Bass Week is quickly approaching and this year, for our 4th Annual Bass Week we have pulled out all the stops! With FOUR HUGE events spanning across TWO WEEKENDS, we are offering shows that will appeal to every Bass Music fan!
The Destiny crew will pick our favourite 10 submissions on Friday, March 14th and post them to our Facebook page for our fans to vote on. The winner will be decided on the number of likes their picture receives.*
The best way to attend all of these amazing events is by having a Bass Week wristband! Not only are you saving nearly 50% the cost each event if you were to buy the tickets individually, but you will gain easy access to all the events and will get a pretty kick ass souvenir at the end of the week!
- One submission per person (multiple photos by one person will be removed and the individual will be disqualified) So make sure you post your best Bass Face!
It takes many things to become successful in the music business, especially in the close knit world that is Drum and Bass. One man has been able to carve out a permanent spot for himself in this scene and that man is DJ Bailey. Working as a DJ, radio host and a producer, Bailey is a self proclaimed and a group enforced ‘DJ Representer’ covering all the stops within DNB and earning him the up-most respect by professionals, peers and fans.
Bailey’s career started much the same as the others of his time. Hailing from South London, he was first exposed to the burgeoning world of Acid House, Detroit Techno and Hardcore by attending the infamous warehouse parties of the late 80′s and early 90′s. It was at this time that Breakbeat started to be heard on the dance floors which led to the development of Drum and Bass and helped it to emerge as the dominant force that is is now. Captivated by these powerful sounds, Bailey began to work the circuit of playing bars, small clubs and pirate radio stations. During this time he began to gain the attention of some prominent members of the DNB scene and was quickly recruited by Metalheadz in ’95 to join the team as a resident DJ for their club nights, a position he still holds to this day. Hell, he just celebrated alongside the big man himself, Goldie, when they celebrated the Metalheadz 20th Anniversary last month! It takes a man of real talent to maintain a staying power like that and his resume speaks for itself.
Aside from touring circles around the world both individually and as part of the World of Drum and Bass tour, Bailey has always stayed busy working in radio studios. Bailey held a residency at BBC 1 and 1xtra from 2002-2012 bring DNB to the masses every Wednesday for 10 years. After a decade of pounding the BBC airwaves, Bailey moved his show to the Ministry of Sound’s studios where we can catch him Live on Air every Tuesday at 5pm GMT. It takes a real talent to be asked to play to millions on air week after week, and his DJ skills speak for themselves. Recently profiled by Serato as part of their ‘Serato Icon Artist Series’ Bailey’s skills are valued for his ability to hear the promise in fresh sounds while respecting the spirit of the classics, a talent that can be heard on air, in the club or on disc.
Bailey is respected across the span of Drum and Bass and his skills transition from behind the decks and into the studio as well. Although he is recognized more notably for his impressive mixing skills, he has spent time in the studio with the likes of Goldie, Damien Marley, Nas, and Roni Size. Most recently Bailey was commissioned by Chronic Records to mix ‘Warehouse Music’a 24 track compilation selected by Bryan Gee. This compilation perfectly showcases Bailey’s flawless skills on the decks by mixing the likes of Sereum, Optiv & BTK, Bladerunner, Roni Size and Need for Mirrors (to name a small few.)
Between his weekly radio show, production projects and his relentless touring Bailey has been able to gain an understanding and respect for Drum and Bass that only a true veteran to the scene could develop. It is the deep appreciation for both the sound and craft that has allowed Bailey to excel in the way he has. No newcomer to the World of Drum and Bass tour, which will be coming to Toronto on March 28th, he has also just launched a monthly event of his own, Soul In Motion, alongside Need For Mirrors, which will be taking place the first Wednesday of every month in March. Sadly, us Canadian’s don’t have the luxury of the lucky Londoner’s do, therefor we must embrace what chances we have to experience talent of this magnitude.
On March 28th at Barcode Nightclub in Toronto, Bailey will be joining DJ SS, Mampi Swift, and Greenlaw while they make the Toronto stop of the WODNB tour. Locals for the night include: Everfresh, Mr. Brown and Rick Toxic creating a well rounded and high energy line up. This event is for the heads and cannot not be missed. WODNB is the 3rd Party of this years Bass Week, with the year’s events kicking off with Projek: Hospitality the week before. Tickets for this event are available individually but if you want to save some money and enjoy a week of Drum and Bass, then make sure to pick up a wristband!
