Born in 1982 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Blastique is rapidly becoming one of Malaysia’s pioneer dance music exports; his assertive and progressive sound already earning him successful releases on Electrofly (UK) and Silo Recordings (UK).
Classically trained in music, he has since spent the past 7 years perfecting his electronic music production skills. Today, a degree-wielding Sonic Artist, Blastique laces his sound with scalpel-like precision, technical mastery, and an unrelenting attitude that refuses to be pigeon holed.
In 2005, Breathe Life In & Acts of Terror, recently became part of the quality Electrofly Records catalogue, alongside originals from the likes of; Shiloh, Fretwell, Infekt, Pete Gawtry & Jono Fernandez, and remixes from the likes of Rennie Pilgrem, Blim and Wrecked Angle!
Just before returning to Kuala Lumpur in 2006, his track Do It Like Rabbits and a collaborative number by Hydraphobe (Blastique & Raj. J. I.) titled Rukus was signed to Silo Recordings, and has already garnered support from Hybrid, Nick Thayer, Soul of Man, Vlad Sokolov & Precision Cuts amongst many more…
A few years prior to this, on home ground, Blastique had released Feel Your Pain on the first installment of Presence, a compilation showcasing Malaysian acts. Abroad, he together with BadBoyBen (Funkshoppe), remixed Hong Kong groups; The Pancakes chart topper I Want To Fly, and Wildchilds 20-Something. His breakbeat mix of BadBoyBen’s Get On Down and Party was on the b-side. 2 more tracks, Boogiecommy & Breathe Life In (Clean Scratch Re-Rub) appeared on PRESENCE 2 (Starrabbit Productions) and was released in July 2003. The Human Calculator was also included on the Klue/ Levi’s compilation CD later that year.
Despite the apparent obsession, it hasn’t always been beats, breaks and bass! Reuben graduated from The School of Audio Engineering (SAE) in Malaysia with a distinction, was presented with the “Best Overall Achievement Award”, and commenced work as a producer and recording/ mixing engineer in numerous top production houses. Recently, he completed an honors degree in Sonic Arts, at Middlesex University, in London.
To date, Reuben has collaborated with Michael Veerapen, Lewis Pragasam, Saidah Rastam, Pete Teo, BadBoyBen, Suhaimie (TBR), Terence C & Alvin Teoh, on numerous productions and releases. He has been able to apply what he learnt as a classical musician to dance music production, resulting in some overall beguiling sounds. Reuben names Bach, Beethoven, General Midi, NuBreed, Hybrid, Sasha, Starecase, Chus & Ceballos, Dr. Kucho & Wally Lopez, Meat Katie, Atomic Hooligan, Stanton Warriors, JDS, Plump DJs, Rennie Pilgrem, Layo & Bushwacka and Trentemoller, as some of his influences.
Since his return from Perth in 2001, Blastique has played alongside; Satoshi Tomiie, Groove Armada, Nigel Dawson, Josh Wink and Soul of Man, to name a few, and has made several appearances at venues all around KL; KL Tower (Heineken Thirst Main Event), [email protected] Curve (Heineken Thirst Post-Party), Zouk KL (Sessions and Heineken Thirst), Cyberpark, Cyberjaya (Regenerate), The Backroom (Chemical, TBR Anniversary), Chinamax (Breaks n’ Bass), Nouvo (Breaks n’ Bass, Nu Tek, Juice DJ Quest 2003, Pioneer Digital DJ Battle 2003), Espanda (Pioneer Digital DJ Battle 2004), Emporium (Deep Down 2), The Disco (Regenerate), Carbon (Deep Down 2) and Penang (Gurney Plaza NYE Party 2002).
Blastique performs live, and integrates his arsenal of MIDI gear & Ableton together with some tight programming, resulting in a sound that can be described as progressively melodic-techy-tribal n’ breaky.
Recently joining forces with “Chinared” (a.k.a. John Kuan) & the elusive “IV” (a.k.a. Raj J. I.), to form B4C, with the intention of detonating unwitting dance floors everywhere; their collective passion for meat, glitch, broken beats and distortion makes for a genre-bending amalgamation of sound, both in the studio and on stage. B4C promises to be a live PA explosion of pure intensity and terrifying proportions