Exciting news for all the Dubstep heads today: Bass Music Boss, EXCISION, announces his massive North American tour dates all over the US and Canada. The Canadian dubstep pioneer is a class act that you just can't miss with his heavy bass drops that will surely have you melting in your seats. His tour begins on January 22 in Spokane, WA and will end on April 19 in Minneapolis, MN, with more than 55 shows in between.
Supporting artists on the tour are French drum and bass DJ team Dirtyphonics and the Canadian glitch-hop guru Ill Gates. These acts round up an eccentric and diverse mix of bass music sub genres that are crafted through creativity and precision.
DJ Muggs, the prodigious DJ for Cyprus Hill, brings forth the new music video for his song Safe featuring the gorgeous and talented Belle Humble.
Known for his experimentation with hip-hop and electronica, DJ Muggs has produced yet another legendary music video for his bass loving fans. Belle Humble’s sweet vocals accompanying the aggressive bass result in a beautiful syncopation.
The music video for Safe, released back in January on the album Bass For Your Face via Ultra Records, is set in a vast Californian desert-land in which an Indian Chief, perhaps a desert mirage, pulsates light and energy around him through his dance. Meanwhile, warrior women clad in Coachella-chic garb, and youngster cowboys wielding bows and arrows observe the enigmatic gesticulations of the Indian Chief.
Altogether a trippy and beautiful video that serves to highlight DJ Muggs and Belle Humble’s unique musical talents.
Watch the video below:
It’s hard to see people step away from something they loved. It’s even harder to see people leave something that they help give recognition to through hard work and dedication with a negative feeling of resentment. Dubstep music producer Oliver Dene Jones aka Skream has recently announced his departure from the music genre that he has help build into a global craze.
The British-native DJ went public with his decision just a few days after Johnathan Gooch aka Feed Me went viral on his Twitter with his retirement from DJing. Skream, who help made Dubstep into an international phenomenon, explains that his departure from the genre is wildly due to his lack of inspiration he has experienced from Dubstep in the past years. “I’ve done Dubstep since I was 14 but there’s no way I’m going to be dictated to. I stopped because I’m not inspired by it anymore,” he told U.K.’s Daily Star in an interview about his departure. Skream also went on to explain that Dubstep has just been reduced to a name and that the movement was over. He also stated in the same interview that his performance at the Red Bull Music Academy was his final Dubstep set that he would performing for the time being.
We all know Taylor Swift is one to pen her real life experiences to produce massive hit songs that every girl (even if half of us claim not to) can relate to. In this case, a relationship with a bad boy gone wrong. Ring a bell? Swift is currently promoting Red, her new album set to be released on Oct. 22, and has previewed a few tracks which stick to her country pop sounds. However, in her newest release "I Knew You Were Trouble" comes seasoned with a little, wait for it.... dubstep.
The song features a hook infused with dub sounds over Swifts ever so powerful lyrics. With the help of Shellback and Max Martin, a Swedish production duo, the songwriting and vibe mixes a few traditional Swiftisms a la Skrillex to create a track that will probably be on repeat for the next month. Check it out below!
Welcome to the newest addition to Joonbug.com: Mixtape Monday. Starting this week, we will be featuring some of the hottest new sounds, most awesome music videos, or just straight up classics to get your week started off right. Got any recommendations? Any requests? Feel free to leave them in the comment box below, and be sure to check back each week for the new edition!
What needs to be said for the Flosstradamus remix of Major Lazer's "Original Don." It essentially triggered an entire wave of EDM (Electric Dance Music) Trap music that's taking over EVERYTHING in the underground right now.
Joonbug: You guys started off producing hip-hop together eight years ago. How did your music-making veer onto the dubstep path?
Zack: It changed with what we were exposed to and listened to. Back then we wanted to make music for rappers. Then we started seeing that our production was advancing to the point that we could make music that would stand on its own. We worked on making an instrumental album called “Fresh Beetz” and we put that out and sold it ourselves out of duffel bags.
With drum and bass, we had some friends that we used to do graffiti with and when we hung at their houses they were always listening to Technical Itch and Noisia and stuff like that. I was really interested in it, it was like a next level of production. I didn’t know how to do any of it. Even though I was getting really advanced with making hip-hop beats I felt like a beginner in that world. We learned how to make electro-house with an added drum and bass sound, which I think is the coolest sound. We were slowing down the electro-house stuff and putting a snare in it which seemed like dubstep.
Kastle, the future bass/post-dubstep alter ego of San Francisco dubstep producer B. Rich has been building a steady following over the past few years with his forward thinking productions. As label boss of Symbols Records, his bass-centric music is a combination of dubstep, trap, R&B, and UK garage popular in underground scenes on both sides of the Atlantic.
This week Kastle released a free download of his newest remix, a rework of Frank Ocean’s track “Pyramids” from the album channel ORANGE. After premiering the song last Friday on Skream and Benga’s BBC Radio 1 show, Kastle unveiled the track on Soundcloud, which he made available for a free download through the site.
Ten miles of darkness and 2000 cars separated us from the festival we had only dreamt about. As we stared forward, excited and anxious, there was a faint flicker towards the sky and then the familiar explosion of fireworks in the distance. A roar ripped through the desert from the cars around us. Indian chiefs and their topless girlfriends yelled and cheered out their windows, as packs of neon spattered fur boots ran by on foot. This was the scene I had heard so much about. The one that would save dance music events
When they're not performing as the electro-bass dynamo Hot Pink Delorean, DJ's and producers Matt Simmers, Chris Barlow and Jon Spero are better known for their bass music hits as Terravita. Having produced tracks that have topped music charts on Beatport (their remix of Tremourz and J. Rabbit's "Sexy Party" held the #1 spot on the D'n'B chart for over a month), Terravita has earned the support of artists such as Bassnectar, Datsik and Borgore.
We got to catch up with Jon and Chris before a performance at Gainesville's Spannk nightclub about their love for D'n'B, the evolution of electronic music and the surrounding culture that has emerged