Friction's 5 Essential Shogun Releases

Posted: October 30th, 2014

Friction is a busy man, releasing high-caliber drum & bass on not only on his own Shogun Audio imprint, but on other major labels via remixes for artists like Wretch 32, Chocolate Puma and Stylo G, to name a few. His award-winning remix of “3005” by Childish Gambino was certified gold in the US, with over 20 million listens on Spotify.

The man known to his mum as Ed Keeley spoke with us about what’s next for him creatively and what he’s looking forward to at Escape: All Hallows’ Eve.

You’ve done a number of remixes this year. What’s been coming out of your studio? 
I’ve done one remix called “6 Words” for Wretch 32, who’s really big in the UK. I’ve also done one for Chocolate Puma (“Step Back”) and Childish Gambino (“3005”). Just full-on with remixes this year. I’ve also been writing collaboration projects for Shogun at the moment called Friction Vs., which are different collabs with other drum & bass artists that I’m a fan of. I’m going to do a mini-LP for that.

What’s the idea behind that Vs. series? 
It’s really just proper underground drum & bass. I wanted to do a load of tracks, work with some friends, and work with some producers that I get on well with in the studio. I’ve got half an actual artist album written, which I’m looking to finish next year. I’ve got too many projects! [Laughs] I’m just trying to keep up with it all.

What can fans expect from your upcoming set on the Chopping Block at Escape: All Hallows’ Eve?
I was at Bassrush earlier this year with Andy C, Alix Perez and Bro Safari. I loved the venue—it was a wicked, wicked place, and I can’t wait to go back. The Cali crowd is always up for it, which is what you really want.

Friction’s 5 Essential Shogun Releases

1. Spor – “Aztec”
Icicle (feat. SP:MC) – “Dreadnaught”
Jonny L – “Back To Your Roots” (Friction & K-Tee Remix)
Alix Perez (feat. MC Fats) – “Down The Line”
Break – “Let It Happen”


By Amanda Ross

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Skrillex Shows Love To The Underground

Posted: October 29th, 2014

Grammy winner Skrillex has taken to the social media airwaves to give his virtual stamp of approval to new underground producers. First, a viral video surfaced of Skrillex in a car blasting Bukez Finezt’s remix of “Hench” (featuring Merky Ace), which was originally produced by JPhelpz.

Up-and-coming producer/DJ Tokez of Savage Society has also received support from Skrillex, having played his VIP of Trampa’s “Pirates” over the weekend in another video that surfaced from a show Washington DC. Whether you refer to it as swamp, riddim or trench, this particular subgenre movement within bass music is beginning to pick up steam.

Tokez (aka Max Sloan) shares his thoughts on the recent support: “It’s exciting to see underground dubstep producers getting recognized by artist we’ve looked up to since we started listening to bass music. A year ago you would never have thought the style had any room on major labels like Smog, OWSLA and Firepower.

Check out Tokez SoundCloud here and Bukez Finezt’s SoundCloud here.


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Datsik On The Future Of Firepower And Beyond

Posted: October 28th, 2014

Since 2012, Datsik’s Firepower imprint has broken the mold for bass music, and is home to genre-bending acts like Terravita, Rekoil, Trampa, Getter and its newest signing, the legendary Trolley Snatcha. The fact that Datsik himself—aka Troy Beetles—has a non-stop touring schedule that sees him dropping his unique brand of filth all over the world hasn’t stopped him from putting another full-length in the works. 

Always striving to keep his style cutting edge, the LA-based artist chats with Bassrush about his label, his affinity for ninjas, and his excitement for his appearance at Escape: All Hallows’ Eve’s Bassrush Experience.


What are some of the current happenings in the world of Datsik?

I got a crazy new bus tour in January so I’ve been trying to hit the rest of the world before I come back. I was in Europe for a while, and then back [in the US] and a couple of days later flew down to Australia and New Zealand. I’m back now [in L.A.] and have had a bit of time off, so what I’m currently doing is trying to finish up my next EP. I’m doing kind of like a merger between dubstep and trap—like a hip-hop crossover EP. I have some pretty cool MCs over the tracks in the EP and that’s kind of where I’m at right now.


When is the new EP launching?

Were planning on launching it late November, so I’m basically just trying to finish it all up right now. That’s what I was doing before I left the house—got a little crazy listening to the same track over and over and over. Hopefully it will get a good response and go from there. I’m super excited about that.


What’s the buzz behind Trolley Snatcha’s Archetype EP? What should fans expect?

I think they are really going to enjoy his EP because it’s sort of a throwback to the 2008-2009 era of dubstep and bass music. For a lot of people, that time was the golden age of dubstep. It’s cool because I’ve known him since I first started. I’ve always been a huge fan of his music and he’s always been a huge inspiration for me when it comes to writing different styles. I feel like he was responsible for writing a lot of the different formulas in dubstep. It’s really cool to be able to bring him out for a debut on Firepower. Everyone’s really stoked about it but I’m probably the most stoked out of anyone.


Tell us about the Datsik Ninja Squad?

