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BWOMP presents FILL IN THE BASS w/An-ten-nae, Odeed vs. Oscure, Eva & more

Posted in Events, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2009 by worldromper

In LA you’ve got huge dubstep crews, gangs of house heads, whole posses of techno freaks and armies of drum and bass fanatics. But I was surprised when I moved here to find out there is no real community around the type of music that I love the most, which can best be described as bass music.

what is that crunching sound?That is about to change, thanks to the creation of BWOMP: Bass WithOut Musical Preference.

At BWOMP parties you will hear a lot of glitch hop and dubstep, as well as breaks, drum and bass, hip hop, 2-step, midtempo, IDM, skweee, UK funky, sklitch core step, death metal step funk, muffin step, crunk flip, chewysteaze, ho hop, drum and face, fuckstep, slicktempo, as well as emerging bass-centric genres yet to be named. ESPECIALLY those yet to be named.

And yeah I just made a bunch of those genres up; to make it a bit easier on yourself, just call it: crunkedouthyphyfunkadelicpsybrokenwhomphopmusicforbasssluts.

Our first monthly called Fill in the Bass is 18+ and takes place Friday August 21 in a TBA downtown LA venue with sweet graffiti art all over the walls. The alcohol will be cheap, the art will be live, and cover is $10 before 11PM and $15 after.

Check this lineup:

  • An-ten-nae
  • Oscure vs. Odeed (Live on 4 Decks!)
  • Kid Logic
  • JViz
  • Eva vs. DJ 007
  • EV-1 vs. Frenetic
  • Sati
  • Headsett

For directions on the night of the event, check back here or on BwompBeats the night of the event; you can also call 310-933-1451 and the Facebook listing is here. I hope to see you all there on the dance floor!

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Glitch Mob @ Neumos in Seattle

Posted in From the Front Lines (Show Reviews) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 29, 2009 by worldromper

Guest Blogger: RYAN XRISTOPHER

Sometimes it’s hard to condense a musical experience. There are so many factors that go into whether or not you enjoy a show, to try to take them all on and talk about it cohesively is a bit of a task. So, in random order:

I showed up with my friend Leigh at about 10:50 to buy tickets.

At first glance, there were a ton of people outside, talking, smoking, wandering around. Got our tickets, stamps, and away we go …

On our way in, the set list posted had a quickly scribbled addition to the beginning of the night “Nordic Soul – 8-10”. Apparently Sean didn’t know he was playing either; didn’t know that Kev hadn’t planned on starting until 10, at least. That put DK on from 10-11, Nosaj on from 11-12, and the Glitch Mob on from 12-1:30.

Now, I’ve been prepping for a while to see this show. I’m a quasi-vocal disbeliever in dubstep and glitch hop. I’m the first to admit that I don’t necessarily get it, but I want to. For a solid amount of time now, I’ve been putting on Glitch Mob cuts for people to listen to, and they typically dive right in – “What *is this?!” – and start bopping around and make the i-love-dirty-grimy-music face. It’s not really my tempo, it’s not really my vibe, and they aren’t really my sounds.

Which is why I *absolutely made a point to come to this show, the first one I’ve been to in Seattle in quite a long time, and invite people to come with me or meet me there who dug the music. I’d even gotten a text while I was getting ready to go, from a friend who was in town. He asked what was going on that night; I told him there was only one place to be. He took me on my word, and showed up with three of his friends an hour later, meeting up with me not too long after I got there.

So anyway, to get ready for this Tuesday night, I listened to dubby, glitchy stuff every day on my computer speakers, my home setup, my headphones, my earbuds. I looked up dubstep history. I listened to every Glitch Mob or Nosaj Thing production or set I could get a hold of. I even produced a dubstep track (and named it “Fck”), just to see how it would come out. I promised myself I was going to figure out this puzzle. Too many people are excited about something I don’t understand, and that bothers the hell out of me.

Leigh and I walked in to catch the last five minutes of Daddy Kev. It was hot inside, but not miserable, and they had the doors open to try to get some air flow.

