DJG: The Bay Area Badman

Guten tag everybody!  Hope everybody is ready for another great weekend, Bassweight Society couldn’t be MORE ready.  As we ease you into the weekend we’re going to stuff some DJG down your throat, thanks to a request from a BWS family member.  With that said, we want everybody to know that although we have our own agenda, we are here for the fans.  If you have any requests on topics, artists, events, etc., lets us know and we will do our best to accompany them!  You can email us directly at bassweightsociety@gmail.com , or you can shout out on our Facebook Page.

So, today we’re highlighting Dean J. Grenier, aka DJG.  This man is, undoubtedly, one of the most successful and talented Dubstep producers hailing from the U.S.  His appearance into the scene in 2008, with the release of  ‘Shadow Skanking’/’Joyful Sound’, was one of extraordinary recognition.  Immediately receiving support from names like N-Type and Mary Anne Hobbes, Dean’s career as a producer took off very quickly.  As his releases piled up, so did the support from BIG name DJ’s/Producers like Skream, Pinch, Joe Nice, and Headhunter.  His ability to incorporate the deep aspects of dubstep into techy,  funky, and dance floor friendly tracks has gained him releases on lables like Wheel & Deal, Subway, and LoDubs.  Aside from his amazing production abilities, DJG is also an absolutely outstanding DJ, exhibiting an extreme amount of enthusiasm for the music he plays.  As put by Mary Anne Hobbes, his sets are “devastatingly good”.  Like a connaisseur of any sort, DJG understands the principles and theories of sound, which is made very clear in his mixing, as he obtains an almost flawless balance of the frequency spectrum.  It is producers such as DJG, alongside artists like Matty G, Roommate, Noah D, and Antiserum, to name a few, that keep the U.S on the forward-thinking map.  For that, Bassweight Society gives a formal salute to you, DJG.

If you haven’t heard DJG’s music, PLEASE lend an ear to this man’s amazing talents.  We guarantee that you will not be dissappointed.  Below, as always, you will find some music that Dean has put on his Souncloud page.  Also there are two links to the albums ‘Voids One’ and ‘Voids Two’, which is a compilation of DJG’s works ranging from 2007-2010.  He gave these out for free download sometime last year on his website, DJG Sounds.  Both of these albums display the amazing talents discussed above, each having their own underlying theme.  The first album is intended for the ravers, embodying “dark, energetic, and moody rave vibes”, while the second album was more of an exploration of sound, on a more “personal, lighter” level. Please download these and spread the sounds of DJG to those who have not heard them.

DJG – Rites (Frite Nite ‘Surreal Estate’ Compilation)

DJG – Be Here Now

DJG – NYC

DJG – Voids One

DJG – Voids Two

*NOTE*

When you click on these links you will be prompted to “name your price” to purchase this album.  There is NO MINIMUM amount of money needed to download these albums.  If you are feeling generous, however, you can donate as little or as much money to DJG for them.

Alright folks, that’s the latest from BWS.  Hope everyone has a crazy, yet safe, weekend filled with good people, good vibes, and good sounds.

One Love To The Gods.

-Bassweight Society

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A Look Into Killawatt & Thelem

    

What’s good everybody.  Before we send you off into the weekend we wanted to showcase two up-and-coming heavy hitters that have been making big moves lately.

The first artist we’re going to talk about is a man hailing from Guildford, UK.

Killawatt has just recently begun to manifest his talents as a Dubstep producer, making the transition from Jungle.  While still owning Satta Sounds, a Jungle record label, he has begun to delve into the more deeper, tribal productions of the 130-140bpm range.  Although he has only been on the radar for a relatively short time, his productions are of ABSOLUTE quality.  Quickly gaining releases from Wheal & Deal, Black Box, Box Clever, and Subway Recordings, Killawatt has the potential to do many great things in years to come.  Below you will find Killawatt’s Soundcloud, make sure you lend an ear to his tunes.  You will also find the 4-tune EP that Killawatt has given out for free to his fans.  Please spread his sounds to your friends and get this guy the support he deserves!

Killawatt’s Free EP:

Black Sun Empire – Kempi (Killawatt Remix)

Killawatt – The Room

Killawatt – Hypertension

Killawatt – Wired In

Second at the plate is a man who, in a very consistent manner, has been putting out some extraordinary bassweight.  Matt Weare’s ability to meticulously construct his soundscape  makes a bold presence in the crisp, clean, and controlled quality of his music.  Thelem’s recent collaborations with Chestplate newcomer, Sleeper, consist of ridiculously pressurized low-frequencies that could threaten the stability of any building, given the proper sound system.  Also the owner of Orientis Records, which hosts fellow heavy-weight producers such as Killa&Instinct, Crisp, and Pressa, Matt has his mind set on setting an example.   With the start-up of his new record label  Thelem strives to carry on the vinyl culture by requiring all releases to be pressed into wax.  Bassweight Society highly recognizes and commends this effort to uphold bass musics roots.  So be on the look out for more huge releases by this guy and the rest of the Orientis crew.  Below you will find 3 tunes from Thelem’s Soundcloud page:

Thelem – Waiting Hour (Forthcoming LPR)

Thelem & Killawatt – Dualism

Thelem & Sleeper – Untitled

Don’t let these guys slip under your radar because they are going to be responsible for some MASSIVE sounds to come.  Hope everybody enjoys the free tunes, make sure to big up Killawatt for his generosity!