I love ninjas and I love my fans so I think it’s cool to call them all ninjas cause ninjas are cool as fuck. We set up these mini tasks for all of my ninjas, whether it be going around the city to sticker shit, do weird guerilla marketing things, or show me their best ninja kicks or whatever. [Laughs] 

We created a platform for people who have skill to get recognized and win prizes. It’s really cool. We’re just trying this out and the reaction has been totally overwhelming. If someone sends in a really cool video, we send them prizes. We created this point system where all the cool stuff they do gets pulled into this one point system and the people with the highest points get free swag from Firepower and Datsik. It’s a cool little thing were trying out and people have totally been digging it.


What is your vision for Firepower Records in 2015?

We got this crazy big tour launching right at the beginning of the year that’s going to be three to four months long. I’m bringing out my favorite Firepower acts and a ton of exciting talent. We try to do something new and fresh with every single release while still keeping that throwback feel for the core heads that love dubstep and grimey bass. It’s gonna be an interesting year, but I think we’re gonna end up discovering a lot of new talent and try to bring up some more superstars in the making.


Can you give us any insight into your upcoming set for the crowd at the Bassrush Experience at Escape: All Hallows’ Eve?

The way I see DJ sets these days, its almost kind of how I treat food throughout the day. If dubstep was bacon, even though I love bacon, I’m not going to eat it every meal throughout the day. For example, I’ll have bacon in the morning and a sandwich at lunch, the sandwich being drum & bass. I’ll have soup later in the evening—the soup can be moombahton—and basically just try to have a well-rounded diet and play all different types of music. Bass music has gotten to a point where you can pretty much just play whatever the fuck you want. As long as it’s got really cool bass lines and as long as it’s all energetic and hyphy, I think you can’t really go wrong.


Check out “Insanity” from Trolley Snatcha’s “Archetype” EP on Firepower Records and download the EP here.


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Flinch Hits The Road On Friend Zone Tour

Posted: October 28th, 2014

Smog Records artist Flinch announced his itinerary for the upcoming “Friend Zone Tour” around his recent release—an 808-heavy, breakbeat-inspired four track EP entitled Too Much. With supporting acts like Breathe Carolina, Candyland and Dotcom, we expect nothing but versatile club bangers from these talented artists. You can also catch Flinch at EDC Orlando on Friday, November 7.

Friend Zone Tour

10/27 – Seattle, WA
10/28 – Portland, OR
10/30 – Murray, UT
11/01 – Denver, CO
11/02 – Omaha, NE
11/03 – Minneapolis, MN
11/05 – Milwaukee, WI
11/06 – Kalamazoo, MI
11/08 – Detroit, MI
11/11 – New York, NY


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Bassrush Catches Up With Getter

Posted: October 27th, 2014

The dubstep anti-hero known to bass heads around the world as Getter is at it again. Within mere hours of its upload, the clip “Grinder” has caught the ears of filth lovers across the globe. Bassrush had a quick chat with the man himself to find out more about his unique sound, what he thinks about the sub-genre “riddim,” and what his upcoming gig schedule looks like. 


Tell us about the new zinger you’ve just put up on SoundCloud. Fans seem to have flocked to this sound. How would you describe the style? Trench?

Honestly, “Grinder”—and all the new trench-style stuff—is just me and some homies trying to make the most insane but tamed synths we can and throw ’em in our tunes. I’m a huge metal head so I love a good breakdown. Trench is almost equivalent in my opinion.

Trench is basically a sort of parody of sub-genres in general. I call it dubstep, but recently I’ve been hearing people call the style “riddim” and I just think it’s the stupidest name ever. So I basically created a certain “trench formula” that only I know. I’m talking like really detailed stuff, which is the beauty of it all because since only I know it, only I can make it properly. But each person I collaborate with on a trench track, I show them the formula and they become a TRENCHLORD. A lot of people will try and copy the style, but won’t know the formula. It’s a really cool concept and I’m stoked to see how far it goes. 

The whole point of it is to separate my sound and the communal heavy riddim from everything else. I want to kill the name riddim, so the plan is to have me and as many labels I can get to make different trench compilations with my favorite producers and me. Hopefully once the name riddim is replaced with trench I can completely nuke the idea and make it disappear. Like it never happened. So we can all just call it dubstep!


Where have you been playing lately, any shows you’re looking forward to? 

I just got back form Detroit and Atlanta, and it was super sick! My sets are way more diverse now and I play a little of everything. It makes live shows more interesting for me. I’m really looking forward to the November 1 show in Chicago. Last time I played there it was packed and I had a blast! I can only imagine what it will be like this time!


What can fans expect next from the Getter brand? 

Just keep an eye on my SoundCloud! The trench will be taking over very soon. The two subliminal messages and two trench teasers on my SoundCloud are only the beginning. Along with that I have a few records coming out on different labels in late 2014/early 2015, so keep your eyes peeled!


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Trap Star Ookay Releases EP On Dim Mak Records

Posted: October 24th, 2014

In demand bass music remixer of the moment Ookay is set to drop his Ghost EP on Dim Mak on November 10.

Drawing fans closer to the release date, Ookay reveals snippets from Ghost on his personal SoundCloud. Hands-in-the-air fans will appreciate “Egg Drop Soup,” which delivers his addictive filth-trap sound.

The EP also explores Ookay’s ethereal and melodic style of production. Serene pads on top of sharp 808 snares with chopped vocals can best describe his experimental offerings. The EP rounds out with “Matters,” “Drop Et Agen” and a collab with big room EDM duo Riggi & Piros entitled “Dafuq.”


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