Hailing from Perth, the epicentre of the Australasian drum and bass scene, ShockOne aka Karl Thomas is fast becoming one of bass music’s major talents. Since the release of ‘The ShockOne EP’ in 2009, which featured the chart topping ‘Polygon’, ShockOne has been one of the hottest names in the scene. This was followed up by his highly anticipated ‘Re-Fix EP’, a collection of VIP’s and remixes of the massively successful ‘ShockOne EP’. The EP featured Phetsta’s dubstep remix of ‘True Believer’ which wasfeatured in Pendulum’s 2010 Essential Mix on Radio 1, as well as the Dirtyphonics remix of‘Polygon’ which was featured on Andy C’s ‘Nightlife 5’ mix, as well as hitting #1 on the BBC1Xtra charts.
In mid-2011, ShockOne released ‘Crucify Me’, an epic drum & bass/dubstep anthem inwhich ShockOne also showed his versatility as a vocalist. The single which would serve asthe first sneak peak at his forthcoming debut album, ‘Universus’. This was followed by thesecond single, ‘Relapse’, a dubstep track featuring Sam Nafie on vocals, as well as a blazingdance floor remix by Tantrum Desire.
Shockone relocated to London in 2012 to make his own mark in the spiritual home land ofdance music, and what better way to do it than the genre bending, production epic that is‘Chaos Theory,’ a cinematic journey featuring the voice over work of Corey Burton. Thesuccess this release received was nothing short of spectacular, holding the #2 on Beatport(only behind Skrillex/Nero collaboration), #1 on Trackitdown, and #1 on iTunes Dance inAustralia, above the likes of Swedish House Mafia and Skrillex.
The tune received highrotation airplay on Triple J radio Australia, was selected as Crissy Criss’ “Ace of Clubs” trackon BBC 1Xtra, featured in Drumsound & Bassline Smith’s Radio 1 Essential Mix and receivedextensive DJ support from Knife Party, Nero, Chase & Status, Matrix & Futurebound, SubFocus, xKore, Excision, Camo & Krooked, 501, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Delta Heavy, DJHype, and many more.The year of the apocalypse saw ShockOne tour extensively with two sellout solo tours ofAustralia, constant sold out shows throughout Europe as well as headlining slots at festivalssuch as Creamfields, The Big Day Out, Stereosonic, and Origin NYE in Perth.
2013 saw Shockone release his groundbreaking debut LP ‘Universus’ to critical acclaim. Asonic journey representing the lifespan of a universe, the scope of this semi-concept albumwas nothing if not ambitious. Released on Viper & One Love recordings, the albumshowcases the wide ranging musical expertise of ShockOne taking the listener on a multi-genre odyssey all the way from the big bang with ‘Singularity’ and ‘Chaos Theory’, rightthrough to the collapse of ShockOne’s universe with the Vangelis-inspired modern dayelectronic symphony that is ‘Light Cycles’. Universus hit the number 1 spot on the AustralianARIA albums chart and the iTunes chart within its first week of release, solidifying Shockone’s reputation as Australia’s premier bass music producer.