UltraViolet Dreams w/ Muggs, Joe Nice, Barron
DJ MUGGS (Cypress Hill) Los Angeles
The veteran DJ/producer/film scorer/label owner/everything else, is discussing his favorite topic music while putting the finishing touches on his upcoming album Bass For Your Face (2012, Ultra Records). Dubbing the album "hip-hop fusion," Face incorporates elements of various electronic music genres, including glitch and dubstep, with hip-hop, for an album that bridges disparate genres and crowds under the umbrella of hard, thumping bass music.
"I'm a bass music fan, period," Muggs says. "From Miami bass to L.A. 808 to dubstep to drum'n' bass, I love it all. So anything with bass in it is what this record's going to be about. But I'm going to bring my own style to it. I want to bring more hip-hop fans into dubstep. I got hip-hop homies that can't stand electronic music or dubstep, but I'll play them certain shit and they'll be like, 'That's bangin'.' I'm trying to be right there."
As the epicenter of countless musical movements, Muggs is doing more than trying. The globe-trotting DJ spends more than five months a year on the road, where frequent UK trips in the past decade led him to a love of dubstep and its musical successors. As DJ/producer for Cypress Hill, Muggs heard the raw, boom-bap hip-hop sound in a new generation of electronic music producers, brimming with the same visceral, explosive energy that the producer has always brought to his own music.
In 2009, he began producing dubstep on his own, mostly because, as he puts it, "I was bored and music's free. I don't like to put myself in a box. You're creative. You just go and create whatever you're feeling that day." Forget genre. Fans of music will find something to love in tracks like "Drop the Beat," with its reverb-laced opening that could soundtrack the next classic horror film while retaining its g-funk vibe, and "Original Shotta," with its fractured dubstep rhythm, traditional jazz horns and dub influence. "It starts off real smooth and islandy and then slaps the shit out you when the drums come in," says Muggs of "Shotta." On the hyperkinetic "Wicked Wild," Muggs sums it up succinctly: "It's adrenaline; just some slam dance mosh pit shit."
Anyone halfway familiar with Muggs' 25-year career shouldn't be surprised at Bass For Your Face's diversity. As the DJ/producer for legendary West Coast hip-hop group Cypress Hill, Muggs has been nominated for three Grammys and pioneered a rough, bass-heavy production style that would be copied by legions of imitators. His diversity was apparent even then, when the group teamed up with Pearl Jam and Sonic Youth for two tracks on the Judgment Night soundtrack and fused the then-disparate genres of rock and hip-hop. Since then, he has collaborated on albums with GZA and Tricky, founded, and released albums by, the Soul Assassins collective and remixed everyone from Beastie Boys, Funkdoobiest and House of Pain to KRS-One, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg. He's also taken to film scoring and soundtrack work, contributing part or in whole to the soundtracks of action films Training Day, Street Kings and Harsh Times. On Bass For Your Face, Muggs' penchant for collaborations remain, as the producer teams up with Dizzee Rascal and Bambu on "Snap Ya Neck Back" and Chuck D and (hed) pe's Jared Gomes on "Wicked."
As Muggs continues to evolve and grow musically, the veteran musician remains a perpetually evolving student of the game. "I'm still trying to get better and better every day," he says. "I'm trying to get my stage presence up. I'm trying to get my music selection more diverse. I'm trying to get my productions more diverse. I'm always working on my crowd control and scratching. For me, it's a nonstop process of trying to do something new and improve on what I've done before." One listen to Bass For Your Face easily proves this goal.
JOE NICE (Baltimore)
Representing Baltimore, JoeNice is universally recognized as the ambassador of the dubstep sound in North America and has been instrumental in the growth and success of dubstep for nearly a decade. In other words, he's been playing dubstep before it was called dubstep.
Joe's monthly radio show on GourmetBeats.com was the first to feature dubstep in the states and his Worldwide fan base continues to grow with his enthusiastic stage presence & live performance, upfront selection and skilful mixing. Joe's record bag is a who's who of dubstep... if you've never heard it before, chances are, you'll hear it from Joe Nice.
He is the first American-based DJ to play on London pirate radio, Rinse FM, the first American-based DJ to play the legendary DMZ bi-monthly bash and the first American-based DJ to play FWD>> @ Plastic People. JoeNice is one of the most sort after artists, not just from the US but the world over, having played every major city around the globe including almost all cities within the United States, multiple cities within Australia & Canada, France, Belgium, Portugal, London and many other cities around Europe, JoeNice is a crowd favourite who keeps them coming back time after time. A member of GourmetBeats, resident & co-founder of the most successful dubstep party in North America, DubWar (New York City) and selected as one of URB's NEXT 100, JoeNice is continually taking dubstep to the next level and beyond.
BARRON (Firepower Recordings) Balitmore
Barron is an 18-year-old producer hailing from Baltimore, US. At a young age he has already released on high profile labels such as, Abducted, Betamorph, Resonance and Prime Audio, demonstrating exceptional producing skills within the EDM scene, mainly within the genres of Dubstep and Drumstep. After being in the scene only 2 years Barron is already supported by the likes of: Getter, Downlink, Datsik, FuntCase, Excision, Trampa and many more. Barron is definitely one too look out for in the near future!
With Detroit support from
Chuck Daniels (Sampled Detroit)
Matt Clarke (DetroitDubstep)
Raw Wave (Bionic Detroit)
Kenneth KLAS (D-Ranged)
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