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Birth nameKarl Thomas
Born (1982-11-29) 29 November 1982 (age 38)
Esperance, Western Australia, Australia
OriginPerth, Western Australia, 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."[4]

In This Light and A Dark Machine (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 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, and Brookes Brothers.[3]

ShockOne released his second full-length album A Dark Machine on 1 August 2019.[8] He embarked on a nationwide tour promoting the album the same month.[9]


Sources for discography are correct as of Discogs[2] and iTunes.[10]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak positions
  • Released: 29 April 2013
  • Label: Viper Recordings
A Dark Machine[8] 26

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
Headroom Part 2
(with L Plus)
  • Released: 7 April 2008
  • Label: Viper Recordings
  • Released: 10 April 2009
  • Label: Viper Recordings
The Re-Fix
  • Released: 1 October 2010
  • Label: Viper Recordings
In This Light
  • Released: 6 May 2016
  • Label: Warner Music Australia


Title Year Album
"Dropping Science" / "Silverscreen" 2005 Non-album singles
"Let Me Go" / "Frank" 2006
"It's On!"
"Don't You Know" / "Shock Resistance" (featuring Elisha King) 2007
"The Riddler" / "We Be Droppin This"
"The Calling" / "Follow You" 2008
"The Sun" / "Cyclones" (with Phetsta)
"The Sun 2009" / "Stage Diver" (with Phetsta) 2009
"Crucify Me"
(featuring Phetsta)
2011 Universus
(featuring Sam Nafie)
"Chaos Theory" 2012
(featuring Metrik & Kyza)
(with Virtual Riot)
2016 non-album single
"A Dark Machine"
(featuring Reija Lee)
2017 A Dark Machine
"Bleed Black"[12]
(featuring Cruz Patterson)
(featuring Cecil)
(featuring The Bloody Beetroots)
"Til Dawn"[14]
"It's All Over" 2020 non-album single
"Follow Me"[15][16] 2020 non-album single

Awards and nominations[edit]

National Live Music Awards[edit]

The National Live Music Awards (NLMAs) are a broad recognition of Australia's diverse live industry, celebrating the success of the Australian live scene. The awards commenced in 2016.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
National Live Music Awards of 2018[17][18] ShockOne Live Electronic Act (or DJ) of the Year Nominated


  1. ^ "Warner Music Australia".
  2. ^ a b ShockOne discography at Discogs
  3. ^ a b c d e "Viper Recordings:ShockOne artist profile". Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Everguide ShockOne Interview – April 2013". Archived from the original on 28 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. ^ a b Scilippa, Phil. "ShockOne Releases Second Studio Album, A Dark Machine". Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  9. ^ "ShockOne Confirms 'A Dark Machine' Album Tour". Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  10. ^ "ShockOne on iTunes". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 25 April 2013.
  11. ^ " - Discography ShockOne". Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  12. ^ "ShockOne new music video for 'Bleed Black', featuring Cruz Patterson". 13 April 2018. Archived from the original on 24 July 2019. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  13. ^ Bein, Kat (27 June 2019). "ShockOne & The Bloody Beetroots Bring the Doom in 'Run' Video: Exclusive". Archived from the original on 1 July 2019. Retrieved 28 June 2019.
  14. ^ "ShockOne Unveils Bass Thriller "Til Dawn" as Second Single from Upcoming "A Dark Machine" Album". Vents Magazine. 18 July 2019. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  15. ^ Writer, Staff (16 September 2020). "SHOCKONE RELEASES DYNAMIC SINGLE 'FOLLOW ME'". Around the Sound. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  16. ^ Writers, Staff. "ShockOne Drops New Single 'Follow Me'". scenestr - Pop Culture & Entertainment. Retrieved 27 February 2021.
  17. ^ "NLMA announce 2018 nominees and Live legend". NLMA. 2 October 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  18. ^ "Winners of the 2018 NLMA". NLMA. December 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2020.

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