Olie Bassweight – The Ghost In The Machine LP [BASWGTCD002]

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While I strongly believe the benefits far outweigh the detriments, one thing that always seems to happen to me in the contemporary age of music is that there is just SO much output at any given time, that many gems are likely to fall under the radar, to be discovered later.  I could just as easily consider it a good thing because there’s definitely a unique feeling experienced when you come across a piece of music fitting into this category, as opposed to following/anticipating a release months prior up to it’s actual drop-date.  This is precisely what happened to me with regards to Olie Bassweight’s ‘Ghost In The Machine’ album that dropped towards the end of December of last year.

While Olie’s role within the dubstep movement has been of an undeniably prominent nature – especially in New Zealand – this marks his first full-length album to date.  Featuring 15 tracks, two of which being shorter, more cinematic intro-type pieces,  the album strongly established the artist’s versatility in both stylistic approach and execution of sound engineering.

Below you find the tracklist and my three favorite beats off the album:

Tracklist –

1. Intro (The Ghost In The Machine)
2. Float VIP
3. Duality
4. Odyssey
5. Truth – Spook (Olie Bassweight Remix)
6. Interlude (Tides)
7. Tides Have Turned ft. Timmy P MC
8. Holon
9. Why are you here
10. Broken
11. The Message ft. Dubfonik & DMG MC
12. Tangled Blue Eyes Feat, Dubtek
13. Heavyweight ft. Triage and MC Kryptik
14. Condemned ft. Perverse and TZR
15. Survival

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You can purchase the album from the links below:

BEATPORT || JUNO DOWNLOAD || CHEMICAL

Vinyl Sampler:

CHEMICAL RECORDS

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Make sure to keep up with future projects through Olie’s social media outlets, too!

FACEBOOK || SOUNDCLOUD || TWITTER

I’ll you guys next time.  Big up for reading.  If you have any artists you’d like to see get some from BWS please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email at bassweightsociety@gmail.com with links to music, bio, etc.

One love.

– Kinman

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Bassweight Sessions 1: Kelly Dean

Kelly @ Smog Sunday’s w/ J:Kenzo (May 6, 2012)

Yo fam, what’s good?!  It’s already halfway through the week, which is a blessing in itself, so let’s start getting those vibes going that are going to bring us into the weekend.

Today we sit down with one of the many talented frontmen for the Los Angeles super-power, SMOG.  Kelly Dean has been involved with the inception of what is now one of the most well-rooted dubstep scenes in the US since, essentially, day one.  From underground art galleries to 5,000 person-sellout shows, Kelly has been amidst the evolution of Los Angeles dubstep.

While LA is largely associated with the aggressive, tear-out, and more commercially recognized styles of  bass, this man has managed to keep innovation going within the deeper side of the spectrum, adding his own creativity to the foundation sounds.  Alongside the SMOG family, Kelly has been bringing in some of the most highly respected figures in the deep scene, with the ‘Smog Sundays’ weekly.  I’ve made it out to as many as my life allows, and I have yet to be let down!  Much respect out to the crew for that!  Now, hopefully we can get some bassweight business going on a Friday or Saturday night, too 😉

Having racked up a sufficient amount of releases on labels like Sub Pressure, Gamma Audio, Shift Recordings, and Smog Records, to name a few, he is no stranger to the buttons.  Releasing drum and bass early on in his career but then switching his focus to dubstep in 08′, the man has definitely been on an upward path of production quality.  With his music receiving the remix treatment by Excision, Chewie, and the engineering mastermind, Von D, it should come as no surprise that his ascent has been steady.  Production aside, Kelly is also a man who has quality mixing skills, whether it be live or on two decks.  Caught his set before J:Kenzo last Sunday and he smashed it, flawlessly bringing in big tune after big tune, crossing between deep and soulful.

Anyways, let’s see what the LA badman has to say, shall we?

