Detroit Dubstep invites you the third and final Master Class, a summer series of events that is showcasing the absolute best in Dubstep and Bass Music.
Document One (United Kingdom)
Since their debut performance in early 2009, Document One, a duo comprised of producers Matt King and Joe Froud has risen rapidly to become a serious force within the fast developing Dubstep scene. They have received huge support from such heavy weights of the genre as Borgore, Bar 9, Excision and Datsik to name just a few.
The pair’s production never disappoints a dance floor even when played alongside the most cutting edge sounds. Tunes by Document One have featured in sets from DJ’s such as Torques, Twist, Statelapse, Vaski, Borgore, Downlink and Crissy Criss. The list goes on. With their style sitting comfortably between the filthiest side of Dubstep made popular by producers such as Chasing Shadows, and the more upbeat/ jump up style heard from artists such as Funtcase, their tunes have become an essential part of DJ sets from many of the scenes biggest names around the globe.
After unleashing on Detroit at Sexy Party, this is the return appearance of one of the best the Bass music scene has to offer.
w/ local support from:
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10pm to ?
1846 Michigan Ave
DetroitDubstep.Com, D-Ranged and Bassline presents
LOADSTAR (United Kingdom) First Detroit performance.
Most of you will have heard the ancient Greek phrase “The whole is more than the sum of its parts,” a sentence which has infiltrated modern literature and speech as much as anything William Shakespeare ever sprinkled into one of his plays. Loadstar is a perfect modern example of that wisdom.
Made up of Gavin Harris and Nick Hill, formerly and respectively known to the world of drum & bass as Xample and Lomax, this duo has surpassed the highest expectations in recent years by fusing their individual styles and creating a pioneering sound that imbues club dance floors, iPods and huge festival arenas with incredible energy and impeccable musical precision.
Loadstar’s individual parts met while Bristol-born Gavin was studying sociology at Liverpool University and self-admittedly spending more time concentrating on writing and promoting music than attending lectures and writing essays. It was while promoting a local D&B night with a friend that Gavin booked Holdtight, a production outfit that Nick was one-third of at the time. Not long after that initial meeting, Gavin returned home to Bristol from University and bumped into Nick, who had also just moved to town. The rest, as they say, was history.
Or, to be more precise, it was the fusing of two histories. Nick’s involvement in Holdtight was already overshadowed by his consistently brilliant solo releases under his Lomax name. With a propensity for musical and melodic drum & bass, Lomax’s productions graced many of the scene’s most respected labels, but it was his Ram Records debut ‘Artisan VIP,’ single-handedly turned into an anthem by Andy C, which really pushed him to the next level.
Xample’s solo works were also noticed by Andy C and Scott Bourne, owners of Ram Records when he sent them a few demos over instant messenger. Within 10 minutes they got back to Gavin and eventually he signed as an exclusive artist to the label, releasing a string of heavy dance floor killers.
By 2009 Xample & Lomax were sharing studio space and starting to release more and more material together. Combining Nick’s traditional training, courtesy of Goldsmiths University, London, and Gavin’s self-taught production genius, it was clear they had something special to offer the world of dance music. Tracks like 2006′s ‘The Latter’ and 2009′s ‘Contra’ were sowing the seeds of a brand new project.
Every new project needs a new name, and Xample & Lomax made the brave decision to jump headfirst into their new venture with a completely fresh face. Whilst searching for ideas to fuel their imagination and tie in their new name with their upcoming Ram release ‘Link 2 The Past’, the boys sifted through old rave tape packs and computer game cassettes. Then they came across their old Emu sampler, a relatively antiquated piece of machinery that took ages to load each sample. While loading them, the sampler displayed a spinning star, and it’s this which became the inspiration for Loadstar’s moniker.
An instant success, the duo’s incredible new musical direction coupled with the backing of Ram Records ensured that Loadstar’s path to the highest echelons of the scene was assured. And while both Gavin and Nick agree that for the moment they’re rooted in credible, underground D&B, they’re the first to admit that they’re excited about the current state of bass music and its propensity to absorb new genres, styles and tempos at a moment’s notice.
Fans of drum & bass and even bass music in general can be assured that Loadstar have everything it takes to be one of the most exciting acts in dance music today. Years of experience in crafting the highest quality music that’s as happy on your home stereo as it is in huge arenas, a worryingly busy DJ diary that sees them touring the globe with fellow Bristolian MC Texas and support from admiring nightclub-goers, club DJs and the media alike means that Loadstar are undoubtedly spearheading the bass music revolution.
