Sub Focus: You can't stop leaks of my new material

01/03/12

Sub Focus AKA Nick Douwma

Dance act Sub Focus reckons the leaking of his new material cannot be prevented.

DJ Nick Douwma says his unfinished tracks have ended up online "many, many times".

"I can play in a club and don't realise I'm being recorded. It's impossible not to happen."

But he says leaking can sometimes be beneficial. "Artists are quick to condemn but sometimes it's good for tracks to gain internet buzz," he said.

"It's hard to fight music piracy. Someone described it [the internet] like the wild west. We have to work out what the boundaries and the laws are going to be.

"On the flip side, there's a danger the internet will be much less vibrant in the future."

Earlier this month, the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) shut down music site RnBXclusive.com.

In a notice on the site, Soca said the majority of music files on the site had been stolen from the artists.

'Circle of light'

Nick is preparing for his biggest headline show in London. It takes place at Brixton's O2 Academy on Friday 2 March.

With the likes of David Guetta, Tiesto and Swedish House Mafia selling out arenas, DJs are putting even more effort into how their shows look visually.

Sub Focus AKA Nick Douwma
Image caption Sub Focus is preparing for the release of a new single Out The Blue

"My live shows are based around a big circle of light so I'm upgrading it at the moment. There will be circles of light," he laughs. "I use motion sensors to control the sound and the light.

"I love seeing a great show but you don't need everyone playing individual instruments. When you have a band on stage it's harder to play a track to make it sound like it's from the record."

Nick is good friends with Chase & Status, Nero and Example. He's also on the line-up for Radio 1's Hackney Weekend in June.

"It's an honour to be asked. I wasn't expecting it," he said. "It's nice to be involved in something in my hometown. I lived on Hackney Road for a bit so I feel like I have a connection to the area."

Out The Blue is out on 30 April.