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Darkfloor began in 2009 as a place to shore and publish the archives for our show Mantis Radio. Over the years since we have published and highlighted mixes, reviewed music, shared news and conducted interviews. We have hosted live events, thrown parties, and in 2012 we started publishing music with our record label Darkfloor Sound.
– We are not defined by genre. We are built upon a rich, diverse and cohesive sound spectrum.
The music we air on Mantis Radio, write about on Darkfloor and publish on Darkfloor Sound is akin to our philosophy of pushing music and musicians we believe in.
For all queries about our record label (inc. distribution), sending promotional material for airplay, and DJ/live bookings, please contact us.
Launched in May 2007, Mantis Radio was the original catalyst for Darkfloor. Hosting the show archives and podcast it grew from a monthly three hour live transmission, to a fortnightly two hour live broadcast and podcast. In March 2017, Mantis Radio began broadcasting weekly.
Darkfloor isn’t defined by a single genre or sound but rather a composite.
We are primarily concerned with electronics, especially of a rich, bass heavy, often dark, textured variety. Thundering mutant stabs of bass. Claustrophobic industrial bleakness. Hypnotically, lush depth. Or, the wide gamut of sound between, it is all these things and more.
We absorb the best of established genres and sonics, including but not limited to – techno, electro, breaks, dubstep, glitch, IDM, drone, ambient, breakstep, bass, noise, experimental electronics, metal, power electronics, downtempo, illbient, jungle, drum n bass and stuff we don’t even know what to classify as.
Heading up Darkfloor and its tendrils is Mike Darkfloor. Radio host & producer, label owner, DJ, designer, art director, artist and repertoire, and editor.
Over the years many people have contributed to our site’s words, including Brant Showers (AAIMON), Ali Berger, Alistair Read, Billywood, Blackmass Plastics, Bushby, Clodhoppa, Danny Vandal, Eddie Bovaflux, Inorganic Audio, Karellen, KidChameleon, Laica, Mad Wax, Nora (feryne), Opine Ko$insky, Rachael Kissane, Rob Dunstone, Swarm Intelligence, Taylor Shechet, Ursa, Uschi Schomig, and Vadim Savchenko (Vadz).
In 2011 we opened a forum (the hive) to help further the positive discussion and promotion of the multiple styles and genres that form the core of Darkfloor and beyond. Good music is good music whether it has or hasn’t got specific sounds, programming structure, frequencies and the like. With the rise of social media and the increasing demands on our time to maintain and administer the boards we made the decision to close the forum in early 2014. It remains online as an archive of record.