Here are your HalloWeird plans over a month in advance for all you weirdos who want to get down on the get down…
Night Access Presents ill.Gates (Burning Man Headliner) + Stephan Jacobs (Identity Fest Tour) + R.O.B.O.T. + Dj Carlo + Boonie Walker + KIMBO + Jay Fay hosted by Vokab Kompany w/ Firedancers, Stilt Walkers, Circus Freaks, Burlesque Shows & a bunch of other DOPE performances, all at the best nightclub in San Diego, Stingaree
We are proud to announce our lineup for HALLOWEIRD at Stingaree this year!
ill.Gates Stephan Jacobs Headlining in Guesthouse @ Stingaree w/ Jay Fay& DJ Carlo
R.O.B.O.T. Boonie Walker KIMBO on the rooftop oasis
Firedancers, Stiltwalkers, Burlesque Shows & Circus Freaks performing all night!
This event is going to be insane! Things will get HalloWEIRD this year on October 31st…
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It’s been a little while since I posted up any Gladkill. Well his latest track, “Found You,” definitely found me. And it was love at first listen. Gladkill’s take on lush bass has always resonated with me. Every sound seems to have its place. He manages to perfectly blend silky melodic blurps with high-impact shots of bass to create the enchanting style we are used to hearing from this Headtron Disciple.
And while we’re on the subject of disciples, Gladkill will be performing alongside Bass Music Deity Bassnectar at the Hollywood Palladium on October 18th! I was absolutely stoked to see someone whom I respected so much as a producer on this amazing bill (which includes Gramatik as well!!!)
The talent over at The Headtron Agency are doin’ some BIG things. Stephan Jacobs just toured with the Identity Festival crew. Gladkill is on tour with Bassnectar and Gramatik!!! Sugarpill will be performing in Tahoe for the New Year’s festival Snowglobe. And as if this group of producers wasn’t overflowing with talent, the Headtron Agency has given NiT GriT a new home. These are all HUGE steps in the right direction for this family of producers. It’s great seeing their production and sound design getting recognition by the masses.
Looking forward to more big things coming from Gladkill and the rest of the Headtron crew!
P.S. Grab your Tix for Bassnectar w/ Gladkill + Gramatik at the Hollywood Palladium HERE!!!
By: Saro Chalian
The Identity Tour’s San Diego stop was nothing short of amazing. Perfect summer weather mixed with perfect party people is always a recipe for a good time. Throw in live performances from the likes of Bingo Players, Excision, Eric Prydz, Porter Robinson, TJR, RL Grime, Doctor P, Stephan Jacobs, and Paul van Dyk and you’ve got yourself one helluva get down. Whether you were with your girl, a group of your closest friends, or your camera getting shots from backstage, chances are you had one of the better times you’ve had all year. I know I did. I also know most of y’all are fiending for TheMixster.com’s photo coverage of the event (Courtesy of the homie Taylor Trah), so I’ll keep it brief by spotlighting my favorite moments and sets of the night.
*Check out our full photo gallery from ID on our Facebook fan page!
Let’s cut the BS. Porter Robinson threw down the wildest set of the night. The dude can’t even legally buy a drink and yet he’s causing an absolute ruckus in front of thousands of people on a consistent basis. Sliiiightly jealous. Jam-packed with bangers, his set had everyone giggin’ non-stop. The crowd went ape-shit when he dropped Major Lazer- Original Don (Flosstradamus Remix). Yeah everyone seems to drop it now-a-days (I’m guilty of this myself) but it never ceases to get me violently jumping around in circles. Stay tuned for more news about his upcoming tour with OWSLA buddies Zedd and Nick (muh-fuggin’) Thayer!! They’ll be performing at 2 venues in San Diego—The Sports Arena and Voyeur. Looks like we’ll be the only city on the tour with both 18+ and 21+ shows!! Big thangs poppin’ in San Diego!!!
Porter may have thrown down the wildest set of the night, but funkiest set goes to none other than TJR. Props to this San Diego favorite and LED resident DJ for keeping the funk alive. His track selections and choice sampling always provide a breath of fresh air. And he’s the DJ/Producer that re-juiced my liking of Tech House. Hopefully you were able to catch some of his set, but if not don’t fret. He’s a regular at W(R)avehouse and Voyeur events thanks to LED presents. Much love to the very humble and talented TJR. As if one LED resident DJ killing it isn’t enough, Audrey Napoleon brought the early bird Identity crowd into a frenzy with her top notch mixing and unmatchable stage presence. This girl has a flavor to her production like few I can think of, which explains why she toured each show with the ID crew. Having just released her DEBUT EP, Ornamental Egos, we can only expect bigger and better things from this stellar artista.