MANTIS (United States)
Mantis is a dubstep duo from Atlanta, Georgia formed in 2011. Comprised of producers/dj’s Taylor Scott and Paul Ollinger, Mantis was formed in early 2011. Shortly after releasing their first track, ‘Feast’, Mantis began gaining speed and notoriety in Atlanta and surrounding areas. After only a few months of producing, they were releasing original tracks on Play Me, Heavy Artillery, and BroTown Records while making a name for themselves outside of Georgia and even the country. Mantis’ very first EP, ‘All Worlds’, hit number #10 on Beatport dubstep releases in the first couple days, setting a standard for their future releases. Since then, Mantis’ tunes have been receiving support from the likes of Liquid Stranger, Downlink, Figure, Cyberoptics, Diesel, Genetix, Persist, and many more. Known for throwing down a live show with unmatched energy and aggression and only the heaviest of the heaviest bass music, Mantis has begun building a reputation for being some of the “dirtiest” new producers in the scene. Only time will tell what comes next from these guys… straight from the A.
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21+ to drink
$15 presale (limited)
4140 Woodward Ave
Detroit MI, 48201
Brown Paper Tickets
A series of parties highlighting the absolute best that Dubstep has to offer from around the world. This one will be a robot themed event to show Eptic some appreciation for his first Detroit appearance. So paint your face silver, construct a costume or just wear your favorite robot Tshirt and get ready for EPTIC!
19 year old Belgian prodigy, Eptic has been causing a bit of a stir in the bass scene. Since his debut signing to Never Say Die Records with the ‘Like A Boss’ EP that went straight to the top 5 on the Beatport dubstep charts, and rode high in the top 10 for 7 weeks running – he instantly proved his caliber, gaining an insight in to just how big this musical personality will get.
Since, he has moved on to collaborate with artists such as Habstrakt which resulted in ‘Ninja Challenge’ that was featured in this years Never Say Die and UKF album mixed by SKisM alongside names like Skrillex, Flux Pavilion, Foreign Beggars and more.
With a remix for SKisM under his belt and signings to Ministry of Sound and Sony, his 1.5 million views on YouTube come as no surprise. The 19-year-old wunderkind has been tearing up the systems of some of the best clubs and festivals on the globe with the demand for his appearance at notable promotions rapidly up scaling. No doubt this talented Belgian is becoming a prominent figure in bass music.
1846 Michigan Ave
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$15 at the door
A new series of events showcasing the absolute best artists in Bass Music from around the world.
High Rankin: (Berlin)
Signed to Underdogs Management in July 2008 and since then has released his lauded EP’s on Herve’s Cheap Thrills label, as well as featuring tracks on Jay Cunning’s new Sub Slayers label, with his own Suicide Dub imprint now in full flow. Added to this, he achieved a development publishing deal with Bucks Music Group and his live performances have become highly in demand across the UK, Europe and Russia. Ever the avid remixer, his remixes for Kevin Rudolf, Missy Eliot, B Real (Cypress Hill), Skunk Anansie, Adam Freeland and Amon Tobin Professor Green, etc have garnered him even further acclaim. He has achieved regular play listing and guest appearances on Radio 1 and Kiss FM for his own work and recent releases. 2010 sees him return to his true passion – releasing his increasingly diverse music in completely the way he wants. His work has reached well over a million hits on YouTube and his online presence, especially, grows by the second, with recent single ‘Don’t Carry On Like A Rude Boy When Daddy’s Got A Yacht’ getting over 20,000 plays on Soundcloud a month before it’s official release.
Grew up between Helsinki, Berlin and London, speaking Swedish, German & English, as close to her Scandinavian roots as to her British ones. She started writing songs when she was a kid and now Tigerlight’s tunes have now collected many million hits on youtube, countless plays on BBC Radio One, advert synchronization and featured on film soundtracks.
Her voice can be heard amongst DJ’s sets across Europe every weekend. She’s spent the last 12 months performing to thousands of people and in 2013 Tigerlight will go live in the US this touring with High Rankin. She writes and produces her own tracks and is now taking live bookings for her new live set where she simultaneously sings and DJs.
She writes weekly comedy sketches for the 1xtra Crissy Criss DnB show and also works as a topline writer & film composer. Her clients have included Beuna Vista, RTL, The European Court of Justice and Nokia.
Her Document One and Maksim Mc collab ‘Moving Together’ now has over a million hits on youtube, their second collab ‘Already Lost’ has over 500,000 hits on youtube and her facebook page at 10,600 followers, her social networks are growing everyday.
