NO HOSTAGES Tour : Thursday October 18, 2012 : Detroit : Sluggo & Helicopter Showdown
On Thursday, October 18th, Bass Down Low presents: A Halloween party that will own all the rest, there will be NO HOSTAGES! So come dressed up in Army fatigues or in your best costume because the filth will be beating you down all night, maybe you will be one of the lucky ones to make it out alive.
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Electronic dance music has gotten too safe. Somebody needs to come in and shake things up before the genre becomes swallowed up in a haze of corporate machinations and twirling glow sticks. Sluggo is the antihero EDM desperately calls for. The Phoenix-based artist, producer, and C.E.O. of Ultragore Recordings makes violent, visceral, and vicious dubstep; embracing everything from heavy metal to first person shooters, he taps into a guttural edge and pulls out dark grooves so staggering you can't help but move. With knives sharpened and guns blazing, Sluggo stands on the cusp of another electronic revolution.
To create this sound, he's not drawing from the usual places. He's quicker to cite Pantera and Killswitch Engage as influences than anything else. "Growing up all I listened to was rock, metal, and rap," he affirms. "I like the gritty style of bass music. It's heavy, dark, and evil shit. Those grimy bass lines could be like a raw guitar chug. There's double bass with the triplets. Whatever I do needs to be gory, ultra-violent, and metal as fuck."
Sluggo has been honing his skills from a young age. In high school, after visiting one underground party, he started to DJ. From there, he spent countless hours learning synthesis and became one of the early purveyors of the North American dubstep scene along with Excision and Borgore. In 2010, he founded Ultragore Recordings and released his single "I Get Violent" on Beatport.
Since then, he's had 29 releases and 52 songs come out under the Ultragore banner as well as music from Helicopter Showdown, Liquid Stranger, Torqux, Bare, and many more. He's also managed to reach the coveted Beatport Top 5 multiple times. Further branching out, he even created an official remix for deathcore stalwarts Iwrestledabearonce. However, his world changed in 2011 with a song entitled "Dark Crystal".
Sampling the 1982 film of the same name, the track remains emblematic of Sluggo's distinct alchemy of dubstep and gritty soundscapes. Legendary Korn singer Jonathan Davis heard "Dark Crystal" and instantly became a fan. He contacted Sluggo and invited him on tour with Korn and began collaborating with him on his J Devil project.
"I've always been a huge Korn fan, and I feel like 'Dark Crystal' was really the beginning of everything for me," he smiles. "It's a crazy song, and it's actually very metal-influenced. The movie made for an epic sample, and music is super grimy and grind-y."
On the other end of the spectrum, "Get Gorey" takes a cue from the classic game Doom and blasts out a flurry of fiery synths. Then, there's "Our Wrath" [Featuring Nerd Rage], which engages a pure metallic stomp. Live, these songs can either make audiences move or mosh, and the artist assaults every stage with uncontainable energy.
Ultimately, he's not going to just blaze through EDM though. "I want diversity," Sluggo declares. "I want people who listen to heavy music, hip hop, and country to dig my shit. I want them to think, 'What's going on there?' I want them to feel it and have fun. That's it." - Rick Florino, May 2012
HELICOPTER SHOWDOWN: Ultragore (Two Members of HS)
The four person Bay Area production force known as Helicopter Showdown has earned the reputation in the underground bass music culture as "Wu Tang" of Dubstep. These West coast bass monsters have been turning heads and crashing parties worldwide with their unique blend of heavy dubstep and melodic electro house. Having dominated the Bay Area bass music scene ove
r the past year, HS has been called out of their homeland to perform and curate events all over the country in cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Baltimore, Denver, Philadelphia, Seattle, Houston, Detroit, and Las Vegas to name a few. Supported by such highly respected artists as Rusko, Borgore, Mt. Eden, Calvertron, Skism, Downlink, and Reid Speed amongst others, their music is quickly being recognized everywhere from the most distinguished UK dubstep pioneers to the smaller pockets of bassheads in middle USA.
In the last year, after teaming up with close friend, collaborator, and UltraGore label mate/owner Sluggo, the HS crew smashed their way onto the Beatport charts with their debut release "The Wrestler" [Ultragore], followed by "Hostages" [Ultragore] and most recently "Holy Ghost" [Play Me] feat. MC Messinian. Recently HS has become even more of a household name in the Beatport Dubstep charts, planting themselves firm within the top 20 with their latest release "Drop It Again" with Calvertron off the "Flight or Fight EP" [Play Me]. They are currently finishing up their next Ultragore EP with Sluggo featuring the fresh vocal talents of Bryan Dallas and Young Aunde, and have a laundry list of collaborations in store that will make 2012 a marquee year for them.
Helicopter Showdown also stands out from the rest of the bass community due in part to their reputation for holding their fans in the highest regard, proving their love through their consistent efforts to give away FREE music; with highly acclaimed releases "Gucci Gucci (Helicopter Showdown & IB Remix)" [US Dubstep], "Waiting" with BoyKidCloud [Squitty Bubbler], "Dramatron" [Squitty Bubbler Most Popular 2011], "Beat Down" [Squitty Bubbler Most Popular January 2011] and the classic "Whistle Tips" with Point.blank [Dubsaw/Squitty Bubbler Most Popular October 2010] all given gratis to their hungry fanbase. HS even takes it one step farther, giving away free downloads of their signature sounds and production templates.
