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Widely regarded as one of the best dubstep producers in the world, Sleeper (Alex Fox) has been one of the leaders of dubstep’s creative revival.
Growing up in the UK, Sleeper became a regular at the DMZ and Subdub nights in Leeds, shifting his production focus from drum n bass to dubstep. “Coming from drum n bass and jungle, it was eye opening to see so much space in the sound. I felt like there was so much potential to grow.”
The first incarnation of Sleeper was endorsed by DJ Distance from the jump. Released by Chestplate in 2011, “Zombies” helped usher in an era of dark techno inspired dubstep that was marked by its moviequality sound design. Along with artists like Kryptic Minds, District, and Biome, Sleeper’s output continually improved and shaped dubstep’s darker side. Releases with J:Kenzo’s Artikal Music, Moving Ninja’s Aquatic Lab, and Simon Shreeve’s (Kryptic Minds) Osiris Music, followed.
“I love making that sound because I learned so much making it,” says Sleeper when he speaks of his original sound. “I still love techno and try to get that influence into my stuff, but I have always loved dub music and am now using more dub techniques in my sound.”
With a shift in sound comes a brand new label, this one owned and operated by Sleeper himself. Crucial Recordings. With its first release in 2015, tracks by Sleeper himself while quickly being followed by a myriad of releases by emerging and established artists, Crucial has been at the forefront of the Dubstep/Bass sound. “I just wanted a platform of my own to release music whenever I want, but I’ve been sent a lot of great unsigned music since the label started so now I can release other people’s music as well.”
In 2018 Crucial continues to strengthen its resounding reputation with its latest release from the labelhead himself again. Smoke & Mirrors EP. His current installment enfolds that forward-thinking groove his imprint is notorious for pushing. A true champion in adapting style, while remaining true to the core elements of the genre.
Sleeper somehow always manages to select the right vibe for the right label, and with forthcoming rollers on VIVEK's label System, he once again cements his position in Dubstep history.
Sleeper touching down for the first time on the New Zealand shores. Powered by the Subtle Sound System and a complimentary support line-up. This party is one not to be missed..