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What up Kelly!  First off thanks for the support with this interview.
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How have things with the SMOG family been on the late?  You guys have been bringing some killer performances the past couple months with your Smog Sunday’s; Seven, Noah D, Antiserum, J:Kenzo, and then you got Rustie and Goth-Trad all coming within the next couple months.  Respect!
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Yeah man the next few months are going to be great with all the deep artists coming through.  I’m really happy with the way things are going with SMOG here in LA.  There’s no place i’d rather be really!
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Any big things been going in the studio for you?  Your EP, ‘I Got You’, on Sublife Recordings hit the shelves on the 30th, anything else forthcoming that we should keep our eyes out for?
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Yeah the “I Got You” EP just dropped and I’m really happy to get that out.  That was one of the first tunes I made and really sat on that one for a long time.  Thankfully Lukeino with Sublife Recordings heard it and was interested in getting it out.  I really dig the remixes from Pawn and Lukeino!  As for other projects forthcoming, I have a “Easy Now” remix for Olie Bassweight and Werd 2 Jah that should be out very soon.  There’s a remix for did for Juakali’s “Standing Firm” that I haven’t got a confirmed date for just yet, but look out for that.   Also currently I’m wrapping up another EP, release info for that will be announced pretty soon.
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Seeing as you’ve been involved with the Los Angeles scene since it really formed into its own ‘scene’ (circa 07), what are your thoughts on the directions it’s gone, and where it is today?  Up until now we’ve only been able to get the perspective of producers that are only (for the most part) exposed to the US scene while on tour and such, so it will be nice to hear from someone who sees it at all times.
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The past 5 years have been crazy to say the least.  Back in 07 when I went to my first dubstep event it was a very small scene of people that were excited to hear a brand new form a music in a tiny club.  Flash forward to 2012 and there are sold out shows at legendary venues.  I don’t know any form of music that has gained that much popularity and acceptance that quickly.  There are so many directions the music has gone and that is mainly because there is so much potential in the eclectic directions you can take it. The amount of talent that comes through LA any given week is pretty incredible.  I don’t see myself leaving any time soon!
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What was the most memorable night that you have from LA’s dubstep history?  What makes it stand out that way?
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Well, its pretty hard to pinpoint one specific night.  There have been so many.  But there was a night at The Exchange in LA where Redbull hosted a culture clash with Smog, StonesThrow, Dim Mak and The Dub Club.  All 4 crews came together to battle each other in 15 minute rounds.  The vibe and excitement was thick!!  It came down to the wire between Smog and StonesThrow.  StonesThrow ended up winning the event in a very close call but it was amazing to have the acknowledgement for that status in LA.  For that we were pretty grateful and it made for a very special evening.  We also recently had a Smog vs Respect night at the House of Blues on Sunset.  We did it last year and both years have been very successful for a all local lineup.  LA is very supportive of its home players and that was also a very special event for us.
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Do you have any advice for producers that are looking to “come up” in the game?  Things to seek, things to avoid?
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I would say the biggest problem I see with producers trying to get noticed is trying to emulate popular artists.  This only makes it harder to get noticed because your style will sound common and wont have a unique brand to it.  Most label owners want to hear something new and exciting rather than something that will be stale in a month after release. Above all the most important thing is to have fun and try not to stress if you don’t hear back from labels.  Keep it moving, stay creative and have fun!  You can start up your own label and create your own brand now so there is always other options.
Considering the entire history of music, who is the one person that you would want to work with?  Dead or Alive (obviously).
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I’ve always been inspired by Danny Elfman’s work.  I think it would be challenging to try and score a film the way he does.  To lay down emotions behind scenes seems like such a fun project.  I also think Bonobo is a musical mastermind and would be honored to work with him.  So my dream collaboration would have to be working with those two on the same project.
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Who shot Biggie and Pac?
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Damn, thats a tough one.  I’d say it was all a cover up and both are sipping cocktails on a beach somewhere laughing at the whole Coachella hologram thing.  hahaha
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Wanna Big up anyone?
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Bigup to my Smog family, Lukeino at Sublife, Kial at Sub Pressure, Shift family in Seatle. Juakali and Olie Bassweight get massive shouts!  Bigup to eveyone who supports my music!  And finally Bigup to Bassweight Society for shedding light on deeper sounds across the globe!
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Again, a shout out to Kelly for his support with the interview!  I also want to shout out to SMOG for their dedication and deliverance to quality dubstep in California (and now spreading across the states!).
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Below you will find a mix that Kelly Dean uploaded for this feature from his live set on April 18, 2012, in support of Truth and Silkie.  This mix is jam-packed full of huge tunes!  A must listen.  Also, you will find links directing you to his Soundcloud, Facebook, and artist profile on the SMOG page.  Be sure to check them out and support the artist by purchasing his music!  Show the SMOG family some love too by stopping by their Facebook and dropping a line.
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That’s it for today!
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To the gods.
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-Kinman

Olie Bassweight FREEBIE!

Yo what up fam!  I usually like to take the weekends off from the site but I was contacted by Olie last night and I didn’t want to hold off until Monday for this one.  He has been generous enough to share this remix he recently did with us and all of his fans.

This jam is a soulful stepper riddim’.  Beautiful vocals and grooved out drum sequencing set the stage for a combination of hard-hitting sub frequencies and a piano riff that will hit home for anybody.

Enjoy the tune, big up Olie, and spread the sounds!  We will see you back tomorrow.

