Artists to Watch 2017: Dro Carey
This year has seen a massive rave renaissance in Sydney: as parties moved underground, so too did the sound. One of the breakthrough stars of the underground this year has been electronic producer Eugene Ward, aka DRO CAREY. Eugene’s gritty, genre defying style came as a breath of fresh air after an era of polished EDM and stylised big sound bangers. Dro Carey’s developed quite a signature, combining eery atmospherics with catchy synth hooks and driving 4 to the floor baselines. His most recent single with ‘Chocolate’ is an infectious dance floor filler, further showcasing just how good he really is.
There’s been a real craving for dance music to return to its industrial roots, and that’s exactly what Dro Carey did with his moody bass driven electronica and stellar production. From Sydney’s underground to the shores of Europe, Dro Carey has become renown for his forward thinking sets and mixes. He affirmed his place as a true tastemaker when he made his Boiler Room debut in Sydney this year, and solidified it when landing a highly coveted monthly slot on London’s Rinse FM.
Dro Carey‘s foray into music began in high school when he linked with TRILOGY TAPES to compose a 12 inch. He’s since signed to front running Aussie label, Soothsayer, as well as teaming up with Astral People, and even produces under various aliases, including his moniker TUFF SHERM- another title that’s become highly synonymous with the underground.
Dro Carey’s style is inimitable; it’s dark, it’s moody, and effortlessly blurs the lines of genre without any sense of confusion. Our
obsession love for Dro was marked by the release of his DARK ZOO EP, an EP that featured heavily on FBi, and really propelled Dro Carey‘s sound onto the global stage. ‘Queensberry Rules,’ was a revelation as he employed the combination of KUCKA’s celestial vocal and his trademark banging baseline to really elevate the underground by showcasing it in a really easy-to-digest way.
This year has been huge for Dro Carey, we’re really looking forward to what he’ll deliver in ’17. Set for an even bigger twelve months and showing no signs of slowing down at all, we can’t wait to see where he’s headed – we just know it’s gonna be BIG!
Words by ROSIE RAE