Hailing from Sydney’s sunny Northern Beaches, L D R U–AKA Drew Carmody –turned to music production after suffering a debilitating back injury during his late teens. In his recovery, L D R U spent enough time finely tuning his compositions and ultimately engineered his distinct sound that would eventually go on to captivate his city, his country, and fans from all corners.

This distinct sound, what L D R U describes as “trapical,” bounced through his debut 2013 single The Tropics, released via Sydney’s Future Classic label. It was this breakthrough single that made waves and caught the attention of artists including Skrillex, A-Track, Diplo and What So Not. Since then L D R U has released official remixes for Flume, Lorde, Jack Ü and Miami Horror. Never resting, he collaborated with Yahtzel to release The Only One and eventually the two of them formed the OWSLA duo Carmada and earn themselves a Gold Record (ARIA) for Maybe. From one record to another, L D R U soon released Keeping Score featuring the defined vocals of Paige IV, soaring to Platinum Accreditation (ARIA) and coming in at a hot #22 on triple j’s 2015 Hottest 100.

The past few years have seen L D R U tear up stages across major Australian festivals including Splendour In The Grass and Stereo sonic as well as a string of Aussie tastemaker boutique festivals and numerous headline tours across the Australian continent. Solo career aside, Carmada’s debut EP Realise peaked #1 on iTunes and lead to North American tours with performances at Ultra Miami, Holy Ship!, HARD Summer, as well as official remixes for the likes of Major Lazer and Charli XCX as well as nods from the likes of Skrillex and Diplo and a #41 finish for Maybe in the triple j Hottest 100. It’s important to keep a healthy balance between surf and music – but it’s all systems go for young Drew Carmody, with plenty more music, energetic performances and rule bending sets to make 2016 another one for the record books.