Since the uprise of Dubstep’s popularity over the last decade, we’ve witnessed some of the biggest changes to music and popular culture in recent times. And along with it some of the most exciting and forward thinking music since the turn of the century. Deeply intertwined within that musical revolution is London based DJ and producer Alex Crawford, known musically as The Others. Working with some of the genre’s most ground breaking labels including Tempa, Wheel & Deal, Sub Soldiers, Boka, Ringo, Dub Police, Subway, Black Label and Disciple; The Others prolific work rate has seen him compile one of Dubstep’s most extensive and varied back catalogues.
Initially consisting of two members, The Others was the brain child of Alex Crawford and former member Paul Baker who left the group in 2010 – leaving Alex to take the reigns and continue as a solo artist. After signing debut single ‘Hear Dis Style’ to Boka Records in 2006, The Others were approached by Caspa to produce an EP for his rapidly growing Dub Police label.
After a string of successful early releases with Dub Police, as well as track ‘Freakshow’ being picked up by pioneering label Tempa for their ‘Dubstep Allstar’ series, it was in late 2007 when breakthrough track ‘Africa VIP’ firmly established The Others as one of genre’s most exciting new producers. It went on to be one of the standout tracks from Caspa & Rusko’s seminal FabricLive 37 mix and remains a dubstep anthem all these years later.
But this was just the beginning of an extraordinary run of releases for The Others. With hugely successful productions such as ‘Kingpin’, ‘Bazooka’, ‘Gravity EP’, ‘Off The Wall’ and the momentous ‘First Flight EP’. The latter gaining recognition from all corners of electronic music and extensive commercial radio support from the likes of Annie Mac, MistaJam and Eddy Temple Morris. As well as pioneering DJ’s such as Hatcha, N-Type, Caspa, Joker and Plastician.
2012 marked the release of The Others eagerly anticipated debut album ‘Red Planet’ on Dub Police featuring vocals from Stamina MC, Lonette Charles and Geoff Smith alongside collaborations with prolific producers Joker, Breakage and Emalkay. The track ‘Fallout’, (with Emalkay) taken from the album, yet again reached anthem status. Gaining a nomination for the ‘Bass Music Awards’ in the process and further cementing The Others status among Dubstep’s elite.
His discography also hosts a very impressive catalogue of remixes including Above & Beyond, Breakage (with Newham Generals & David Rodigan), Maroon 5, Caspa, Emalkay, S.P.Y, The Prototypes, Plastician and Youngman (with Skream).
On top of his fantastic track record in producing, The Others is a more than accomplished DJ, having held down regular radio slots. First as part of the ‘Dub Police Show’ on Rinse FM, before going on to be an original member of MistaJam’s ‘Daily Dose of Dubstep’ on BBC Radio 1Xtra. In addition to being invited to perform at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, he remained a constant fixture at Dub Police’s now legendary Fabric residency in his hometown of London, as well as renowned clubs across the city like Plastic People, Cable, Xoyo, Pacha, Ministry of Sound and Matter.
The Others is no stranger to party-goers across the Atlantic either, having undertaken an impressive eight North American Tours performing at the likes of The House of Blues in Los Angeles, SXSW Festival in Austin, The World Music Conference in Miami and Beta in Denver. Australasia was also graced with his DJ abilities during a Ministry of Sound tour of Australia & New Zealand in 2011, and Europe has remained a staple destination with repeated performances at Tomorrowland Festival in Belgium, Outlook Festival in Croatia, Paradiso in Amsterdam, Rex in Paris, The Villa in Oslo and Eden in Ibiza to name a few.
2014 saw The Others mix his first compilation album; the forth edition of Dub Police’s highly successful MyStyle series, another awe-inspiring release with ‘Empire EP’ and he completed a 26 date tour across North America with longtime associate Caspa. Before taking a well deserved break in 2015 to concentrate on family alongside working behind the scenes on album projects and additional production for some of electronic musics biggest artists.
It was also during this period that The Others wrote an abundance of new solo material and collaborations ready to be unleashed in 2016, and on in to 2017. Now part of Disciple, as well as collaborative efforts with Funtcase, Subscape, Bukez Finezt and Trampa all in the pipeline, it seems as though he isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.