Fear Of The Dark – Inclined (Olie Bassweight Remix) (Mediafire 320 kbps Download)

Fear Of The Dark – Inclined (Olie Bassweight Remix) (Mediafire .WAV Download)

Olie Bassweight Facebook Page

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To the gods.

-Kinman

Exclusive Interview and Mix with Olie Bassweight


Welcome back friends and family. Today’s special feature comes all the way across the Pacific from New Zealand’s, Olie Bassweight. This producer, DJ, label manager and promoter is known for cultivating and nurturing  NZ’s thriving bass scene via his label, Bassweight Recordings, and his own sub-heavy productions. We recently got the chance to gain some insight into Olie’s personal life, the New Zealand bass-scene and what the future holds for Olie and his label. We touch on the definition of “Bassweight”, Olie’s current ventures and the effect of last year’s devastating earthquakes on New Zealand’s music scene.

It’s not all bad news however. Poised to release the massive “The Void | Remixes” EP this Friday, 04/27, Olie gave us some firsthand experience into the essence of his sound with an exclusive Bassweight Society mix packed full o’ dubs. Keep it locked for a fun an informative chat with New Zealand’s Subsonic Ambassador, Olie Bassweight.

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BWS:  Hey Olie glad to finally be speaking with you. Given our similar names and likewise appreciation for Bassweight music, this interview seems a bit overdue!  Finding from previous interviews, your back catalog, and your label, Bassweight Recordings, it’s apparent you’re firmly rooted in the dubstep community, not only in the New Zealand, but around the globe.  You must be a busy guy.  Can you explain what a day in the life of Olie Bassweight consists of?

Olie:  Well at the moment, I’m doing a lot of work on Olie Bassweight material trying to get my album finished,  but also got a fair bit of label stuff happening at the moment, with the void remixes coming out this week, plus another 3 EP’s scheduled this quarter from Dubfonik, a new comer to the label from Melbourne.  Recently we’ve signed Kaiko Neureus from Perth/London, who are an up-and-coming duo I think will turn some heads.  Also a re-release of the ‘Tides Have Turned” EP I did with Timmy P MC. All this coupled with fairly consistent touring takes up a lot of time!

Promotion-wise, organizing the New Zealand Dubstep DJ competition ‘Dubclash’ is #1 on the cards at the moment, plus an upcoming tour of  New Zealand next month.  Its like it never ends really.  As soon as one thing’s sorted its on to another task.  This last year I’ve taken a big break off promotion and have been concentrating on my own music, which has been really great.  It’s a breath of fresh air after doing sometimes hundreds of events a year to just doing a few recently.  Promotion takes it out of you, its a dog eat dog world.

BWS:  You have plenty of collabs and remixes with American artists like: Kelly Dean, TZR, Antiserum, Triage and vocalist Werd2Jah.  Being a US-based blog, we’re always keen on finding out how other artists view the States.  What do you think of the US dubstep community and its contributions to the global dance scene?  Also do you have any collabs in the works?  Or can think of a US artist you would like to work with, but haven’t already?

Olie:  When the whole dubstep thing really started to form in the USA, the New Zealand scene was slowly gaining momentum as well (circa 2007ish).  I was running Bassweight Recordings and was in a lot of communication with North American-based labels, producers and agencies, so I’ve had an eye on the American scene from afar for quite a while.  The U.S. has contributed hugeley to the popularization of bass music in all forms over the last 5 years, its been crazy to watch how it’s developed.

BWS: Are there any other American artists we didn’t mention you find are doing it proper?  Do you have any collabs in the works?

Olie:  It seems the U.S.A guys were always a lot more friendly and easier to approach than alot of their European counterparts, so I’ve found myself collaborating with quite a few over the years,  which has been great.  Massive shout-outs to Mikey Antiserum, that guy is an absolute don of the USA scene.  Seattle’s Dubtek, TZR, SelfSimilar & Lukki and the Shift Family, the Florida crew Deej from Betamorph, John at Stupid Fly Records, and the one like Werd2jah.  Portland’s mighty Triage, The Bassist and SPL.  San Fran’s Roommate, Antiserum, Bird Of Prey, the Hellfire Machina Boys from NYC.  Also the ones like Kelly Dean & 12thPlanet from L.A.  All absolute awesome people and producers I’ve had the pleasure of working with in some way over the years.

BWS: Much love! Can you think of a U.S. artist you would like to work with, but haven’t already?

OB:  Ones I’d like to collaborate with in the studio that I haven’t already would definitely be Dean Grenier aka DJG & Grenier from San Fransico.  The guy’s music has always been amazing and the places he’s taking it these days is going to a mind-blowing new level.  San Francisco is a hub of amazing music in all forms and is putting out amazing stuff into the world.  Another one of these dream collaborations would have to be Eskmo also from San Fran.  He really influenced my tastes and his musical journey has been another one I’vebeen following for years.

