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Dr oKtopUs was created from the vision of a highly skilled and renowned musician in early 2009. A dark and frenetic mind coupled with an expertise in electronic percussion and an ear for simple catchy hooks has brought forth a new and powerful musical project that is unlike anything heard before, "Dr oKtopUs".
Fueled by his passion for all things musical, the need to always better himself and the impressive array of artists he had worked with over the years Dr oKtopUs' first steps into writing began with the challenge of remixing a few tracks at the start of the year. Gradually he started to add his own elements into the pieces and very quickly the creative process was becoming infectious.
Almost immediately he found that people were responding positively to what he was producing and so the remixes became more infrequent and his own ideas took priority in his studio and were demanding more of his time, breaking their way into the forefront and disrupting his manic day to day routine. After the day’s work was complete, in whatever country he was in, he would go to work on his project, sometimes till the sun came up. Infectious loops and savage bass lines that had lain dormant in his head quickly broke through the surface to produce an extremely powerful result.
Thriving on a passion for high energy, fast paced, aggressive, old skool drum and bass and a fusion of his diverse musical influences, in less than a year the first album, 'oNe' was created and released into the public domain on 01/01/2010. This album is making serious waves in the industry and has been enjoyed by thousands of people. It's a mass of contradictions, fast paced yet sometimes motionless, so simple but yet so very complex, extremely dirty but painfully clean, aggressively emotive yet pleasantly tranquil. These are just some of the reasons why Dr oKtopUs is carving a unique path along his chosen road.
But this is only the start...
What does the world think about Dr oKtopUs ? Find out here with some comments about his debut album...
“Having predominantly known Craig as an exceptionally skilled drummer, it was a pleasant surprise to experience his music with the writer/producer hat on for his One album. His phenomenal grasp of a huge spectrum of drumming styles lent itself to the tracks. The fact that Craig single-handedly wrote, performed and produced everything on the record is testament to his dedication to his music, not just the drums. We had the record on repeat in the the Rhythm office, and can’t wait for album number two”.
Chris Barnes, Editor of Rhythm Magazine
“You know when the Dr's in the building! Rolling beats and dark vibes that are sure to keep you rocking, tune for tune...”
“Dr Oktopus is rapidly establishing him self as a producer , writer and musician at the cutting edge of what this great country has to offer.”
Steve White, UK Drumming Legend
“Not too many drummers can really pull-off a solo album – it’s usually what you would expect which is too drum-orientated and not melodically interesting. ‘oNe’ incorporates both really dark themes and plenty of intelligent use of technology which is not used just for technology’s sake, rather as a means to producing a tight, witty end result.”
Andy Lewis - Sennheiser
“Craig manages to get personality across in a genre that tends to lack exactly that. You can hear the hard work and passion that goes into Dr oKtopUs.”
James Hester - Drummer Magazine
“The first Dr oKtopUs album showcased Craig Blundell’s huge depth of technical mastery, not just on his keynote drum and percussion skills, but also programming and sound artistry and even vocals! The wonderful surprise was Craig’s 'til then not widely heard creative side as an artist, with a rich mix of tracks taking in several musical genres. The 2nd album will bring even more surprises I am sure.”
Craig Fenney, The Music Shipping Company