The Qemists

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The Qemists
The Qemists performing in 2017
The Qemists performing in 2017
Background information
OriginBrighton, England
GenresDrum and bass, big beat, electronica, electronic rock, rap rock
Years active2004 − present
LabelsMastermind Records (2004)
Ninja Tune (2005–2012)
Amazing Record Co. (2015–present)
FiXT Music (North America only) (2016–present)
MembersDan Arnold
Leon Harris
Liam Black
Bruno Balanta
Oliver Simmons
Past membersMatt Rose

The Qemists are an English electronic music group, hailing from Brighton, England. They are signed to Amazing Record Co., an indie record label based in the UK.[1] The band have a separate deal with Beat Records[2] for distribution in Japan and with Detroit-based label FiXT Music for North America.[3][4]


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 led 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.[5]

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.[6]

Their first single, "Stompbox", appeared on the soundtrack for the film Jumper. "Dem Na Like Me" and "Your Revolution" were 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.

At Przystanek Woodstock (Woodstock Festival Poland) in 2017

In November 2015, they signed to Amazing Record Co., planning the release of Warrior Sound, their third studio album, on 4 March 2016.[7]


  • Bruno Balanta – vocals (MC)
  • Oliver Simmons – vocals
  • Liam Black – guitar
  • Dan Arnold – bass, synth programming
  • Leon Harris – drums

Former members[edit]

  • Matt Rose – vocals

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.[citation needed]


Studio albums[edit]



  • "React" (2004)
  • "Summer Son" (2004)
  • "Iron Shirt" / "Let There Be Light" (2006)
  • "Stompbox" (2007)
  • "Dem Na Like Me" (feat. Wiley) (2008)
  • "Lost Weekend" (feat. Mike Patton) (2008)
  • "On the Run" (feat. Jenna G) (2009)
  • "Drop Audio" (feat. I.D.) (2009)
  • "Your Revolution" (feat. Matt Rose) (2010)
  • "Hurt Less" (feat. Jenna G) (2010)
  • "Renegade" (feat. Maxsta & MC I.D) (2010)
  • "Take It Back" (feat. Enter Shikari) (2011)
  • "No More" (2013)
  • "Run You" (2016)
  • "Anger" (feat. Kenta Koie of Crossfaith) (2016)
  • "Takeover" (with Zardonic) (2018)
  • "Crevasse" (2019)
  • "Feel Alive" (with Prolix) (2019)
  • "Deep Scars" (with 3D Stas) (2019)



  • 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. ^ "Amazing Record Co | The Qemists Sign To Amazing!". 18 January 2016. Archived from the original on 18 January 2016.
  2. ^ "::: BEATINK Official Website / Beat Records / The Qemists - Warrior Sound :::". 30 November 2015. Archived from the original on 30 November 2015.
  3. ^ "New Artist Unlocked: The Qemists! | FiXT | Record Label". 5 March 2016. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016.
  4. ^ "FiXT signs The Qemists for release of new album". 23 February 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  5. ^ "The Qemists 'Join The Q' album - MusicRemedy". 1 December 2008. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008.
  6. ^ "The Qemists at Ninja Tune". Retrieved 19 March 2009.
  7. ^ "THE QEMISTS SIGN RECORD DEAL & UNVEIL NEW SINGLE VIDEO |". 17 November 2015. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015.

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