Engine-EarZ Experiment are a UK based live dubstep collective formed in 2009 bymulti-instrumentalist/DJ/producer Prashant Mistry
.Often described as 'Massive Attack for the Dubstep generation;' the band have already won over an assorted army of fans from Rusko and Nitin Sawhney right through to Liam Howlett and Mike Skinner.
Engine-Earz Experiment are famed as dubstep's first fully live act and consist of five core musicians; Prashant Mistry (Synths/Electronics), Data (MC), Jade Browne (Vox/Guitars), James Billinge (Drums) and Kabir Kainth (Percussion) plus full live visuals from VJ Splatty. On occasion other collaborators such as Lena Cullen, Jenna G and Get Cape Wear Cape Fly amongst others have also featured on tours and events including two BBC Maida Vale sessions in under a year! The sessions really opened up the band to their world become a big Youtube favourite notable also for appearances from hiphop/grime superstars Foreign Beggars..
The collective have brought their unique live experience to countless dubstep raves alongside all the household dubstep names including Skream, Benga, Caspa, Distance et al., and acted as The Streets main support on their recent UK Farewell tour, toured nationally with Dreadzone and served as DJ Support on Tricky's European Spring Tour. Even more recently the band were personally invited to join DJ Shadow on his December 2011 UK tour and remix his next single ft. Little Dragon. The range of festival outings is also not be sniffed at taking in Glastonbury, Glade, Latitude, Love Box, Shambala, Time Out Sessions, We Are The People and Camden Crawl amongst others in the UK as well as festivals like Phono (Denmark), Enjoy Jazz Festival (Germany), Outlook (Croatia), Winter Sessions (France) and Open Source (Germany) overseas.
Sonically, with the collective's debut album 'Symbol', the aim is to smash the glass divides between genres and ideologies fusing dubstep with elements of drum'n'bass, electronica, alternative rock and indigenous musics from around the world. Helping to achieve this vision, current album collaborators include the likes of Golden Globe winning vocalist Lisa Gerrard from Dead Can Dance (Ridley Scott's 'Gladiator,' 'Whale Rider,' 'Black Hawk Down'), Aloe Blacc, London rapper Akala, Jenna G, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, ethereal sync queen Kate Havnevik, flautistbeatboxer Nathan 'Flute Box' and they've even recorded a very special vocal feature from dubstep super-producer Flux Pavilion.
'Symbol' will also feature 'The Light From One' – a track penned by Prash and Ane Brun – an acoustic version can be found on Ane's recently Scandanavian number 1 chart-topping album 'It All Starts With One'.
Having previously worked on studio productions with artists such as the Grammy award-winning jazz bassist John Benitez, Roots Manuva, Foreign Beggars and Aloe Blacc; Prash started the Engine-Earz Experiment back in 2009.
2010 saw the collective's debut release, 'Kaliyuga // Introspector'; the limited edition vinyl sold out and the release entered the top ten dubstep charts on sites such as Juno Download and Beatport. Later in the year, a busy summer festival season was crowned by an exclusive free download release on Diplo’s Mad Decent – ‘Gimme Some’ by Engine-Earz Experiment vs DJ Kayper to big club and critical support. Early 2011 saw the specialist release of yet another underground club smash 'They Live' which was featured on UKF and many other dubstep compilations, quickly followed by the single “Reach You” featuring Lena Cullen with remixes by Chasing Shadows, Black Noise and Benny Page.
The track gained daytime and specialist radio play around the world and in the UK including a 'Future Anthem' spin on Zane Lowe's show with collective youtube views of the track nearing the million mark.
As well as many international compilations; the track also made itself onto the cinema release “Everywhere and Nowhere” - a film by Kidulthood director Mehnaj Huda with syncs from CSI:NY to the BBC's World Cup Cricket Coverage also enjoyed. Around this time the band were also named Guardian’s ‘Best new band of the day’ with Mixmag and Art Rocker calling the band 'Ones To Watch' and RWD exclusively debut hosting the track's music video. Other media support has ranged from the Metro to the NME to Rolling Stone with award nominations and plaudits such as 'Best of
The band is also known for their remixes including two for Nitin Sawhney;
'Daydream' & 'The Devil and Midnight' respectively, which both found their way onto Nitin's album indeed they proved so successful that Prash was invited to perform alongside Nitin and James Taylor at Nitin's sell out show at the Royal Albert Hall. The band's other remix credits include The Streets, Basement Jaxx, Sean Paul and Dreadzone to name but a few…An honourable mention also worth making is the band's rather well-regarded bootleg of Laura Marling's “I Speak Because I Can' which caused quite a bit of a stir as well as a download of the day on BBC 6Music. Recent international club support for the band's tracks and remixes has come from
DJs including Rusko, Doctor P, Benga, Bass Nectar, Diplo, Flux Pavilion, Excision, Doorly, Funtcase, Mistajam, Bare Noize, Emalkay, Bass Nectar, Scratch Perverts, MJ Cole, Enter Shikari, Hatcha, True Tiger, Benny Page, and Trolley Snatcha. Online channel UKF have also shown a great deal of support for the band, regularly uploading the new songs and remixes.
This band's music is created to be enjoyed on many levels as well as the dance floor; and with 'Symbol' if you care to delve a little deeper the listener can learn far more about the age-old philosophies enshrined within the music. The band's debut album 'Symbol' is scheduled for release in early 2012
Others on Engine-Earz Experiment...
“Fresh, dynamic and exciting"
“Pefect! Perfect! Perfect!”
Zane Lowe, BBC Radio 1
"This is without a doubt the biggest piece of music I have played during my 6 years on BBC Radio"
Nihal, BBC Radio 1 on 'Kaliyuga'
“Prepare to **** yourself”
Rob Da Bank, Bestival/BBC Radio 1
"Great music, I'm truly speechless"
MistaJam, BBC Radio 1 / 1XTRA
“I went to see them live and they were brilliant”
Huw Stephens, Radio 1
"One of the most important new producers in the UK"