Eric Prydz threw down a killer set (in its own way) as well with a set-list mostly comprised of songs I didn’t recognize, which was actually quite nice. Makes it a little easier to get lost in the set and not get caught up in critiquing the technicality of the mix as I often do. After seeing Prydz 2x times within the last month, it’s safe to say he’s one of my favorite acts to see live. I can only assume that Prydz will be back in America soon after his Identity Tour experience. The endlessly robust energy displayed by our San Diego crowd that night, should have a large say in that.
RL Grime (aka Clockwork) shut down the LED “Tastemaker” Stage with an absolute bang. His set was the perfect escape from the mainstage. I was craving some “Real Trap Shit.” His stage presence got everyone groovin’ from the get go, then when he dropped his track “Trap on Acid” the crowd went NUTS. As if throwing down a dope set wasn’t enough, he had his tracks under his other alias Clockwork being dropped on the mainstage throughout the night. I specifically remember his last 2 releases on MAD DECENT, “Titan” and “BBBS,” causing a riot as they came down off the mainstage’s towering sound system. This guy is killing the game right now. Catch him perform as Clockwork at HARD’s Day of the Dead (Nov. 3rd).
All in all, Identity San Diego was a complete and utter success. I’m already looking forward to next year’s tour, but there will be plenty of stellar events and big tours coming through San Diego to tie us over till then. I’m sure y’all are as stoked as I am about the upcoming LED presents TRAMPS LIKE US event at the Sports Arena this Labor Day Weekend. The more we show the country that we can throw these massive parties in city after city without causing any problems—as we have done for 2 years now on the Identity Tour—the faster the scene will blow up. Perhaps more importantly, we will be given more leeway when we try and throw even bigger and better events. Spread Love and Good Music.
By: Saro Chalian
All photos by Taylor Trah for TheMixster.com © 2012
Whether we want to accept it or not, summer is coming to a close. But it’s a damn good thing that every promoter in San Diego is doing their part to make sure Summer 2012 ends with a complete and utter bang. Last year’s San Diego stop on the Identity Festival Tour was definitely one of the parties of the year. Apparently Kaskade thought so too—giving the people San Diego props, during his set, on making it the biggest and most poppin’ stop of the ID tour.
I remember getting there just in time to rage face to Datsik’s set at the side stage. The perfect way to get your blood going on 90° afternoon, just before Pretty Lights proceeded to launch the main stage into the cosmos. There’s something about his set that night that’s hard to put into words. At that point, I feel you’ve done your job as an artist. With acts like Nero and Kaskade to send everyone home, I’ve been itching to get back to the Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre for another day of bomb music and beautiful people.
San Diego, that was just Round 1 of this day-long fiasco. This time we’re welcoming Eric Prydz, Excision, Porter Robinson, Noisia, Doctor P, and a helluva lot more talent to our little paradise on Earth. I hope you’re as prepared as I am to make this SOLD OUT Identity Round 2 even better than last year.
Having just seen Eric Prydz at the Hollywood Palladium, I can tell you that this O.G definitely lived up to the hype. I’m anticipating a slightly different set this time. A set geared more towards a ROOOWDY Identity Festival crowd. Guess only time will tell.
You don’t understand how stoked I am to see Excision for the 2nd time. But OUTSIDE this time! His 100,000 watt sound system that he whipped out during his X-Tour blew the roof off of the House of Blues and likely caused some activity on the Richter Scale. It definitely gave my organs a good shake. The outdoor setting should give our ears a chance to breathe. Maybe…
Excision & Downlink- Crowd Control (Original Mix)
This year’s Identity Festival is packin’ some young raw talent. Hardwell (24), Arty (22), and Porter Robinson (20) have all proved age is completely irrelevant to success. Earlier this year, Porter Robinson released what I think may be the anthem of 2012 electronic music. His track “Language” has been a hit since its release. He dropped the official video for the song earlier this month. Check it!
LED Presents recently announced the line-up for their side-stage aka their hand-picked “Tastemaker Stage” at Identity Festival. They brought San Diego favorite TJR in to give us our funk fix and, most notably, RL Grime (Clockwork’s “trapped out” alter-ego) who will be shutting the stage down from 7:15-8:00 pm with what’s guaranteed to be a fire set. If you find yourself trying to take an adventure away from the main stage, I advise scoping out RL Grime’s set. It’ll have you asking, “Damn son. Where’d you find this?!”