Do you love drum and bass? Do you have passion and thirst for knowledge when it comes to this beautiful world of music? Do you like getting fresh, unreleased music and getting VIP access to your favourite events? Well, the Destiny family is looking for one special person to join our online team. The Destiny website is going to be going through some changes in the coming months and as we head into our busiest time of year we need some help.
We are looking for one intern to join our online team where you will be in charge of creating online content through blogs, album and track reviews, artist interviews and more! If you are a strong writer or are looking to break into the world of blogging and have a strong passion for Bass music then submit get in touch!
Why work for Destiny?
We are North America’s longest running production company responsible for: Projek, WEMF, Bass Week and Digital Dreams.
You are given an outlet to develop your writing portfolio by creating countless different types of content pieces.
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And as a part of this family you will receive access to some of the best events in the city!
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The days begin to get a bit longer, and the weather a little warmer. It is still -6 degrees outside but for us Canadians we might as well be in shorts. The months between November to March seem to be dedicated to raver hibernation. We all stay locked in our condo’s through the cold winter, listening to mixes, downloading all the new tracks that our favourite producers have been working during their own studio hibernation, and we eagerly begin to look forward to the spring when the touring kicks off and we get to hear our new favourites live! The Destiny family has been laying low through the winter not out of fear of the cold, but in preparation for what is easily on the greatest weeks of the year… BASS WEEK.
Heading into our 4th consecutive year, Bass Week has become the destination for all the bass heads in Toronto and beyond. With revelers traveling across the country, from the US, and even from the UK, Bass Week has become one of the biggest parties of the year in terms of Drum and Bass, Dubstep, Breaks and beyond. Past guests to Bass Week have includedHigh Contrast, Netsky, Delta Heavy, Toddla T, Mystical Influence, Ed Rush and Optical, Grooverider and many many more, including a stacked group of local talent.
One of the aspects most loved about Bass Week is that we have been able to maintain a set group of nights, that way you all have at least some idea of what to expect. Since the first year we have always offered Projek: Hospitality one night and Projek: Ram on another – bringing two of the most powerful record labels in Drum and Bass to two separate parties. These two events have become THE parties of Bass Week and are easily the most anticipated and attended. We have always offered other events throughout the week as well. Once upon a time we used to pair with the late Bassmentality *RIP* and throw down hard inside Wrong Bar and we have also thrown events with our partners in crime, Embrace, to throw events at The Hoxton such as Dillon Francis last year. This year we are sticking to our roots and are of course bringing back the Hospitality and Ram nights. However to change things up a bit, instead of having the nights back to back they are spread out on separate weekends with a week full of events in between.
Hospitality. Always a personal favourite of mine. This night will be happening on March 21st at Toronto’s Sound Academy. This year the Hospitality tour is featuring: S.P.Y, Danny Byrd and Fred V & Grafix with the support from Dynamite MC as well as Toronto’s own Marcus Visionary and DJ Lush. Riding high on the release of the compilation ‘We Are 18′ from Hospital Records in celebration of their 18th Birthday, the Hospital fam has a huge collection of new releases and remixes that they are going to unleash on us inside Sound Academy. Fred V & Grafix are preparing to launch their new album so we can expect heaps of new goodies from this talented duo.
Making a stop in Toronto as part of their ‘Grand Central Tour’ Circus Records are going to bring the grime with the labels main man, Doctor Palongside the crude and talented Cookie Monsta and the newly acquired Mizuki. Toronto’s Hydee will also be there to support. Doctor P has played as part of Bass Week before (2012) and Cookie Monsta was in the city last fall, but could this tour bring the united revival of Dubstep to Toronto? We can hope. This night is going to be a sweaty, grimey, wobbly night and will be happening Saturday March 22nd at one of Toronto’s newest concert venues, Adelaide Hall.
