Nick Douwma (born 13 April 1982), better known by his stage name Sub Focus, is an English electronic music producer. He has been releasing records since 2003. On 12 October 2009, he released his self-titled debut album. He released his second album, Torus, on 30 September 2013.
In March 2005 he had a number one single on the UK Dance Chart with “X-Ray / Scarecrow”. The single reached number 60 on the UK Singles Chart. In June 2008, he hit number one on the UK Dance Chart again with “Timewarp / Join the Dots”.
In August 2009, he cracked the UK Top 40 for the first time with “Rock It / Follow the Light“, which reached number 38. “Rock It / Follow the Light” also got him a third UK Dance Chart #1, as well as reaching the B-List of BBC Radio 1‘s playlist. Sub Focus has also remixed selected works of The Prodigy, Deadmau5, Rusko, Dr. Octagon, Empire of the Sun and Dizzee Rascal.
In 2010, Sub Focus was a support act for Australian drum & bass band Pendulum on their UK tour to promote their third album Immersion. Later that year, he produced the Example track “Kickstarts” for his second album, Won’t Go Quietly. The track was successful in the UK Singles Chart, peaking at #3. This makes it Sub Focus’ most commercially successful production to date.
A free track “Falling Down” featuring vocals from Kenzie May was released on his website and was later released digitally as an EP on Beatport. In 2012, he released “Out the Blue” featuring Alice Gold and it reached #23 in the UK Singles Chart. It was followed by “Tidal Wave” featuring Alpines which peaked at #12 in the UK Singles Chart, which also became his first to spend at least 2 weeks in the Top 40. On 12 May 2013, “Endorphins” featuring Alex Clare was released, continuing his recent chart success, peaking at #10 in the UK Singles Chart.
The album’s fifth single “Turn It Around” was released on 22 September 2013 and reached #14. His second studio album Torus was released on 30 September 2013. He headlined the Radio 1 Dance stage at the Reading and Leeds Festivals 2013. Sub Focus played at Glastonbury 2013 with his new live show setup. Later in the summer of 2013 he went on to play at Dour Festival, Reading & Leeds, Global Gathering, Bestival and Isle of Wight festival among others.
He headlined BBC Radio 1Xtra Live at the Bournemouth International Centre on 7 October. He then completed a 2013 UK tour. The sixth single from Torus, “Turn Back Time“, rose up the UK Singles Chart to number 85 prior to independent release and rising further due to featuring on the Radio 1 B-list. A week later, it climbed 49 places to number 36.
“Turn Back Time” is a song by British record producer Sub Focus, featuring uncredited vocals from British singer Yolanda Quartey. It was released independently on 20 December 2013 as the sixth single from his second studio album Torus.
However, the song charted prior to independent release and continued to rise, peaking at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart on the week ending 25 January 2014. Along with “Endorphins” it is his joint highest-charting single to date.
“Turn Back Time” was one of the last songs to be finished on Torus. At the time he was experimenting with 90’s rave samples and the song originally used a Todd Terry sample but was re-recorded with session vocalist Yolanda Quartey and worked into a new song. The song is a fan favourite during his live sets, and one of the few songs that he uses the smoke machine during.
The track received a surge in popularity upon the album release and entered the UK Singles Chart, working its way up to number 85 and then later number 35, 15 and eventually 10 in the UK Singles Chart. The song contains elements of the song “Brass Disk (Todd Terry Remix)” by Duprée, and lyrics from the song “Missing You”, written by Kim English and Frankie Feliciano.
An official video to accompany the release of the single was premiered on YouTube on 19 December 2013, at a total duration of three minutes and fifty-eight seconds.
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