One love to the gods.

-Bassweight Society

7 Questions for Seven : Exclusive Interview with One of UK’s Finest.

Tonight, Bassweight Society sits down with the badman Eddy Woo, aka Seven.  If you haven’t heard this name circulating around clean your ears out, because Seven’s ability to produce low-frequencies in such a HUGE fashion is hard to miss.  We here at  Bassweight Society recognize the talent that Eddy exhibits and show MAD support for his music.   Receiving a huge amount of support from long-time friend, Youngsta, Eddy’s transition into the dubstep scene was almost inevitable.  Acclaimed by many as one of “…the most technical DJ’s on the market today”, Seven takes his stage performance very seriously.  Eddy is a man who has truly dedicated his ENTIRE life to his music.  Especially lately with his debut album on the verge of release, which we’ll find out more about in our interview.  So lets get down to the business at hand, representing UK Dubstep worldwide across the globe…. Seven from Black Box Records, Wheel & Deal, Tempa and Subway Recs:

BWS:  How do you view the US dubstep scene? and How does it compare to the UK?
  • Seven: It’s kinda become its own thing really. It’s followed suit from the bro-step uprising which came out of the UK, produced by many dnb artists having a try at dubstep. But it varies greatly from the music we are making in the UK now. We have been through that era and although some UK parties and commercial radio stations still play that kinda music, the forward thinking nights and radio shows are all playing true UK dubstep at its finest. I think the sound will catch on in the USA.   As it did in the UK, people will just get bored with the same old noises over n over and the scene there will evolve and reshape.

BWS: What other musical influences outside of dubstep do you incorporate into your productions?

  • Seven: I get asked this a lot. I’m not even really that sure to be honest. I guess my dnb past plays a role in terms of the darkness i like to incorporate into my tunes. That whole 1996 – 1999 era of jungle/dnb shows through in the atmosphere I create in my tracks.
BWS: Listening to your mixing, you have a very technical style.  How do you play out live? and What do you want the audience to take home from your performances?
  • Seven: I use Serato and Technics 1210s. I grew up mixing on decks with vinyl, so it’s the only way I know how to do my thing the best I can.  When was a kid I used to chill with friends after big nights out and talk about tracks, DJ’s and mixes with so much enthusiasm. I hope people talk about me and my tunes like that after they come to see me perform live.  I love to DJ. I want people to enjoy what I do, like I enjoy doing it. It’s what comes natural to me and before any productions, so I put all my heart and soul into my sets. I treat it like a performance, in hope people go home and remember my set and anticipate seeing me again. I try to make the sets as intricate and exciting as I can. I try to make it all about euphoric build ups and big double drops with cutting edge music and future proof vibes.
BWS: What are your favorite production mediums? DAWs? Hardware? Software?
  • Seven: Mac Pro running Logic Pro. Moog and Virus Ti synths. UAD2 QUAD and various plug-ins. Mackie 824mk1 monitors.
BWS: Do you have any side projects in the works?
  • Seven: No, I have literally focused all my time on my album which is due for release anytime soon. I do make other music genres, but I am solely focused on what I’m doing right now. The album.
BWS: What motivated you to switch your sounds up to dubstep?  We know you used to make a lot of well-known drum and bass before your appearance in the dubstep scene.
  • Seven: DJ Youngsta is a close friend of mine. Around 2006 he asked me to make him a track to play in his sets. He knew my productions standards were of a professional level and was keen to hear me make a dubstep track for him. It didn’t take my persuading as I had found my sound to be very formulated in dnb. It felt more like a production line, than a fun vocation. So I went into the studio and made a track I named “Changing Lanes”. Youngsta played it in all of his sets and it encouraged me to make more.  So it was a turning point for me, and a huge one too. I began to make lots more dubstep. It really brought the fun back into production times.   I got caught up in a whirl wind with it after that and had a string of successful releases which cemented my roots into the scene.
BWS: Are there any releases that people should keep their eyes out for in the near future?
  • Seven: Yes. My debut album on Black Box Records. Titled “Evolution” we are just rounding up the project now and we’re hoping we can get it out before the end of the year.   It will feature 13 tracks by myself. No collabs apart from vocals inclusions. But I think people will be pleasantly surprised by who I have chosen. But that’s a surprise. It will be available on both vinyl, CD and digital formats and showcases my sound from all one side of the spectrum to the other.
Seven’s Soundcloud:
There you have it people, from the man himself.  Make sure you keep your eyes out for the full length album from Seven, due out very soon.
A special thanks from BWS to Seven for his support.
-Bassweight Society