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Krafty Kuts Descends upon Denver for a Halloween Breakbeat Massacre
They say the freaks come out at night. And if that's true, they'll definitely be out on Halloween. Obviously, with Denver being a major hub for underground dance music in the region, we always have plenty of action for bass fiends to exercise their demons with. In particular, this year, the legendary Krafty Kuts' choice of Denver as one of his only two US dates for the occasion gives our creatures of the night something sapid to gorge on. With this in mind, we owe a debt of gratitude to Sounds of Bass and AK Productions for conjuring up a spine-tingling lineup, crawling with the monsters of Denver bass music, for a haunting of Antero Hall. "Renowned and respected worldwide for his highly technical turntablism, meticulously crafted DJ sets and party-punching productions, Krafty Kuts is in a league of his own.
One of the key pioneers in the UK breakbeat and bass movement, Krafty Kuts has multiple awards to his name and has released music with the likes of Ministry Of Sound, OWSLA, Southern Fried, DMC, Fabric and many more." While most of the other nightlife scenes are cooling off, preparing to shut it down until spring, venues in the bass capital are littered with the carcasses of the underground undead, rank from the torridity. Therefore, despite the heightening of energy and increased opportunity that normally accompanies Denver's cold-weather raving season, this definitely is not the gathering to be slept on... ...If not for any other reason than to witness Krafty's deadly turntable mastery. Admittedly, he does always kill it whenever he's summoned to the booth and this booking should be no exception. Accordingly, the dance floor zombies will be out in full effect, sporting their finest in 'All Hallows Eve' livery. Although, as you can see above, it's clear he's looking forward to these performances. Not to mention he's emerging from the lab with his newest tracks, filthiest edits, and grimiest mashups, mixed-in to perfection, like a bubbling cauldron full of some dark witch's demented brew. We should expect nothing less than a breakbeat massacre on the dance floor. Krafty Kuts is no Stranger to the Denver Underground With AK and SOB joining forces for a Halloween rager, it's pretty much a forgone conclusion that breakbeats are going to thoroughly permeate the lineup. Both crews are doing their part to keep the low end frequencies thumping hard from the warehouse basements to the rafters of the major arenas, in a prolific way. In this case, three stages of booming bass brought to you by some of Denver's most dedicated purveyors of beats should do the trick. In particular, SOB Productions has been on the job, piecing together these underground assemblies, unified by a love of broken beats. It's something they've done for almost 20 years now. Naturally, these shots (above) from the various Krafty Kuts performances that they've sponsored over the years are proof of their dedication to the music. To that point, parallels supporting that notion, among others, are interwoven throughout the artist bio on his website. "Continuously immersed in beat culture since forming his own b-boy break dancing crew in the late 80s, Krafty Kuts has had his own record store chain, run labels, promoted critical scene events, formed his own band, Wicked City, and performed to crowds of 40,000 alongside the biggest names in music from the Rolling Stones to The Prodigy. Living, breathing and sleeping the funk without compromise." Similarly, AK Productions continues to emphasize their intentions for carrying the baton so that our tradition of bass music convocation is in no danger of slowing down anytime soon. More importantly, it's an overt continuation of our community practice of cultivating the culture of the underground. After all, the love of the beats is what brings us all together and binds us. But, make no mistake, in Denver, we love our breakbeats- and Krafty Kuts is largely responsible for that. So, if that's something you didn't already know, then it's about time you let him show you exactly why. Be sure to bump Krafty's Halloween mixes and grab a copy of his new track 'The Sauce.' Also, stay up-to-date on news about AK/SOB events at the links below. Tickets for Krafty Kuts @ Antero Hall are still available here. Follow Krafty Kuts: All links | Facebook | Upcoming Events | New Track: 'The Sauce' Follow SOB Productions: Facebook | Twitter Follow AK Productions: Facebook | Instagram
Meraki's Success Proves Dreams Really Do Come True
Having to accept reality is the hardest thing a bout growing up. From the moment we're born, as kids, we just do whatever makes us happy. Unfortunately, as we get older, we quickly realize we can't just live a life with a "fuck it" attitude. With that in mind, fantasies of becoming an astronaut or a football player quickly become memories buried beneath a stack of "TPS" reports. However, for a select few, such as Denver's newest underground beat-slayer, Meraki, those aspirations never fade. Accordingly, with the success of his thriving DJ career, he's become the perfect example of how dreams really do come true. Cameron Jones, aka Meraki never wanted to be anything other than a DJ. While most of us are concerned with locking in the high score on Street Fighter, he was working on his finishing moves behind the decks. Seemingly, even as a 12 year old kid, he manages to discover the cheat code to unlocking unlimited lives so he could live the dream. Certainly, he appears to have leveled up to the point to where he's got the game in a chokehold and every time he comes out to play, his sets end in a fatality- Surely, anyone who has caught one of his recent performances can attest to that as they bust moves over the breaks like Eddy from Tekken. It feels like he's found a secret chest full of flashing stars- the man is invincible. Passion Turned Meraki's Dreams into a Reality As you can see, he's become the epitome of what it means for kids to follow their dreams. After all, where would the bass music scene be if there weren't some among us brave enough to do so. The fact that his parents bought into that when they bought him his first decks is a beautiful thing. Fast forward to today, and Meraki is now looking back over a long career in which he's accomplished more than he could have imagined. Even though he's living his best life, he believes he must be dreaming... "If you could go back in time and tell 12 year old me I would be touring the country, playing direct support for some of the biggest names in Dance Music, I'd probably pass out." With that in mind, Meraki continues to build bridges everywhere he goes so bassheads can cross over into the land of the underground. He's like the Johnny Appleseed of bass music. In his most recent foray into the Denver music scene he's already doing his part to help cultivate the culture. Linking up with area crews like Altitude Sickness, AK Productions, and 303 Family, he continues to spread his love for bass music. Outwardly, it seems like that is what drives his success - his passion for the music. Obviously, this is why SOB productions wanted to bring him on for their upcoming Halloween event featuring Krafty Kuts. Thus, it's nice to get the opportunity to check in with Cameron to get a bit of insight on his secret sauce for turning dreams into a reality. Bass'D Out DNVR: You’ve been a busy man this year seemingly going non-stop between Colorado, California and points in between. Have you enjoyed getting back into performing live this year? MERAKI: It's been incredible to be back! As the weeks turned to months when Covid began, I was questioning if things would ever return to 100%. So to say I'm grateful to be back on the road is an understatement. BOD: Have you noticed anything different about the industry since we’ve been back? M: The industry has definitely changed. A lot of clubs and promotions have gone under. Many that seemed to be untouchable are now barely hanging on. It's an extremely fragile situation we have to build out of now. BOD: The industry definitely came roaring back and a lot of us are already looking forward to 2022. Do you feel like you made the most of this year so far? What has been your most memorable performance of 2021 and why? M: This year far exceeded my expectations. My most memorable performance was the relaunch of my home club night in San Francisco. I was super nervous about how the night was going to go, the attendance, the vibe, the energy. It ended up being completely off the rails. I actually stayed till they turned the lights on because I knew it was such a special moment. BOD: You recently moved out to Denver from the Bay Area. What made you decide to move here? Although you’ve performed out here multiple times in the past, has it been difficult re-establishing yourself as an artist in a new scene? What crews have shown you love thus far? M: I've been fortunate to live in many different states. Denver was an easy choice, mainly because it's unlike any place I've ever lived before. I love different and new places. - I'm extremely thankful I got put on quickly by the local