Hailing from Perth, the epicentre of the Australasian drum and bass scene, ShockOne aka Karl Thomas has been at the forefront of the genre for the past decade.
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 was featured 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 BBC 1Xtra charts.
In mid-2011, ShockOne released ‘Crucify Me’, an epic drum & bass/dubstep anthem in which ShockOne also showed his versatility as a vocalist. The single which would serve as the first sneak peak at his forthcoming debut album, ‘Universus’. This was followed by the second single, ‘Relapse’, a dubstep track featuring Sam Nafie on vocals, as well as a blazing dance floor remix by Tantrum Desire.
Shockone relocated to London in 2012 to make his own mark in the spiritual home land of dance 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. The success 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 in Australia, above the likes of Swedish House Mafia and Skrillex. The tune received high rotation airplay on Triple J radio Australia, was selected as Crissy Criss’ “Ace of Clubs” track on BBC 1Xtra, featured in Drumsound & Bassline Smith’s Radio 1 Essential Mix and received extensive DJ support from Knife Party, Nero, Chase & Status, Matrix & Futurebound, Sub Focus, xKore, Excision, Camo & Krooked, 501, Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Delta Heavy, DJ Hype, and many more.
2013 saw Shockone release his groundbreaking debut LP ‘Universus’ to critical acclaim. A sonic journey representing the lifespan of a universe, the scope of this semi-concept album was nothing if not ambitious. Released on Viper & One Love recordings, the album showcases 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’, right through to the collapse of ShockOne’s universus with the Vangelis-inspired modern day electronic symphony that is ‘Light Cycles’. Universus hit the number 1 spot on the Australian ARIA albums chart and the iTunes chart within its first week of release, solidifying Shockone’s reputation as Australia’s premier bass music producer.
Karl's major label debut came in 2019 with his sophomore album Universus released worldwide on Warner Music. This featured singles 'Pray For Me', 'Run feat. The Bloody Beetroots' & the tile track 'A Dark Machine' which made it into the top 10 singles on the Australian singles charts. Off the back of this hugely successful release, ShockOne launched his now annual event 'A Dark Machine Warehouse' which has grown to become a 3,000 capacity event and expanded across Australia and to New Zealand with plans to expand the Warehouse experience further overseas.
ShockOne now releases under his own record label 'Dark Machine Records' with recent singles 'Follow Me', 'Hardwired' and 'Thinking About feat. Lee Mvtthews amassing a combined 20 million streams on DSP's. Karl has also recently collaborated with U.K. artist Metrik on his album Ex Machina and has remixed artists such as DJ Snake, Alison Wonderland, What So Not, Dillon Francis & NGHTMRE to name a few. Karl is currently working on his third studio album scheduled for release in 2023.