What Can Save Drum and Bass?
I am writing an article entitled “What Can Save Drum and Bass” for an LA magazine and have set off to research this intriguing subject. I like drum and bass but agree that the genre needs a huge breakthrough, and soon, to keep things fresh and to continue to attract new listeners and passionate supporters…but what?
I am running into a problem however with my research (which entails me going out to DnB shows in LA and talking to everyone I can as well as mad internetting). Every DJ or producer I talk to who doesn’t play drum and bass just tells me, “Drum and bass is dead,” and that they have no interest in saving it.
All the drum and bass heads I pose this question to say, “Drum and bass is in no way dying. It is huge, just look at the lineup for the Electric Daisy Carnival” (or something similar). Actually, they usually say “Fuck you, Shilo” before shooting me down.
So I am getting nowhere.
I admit, I do talk the cheddar cheese occasionally about my drum and bass head friends, mostly because of their “harder-than-thou” images (when most of them are actually really chill, nice people). On the flip side, I have thrown one show in my life; it was a drum and bass show featuring the live stylings of drum master KJ Sawka. It totally kicked ass and was hailed by many as the best Thursday night in Pioneer Square in Seattle, ever. I have danced to drum and bass nights probably more often than 99% of EDM heads and have been a big supporter of the genre since I started listening to electronic music.
Do you have an opinion on the subject? What can save drum and bass? Does it need saving? Does Shilo need to fuck off? Please leave a comment below or email me at shilonikelle at gmail.com. I would really love to hear what you think. Thanks!
KJ Sawka performing live drum and bass @ BASSNDRUMS