CMA Awards 2018
12th Planet Unveils Disciple Round Table Sub-Label, Shares Single 'Send It'
The stars are aligning for 12th Planet. The so-called “King of American Dubstep” recently dropped a five-track EP called Let Us Prey. It's just as monstrous as his biggest bass booms, but it also explores new frontiers, taking him back to his drum'n'bass roots and checking into the future direction.
“This EP was a big creative statement for me,” 12th Planet says in an emailed statement. “Being able to expand on my sound and still stay true to my roots was super important to me. From here, my main focus is to keep putting out music I'm proud of and keep taking risks, whether it's dubstep, drum'n'bass, or anything in between.”
Close-watching fans will realize it came out not on his familiar SMOG records, but on Disciple. That's because the interstellar stomper has signed with the bass-loving label, and more than that, he's come on board to head his own sub-label, Disciple Round Table, a.k.a. your new favorite home for dubstep and riddim insanity.
“Disciple has already been a great support to me so far,” he says. “They've built an amazing family of artists, and joining them at this point in the journey when things are expanding so radically is super exciting. Plus, they all live down the street from me, and we hang out all the time … [Disciple Round Table] is another way for me to champion the artists I believe in, and I'm pumped to put these heaters out.”
Disciple Round Table will feature a host of artists 12th Planet has worked with on the development end for years. He's proud to support INFEKT, Ivory, Murda, Samplifire, Dirt Monkey, and more with forthcoming EPs fans can expect in the next few months.
He pairs the announcement with “Send It,” a collaborative single with fellow Disciples Phase One and Barely Alive that's so grit-nasty, it'll give your headphones spasms. You can get all pumped for your brain-rattling future and listen to it, and Let Us Prey, below.
12th Panet and the The Disciple fam would also like to address some comments made by SkisM from Never Say Die Records. When Disciple founded in 2013, it was with the financial help and creative guidance of the Never Say Die family.
“We gave them contract templates, our artists for remixes…the keys to the castle, with one condition - Stay in your lane,” SKisM Tweeted, then the DJ/producer shared some pics comparing EP artwork and press photos from Disciple's co-founder Myro with his own. SKisM claimed the newer label was copying his marketing scheme and dared them to “do something original.”
12th Planet, however, isn't going to let a little shade throwing get in the way of his good time, nor will he let it build a divide between himself and his peers.
"With the recent online drama going on between Disciple and Never Say Die, I feel there's not much that can be said apart from Disciple's open letter below, which I know personally to be sincere," he says. "Never Say Die have built an amazing roster, so have Disciple. I personally take influence from a number of artists in the scene and get inspired to write similar music sometimes. You can't get away from similarities and coincidences now and again. I hope this can all be in the past, and we can continue to build on this amazing scene, pushing the music we love."
Disciple offers the following open letter as response:
"I'm sure most of you are aware of the twitter posts and video that was posted by Never Say Die and Skism yesterday. We wanted to write this post to address the situation as we felt it necessary to fill you guys in.
First of all, let us begin by verifying that this was not a marketing ploy on our part or something we knew was coming (there has been lots of speculation online that we jointly organised this whole thing behind the scenes to promote our new label). We assure you that this was not the case.
What Skism said about him and Nick from Never Say Die bankrolling the label in its inception was absolutely true - in fact there were many other things they helped with. They contributed towards early label expenses to get us going, as well as introducing us to numerous contacts including our original distributor and for that we are more than grateful. We likely wouldn't be where we are today without it. Since the beginning, they have always set the standard for how a record label should be run, and we have nothing but respect for what they have built. On the matter of yesterday’s Twitter & Facebook comments, we are in contact with Skism directly about everything that has happened, but do not wish to comment any further publicly.
We do this because we love what we do, and of course for you guys, the fans. Without your continued support, Disciple (or any labels for that matter) wouldn’t exist. In moments like this where there has been a lot of breakdown in communication, we feel it’s important to react with love and respect towards others as encouraging a divide doesn’t bring about anything good for anyone.
It's been a really exciting time for us as a label recently, with the signing of 12th Planet and now the launch of a new record label 'Disciple Round Table' as a joint venture with him. We can't wait to help support even more artists who deserve the spotlight and to push forward this sound that we love so much.
There comes a time in every record label’s life where the release schedule becomes full to a point where packing in any extra releases could compromise the time dedicated to the existing artists’ music. Much as Ram Records have Program, and Hospital Records have Med School, we’ve reached a point where we needed to expand. The motivation behind this was never to rip Never Say Die off here, or for it to come across as malicious.
The Disciple team."
All squabling aside, music speaks for itself. Listen to 12th Planet's Disciple debut EP Let Us Prey below.