Sets by Mixster favorites Louisahhh!!!, John Roman, LIGHT YEAR & Samo Sound Boy are also high on our priority list, and certainly shouldn’t missed.
RL Grime- Trap On Acid
And just when you think it’s all over, Eric Prydz and a favorite of his, Audrey Napoleon, will be spinning into the early morning at Voyeur for the LED Identity after-party. Having just released her new ORNAMENTAL EGOS EP just late last month (available for download here), Audrey Napoleon has plenty of fresh tunes to unload. If you aren’t able to catch her set at Identity, the official Identity after-party gives you a prime opportunity to see her spin, and keep the good times rolling.
Official Identity Festival After-Party Tickets
May the 5 day Countdown begin!
By: Saro Chalian
Type: Android Anthem
Genre: Dubstep/Glitch Stomp/Cosmic Bounce/Mad Era
Where to Buy: FREE DOWNLOAD (Below)
Stephan Jacobs and ill-Esha have joined in musical matrimony today—releasing their first banger together, “Cypher.” Relentlessly staying on their grind, these two members of Bass Royalty ceaselessly release banger after banger while absolutely crushing venues near you.
Keep up with their show dates here: Stephan Jacobs & ill-Esha.
The track “Cypher” featuring Joe Mousepad demonstrates their dominance in nearly every facet of musical production. Textured claps that seem to shatter before you, on-point vocal edits, and electrifying, glitched-out layers of UGHHH provide a healthy, balanced diet for any basshead to enjoy. This is one that should definitely be digested over a quality system.
As it’s clear that both Stephan Jacobs and ill-Esha’s production have rubbed off on each other in the past, it’s awesome to finally see how their styles meshed in the studio. When some of my favorite artists collaborate on a track, I can usually distinguish points in the song where one took control over the other. This track, however, seamlessly compliments both Stephan Jacobs and ill-Esha’s styles of production. I mean, sure…how can you not recognize Stephan’s insanely MASSIVE, shattering clap or ill-Esha’s reptilian ROAR? But every nuance seems to flow into each other brilliantly—with Joe Mousepad’s vocals providing the stitching on-top.
Stephan Jacobs & ill-Esha- Cypher (feat Joe Mousepad) (Right Click + Save Link As…)
If you haven’t been keeping up with Stephan Jacobs or ill-Esha’s side projects, this would be a good time to familiarize yourself with them.
1.) Stephan Jacobs + NiT GriT = Pizza Party … Definitely smell some fresh pizza bakin’ in the oven! Keep your eyes and ears peeled.
2.) Stephan Jacobs + Ruff Hauser = Kether … Just released one of the DOPEST EP’s I’ve heard in quite some time. Check out the entire Moon Boom EP here!
3.) ill-Esha + Unlimited Gravity = Intelepaths … This is a new project that I couldn’t be more stoked about. Love ill-Esha. Love Unlimited Gravity. Gotta love Intelepaths. Keep an eye open for an upcoming EP release as a part of the truly amazing Critical Beats // Amazon Voices Project. (Much more to come about that, but in the meantime explore this awesome cause here!)
BONUS TRACK: Here’s a teaser of the smashingly suave steez that you can come to expect from this talented duo. So CLEAN!!
Intelepaths- Freak Like Me (Adina Howard Tribute) (Right Click + Save Link As…)
By: Saro Chalian
The Headtron crew has been responsible for some the most gangstafingly innovative, and out of this world productions the bass world has yet to hear and quite frankly feel. The energy and depth of production put into each and every track becomes quite obvious with each listen. And the best part is, you’ll notice new subtleties within each track the more you play it. Each and every one of the artists on the Headtron label deserves every bit of your aural attention but this post will feature new tracks by ChrisB. and Gladkill. (These two Headtron juggernauts joined forces to birth their project “More Champagne.” So keep an eye out for more tunes under that name.)
ChrisB.’s remix of ‘Shut Her Down’ takes Anneka’s perfectly soothing vocals and launches them to a planet far, far away. This is one of the most intricately designed tracks I’ve heard in quite some time, but this should come to no surprise after becoming familiar with the rest of his tunes. This guy is an absolute monster and continues to improve with time. Keep an eye out for Chris as he helps propel The Headtron Agency to a whole nother level.
Anneka- Shut Her Down (ChrisB Remix)
Gladkill always seems to hit that G spot with each release. A couple weeks ago, he released his purp’ed-out collab with pOSH. This gangsta remix of Pimp C ft. Mike Jones and Bun B is perfect to soak in over the fumes of a nicely rolled swisher. I seriously cannot stop giggin’ to this track.
