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Steve Spon (UK Decay, In Excelsis, The Big Eye and Nostramus)-or just plain 'Spon' as everybody knows him, is the main man behind Nostramus. After the demise of progressive trance collective-The Big Eye in 1996, Spon was asked by a then new record label (Recordings of Substance), to put together an album of “Intelligent Drum and Bass”. He had previously been 'moonlighting' on the Drum and Bass style for a number of years whilst working with The Big Eye. The result was 'Earthlights' (Recordings of Substance – HEMP 5 CD, HEMP 5 DJV VINYL), it was released in Europe in July 1997 and America (Shadow Records - SDW035-2 ) in March 1998. With contributions from guests including Prince Malachi, Caroline Nische, Derek E. Smith, and the MC13 ~(both from Click Click). One critic described the 'Earthlight's' sound as; “Pagan Drum and Bass” (DJ Mag, June 97), another; “Seething drum'n'bass, dark sound effects and samples culled from a LSD scared imagination”(Mix Mag)

In 1997 a single called 'The Predictions EP' was released, (Recordings of Substance – HEMP 4 -CD & Vinyl) featuring the tracks 'Dark Jewel' and three re-mixes of 'Earthlight' – from the album 'Earthlights'.

Later in 1997 a Nostramus's track 'Emerald' appeared on a vinyl 'split' on the 'Hypnagogia' label (GOG1201 - Vinyl) and 'Ten Thousand Year Rush' to a CD compilation ('Hybrids' - GOG CD 002) on the same label in 1998. Later that year a new Nostramus collaboration with guests Caroline Nische and Merlyn Bodrun produced a track called 'Cerche' for a Fi Sci Records CD compilation. ('Eclipse of the Moon and Falling Star'- FSC 001)

A number of Nostramus tracks appeared on various compilation albums at the end of the nineties, mainly tracks sourced from 'Earthlights'. Nostramus also re-mixed tracks for other artists including James Hardware. Nostramus music has in turn been remixed by, The Sunrise Society, Witchman, Justice and Dark And Lovely.

Later in 1999 an attempt to produce a follow up album ended in disaster as the recording studio folded before the album was completed. A limited edition special of 50 copies of the doomed album were produced to celebrate Nostramus's live performance at the Legendary Exodus's 'Free The Spirit Festival'(August 1999); entitled 'Bomb Babylon'.

Nostramus went live in 1997 to help promote the releases. The live shows included guests MC13, Caroline Nische (both from 'Potent'), DJ Tryst (from 'Hypnagogia'), Flo (Drums & Percussion) and sometimes Prince Malachi. The live show became a regular feature of the Hypnagogia Collectives monthly regular gatherings. These were overnight party's with an eclectic mix of live performance's, DJ's, art installations, light shows, drum workshops all imbued with an atmosphere of brooding drug-fuelled experimentation. The live shows culminated in 1997 and 1998 at the legendary Exodus – 'Free the Spirit' festival, in front of an audience of thousands. For these show, international "New Roots Messenger” - Prince Malachi guested on vocals for a couple of songs including 'Babel'; it was the highlight of the entire festival for many.

2004 saw a collaboration – 'Hero Of Bamboo Stick' (Jolt Records Jolt001 Vinyl single) – with Mc's Mention and Golden Child.

In 2009 Nostramus released a re-mastered version of 'Earthlights- Remastered' (Diamond Seeds Productions DS-NS-001). In September 2011 the 'official' follow-up (second) album was released – 'Doomsday Dot Com' (Diamond Seeds Productions DS-NS-002)
As well as continuing to produce experimental Drum and Bass, Nostramus's Spon also plays guitar for the reformed legendary post-punk-goth pioneers - UK Decay. His guitar playing provided a “unique sound” -sometime angular and aggressive, sometimes dark and psychedelic – helping forge UK Decay's path towards the emerging 'Gothic' style' during the early 1980's.
The 'Doomsday Dot Com' album, includes a remix UK Decay's 'Duel' and 'Battle of the Elements'. Several other tracks on the album include some of Spon's “atmospheric' guitar playing. Also featuring on the DDC album is singer-songwriter Ella Jo, for whom, Spon produced three albums during the late noughties. There are sadly no plans for a return to live performance's from Nostramus at the time of writing.

In 2010 a Nostramus spin-off project materialised with the release of 'The Dark Ambient Project' by 'The Hidden Core' (THC). This came out on Diamond Seeds Productions (DS-THC-001, CD). As the title suggests, this production was more about dark, brooding and ambient soundscapes with very minimal beats.
"This is the sh*t. I cannot stop listening to this motherf***er. The man behind the muzeek here is spon, and this cat has laid down the most spiritual and earth shaking jungle/dub work that I have ever heard. I highly recommend you check this out if you want to break it down".
Ink Nineteen, July '98