Originally making his mark on the dubstep tip, the Belgium-based Doctrine channeled the power of his early releases on imprints like Faust and Shortee’s Heavy Artillery imprint into a newfound love of the neuro side of drum & bass and quickly found a sound that was all is own. Able to merge his wide-ranging love of musical influences across the board into a sound that has allowed him to play alongside artists ranging from DJ Hype to Mala, his eclectic mix of glitch, neuro, and jazz-funk vibrations has also led to releases on imprints ranging from Noisia’s Invisible to Black Sun Empire’s Blackout.
With his latest release “Panopticon” and “Thunder” (out now!) cranking up the heat on the dancefloor for the legendary Ram Records, we thought we’d check in with the hybrid headspace of Doctrine for a glimpse into the genre-bending cuts that continue to shape his ever-evolving sound.
Deftones “Hexagram” (Maverick, 2003)
“The opening track of one of my favorite albums of all time, Deftone’s 2003 self-titled effort. ‘Hexagram’ is a ball of pure energy. It was the first time I heard the combination of heavy metal and shoegaze elements, which persisted later in my love for everything post-metal. Also, THAT drum sound.
Vangelis “Blade Runner” [Main Titles] (Warner Bros., 1982)
“The first music we hear in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. Film is my second biggest passion and in ‘80s sci-fi I’ve always found endless inspiration for any creative undertaking. Throwback to my tune ‘Deckard’ released via Ram last year!”
The Streets “Let’s Push Things Forward” (679 Recordings, 2002)
“This whole album was life-changing in the fact that it was one of the first hip-hop projects I’d come in contact with. (I heard it in parts as a kid because of all the f-bombs.) Nowadays I listen to a lot of R&B/grime/hip-hop and this album definitely helped strengthen my love for those genres. I’m glad that I still listen to these Streets tunes all these years later, as I’m picking up on so much subtle lyrical content I never understood as a kid. Smart!”
Noisa “Deception” (Ram, 2010)
“Ah, Noisia. Does this need any words? Some of the first drum & bass I got in contact with. Little did I know it would be some of the best drum & bass I’d ever find.”
Bee Gees “Stayin’ Alive” (RSO, 1977)
“Not necessarily this tune in particular but I’m an absolute sucker for everything disco. Bee Gees, Earth, Wind & Fire, Diana Ross, Patrice Rushen…some of the best bass lines ever written and production is always super on point, too!”