scene. Promoters I've traveled here for in the past and friends i made here in between booked me out months solid weeks before i made my move. Altitude Sickness, 303 Family, and AK Productions have kept me busy from the get go. BOD: Do you notice any differences between the SF/OAK scene and the Denver scene? M: A big difference here in Denver, is the amount of Drum & Bass nights. Denver has at least three times more than San Francisco. BOD: You definitely hit the ground running when you got here, consistently picking up bookings throughout the year, including an upcoming gig for SOB Productions alongside Krafty Kuts. Are you a fan of Krafty’s music? M: I love Krafty's tunes, 'The Wasp' & 'Flow' are a couple of my favorites. BOD: Who are some other artists you’d like to see come out to Denver? M: I would love to see Eatbrain Tour make it out this way with Jade and a couple of his label's alumni. Halogenix or Enei would be a pretty great fit here as well. BOD: I notice that you’ve still got solid relationships with some Bay Area crews such as Outlet, PLUR Events, and Kandi Love. Can you talk a bit about those relationships and how they came about? How have they helped your DJ career? M: Outlet (Rip) was a tremendous help on my music journey. I spent about 6 years living in Nashville TN, running my own production company and playing regionally in the surrounding states. When I returned to California I didn't really have any direction as to how to get things going musically for myself. I was playing odd job events, all different genres, making mixes regularly. Outlet picked me up after seeing me perform at an event opening for Gridlok, after having won a mix contest for the slot. They asked me for a demo the next week. They were putting me on prime time slots regularly shortly after. Outlet's dedication to keeping things fresh and looking for new talent was definitely something that kept them on top in the Bay Area for so many years. Many of the crew's alumni have gone on to do huge things in the music. The crew's events remain legendary on the west coast to this day. PLUR Events / Kandi Love are some of the most forward thinking event promoters in the country and have contributed essential knowledge to myself as well as many other young figures in the San Francisco scene. They walk an incredibly fine line hosting events in clubs (vs the underground) and in my opinion, are one of a handful promoters in the country that have really captured the high energy European vibe at their events. Their monthly So Stoked regularly sells out and features extremely unique and exotic acts from across the pond in all genres (with an emphasis on fast and heavy music). I was brought on to help them establish Drum & Bass at their events, first by performing, then by becoming their talent buyer. BOD: Do you plan on continuing to perform in the Bay Area? M: I plan to continue performing in the Bay Area as long as the opportunities to do so provide. BOD: How passionate you are about doing what you love for a living is something that stands out about you; Particularly, with how immersed you are in the culture. How surreal is it to be doing exactly what you’ve always wanted to be doing after all these years? M: Most kids grow up wanting to play sports, be an astronaut, or rock stars. I just wanted to be a local opening DJ. I was exposed to this music before I hit my teens and fell in love with it immediately. While many of my peers were into sports & video games, I was into my turntables (thanks mom & dad!). I got my first set of decks for Christmas when I was 12 years old, and I'm not even exaggerating when I say I practiced for at least an hour a day for the next 6 years. All i wanted to do was open local nights, which seemed like a completely reasonable goal. If you could go back in time and tell 12 year old me I would be touring the country, playing direct support for some of the biggest names in Dance Music, I'd probably pass out. BOD: Looking back on your career, what are the things you’re most proud of? M: As far as things I'm most proud of- I've been directly in the middle of bringing many European artists into America for the first time. I've established dance music communities that persist to this day in many different states. I've helped make drum & bass popular with the next generation of youth in San Francisco. People never know when they're going to have "the best night of their life". I'll never be able to say how many of those I've been a part of for sure, but I'm positive I've been a part of a few, and that genuinely brings me an incredible amount of joy. BOD: Well, it seems pretty obvious that we’re glad to have you as part of the Denver underground scene now. Do you have any other upcoming projects or gigs and what can fans expect from you in the near future? M: SOB & AK Productions: Krafty Kuts locally, Puerto Rico soon & my regular treks back to San Francisco and surrounding areas regionally. BOD: Any shout-outs, comments, or gripes? "That local guy Ryan Vail needs to find a new haircut cuz he's totally cramping my style." Shout out to Meraki for checking in with BOD for the love of bass music! If you don't know by now this cat is a force to be reckoned with so don't miss you chance to get familiar with his sounds! Be sure to grab your tickets to Krafty Kuts here, check out his fire guest mix, then follow him at the links below. Follow Meraki: Facebook | SoundCloud | FB DJ Page | Plur Alliance FB | Plur Alliance Website | Outlet FB
Recon Toasts 18th Year with Liondub, Anna Morgan & Mister Shifter
Living in a region with a dynamic landscape of drum & bass music is a blessing. In particular, the Denver underground's appetite for a vast assortment of contrasting genres (and subgenres) illuminates that perspective. Critically, though, not having to put in the work of nurturing the scene makes those blessings all the more glorious. Like spoiled children, some have even become, "bass music snobs." And why not? We've been ensconced in the beats, for years. Certainly, the upcoming RECON XVIII event featuring Liondub, Anna Morgan, and Mister Shifter will likely carry on that tradition. In other words, Recon, with their copious agents of bass, continues to obsessively accumulate future bassline intel so you don't have to. Simply make your way to the dancefloor and wait for the drop. Thus, as we approach the commemoration of their 18 years of dnb reconnaissance, it's obvious that they're still the top operatives for unwavering delivery of the assets. LIONDUB (NYC) Kool London | Liondub International | Jungle Cakes | Playaz - Known for his unique blend of American hip hop, UK jungle, and Jamaican reggae dancehall, Liondub is renowned for his exclusive dubplate driven sets. Since being the first international DJ to get a weekly show on Kool London, the longest running jungle dnb radio station in the world, he's been awarded the Best Jungle Radio Show at the We Love Jungle Awards. ANNA MORGAN (NYC/LA) Worst Behavior Recs | Footwork Jungle | Defrostatica - From producing, DJing and radio hosting; to running her label Worst Behavior Recs and writing for The Footwork Jungle blog; to curating and promoting events, Anna has been pushing hybrid bass music in all facets. Known for her eclectic high energy sets, genre fluid productions and dedication to breaking in new sounds, she is a true connoisseur of sound system music. MISTER SHIFTER (Ohio) Dispatch | Artikal Music UK | Flexout Audio | Foxy Jangle - As one half of the original Random Movement duo, to emerging as a solo artist, Jack has been a tastemaker of jungle and dnb for nearly two decades. Since focusing on his production as Mister Shifter, he’s had an assortment of releases on esteemed labels Lightless Recordings, Artikal Music, Foxy Jangle, Dispatch Recordings and more RECON XVIII - Exploring Beyond the Area Occupied What stands out about Recon is their willingness to step outside of the mainstream to expose the community to new artists. Seemingly, these anniversary parties are opportunities to take that energy to the next level - that's what makes XVIII one not to miss! Throughout the years, Recon has helped cultivate the Denver dnb scene ensuring that the music remains as abundant in Denver as quartz is plentiful on earth. In kind, this 18th anniversary, or what's known as the, "quartz anniversary" is symbolically suitable for the occasion. By the same token, their support of the Denver underground is always steadfast. As a result, they've amassed a formidable roster of artists who should never be slept on. The resident crew of: Contrast, Darkstar, Despise, Dis_1, GHoST, Goreteks, Grym, John Glist, Shoebox, Sinistarr, and Solid will be out in full effect too. As you can see, Recon provides a platform for artists and fans of drum & bass to come together. Intrinsically, they play a huge role in keeping the scene alive. So on this, their 18th anniversary, we should all come together once again. to remind them how much they are appreciated- For the love of bass. Be sure to follow Recon at the links below and grab your tickets to RECON XVIII now. Follow Recon: Facebook | Twitter | Website | RECON XVIII tickets/info | DNBRadio Merch Listen to DNB Radio Live HERE!!