So, “relax and takes notes…”
*Watch out for this tune’s upcoming release on Seclusiasis’s Street Bass Bootlegs Vol. 2!!
Other Headtron Artists:
By: Saro aka Klitormix
Skrillex winning 3 Grammys has officially busted the EDM gates wide the fuck open. In essence, every established and up & coming electronic artist won a Grammy that night. Through increasing exposure to electronic music, my hope is that more people will discover and recognize the producers flying under the radar, who are continuously putting in hard work to evolve and progress the music beyond what otherwise becomes frozen in the mainstream. Sooooo, I have compiled a small list of relatively underground artists who I believe will reap the most benefits from the opportunities presented by what’s bound to be the biggest year for electronic music yet—2012.
The artists I have chosen to spotlight each have their own brand of sound and don’t hesitate to break away from what they know works. When it comes down to it, these bold deviations from generic templates for sounds and songs makes these gems stand out above and beyond the rest.
So without further adieu please turn your aural attention to:
MartyParty has been on one this last year. He’s kept himself a busy man with his side projects Pantyraid (w/ Ooah of The Glitch Mob) and Deathstar (w/ Minnesota), while releasing his debut album “Six Shots of Jameson” at the close of the 2011–which was absolute MONEY. Be sure to catch the King of Purple live at Winstons in Ocean Beach (21+) for one hell of a (Marty)party on March 23rd! This could easily be a top 3 show of the year. RSVP Here.
MartyParty- We Don’t Give A Damn
MartyParty- Just Because Of You
This clip of MartyParty live at SnowBall Festival this past weekend should get you sufficiently STOKED on his upcoming show. So absurd!!!
Find More MartyParty Here: Facebook + Soundcloud
2.) Wick-It The Instigator
This bad man from the South continues to crank out banger after banger–each with a unique style and twist. His track perfectly titled track ‘Future Krunk‘ currently sits atop my list of favorite Wick-It songs. That being said, he has a whopping 99 tracks on his Soundcloud and he puts out nothing but his best work. Take the time to go through them all and start spamming the download button. But until then, I’ve picked out a couple tracks that should tickle your senses.
Wick It The Instigator- Future Krunk
Wick It The Instigator- How You Like Me Now
Find More Wick-It Here: Facebook + Soundcloud
3.) Love and Light + 4.) Stephan Jacobs
Stephan Jacobs and Love And Light have been high up on my list of favorite producers for quite some time now. Love and Light has this incredible bounce to their music that I just can’t seem to sit still to when I hear. I’ve been caught grooving to their music in the library many times, attracting tons of funny looks from people… I can’t help it. Listen to their collaboration with Stephan Jacobs and you’ll understand exactly what I’m talking about.
Stephan Jacobs & Love And Light- Tame em Off
Stephan Jacobs threw down a crushing set alongside The Polish Ambassador in San Diego last year, for what turned out to be one of the more unique shows I’ve been to locally. With his performance, it’s safe to assume that he’ll booked in SD again some time this year. (At least he should be.) His music continues to evolve, leaving me always wondering what he’ll come out with next. Check out this tune that came off of the Headtron compilation, Disciples of Headtron Vol. 1.
Stephan Jacobs- Groove Around You
Find More Love and Light Here: Facebook + Soundcloud
Find More Stephan Jacobs Here: Facebook + Soundcloud
5.) Robotic Pirate Monkey
I’ve been endlessly AMPED off Robotic Pirate Monkey’s latest release. They have taken their music to new heights, leading me to believe that 2012 is going to be the year this trio from Colorado completely takes off. Sounds like they took a note or two from Pretty Lights’ page when making Front Range Feeling–easily one of my favorite tracks. Song of Sirens has a heavier, more crunchy twist that completely caught me off-guard on first listen. So brace yourselves!
Robotic Pirate Monkey- Front Range Feeling
Robotic Pirate Monkey- Song of the Sirens
Find More Robotic Pirate Monkey Here: Facebook + Soundcloud
6.) Project Aspect
When I first heard Project Aspect, I knew I was hooked. His remix of ‘Booth Love’ took me on one helluva funkadelic trip. I can’t get over how well it compliments the Umphrey’s McGee’s original. I didn’t think the original could be made any better. Project Aspect and Papa Skunk proved me wrong. The second track, ‘Pura Vida‘, is simply an 8 min. masterpiece. The progression throughout the song compares with few others I’ve heard. Everyone needs to stop everything they’re doing and just sit down and hear this tune (over and over again). Enjoy.
