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Knife Party

London, UK House Electronica / Downtempo Drum & Bass +2

Knife Party are a brand new production and performance outfit fronted by Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen.

While on tour with their previous band, Rob and Gareth felt the urge to start a new project with the aim of showcasing ideas which didn’t fit into the existing mould, and decided to name themselves after their favourite Deftones track.

Taking inspiration from a number of different genres, Knife Party are focusing their attention on everything EDM. They are influenced by electro house, dubstep, moombahton / 110, drumstep and much more – but currently they are most excited about the fusion of house and dubstep.

Rob explains: "It all really started when we heard some early Excision /Jack Beats / Noisia stuff. They had a few tracks that were borderline dubstep, but at 128bpm with a 4/4 beat, and we fucking loved it – more than any individual house or dubstep tracks. Then people like Skrillex came along, and although everybody was going mental over his dubstep material, the house/dubstep combinations of tracks like 'Rock & Roll' were what really excited us. We knew we had something to offer but couldn't do it properly within Pendulum, especially with all the drum and bass history attached...so we decided to branch off and start fresh. It's an amazing feeling to be starting all over again."

Knife Party’s first ever show was at BBC Radio 1's ‘Come Together’ event at Space, Ibiza in August 2011. The crowd had never heard of them, and it was the first time that anyone (including their manager) had heard the music - yet their performance obliterated the dancefloor. Their set was broadcast live on Radio 1 and can now be found all over the Internet, with tracks like ‘Internet Friends’ and ‘Tourniquet’ becoming instant favourites months before they were even released.

Their debut EP ‘100% No Modern Talking’ was released on 12th December 2011, and the four tracks that make up the EP, which racked up over 50,000 downloads in less than 12 hours on the day of its release, have now received over 500,000 downloads worldwide. Despite being available for free on the Knife Party website the EP broke the iTunes Top Ten charts in both the UK and Australia as well as reaching No.1 in the Beatport Releases chart and has received unprecedented support from tastemakers and club DJ’s the world over.

Knife Party have also been involved in arguably one of the biggest cross over dance hits of the year ‘Antidote’, their collaboration with Swedish House Mafia which broke the Top Ten in official singles charts across the globe. March 2012 saw them curate their own Earstorm Stage at Future Music Festival in Australia, complete a US tour and play in front of 100,000 revelers at Ultra Music Festival in Miami.

Now...stop reading pretentious band biographies and go listen to some music.

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