High Ground Music Festival set to Unlock a New Dimension in Denver
There must be something in the Denver air that lifts those festival vibes a mile high. It's something the Revelers of the Colorado festival scene can't really describe, thus you have to experience it to truly understand. In other words, you can't get a contact high off of these palpitations - you have to inhale and hold it in! With that in mind, if you're looking to score some of that dank energy, you're in luck. The High Ground Music Festival is making its inaugural run this weekend at Levitt Pavilion and Levitate Events is ready to dab you into another dimension. Obviously, the underlying theme that initially materializes is that this is just another gimmick to finesse party people out of their snack food savings. To the contrary, High Ground Music Festival is a hybrid plant infused with emotion and cultured for mass distribution. A quote from Noah Levinson, CEO of Levitate and mastermind of the event, describes the moment he lit up those intentions and put them in rotation... "High Ground began as a 'high-dea' when we passed a joint around while discussing the importance of live music. As a seasoned festival-goer and event producer, I explained my desire to create an experience that pushed against the grain of electronic events by offering a chill and vibey solace that embraced a more laid-back, lower-pressure environment. A festival for stoners..." Beyond this, It pays homage to the sanctity of Colorado's sprawling environment and the spirits of its native inhabitants. As the smoke clears, you'll find deep and meaningful motivations nurturing these seeds of thought into fully crystalized buds. And if that isn't enough to stimulate your mind, check out the official teaser trailer below. Prepare to Experience the High Ground Dimension High Ground Music Festival promises a new kind of festival experience that in the words of Levinson, "...embraces all things chill and vibey." Clearly, this is in no way just some stoner pow-wow and acutely more like a finely-tuned sensory adventure. Do not plan on simply getting blazed and slow-bopping to some chill sounds- Rather, it's time to activate the true Reveler within. Furthermore, be sure that all preparations are in order because Colorado's spirit animals: the black bear, elk, and grey wolf, await you in the High Ground Dimension. "These spirits offer messages that form the pillars of our High Ground community. At High Ground, we love each other and focus on the progression of ourselves as individuals and as a community." While seeking out what surprises lie in wait for you at HGMF, you'll quickly realize this is its consistent and highly developed motif. Upon announcing the event, Levitate and company make their intentions clear: This event is going to be a whole-ass vibe! Indeed, this quote from their official press release sets the tone for this narrative. "We do not step onto another field or venue. We step into an entirely different world. Ultimately, our live experiences are about connection: connection with the music, connection with the artists, and, most importantly, connection with each other. We strive for a cohesive atmosphere to inspire connections and profoundly impact our revelers." From this, it becomes evident that the depth of their efforts at transforming the venue go above and beyond with the primary goal of delivering a distinctive experience. Of course, how successful they'll be at achieving this endeavor remains to be seen. For now, you can obtain further enlightenment on these sentiments and others, by heading over to the HGMF website. In detail, you will find elaborations about all of the amenities, culture, impact, contacts, ways to get involved, an FAQ section, and much more. The Portal to the Spirit World Besides gaining some insight into your journey into dimensions beyond, you can discover what to expect once you arrive at Levitt Pavilion. Considering they are touting High Ground Music Fest as the first sanctioned EDM festival of its kind at the grounds, the details on the site should pique your interest. Surely, the expectations include next level art installations and cutting edge production interwoven with unique elements tied to Colorado and cannabis culture. Despite these lofty aspirations, a heavy emphasis on the music remains. After all, this is a festival and the former Insomniac Events promoter didn't hesitate to exploit his industry connections to bring his dream to fruition. Similarly, he delves deep into the Denver underground, resurfacing with a bounty of homegrown Colorado talent. Your curators of chill are as follows: The High Ground Stage High Ground Stage curators (from top left to bottom right): Snakehips, KASBO, Louis Futon, Haywyre, Chet Porter, Pluko, Bass Physics, JACKLNDN, Lucy Daydream, Shae District, & Who's Calling The Levitation Stage Levitation Stage Curators (from top left to bottom right): WAXCAT, LASZEWO, LYFTD, Mux Mool, Shyghy, Musa, Kid Astronaut, Leondoza, W/OUT, Costello x Coco Malone, & Erin Stereo As you can see, the lineup is fully stacked with some of the most highly coveted caretakers of chill beats. Although, what stands out here is the emphasis on live performances. As a result many of the artists will be incorporating instrumentation and vocals into their sets. Be on the lookout for a wide array of special guests slated to make appearances on stage. Overall, the production team is promising a one-of-a-kind experience you don't want miss. In their own words: "Our festival offers a story fused deeply into the experience, beckoning you, our Revelers, to dive deeper and experience more. We could not be more excited to join the rebirth of live music experiences and look forward to celebrating the beginning of something new, something magical, something powerful this coming fall." If those chill vibes are what you're after, High Ground Music Festival is definitely the move for the weekend. Above and beyond that, it will be interesting to see the outcome of this event and how it will affect the possibility of future dance music events being held at Levitt Pavilion. Be sure to grab your tickets here and follow the links below for the latest news and announcements. HGMF: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook - Levitate Events: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
If You Love Jungle, You Should be Medicated
Just like an addiction, when drum & bass takes hold of you, it never lets go. There's something about those dynamic syncopations that leave you fraught with intoxication like no other type of music. It can be hard yet liquid; grimy but also rinsed out; uplifting at first then quickly dark and aggressive. It's like the drums are laced with something that fades you quick. Thus, in a moment of clarity, when examining the amalgamation of A7TM3D and Borrowed Drums into a singular force in dnb- the name Medicated Drums, makes perfect sense. Seemingly, the complex sensations the genre creates are rooted in the contradictory nature of the music. It's the designer drug of dance music - a perfect blend of soulful breaks (Amen) with the perfect dose of rhythm, and just enough harmony to take the edge off. Dnb is the tincture of dance music; from techno to hip hop, you can cut it with just about anything without sacrificing any of its potency. Likewise, the synthesis of sounds from Medicated Drums creates the perfect hybrid blend for all those seeking sonic inebriation. The Cultivation of Medicated Drums Like so many of us in the scene, Jason and Jeff cut their teeth in the underground bass scene and are respected as solo artists within the establishment. However, their collaboration is what's fueling their swift rise among the rank and file of the Denver dnb community. Markedly so, their appearance on lineups is increasing rapidly. This is somewhat of a surprise to heads in the scene but if you ask Medicated Drums it's pretty much a forgone conclusion. After rocking the decks together a few times, they new they had some dank shit and haven't looked back since. With their Upfront Range platform they're ready to spread bass to the masses whether bassheads are ready, or not. Clearly, Medicated Drums has the formula for success. Indeed, crews like Recon and Altitude Sickness are taking notice, wasting no time adding them to their artist rosters and lineups as well. Their upcoming performances alongside the likes of Quadrant & Iris, and Krafty Kuts illustrates this to perfection. Therefore, if you need drum & bass in your life, you better be down with Borrowed Drums & A7TM3D! They don't appear to be losing any momentum. With this in mind, you better jump on the bandwagon now. Because pretty soon, if you want to feed your bass addiction, you're gonna have to go through them. BASS’D OUT DNVR: First off, thanks for taking the time to chat with me about bass! Glad to have you guys. knowing both of you perform on a consistent basis, most would say that you're pretty well established as solo artists. Considering this, this project seems like it came out of nowhere. What made you decide to form this duo? A7TM3D: After we started spinning together, we realized we have a very similar sound. Our taste in music, tracks, and vibes are ultimately what makes us form the duo. BORROWED DRUMS: Jason was considering moving up to Denver from Colorado Springs, in part, to push Upfront Range more in the Denver area. We hung out at a few shows and one night he asked, “Do you want a roommate?” Once we started living together it was a no-brainer. We have a few mutual crews too, so we'd constantly be pushing a lot of the same sounds. The Medicated Drums thing just developed organically from there. BOD: Wow, I didn't realize you were so close before forming the group. It's fascinating how fast