Hailing from a small village just outside Vienna, Fourward are the latest in a long line of Austrian talent, with other notable names including Camo & Krooked, Body & Soul, and Mainframe label owner DisasZt all originating in the thriving Austrian scene.
Marrying elements of tech-step, neurofunk and jump-up into one slick package, this new awesome four-some are taking the scene by storm with huge releases on a host of prestigious labels. Refusing to be confined to one genre, for Fourward it's all about the music.
Fourward began several years ago when a group of friends decided to make music simply for fun. With four different, yet equally talented members, it's no surprise that Fourward are now known for their unique and accomplished sound.
Lukas, one quarter of the supergroup, began producing electronic music 8 years ago, whilst Dominik was drawn into the Drum and Bass scene in 2000. In addition to this, both Nikl and Ludwig have also played guitar in different bands, giving the group four unusual perspectives on bass music - something evident in their unmistakable sound. Drawing their influences from Drum and Bass pioneers such as Matrix and Futurebound, Bad Company and Noisia, Fourward represent a fresh take on the Neurofunk style, and with their four varied ingredients, it's hard to predict what this exciting group will cook up in the studio.
Officially combining forces in 2007, the newly formed four-piece quickly caught the attention of Subsonik Sound Recordings. After featuring alongside the likes of Subsonik and InsideInfo on various singles, the group began to attract the attention of some of the darkest, grittiest labels in the Drum and Bass. In 2009 the group had a breakthrough year with releases on Austria's Nasca Records, Trace's DSCI4 label, as well as a collaboration with Body & Soul on Virus Recordings, Ed Rush & Optical's legendary imprint.
Following this success, Fourward released the 'Episodes' LP on Citrus Recordings in May 2011, and now have a string of singles set for release on labels such as Trust In Music, Fokuz Recordings, as well as a remix of 'Moblaw' on Jade's Eatbrain Records and a collaboration with Tali on 'Facing Forwards' taken from her 'Dark Days, High Nights' LP on AudioPorn Records.
Following up, 2013 came with the highly successful release of the 'Aftermath' EP on AudioPorn Records. Gaining support from BBC Radio 1Xtra's head-honcho Crissy Criss and features on Friction's flagship Radio 1 show.
Words by Curtis Moldrich