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A rebel with a cause, Klute is a truly unique artist and continues to be creative force in drum & bass after over a decade in the scene. His productions mix strong melodies with tough beats, bearing the influence of Klute’s roots in punk and techno, and his livewire DJ sets are known for their energy and intensity. His sixth full-length artist "Music for prophet" was released in 2010, demonstrating once again his diversity and broad appeal with a worldwide tour taking him everywhere from Mexico to Mumbai. In 2011 and 2012, Klute has focused on his label Commercial Suicide with releases from the likes of Nymfo, Mindscape, Amit, Dom & Roland, & of course Klute himself. Moving into 2013, there will be the seventh Klute studio LP, and more genuinely important music from Commercial Suicide.
Unlike many of his contemporaries, the musical career of Tom Withers began way before the sounds of drum and bass or even hardcore had first emerged. As Tommy Stupid he fronted skate punk outfit The Stupids and took the band on tours of Europe, the USA and Australia during the late 1980s before venturing into electronic music and starting his own solo career. From acid house and techno he made a natural progression into rave and then hardcore before playing his first gigs as a drum and bass DJ around 1996. Throughout his career, he’s always been happy to let his rebel roots show and has never been afraid to buck the trend. His ability to combine a multitude of influences in his music, from techno to thrash to dub, with punk attitude is Klute’s trademark.
Klute’s early forays into jungle brought several outings on the seminal Certificate 18 label and a relationship grew that resulted in the release of his first artist album, ‘Casual Bodies’ in 1998. He went on to release a further album ‘Fear of People’ on Certificate 18 in 2000 before seeking a new home following the demise of the label. Initially fearing that no-one else would want to release his music, at time when the scene seemed to dominated by soundalikes and trend followers, Klute went his own way and set up his own imprint.
Klute kicked off Commercial Suicide with the genre-defying classic ‘Tranceformat’ in 2001 and set the tone for the label that has since come to be held in the highest regard. Releases from the likes of Calibre, Digital, Spirit, Hive and Juju raised the label’s profile and helped build a reputation for varied output across the spectrum of drum and bass, testing both musical boundaries and the dancefloor. Klute released his third album ‘Lie Cheat & Steal’ in 2003 including guest remixes from Calibre and Keaton, with ‘No One’s Listening Anymore’ following in 2004. In 2006 Klute showed his faith in two of the scene’s most promising artists, Amit and SKC, by putting out their debut artist albums and has continued to support developing artists with a steady stream of releases from the likes of The Upbeats, Break and Ill Skillz. Klute neatly summed up the ethos behind the label, in an interview for DogsOnAcid in February 2008: “My whole purpose is to organically release music I like for the sake of people who like music; not hype and lies.”
His most recent LP, ‘Music for prophet,’ is arguably Klute’s best to date and gives the fullest representation of his sound across a double CD release incorporating a widespan of tempos and moods. Klute has crafted an album where every track sounds unique yet all sound unmistakably his own. Combining heart-stopping melodies with deep and deadly beats, the mood moves from melancholic to uplifting in a truly widescreen presentation to appeal a broad base of fans.
Since the album, Klute has turned his focus to further developing his label into the accomplished and hugely influential innovative force it has become.
"To me drum & bass is a form of music which has always been out on a limb and the tracks that have shocked me are those that have expanded on what went before them, whether that's people using the technology in ways that you're not supposed to or just turning around sounds in different ways. As far as I am concerned people taking chances is the future and I would like to think that my material falls into that category."
As part of the crew behind the A Bunch of Cuts mp3 store, Klute is also one of the residents behind the firmly established residency at Cable Club in London. With tours of the USA, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Australia plus numerous gigs at clubs and festivals across Europe, Klute is keeping busy and also continues to perform and tour with his band, The Stupids.
2011 markied 10 Years Of Commercial Suicide with club nights celbrating this milestone. Kicking off at July’s sold out Abunchofcuts event with an all star Commercial Suicide line-up, further shows at Sun and Bass Festival, Berlin, & Belgium kept the ball rolling in the Suicide way.
Recent LP releases from Amit, Nymfo, and a score of great singles from the best talent in Drum and Bass have kept Klute and Commercial Suicide standing firm as one of the tastemaker labels in Drum and Bass. With Klute continuing to steer the hugely influential and innovative label with his DJ sets and impeccable A&R Skills, we can rest assured sure the music is in great hands.