you managed to develop such a chemistry. What do you appreciate most about each other's sound? BD: For me, it’s that our styles mesh so well. We figured it out right from jump too, after playing just a couple afterparties together. A7T: I like that regardless of what subgenre Jeff's playing, it's always vibes- dance floor focused vibes. I dig that about his sound. BOD: I’ve seen you both perform solo but not yet as Medicated Drums. What would you say is the biggest difference between your solo and duo sets? A7T: I have a penchant for going a bit dark or hard sometimes. That’s probably the biggest difference. In my solo sets, I feel like my darker side comes out more than it does during a Medicated set. BD: I would say, as a duo we prep more and push ourselves harder to execute at the highest level. That’s not to say that either of us wants to hold the other person back in any way - quite the opposite actually - we elevate each other. Not to mention, we get better time slots as Medicated Drums. As a result, we get to play some of the harder and darker flavors we both enjoy. BOD: That's interesting. So, it sounds like you’re saying that’s a wrap for any prospects of solo endeavors for the time being. BD: The Medicated Drums project has been our primary focus for nearly two years now. We do still have individual projects or bookings from time-to-time though. We’ll probably do more of that in the future. Medicated is our main focus, but in the end, pushing the sound we love is what really defines us and we're open to whatever format that might be. BOD: That’s what’s up! You have a good thing going so keep doing what you do. On the subject of duos though, you must feel some type of way about Quadrant & Iris coming to Denver. BD: I’ve been a fan for a long time. They always throw down, so I’m stoked for the opportunity to open for them. Living in a U.S. dnb hub has been quite a blessing. Nearly every touring dnb headliner stops in our city. A7T: I'm extremely stoked for Quadrant & Iris! They’re an amazing duo – they’re great solo artist too – but, yeah, when you put them together, the energy is amazing. I can't wait to rock out on the dance floor to their set. BOD: I’m sure most heads in the area would agree with those sentiments, for sure. So then how pumped are y'all to have another golden opportunity to rock the decks at the Black Box? BD: We are forever grateful for the Black Box and any opportunity to play there. It’s nice having a venue dedicated specifically to bass music, although I always feel like there could be more dnb. The Black Box came at a time when a bass music specific venue was sorely needed in Denver. The timing was perfect. BOD: I feel you on that. Sub.mission definitely swooped in nicely to fill that void. Crews were doing their thing back then, but the bass-centric sector of the scene probably wouldn’t be as vibrant without that movement, right? A7T: The Box has been a bastion for bass music in the bass capital. They are definitely the premier spot in Denver. Personally, I think Nicole [Cacciavillano] does so much for the scene- for bass music in general. She just pushes the sound a lot. Big ups to the Box and to Nicole. BOD: No doubt, mad props to their whole team for providing our artists with a platform that continues to help cultivate underground bass music. That's what Bass'D Out DNVR is all about. On that note, what can fans expect from Medicated Drums & Upfront Range in the near future? A7T: Lately, we're both getting more into production, so they can expect some new tunes from us here soon. BD: We have a new track due out which we recently wrapped up and we’re planning on teaming up for more. A7T: Definitely. Watch out for those! BOD: That’s what I like to hear. What’s up with the gigs? BD: We have a couple gigs coming up quick. We're booked for the Recon event with Quadrant & Iris on Saturday, September 11th [their anniversary show on October 9th with Liondub will be big too by the way]. Then, Sounds of Bass & AK Productions put us on their October 29th Krafty Kuts lineup; our first set for SOB as Medicated Drums. Then, SOB has Deekline coming out on November 13th. Honestly, there are way too many good upcoming shows to even try to mention them all- that's why I love it here! BOD: Say less, bro. Just take my money! Glad to hear you’re staying busy though fellas. Is there anything else you’d like the people to know? “I just want to shout-out Ryan Vail, the bossman of Altitude Sickness; and the Recon and Upfront Range resident, Craig DeBolt. Those two were the first to give me a shot in Denver. I’m forever grateful. Big ups gents!” -Borrowed Drums Mad love to A7TM3D & Borrowed Drums aka Medicated Drums for checking in with BOD and dropping a fire guest mix for the BOD Podcast! These two are definitely holding it down for the Denver underground. But, don’t take our word for it. Go check them out at their upcoming gigs and see for yourself. Or, between gigs, catch their weekly live streams every Friday from 4-6 pm MST on Twitch, Mixcloud, YouTube, and Facebook. Big things are coming from these dudes so please follow the links below and smash those subscribe buttons so you never miss a beat. Facebook | Upfront Range FB | Upfront Range Twitch | YouTube | Upfront Range Mixcloud
WLD N FRSH Keeps House From Going Stale
Now, before anyone floods the BOD inbox with hatred, house music is by no means going stale. In fact, alongside techno, the genre is as flavorful as it's ever been. Nevertheless, with an underground music palate as diverse as Denver's, its always a melting pot of what's currently hot. With this in mind, the ascension of DJ duo WLD N FRSH to the forefront of the genre couldn't come at a better time. Furthermore, the growth of their Denver House Music platform continues to play a huge role in the amelioration of the ever ripe house and techno scene. Artists in Colorado's underground dance music scene always hold the proverbial recipes for a delectable Smorgasbord of beats. Thus, it makes sense that Y'vonne Wild and Le Fr3sh are stepping up to carry the torch. In other words, it's definitely their time to spice things up with their unique flair for cooking up dank concoctions on the dance floor. Certainly, they've come out of the gates running, after a long layoff in 2020, with several tasty mixes and live performances. So, if you're still sleeping on that WLD N FRSH piquancy, it's definitely about time for you to get with the sauce. The Long Road to the Top for WLD N FRSH While most of the industry continues to feel the slump of the COVID-19 sophomore season, artists like WLD N FRSH continue to bubble up. Perhaps, it's possible that a lack of festival overload is behind the rise of the local artist. In their current state of skittishness, venues and promoters are relying on the voraciousness of local artists to line their newly emancipated dance floors. However, upon closer inspection, the success of acts similar to this duo likely owe their accomplishments to their fervent passion for the music. Surely, Y'vonne and Douglas are a perfect example of this as the strength of their holy matrimony is only matched by their shared love of musicality. Although, if you've spent any time following the Denver house scene, you're probably already well aware of that. What you may not know is that the journey of WLD N FRSH to the forefront of the Denver house scene didn't start in Colorado. Their journey into sound actually kicks off in the vibrant Dallas breakbeat scene before being a house DJ duo was even a thought. Long before Y'vonne even touches a turntable. Beyond this, both are heavily entangled in different aspects of the industry. Douglas, slowly working his way to the apex of the Dallas DJ scene while Y'vonne channels energy into her vocal articulations within the locus of live music. Despite the unique origins of the duo, they still manage to find their way to each other, like so many of us, within underground dance music's sphere of influence. Of course, the one thing that unites us ubiquitously is our profound love for the scene. As a result, BOD definitely had to be sure to check-in with WLD N FRSH- for the love of house music. Bass'D Out DNVR: You two have definitely been busy since the dance floors have opened back up. How has it felt getting back in front of the crowd after the lockdowns? WLDNFRSH: It has felt amazing! There is so much energy on the dance floor, more than there ever has been. The scene is re-energized and we have a whole new appreciation for the community and all our friends after only being able to connect via livestream. BOD: Did you expect things to turn-up as quickly as they have? WNF: We really didn’t know what to expect but what we did know was that Denver was going to bounce back strong and as soon as the night clubs opened back up people were going to flood in with a newfound appreciation for them! BOD: No doubt! Denver definitely bounced back in a major way. Did the layoff change you in any way as artists or your approach to performing? WNF: Yes, absolutely, it changed us both. It strengthened our bond and taught us to work together. Before it all we were more of a b2b act but the layoff gave us time together to develop into an actual duo. BOD: Have you noticed anything different about the vibes at shows so far or is everything picking up right where it left off? WNF: The vibe is quite different, there is more love and energy on the dance floor, passion has been re-ignited and people look like they are enjoying the moment in a whole new way. BOD: I feel you on that. The few shows I've been out to this year have had crazy amounts of energy at them. Speaking of layoffs though, you both came up in the Texas nightlife scene but found yourselves in Colorado after taking extended breaks from music. What brought you out here? WNF: We needed a change of pace, the mountains and Manitou Springs called to us. After living in Manitou for a while we started to get into house music and made a trip out to Beta Nightclub for the first time. That night was magical, and it inspired us both to move to Denver and to get back into music. BOD: What is it about the Denver scene that made you both want to get back into music? WNF: We discovered a love for house music during a time that we needed it most. It re-ignited a passion that we had left behind in Dallas and brought back the feels. BOD: I agree, passion is definitely what drives the scene. With that in mind, what led you into playing house music after playing other genres for so long? WNF: House music has soul - they say house music is a spiritual thing and it truly is. It pulled us out of some of our darkest times and it inspired Y’vonne to learn to DJ. BOD: Before leaving Texas, you two linked up on a breakbeat track called, ‘Feel the Music.’ Would you say the seed that grew into WLD N FRSH was planted back then? WNF: Yes, but our vision of working together musically was much different back then. It wasn’t until we found house music and Y’vonne decided to transition from a vocalist to a DJ that it all started to come together. BOD: Well that makes sense, since you def seem like a very polished duo. Will we ever get to see a WLD N FRSH breaks set? WNF: Breakbeats hold a special place in our hearts, it brought us together. Douglas had been a breaks DJ in the Dallas scene and we both met on a breakbeat night at one of the clubs that Y’vonne bartended at back in the day. We do like to incorporate a breakbeat or two in our sets whenever we get the chance but yes, at some point there will be an all breaks set! BOD: So Y'vonne, crossing over from vocalist to DJ seems like a drastic change. Was that a smooth process for you? Y'VONNE: Yes, the transition has been fairly smooth. I think my experience with live performance as a vocalist has made me more comfortable on stage as a DJ. I have always been into music, I play the piano and used to write music so DJing felt like a natural progression. BOD: Do you still have a passion for singing? Y'VONNE: I love singing, it is one of my greatest passions! I am learning to produce my own music now so I can incorporate my vocals into tracks and eventually add vocal samples into our live sets. BOD: Douglas, you put in so much work earning your stripes in the Dallas scene. Was it hard starting over at the bottom in Denver or did you enjoy the challenge? DOUGLAS: Starting over at the bottom in Denver was a bit of a challenge in the beginning. Going from playing main stage gigs in Dallas to hole in the wall venues and private parties was humbling to say the least. Re-branding as a house DJ and re-defining my mixing style was probably the most challenging aspect but with the help of some amazing people in our scene, I was given a chance and have been fortunate enough to play some amazing venues and gigs. BOD: That's what's up! You've definitely earned quite a bit of respect in Colorado for sure. Do you miss the Dallas scene at all? DOUGLAS: Yes, I miss the Dallas scene, there is nothing quite like playing in your hometown. I came up as a club kid raver in Dallas and got into DJing on a pair of technics. It is not an easy scene to break into. There is some major talent in Dallas, so I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of it all. BOD: Between the two of you, who is the better crate digger and finds all those hidden gems for your sets? WNF: I think we are equal when it comes to finding those hidden gems. We both have a similar taste in music and ultimately balance each other out. At times Y’vonne is on it finding those tracks with the deep and dirty basslines and at other times Douglas is feeling it and finds those breakbeat gems that add dynamics to our set. We really work well as a team and that carries over to all aspects of what we do. BOD: When you’re at home, who hogs the decks more? WNF: It really depends on what we have in the works as to who hogs the decks more. Depending on if one of us has a solo gig or if we have something coming up together kind of determines who the deck hog is for the week. BOD: Who is the bigger techno-snob? Y'VONNE: Douglas is the bigger techno-snob, he loves the moodiness of it. BOD: If you weren’t a husband-and-wife DJ Duo, what job would you be doing as a husband-and-wife duo? DOUGLAS: If we weren’t DJing as a duo we would probably be in theatre together performing on stage. We both enjoy acting, coming up with skits together and Y’vonne is a working actress on the side. BOD: It's always interesting to see how couples who DJ adapt to one another's infatuation for the music. I’ve noticed in your sets that your tracks tend to play off of each other and you both set each other up to drop bangers rather than just play banger after banger... This definitely makes your sets sound less like a b2b and more like a cohesive performance. Is this intentional and do you use a similar approach for all your sets? WNF: It really depends on the night and if we are trying to curate an experience. We love to tell a story and take people for a journey from start to finish. We put a lot of time and hard work into most of our sets and intentionally work together in a cohesive way. Our approach to each set varies depending on where we are playing and who we are playing for. BOD: Denver House Music is definitely holding it down for house music in CO. How important is the DHM project to you and what do you hope to achieve through the platform? WNF: The Denver House Music project is very important to both of us but especially important to Douglas. It is a community that is meant to support and grow the house music movement in Denver. Douglas is one of the admins that helps run it all and has been a part of it since the beginning. The DHM platform is meant to be a support system to various DJs and producers around Denver and at the end of the day we just want share and grow the love for house music. BOD: I love that! Helping cultivate the scene is what Bass'd Out DNVR is all about. Are there any house music artists you feel don’t get the bookings/recognition they deserve? WNF: There are a lot of DJs and producers that have been in this scene for a long time, putting in work, that don’t get booked to play the big festivals or shows. But honestly, our scene is pretty awesome and usually there is something to get involved with if you have the drive to make it happen. BOD: What can fans expect from WNF in 2021 and beyond? WNF: WNF is just getting started. We will continue to evolve and get better and add more layers to our performance. Not sure what the future has in store for us but we have a vision that we are working towards and with the love and support of our friends and the community we will continue to grow. BOD: Any comments, shout-outs, gripes? "Shout to Quite Right Records & DHM for supporting us and helping us grow over the past year. A huge shout out to our soul tribe, all the friends that have supported us along the way, we love you all and appreciate each and every one of you!" Mad love to WLD N FRSH for showing love to Bass'D Out DNVR. Please be sure to follow them at the links below and be sure to check out their fire live set from A Moment In Time, below. Follow WLD N FRSH: WNF Linktree | WNF Facebook | WNF IG | WNF SC | Yvonne Wild FB | Le Fr3sh FB | DHM FB | DHM Website
For This Moment, We Thank You
The epoch of anticipation comes to an end as the moment has finally arrived - With immense pride, we welcome you to, Till The Break of Dawn: A Moment In Time. Thank you so much for joining us in this celebration of underground dance music. Get ready for breathtaking views and stunning production from one of the scene's most talented group of creatives. We promise you this will definitely be a memorable experience that you'll cherish for years to come. Our 'Til The Break of Dawn event series, in its massive iteration, started with the 'Under The Stars' event in 2020, receiving a massive outpouring of support within the community. This year, we're approaching AMIT with an inspired level of focus on growth and evolution. Emphatically, with the additions of a second full stage, bookings of DJ Dara and R.A.W. as headliners, along with meticulous attention to ambiance & detail, we're taking this production to a whole new level. Indeed, this will be our most impressive event and wouldn't be possible without the hard work and dedication of our volunteers and core team: AK Productions, Quite Low Records, Quite Right Records, Revival Concepts, and Bass'D Out DNVR. Most importantly, however, we have been humbled by the enormous showing of love and support from our friends, family, and community. Many of you are going above and beyond just to be in attendance this year and there are no words to describe how much we appreciate every one of you. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for spending this moment in time with us! None of this is possible without you. We are tremendously honored to have you as our guests and want to make it clear that everyone is welcome. Moreover, we are dedicated to ensuring that everyone has an amazing experience. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any member of our staff should any difficulties arise. Above all, this is a time for celebration. We're thrilled so many of you are able to join us this year because you are the reason why we do this. With that in mind, let's seize the moment- Together, we can make this a truly unforgettable weekend. Thanks again for supporting the music, the artists, and our collective movement. We love you! See you on the dance floor. For more info, please visit the TTBOD event site.
