By: Kyle Rutherford, Staff Writer
Photos By: Kyle Rutherford
The second installment of the Cumulus Entertainment's Dub 101 tour to hit Athens this season was in was in full swing at The Union Friday night. A sort of a 4/20 celebration (and yes, many mentions of the counterculture holiday were made), Cumulus brought in High Chai Recordings' Slave out of Kent, Ohio, to blister the faces of anyone that set foot within the small venue.
who was probably the most eclectic DJ to play the entire night.
Going on first with the crowd slowly trickling in, the bass his electro
house and dubstep mixes had a greater affect on the rattling of the
venue and some or our brains. Yes, his bass was heavy, but it was never
too heavy that is caused people to stop dancing...or breathing. DJing using Traktor as well as adding in his own samples and self-produced
drum parts out of Ableton Live, Captain PlannedIT (aka Jason Karikas)
played some more popular EDM (Electronic Dance Music) tunes, with a
glitched-out, yet less bass heavy remix of the ever so popular
"Sandstorm" taking hold at one point, as well as Skrillex's "Right In."
But the craziest and most original thing about Karikas was that he
played an alto saxophone over a few parts of some songs. Sounds
different, but it was lively and fun.
(Brett Bernardo) from Springfield, Ohio. When Bernardo gets on stage
and mixes, the musical feel is as of something you would hear in
the UK or in an underground Los Angeles club pre-2010. Bernardo
typically starts out with some chill, glitchy bass music that sounds
like something you could fall asleep to. Moving forward, the bass gets
deeper and some dubstep wobbles are prevalent, but it all stays within
the realm of classic UK bass and dubstep music. Even with Bernardo
yelling at to the crowd "Ya'll want to hear some dubstep?", attendees
didn't get their Americanized brostep that it was obvious that they
wanted. Just like February's Love and Light show,
no matter the bass, jungle beats, or wobbles, some people just can't
get a hold of classic dubstep and bass music, which is dearly
unfortunate because DJ Technician is one of the better DJs of that genre
that I have seen.
(James Castrillo), a 4 -year DJ that plays everything from glitchy house
to moombathon, which hits close to home for Castrillo because of his
Latino roots. Starting heavy as hell, Kingpin played the sort of stuff
you'd hear from a club DJ, but did tend to play music that some
attendees could only stand around and looked oddly confused to, such as
Deadmau5's "Cthulhu Sleeps" and some moombathon, which gave Castrillo
the chance to come out on to the floor and dance for a little while. But
the bangers were still there, from roeVy, to Kill the Noize, to Porter
Robinson. All in all, Castrillo definitely warmed the crowd up for the
a seasoned DJ who runs a group called Run DDT (Dayton Dub Tribe) and
has even been a resident DJ at Dayton's Club, Masque, doing Thursday
dubstep shows for six months. Mack's set was what one would expect to
step into whilst at a club, combing heavy remixes of rap and hip-hop
tunes, but mixing in softer remixes of "Dani California" by Red Hot
Chili Peppers. Obviously the dubstep and even the drum and bass
influences were superior, but the occasional dance and house music made
the now smaller crowd jump. Mack played what clubbers would love, but
throwing in heavy bass and closing with a remix of "Hit the Road Jack,"
he was able to play something that everybody could like and that
everyone would dance to.