It’s time to thump and stomp as The Updates will be bringing their thunderous drum n bass beats to Australia this May.
Fueled by New Zealand’s throbbing music scene, childhood friends Jeremy and Dylan, dreamed of making a splash in the drum n bass scene – and that’s exactly what they did. Tearing up the limits of drum n bass, they have managed to release music under the belts of most acclaimed labels.
In today’s heady climate of bass-fuelled dance music there’s no doubt that producer-DJs are the new rock stars. Climbing into that mould with a pair of schoolboy grins on their faces, The Upbeats have already been playing that role for years.
Nicknamed Terror Snake and Downie Wolf respectively, Jeremy and Dylan are not your ordinary producers. They met at school through mutual interests in surfing, skating and ‘being gangly teenagers’. Jeremy had to convince Dylan to enter the world of drum & bass then a love of fast breakbeats and low-slung basslines soon followed. The pair were balls deep writing their own D&B in 2001.
The Upbeats’ unique take on 170bpm+ bass music has seen the duo teamed up with drum and bass heavyweights such as Ed Rush & Optical, Bad Company, Hive, Gridlock, Bulletproof, TREi, State of Mind and Noisia while releasing tracks across a plethora of the D&B scene’s most respected record labels.
In the wake of such a prolific impact on the worldwide drum & bass scene, The Upbeats continue to push the boundaries. They are now cooking up an album for award-winning New Zealand live act Shapeshifter and teaming up with US bass music superstar Bassnectar. Following the release of critically acclaimed, boundary pushing and excitement-inducing long players and with a deep understanding of what makes a dance music album great, this is set to be the most exciting season for The Upbeats yet, for precisely one reason: the duo’s forthcoming fourth studio album set to be released on Noisia’s increasingly imperial Vision Recordings.
Jam-packed with energy on the floor and backed up with genuine emotion and an infinite capacity to inject a taste of something different into their music, The Upbeats’ albums drag you deep into their own personal world of drum & bass – full of sibling-like relationship, a propensity for having fun, unusual food combinations at breakfast time and an unnerving amount of insect-based facts.
Not only are The Upbeats producers with studio skills, they’ve also got a few things which link them to all the best artists in history; bags of character, innovativeness and creativity and a large dose of friendly rock star attitude.
Come along and fall victim to The Updates’ heart-pounding music!