Emyli Dahlia wants to get Lost in the Moment with You
Do you remember where you were the last time you shook your ass so hard that you lost track of time? If not, that's definitely okay because you likely got lost in the moment. That's what underground dance music is all about, right? Obviously, we wouldn't love those late nights in bars or dusty warehouses if it wasn't. Moreover, it sometimes slips the mind that there's a person masterminding that infectious effervescence which entrances us on the dancefloor. Thus, as we return to dancefloors, it's hard not thinking about those high energy sets from artists like Emyli Dahlia- The ones that get us lost in the moment. Furthermore, let's be thankful that we're getting those vibes back very soon. You might find her somewhere, deep inside her home studio, ensconced in various purple fabrics and LEDs, behind her DJ rig adorned with plushy bunnies. Or, you can two-step your way down to the Tin Cup for her mellifluous curations on Techno Taco Tuesdays & Sound Saturdays. Wherever you find Emily Dahlia, in all her glorious vivacity, you're sure to find euphonious rhythms. This, above almost anything else. is what we adore about her. When she's on the 1's and 2's, you can't not feel the beat. Something About Emyli Dahlia is So Contagious So, how the fuck does she do that?! You could lose your shoes, wallet, phone and keys all in one night yet still remember the moment the beat caught you. It's almost like we gyrate free from our sense of awareness of everything except the music. So much so, we tend to even forget about the artist behind the decks pumping us full of that posterior wobbling verve. However, with Emyli, she exudes such infectious energy that it becomes impossible to exclude her from our sensory escapades. From this, we develop an inordinate sense of wanting more. In other words- That's that shit we like! As we all get to the business of emptying our bank accounts for festival tickets and party favors, we face difficult decisions. Certainly, the sudden influx of events lining the calendars of various venues is gonna leave us in diverse states of perplexity and bewilderment. With that in mind, it's best to choose wisely and go with the guaranteed option. As a result, you should definitely toss some greenbacks at a chance to see Emyli Dahlia do her thing. Her vibe is so contagious and you're guaranteed to feel it during her set! Luckily for us, Quite Right! Records has her on deck for her next live appearance. Surely, there couldn't be a more aptly named or felicitous place to see her than at her next event- A Moment In Time. So, strap on your party helmet and let's get lost on the dancefloor. Bass'D Out DNVR: What have you been up to since the pandemic hit and DJ bookings, events, and nightlife in general took a nosedive? Emyli Dahlia: I’ve spent a lot of time DJing alone in my house. I upped my home LED lighting game A LOT. I started a YouTube channel and have done a bunch of live streams, including Acid Night Online, the streaming version of my quarterly party I used to throw at Tennyson’s Tap. BOD: It's dope how different everyone's response is to that question and it def sounds like you put that time to good use. What stands out to you the most about that experience?
EmD: I enjoyed the time away from the scene because it helped me hone in my own specific sound a little more, since I wasn’t really being influenced as much by whoever I was opening for at the clubs. I also really enjoyed watching what other artists did online with their time in quarantine and felt very inspired by many of the streams I saw from some of my favorite artists. BOD: I definitely co-sign on that! It was a nice break from the monotony of the scene for sure. That's an interesting point too considering you're actually from Boston. For a lot of people out here, this is the only scene they know. So, the obvious question here is what's the scene like out there? EmD: I have been to a few shows there and I think the people dance less but have just as much love for the music as we do in Denver. BOD: Right on. I would say the artists we have here are a big part of that. Have you worked with any of the artists from out there? EmD: I did a live stream with the Boston techno crew, Infra, at one point last year. It was a lot of fun working with them and they’re super talented. BOD: It's always good to hear the love for the music is everywhere. But, it begs the question; what brought you to Colorado?
EmD: I made the move to Colorado in 2005, for snowboarding and to work in the ski industry. BOD: Ha, I never would've guessed it had anything to do with the mountains. It seems like you've made friends pretty quick out here too, considering your affiliations with Strange People and Beyond Collective. How have these partnerships helped you in your development as an artist? EmD: Both my crews are super encouraging. They remind me to keep working on production and make me feel supported as an artist. BOD: That's tight, and it sounds like they can see you have something special brewing. From what I can tell, you have a very colorful personality which I'm excited to witness at ‘Til the Break of Dawn next month. Should we be prepared for a high energy performance? EmD: Yeah, my sets are super high energy. I like to make people dance & party and keep it playful. BOD: So, the next one up for you is a camping festival. Are you big on those and how excited are you to be playing live again? EmD: I absolutely can’t wait to play for people and on a big sound system- I live for it! I love camping festivals. Catch me on my converted purple short-bus. BOD: LOL! I like your attitude! What should we expect from you next...? "Expect some hammerhead sharks swimming your way soon." It's hard to know exactly what that means, but it sounds cool as fuck! Of course, that makes total sense because, well... Emyli Dahlia is cool as fuck. Don't even consider missing this opportunity to catch her doing her thing live, for the people. Hopefully, the guest mix she dropped for us can hold you over until then. Check it out below and be sure to follow her socials to stay up to date on her journeys into sound. Follow Emyli Dahlia: Facebook | SoundCloud | YouTube | Instagram | Mixcloud | Twitch
Einida Eleven Must've Invented HGH for Beats
The best thing coming from this nightlife sabbatical, is most assuredly what awaits us when we return to the dancefloor. Certainly, artists are chomping at the bit to get back in the booth- at least the die-hards are. As a result, they're swiftly ditching their live-stream placations for the familiar roar of a raucous and effervescent crowd. From this mass uncoupling of couch and ass, we can surmise one thing - producers and DJs alike, got fresh beats on deck, for days - no cap! Ever the lab-rat, Einida Eleven is certainly no exception here. Just like many of his peers, he's ready to show us that the best is yet to come. Surely, everyone in the production game consistently logs crazy hours over the wheels and in the studio. Nevertheless, when it comes to evolution of sound, not all beatmakers are created equal. In particular, this is true for a sonic vessel like Elijah Garcia. Even he looks back at his early Einida Eleven productions and is aghast at his proclivity for progress. Indeed, if you're intimate with his development since his 2017 debut, you might share that sentiment. Thus, it's clear that he was built for an inadvertent and sudden expansion of free-time. Or, maybe he's just soaking his stems in HGH and steroids. Einida Eleven's Got More Soul than a Sock wit' a Hole... Truly it feels like he's found the secret sauce. Some concoction he infuses with a dash of Miracle Grow for the soul and squirt of Rogaine for beats. If only it were that simple. As one would expect, it simply comes down to good ol' studio grinding, focus & discipline, and spiritual inspiration. Actually, that should be obvious even to the casual dancefloor enthusiast. While your favorite DJ was panic buying toilet paper and hand-sanitizer, Einida Eleven was tarrying in his bunker, avoiding the hysteria. Otherwise, he was likely subdued within the serenity of nature, replenishing his spiritual stockpile. Literally stocking up on ammunition for his secret weapon- That thing that allows him to unleash a limitless and ever evolving stream of creative consciousness. In his own words: "...the spiritual and emotional growth that comes from tapping into the vibrations of sound." Undoubtedly, the dude's got soul. With that in mind, it's easy to see how he continues to develop his talent so quickly. Moreover, it's clear why he's getting so much love in the scene, from the Denver underground and beyond. As we inch ever closer to the return to the dancefloors, we can only hope every artist put their time to good use. Thankfully, Quite Right! Records is bringing his energy to 'Til the Break of Dawn: A Moment In Time. Therefore, we won't have to wait long to see for ourselves. And what better setting than lakeside, up in the mountains, to bear witness to how far Einida Eleven has come. Bass'D Out DNVR: I’ve noticed that you’ve been a busy man in the lab lately with a string of new releases on SoundCloud along with some fresh contributions to a few compilation albums. Would you say we’re starting to see the fruits of your labor during the pandemic? E11: I've been grinding hard on music for the last few years. I would say I have seen the fruits of my labor all along the way. I've been welcomed with open arms by quite a few people and labels around the world. Those, I would say were the first fruits of my labor. BOD: Nice. It sounds like we should expect some big things from you this year. How else have you spent that extra time that normally would have been absorbed by gigs? E11: I've always been a nature person but since the pandemic I have definitely been called to spend more time with Mamma Gaia. BOD: That's good to hear man, glad you're managing to stay busy. So, I didn’t realize until now that you barely dropped your first original track back in 2017 yet you’ve been noticeably prolific while getting lots of love in the scene. Would you agree that you’ve improved quickly? E11: Yes! I've definitely been catapulted forward with my music production. I put an insane amount of time and energy into it. That, along with my enrollment in Vesela Nota Music Production School, gives me the necessary tools I need to move along as quickly as I have. BOD: How has your sound evolved over the years? E11: I would say the feel of my music is consistent but my production quality continues to grow insanely. BOD: No, doubt bro, you've definitely bubbled-up quickly and it shows in the beats. Beyond the music, the content you put out on social platforms makes you come across as a real soulful dude. One of your most played tracks on SoundCloud, ‘Con Los Mismo Entencíon’ which you categorized under the “Storytelling” genre, seems to exemplify this. Is that your motivation for "Playing house, trance and down tempo medicine for the soul...”