A love for SUBwoofers and elecTRONICS has brought us Subtronics. Growing up in Philadelphia, PA, Jesse Kardon aka Subtronics had a passion for his drum set and Radiohead. While in high school, he discovered dubstep and became enamored with the scene. Having never heard that style of music before, Jesse was inspired to jump into the world of production and learned the basics via tutorial videos. Fusing his unique blend of cutting-edge sound design with hard-hitting bass, Subtronics seeks to push the envelope with sound engineering. On the live front, he has built a rabid following with his high energy sets and advanced mixing skills.
When his sell-out Cyclops Invasion Tour was cut short due to the global pandemic in 2020, Subtronics seized the opportunity to continue reaching new audiences. He became an official partner on Twitch, produced XR/VR live-stream sets that have garnered thousands of views, dropped a Splice Sample Pack, pioneered socially distanced drive-in and pod events with Monster Energy as a sponsor, and launched his very own label, Cyclops Recordings, in December of 2020.
Subtronics’ label is home to his last four EPs, as well as multiple compilations featuring the next generation of producers. In December of 2021, he announced his debut album ‘FRACTALS’ would release in January of 2022. The album coincides with his massive 55+ date national headline tour, The FRACTAL Tour, which will feature state of the art production and visuals unlike anything we’ve seen yet. Notable venues on the run include Navy Pier, WaMu Theater, Coca Cola Roxy, Avant Gardner and more.
He has releases with labels such as Ultra Music, Never Say Die, SubCarbon, Deadbeats and Kannibalen. Augmenting his own deep catalog, Subtronics has collabs with Zeds Dead, Excision, Slander, Sullivan King, Boogie T, Ganja White Night and KAYZO, just to name a few. His track “GRIZTRONICS”, co-produced with notable bass act GRiZ, peaked at number nine on the Billboard Dance Charts in 2019 and was a viral sensation on TikTok.
Subtronics has graced festival stages such as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Bass Canyon, Electric Zoo, Lost Lands, Camp Bisco, along with many more. He has headlined sold-out events at venues such as Aragon Theatre, Hollywood Palladium, Echostage, MTelus, and the Tabernacle. Subtronics’ had the honor as the first full capacity event back at Red Rocks, known as Cyclops Rocks, in June of 2021 and sold out in 36 hours. In December, Subtronics hosted his next curated event, Cyclops Cove, at Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Florida with Insomniac Events.
When not producing “angry robot noises,” you can find Subtronics spinning poi and playing kendama, taking dabs, and leading his devoted ever-growing band of followers in the ‘Cyclops Army.’