One of the worlds most notorious Drum and Bass tours will be touching down at Product Nightclub on Friday March 28th as part of the World of Drum and Bass’ North American Tour. The line up this year is absolutely ridiculous and is guaranteed to be an absolute roadblock. DJ SS,Bailey,Mampi Swiftand Greenlaw will be bringing the skills that only true veterans of the scene have and with local talent such as Mr. Brown, Everfresh and Rick Toxic there as support we know this night will be one for the books.
Ah, Ram Records. Always THE BEST night of Bass Week. This year this magnificent night will the finale to what is sure to be a week to remember. This year the Ram Records tour will be coming to Sound Academy on March 29th. With it? Toronto’s own contribution to the Ram Records camp, Rene LaVice.Wilkinson will be making his return to Toronto and following on the heat from his recently released debut album: Lazers Not Included. This man is on absolute fire and his single ‘Afterglow’ has skyrocketed this dude to international mainstream fame. An all time favourite to Toronto Loadstar is back after their appearance at last years Bass Week and with the success of their debut album, Future Perfect, we can be certain to hear all their famous anthems and a kick ass selection of new dubs. Last but not least we have that dude, that is kind of like.. the greatest DJ in all of Drum and Bass. The Executioner himself, Andy C. After keeping us waiting for far too long, he finally released his latest Nightlife installment, Nightlife Six where he showcases his favourite tracks and debuts three new mixes. Andy C is no stranger to Destiny Events and we always love having him out so we can expect nothing but the best when he throws down inside Sound Academy on the 29th of March.
WRIST BANDS NOW AVAILABLE
The BEST way to attend Bass Week is by purchasing a wristband which are available online HERE. The current cost for a Bass Week Wrist Band is $116 incl. service fees. This cost if you go to each of the four shows brings the total cost to under $30 a show. This is HIGHLY recommended as once individual tickets become available they will be more than this cost and are also subject to availability. Meaning, if we sell enough wrist bands that will make an event sold out, individual tickets will not be available so act fast before they sell out or the price goes up.
All BASS WEEK info is available through our Facebook Pageas well as through each events embedded links above.
With Brrrrr! Winter Music Festival quickly approaching we would like to take a few minutes and give you a quick bio of each of the artists that will be bringing the heat to the winter air on Saturday February 1st 2014. As a final countdown we are going to give you some background info on the artists, sorted by stages and by set times. Paired with each artist is one of the tracks that you can be guaranteed to hear in their eclectic sets, ranging from big room bangers to some of the deepest and darkest sounds of the underground. Take some time to get to know the talent and be sure to check out our Guide To Brrrrr Winter Music Festival to learn the do’s and don’ts for preparing for a night of raving in the snow.
See you in the snow!
Wolfgang Gartner (Joeseph Youngman) is no stranger to the stages of Toronto, playing both Digital Dreams and WEMF in the past. Known for his progressive big room house sounds, Gartner has made a place for himself within the dance music community as one of the biggest names in past years. He has held spots on all of the biggest charts across the globe, with eight of his records earning him #1spots on Beatport alone. His first full length album, Weekend in America, was released on Ultra Recordings and featured some big names from R&B including, Will.i.am, Eve, Camron and Jim jones to name a few. Having admitted in the past to listening solely to rap music in his free time, his urban inspiration is evident in both his productions and his mixes. Get ready for some big room bangers and some progressive tracks paired with some overlap of some of the biggest rap in his headlining time slot of 9:30 – 11:00pm when he closes the MainStage.
Bassjackers, made up of friends Marlon Flohr and Ralph van Hilst, joined forces in early 2007. One a talented DJ, the other a skilled producer, their collaboration seemed inevitable. With Flohr already familiar with DJing house music, Hilst chose to align his production stylings appropriately. Their first release, ‘Beat Cut’ was picked up by Fedde le Grand and their career took off immediately. It was their 2011 track, Mush Mush, that cemented their place in the dance music community. Mush Mush became, and still remains a dance floor anthem with any DJ capable of dominating their crowd the moment the first note is played. Their most recent record, Crackin‘ was just remixed by Martin Garrix and received over 1 million views in the first two days. Their electro yet progressive house sounds create high energy sets that have their crowds moving non-stop. Bassjackers will be headlining the MainStage from 8:30 – 9:30pm.