Umphrey’s McGee- Booth Love (Papa Skunk and Project Aspect Remix)
Project Aspect- Pura Vida
Find More Project Aspect Here: Facebook + Soundcloud
For all you Glitch Mob fans: this is the guy for you. With a repertoire full of dance floor bangers, R/D is sure to be making some big moves in 2012. He keeps an indie feel, while fusing frizzzy fresh glitched out bass to put his tracks over the top. His ‘Vision Vision’ and ‘Hollywood’ remixes show just how far he’s progressed this last year, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down. Of all the artists I’ve already mentioned, I’m most stoked to see which direction R/D goes next. Turn up the speakers and embrace the bass.
T. Mills – Hollywood (R/D Remix)
Loyal Divide- Vision Vision (R/D Remix)
Find More R/D Here: Facebook + Soundcloud
By: Saro aka Klitormix
San Diego has been getting absolutely spoiled with some of the most talented, forward-thinking bass music producers out there. Just this past month, we’ve had Sugarpill, Billy Blacklight (a.k.a Profresher), Wala, Bird of Prey, and Minnesota perform here. We also have the extremely gifted ill.Gates and R/D touching down for their show on Dec. 9th. Bass overload? I think so. Buuuut, providing the wompalicious cherry on top, Stephan Jacobs and The Polish Ambassador will be throwing down some glitch-hop, electro-funk, future bass, and ( . Y . ) step tonight (11/22) at U-31 courtesy of our friends at SoundLogik.com!
During my interview process for my position at TheMixster.com, I was asked which artist—in my opinion— was leading the charge for bass music. I answered Stephan Jacobs. Not because he was as popular as Skrillex or as good looking as me, but because he manipulated his massive sounds to create one of the most impressive and distinct repertoires of smashingly smooth tunes I’ve ever heard. Although I’ve posted about Stephan before and continue to write about him now, I feel words cannot do this man justice. His powerful presence on the tables and energy fuming from his tunes must be experienced in person. Only then, will you truly appreciate the talent, dedication, and essence of Stephan Jacobs.
Stephan Jacobs & Love and Light- Sound A Da Bass (feat Naada)
Metric – Gold Guns Girls (Stephan Jacobs & NiT GriT Remix)
Tag teaming with Stephan Jacobs to complete this show’s bangin’ double headliner is another one of my favorite producers, The Polish Ambassador. This powerhouse producer—droppin’ bass not bombs from Oakland— masterfully fuses together just about every genre out there to create a distinct futuristic bass brand. Every one of his tunes brings some sort of different type of swag into the equation. You never know exactly what you are going to get and that excites me. He is described as having beats “that will have you dropping that bottom like it was 92….3092, that is.” This just about sums up his gangsta steeze from the future. This Polish Ambassador is reppin’ his people like none other.
Bassnectar- Cozza Frenzy (Ample Mammal Remix) (Ample Mammal a.k.a The Polish Ambassador)
Warren G featuring Nate Dogg – Regulate (The Polish Ambassador)
Don’t forget to get to the venue early to catch Geisha Twins (Disco/House), Sleeper (Moombahton/Hip Hop), and Mr. Y (beatboxing) kick off the night right.
This is a 21+ event.
Early-bird discounted tickets are only $10. Grab them here.
Door price: $20 | $15 if RSVP/attending through this event page. Entry is limited and dependent on ticket sales, venue capacity, and line. If you do not have presale tickets GET THERE EARLY!!
This is Soundlogik.com‘s first ever San Diego show so please go out and show your support for another killa San Diego-based EDM blog!
By: Saro Chalian
One of bass music’s finest, Sugarpill, has been on a constant journey — from playing top 40 tunes in Florida clubs and sweating balls while working in a warehouse to, now, absolutely murdering massive crowds with original firepower. A man who compares his music with the likes of a mongoose is surely on the right path to bass stardom. This glitch-fueled Headtron juggernaut—armed with bass cannons few have seen—will make your booty shake and eyes quake. And get this! He’s coming down to sunny San Diego on Oct. 29th for what is about to be one of the most Earth-shaking fiascos of the year.
Fortunately, I was able to catch up with the busy producer and discuss forthcoming releases, past experiences, and his insight into the music world. You’ll see that he’s a really down-to-earth and mild-mannered fellow but when he steps onto the stage, he undergoes some sort of Decepticon-like transformation. So y’all need to hide your kids, hide yo wife, and hide your husband cause he’s murkin’ everybody out here!
