Berlin to Denver: Mind Against

Photo Courtesy of Mind Against on Facebook

Photo Courtesy of Mind Against on Facebook

The musical duo Mind Against hailing from Berlin performed for Proper Sundays at Beta Nightclub in Denver. Their strong house and techno roots make for great dance floor anthems, and inclusion of psychedelics hooks makes them a chameleon in the techno community. Their three EP’s on Life and Death can attest to their contagious sound that is difficult to define, and that versatility was visible all night on the floor. Those 80’s soundtrack hooks often emulate Green Velvet before plunging into layered mixes suggesting neon lights, leather jackets, and street racing.

Mind Against will be continuing to Montreal and New York before venturing to warmer weather in Sao Paolo and Rio. Don’t miss a chance to see this dance-able duo live.

Travel Through The Multiverse with Helicopter Showdown: EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

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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.

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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.

Interview

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!!

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Bass to the Face With Delta Heavy and Apashe

Drum-and-base artists Apashe and Delta Heavy destroyed at Beta Nightclub in Denver on Friday night. The state-of-the-art sound system at Beta was the perfect setting for the bass-heavy show. The high octane sets kept everyone head banging for hours.

John De Buck (Apashe) recently released his first album “Copter Boy” on Kannibalen Records. The debut LP features eleven tracks, numerous collaborations, significant hip-hop and electro influences, and a whole lot of wubs. As a part of the album tour, he played the show wearing the signature copter snapback from his album art. Apashe’s visuals included a psychedelic melting Morty of Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty” in the style of Blockhead’s “The Music Scene“.

Normally consisting of both Ben Hall and Simon James, Hall played solo to represent the London duo Delta Heavy. Hall regaled the crowd with the tale of his last set at Beta where he left on a stretcher after hitting his head on the glass partition of the DJ booth. Nine stitches later, we’re happy to say there was no such accident this time around and the scar has all but vanished.

Both artists loved the responsive crowd and ideal venue. It’s safe to say that Denver was a memorable city for both DJs on their individual tours. You can catch Delta Heavy and Apashe in a number of US cities before they head out of the states later in the holiday season.

 

 

Third Time’s a Charm for Nicolas Jaar

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Anyone asking around for a spare ticket was out of luck: Nicolas Jaar had sold out the Gothic Theatre in Denver, CO. Some attendees were seeing him for the first time. Some were following his tour and had seen him multiple times that week. Many in the crowd were Spanish-speakers and had a personal connection to the Chilean-American DJ who often sings in Spanish, his native language.

The artist came onto a hazy, back-lit stage in an unassuming hoodie and ball-cap. Using an upright synth set-up reminiscent of a switchboard, he began a slow build of experimental layering. A mesh of high distorted instrumental samples reached a climax, flickered, and broke into intense deep house.

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Nicolas Jaar is known for his improvisational style, sometimes playing unprepared music for hours.  Constantly changing tempos and incorporating a menagerie of influences, Jaar’s music was incredibly interactive. Often playing at an unusual 80 b.p.m., his music was anything but slow. From rockabilly to African jazz to glitchy techno, the whole set was diverse and memorable.

Denver wasn’t ready to let Nicolas go after the set. He came back on for a first encore, continuing his rolling house and deep, driving beats.

The second encore was entirely experimental improvisation.

The third encore began with his iconic “Mi Mujer” on which he sings in Spanish and kept everyone shuffling to the last note.

Do not pass up an opportunity to see this great artist live. His newest album,  Sirens, was released in September of this year on his label Other People.

KAYTRANADA and Cashmere Cat Team Up For Wild Show

Cashmere Cat and KAYTRANADA gave an incredible performance at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO this past Saturday despite having no visuals due to technical problems. As unfortunate as it was to miss Cashmere Cat’s trippy visuals and KAYTRANADA’s 90s inspired scenes, it was a night that really was all about the music.