When Nosaj started playing, I remember it being mellow and a little floaty for a minute, and then my eyebrows went up a little. Bangy, smashy, chunky drum beats started raining from the speakers. I’ve listened to his album “Drift” several times, and checked in my mind as being overall pretty chill. I was not expecting this degree of rowdiness or activity from him behind whatever controller he was using (I never got a chance to look at what it was).

Right around then was when I started comprehending a little bit more of the dub/hop experience. Part of what has disinterested me musically about dubstep and glitch-hop is that, for me, there’s too much space and not enough movement. Well, here was a little bit of an ah-ha moment for me. Remember, this is the first live show of this type that I’ve been to and paid attention for real. Live, when that much bass and that much grit come out of a sound system, that space in the music lets the room boom, echo, breathe and settle. It’s like someone smacks you in the brain, and then gives you a second to say ‘ow, that hurt but I liked it’ before the next one comes. As for the movement that I feel is lacking from a lot of the tunes, that’s what the people in the room are for; they wave and wiggle to the filters and dynamics and tempo changes and edits that your performer (they’re not necessarily DJ’s anymore, are they, kids?) is – eh – performing for you.

I watched Nosaj’s crazy/edit/chaos for most of his hour. Great tunes (are they really “tunes” any more, I wonder?), warping and twisting sound into unintelligible chunks of audio nonsense, all locked into the beat. It was a definite focal moment hearing vocal audio samples of “Wandering Star”, but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the Portishead vocalist.

Probably 500 people there, I’d say? Which, hey, for a weekday in Seattle? Congratulations, Sean. Keep doing what you’re doing! It matters. The lights were excellent and appropriate for the music. The sound was great. I didn’t have to wear earplugs, which was a huge plus, and there were only a few moments that the snare crack hurt a little bit if you were close to the speakers.

Took a break for a bit, and then came back in when The Glitch Mob started. For their setup, there were three Lemurs on stage tilted so that the crowd could see the screens. If you don’t know what a Lemur is, it is a “multitouch and modular controller for sequencers, synthesizers, virtual instruments, VJing, and lights”. Look it up, I promise you that you’ll be impressed. Alongside the Lemurs, each of the three had what looked like a Roland (8 pad?) drum pad. There were no computers on stage, no laptops. Just the Lemurs and drum pads. I guess this is unique for them? I’m not sure.

Right when they started, I recognized one of the tunes I’d been listening to on repeat all week, though I couldn’t tell you its name offhand. I never really got up all that close to the stage, instead keeping at least halfway back and really digging into the music aspect of what was going on. I could see that what was coming from the speakers was directly related to them either playing the drum pads or messing with the touchscreens on the Lemurs. I never did figure out how they were choosing sounds and samples, if they have a predetermined setlist, or if any of performance is practiced or preset. If I ever get the chance, I’d like to ask them!

For me to get the most out of a night, I have to mix playtime with business-as-usual, so taking mental notes about the combination of music and technology is part of the process for me. I love every part of it!

And I definitely had some moments when everything came together. The sound, the lights, the vibe, the music, the heat, the boom, rip, smash, silence, crunch. Up on the back balcony for a few minutes, just letting it wash over the crowd and then me. Those are the moments that I miss from when I was just getting into the electronic dance music scene. The moments when the effort you put into going out and getting ready and prepping and understanding and puzzling – is far outweighed just by the fact of *being, and appreciating the work and artistry and time that goes not just into the music, but into the *show. Those are the moments that make me remember why I do what I do. Chase those moments, and then figure out how to give them to other people. Hrm. Anyway.

Just like with any experience, I have to say that the people I came with or met there helped make the night great. When your friends jump around and yell and wave their arms, you might as well too, even if it’s the music you don’t claim is your personal heartbeat. Dive in. It won’t bite. No one here is watching who cares what you do. The people at Neumo’s this Tuesday night came to get down, and they got down. I’m looking forward to the Decibel festival, when The Glitch Mob is back in town. I’ll be there, and I’ll be ready.