TheMixster.com: Although I wasn’t at this year’s Coachella, your set still looked pretty damn amazing. Was the experience of playing at Coachella pivotal as an artist on the up and up or was it just another day in the life of Sugarpill?
Sugarpill: I would say that it was definitely a really important show. There’s a lot of people and a lot of energy when you get all those people together. It was particularly special because I had a lot of my friends on stage with me for that one. For some of the other bigger sets that I’ve played, that hasn’t necessarily been the case just because of the way the stages were set up and who was allowed to be there. There was definitely a lot of energy on stage.
TheMixster.com: Was it particularly different from your Burning Man experience? How would you compare the two?
Sugarpill: Well, at Burning Man people are all over the place and I never really know who I’m going to see at what particular set. But at Coachella, everybody that I knew there stayed close to the DO LAB stage and I just ended up seeing a lot of people concentrated at the same stage.
TheMixster.com: How did you end up starting working with the DO LAB?
Sugarpill: I guess friends of friends mostly. Just kinda within the same social circle in life.
TheMixster.com: In the past, you’ve collaborated with fellow bass music producers Stephan Jacobs and ChrisB. What initially drew you guys together and how have you all influenced each other’s growth?
Sugarpill: Stephan asked me to do a remix for him, about a year and a half ago. And I guess we got together in the studio because I had some trouble mixing some of it down. So I headed up to his studio and hung out with him for a little while. There was definitely a good energy between him and I in the studio and it just turned into us creating stuff. We shared some tips and tricks and stuff like that and turned it into a song.
Same kinda thing with ChrisB. I think the 3 of us, just like Gladkill and a couple other artists, have this song club thing where you share new stuff you’re working on. There’s people who can be critical and you don’t have to take offense to it. So it’s kinda what we have going and it’s really nice to be able to work off what each other is doing as you go through the process.
TheMixster.com: Do you feel like you need to vibe well with fellow producers out of the studio to be productive while in the studio?
Sugarpill: Sometimes. I think the collaboration is a really interesting thing. It’s kind of more moment to moment sometimes. Sometimes you’ll be vibing really well in the studio and maybe not outside of the studio. I mean, these are like my closest friends so there’s definitely all sorts of actual stuff that goes on between us that’s not, you know, music related. I think it plays into the vibe and how it comes out altogether.
TheMixster.com: I think it’s really cool that the proceeds from your most recent track, Trouble Blind, went to charity. And this wasn’t your first time on the Bass From Above mixtape. Why do you think it’s important to take this donation-based approach instead of simply giving away or selling the track?
Sugarpill: I think it has its place amongst just giving stuff away and also selling some of the stuff. I try and stay balanced on hitting all of those different angles. For Bass From Above Vol. 1, we raised about $1000 for the Japan Earthquake Disaster and for this one [Vol. 2]—I don’t have the exact numbers—but I believe it earned that much in the first couple of days. So it’s just really cool to be able to give back in a way that feels good with the track that didn’t really have a place on anything else. A lot of times, the compilation stuff just kinda goes off into the wayside and you never really hear about it again but with the Bass From Above you know it’s going with something that’s pretty awesome.
TheMixster.com: Yeah I think it’s a great thing that SubSynthesis is doing. Anyways, you weren’t always Sugarpill. So Evan, what was the worst job you had before starting your production career?
Sugarpill: Umm, worst job. I dunno, I worked at Starbucks for a week. That was pretty bad. Not for any other reason than they get you so hooked on coffee during your shift that on your days off you go in there and have way more coffee than you’d normally want. Before I moved out here, I used to work in a warehouse—a shipping department—with no air conditioning all summer in Florida. It was pretty rough sometimes.
TheMixster.com: What was the turning point in your life when your music career took priority over everything else?
Sugarpill: Music has always been a pretty important part of the things I do. I played in all kinds of different bands and a couple of different instruments. I played bass orchestrally. My passion for music has been around for a long time but I think moving out to CA from living in Florida really made it a lot more viable focus; where I was actually interested in what I was doing, as opposed to playing some things in Florida that were not exactly what I wanted to be doing. But out here, people just really embrace what they hear. It’s pretty exciting and I definitely have a lot more drive off of that kind of feedback.
TheMixster.com: So, your music is special in the sense that you fuse bass with glitch without losing your sense of melody. Has living in LA influenced your direction of sound?