Vancouver based Felix Cartal is a well known name not only in the Canadian dance music scene, but internationally as well. Signed to Dim Mak, Felix has had countless EP releases as well as two full length albums, Popular Music (released in 2010) and Different Faces (released in 2012). Felix Cartal has worked very closely with fellow canuk producers, MSTRKRFT and the Dim Mak don himself, Steve Aoki. The support of Cartal’s music is wide spread between genres with artists such as Diplo, Benny Benassi, Zedd and Bloody Beetroots playing both his original productions and his remix projects. Felix Cartal will be playing the MainStage from 7:30 – 8:30pm.
A relatively new name on the scene emerging out of Miami, Henrix’s sound encompasses the true sounds of South Beach. Progressive percussion blended with big, melodic breaks has allowed Henrix to become one of the producers to watch heading into 2014. Henrix will be playing 6:30 – 7:30 on the MainStage.
One of the newest and strongest exports from Toronto is Joe Ghost. Known for the fullness of his sound and his ability to read the crowd, Joe Ghost has been able to rock any audience around the globe. Having just returned from playing BPM Festival Playa Del Carman, Mexico, Ghost is back in the North and ready to heat things up at Brrrr. His original productions play ownership to a very unique sound whilst his remix and mashups are crafted with high levels of skill. His regular podcast, 30 minutes with Joe Ghost, reached the ‘Top Music Podcast’ charts on iTunes and helped him gain an international fan base and led to his support by Chuckie and his dirty dutch mixes. Joe Ghost will be playing MainStage at 5:45 – 6:30pm.
With much still to be discovered about Toronto based, Matt Zanardo, his records speak for themselves. His forthcoming track, Bombshell has become highly anticipated for the bouncy yet hard sounds coming off the record. Searing baselines paired with rapid percussion create tracks that appease to the in demand electro house fan base. A new resident of Toronto’s famous club, The Hoxton, he has quickly been gathering an extremely supportive fan base that is sure to be seen in the crowd when he opens the MainStage at 5:00 pm playing until 5:45pm.
Sharam has easily earned the definition of a veteran to the scene. Once one half of the grammy award winning house duo, Deep Dish (other member is the infamous Dubfire), Sharam’s solo career has grown on an extremely solid foundation of pre-existing skill and technique. Remixes, original records and his ‘Wildcast’ podcasts all exhibit his ability to mix dark and deep feelings with uplifting sounds. Sharam will be closing the headlining time slot of the beautifully heated Corona Techno Dome from 9:45 – 11pm.
Lee Foss, one of the multiple members of the ever popular Hot Natured is an extraordinary producer and equally talented DJ. Working with Hot Natured band mates, Jamie Jones and Infinity Ink, the group obviously acts as mutually reinforcing inspiration for one another. The deep sounds that Lee Foss creates are cutting edge and have placed him in the spotlight within the world of techno and underground house music, and with his childhood being spent in Chicago, the birthplace of house it is no surprise that he has developed into the superstar he is. Lee Foss will be playing in the Techno Dome from 8:30 until 9:45pm.
Hot Since 82
Daley Padley, known to us as Hot Since 82, has been rapidly climbing the ranks as one to watch. Having released his album, Little Black Book in the fall of 2013 he has grabbed the attention of everyone in the industry. Hailing from Yorkshire in England, HS82 worked his way through the London club circuit before catapulting into international fame. His remix of Green Velvet’s “Bigger Than Prince” is easily one of the biggest tunes of any genre to come out of 2013. For a more detailed bio of Hot Since 82, see our post on Padley in ‘Behind the Line Up: Hot Since 82.‘ Hot Since 82 will be heating up the Techno Dome for a stunning 1.5 hours from 7:00pm until 8:30pm.
Eric Volta is far from basic, he is a pioneer of creativity and originality. Spending his early years DJing around London under a blanket of anonymity, his skills grew to become high in demand. Volta became the resident of one of the most exclusive underground parties in London, hosting the infamous Sunday afternoon parties in room three of Fabric Nightclub. What this means? We can expect an expertly crafted and steeply original set from 6:00 to 7:00pm in the Techno Dome. The following track, “Love is an Illusion” was an anthem of 2013 – earning a spot in both DJ Mag and Resident Advisor’s ‘Top 10 Tracks of 2013′ and was released on the label ‘No.19′ which is owned by Art Department’s Jonny White.