– Ryan Xristopher

Video by Ryan as well! SUPASTAR!

RED LIGHT GREEN LIGHT! New Mix from Noisemaker

Posted in Artists, LISTEN TO THIS with tags , , , , , on July 23, 2009 by worldromper

I love it when a mix surprises me and makes me smile. Noisemaker, THE pioneer of the Seattle glitch hop/midetmpo scene, has a knack for doing just that.

Noisemaker’s new mix, Red Light Green Light, just made my morning. Download it here.

 

NOIZE

Photo by Andy Gardner

20 Questions with ill-esha

Posted in Artists, Females in the Arts, Interviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 15, 2009 by worldromper

ill-eshaill-esha from Vancouver, BC is one of my favorite producers, DJs and vocalists out there. Her recent whompcast blew the hinges off my mind, pissed off my neighbors and made a motherlover out of me; I have been handing out burned CDs of her mix like rocks to fiending crackheads.

ill-esha performs tomorrow night (Thursday, July 16) at Thirdsdaze in Seattle at THE REBAR. Get out for some ridiculous new music and hear what the future holds. I am jealous! Also on the lineup are locals Zacharia, Aksion and Kat1lyst, who will be bringing their unique brands of bass music to the rain-slicked streets of the Emerald City.

Check out my email interview below with ill-esha who is holding down the far Pacific Northwest with mountains of bass and a forest of talent:

1. What actions can we as members of the EDM community take to encourage more female creators in the electronic arts?

I don’t think that lacking females in music production is a product of lack of community support; in fact I believe the latter is only a symptom of the greater global stereotype of females in general. We are still taught to be submissive, pretty, placating… and it translates into a fear of taking on anything that would be competitive to a man, or anything that’s “too hard” or “too technical”. That being said, I think there should be more workshops put on by females – for both males and females – giving people friendly intros to all that “technical” stuff. Without making it a girls-only club, the message subtly gets across that capable people exist in both genders and hopefully inspires something. I love doing workshops with youth and have made appearances at high schools and community centres to show people how much fun it is to geek out.

2. What is West Coast sound?

West Coast sound is hype and chill at the same time. I think glitch hop is a direct product of this… really crunk synths and basslines with half-time tempos. We love to surf and snowboard, but we also love to party!

3. What can save drum and bass? Do you think this genre even needs, or wants, to be saved? Who are the innovators right now in DnB?

Drum and bass has shut itself down because people hoard their dubs, and labels hoard their releases. The music that’s coming out for the average citizen to buy was often made several years ago. There is some great stuff being made now that is either too risky for the labels to sign or simply won’t come out for another few years; bah!! People that still get me going are B-Complex from Slovakia (an incredible musical prodigy), Dan Marshall from Wales (teenage talent!), as well as UK producers Alix Perez and Sabre. I’m also liking the drumfunky, more minimal stuff from North Americans like Sinistarr and Mutt.

4. What can stop dubstep? It seems to be taking over the West Coast. Any thoughts on this?

Dubstep can and already is going the same way as drum n bass. Innovative ideas being eclipsed by overcompressed wanky bass slams and headbanging programming. Hey, I love the bangers as much as anybody, but when that’s all there is it gets tiring and monotonous. I enjoy a Rusko tune, but not five in a row. Vancouver has some great dubstep parties right now, but I do hope that more experimental producers like Eskmo start to take over the limelight from the more commercial stuff. There’s also that really boring stuff my friends and I call “dubstand” which is sleepy and repetitive – no thanks!

5. What do you want to tell girls out there who want to learn to make electronic music or DJ? Who are your favorite female producers and DJs?

Girls, quit worrying about being girls. And be prepared to give up your social life if you want to be a producer. 🙂 But it’s not as hard as you think, computers are less scary than ever with easy to learn programs like Ableton. Favourite females? Well, Reid Speed and Empress have proved for many years that they are fierce forces to reckon with behind the decks, and both have continued to evolve in their sound and production. Mieka du Franx is spirited, soulful and successfully runs her own record label.

