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.
Photo taken by DJ ERiX
B.A.D.A.S.S Raves has taken over the EDM scene in Blacksburg, Va and college students are stoked to expand the rave community here in the New River Valley area. Last Tuesday, B.A.D.A.S.S. put on a show at Sycamore Deli with talented drummer and producer, KJ Sawka headling. The show was unreal to say the least. The combination of the advanced light show by Fantasy Lighting and Staging and sounds by Deep Roots Production really stepped up the rave scene for a small college town. Those who came out to the show last Tuesday made the right decision; Sycamore Deli had an incredible turnout and was by far the biggest St. Patrick’s Day party of Blacksburg.
The show opened with local DJ K. Flo, who held the floor until 10pm when Riza took the stage. Pyrite was the last opener for KJ. Pyrite hyped up the crowd with a heavy trap set giving Blacksburg the energy it needed for KJ Sawka’s loud bass. If you haven’t already, read out interview with Pyrite!
Photo taken by DJ ERiX
Finally, KJ Sawka, the drummer from Pendulum and Destroid, came on at midnight. KJ played a laptop set with electronic drumming pads and it was a phenomenal set. Personally, one of the best parts about the show was the closely knit feeling the venue gave off. Having KJ throw such heavy bass in our faces at a small venue gave the crowd a more personal show. Additionally, the small venue feel gave the crowd an opportunity to actually watch KJ perform. The difference between seeing KJ at Sycamore Deli compared to at a festival environment allowed short ravers such as myself to appreciate actually being able to see KJ’s drumming. Watching KJ drum on the electronic drum pads was a whole other experience. KJ has been drumming for over 25 years and is by far the most talented drummer I have seen live. At the end of KJ’s set, the drum & bass legend dropped some Pendulum songs and his unreleased song “Wild Fire.”
KJ Sawka tore Blacksburg apart last Tuesday and if you weren’t there, you missed out. Don’t be too disappointed you missed out last week though because B.A.D.A.S.S. Raves will be putting on another legendary show tonight, so be sure to come!
In addition, the show also donated some of their profits for Cameron Smook, a Virginia Tech student who has just recently passed. It is amazing to be a part of such a close community, really setting an example of what Hokie Nation is all about. Read what B.A.D.A.S.S. has to say about the donations:
“A portion of the profits will be donated to causes related to Cameron Smook, a Hokie and friend to many members of our team and extended music family. As in the tradition of Blacksburg, we will rally together to help each other and remain strong. Our prayers go out to Cameron and his family in this difficult time. We hope that this party can bring his friends together and put some positive energy back into the world.”
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Jon Gooch is the millennium man of electronic music.
It’s not even funny how much of a genius Gooch seems to be. For him to juggle multiple music personas is one thing, but to be a philosopher, found a label, and design a live, interactive light show is another story. Jon is straightforward about his feelings towards music. He is honest with his fans and has yet to leave them dissapointed. ‘Dissapointed’ is how fans of Gooch’s previous project, “Spor”, would have been if he never brought Spor back. But he did, and in the greatest way possible.
“My debut album Caligo is out NOW and you can pay for it or not pay for it here: http://smarturl.it/caligo-bittorrent“
Says Jon over his facebook page. This is how albums are released by honest, artists who are true to themselves and their fans. Spor’s following is either going to torrent Caligo or pay for it. So why not do both in the same place? Hosted directly on the bittorrent website are all the parts of Spor’s music fans could ask for. Not only can you find the link to the torrent file here, but you can also stream every song on the album for free. Included is a “pay what you want” option, offering premium files to Jon’s truest, “wealthiest” fans. Here’s the link again: http://smarturl.it/caligo-bittorrent
Spor: Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud
In conjunction with the album release, Jon also did a Reddit AMA where he answered all of his fan’s questions, resulting in a more intimate look into the mind of Jon Gooch. This AMA is great – it ranges from very serious questions about Spor, Feed Me, and Sotto Voce, to ones such as “Do you ever use the phrase “GOOCH IS IN YA COOCH” when having sex ?”. Be sure to check out the AMA here if you’re interested in hearing more about Jon’s album, future projects, and personal questions.