Klute (musician)

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Klute in Moscow in 2007
Background information
Birth name Tom Withers
Origin London, England
Genres Drum and bass, techno, punk, techstep, neurofunk
Occupations Musician
Years active 1987–present
Labels Commercial Suicide, Certificate 18, 31, Hospital, Soul:R, Metalheadz, Breakbeat Science Recordings

Klute is the primary recording alias of Tom Withers, a drum and bass Producer and DJ from London, UK.[1]

He is also the drummer, vocalist and songwriter in the English Hardcore band The Stupids and first turned to electronic production in the early 1990s, experimenting with techno before turning to Drum and Bass. He released two 12" under the Override alias in 1995-96, as well as appearing on Ninja Tune compilations. In 1997 he released the 12 single 'Deep Control' under the Alias of 'The Spectre'. In 1998 the debut Klute LP Casual Bodies was released on the seminal Certificate 18 imprint; Fear of People followed in 2000.

In 2001 he established the label Commercial Suicide. This released his own material, including the albums Lie, Cheat & Steal (2003), No One's Listening Anymore (2005) The Emperor's New Clothes (2007) and most recently Music for prophet (2010) . All of these albums are double CDs with one drum and bass CD and another of downtempo techno and breakbeat, and received widespread acclaim in the electronic music community. The track "Time 4 Change" from No One's Listening Anymore was the last tune played on-air by John Peel.

The label has also released tracks from artists like Amit, Break, Digital, Spirit, Calibre, Dom & Roland, Hive, SKC and Chris Su, establishing itself as one of the bigger players in drum and bass.

Klute's style of drum and bass is strongly influenced by techno. It is deep and progressive, with flavours of house, dub and trance, and frequent use of vocals. Although Klute is one of the most melodic and musical producers in drum and bass, his tracks are still typically intended for the DJ and dancefloor.

As well as releasing music on his own label, Klute has releases on Hospital Records, 31 Records, Soul:R, Metalheadz and Breakbeat Science Recordings.



  • Casual Bodies - Certificate 18 (1998)
  • Fear of People - Certificate 18 (2000)
  • Lie, Cheat & Steal - Commercial Suicide (2003)
  • No One's Listening Anymore - Commercial Suicide (2005)
  • The Emperor's New Clothes - Commercial Suicide (2007)
  • Music For Prophet - Commercial Suicide (2010)
  • The Draft - Commercial Suicide (2013)


  1. ^ IMO Records "Klute Biography", IMO Records, London, 17 October 2011. Retrieved on 23 November 2011.

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