Cashmere Cat (real name Magnus August Høiberg) dropped his classic sexy grooves along with the song “Wolves” that he produced for Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo”. Høiberg was being his typical goofy self, changing the pace between heavy hip-hops beats and smooth baby-makin’ jams. Cashmere has an unusual intimacy live and everyone, from the front row to the furthest back barstools, can somehow feel like they’re the one that Cashmere is making cat gestures at.

Courtesy of Maria Jose Govea via Brookyln Vegan

Courtesy of Maria Jose Govea via Brookyln Vegan

KAYTRANADA (Louis Kevin Celestin) is one of my personal favorite DJs of the year (and decade and my lifetime) played an incredible seamless set. The Haitian-Canadian DJ had everyone, and I mean everyone, shuffling hard from start to finish.  Predictably, the whole venue went wild for songs like “GLOWED UP” feat. Anderson Paak and “GOT IT GOOD” feat. Craig David.  I’d like to compare KAYTRANADA to Rick Wade (who I recently saw at 1010 Workshop in Denver) for his commitment to the music and his strong jazz influence. Celestin spoke just twice to thank us for coming out and apologize for the lack of visuals. Head bobbing and beats banging, KAYTRANADA gave such a performance that the music standing alone was more powerful and genuine than what many artists provide now.

Big ups to two great artists for a real show despite technical problems.

 

 

Rick Wade Goes Deep in Denver

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Courtesy of acclaimmag.com

Detroit house legend Rick Wade made his Colorado debut thanks to Deep Club and the Playground. Accompanied by fitting acts like Roger That & John Tyler, DJ Drew, and Ponyrok, the balanced show played well into the next morning.

Hosted at 1010 Workshop in the Baker district, this intimate venue was an ideal setting for the dedicated deep house fans that came out from the woodwork for this Detroit legend. Hours of underground house kept people shuffling in a hazy basement, where all lights except the glow of old TV sets and lights over the record stacks were discouraged. It was impossible not to get lost in the seamless sets as Rick Wade’s driving basslines and disco samples tend to encourage.

The commitment to playing music for music’s sake and the authenticity of a (literally) underground show combined beautifully with a crowd that came ready to dance all night. We hope that Rick Wade returns to Denver soon to keep the grooves coming.

 

Flume Shakes Red Rocks

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Courtesy of runthetrap.com

One of the most anticipated shows of the summer 16’ Red Rocks season, Flume played along with Vince Staples and Chrome Sparks at the infamous amphitheater on August 18th. The enormous venue with a capacity bordering on 10,000 was packed to the brim with a lively crowd. Opening with “Holdin On” and closing an encore with “Take a Chance” feat. Little Dragon, Flume primarily played songs from his newest album Skin.

Playing from about 9:50 to 11:20, his set did feel unfortunately short and left out a few singles such as “Some Minds” and “Collarbones” that could have rounded out a crowd-pleasing show. We all love Harley (Flume) for his goofy nature and light-hearted Instagram posts, and his commentary during the show was airy and fun. He echoed the common sentiment that playing Red Rocks drew an enormous crowd to which he received an enthusiastic response.

Flume will be headed east to continue his world tour, including ten shows in (his birthplace) Australia, with many dates sold out worldwide.

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Courtesy of runthetrap.com

 

 

TheBigWonderful Beer Garden Concert

Photo Aug 13, 7 43 47 PMThis past Saturday TheBigWonderful hosted a combination outdoor concert to celebrate their move from the trendy River North district in Downtown Denver to a central warehouse near the Auraria Campus. Rose Quartz, Golf Clap, The Reminders and more played as guests enjoyed local food trucks, beer garden-style party games, and vibrant murals. Their recognizable “Wonderful” sign which was previously on 16th street for a mural festival lit up the main stage.

Started by Josh Sampson, TheBigWonderful is a three-part project including an outdoor sustainable market, a weekly artisan bazaar, and an urban farm fest. As it becomes increasingly popular to blur the lines between food, drink, and music, this event only emphasizes the versatility of this forward-thinking collective.

If you’re in the Denver area, don’t miss out on their weekly dynamic events.

