The countless fires ravaging the Colorado mountains continue to lick the ether, basking the skyline in their amber glow. However, that isn't the only thing leaving us shuffling aimlessly through the mist of a scarlet fog. Specifically, a nationwide movement calling for a show of solidarity is the most recent culprit behind that cerise hue surrounding the city. Moreover, a symbolic gesture raising awareness for all who suffer from the nightlife industry, now on red alert. As someone you may not always see but almost certainly hear, DJ and audio purveyor Tony Knight exemplifies this.
According to #WeMakeEvents North America, "77% of people in the live events industry have lost 100% of their income, including 97% of 1099 workers." These are the people who shouldn't be forgotten, in remembrance of an industry killed by the spread COVID-19. Now, rather than offering up a moment of silence, we should make our voices heard. We should stand with organizations like Help Musicians UK, MusiCares, PRS Foundation, Unison Benevolent Fund, and PLUS1, for the love of bass. Check out this NPR article detailing loads of other organizations doing similar work. Or, you can go here to keep the pressure on our government officials.
With all this in mind, it's important for us all to take a moment to recognize all of the unseen warehouse warriors. Those soldiers of the underground whose contributions we always see, feel, and hear, yet oft fail to acknowledge. Without these agents of bass, Tony among them, those events we sorely miss would undoubtedly be mere shells of themselves.
Tony Knight is Rarely Seen but Always Heard
With an industry in dire straits, Tony Knight tirelessly continues pushing the sounds of the underground. Most notably from beyond the speaker stacks, as an audio engineer. Certainly, if you spend any time on the hunt for beats, you'll encounter his auditory footprint. In detail, his resume speaks for itself. First off, he never stops serving bass to the fiends through his 40HZ of Sound outfit. His Turbosound speaker stacks always impress and never cease to invoke dance floor gyrations. Additionally, it's no secret that his partner in crime, MS TØXIIC, is definitely doing her thing in the scene too. Together, they're a true force in the Denver underground, united by a deep love for bass music.
Beyond this, Tony Knight flexes his sonic wizardry all over the state from Subterranean, Sodo and the Underground in Colorado Springs, to Knew Conscious and Mile High Spirits in the bass capital. More recently, his association with the vibrations coming from the Subverted Entertainment crew has his stock sharply on the rise. Check out their site, or this recent story to find out why they're currently getting big props in the bass community.
Moreover, it's important to note that many like him are struggling to overcome the effects of near total-loss of income from live events. However, he continues to do what he loves, for the love of the music. With these kind of accolades to his name, it's a forgone conclusion that you should get familiar with Tony's sound. Therefore, if that video above has you furiously nodding your head, you definitely need to check his skills behind the decks, A.S.A.P.
Of Course, this doesn't mean a live set from Tony Knight is too hard to come by. Especially, if you catch him at a random underground gig or during his resident DJ sets at Blondie's Ultra Lounge. Nevertheless, demand for his sound production skills regularly keeps him posted-up in the shadows. It's possible he's flying under your radar, as a result. Luckily, you'll get the perfect opportunity so see what he can do very soon at Till The Break Of Dawn: Under The Stars. You don't want to miss out on what he's been itching to drop, during his hiatus from live events. Above all, this is our chance to show some love to one of the many people in the scene, who help uplift the vibes of our scene, from behind the scenes. We all have to do what we can to support the underground. Truly, it needs us now, more than ever before.
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