6. How can girls learn to have the confidence they need to create and perform the electronic arts?

I guess it can be hard when society tells you that it’s a boys’ game to do these things. But screw it. Honestly, I originally came from a point of pretty low self-confidence and at some point you have to toss that aside and go, “Whatever, I’m making music now, no time for this garbage.” Oh, and stop reading beauty magazines. Even just to kill time in the airport. That stuff brainwashes you.

7. What is the bass music scene like up in Vancouver? How is it unique, and what is it contributing to the West Coast Future Sound Movement?

It’s crazzzy!!! I am in love with it!! Glitchy + Scratchy have almost singlehandedly built a loyal, energetic young scene that is absolutely thriving on glitch hop, dubstep, aquacrunk, skweee and whatever else we can throw them. There is a great lack of pretension – we have costume themed parties and nearly everyone not only dresses up but goes totally overboard. Also, our beautiful setting is very conducive to great outdoor festivals. There’s a lot of extremely talented young producers about to break out here, like Jay Wikid… lots of tunes to add to the movement. And we made Glitch Hop Forum, which has proved to be the greatest resource yet for this style of music to connect talent all over the world.

8. You are playing Seattle tomorrow- do you see more collaboration in the future for the two flagship cities of the Pacific Northwest?

I certainly hope so. It’s not easy to jet back and forth in these times but I think there’s great energy that should be linked up.

9. You are one of the founders of GlitchHopForum.com. Why did you start it, and where do you see it going?

Well, there just wasn’t anything like that on the internet. Really the site was the brainchild of Dewey dB and The Mongoose of Glitchy + Scratchy. Once we all realized it didn’t exist, Dewey decided to create it – he’s been responsible for a lot of other great music sites like dubstep.ca, dubstepradio.com and downtempo.ca – and it’s been growing ever since. I think it’s going to be the biggest resource the scene has, and at least as big as sites like dubstepforum.com have become.

10. Who in the Vancouver bass music scene should we know about and listen to?

Jay Wikid, Glitchy + Scratchy, and Dewey dB are my favourite local producers for sure. The Lighta! crew is churning out some dubstep bangers as well.

11. What artists inspire you most? What music are you loving right now? Who are you listening to the most?

Vibesquad can really do no wrong in my opinion. Eskmo makes the best dubstep I’ve ever heard. Also a lot of the Australian cats are great, like Spoonbill and Opiuo – they’ve really got some great things going on. Antiserum is a great friend and inspiration.. we’ve got some stuff on the go. I’m listening to a lot of glitch hop, since it’s so new.

12. Shambhala? Going and/or playing there?

I’m supposed to be playing on a smaller unofficial stage.. but it’s not official. 🙂

13. Your mixes are full of fresh, eclectic tracks. Where do you find them? (Ha ha ha and you can just tell me personally if you want 😉

Most of them are made by me or my friends. I am proud to be connected to so much talent.

14. What music did you grow up or come of age listening to?

Really lame folk music till I was old enough to buy my own. I entered high school the year Kurt Cobain killed himself, so there was a lot of grunge, punk and industrial. Then I switched to a high school downtown and got flyered on the street one day and went out of curiosity – rave on!

15. How would you describe your sound?

Musical bass? Harmonic dissonance? I guess my trademark is having really lush, symphonic or vocal elements over top of juicy fat bass and hard beats.

16. How do you think the weather of Vancouver affects the music produced there?

Well, we have fabulous summers and rainy blah winters. I’d say the only way it really affects things is I get a lot more done in the winter and say goodbye to the studio for the beach in the summer.

17. Any plans to come to LA?

I’d love to – book me! 🙂

18. Who would you most like to collaborate with?

Eskmo or Vibesquad for sure. Then I could steal all their production tricks…muahhahahah

19. What equipment/software do you use?

I’m a die hard Cubase user, but until I have enough saved up for version 5 I’ve been using Logic 8 because it goes with my Mac. Can’t stand the audio editing though so I always have to rewire Ableton to it. I have a lot of nice microphones and an Avalon tube preamp for recording, and plenty of fun plugins. Alchemy is my favourite synth at the moment.

