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 early beginnings as a vinyl DJ, David’s expressive nature has aided his evolution into 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. With a purpose-driven sound that is eclectic and broad, SLAVE intricately blends contrasting themes of light and dark with a fusion of orchestral acoustic elements to create a balance with the technological.
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 sound. His early years saw steady growth with original releases, hit live performances, curated renegade gatherings, and even film scores on national TV. Throughout the journey he has maintained engagement with social and political causes and organizations, supporting collective growth and promoting positive change through his art and community building.
SLAVE continues to gain traction and attention as he collaborates and releases with prominent bass producers and labels throughout the scene. Since playing direct support for Liquid Stranger, 12th Planet, Conrank, Of The Trees, Jantsen, SKisM, and others, and releasing on imprints including Wakaan, The Untz, and Wubaholics, there is only much more to come from this bass producer on the rise.
In 2018, SLAVE co-founded the rapidly growing label and collective Rapture Studios, made 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 leading artists in the bass community or headlining bass music events and festivals across the US and beyond. While building upon his own creative work, David continues working to bring artists, activists, promoters, and music lovers together by creating safe spaces for radical self-expression and acceptance.
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, Sayer
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