She has released records with labels ‘Never Say Die’, Universal Music, ‘Bazooka’, ‘Buygore’, ‘Suicide Dub’ and producers: High Rankin, Document One, Dodge and Fuski and Far Too Loud with more high profile collabs coming out this year.
She has also worked as a backing vocalist for X-Factor & Britain’s Got Talent including recording backing vocals for Beyonce, Westlife, George Michael, Christina Aguilera, Robbie Williams and Rhianna and recording with Andrew Lloyd Webber for Nicola Scherzinger amongst others.
Past live shows as a featured vocalist: Largest Bass Music stage at The Secret Garden Party Festival, The Main ‘Glade’ Stage at Glade Festival, Largest Bass Music stage at Boomtown Festival, Lovebox Festival, Brixton Electric supporting the Dub Pistols, Headlining KOKO in Camden, Headline shows in Brighton at The Concorde 2 and The Brighton Coalition and The Basscamp Festival (France).
Visuals from Oktored.
1846 Michigan Ave
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The immeasurably talented trip-hop and nu-breaks revolutionary has been sidelined with health problems before, having to cancel dates in 2008, including an appearance at the Soundwave Music Festival, with a severe back problem. So far, no details have been released about the reason for Tipper’s heart surgery, but he appears optimistic about the outcome.
On Facebook, Tipper wrote earlier this week:
In 17 hours from now i have to undergo open heart surgery. (I am very scared.)
In an attempt to lessen the blow of medical costs from this major procedure, i am releasing an EP of ‘VIP’ remixes that i’ve been playing in my live sets over the last couple of years. My good friends at Addictech are hosting the release and are forgoing their percentage, so that 100% of the money from your purchase goes towards helping me out. There is also a paypal donation address (email@example.com) if you feel like contributing more.
My intention is to bounce back from this stronger than ever, but regardless of what happens from here on out, i’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support over the years. It’s been a pleasure serving you all.
To aid in paying the costs that his insurance won’t cover, he will be issuing a VIP remix EP, called Dusty Bubble Box, through Addictech on July 1. Fans are encouraged to purchase the EP pre-sale here to see that all of the money gets to him. The rest of his catalogue is available at tippermusic.addictech.com.
By Alan Ranta
We’re proud to announce the annual boat party during Movement Electronic Music Festival which features six hours of some of the most innovative and groundbreaking forms of bass music around. All aboard the Bass Boat!
The boat will depart at 1 AM sharp and return at 3 AM.
This event is 18+
Movement.us | DetroitDubstep.com
Since blasting onto the Dubstep scene in 2009, SKisM has gone from strength to strength and has established himself as a major player in the global bass music scene.
Known amongst his peers as a ‘Dj’s Dj’, SKisM’s technical prowess on and energy on his 4 deck setup has gained him notoriety as one of the busiest and most electrifying mixers on the circuit, and having toured the world time and time again, the word is spreading like wildfire.
The past couple of years have seen SKisM collaborate with, and remix some of the biggest names in the business such as Flux Pavilion, Excision, Foreign Beggars, Zomboy, Porter Robinson & Hadouken!, and his productions have racked up over 13 million views on Youtube.
As co-owner and A&R of one of the most prolific labels in electronic music today, Never Say Die, SKisM has had a hand in bringing some of the freshest music to the masses, and is constantly championing the sounds of the acts on the label such as Zomboy, Dodge & Fuski, 501 & Eptic.
2012 has seen the release of the debut NSD compilation album. Mixed by SKisM and released in association with bass music powerhouse UKF, the album tracks stormed the Beatport charts with the Label boss’s ‘Like This’ holding down the Number 1 spot for a whole month.
Not one to rest on his laurels, SKisM has launched straight into the release of his ‘Division’ Series: an E.P released over the year in four parts, each representing the divide in ideas & tempos within the music that he both makes and plays.
Battering down the doors of the genre elitists come a pair of producers plucked from the ranks of Ram’s new generation of incredible music making talents. In a little over a year Delta Heavy, or Si James and Ben Hall to their mums, have already proven their drum & bass metal with a succession of heavy-hitting original tracks.
They met at university in Nottingham and after several years of hard work, their production efforts resulted in their debut drum&bass release on Viper’s acclaimed ‘Acts of Mad Men’ compilation in June 2009. A track in the urban thriller ‘Harry Brown,’ (which featured the sound track by Chase & Status) and several dubstep and house remixes followed in quick succession.
Dance floor anthem ‘Abort’, came out on Viper’s Headroom EP in June 2010 to huge response and gained them recognition within the scene. With Radio 1 support from Zane Lowe and Hugh Stevens as well as Andy C, Friction, High Contrast and the rest, it became a vital fixture in DJ sets across the country.
