[BLACKOUT / SOM MUSIC]
Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, State of Mind are a duo of Stu Maxwell and Patrick Hawkins. Beginning their careers in 2005, SOM have become notoriously prolific drum & bass producers with releases on a broad spectrum of labels throughout the dnb scene.
Material can be found on the shelves via CIA Recordings, Teebee’s Subtitles Records, Friction’s Shogun Audio, Viper Recordings, Doc Scott’s 31 Records, Concord Dawn’s Uprising, Bad Company, BSE & Obsessions, Project 51, Samurai and more.
Not happy being mere producers and DJs, SOM Music was launched in 2009 and is now regarded as a premier niche label in its own right. SOM Music is home to artists like Nymfo, Black Sun Empire, Spinline, Jade, Mindscape, Dose, Borderline, Trei, Neonlight & Incognito to name a few.
State of Mind released their first full CD ‘Take Control’ on Uprising Records in 2006, an album that garnered them the publicly voted award of ‘Breakthrough Artists of the year’ on the B-Net radio network in NZ, and a nomination for a prestigious NZ Music Award.
In March 2009, they released their second LP, ‘Faster than Light’ on their own label SOM Music.
Their third album called ‘Nil By Ear’ was globally released in April 2011, peaking at number 5 in the NZ Charts. This was also nominated for a NZ Music Award.
State Of Mind are the former hosts of the hugely popular ‘Next Level” 95BFM drum & bass show. The show has now been relaunched in monthly podcast format due to popular demand.
Moving forward State of Mind are now signed to Black Sun Empire’s flagship ‘Blackout’ label, and released their fourth album on Blackout & SOM Music in 2013.