Bass Music Story Telling
Co-Founder: Rapture Studios
SLAVE is the creative alias of Atlanta native David Timko, whose artistic visions are rooted in a classical piano upbringing and an entry into rave culture at a young age. Since his humble beginnings as a vinyl DJ, David's expressive nature has aided his success as a self-taught bass music producer, performer, instructor, and event promoter, fostering a local community of bass music lovers in Ohio for nearly a decade. His sound covers a broad spectrum of dualistic 'high contrast' themes while fusing orchestral elements into the experimental. As an idea, SLAVE represents the antithesis of our shared struggle to exist as creators within a society which suppresses free thought, unity, and expression.
David’s journey into production emerged around the same time as the rise of the aggressive Dubstep movement in North America, influencing his signature heavy sounds. His early years saw steady growth with original releases, hit live performances, curated renegade gatherings, and even film scores on national TV.
In 2017, he was approached by Bassnectar who did an edit of “Breakthrough", marking a pivotal path in his career and launching him into an exciting new chapter. The track has since been incorporated into massive curated sets such as Bass Center, Eclipse Festival, Freestyle Sessions, and Spring Gathering. SLAVE also holds an official remix of Liquid Stranger’s “Fist of Fury” and was a recent winner in a Levitate remix contest hosted by Block Society. Platforms such as Dubstep.net, The Untz, Headbang Society, Pantheon, and The EDM Network have all given him additional coverage and support reflective to his hard work.
In 2018, SLAVE co-founded the rapidly growing label and collective Rapture Studios, run with with the intention of creating a massive platform to showcase talented experimental bass music producers from across the globe to a passionate audience. Today, he can often be seen performing as direct support for pioneering artists or headlining bass music events and festivals across the US and now Mexico, having recently been added to Bassnectar's Deja Voom inaugural lineup. While building upon his own creative work, David continues working to bring artists together and create safe spaces for radical self-expression.
Direct support for:
SKisM, Liquid Stranger, Doctor P, DJ Craze, 12th Planet, Savant, Pegboard Nerds, Adventure Club, Dieselboy, UZ, Levitate, Kai Wachi, ETC! ETC!, Angerfist, Roevy, Blockhead, Corporate, Gangsta Fun, um.., Bleep Bloop, Autoerotique, Conrank, The Widdler, Laika Beats, ill.Gates, Of The Trees, Huxley Anne, TLZMN, Jantsen, Tsimba, Zebbler Encanti Experience