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Birth nameKarl Thomas
Born (1982-11-29) 29 November 1982 (age 36)
Esperance, Western Australia
OriginPerth, Australia
GenresDrum and bass, dubstep, drumstep, electro house
Occupation(s)Musician, producer Commentator
Years active2005–present
LabelsViper Recordings, Monstercat, Warner Music Australia [1]
Associated actsPendulum, Phetsta, Metrik, Knife Party, Reija Lee, Kyza, and Sam Nafie
MembersKarl Thomas
Past membersJay Burns[2]

Karl Thomas, better known as ShockOne, is an Australian electronic music producer and DJ born in 1982. Originally from Esperance, Western Australia, he now resides in Perth, he has been releasing music as ShockOne since 2005, producing a wide variety of dance genres including drum and bass, dubstep, drumstep and electro house.[3]



Karl Thomas was a drummer and in high school when he met and formed a metal band (called Xygen) with Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen (the two who would later become Pendulum and eventually Knife Party) and Jay Burns; when Pendulum started in the early 2000s, Xygen finished, and so Thomas started making electronic music of his own, under the alias of ShockOne.[4]

Early career (2005–2008)[edit]

From 2005 to 2009 ShockOne released many singles and remixes, making a name for himself within the worldwide drum and bass scene.

ShockOne EP (2009–2010)[edit]

In 2009, he released a debut self-titled EP, containing drum and bass hit "Polygon" and dubstep track "Adachigahara's Theme" among others. The Re-Fix EP was released in 2010 containing VIPs and remixes of songs off the ShockOne EP.[3]

Universus (2011–2014)[edit]

In 2010, Thomas announced that he would begin work on a full-length debut album titled Universus; the first single to be taken from the album was "Crucify Me", released in June 2011, a two-part drum and bass/dubstep piece in which he provided his own vocals, featuring friend and fellow producer Phetsta.[3] The second single released in December 2011 was "Relapse", a dubstep track featuring the vocals of Sam Nafie;[3] the third single, "Chaos Theory", released in October 2012, is a drumstep/dubstep tune that gained much attention in Australia, UK, and around the world.[5] The fourth single to be taken from Universus was "Lazerbeam", a drum and bass track with additional production by Metrik and vocals by Kyza.

A highly anticipated album,[6] Universus was released on 26 April 2013 in Australia and on 29 April in the rest of the world; the album became overall number one album in Australia on its first day of release. It contains 14 songs in dance genres such as drum and bass, electro house, and dubstep. Collaborations include Phetsta, Reija Lee (ShockOne's sister), Metrik, Kyza, and Sam Nafie.[7] Thomas said of the title: "The loose theme of Universus is the lifespan of our universe; the term itself, 'universus', actually means everything right now. It's dealing with, as humans, our perception of reality and how we deal with the universe that we're in."[8]

In This Light (2014–present)[edit]

After moving to London for a number of years, Thomas moved back to Perth in 2014 to build a new studio at home before he started work on his latest EP, In This Light, which was released on 6 May 2016. To build hype for the EP and to re-introduce himself to the market, Thomas premiered the single "City Lock" off the EP on triple j Goodnights on 2 February 2016, and announced a national tour.

All the while, Thomas continues to produce remixes for many artists including Netsky, Chicane, Ayah Marar, The Aston Shuffle, Russo, Cutline, and Brookes Brothers.[3]


Year Release Type Label
2005 "Dropping Science" / "Silverscreen" Single Shogun Audio
2006 "Let Me Go" / "Frank" Single Incite Recordings
2006 "It's On!" Single Shogun Audio
2007 "Don't You Know" / "Shock Resistance" (featuring Elisha King) Single Viper Recordings
2007 "The Riddler" / "We Be Droppin This" Single Viper Recordings
2008 Headroom EP Part 2 (Viper release) EP Viper Recordings
2008 "The Calling" / "Follow You" Single Viper Recordings
2008 "The Sun" / "Cyclones" (with Phetsta) Single Technique Recordings
2009 ShockOne EP Viper Recordings
2009 "The Sun 2009" / "Stage Diver" (with Phetsta) Single Technique Recordings
2010 The Re-Fix E.P. EP Viper Recordings
2011 "Crucify Me" (featuring Phetsta) Single Viper Recordings
2011 "Relapse (featuring Sam Nafie) Single Viper Recordings
2012 "Chaos Theory" Single Viper Recordings
2013 "Lazerbeam" (featuring Metrik & Kyza) Single Viper Recordings
2013 Universus LP Viper Recordings
2016 In This Light EP Warner Music Australia
2016 "Showdown" (with Virtual Riot) Single Disciple Recordings
2017 "A Dark Machine" (featuring Reija Lee) Single Warner Music Australia, Monstercat
2018 "Bleed Black" (featuring Cruz Patterson) Single Warner Music Australia, Monstercat
2018 "Underloved" (featuring Cecil) Single Warner Music Australia, Monstercat
2019 "Run" (featuring The Bloody Beetroots)[9] Single Warner Music Australia, Monstercat

Sources for discography are correct as of Discogs[10] and iTunes.[11]


  1. ^ "shockone".
  2. ^ ShockOne discography at Discogs
  3. ^ a b c d e "Viper Recordings:ShockOne artist profile". Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  4. ^ "Everguide ShockOne Interview – April 2013". Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Triple J: ShockOne readies debut LP". Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Triple J Feature Album: Universus by ShockOne". Triple J. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  7. ^ "ShockOne – Universus on iTunes". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Everguide ShockOne Interview – April 2013". Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  9. ^ "ShockOne & The Bloody Beetroots Bring the Doom in 'Run' Video: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  10. ^ "ShockOne Discography". Discogs. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  11. ^ "ShockOne on iTunes". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 25 April 2013.

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