Signed to Ram in early 2010, their debut single ‘Space Time / Take The Stairs’ was nominated as Best Track at the 2010 Drum&BassArena Awards as well as nominations for Best Producer and Best Newcomer DJ. Hitting number 1 across all the download stores, ‘Space Time’ was undoubtedly one of the biggest d&b tracks of that year.
2011 saw remixes for the likes of Example, Avicii and Chase & Status ft. Tinie Tempah and secured Delta Heavy as a name to watch, but the highly anticipated follow up to their massive debut single was always going to deliver. ‘Overkill / Hold Me’ has cemented them as bass innovators and leading lights in the current hype that surrounds much of bass music today. Packed with energy, the single takes dubstep, drumstep and drum & bass formulas, infusing them with enormous electro influences, slamming drums and razor sharp production, then spits them back out with rave-destroying force. Hold Me received over a million views of the official video in a little over a week and received daytime radio play from Sara Cox as well as specialist spins from Skream & Benga, Mistajam & Kissy Sell Out.
With a rammed out DJ schedule for the rest of 2011, a February and March 2012 tour of Australia, USA and Canada plus some of the most exciting music to emerge from such a new act in recent years in the form of an EP for Ram in the first quarter of the year, Delta Heavy are two guys who won’t be disappearing from your wave lengths any time soon.
Terror Snake and Downie Wolf are The Upbeats, one of the most legendary production/DJ teams to emerge out the fertile New Zealand drum and bass scene.
With a decade of experience behind them, The Upbeats have toured the world. Along the way, they’ve released three albums and countless internationally distributed classic singles.
Favouring a digital pub-rock sound in the club and genuine emotion when it comes to home listening, their sound/attitude has seen them work with, or remix for Ed Rush and Optical, Noisia, Gridlock, Hive and many others. And still, for this duo, the best is yet to come.
A purveyor of fierce, penetrating beats and filthy basslines, Mark Instinct is one bad muthafucka – literally. With roots in metal, hip hop, punk and drum and bass there is no sound off limits for this young producer from Calgary who’s firmly secured himself amongst some of dubstep and drum and bass’s elite. With 10 years of experience as a DJ, 3 of which have been spent focusing on Dubstep, it seemed like a natural progression for Mark to start making his own music after having worked in a studio as a post audio engineer. Always at home in the studio, Mark has found his niche and is showing no signs of mercy.
This past year Mark’s first EP, Get Loud, was dropped on Rottun Records and featured 5 weighty tracks that have all gotten major playback with everyone from Excision to Bare rinsing them. His latest release, a remix of Tim Healey’s “Resistance” now available on Beatport via Surfer Rosa, is a hypie reworking that draws together Pippa Trix’s sensual vocals, Loc-E’s punchy raps and a frenzied bassline that drips with filthy bass. Currently working on EP releases for both Rottun Recordings and Subhuman Recordings, you can be sure that Mark’s next release will be showing up on Beatport’s Top 100 chart, where he’s had numerous other releases land. In addition to his upcoming releases watch for forthcoming collaborations featuring the likes of Armani Reign, Messinian and Death by Stereo’s Efrem Shulz.
Known for his explosive stage performance and his suave nature behind the decks, you can be sure that Mark Instinct will have your dancefloor poppin. With an appearance at this year Starscape already under his belt, you can catch Mark ripping up the Ewok Village at this year’s Shambhala or on his upcoming Australian and US/Canada tour this fall.
From dubstep wunderkind to pioneer of the trap movement, 20-year old CRNKN from New Hampshire has exploded onto the electronic scene. He has garnered support from major artists including Flosstradamus, Baauer, UZ, Crizzly, The Killabits, Adventure Club, and many more. With hundreds of thousands of plays on his Soundcloud and constant touring around the country playing the most prestigious venues and shows, CRNKN is poised to have a breakout year in 2013. Stay Tuned!
Intense shows with incomprehensible energy, music with great supporters from big acts across the globe, as well as a likability and intimacy with fans and supporters around the world are what make everything “Ookay”. With only six months’ time of being in a fast-paced, competitive and growing industry, Ookay has established himself by other as “a leader” and being at the forefront of a rapid growing music genre.
With only six months creating music, Ookay has created an imprint of a growing sound within clubs and major festival. His first ever Beatport release with Ultra Records has charted very well on the electronica chart peaking at #10. With thousands of people supporting Ookay, there’s no limit to where he may go. Already associating himself with names like Borgore, UZ, Flosstradamus, RL Grime, Mayhem, Craze and more, Ookay has gained mass popularity and a likability, not just personally, but musically as well.
