Shows of Note – An Electric Monster Mash

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EDM fans in the Pacifc Northwest have been a-buzz with excitement over USC Events’s annual Halloween themed show, Freaknight 2013. Freaknight has become a staple in the Pacific Northwest EDM culture and is headlined by some pretty big names including Benny Benassi, Calvin Harris and Baauer. The whole lineup is excellent, but below are our three picks, for DJs you don’t want to miss out on this year.

Metrik, (no, not the female fronted Canadian indie band) aka Tom Mundell is a London based producer who specializes in the sort or liquid-funk drum and bass that makes you stop what you’re doing and jump up and down.

Metrik

Metrik

Signed to Hospital Records in 2012, Metrik has been pushing EDM into listening arenas one would never expect. Metrik’s track “Technicolour” was used as a sound bed for Barack Obama’s victory speech on Radio One.

Metrik’s most recent works are found on his self-titled EP released in April of this year. The EP was praised for balancing aggressive bass lines with soft melodies. It appears Metrik is only getting bigger and better while fans eagerly await a full-length album under the Hospital Records label.

Delta Heavy is our second Freaknight pick and the duo is also out of London, made up of DJs Ben Hall and Simon James. The two formed Delta Heavy in the hopes of avoiding the cubicle grind and white collar lifestyle. The gamble certainly paid off for the pair as they continue to garner respect and loyal fans all around the world.

Delta Heavy

Delta Heavy

An article by Music.com cited Hall as saying that he and group-mate James feel as though bass music had degenerated into something “quite noisy and really quite loud and in-your-face.” Hall went on to state that Delta Heavy is “moving towards something a bit more musical.” While the trend of EDM may be headed in that “noisy sounds” direction, we are happy to say that Delta Heavy doesn’t mind taking the road less traveled.

On their own website, Destroid states the following:

“Bringing forth the next stage of the electronic movement, Destroid is the new mega collaboration led by Canadian bass master Excision featuring Downlink and KJ Sawka. A full-on live dubstep band executed in a way bass music has never seen, Destroid are ready to obliterate all that stand in their way.”

Destroid

Destroid

The dark EDM group combines the forces of dubstep/electro producers Excision and Downlink as well as ex- Pendulum drummer KJ Sawka, united as a full-on live dubstep band. The group can be a little intimidating to those who are not veterans of the EDM scene. Intense, loud and explosive, Destroid has the ability to awake you from a nightmare or haunt your dreams.

Feaknight has expanded to a two-day festival this year, which will be held at  WaMu Theater in Seattle, October 25 and 26. The ‘Burg will be giving away not one, but two pairs of tickets tonight (10/18) between 8 and midnight. Remember, you must tune-in to win so switch the dial to 88.1 The ‘Burg tonight for the opportunity to attend one of the most coveted EDM shows in the Pacific Northwest.

 

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Shows of Note – Not Dead Yet

Zeds Dead

Electronic Dance Music is no longer a genre that is passed off as something a small group of weird kids like. The genre has seeped into almost every form of music from rock to country. EDM DJ’s are now mainstream and the average college student can probably name at least one EDM DJ whether David Guetta, Calvin Harris or some other artist that has “featured” popular pop singers or rappers in their music.

The Hot Sauce EP

The Hot Sauce EP

Zeds Dead is one of many EDM artists slowly creeping its way into mainstream status. Now a regular on the USC playbill, the duo formed in 2009 and are from Toronto, Canada. The group is made of DC and Hooks and specializes in grimey dubstep and house music. In their own words, Zeds Dead “balances on the line that separates chill listening music and dance floor.”

January of this year the duo released an EP titled Hot Sauce, named after a scene in “Pulp Fiction.” The EP showcases Zeds Dead range, merging drum & bass, tribal and glitch. The opening track on the five song EP features spooky noises, starts off slow and builds into the next song preparing the listener for the sirens, cymbals and hip-hop vocals on the rest of the EP.

After asked about their influences in an interview with Earmilk.com the duo said this:

There’s no formula really. I [we] usually just mess around until I stumble upon something I like. Sometimes an idea just pops into my head and I rush to jot it down very simply and then elaborate on it later. I listen to a lot of music so it naturally influences my music in one way or another.

Zeds Dead is performing with openers Paper Diamond, DJ Green Lantern and Branchez at Showbox SoDo in Seattle, Saturday, October 19. Tune-in tonight (10/11) between 8 and 10 and 10 and midnight for a chance to win tickets! 

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