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Introducing: DREADBASS SOUNDSYSTEM

Posted in Artists, Music News with tags , , , on January 22, 2010 by worldromper

Worlds collide in creative combustion when three bass music ambassadors unite to bring their eclectic tastes and dynamic talents to the stage as DreadBass Soundsystem, the new endeavor of Kush Arora, Nate Mars and Juakali. From three pulse points of the domestic electronic underground, San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles respectively, this trio of artists connect their multiple styles together, pulling the weight of dubstep into the future by its roots to produce a sound thick with a global feel and dusted with digital dub, experimental electronica and energetic dancehall. The resulting music is motivating to the mind and body, with up-front lyrics and assertive beats popping together with grime-ridden basslines and proving that the dance floor doesn’t need mindless bangers to get down.

Kush Arora provides the drums, effects and dubbing for the trio; this mainstay of the San Francisco underground has recently set to flame West Coast festivals such as Shambhala in Vancouver, BC and Jujubeats in OC. His unique sound is a warped future-fusion of dancehall, dubstep, bhangra and grime, stepping away from the usual psychedelica found in the Bay and leaning towards a refreshing smack of boldness more indicative of his roots in the Punjabi region of India. Kush’s two releases of 2009, Dread Bass Chronicles and Boiling Over, were both critically acclaimed, with Dread Bass Chronicles on several “Best Of” lists of the year. He has contributed to releases on Surya Dub, Record Label Records and Blipswitch, and Kush’s presence in the Bay area’s electronic arts community is as dynamic as his sound, which pushes forward a world of influences to widespread and welcoming crowds.

Nate Mars contributes to the group his eclectic musical palate and trained talents on the keyboard and bass guitar, adding a substantial thwomp to DreadBass Soundsystem’s bubbling global sound. A regular on the BBC Radio 1 shows of Mary Anne Hobbs and Annie Mac, Nate’s singular style has evolved into a signature sound, his wobbling waves in the low end installing him as a stable force in the international dubstep scene. Dabbling in a myriad of genres, he has received accolades and fans from his drum and bass track “Concentric Circles” on compilation album The Deprogramming Sequence (Liberation Systems) as well as his acid house EP with a remix of a Morgan Page track released under the name “The New Yorker.” Nate’s debut dubstep album drops in spring of 2010 on Blipswitch; its first single “Above and Beyond dem feat. Jahdan” was included on Freq Nasty’s FabricLive 42 compilation. Heavy and rich and dripping in bass, Nate’s original sound delivers a fat shoving dose of dubstep to the dance floor’s starving ears.

Adding a tactile touch of organic voice to the trio, Juakali caps the group with his unique and inspiring lyrical stylings. One of the foremost MCs of the global underground electronic community, Juakali’s melodic delivery is accented with an island lilt from his native Trinidad and slapped with smarts from the city of LA. His animated performance style together with his uplifting words and authentic delivery help to unite the musicians and crowd together as one blast of creative energy. Juakali also performs as part of the live electronics crew Sub Swara and is host of the first all-dubstep event in the United States, Dub War in New York City; as such he has been an integral factor in the introduction of this new sound to new ears. Knowing no genre boundaries, Juakali’s words are a ribbon of hopeful smoke that weaves through the deep waves of dub, bhangra, dancehall, jungle and reggae, leaving behind a wake of positive vibes, moving bodies and pulsing minds.

Together these three artists are DreadBass Soundsystem, a new sonic journey into genre-denying territory that never forgets the listener and always delivers a fresh sound rich in influences from all over the world, a few of other planets and the future of music as well. Kush Arora’s vigorous sound design along with Nate Mars’ substantial groove and Juakali’s vocal upswing combine to create an original and inspiring musical experience rooted in the global bass community and pushing forward to a creative future where we don’t need labels- only dance floors.

Catch the debut of DreadBass Soundsystem at the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas on March 17 at Barcelona with N-Type, MRK1, Eskmo, Eprom and the Spit Brothers. Wow. Click here for details.

Shilo’s August Events

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2009 by worldromper

As always, I keep this post updated throughout the month and you can find it by looking in the right-hand column on my main page under “Shilo’s Event Calendar.”