Ookay was recently listed as one of Vibe Magazines top Trap / Moombahton artist to watch in 2013. With his recent release on the Buygore Allstars Album taking over dance floors across the world, Ookay is definitely an artist to keep your eye on in 2013 and many years to come.
LA native born and raised producer ETC!ETC! may have spent most of his studio life on the Electro House point, but his transition to Moombahton productions are what have been commanding the most attention from top-notch tastemakers around the globe as of late.
ETC!ETC! gravitates his aural attention onto anything that moves the room. First attracted to Electro house for the big bass and floor-shattering fast-paced BPM, ETC!ETC! started to shift his focus to moombahton in early 2011 and starting to make and impact in the scene almost immediately .
In just the past 12 months he has been played almost on a weekly rotation On BBC Radio 1 by Kissy Sell out & DJ Kapyer, and the following keeps growing.
With an eclectic mix of different audio flavors coming out of his arsenal it’s no wonder ETC!ETC! has garnered a diverse array of highly-prestigious support from EDM leaders
Wolfgang Gartner, AC Slater, Congorock, 12th Planet x Skrillex, Mstrkrft , Dillon Francis, Diplo , Bro Safari & many others. With multiple forthcoming releases on Mad Decent, Teenage Riot Records ,Party Like US, Rot10 Musik and T&A , 2012 will be a big year for ETC!ETC!
Chart topping, dance floor rocking, and taste making come naturally to Atlanta based DJ and Producer Mayhem. With over 15 years in the studio and the decks, he has garnished the attention of the heavyweights in every genre of his focus. Rooted heavily in Drum & Bass music, and with a discerning ear, Mayhem found himself making big moves from an early age. From releasing records for Andy C, TeeBee, Dieselboy, Noisia, and Black Sun Empire to DJing across the world for massive crowds in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and beyond; he has warranted a reputation for diversity and quality control. Collaborating with artists such as Noisia, Heroes x Villains, FKi, Le Castle Vania, Antiserum, Phace, Evol Intent, Sinthetix, Gein and Gridlok amongst many others, his production soared to new heights with “Exodus (featuring the legendary KRS-1)”, “Moonway Renegade”, “Choke”, and most recently a crossover album for Diplo’s Mad Decent Label “Transformers In The Hood”. Boundless inspiration pushed Mayhem to pursue Dubstep in it’s formidable years, immediately signing with the reputable Subway Records as well as SubHuman and Smog most recently. As of late his focus has been brought back to home on the forefront a movement combining Trap music with Dubstep, in addition to maintaining a healthy output of Drum & Bass, while working with Rap artists such as Tyga, Gucci Mane, Travis Porter, and Trouble. His club nights Transit, Fuck Yesss, Heavy, Haute Mess, Tambor Y Bajo, Service as well as regular events under Atlanta Dubstep have helped reshape Atlanta’s nightlife. No matter the genre, you are guaranteed a diverse set with attention to detail and a healthy respect for dynamics and balance. This is Mayhem.
MATT CLARKE (Detroit) DetroitDubstep.com
Matt Clarke has been djing for over 16 years and been at the very fore front of the Drum n Bass and Dubstep movements in Detroit. For over 5 years he was the DnB buyer at various record shops (Record Time (Roseville), Melodies, Hear Wax)and has continually pushed the music through his unique Dj sets. His style of quickly layering sounds and double dropping tracks have always set him apart from the rest of the pack. Blessed with the name “Razorsharp” from the local emcees, he never disappoints while playing a variation of styles. “I play music that I think people should hear, not necessaily what they want to hear”. *Past and current affiliations* Subculture, Substance, Frequency Detroit, Detroit Bachelor Djs, Syst3m, Analogue Systems, Detroit Jungle Society, 33 1/3, Bordercity, Breakbeat Etiquette, Blacklisted, Cave Dj’s, *Ex-residency’s Motor, Clutch, Carbon, Necto, Alvins, Bird of Paradise (Jazz Bar)
MARK 8en MOSS (Detroit) Everyday Junglist)
I was raised outside of St. Louis and discovered electronic music through my Uncle who was getting all the new sounds out of Chicago and Detroit in the late ‘80’s. I began learning to DJ at the tender age of 12 with Acid House and the new rave sounds coming out of Belgium and the UK. During early 1991 discovered what was then known as breakbeat, which became hardcore and later Jungle. I immediately fell in love with hardcore and the emerging Jungle sounds. My family moved to the Detroit area in 1992 and I began going to parties, noticing a lack of (and hatred of) Jungle in the Detroit scene. I then began my mission to aid Detroit in its Jungle deficit began playing anywhere I could from parties to houses to radio to Urban Outfitters in Ann Arbor. In 1997 I helped found Kinetics, (the original Detroit Jungle night and crew), became a rotating resident/ face in the Detroit scene with appearances at Motor, Alvin’s, Blind Pig and Magic Stick.