? E11: My motivation for making this style of music is the spiritual & emotional impact and growth that the audience and I can experience when we tap into the vibrations of the sounds! My music is very intentional and is often channeled through me from source along with the higher vibrations at play. BOD: Right on, so basically, you pull in energy from all directions - I definitely feel you on that! How do you channel your spirituality into the music? E11: I set up crystal grids, smudge regularly, and stay in a meditative state on a regular basis. All of these things allow me to receive whatever messages are out there, especially the ones I may need to hear- LOVE! BOD: Quite Right! is definitely known for their deep, euphoric, and uplifting releases, so dropping beats through their label seems like a natural fit for you. How did that relationship come about? E11: I've known the Quite Right crew for several years now. Started out as a DJing relationship but quickly grew into so much more. Brandon [Loyche] has supported me since day one and I am forever grateful for that. That support is what helped me grow so quickly. Even when my music wasn’t so great, Brandon always found something nice to say about it and gave me really helpful pointers as well. BOD: My man Brandon's been doing his thing with Quite Right! def giving Colorado artists a dope platform. Speaking of dope platforms, you've also recently done collabs with Kosa and Unfinished Monkey. How have they affected your career and creativity? E11: Kosa records crew has been in my corner since day one as well! Endless support has been the biggest factor in my growing success. I actually have a track on Kosa Records' very first release. It's a compilation album full of artists I’ve admired for a long time. This really made me step my game up and is doing a lot for my music career. Unfinished Monkey Records is a new relationship of mine, but I’ve got mad love for those guys already. With that in mind, I can't forget to mention Plurpura and Garasadah Records. They've released some of my music and i have a great relationship with them too. After working with these guys for years, they continue to show me support and help me grow. BOD: Of course! It always pays to surround yourself with positive and like-minded beat junkies. Speaking of which, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say you’re definitely going to feel right at home with an open-air set at ‘Til the Break of Dawn – A Moment in Time. On a scale of one to Davy Crockett, how psyched are you to blast some beats out in the wilderness and what vibe are you planning on bringing? E11: You already know I am Davy Crockett excited lol! I'll be laying out some fresh originals along with some jungle bangers! BOD: That's what we like to hear! Definitely looking forward to your set. For now, what can fans expect from you in the near future? Any shout-outs? "Hugest shout out to my music teacher, Stanisha Krstic and Vesela Nota Music Production School! I've got a bunch of releases in the works - about 20 tracks dropping this year at least! Stay tuned! Love!" You'll regret it if you miss your next chance to see Einida Eleven live, so be sure to cop those A Moment In Time tickets here now. Until then, catch a vibe to the Einida Eleven BOD Featured Artist Playlist below. It's got some of his old and new releases mixed in with his most popular tracks currently available on SC. It definitely gives you a taste of where he started and where he's headed. If you didn't know about him before, now you know... Follow Einida Eleven: Facebook | BandCamp | SoundCloud | Beatport | Instagram | Mixcloud
El Conquistador is Ready to Conquer the Underground
We're setting our sights on a triumphant return to live music in the Denver Underground after a long layoff. With many of the roadblocks already being lifted for an uninhibited return to the dance floor, DJs are beginning to refuel their bass cannons. Certainly, that is music to the ears of bassheads in the scene and promoters in the region are responding, in droves, with a flurry of new event announcements. AK Productions, Quite Low Records and Quite Right Records are no exception as they gear up for the return of 'Til The Break of Dawn. In response to their call to arms, El Conquistador is ready to conquer the underground, hitting the ground running, following a long hiatus. Francisco Pizarro, known affectionately in the underground as El Conquistador, is wasting no time in getting back into action. For him and many others, the pandemic will go down as a time for reflection and revitalization. With his return to the Colorado wilderness for A Moment in Time, he's calling for us all to witness his growth as an artist and an ardent supporter of all things bass music! Specifically, his trigger finger is itching to bombard us with his payload of incendiary beats. Undoubtedly, Cisco cannot wait to remind us exactly why his El Conquistador moniker is truly fitting. Moreover, he wants to show us all that he's ready to conquer the game. Certainly, with backing from so many of the infamous bass music crews around Denver, his credentials are fully verified. Therefore, the logical next move is for him to show us exactly why they're adding him to their cavalries - on the dance floor. Indeed, jumping on a lineup full of Denver's bass infantry is the perfect opportunity to get back into midseason form. After dropping the opening set for TTBOD in 2020, it makes perfect sense to highlight him as part of the festival's return. As a result, BOD couldn't resist the chance to check in with El Conquistador as he gets set to grace the decks for AK, QL, and QR once again. Certainly, the Miami transplant has plenty to say about why he brings his talents to the bass capital. Above all, he has plenty to say about why he's ready to conquer the Denver underground. Bass'D Out DNVR: You were set to do big things in 2020 before the pandemic took a never-ending shit on the nightlife industry. How’d you manage to stay in top form music-wise last year? What are some positive things that came out of that experience for you musically? El Conquistador: 2020 - What a shit show! I'm glad it's over. 2020 was going to be a great year for dnb in Denver. I was able to stay in top form by getting to do a lot of live streams. Those are just fun! There really isn't any pressure. I try new things and see how not only it mixes but also how its received by the people tuned into these streams - the chat room can be revealing. 2020 was nice to just be in my DJ room and play around with dnb and other genres like breaks, glitch-hop and funky house (man do I love it)! BOD: So, I know you’re originally from Florida, the land of booty bass and nasty breakbeats, but be honest, who's bass music scene goes harder - Denver or Miami? Is it hard being an up-and-coming DJ in a such a huge market, known for major events like Ultra and WMC? ELC: I'm from the 305 bro! Growing up in Miami is crazy and you get exposed to so much more then Bass Music. Miami was home to all genres of House when I was growing up. Bass music was always very underground and one of the reasons I was drawn to it back in boarding school, in the mid '90s. If you look at something like the WMC, there weren't many dnb parties. I remember the good old days, if you will, of the RAM vs. VIRUS party for example. I'll let you just imagine that one in yo' head! Denver is called the Bass Capital for a reason! I feel moving out of Miami to the Mile High City was a great move. The people and DJ friends I've made here are raising my skills as a DJ and I'm finding people that I can build things with. There's a barrage of drum and bass crews here with some of the best talent that I've seen, period. Over the years, I've seen some shit (good and bad...so very bad)! DJing in Miami is different. You have the big major clubs with the biggest names in dance music you can think of, but there's also a gritty underground scene if you look hard enough. You can find any type of EDM on any given night. So, if you want to go to one of the meccas of dance music, you best bring your 'A game' or go home, son! BOD: We have to address the alias now. Is it an homage to the 18th century explorer/conquerors, a tribute to the song by Thirty Seconds To Mars (shout-out to Jared Leto), or because you really loved that WWF tag team from the ‘80s? How’d you come up with it and what is the significance of it to you? ELC: Ha! Let's see who knows their history...the name my momma gave me is Francisco Pizarro. Someone, somewhere, at some point said, "...dude you are named after one of the most vicious conquistadors and your sound matches. You should be El Conquistador (They did a grand gesture when they said it)!" I thought about it long and hard for many years because I didn't want to offend anyone...but I figured since my name is Francisco Pizarro and I drop bombs I could get away with it! BOD: You’re known for your affiliations with Drum & Bass Proper, Altitude