…and the summer of love continues:

  • 1: JUJUBEATS Festival @ Oak Canyon Ranch in Irvine with Bassnectar, the Glitch Mob, Z-Trip, Juakali, Mozaic, Kush Arora & 6Blocc
  • 1: Pure Filth presents BASSFACE with N-Type, Ramadanman, The Professionals, Deco, Novacaines and Kemst
  • 1: HALF CIRCLE w/KiloWatts, Jantsen, Heavenly Father & Kid Logic @ private location
  • 2: Droid Behavior Pool Party @ Dream Loft Pool
  • 5: Low End Theory: Gaslamp Killer’s Record Release Party for “My Troubled Mind” with Free Moral Agents, Thavius Beck & Computer Jay
  • 7-9 PHOTOSYNTHESIS FESTIVAL (WA)
  • 7: Planetary Series: LOST PLANET with Luca Bacchetti, Orlando Voorn, Robtronik, Developer, & Subversive @ TBA
  • 8: Techno in the Desert
  • 8: HARD @ The Forum w/Underword, Chromeo, Crookers, Crystal Castles, 12th Planet, Skeet Skeet, Destructo & more
  • 12: Low End Theory with ESKMO, Bullion & Diaba$e
  • 13: Welder @ Cabinet Theatre in Hollywood
  • 14: 16Bit & Beyond One Year Anniversary w/Kraddy & RD @ Air Conditioned Supper Club (Venice)
  • 14: Compression @ King King in Hollywood
  • 15: DROID Behavior pres: Interface 28:28 with Tim Xavier, Luis Flores, more more more
  • 15: Señor Fish & Gridlife presents Daedelus @ Plankton Man
  • 19: Low End Theory with Giovanni Marks and Intuition & Verbs
  • 21: BWOMP presents Fill in the Bass @ TBA w/an-ten-nae, Oscure, Odeed, Eva, Kid Logic, DJ 007, Ev-1, Sati & J-Viz (info line 310-933-1451)
  • 22: Pure Filth presents BASSFACE w/Mampi Swift, The Professionals, Drone, Scooba & more
  • 26: Low End Theory Membership Drive w/all residents and edIT
  • 27: My Hollow Drum 2-Year Anniversary w/Nosaj Thing, Free the Robots, Kutmah & more @ The Crosby
  • 29: SMOG 3-Year Anniversary w/Plastician, Babylon System, 12th Planet, DLX, Pawn, Emu, Evol, Pablo Hassan & more @ TBA
  • 31: Burning Man- See you on the PLAYA!

I LOVE SUMMER! Bondi Beach, Sydney Australia

JUAKALI @ Jujubeats w/Bassnectar, Glitch Mob, Z-Trip and more

Posted in Artists, Events, Festivals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 27, 2009 by worldromper

Juakali at Dubwar in NYCJuakali is an MC and lyrical stylist that I first heard perform with Joe Nice at a Smog event at the Echoplex a few weeks ago; he delivers his rhymes with positive vibes and a melodic island-lilt that perfectly complements the dark waves of dubstep bass. With dubstep’s dirty depth, you don’t need heavy, machine-gun delivered death raps that push you towards the floor; much better is the offset of a river of bouncing vocals like Juakali’s, laid over the beats and bassline like a ribbon of hopeful smoke over the low end wobble. Inhale.

Juakali will be performing this Saturday August 1 at Jujubeats Festival in Orange County. There are several stages of amazing world-class talent, but there’s only one place where you will find me and my bretheren of bass, and that is the front of the dance floor at the Flower Power Garden with Bassnectar, Glitch Mob, Z-Trip, 6Blocc, Kush Arora, Mozaic and Juakali. Nice!

Right now tickets online start at $45 and there is camping available for this one night festie.

Also catch Juakali at this year’s Decibel Festival in Seattle taking place September 24-27 in the clubs, dance floors, bars, streets and parks of the fair Emerald City.

