The frightening speed at which Nick Douwma burst onto the scene and established himself hit after hit kinda makes you wonder: Why didn’t he call himself Mad Focus?
Sub Focus initially became known for his carefully crafted and innovative drum and bass. Today, he has placed himself at the forefront of the electronic music explosion with that very same flair for music structure that can be described as nothing less than surgical.
His career began suddenly, when every other aspiring musician’s dream became his reality — he got his work into the hands of a hero after a show. However, it wasn’t Douwan doing the handing. It was his close friend, only doing what any good friend would do: shove their way up to the headliner and hand him your track. Despite the informality of the intro, D&B godfather Andy C was so impressed, he immediately signed Douwma and his entire collection of tracks to industry staple Ram Records in 2003.
Sub Focus blasted off from there with massive singles like “X-Ray” and “Airplane,” in addition to an unstoppably popular remix of The Prodigy’s “Smack my Bitch Up.” After that, there was no stopping the brilliant young talent from cranking out his unique blend of high-octane electronic music. His debut, self-titled album burst at the seams with hits like “Rock It,” “Timewarp” and “Splash.”
His ability to draw from all genres of electronic music to create one undeniable sound earned him a headliner spot in 2010 at the Holy Grail of U.K. music festivals, Glastonbury.
Sub focus has since been working on his next full-length album, which will undoubtedly break more ground than is possible to pick back up.