim steppers heard assaulting sound systems worldwide. Rinse FM support from Youngsta, Distance, Icicle and J Kenzo soon followed. He also started putting out regular mixes on Radio 1Xtra as part of their Daily Dose of Dubstep.
Sleeper began 2013 with something completely different; a techno album! The Enter EP features ten tracks of stomping, energetic techno which are all over 6 minutes long. You can check out the full EP via this link: http://sleeperchst.bandcamp.com/album/enter-ep
Sleeper has been really enjoying making techno at the moment, he’s been on it properly for a good few months now. He’s found experimenting with different sounds is very beneficial because he believes that when he approaches a new genre, with little or no experience in making that style, he is forced out of his comfort zone a little. He has to try new ways of working and learn new techniques in order to get a different result.
Later on in January Sleeper and District released their debut 12" on Kryptic Minds' label Osiris Music UK. The Risk’ is a collab by the pair which sits somewhere between dubstep and techno. The flip ‘Dark Mutations’, is a brutally fierce halftime solo effort by Sleeper. Sleeper then gave away an awesome techno track called 'Receptor' which is available for free download via his bandcamp page. This was followed by his release 'Ritual' / 'Tidal' which came out at the end of March on J Kenzo and MOSAIX's label Artikal Music UK. Also in March Sleeper also came third in the Dubstep Forum Awards' Best 120-140 producer category.
In April Sleeper played his first ever techno x dubstep set in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Then in May he released the huge 'Narcissus' / 'Burning Spears' on Osiris Music UK, followed by an announcement that a very dangerous collab with Kryptic Minds is on the way! Sleeper finished May with a quality techno track called 'Defect Structure' (http://soundcloud.com/sleepermusic/sleeper-defect-structure) along with another annoucement letting us know that he is going to be featuring on the Dispatch Recordings 'Transit 2' album!
More big news followed this month, Sleeper's epic unreleased tracks 'Systema', 'Species', 'Total Destroy System' and 'On The Inside' are set for release on Chestplate Recordings! You can listen to clips of the tracks on Sleeper's soundcloud page (link below).
As far as Sleeper’s current influences go, they’re always changing. Last year he was into a lot more dubstep and really dark drum & bass like Limewax and Current Value however, this year he has been listening to a lot more techno and neurofunk/tech d&b like Noisia and Neosignal but he’s not sure if that is to do with there being less and less dubstep that he’s into or more techno and d&b.
He feels that the deeper, darker side of dubstep is still developing as a whole. He’s noticing improvements from both established artists and guys who some might consider to be newcomers, both in terms of creativity, technique and overall production quality. He also thinks the next few years are going to be interesting, because he’s certain that the deep, dark side of dubstep hasn't peaked yet.
To keep updated with all of Sleeper’s latest news, events, releases and continual dubs check out his pages!
Also Sleeper is looking to reach USA/Canada! Any promoters out there can get in touch for bookings through this Sub.Mission booking form: http://subdotmission.com/content/booking-request-form?_=1369785210754
For bookings in UK and Europe you can hit Sleeper up directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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