Sugarpill: Definitely. Those were elements that I was trying to go for prior to moving out here, but I didn’t really have the embracive people at the time, like I do here in LA. It’s nice to have the positive feedback that you get from people when you’re doing those things that you want to bring together. It’s just a really powerful way to keep moving forward and to keep doing those things.
TheMixster.com: So where are you from originally? How long have you been living in LA?
Sugarpill: I lived in Florida for 14 years before I moved out here, and I’ve lived in LA for 2 ½ years now.
TheMixster.com: So was it around the time that you moved to LA, when your music career started taking off?
Sugarpill: Yeah. Prior to that, I wasn’t really that interested in putting out original music. Because living in Florida, as far as DJ stuff goes, I was doing a lot better getting booked by playing top 40 things and all sorts of other music to get a gig. But once I got out here, it’s a place where people actually wanted to hear the original stuff more than the jams that everyone else has. I didn’t really share a lot of the original stuff with people prior to coming out here.
TheMixster.com: A question that we ask all of our bass music artists: Is there another way to describe the term “Bro-step” because we hate that term?
Sugarpill: I don’t really like the term either. I don’t like the sweeping generalized terms. I think a lot of people still call it dubstep and I don’t really hear the dub influences in a lot of that music anymore. I don’t think you have to call it bro-step, you kinda know what’s happening when it’s happening, I guess.
TheMixster.com: How do you personally refer to it?
Sugarpill: When it’s like beat on your chest and chainsaw sound I definitely call it bro-step. There’s a lot more to it than that. I don’t necessarily not like that sound either. I don’t like any sound that just happens consistently over and over again for 4 hours. I’m more interested in hearing someone change it up. I definitely flipped back into some stuff that I was playing before, that I guess would be called bro-step now. It’s like that heavier in your face, kind of mediated “end of the world” sound going on there. And it’s cool, definitely. I liked it but I like to change it up too. I don’t like the term Lovestep just as much. Both those terms are not super cool for me.
TheMixster.com: If your music was a type of animal, what type would it be? And Why?
Sugarpill: Oh wow. Maybe like a mongoose combined with a wedding because it kinda gets crazy and then sometimes falls off a cliff.
TheMixster.com: I don’t think I could have put it any better haha.
TheMixster.com: If you could collaborate with any 3 artists on the planet, who would they be? And why?
Sugarpill: That’s pretty tough. I’m not sure I would feel comfortable collaborating with my heroes really. I mean there are people that I’d really like to meet. I’m really into fusion jazz sometimes. I’d really like to meet Bill Bruford, who plays drums for ‘King Crimson’ and ‘Yes.’ I’m just really interested into doing poly-rhythmic drum stuff. I’d also really like to meet Tom Jenkins from Squarepusher.
TheMixster.com: In all honesty, what do you expect from the “More Champagne” collaboration between ChrisB. and Gladkill?
Sugarpill: Haha! Umm, I dunno… I’ve experienced More Champagne, so I think they are going to be continuing to do what they do. We’ve convinced them to put a lot of bottles of free champagne on their riders. So, the possibilities are endless there if you’re thinking sexy party.
TheMixster.com: Yeah. Like Steve Aoki style, right? I’m excited to see what those two do.
Sugarpill: Yeah. I think it’s going to be pretty awesome. I mean, I have a lot of fun with it and I think a lot of people do. At Burning Man, they had some pretty epic sets that people were just going crazy for. They’re very excited about it.
TheMixster.com: The style of those two mesh together really well.
TheMixster.com: Do you have an EP coming out soon?
Sugarpill: I have a lot of new tracks. I haven’t scheduled an EP coming out soon probably because on the next one I’m thinking about releasing a bunch of tracks for free around Christmas. That’s kind of what my plan is right now. I just released one on Simplify Records and I have a tune coming out on the Acid Crunk Compilation from Muti Records and another tune coming out on Muti’s end of the year compilation. The Headtron crew is putting out a compilation that will be out in early January, as well. I think I’ll release a mini-EP with some free tunes, probably as a Christmas present.
TheMixster.com: What direction do you plan on taking your sound on those forthcoming tracks?
Sugarpill: Definitely, I’ve been getting a little more of that melodic pitch thing going on. Some of the bass sounds that I’ve been making have been going for a little more figure and delay-oriented, so it’s either like you’re in space or you’re being squished underwater. So there’s a bunch of newer sounds.
TheMixster.com: If a tourist asked you, what places in LA would you tell them to check out? Or where do you like to spend your free time outside of the studio?