So far, OktoRed’s output has predominantly sprung from moombahton, a slow, groove-heavy fusion of reggaeton and house music—a point worth mentioning if only because the genre barely existed as such at this time last year. (Just think about it: there’s a good chance that some of next year’s Artists To Watch will represent genres that are only being dreamed up at this very moment.) But OktoRed takes the genre beyond the conventional formula of 110-BPM “Dem Bow” beats and garish synth riffs; on his new Future Sounds of 8 Mile EP, he puts equal emphasis on gleaming, Detroit techno synthesizers and loping, Caribbean grooves. Tracks like “How Many Moons” recall the soulful techno of Detroit’s Recloose, while “Ease Up” is more in keeping with contemporary strains of left-field dubstep.
:::FRIDAY MAY 17TH 2013:::
::Bleu Detroit and DetroitDubstep.com presents.
- THE WATTS UP TOUR -
- ANTISERUM – TOP 10 TRAP ARTIST WORLDWIDE -
As a vanguard of forward thinking bass music, Antiserum continuously defines the sound of today. Spawned in a laboratory of collaborations with heavy hitters such as LA dubplate warrior 12th Planet, he has found himself continuously at the forefront of bass music’s list key players. His releases on Smog Records and Caspa’s Dub Police label have established him as a mainstay of sub-heavy music.
Antiserum’s ability to inoculate should come as no surprise. His production “Brick Squad Anthem,” a collaboration with Atlanta-based music producer Mayhem, has received huge support from the bass community including Skrillex, Diplo, Datsik, and Flux Pavillion. His collaboration with 12th Planet on the Smog City Compilation, “Bass Salt” was featured on Rolling Stone and UKF and his remix of Helicopter Showdown’s “Can You Feel Me” reached #2 on the Beatport dubstep charts.
Antiserums BBC Radio 1xtra mix is a brief glance into the dynamic nature of his performance, during which he defies expectations of the listener and delivers an injection of what can only be described as the “Antiserum.” Upcoming collaborations with 12th Planet, Mayhem, Brillz, and a release on Datsik’s Firepower label will likely dub him the patron saint of bass in 2013.
ANTISERUM & MAYHEM – BRICKSQUAD ANTHEM
ANTISERUM & 12TH PLANET – BASS SALT
- HELICOPTER SHOWDOWN – SAN FRANCISCO
The four person Bay Area production force known as Helicopter Showdown has earned the reputation in the underground bass music culture as “Wu Tang” of Dubstep. These West coast bass monsters have been turning heads and crashing parties worldwide with their unique blend of heavy dubstep and melodic electro house. Having dominated the Bay Area bass music scene over the past year, HS has been called out of their homeland to perform and curate events all over the North America in cities such as Detroit, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston, Montreal, and many in between. Supported by such highly respected artists as Rusko, Borgore, Mt. Eden, Calvertron, Skism, Downlink, and Reid Speed amongst others, their music is quickly being recognized everywhere from the most distinguished UK dubstep pioneers to the smaller pockets of bassheads in middle USA.
HELICOPTER SHOWDOWN – I LOVE THIS CITY w/ Kill the Noise, Doctor P, and Feed Me
- CLICKS & WHISTLES – CHARLOTTE -
Clicks & Whistles have been carving out a unique sound blending Southern Rap, Juke, and elements of Drum & Bass since their first official release in August 2010. The Charlotte based duo is comprised of professional programmer Jorge Hernandez (Hey Whore Hey) and classically trained Petey Evans (PeteyClicks).
The two have a slew of notable releases including the heavily remixed “Neva Get Caught” on T&A Records, “Cranberry Goose EP” on Distal’s Atlanta based Embassy Imprint, and “Can’t Believe EP” on AC Slater’s Label – Party Like Us. Great taste and selection combined with honed production skills gives this group prowess in both quality and efficiency in the studio and has lead to some huge Dirty South and Club Anthem remixes.
CLICKS & WHISTLES – 2 MUCH HIGHER -
- MATT CLARKE – DETROIT
One of the long time veterans and innovators of the Bass Music scene here in Detroit. Matt was played every stage there is in Detroit, from the Music Hall, to DTE, to the Palace, to your local drive bar. No matter where he’s at he always brings the goods.
