December is finally here after what one can only describe as a grueling 2020. Especially, for those of us in the music industry. Indeed, it feels like this year is never going to end, as local bars and clubs are enduring yet another temporary closure. Nevertheless, the final month of the year always brings good tidings and an annual reminder of the importance of community. With this in mind, AK Productions and Quite Low Records are definitely unwrapping some presents early as they add two new residents to their roster. Certainly, Cynapze, and Design will be stuffing our stockings with bass, just in time for the holidays.
Surely, there's no doubt AK & QL already boast a pretty stellar lineup. That's undoubtedly obvious with names like DJ Contrast, Evasive, GHoST, Ryan Vail and Shua. It's easy to see why they're seeing so much success with their Till The Break Of Dawn series, as a result. It continues attracting bassheads back to the underground which is great for the community. Furthermore, their resident hosts RELYT and Slim_r_i are in the driver seat right now when it comes to bass emcees in Colorado. Cynapze and Design should fit in quite nicely with this group of turntable giants. Clearly, AK & QL are gearing up to pick up where they left off by adding these two talent-laden artists to their roster.
Cynapze & Design... If You Don't Know, Now You Know
Although they're at different places in their careers, both of these artists have much to offer the Denver bass community. Foremost, they both have formidable skills behind the decks. Beyond this, they both have a deep love for bass music and all the trappings that go along with DJing in the bass capital. However, after a long hiatus of live music, it makes sense to refamiliarize yourself with who's making moves in the scene.
Evan Bower, a.k.a. Cynapze, has been doing his thing for a hot minute in the Denver underground. Most notably. He's been associated with such bass music firebrands as The Distinguished, Recon DNB, and Altitude Sickness. Additionally, his ear bursting Turbosound speaker array continues to deliver that skull ratting bass we've all come to expect at underground events. If you made it out to Lake George for Till The Break Of Dawn: Under The Stars, you got a proper dose of that. Thus, it's a guarantee that he knows how to rock the decks. Who wouldn't if they got to practice on that sound system on the reg's? Besides that, he continues to pop up on lineups all over the place - from warehouses to night clubs, with no signs of slowing down. With numerous appearances on AKQL lineups already, it should be a forgone conclusion that they'd lock him down sooner or later.
Evan Montes-O'Gorman, may not be as well known in the scene but he's by no means a newcomer. He's been slicing up beats for about a decade now under his Design moniker. One quick perusal of his SoundCloud reveals a bevy of original tracks and fire remixes. He's already got major creds to his name with releases on Section 8, SW Records, and Trio Recordings. Furthermore, be on the lookout for some brand new heavies due out on Drama Records. Consequently, he's quickly making a name for himself as a producer/audio engineer extraordinaire. Earlier this year, he finds his way onto the TTBOD:UTS lineup where he unleashes a mind bending bass heavy set. Certainly, that's just the tip of the iceberg of what this kid can do behind the decks. That's why it should come as no surprise that AK & QL are making the wise choice of adding him to their residency. Expect to see big things from Design in 2021 and beyond!
With the end of the pandemic in sight, there's a lot of hope for a return to some semblance of normalcy in the music industry. For now, we'll have to wait and see what the next few years holds for a return to live music events. Indeed, you can expect AK & QL to be at the front of the line, delivering bass to the underground. Especially, if their roster continues to see upgrades like this one.