TIMESLOTS FOR JUJUBEATS:

(all listed in reverse order for some weird reason)

Stage 1-Bumble Bee Love Swarm:
Donald Glaude: 2:15-3:30
DJ Dan: 1:00-2:15
Anthony Attalla: 11:45-1:00
Martin Roth: 10:45-11:45
Charles Feelgood: 9:45-10:45
Jason Blakemore: 8:45-9:45
Jason Splat: 8:00-8:45
Jeff T: 7:15-8:00

Stage 2-Butterfly Oasis:
Doc Martin: 1:30-3:30
DJ Heather: 12:00-1:30
DJ Sneak: 10:00-12:00
Mark Farina: 6:30-10:00
Easily Influenced: 5:00-6:30

Stage 3-Flower Power Garden:
6blocc: 3:00-3:3
Z-Trip: 1:30-3:00
Bassnectar: 12:00-1:30
The Glitch Mobb: 11:00-12:00
6blocc: 10:30-11:00
Xample: 9:30-10:30
Kush Arora & Juakali: 8:30-9:30
DJ Daemia: 7:45-8:30
Mozaic: 7:00-7:45

Jujubeats Festival: Bassnectar, Glitch Mob, Z-Trip & more!

Posted in Events, Festivals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2009 by worldromper

I heard about this festival a few weeks ago and have been meaning to tell you about it!

Jujubeats Festival takes place August 1st at the Oak Canyon Ranch in Orange County; tickets start at $35 for the one night party. Check the lineup:

  • Bassnectar
  • Glitch Mob
  • Z-Trip
  • 6Blocc
  • Kush Arora
  • Juakali
  • Mozaic
  • Bodyrock DJs
  • Mark Farina
  • Donald Glaude
  • DJ Dan

This is of course just the list of artists that I am really excited about and some big names; there are shitloads more so read the whole lineup here (and I am sending you to JungleScene because the Jujubeats website is a pain in the ass). Buy tickets here, and see you there, SoCal!

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LA in MAY: Shilo’s Event Calendar

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2009 by worldromper

OK YOU GUYS it is too hard for me to post and keep up with separate events, so I am just going to put up a calendar a month of events I am going to and keep it updated as my schedule changes every frickin’ day.

Shilo’s May Event Calendar…starting in April:

  • APR 28: Dubtroit w/Emalkay, Seven, Stenchman, 12th Planet & Unit @ Detroit Bar (OC)
  • APR 29: Low End Theory w/Zech’s Marquise & Blank Blue
  • APR 30: Glitch Mob @ La Cita (all 4)
  • MAY 1: WOBBLE w/Emu, Pawn, Skeet Skeet, Paparazzi, more @ Boardners
  • MAY 2: DROID presents Interface 27 @ TBA
  • MAY 6: Low End Theory w/Daiba$e, Mono/Poly & Devon
  • MAY 6: Lies Lies Lies @ Vine Bar in Hollywood
  • MAY 7: Playloop w/John Tejada 
  • MAY 8: Moontribe
  • MAY 9: Smog: L-Wiz, Irk, Trickykid, Emu, Pawn, & more @ Echoplex
  • MAY 13: Low End Theory w/Juakali, Kush Arora & My Hollow Drum
  • MAY 15: Tipper, RD, Jupit3r & Kether @ Echoplex
  • MAY 16: Dub Smugglers w/SPL & Osal8 (SAN DIEGO)
  • MAY 17: Ants In Your Pants (SAN DIEGO)
  • MAY 20: Dopplereffekt @ The Roxy (free show!)
  • MAY 20: Low End Theory w/Mix Master Mike, Jneiro Jarel, MHD
  • MAY 21: Smog & Droid present: Appleblim, Hyperactive, Drumcell & Pawn @ Echoplex
  • MAY 22: Moderat (Modeselektor & Apparat) & Deadmau5 @ Hollywood Palladium
  • MAY 22-55: MOVEMENT aka Detroit Electronic Music Festival!
  • MAY 26: Dubtroit @ Detroit Bar w/Gaslamp Killer, Pablo Hassan, Tonky K & Tealong
  • MAY 26: Glitch Mob w/Prodigy @ The Grove (OC)
  • MAY 27: Glitch Mob w/Prodigy @ Hollywood Palladium
  • MAY 27: Low End Theory w/SamIYam
  • MAY 29: Bassnectar w/Nosaj Thing & J-Boogie @ Henry Ford Music Box Theatre
  • MAY 30: Pure Filth presents BASSFACE w/ 16 Bit, Broken Note, The Professionals, Ras G & more @ TBA
  • MAY 29-31: Bobolink Music Festival

mikebreadytopartyMike B’s got the megaphone and mouse ears and is ready to party…

Are you?