Toronto based duo, Nicholas Spencer and Parker Nowlan have joined forces to create ‘Holloh’ a group that is assisting in the revival of garage in the city as well as spreading both the house and techno sounds throughout the world. Their most recent EP titled ‘Young Lord’ provides enough diversity to appeal to the techno junkies to the dark, underground sounds thanks to a remix of the the self titled A-Side by Alixander III. If this genre blending EP is any indicator of what to expect in their set, you must check them out inside the Techno Dome paying from 5:00 – 6:00pm.
Brrrr! Winter Music Festival will be taking place February 1st 2014 at TD Echo Beach (formerly Ontario Place.) Tickets are available both online and through licensed outlets and promoters. The event is all ages with licensed 19+ areas.
With Brrrr just around the corner, its time we start introducing some of the artists that will be heating up the stages at this years winter music festival. Happening on February 1st 2014 at Echo Beach, our partners at Electronic Nation and Embrace will be bringing an eclectic lineup of electronic artists to satisfy the festival season withdrawal. Two stages will host multiple artists, including those who will be bringing the extra heat to the heated ‘Corona Techno Dome.’
The first artist we are happy to introduce is the very appropriately named Hot Since 82 (see above photo: ladies amiright?). Hailing from Yorkshire in England and making his rounds through the club scene of nearby Leeds, Daley Padley aka Hot Since 82 has recently skyrocketed to the top of the deep sound charts and to the top of every club and festival promoters wish list. At 31 years young Padley has risen to international fame thanks to the support of superstar DJs like Richie Hawtin and Luciano and his remix of Rudimental’s ‘Right Here’ received consistent airtime after becoming Pete Tong’s “Essential New Tune” on BBC’s Radio One in late June. Although his increased popularity may be recent his skills are nothing new. In 2011 he released the “Hot Jams Vol. 1″ EP on Noir Music which included the hit single ‘Let it Ride.’
His most triumphant release to date however is undoubtedly his debut album ‘Little Black Book’ which was released on the label Moda Black in October 2013. This album is a true testament to Padley’s diverse yet signature sound. Within each of the 13 tracks on this LP you will find rolling percussions and deep melodies each used in a unique and complex way. This album includes his own productions such as the popular ‘Shadows’ featuring Alex Mills, ‘Chords’ and the beautifully climactic song ‘The End’ which is easily my favourite track on the album and one I hope to hear bring his Brrrrr set to a close. Also found on this album are some of his best remix projects such as the aforementioned rework of Rudimental’s “Right Here” as well as his remix of Shadow Child’s “So High.” While his original productions are every type of amazing his approach to remixes deserves a much need nod of approval and his remix of Green Velvet’s “Bigger Than Prince” can easily be regarded as one of THE tunes of the year.
2013 was a massive year for Padley and the fact that he was able to balance an intense tour schedule while maintaining such a high output of production truly speaks to the type of artist that he is. Few electronic artists are able to say that they completed two Essential Mixes in one year however this whiskey drinking, star wars loving DJ has earned that bragging right. His individually commissioned Essential Mix premiered in August and his Back to Back set with Steve Lawler at WarehouseProject in November was recorded as a live to air Essential Mix. His insane touring schedule clearly illustrates his skill level on the decks and has included invites to Richie Hawtin’s parties in Ibiza to earning festival slots around the world such as playing Stereosonic and Coachella. Although the best event he is going to play is Toronto’s BrrrrrFestival in February, it’s still good to know where one can catch him live. Speaking of live, check out his amazing Boiler Room set to get an idea of what to expect inside the Techno Dome (try and ignore the snap chatting and insta-dicks in the background if you can).
Make sure to take some time to get to know Hot Since 82 by purchasingLittle Black Book, checking out his Essential Mix(s) or streaming one of his live sets like the one above. You can also grab his latest “Knee Deep”mix for free right here. Hot Since 82 will be joining the likes of Sharam, Lee Foss, Eric Volta and Holloh in the Techno Dome while Wolfgang Gartner, Bassjackers, Felix Cartel, Joe Ghost, Henrix and Matt Zanardo will be rocking the outdoor MainStage. Brrrrr! will be taking place on February 1st 2014 at Toronto’s Echo Beach.