BWS: Given we both rep the name Bassweight, could you give us your interpretation of “Bassweight” or what “Bassweight Music” means?  Also, what was your most heavy “Bassweight Moment” at a club or show?

Olie:  I think we can all agree it means proper sub-bass vibes.  The term was originally quoted by Mala, he was the guy that really got me into this whole thing in the way I am today.

The first show he played in Wellington, New Zealand was seminal.  On the same note, the next time he came and played 4 years later at a Bassweight Recordings night in Wellington with Coki.  We had our super-boosted Gardenclub System, was deft a highlight for me thus far. Amazing vibes that night.

BWS:  Sick! In a previous interview you mentioned your debut album for Bassweight Recordings is in the works. How is that coming along?  Also, how does a busy guy like yourself find the time to really sit down and get in the zone?  And when you’re there, do you have any rituals or systems to making tracks?

Olie:  Yeah the album is getting closer and closer.  I’ve had a lot of hold-ups and have changed a lot of the tracklist so I’m hoping to have this out by August now.  I want it to be the best debut LP it can be, so there is a lot of deliberation going into it.

With writing music I find it really can’t be forced, if I’m in the mood, I’m in the mood, and if I’m not, I’m not.  I try my hardest to adhere to my own creative juices and work on things when I really feel like its flowing.  That’s when I write my best stuff.

BWS: EZ. For us foreigners, what is the dubstep scene like in New Zealand and where do you see it going?

Olie:  The scene down here is as solid as you could get with such a small country.  We have an abundunce of events all over the country every week.  The type of stuff thats the most popular is still definitely the heavy “bro-step” vibe, but I feel like that paradigm is changing rapidly and people are opening their ears to a much deeper vibe again when it comes to dubstep, not just in New Zealand, but from what I can tell it’s a global regression, which is very exciting!

BWS:  Our hearts go out to New Zealand in the wake of those massive earthquakes that were hitting last year, and we have the understanding that they literally effected everyone.  Is that true?  And how do you think they affected the musical community as a whole?  We really hope you all can recover swiftly.  In the states we hear nothing but good things about New Zealanders and know a couple really awesome Kiwis personally.

Olie:  The earthquakes have affected everyone in this country.  We have just under 4 million people here, and our communities run deep.  It’s been a real challange and it still is.  Right now, there’s alot of people in Christchurch  still not knowing what is happening with their lives and their homes, and it’s heart-breaking.  It’s been over a year since the big one and rebuilding is still happening, as it is still occasionally shaking.

The earthquakes affected the New Zealand dubstep/bass community hugely. Christchurch was a hub of the scene, always has been since the early nineties and the rise of drum & bass down there, and when Christchurch lost all its venues and couldn’t have events it put huge strains on international and local touring agents that found it even harder to bring artists to NZ.  It’s still ridiculously hard to find good active venues down there now over a year later.

BWS: Going forward, what does 2012 hold for Olie and Bassweight Recordings?  Got any travel plans or releases we should be excited about?

Olie:  Well I actually have to make it over to the Americas sometime soon, its been a long time in the works, but after i get my LP out.  Catching up with my American buddies is something definitely at the top of my list, so expect me over there sometime in the next year.

We’ re making a music video at the moment. Very excited to have locked down the multi-talented guy Capper to do a plastercine animation video for us for the tune I did with Timmy P MC called ‘Tides have Turned’.  It’s a deep reggae-steppa number.  Jermaine Clement from The Flight of the Concords is going to appear on it. We’re hoping to have it all wrapped-up by August, so very excited!  I also started a collab recently with Truth and Bulletproof with MC Rugged Tek that I’m looking forward to people hearing in the near future.

BWS:  Thank you on behalf of our readers for your exclusive Bassweight Society Mix. What can we expect to hear in it?! Is this a studio mix, cds, vinyl? Any special forthcomings to watch out for? Can I play it in on my laptop?

Olie:  Haha, well it’s a studio mix, lots of forthcoming bits from myself and a few collabs and remixes, plus some of the new forthoming Bassweight stuff and some other bits I’m feeling at the moment.  Lots of tracks you can expect to hear on my upcoming NZ music month tour (If you are from New Zealand) .  No I wouldn’t recommend laptop listening at all, I did put a Skrellex tune in the end of the mix just for the laptop mussif!

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Well big up Olie, and thanks for the absolutely smashing mix with a nice surprise at the end. Readers make sure to check out ‘The Void (Remixes)” EP  out this Friday, and keep in contact with Bassweight Recordings.

Olie Bassweight – Exclusive Mix For Bassweight Society

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Large ups!

– Shice