Dro Carey is the main musical alias of Sydney-based producer and composer Eugene Ward. Since linking with The Trilogy Tapes for a 12” that was released while he was still in high school, Ward has taken the Dro Carey project through a series of hotly tipped EPs and singles for a range of international labels. December 2014 saw Dro release with Greco-Roman, with his Club Injury Handbook EP garnering both critical praise and extensive radio support.
Dro Carey’s DJ sets embrace the eclectic approach present in his own productions, energetically moving between house, garage, grime and the full gamut of modern ‘bass music’ concoctions. Highlight sets include Manchester’s Warehouse Project in 2013, as well as a marathon B2B with Funkineven, presented by the ‘Resident Advisor VS’ series that same year in Sydney. Dro has also played Australian support sets for Jamie XX, Ikonika, Slugabed, L-Vis 1990 & Bok Bok.
In 2014 Ward was nominated in FBi Radio’s Sydney Music Arts and Culture (SMAC) awards in the category of Best Producer. As Dro Carey, Ward has remixed the likes of Jonathan Boulet, Forest Swords, Patten and Becoming Real, and has collaborated with producers such as Napolian and Druture (for releases on Software and Grizzly, respectively), as well as vocalists Trim, Merky Ace and Lion Mountain Studio MCs Chocolate and Kid Kairo.
The latest 2016 EP Dark Zoo sees Ward teaming up with vocalist Kučka on lead track ‘Queensberry Rules’, which had its premiere at Boiler Room alongside Astral mate Cassius Select.
Shelley Liu (AU/NZ/ASIA)