Dominick Martin aka Calibre has been responsible for some of the most beautiful tracks in Drum & Bass to date and continues to drop jaws worldwide with his sublime and sultry productions. From his first full length LP on Creative Source to his latest album "Even If" on his own label Signature, Calibre's sound has progressed, taking in elements of jazz, funk, dub and techno but lost none of its soul. Without doubt, his influence in drum & bass has been profound yet Calibre continues evolve as an artist, exploring new techniques and styles in his music. Having played all over the world from Belfast to Berlin, Calibre certainly knows how to captivate a crowd. His sets often feature the deeper side of drum & bass yet never disappoint the dancefloor, featuring his own latest tracks as well as other forthcoming exclusives.

Since his early work for Dublin label Quadrophonic in 1998, Dominick Martin aka Calibre has developed a sound that delves deep below the all too often unsatisfying drum & bass surface. Bringing a warm, natural feel to the digital landscape of drum & bass, his early tracks stood far apart from the rest and soon caught the ears of none other than BBC Radio 1's DJ Fabio. The scene veteran and Creative Source label boss promptly gave Calibre's music his fullest attention and brought it to a wider audience, playing the freshest Calibre dubplates both on his show and at his legendary London club night Swerve. The critically acclaimed double album, 'Musique Concrete,' was released in 2001 and introduced a sound that paved the way for others to follow. Opening the door to a new breed of dancefloor capable, musically orientated drum & bass, Calibre's music certainly showed that less could be more.

Calibre has released music on a diverse range of labels including CIA, 31 Records, Commercial Suicide, Liquid V, Bassbin, Ganja, Exit, Critical, Integral, Quarantine, Deep Medi and Digital Soundboy. Bringing samples to life with a masterful touch has also made him a highly in-demand remixer and some of his most popular tracks to date have included remixes of Uncut, Solid State, Badmarsh & Shri and US R&B singer Jaheim. What makes his music most exciting, however, is that Calibre continues to evolve both as a producer and artist and has consistently stayed one step ahead of the rest.

With a shy and self-effacing exterior, Calibre is far from a prolific DJ and prefers not to sacrifice valuable studio time in favour of extensive gigs abroad. He's a highly capable selector behind the decks, however, and the rarity of his appearances seems to make them all the more special. Whether representing his own label, the Soul:ution crew or the A Bunch of Cuts collective, Calibre's known for dropping his own exclusive productions in the mix and frequently turns heads with a selection more rugged than some would expect. Prolific in the studio, yet always creative and exploring new techniques, he's the man Marcus Intalex calls the 'magical music machine'.

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