With their dedication to production, their fans, and taking their four person team onto the stage and turning any given party into a full blown event, keep a close eye on Helicopter Showdown as they bring the party from the West Coast underground to a city near you.
MATT CLARKE (DetroitDubstep, Subculture, BDL)
Has become synonymous with Bass Music in Detroit, be it through his unique DJ sets, his website (DetroitDubstep.com) or when he was the Drum n Bass vinyl buyer for 5 years at various record shops (Record Time, Hearwax and Melodies). Matt first began DJing in 1995, playing Acid house at various basement parties and within a few years he caught the eye of local promotion companies. In late 1996, he began playing for 2000 person warehouse parties and was gaining residencies with some of Detroit's elite promoters.
As the genre of Acid House started to dwindle into obscurity in 1997, this is around the time when Matt Clarke became enthralled with Jungle/Drum N Bass music. Using his previous connections with promoters, Matt was instrumental in bringing Drum N Bass into the main room at Techno parties and exposing the bass fueled sound to the masses. Through the next 9 years, Matt would be finding new residencies as the scene moved from legendary underground warehouses to more established clubs. He made a home out of Clutch, Carbon (Break Beat Etiquette, Pressure), Motor (Fridays), Necto, Bird of Paradise, and Forans (Substance: which is still the longest running Drum N Bass night in Detroit's history).
Then in 2005, Matt discovered Dubstep and began listening to the likes of N-Type, Marlow, D1, Skream, and Coki. He began downloading free tunes that these artists would post up on various blog sites and began playing Dubstep to crowds in the early hours of his sets. This made Matt Clarke one of the original Dubstep DJs in Detroit and in 2007 he bought the domain to DetroitDubstep.com and began a Myspace group of the same name. In 2009, his sets began to mostly consist of Dubstep while working into Drum n Bass and Drumstep as the night progressed.
Now in 2012, Matt Clarke has been Djing for 17 years and has been producing multiple genres of electronic music under a few guises. DetroitDubstep.com has seen over 2 million hits and continually promotes Dubstep artists and events. His promotional company has brought out some of the biggest names within the genre, and continues to grow to larger venues. He does all this while running the website, a growing clothing line, and a healthy DJ schedule which keeps him booked somewhere almost every weekend. Matt was also an honorable mention for Detroit Artist of the Year by Real Detroit Weekly in late 2011.
-DEMF/Fuse-in/Movement Festivals in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2011.
-Drum n Bass Syst3m Resident
-Drum n Bass resident for Detroit's Bachelor DJ's
-Friday night Drum n Bass resident at Motor
-Longest running Drum n Bass weekly/night in Detroit's history Substance (3 years)
-Longest running Drum n Bass weekly/night in Hamtramck's history BBE (2 years)
-Longest running Dubstep Weekly in Detroit - Bass Down Low (1 year to present)
-2001 opened and closed for A Number of Name's 20 year anniversary reunion party for the iconic Detroit record "Shari Vari", Afrika Bambatta, Mos Def, and many more
-2010 - First Dubstep set on Detroit's commerical radio
-2011 - Honorable mention for Artist of the year by Real Detroit Weekly
CALICO (Datswotsup, BDL)
Having been surrounded by the standard 4/4 sounds of techno, house and electro in the Detroit electronic scene, influenced by the gritty industrial sounds of groups like meat beat manifesto, front 242 and NIN, and always searching for something different, led Calico to find the bass heavy abstract sounds of drum & bass and dubstep.
Attending his first underground events in 1996 at Detroit's famed Packard plant and The Warehouse changed his life forever, and led him into a whole new world. Beginning in 1999, after a few years of attending events and seeing what there was to offer, Calico began helping promote and present events with various crews around the city. Helping to bring some of the biggest names in the game. Leading up to today with DATSWOTSUP! Detroit's monthly education on the finest in heavy bass music from around the planet. Calico has been responsible for the motor city debut of many of the pioneering artists in the dustup and heavy bass scene, through this opportunity he has had the chance of playing alongside legends such as Hatcha, N Type, Pinch, Truth, Silkie, Noah D, Africa Hitech, Distance, Coki and 6Blocc. as well as many more of the scenes heavyweights.
His drive to keep things different as well as his affiliation with Detroit label and favorite, Bang Tech 12 has helped Calico become a staple in Detroit's electronic music scene as a DJ since 2002. With bookings starting to pile up, and productions on the horizon. Be on the look out for Calico destroying a sound system near you.
From the burbs of Detroit, articulated bass music for you enjoyment. Dekglo has quickly rose to be one of Detroit's favorite bass djs. Starting off his first gig at 2011's Wompapalooza, Dekglo has played over 50 shows in venues all over the state such as The Majestic, The masonic Temple, and The Works to name a few with DJs such as Hulk, Run Dmt, Dillon Francis, Dieselboy, and Craze. While, also owning a Detroit production label (Dub Down), Dekglo has his hands full and is becoming a huge part of the Detroit bass scene.
Costumes strongly encouraged!!! This is a Halloween event
$15 at the door
1846 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI, 48216
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The Works (View)
1846 Michigan Ave
Detroit, MI 48216
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|