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DJ MUGGS (Cypress Hill) Los Angeles – Trap and Hip Hop
The veteran DJ/producer/film scorer/label owner/everything else, is discussing his favorite topic – music – while putting the finishing touches on his upcoming album Bass For Your Face (2012, Ultra Records). Dubbing the album “hip-hop fusion,” Face incorporates elements of various electronic music genres, including glitch and dubstep, with hip-hop, for an album that bridges disparate genres and crowds under the umbrella of hard, thumping bass music.
“I’m a bass music fan, period,” Muggs says. “From Miami bass to L.A. 808 to dubstep to drum’n’ bass, I love it all. So anything with bass in it is what this record’s going to be about. But I’m going to bring my own style to it. I want to bring more hip-hop fans into dubstep. I got hip-hop homies that can’t stand electronic music or dubstep, but I’ll play them certain shit and they’ll be like, ‘That’s bangin’.’ I’m trying to be right there.”
As the epicenter of countless musical movements, Muggs is doing more than trying. The globe-trotting DJ spends more than five months a year on the road, where frequent UK trips in the past decade led him to a love of dubstep and its musical successors. As DJ/producer for Cypress Hill, Muggs heard the raw, boom-bap hip-hop sound in a new generation of electronic music producers, brimming with the same visceral, explosive energy that the producer has always brought to his own music.
In 2009, he began producing dubstep on his own, mostly because, as he puts it, “I was bored and music’s free. I don’t like to put myself in a box. You’re creative. You just go and create whatever you’re feeling that day.” Forget genre. Fans of music will find something to love in tracks like “Drop the Beat,” with its reverb-laced opening that could soundtrack the next classic horror film while retaining its g-funk vibe, and “Original Shotta,” with its fractured dubstep rhythm, traditional jazz horns and dub influence. “It starts off real smooth and islandy and then slaps the shit out you when the drums come in,” says Muggs of “Shotta.” On the hyperkinetic “Wicked Wild,” Muggs sums it up succinctly: “It’s adrenaline; just some slam dance mosh pit shit.”
Anyone halfway familiar with Muggs’ 25-year career shouldn’t be surprised at Bass For Your Face’s diversity. As the DJ/producer for legendary West Coast hip-hop group Cypress Hill, Muggs has been nominated for three Grammys and pioneered a rough, bass-heavy production style that would be copied by legions of imitators. His diversity was apparent even then, when the group teamed up with Pearl Jam and Sonic Youth for two tracks on the Judgment Night soundtrack and fused the then-disparate genres of rock and hip-hop. Since then, he has collaborated on albums with GZA and Tricky, founded, and released albums by, the Soul Assassins collective and remixed everyone from Beastie Boys, Funkdoobiest and House of Pain to KRS-One, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg. He’s also taken to film scoring and soundtrack work, contributing part or in whole to the soundtracks of action films Training Day, Street Kings and Harsh Times. On Bass For Your Face, Muggs’ penchant for collaborations remain, as the producer teams up with Dizzee Rascal and Bambu on “Snap Ya Neck Back” and Chuck D and (hed) pe’s Jared Gomes on “Wicked.”
As Muggs continues to evolve and grow musically, the veteran musician remains a perpetually evolving student of the game. “I’m still trying to get better and better every day,” he says. “I’m trying to get my stage presence up. I’m trying to get my music selection more diverse. I’m trying to get my productions more diverse. I’m always working on my crowd control and scratching. For me, it’s a nonstop process of trying to do something new and improve on what I’ve done before.” One listen to Bass For Your Face easily proves this goal.
JOE NICE (Baltimore) Dubstep
Representing Baltimore, JoeNice is universally recognized as the ambassador of the dubstep sound in North America and has been instrumental in the growth and success of dubstep for nearly a decade. In other words, he’s been playing dubstep before it was called dubstep.
Joe’s monthly radio show on GourmetBeats.com was the first to feature dubstep in the states and his Worldwide fan base continues to grow with his enthusiastic stage presence & live performance, upfront selection and skilful mixing. Joe’s record bag is a who’s who of dubstep… if you’ve never heard it before, chances are, you’ll hear it from Joe Nice.