Sugarpill: (Laughs) I spend a lot of time in the studio. I don’t know. When people ask me what to do in LA, it depends on what’s going on that week. Everything is so all over the place with what’s happening week to week. There are some weekends here, as far as going out and doing stuff, where I feel like it’s just like any other city where people are working on stuff. I really like Two Boots Pizza. That place is pretty awesome, in Echo Park.
TheMixster.com: Ok Evan. It was good talking with you. We are looking forward to seeing you down in San Diego at the Kava Lounge on Oct. 29th. I think it’s going to be one hell of a show.
Sugarpill: I’m pretty excited. I’ve got a lot of new stuff to bring down and try out on y’all!
Catch Evan aka SUGARPILL and the SUBversive SD crew at Kava Lounge this Saturday October 29th.
SUBversive Presents: SUGARPILL (LA) at Kava Lounge | October 29th, 2011
2812 Kettner Blvd, San Diego 92101
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Ok, so there’s been enough bass power and laser drive since your first round of bass therapy to propel you to the dark side of the moon and back; but, it looks like y’all are starting to fiend for those low frequencies again. I’ve got some massive Glitch-Hop, Dub, and Funk tunes with enough kick to knock the unholiness right out of you.
Love and Light has constantly been pushing the frontier of self-expression and challenging any preconceived notion of “typical bass music.” These guys are truly bass architects, knowing how to manipulate their arsenal of sounds to create something all crunk junkies can get down to. Hailing out of Reno, Nevada—which is becoming a favorite place to perform for many bass artists—Love and Light raises the bar with every release.
Love and Light- Playa Nights
Stephan Jacobs released the multi-genre Mad Era EP the other week, featuring many of his new sounds and perhaps suggesting a slightly new direction for this versatile producer. I was super excited to see that he collaborated with some of my favorites: GRiZ and Sexy Sax Man Sergio Flores. With Stephan Jacobs’ melodic glitchy style, Sergio Flores’ baby-making work on the sax and GRiZ’s expertise in funkalicious grime, the whole EP pieced together perfectly—creating something you can rage, groove and vibe to.
Stephan Jacobs & Griz- Pretty Boy
Stephan Jacobs- Izzo (feat. Smash LeFunk)
Stephan Jacobs- Cyber Sax (feat Sergio Flores)
I don’t think there is any girl right now who rocks swag on her sleeve quite like Kreayshawn. Apparently, Helicopter Showdown agreed enough to launch her hit single Gucci Gucci to infinity and beyond with their killer synth and vocal work. Make sure not to miss the breakdown for their 2nd drop, as it is absolutely mind shattering. Turn up das bass.
Kreayshawn – Gucci Gucci ( Helicopter Showdown & IB Remix )
It’s always a mission and a half to remix and transform any classic into a banger; but those who can do it successfully earn a special spot in my book. ChrisB masterfully wove his engineered bass sounds and glitchy pulses into Led Zeppelin’s classic rock song No Quarter. Keep an eye open for releases from his upcoming project, “More Champagne,” with his equally genius compadre Gladkill.
Led Zeppelin- No Quarter (ChrisB Remix)
Crizzly, a 19 year old bass prodigy from Texas, is absolutely blowing up right now. He fuses southern influenced hip-hop with his filthy basslines and booty shaking grooves to create his own really unique style. He’s currently on deck to perform at Escape From Wonderland, the Halloween themed massive, at the Nos Center in San Bernardino on Oct. 29th. If you are in the area or are willing to make the 2 hour drive (assuming you’re rallying from SD), this festival is something you’ll want to experience.
Aj Hernz- Snap Back Swag (Crizzly Remix)
Take this funked-out 100bpm mini-mix to wash down this week’s course of crunchy bass. Chairmann seamlessly spins remixed childhood jams along with those of some top notch, new era producers. This mix is perfect for kickin’ it, raging, or cruising unearthly terrains. Be sure to check out and download ‘The Sweatshop Sessions Vol. 1 + 2’ on his soundcloud.
Chairmann- The Sweatshop Sessions Vol 3: Childhood Remixed
1. KOAN Sound – Risky Endeavours
2. Ray Charles – Good Thymes (Opiuo Remixx)
3. Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive (Teddybears Remix)
4. Opiuo – Robo Booty
5. Dandy Warhols – Not if You WereThe Last Junkie(Blunt Instrument Bootleg)
6. Griz – iLL Type Moves
7. Pimpsoul – Pimp Deep
8. Major Lazer – Hold The Line (DJ C Remix)
By: Saro aka Klitormix