Sickness, Upfront Range and The Distinguished, so your Denver underground cred is fully verified. How did these relationships come about? How has working with these crews helped you as an artist? ELC: Yup! The Denver Collective! So it took work. Denver is a very tight nit place and rightfully so due to the talent that is here. I started going to shows once I found them! Slowly they kept seeing my face at shows and we just started talking shop. Then CCP asked me for a mix for Drum and Bass Proper mini mix series. I was always behind the scenes, that is where I can do the most good and that is mainly what I do now...but all these guys saw it a different way. I started getting invited places, was getting asked for more mixes and more opportunities came...from playing the Black Box and the system they have in the big room to Till the break of dawn parties. Once they found out I was business savvy the offers came in not only to be crew but also make an impact on the scene in Denver by being a boss of these crews, I was floored! I really was taken aback THEY, these massively talented DJs and crews wanted ME and my vision for music in this city. The Distinguished is special, about 70 strong, we not only have the dirtiest dnb DJs...but ALL GENRES! We have house with Queen Beats and more DJs then I can name, techno DJs, Dubstep DJs, hip hop and turntablists. The Distinguished provides the DJs for Denver. It's where veterans meet the new generation. You see that D go to that party! Altitude Sickness is the, "I just a 'wanna have a great time crew!" We are looking to help break up and comers. So their shows are going to feature DJs that are hopefully going to break. This crew is great for checking out the next big names. AS has a monthly at the black box so swing by and check these bad boys out. Drum and Bass Proper! This one is a bit different, it started strictly with online mixes with everyone's favorite MiniMix Mondays. This started local then grew to the east coast then out to the west. We also got some homies out in UK, Netherlands and beyond that have done a set special for DNBP. This crew's reach is far and respected. Big things are coming in 2021 for this crew like making the move not only online but Live Shows and Proper Headliners! UKG Proper launched, that's specific to to that grimy UK garage and we will keep this "Proper" train moving forward and bringing you the talent from around the globe! Upfront Range is not just another stream crew. This is where ideas come to life, just like with the AK, Quite Right and Quite Low crews. The thinkers and doers. Music wise, being a part of the Denver scene has elevated my DJing. I was still in my living room spinning vinyl for just me. These amazing people pushed me out, showed me the digital game. I've gotten experience playing on pretty much anything and everything because of these crews. Without the push and dedication of these crews and their trust in me to lead and help create something special in Bass City is a dream. We have power in numbers, and we will conquer. BOD: Aside from DJing, I recently found out that you also write for BestDrumAndBass.com. How long have you been writing? Has it been hard for you to stay motivated as a writer during the recent decline of the music/events industry? ELC: I did write for Best Drum and Bass. I have not since late 2019. Dorian (Bad Syntax) is great people. He has something awesome there with best drum and bass. I did a little writing back in Miami years ago so it was very new to me. Just before "THE Decline," I stopped writing for BDNB for two reasons; One, I was having some family trouble that turned into a long inward search for what I really wanted in life, and second; I felt bringing the focus on the local talent and building said talent as well as the Denver crews was important to me. Drum and Bass Proper is launching a site this year and we too are going to do interviews, tune reviews and news for the scene so more writing from El Conquistador is coming! BOD: So, you’re back at ‘Til the Break of Dawn' this year after rocking a dusk set for the debut event in 2020. What are your fondest memories from the event last year? Is there anything you plan on doing differently this year? What should we expect from your set? ELC: Dude, so this one is special to me. This party is going to go on for years! Just the growth from year one to year two is massive. This is going to be the camping festival of CO and the Midwest no later then year five. I was the first DJ to play. I opened the festival! I played something I've never played out in public before - glitch hop. I dropped this funky set that people were grooving too while setting up their camp sites and finishing up the production. So, El Conquistador has a stamp on this festival as the very first DJ to play it! That's super cool to me! Depending when I play is what type of bombs I'm going to drop. Daytime might bring that funky Latin inspired liquid set - dusk might bring a dark dnb set. I really would like a night slot so I can drop the nuclear bombs that are my neurofunk sounds with the kickass light and stage show. BOD: Any shout-outs, comments, gripes? What can fans expect from you in the near future? ELC: First off, big Shout-out to my girl Vanessa, she has been a huge help in everything. Shout-out to all the crews in Denver. Shout out to my boy The Engineer out of MIA. Shout out to the Recon crew, 40hz of Sound and Tony Knight, Dorian and Best Drum and Bass, Amy Octane, to the Viceroy Lounge for loving our sounds and for letting us play there, to the Black Box for that damn sound system, and everyone stepping up for US drum and bass and beyond. The only thing I would say…the US has an opportunity to grow dnb, but we ALL [not just in Denver but every city in the US] need to work together! We have power in numbers in this business and building a proper network to work with artists big and small is the only way to grow dnb in the US. Building a coast to coast network will help us with bookings and more because we can offer more. Until we do this, it won't grow and it will stay status quo. You can expect more mixes from me blasted out on Drum and Bass Proper, Altitude Sickness, Upfront Range, and The Distinguished online content. The biggest thing Denver is going to see from me is to move these power house crews forward. The Distinguished will start looking like a local booking agency for local talent and venues. Altitude Sickness is going to be pushing loads of up-and-comers and Drum 'N' Bass Proper is going to grow the "Proper" name into other genres while bringing Denver and beyond the BEST DJs - big, small, and local flavor - from around the globe! "Cheers and see you at the break of dawn, June 4th to the 6th!" Mad love to El Conquistador for checking in with Bass'D Out DNVR before his set at 'Til the Break of Dawn: A Moment in Time. We can't wait to see what he has in store for us this year. Be sure to check out his exclusive promo mix for the event and follow him at the links below. Follow El Conquistador: SoundCloud | Facebook
Cynapze & Design Secure AK & Quite Low Residency
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. Follow Cynapze Facebook Soundcloud Mixcloud Follow Design Facebook SoundCloud
Lady Sage's Moonlight Sessions Makes 2020 Way Less Shitty
First of all, this is not meant to be a gripe session about this so-called year that has been nothing less than a constant dick punch around the sun. Because, well... We've all been constantly complaining about how the dawn of the '20s is just one long itchy taint- all year long. In fact, the constant complaining - from everyone - is just another attribute of what is already guaranteed to be the worst year of the decade. No Festivals. No clubs. Even the people who got herpes at Coachella last year, shrug and say, "At least 2019 had festivals." Considering that argument, we do still have streams of music, and mixes galore. For example, Lady Sage's Moonlight Sessions are the perfect anodyne for this yearlong pain-in-the-ass and its making 2020 way less shitty. It would be all too easy to merely posit that Lady Sage is dope so we guess everything actually doesn't suck and call it good. Our last conversation with her substantiates that and it hasn't changed. What's of note here is that she continues funneling mesmerizing beats to the heads in the underground. Particularly, in a year that is anything but lucrative, she continues to do what she loves, for the love of bass. That, in and of itself, is something to cling to during this 365-day long, lube-free colonic of 2020. For an hour at a time, Moonlight Sessions nudges us headfirst into bliss at 128 BPM. Don't Sleep On Lady Sage Or Her Moonlight Sessions Specifically though, her most recent episode is straight grimy. Just a ridiculously filthy set back to front. Conversely, it's sort of hard to listen to. This is in no way a reflection of the beats or turntable prowess she puts on display in the mix. Rather it takes several hours to get through the mix because you'll find yourself rewinding it over and over. That pretty much comes with the territory when Lady Sage gets behind the decks. She certainly brings it on this mix. With its thunderous bass house cuts interwoven with heart palpitating electro bangers. The set is a whole-ass vibe, and takes you back to the golden era of electro. We all know that feeling when you hear a nasty beat for the first time. That's that good shit that takes your mind to a higher plane and we can't get enough of it. So, if you're feenin' for some beats, Lady Sage and her Moonlight Sessions is what you need. Especially, in a year that feels like one long, sketchy-ass come-down right before you have to go to work, right after you just found out that Cookie Monsta died, then found out David Guetta got rated the #1 DJ in the world. Wack... Luckily for us, the Sound Level Music beatstress is on the job - and she's helping make 2020 way less shitty - One mixtape at a time. Lady Sage - Moonlight Sessions 06