20. What is next for you? Any exciting news or big future plans?

I’m trying to plan an Australian tour and another one of Europe. We’re also about to launch a new record label featuring all this great Vancouver talent so stay tuned!

Thank you ill-esha! Those of you in Seattle make sure to hit Rebar tomorrow night for Thirdsdaze and catch this woman in action.

Symbiosis Gathering Announces Lineup!

Posted in Events, Festivals, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2009 by worldromper

The 2007 Symbiosis Gathering changed my life and set me on the path I now follow. At 4AM the first night of the party I asked one of my new dance floor friends: “What do you call this music, with the really heavy, fucked up bass?”

His answer? GLITCH.

And a fiend was born.

More of that story later; for now, here is the festie’s initial lineup. After taking a break last year, Symbiosis is back and will be held September 17-21, 2009 at Camp Mather, just outside Yosemite National Park.

  • LES CLAYPOOL
  • COCOROSIE
  • YARD DOGS ROAD SHOW
  • AMON TOBIN
  • BASSNECTAR
  • DJ SHADOW
  • SHPONGLE
  • CASPA
  • FLYING LOTUS
  • GLITCH MOB
  • HALLUCINOGEN
  • MALA
  • PRETTY LIGHTS
  • AN-TEN-NAE
  • BEATS ANTIQUE
  • BLUETECH
  • HEYOKA
  • LAZER SWORD
  • LIPP SERVICE
  • MIMOSA
  • RANDOM RAB
  • VIBESQUAD

This is just a partial lineup of the artists I am really excited to hear; please click here for the entire list, and of course- more music will be announced in the months to come. Stay tuned.

Symbiosis

Dirty Filthy Whompcast: ill-esha

Posted in Artists, Females in the Arts, LISTEN TO THIS with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 8, 2009 by worldromper

The newest whompcast, from ill-esha of Vancouver, BC is extra-crunchy; it gnaws on you as it evolves, the eclectic set getting better and better the whole way through until all the mother lovers unite in bass bliss euphoria. I started the mix over as soon as it finished, ‘cuz I’m a fanatic like that. Ill-esha is the shit.

This singer, rapper, producer and DJ will be performing next month on July 16 at Seattle’s new glitch, dubstep and bass music monthly: Thirdsdaze. Also on the lineup are locals Zacharia, Aksion and Kat1lyst.

Listen and check the tracklist here or subscribe to the Whompcast in iTunes!

Note to readers: The whompcast website will be back up on June 16, when my homie gets his paycheck. The huge response to ill-esha’s whompcast crashed his shit.

THIRDSDAZE in Seattle: New BASS MUSIC Crunkthly @ Rebar

Posted in Events, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2009 by worldromper

HEAR YE HEAR YE BITCHES!

Seattle’s got a new night of future sound bass music (don’t call it midtempo) happening every third Thursday at Rebar starting in June: Thirdsdaze. I like the name because when you say it, you sound like you are already half drunk.

This new night of crunkedouthyphyfunkadelicpsybrokenwhomphopmusicforbasssluts is brought to you by the same party kids who do the whompcast over at dirtyfilthywhomp.com, Rockit Science – aka my people. Besides the best in forward-thinking bass music and sticky grime, Thirdsdaze will also feature live painting, digital art, and performances. And parties in the parking lot.

The new monthly kicks off June 18 with Propa Tingz (BreakBeatBuddha), PrEssHa, Dirty Steve and Northstar at the Rebar, my favorite dance club in Seattle which has just upgraded its sound system to stellar reviews. The July 16 lineup is super fat as well and includes ill-esha, Zacharia, Aksion and Kat1lyst.

Head over to RocketScience.com and listen to the free downloadable whompcasts to get an idea of what kind of sounds you will hear at what will no doubt be the freshest music monthly in Seattle: THIRDSDAZE.

UPDATE: I will be at the opening night of Thirdsdaze on June 18th! See you on the dance floor, Seattle! I am so excited!