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It’s Not an Earthquake, It’s Basscenter

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Bassnectar’s much anticipated 2-day Basscenter festival took place this past weekend in Commerce City, Colorado. With a fully loaded lineup including esteemed artists like Flying Lotus, Flux Pavilion, Porter Robinson, and Wu-Tang Clan, this festival was instilled with the kindness and artistry established at it’s inaugural show in 2010 at Madison Square Garden.

Nearly 50k attendees enjoyed the state-of-the-art sound and light systems highlighting the incredible talent brought together for Basscenter  before, during, and after the main-stage show. Bassnectar’s multimedia team premiered works and collaborations with renown visual artists worldwide, including new visuals for the Unlimited Album which electrified the audience well into Friday and Saturday nights.

FlyLo was very vocal and interactive with the crowd, regularly throwing out his two cents and getting a positive return when telling the crowd to throw their blunts on stage. Flux played a killer, pounding set from start to finish with little reprieve. Porter’s set was beautiful and bass-heavy, essentially playing his World’s set but incorporating some darker themes with his iconic anime-style visuals. Wu-Tang Clan was hype as expected, with a huge high-energy crew on stage. Lorin (Bassnectar) himself was spectacular as always, incorporating mind-melting visuals and speaking intimately with the crowd about the festival.

The bass was so extreme at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park that Commerce City residents mistook the many, many drops for an earthquake. One complaint brought before the city council by local Joe Quillin has already been remixed and garnered over 130,000 views.

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While the booming sound may not have been music to everyone’s ears, this was a festival marked by compassion: Bassnectar, the many ambassadors, and the attending bass heads all contributed to an inspiring community environment. The bass head cleanup that has occurred at previous festivals continued the “leave it like you found it” mentality, leaving a spotless stadium and camp ground. During his Friday night set, Lorin asked everyone to make a new friend and checked Saturday to see if everyone had (by way of loud cheering from the packed stadium).

Charitable contributions were made throughout the festival through a number of venues. The Dollar Per Bass Head charity fund allocated $1 for each ticket sold, amounting to an impact of $50K simply for attendance. Food donations to Conscious Alliance will provide 1,200 meals to families and the Bass Network donation drive collected school supplies to benefit the Denver Public School Foundation and 14 schools in the Denver area. The distribution of reusable Nalgene flasks saved over 20,000 disposable plastic bottles.

The good vibes of Basscenter were carefully calculated by Lorin himself along with a dedicated team of ambassadors, and felt widespread by all who attended. This incredibly well-planned and orchestrated event was a privilege to attend for new and old bass heads alike.

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Baltimore Swept Away By Adventure Club

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On July 22nd, I had the pleasure of covering the amazing duo, Adventure Club in Baltimore, MD. Supporting them that night was RaceCarBed, Droosie, Bee Bot, and Kcik. These artist played great sets during the night, priming the crowd for the one and only Adventure Club. Soundstage is personally one of my favorite venues in Baltimore. It is a smaller venue but provides an open floor plan making it a great place to get close with all your friends and dance the night away.

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The crowd’s mood was positive and full of life the closer it came Adventure Club’s set time. The energy in the place had increased on many levels as more people flooded in. Looking around the crowd you could see people dressed up in many different types of super hero and comic character costumes, including other attire. Throughout the set, Christian and Leighton dropped some crowd favorites and headbangers. Some of the songs included Cinema, Eyes on Fire, and Crave, to name a few. Hearing the variety of music played also reflected how they have grown as an artist since coming into the EDM scene.

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The dynamic duo will be appearing for their second Moonrise Festival this upcoming weekend in Baltimore,MD. The first year they played was in 2014, the opening year of the festival. Besides playing in DC, this was their first headlining show in Baltimore.  I cannot wait to see their set this upcoming weekend. Every time I have seen them, they play a different set. The variety makes me enjoy their show so much more.

Thank you to Adventure Club and their team for allowing me to cover this great show! Also a shout out to the photographer, Adam Green, who took all the photos in this article. Check out his page for more photos of the event.

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