One of the most unique and exciting bass music outfits to emerge in recent times, Koven is the production alias of producer Max Rowat and Katie Boyle.
First conceived in December 2011, the Koven project was sparked into life with the ‘Wake You Up EP’. Instantly making an impact across the scene, Koven’s very first release saw support from some of the most influential tastemakers of the time, including UKF and Inspector Dubplate. This free download also began a trend for Koven across the airwaves, receiving substantial backing and airtime from the likes of Radio 1 to XFM, as well as Ministry of Sound.
Finding their way into some of Bass Music’s most respected sets, it wasn’t long before Koven had a queue of equally talented producers at their door, eager to work with a new and exciting production force. Collaborating with Modestep on their track ‘Take It All’ and featuring on their highly anticipated album ‘Evolution Theory’, Koven went on to Support Modestep on their UK tour.
On the cutting edge of production as well as performance, Koven’s sets held their own – partly thanks to the Alphasphere, a prototype midi controller from NuDesign. The Alphasphere has become an integral part of Koven’s live sets and studio work alike – allowing the innovative group to channel their unique blend of epic bass and organic musicality directly to the crowd – creating new ideas in the process.
With their talents in demand, remix requests followed from EDM juggernauts such as Borgore, Hadouken and The Prototypes – racking up millions hits on YouTube and 10’s of thousands of fans across the globe. Transforming Hadouken’s already huge ‘Levitate’ into a 140bpm leviathan, Koven’s reworking peeked over a million views on UKF Dubstep, accelerating the ridiculous momentum of a group on the rise. Not content with having Koven just remix Hadouken, Ministry of Sound also enlisted their help to produce a track for the ‘Hadouken’ album, putting them in the company of household names such as Noisia, Loadstar and Drumsound & Bassline Smith. Outside the world of music, original Koven production also found its way into Ministry of Sound and Nissan’s collaborative project ‘The Nissan Juke Box’ with a track titled ‘Urban Forms’.
After making a name for themselves with the free ‘Wake You Up EP’ and remix work, in March 2013 the time had come for Koven to drop what was unbelievably their debut release. Released on Futurebound’s Viper Recordings, an outlet renowned for its ability to find new talent, ‘More Than You’ announced Koven as a new, formidable force on the EDM radar. A blend of melody, contorting bass and the unforgettable vocals of Kate Ashton, ‘More Than You’ solidified Koven’s style, earning them even more new fans and over 1.5 million views in the process. The single featured remixes from Drum and Bass dancefloor kings DC Breaks and support from Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, ‘More Than You’ began the next phase of Koven’s rise in the dance music scene. Toontracks’ endorsement with their Superior Drummer suite has also become an integral part of the Koven sound by helping to produce the epic, yet live style the group has become so famous for.
Gaining recognition at a rate of knots with their organic yet precise production, Koven went from strength to strength with the release of ‘Make It There’. Once again combining live instruments, raw vocals from Folly Rae and soaring melodies all wrapped up in polished production, ‘Make It There’ recreated the magic once again, and included a remix from Viper Recordings’ very own The Prototypes. This record had continuing support from Zane Lowe and also saw the Koven perform their first ever Live Lounge for Crissy Criss on Radio 1xtra.
Building on this success, Summer 2013 saw further remix interest with Koven lending their hand at reworking the summer anthem Juventa – ‘Move Into Light feat. Erica Curran’. Keeping the ethereal vocals of the original and fusing them with textured bass, Juventas energetic dance number was transformed into an epic, hands in the air Dubstep track that only Koven could produce.
Koven were now ready to begin another exciting instalment with the arrival of Katie Boyle – one of dance musics most talented, original vocalists. Featuring on labels such as Mainframe Recordings and Audioporn as well as teaming up with accomplished producers including techstep mammoths Fourward, High Maintenance and liquid heavyweights Hybrid Minds, Katie had rightly gained a reputation for both her extreme versatility and vocal ability.
The first official release from Koven’s accomplished new line up, the epic ‘Another Home’ and haunting ‘Petrichor’ see soaring soundscapes, live instruments and deep bass complimented by Katies awe inspiring vocals. Featuring all the hallmarks of the unmistakable sound that has set Koven apart from the congested Dubstep arena, the ‘Another Home’ underlined Kovens position as one of the most original, talented production teams in the scene.
After catching the attention of Jagermeister in the summer of 2013, Another Home’ has also been selected to be featured on Jagermiesters new Walkabout Project, taking their ongoing sponsorship deal with the brand to another level. Across 27 venues, Jagermeister have distributed 1000 tokens for free downloads, further spreading the Koven name.
Summer of 2014 saw Koven have their biggest show to date, Mainstage at Exit Festival in front of 40,000 people alongside acts such as Rudimental and Skrillex. This coincided with a full diary of festival dates across the summer including Audioriver, Home Festival, Secret Garden Party, Campus Festival, Run To The Sun and many more.
That busy summer lead up to the release of their Debut EP ‘Hereinafter’. This EP was split into two parts; Part One saw over 1 million hits on the premier uploads alone before the release of Part Two, 2 weeks later with the view count increasing by the tens of thousands daily. This release also saw a stream of ‘Live Sessions’ performed with a full band that further enhanced their performance capabilities.
Back on remix duties Koven have since completed a remix for Kokiri’s ‘Retrospect’ which was released via Big Beat / Atlantic in the US and Minsitry Of Sound in the UK. This remix saw huge radio support including plays by the likes of Radio 1, 1xtra, Capital, XFM, KISS and more
The release ‘Sometimes We Are’ furthermore solidified the Koven sound with the act winning the ‘Best EP Release’ award at the 2015 Bass Music Awards.
The duo were then appointed to compose the music for a £2.7 million TV advertising campaign by Mast-Jaegermeister as part of its ‘Craft the Moment’ marketing initiative. The commercial premiered in the UK at the end of 2015, with high profile slots running for six weeks. The music was recorded with an eight piece orchestra and grand piano to capture the atmospheric and dynamic track, perfectly suiting Jägermeister’s Craft The Moment campaign ethos.
Koven are currently in the studio working on their next release and preparing for another busy year ahead.