The Qemists

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The Qemists
Origin Brighton, United Kingdom
Genres Electronica, drum and bass, big beat, breakbeat, electronic rock, rave
Years active 2004 − present
Labels Mastermind Records (2004)
Ninja Tune (2005 − present)
Members Dan Arnold
Leon Harris
Liam Black
Matt Rose
Bruno Balanta
Oliver Simmons

The Qemists are an electronic music group from Brighton, United Kingdom. They are signed to Ninja Tune, a indie record label based in London.[1] The band consists of bassist Dan Arnold, drummer Leon Harris and guitarist Liam Black.


The Qemists were originally the drummer, bassist and guitarist in a rock band where they spent a lot of time touring UK and Europe as well as spending a lot of time in the studio. During this time in the rock band in the late 1990s, they acquired an interest in drum and bass and some of the group's early efforts started to get airplay. For many years they were performing in the rock band as their day job whilst producing and DJing drum and bass at night, and this conflict of interests lead to the fusion of the two styles to form The Qemists sound that is known today. They had previously worked as live sound engineers for Basement Jaxx, Kano and Lady Sovereign.[2]

Their debut release on Ninja Tune was a remix of Coldcut's "Everything Is Under Control" which was supported by Zane Lowe, Coldcut and Pendulum.[3]

Their first single, "Stompbox" appeared on the soundtrack for the film Jumper. "Dem Na Like Me" & "Your Revolution" are used in Clay Porter's mountain bike movie "3 Minute Gaps" (2011). "Stompbox" and "Tom Cat" appeared in the action movie Blitz (2011)

In 2009, they supported Enter Shikari on their World Tour, and underwent their own headlining UK Tour.

In 2012, the band announced they're planning to release a new album in 2013.

Musical style[edit]

With the band's origins in heavy rock music and their fusion of electronic rock and drum and bass, The Qemists are often compared to bands such as Pendulum and The Prodigy.


Studio albums[edit]

Mix albums[edit]


  • React (12" Vinyl) - (2004)
  • Summer Son (12" Vinyl) - (2004)
  • Iron Shirt / Let There Be Light - (2006)
  • Stompbox - (2007)
  • Dem Na Like Me - (2008)
  • Lost Weekend - (2008)
  • On The Run - (2009)
  • Drop Audio - (2009)
  • S.W.A.G. - (2009)
  • Your Revolution - (2010)
  • Hurt Less - (2010)
  • Renegade - (2010)
  • Take It Back - (2011)
  • No More - (2013)



  • Let There Be Light (from Stompbox EP) - (2007)
  • Lost Weekend (VIP) (from Lost Weekend EP) - (2008)
  • Dem Na Like Me (VIP) (from Dem Na Like Me EP) - (2008)
  • Play With Fire (from On The Run EP) - (2009)
  • Renegade (VIP) (from Renegade EP) - (2010)
  • Take It Back (VIP) (from Take It Back EP) - (2011)
  • Dirty Words (VIP) (from Take It Back EP) - (2011)

Other Appearances[edit]


  1. ^ IMO Records "Mastermind Records Biography", IMO Records, Retrieved on 012 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Join the Q review at"
  3. ^ Ninja Tune. "The Qemists at Ninja Tune". Ninja Tune. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 

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