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Duploc Taps Into the Deeper Side of Dubstep

Pieter Grauwels of Duploc

“There’s no local community here. The Internet was the only way.”—Pieter Grauwels

Growing up, Pieter Grauwels never had much exposure to underground music. Living near Hasselt, a small town in the Flemish part of Belgium near the Dutch border far from the nightlife centers of Brussels and Gent, the only regular live music nearby was of the mainstream, middle-of-the-road variety, which failed to capture his imagination. That all changed when a friend introduced him to dubstep in his late teens. “There was something about the music I became obsessed with,” he says. The songs he’d heard were on the more accessible end of the music, which by then had found mainstream pop appeal.  So Grauwels did what any respectable youth from his generation would: he went “digging.” After a few nights spent on the internet, he found new dimensions in the sound—deeper and more experimental releases that created within him with a desire to get involved. Five years later, he launched his own label, magazine, and podcast, Duploc. “The first uploads I came across were very heavy, but then I discovered labels like Deep Medi,” he explains, referencing the label founded by British dubstep pioneer Mala. “I learned about a deeper side of dubstep. That’s what we’re trying to promote [with Duploc].”

A law student, currently finishing the equivalent of his master’s degree, Grauwels launched Duploc in 2012, while he was still in high school. First, it was a YouTube channel, then he moved on to arranging free digital compilations and, in early 2015, Duploc graduated to a proper label with a release by Münster-based producer and sound system builder Noclu.

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