Black Barrel debuts on Metalheadz with ‘Elevate EP’
The multi genre background of drum & bass artist Black Barrel (Evgenii) has helped him encompass a full spectrum of influences throughout his slick sonic cuts. Whether it was drum & bass, techno, hip-hop or indie rock, he spent years pouring over the many musical avenues which dance music offered, taking inspiration from its every corner. Although the first time Black Barrel was introduced to the versatile 174bpm world was through the ‘Pirate Station’ program on Russian channel ‘Radio Record’. Evgenii would sit patiently during airtime at 1:00am, waiting with his tape recorder and covering the broadcast, despite needing to be up early for school the next day.
It wasn’t until 2012 that Black Barrel would hit his first drum & bass night. Here he witnessed genre pioneers Calyx & Teebee, who shook the clubs significant sound system which would have a lasting impact on him. They were the first DJs he ever witnessed and to this day it remains one of his favourite DJ sets.
Drawing from early Metalheadz influences, sounds and ideas, Black Barrel has crafted his own unique take on it all ranging from the intricate edits and soulful KSR vocals on ‘Elevate With Me’ to the unparalleled funk and gnarly prominence of our premiere ‘Hear The Sound’. It’s further proof that Black Barrel is more than adept when it comes to producing full spectrum drum and bass.
Black Barrel’s ‘Elevate’ EP drops on Metalheadz on 23rd August. Check out ‘Hear The Sound’ below and grab a copy of the EP here