He is the first American-based DJ to play on London pirate radio, Rinse FM, the first American-based DJ to play the legendary DMZ bi-monthly bash and the first American-based DJ to play FWD>> @ Plastic People. JoeNice is one of the most sort after artists, not just from the US but the world over, having played every major city around the globe including almost all cities within the United States, multiple cities within Australia & Canada, France, Belgium, Portugal, London and many other cities around Europe, JoeNice is a crowd favourite who keeps them coming back time after time. A member of GourmetBeats, resident & co-founder of the most successful dubstep party in North America, DubWar (New York City) and selected as one of URB’s NEXT 100, JoeNice is continually taking dubstep to the next level and beyond.
BARRON (Firepower Recordings) Balitmore
Barron is an 18-year-old producer hailing from Baltimore, US. At a young age he has already released on high profile labels such as, Abducted, Betamorph, Resonance and Prime Audio, demonstrating exceptional producing skills within the EDM scene, mainly within the genres of Dubstep and Drumstep. After being in the scene only 2 years Barron is already supported by the likes of: Getter, Downlink, Datsik, FuntCase, Excision, Trampa and many more. Barron is definitely one too look out for in the near future!
With support from
Chuck Daniels (Sampled Detroit)
Matt Clarke (DetroitDubstep)
Raw Wave (Bionic Detroit)
Kenneth KLAS (D-Ranged)
Enjoi (Sucker Punch)
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SAVANT (Norway) https://soundcloud.com/
Aleksander Vinter is a prodigious savant with aspergers syndrome and a fracture of ADD. He thinks out songs in seconds and produce them within few hours. To this date Aleksander has composed/produced over 10.000 songs in various genres. Most notably metal, orchestral/classical, hip-hop and electronic music. Aleksander also draws inspiration from early game music such as NES, Sega, commandore64, amiga, atari and SNES. Though being such a unique producer, open minded people embrace him and the weekly free music, though critics tend to critique the “QUANTITY” factor, and the fast rate of releases.
KASTER (New York)
Kaster is the solo electronic dance music effort forged by Nicholas Goncalves. Started in early 2012, Kaster has managed to release a number of tracks and remixes including a 5 track EP entitled “Extended Play”; a Beatport exclusive release. The act is stylistic approach to both progressive and electro house elements with an emphasis on “less is more”. Although an up-and-comer, Kaster has had a checkered past including vaAd to yourious rock acts where he composed and produced himself, as well as a rooted production of trance and house during his mid to late teens. Kaster, now 28, takes all he has learned and experienced on and off the stage to his flagship moniker. The name was chosen as “from the hip” username for an online radio broadcasting program from the early 2000′s called MyCaster.
Resident bass technicians
MATT CLARKE and CALICO
featuring Kenneth Klas
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ED RUSH (Virus) United Kingdom
Ben Settle, or better known as Ed Rush, is one of the current leaders of the new school drum and bass. One of the originators to bring back the dark sounds of drum and bass and push it to new levels, Ed Rush continues to make waves with each new release. Born in west London, Ed Rush originally started out as a b-boy (breakdancer), but eventually found the growing underground rave scene. Fascinated by the breaks in the hardcore sounds at the time, Ed Rush convinced his neighbor, Nico Sykes, to let him produce tracks with him. At the time, Nico was an engineer with his own label. Eventually they released “Bludclot Artattack” in 1993 – a journey into the darkcore sounds. While most releases at the time had a certain momentum and feel, the track was like no other, and marked the shift of hardcore’s split into drum and bass. Ed Rush eventually released follow-ups nearly two years later, this time with DJ Trace, on “The Mutant” in 1995. “Guncheck” soon followed, another track developed in a recognizable Ed Rush style – gangsta attitude, and crunchy basslines. Ed Rush soon found himself on the cusp of prominence, as his releases in 1996 on the Techsteppin’ compilation, the Skylab EP on the Metalheadz label, and “Killimanjaro” on the Prototype label all helped to define the genres’ direction towards techstep, a two-step style of drum and bass. He subsequently released more tracks on various labels, and his popularity as an artist grew, as did his sound as a producer.
The greatest collaboration was ahead of him though, when he teamed up with Optical, another artist on the rise. They created their own label, Virus, and their first release was “Medicine/Punchbag,” two tracks marked with technically precise drum programming along with a distorted, low, and crunchy bass line. Their eventual EP, Wormhole in 1998, was released to critical and underground success, as the sounds from that album again redefined the direction drum and bass was headed, and solidified their status as the forerunners of the new sound of drum and bass.
More recently, after a slew of other releases, Ed Rush and Optical have released another genre-defining EP, the Creeps. This was again met with critical and commercial success, as the album helped them to win Knowledge drum and bass award for producers of the year.
Resident bass technicians
MATT CLARKE and CALICO
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1846 Michigan Ave