On November 25th, the dub and the wubs were with us at the B-side Complex in Philly for Adventures Through The Multiverse. Based off the hit show, Rick and Morty, the line-up consisted of many big names in the dubstep and bass music industry. Four different stages, all different themes, had music going for hours. The main stage was on the second floor and provided a small club feel- although there was 3 other stages downstairs. Two of the stages were in rooms across from each other, and the other one downstairs was outside.
Malaysian Safari got to interview Helicopter Showdown. Their set was definitely a refreshing change and easily was one of my favorite for the night. Walking around the main stage room, there were many fans wearing merchandise and pushing their way to the front to experience the music. Regardless of your location during the set, people were headbanging and having a great time. Towards the end of the night, I asked some attendees who some of their favorite sets were, most included Helicopter Showdown’s set. Keep reading below for the Interview and listen to one of their newest songs.
Q: What inspired the creation of Helicopter Showdown and where did the name come from?
A: We all grew up in the same circles of music and in the close proximity in the bay area. We had been all doing our own things musically and at the same time we were promoting our own shows in the bay area and northern California. Once we sat down and produced our first release with Point.Blank ( Whistle Tips ) it was clear we had a good dynamic working together. The originated friend of ours that had a metal band he was jotting down names for and it was one they had crossed of the list. We liked it so much we jumped on it with his permission of course.
Q: What is it like to work as a team compared to just yourself? Positives/negatives?
A: We all have Our own Ideas and strengths a weaknesses when it comes to production. Over the years we have found a very nice sweet spot and middle ground to what we do that is some what unconventional for this type of music. At this point it is all positive. In the end we are all friends that feel blessed to have had the opportunities we have had and we love what we do together!
Q: Any artist, from any genre, specifically influenced your music the most?
A: Man that is tough question because there are so many great artists out there in this bass music scene. We have always had mentors and people who have helped us do what we do better. We tend to look for unknown producers that we feel deserve to shine and play out their tunes and help in anyway we can. As far as what we listen to outside of bass music we all have very diverse tastes and listen to all kinda of genres. If we were asked to shout out some of our favorites right now to name a few, YAKZ, Al Ross, Codd Dubz, CHMST, Oolacile, Curro, Xaebor, Mantis, Dack Janiels, Virtual Riot and Barely Alive. I could keep going but there are too many to name.
Q: Do you have hobbies/passions other than music? What might you be doing if you weren’t a producer?
A: We all have great jobs outside of music and love what we do. Blake is an excellent graphic designer. Devan is a jack of trades and a mountain of fun to be around. Josh is one of the most intelligent and kind people with knowledge of all things that really knows no boundaries. I myself ( Ryan ) have an 11 year old daughter that is my world and a deep passion for wine and food.
Q: Who are some artists/producers you would like to collaborate with and why? Any future plans?
A: We have a ton of stuff in the works which we would prefer not to mention until the tunes are done, but stay tuned cause 2017 is gonna be big!!
Q: What inspires you to create music? Describe how you create it start to finish.
A: Music is what inspires us or any emotion that one might feel. Happy, Sad, the whole spectrum. Most importantly our fans which we would prefer to call our fam cause we could not do what we do with out your support. Every time we step on stage it’s like the first time and we give it our all. As far as production there is no rhyme or reason to how we produce. We all start project on our own but always make sure everyone gets a chance to put in their 2 cents so to speak before the tune is finished. HS is acolaborative effort and we have huge respect for each others ideas.
Q: How do you believe dubstep has changed?
A: All music is ever changing, but iin the electronic realm it seems to happen faster. There are many trends, things that come and go and a lot of incestuous sound design and strutures that seem to play to the cliche term ” it all sounds the same ” we have always tried to stay on the outside of that. In return a lot of our tunes are a bit crazy and a.d.d. so to speak but thats us and we embrace that.
Q: Lastly, is there anything else you believe your fans would like to know?
A: Anything our fans would care to know feel free to message us on Facebook we respond quick and love that interaction. We would more like to thank anyone who has ever supported us because we could not do this with out you and we owe this all to you. You are our drive and if there was time we would hug each and everyone of you!!