Engine-Earz are a bass music collective from Reading, UK started by multi-instrumentalist/DJ/producer Prash Mistry
Often described as a 'Massive Attack for the next generation', the band have already won over an assorted army of fans from Diplo and Nitin Sawhney through to Liam Howlett and Mike Skinner.
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..
The band were one of the few fully live acts to have evolved organically out of the dubstep scene and reached public attention via 2 high profile BBC Maida Vale sessions - one for Nihal on Radio 1 and the other for Mistajam on 1Xtra. Engine-Earz's core collective consists of 6 touring members:
Prash Mistry (Keys/Electronics/Producer) - having produced a number of artist albums and with a history in live electronic music Prash is the founder and producer/writer for the band.
Data (MC) - originally growing out of the grime scene - Data is the band's permanent hype man.
Kabir Kainth (Tabla/Percussion/Triggers) - Kabir was classically trained on Tabla in India by Ustad Kale Ram, placing him directly into the same musical lineage as Talvin Singh.
James Billinge (Drums) - As well as being a seasoned musician, James is also known as a studio engineer at legendary Outhouse studios for some of the freshest metal bands out there including Architects, Shadows Chasing Ghosts and Attention Thieves.
Completing the line-up is the collective's newest member Tom Hollings (Guitar) - former lead guitarist for Kerrang magazine critically-acclaimed favourites, the Arusha Accord.
The off-stage 6th member is VJ Splatty (Live Visuals) who brings the Engine-Earz Experiment sound to life with her own unique mix of conceptual graphics, animation, film and still photography. Stephie has previously overseen the visuals for both Outlook and Dimensions Festivals and brought her visuals to Annie Mac presents, True Tiger, DJ Fresh, LTJ Bukem, Benga, DMZ, Koan Sound and many many more.
On occasion, other collaborators such as Lena Cullen, Jenna G, Foreign Beggars, Shahid Abbas Khan and Get Cape Wear Cape Fly amongst others have also featured on tours and events including the BBC Maida Vale sessions.
The collective have brought their unique live experience to countless places around the world touring with acts like Enter Shikari, DJ Shadow, Tricky, Dreadzone and even joined The Streets on their farewell tour. Their club shows are legendary playing alongside DJs like Chase and Status, Skream, Diplo, Breakage, Sub Focus, Benga, Shy FX, Rodigan, etc.
The bands live shows has made them a highly demanded festival act even before their debut album has been released. Indeed, Engine-Earz have played at UK festivals including Glastonbury, Creamfields, Glade, Global Gathering, Secret Garden, Latitude, Love Box, Shambala, Great Escape, Boomtown, Time Out Sessions, We the People and Camden Crawl, as well as festivals like Phono (Denmark), Hegyalja (Hungary), Enjoy Jazz Festival (Germany), NH7 (India), Outlook (Croatia), Winter Sessions (France) and Open Source (Germany) overseas.
The studio is just as important to the band as the live shows and DJing.
2010 saw the collective's debut release, 'Kaliyuga // Introspector'; repeatedly, sell out in vinyl and made the top ten dubstep charts on sites such as Juno Download and Beatport. Later in the year, 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.
2011 saw the specialist release of another underground club smash 'They Live' which was featured on UKF and many other dubstep compilations, followed by the single "Reach You" featuring Lena Cullen with remixes by Chasing Shadows, Black Noise and Benny Page.
"Reach You" gained daytime and specialist radio play around the world including a 'Future Anthem' spin on Zane Lowe's show with collective youtube views of the track over the million mark and 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. Meanwhile, on the underground their track "They Live" was heralded as a cutting-edge production show-off piece making its way onto a number of compilations as well as the film "Comedown".
In 2012, the band were named Guardian's 'Best new band of the day' with Mixmag, RWD and Art Rocker calling the band 'Ones To Watch'. Other media support has ranged from the Metro to the NME to Rolling Stone with award nominations and plaudits for both their studio and live work and enjoyed syncs from CSI:NY, Fox TV's "Bones" to the BBC's World Cup Cricket Coverage.
The band are also known for their remixes including two for Nitin Sawhney; 'Daydream' & 'The Devil and Midnight', which were both included on on Nitin's latest album and led to an invitation to perform a 15 minute piece alongside Nitin and James Taylor at the Royal Albert Hall. The band's official remix credits also boast the likes of Basement Jaxx, Meshuggah, Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul, Dreadzone, Orbital and DJ Shadow ft Little Dragon amongst others. Even their unofficial remix of Laura Marling's "Speak because i can" received the worthy accolade of download of the week on BBC's music-lovers station 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.
So what does 2013 bring for the band?
Well first of all the release of "Rogue Status" featuring MC Orifice Vulgatron from Foreign Beggars on SKiSM's trendsetting bass music label, "Never Say Die!" along with high production video and remixes from Knife Party favourite "xKore" and dubstep legends "Bar 9". The second official release of 2013 was on bass music behemoth Circus Records with their collaboration with FuntCase "Charged Particle"
The year also heralds the release of the collective's much anticipated debut album 'Symbol', the aim is to smash the glass divides between genres and ideologies fusing with elements of drum'n'bass, electronica, dubstep, alternative rock and indigenous musics from around the world to tell their stories.
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, composer Nitin Sawhney, Tricky, Akala, Flux Pavilion, Jenna G, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly and ethereal sync queen Kate Havnevik.
'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'.