One of the hardest working labels on the drum and bass circuit are heading into a very big year in 2014. Hospital Records is going to be celebrating their 18th birthday, and since big is the only way this company knows how to do things they are ringing in the event just so. On January 27th they will be releasing a MASSIVE 29 track album with original tracks and remix projects from everyone in the hospital family. From the founder London Elektricity to the veterans High Contrast and Danny Byrd and the bigger than big Netsky all have tracks on the album. Fred V & Grafix,SPY, Metrik and the newest superstar from Medschool, Etherwood (he just won best new comer producer and best newcomer DJ at the DNBA Awards) have some brand new tracks and remixes on the simply titled ‘We Are: 18.’
Hospital Records has been going steady since ’96 when founders Tony Colman and Chris Goss, at the time collectively making up London Elektricity, sought an outlet to release their jazzy raregroove sounds before moving towards various styles of drum and bass. Danny Byrd was first to sign to Hospital in the 90′s and is now three albums deep with the label, with his most recent “Golden Ticket” album coming out in one of the most clever release strategies I’ve seen in drum and bass (think willy wonka, think golden ticket, ya.. you got a chocolate bar with your CD). High Contrast was the next big signing for the company and brought that unique sound that at first was questioned, but is now envied.
In mid 2000′s the label began looking to the younger generation of producers and who they discovered changed the face of the label forever. Netsky has without a doubt become one of the most commercially successful drum and bass producers/DJs since Chase & Status, hell he is currently on a stadium tour across the UK with them right now. The signing of 23 year old Netsky and the release of his self titled LP in 2010 brought a completely new fan base to the label. With the new attention from a younger and more relentless generation the label moved to sign Fred V & Grafix straight out of their university dorms, signed the young Austrian duo Camo & Krooked (they’re album ‘Zeitgeist’ just won DNBA’s album of the year) and then swept up the already popular Metrik while he was between labels.
The fresh sounds these signings brought created a space for a fresh and unique way to market their music. Hospital Records boasts one of THE best merch shops of all record labels, hands up hands down. These guys even brewed their own beer… (cheekily titled “Doctors Orders”). Take a look at their store here because you can get basically anything you want with their logo on it. The label has turned itself into a brand which is universally recognized. When anyone with an ear in the drum and bass world sees the ” H “ logo they think immediately of Hospital Records, their artists and their award winning “Hospitality” events. Their Hospitality tours are basically a wet dream for anyone who is even the smallest fan of the label, with lineups including: High Contrast, Danny Byrd, SPY, Fred V & Grafix, Metrik, Camo & Krooked, Etherwood and Royalston all in one. single. night. Aside from their lineups, the way they organize their Hospitality Events is unprecedented. Their last big night at Brixton Academy titled ‘The Final” was done in the style of a boxing match with the DJs going Back-to-Back. The guys even came out in custom made boxing robes and the DJ booth was inside a boxing ring in the middle of the room… and then surrounded by 5,000 ravers.
Attending a Hospitality Event is something any lover of the label needs to do at some point in their life. I was blessed to attend Hospitality Brixton on behalf of the label last year and it was one of the greatest nights of my life. We (Destiny) have hosted a Hospitality Night as part of our annual Bassweek for the past few years and will be doing the same this year! Hang tight for more details on that… for now make sure to check out Hospital’s “We are: 18″ out on January 27th. While writing this I have listened to the album and it is truly amazing with wicked remixes, beautiful new tracks and a stellar full album mix by the Hospital man ‘Tomahawk’
This February for the second year in a row, Electronic Nation & Embrace alongside the support of Toronto’s greatest production companies such as yours truly (Destiny), Balance and Uniq bring you the highly anticipated Brrrrr! Winter Music Festival at Echo Beach. Only real Canadian’s would ‘highly anticipate’ a night of raving in the cold – but thats why we are awesome right? Brrrrr is an opportunity for us to celebrate winter in the heart of Toronto. This year the lineup the team is bringing you offers enough diversity that everyone from the techno junkies to the big room ravers will be satisfied, heating things up enough to distract us all from the impending frost bite. Spanning across two stages, freezing revellers will be able bask in the warm sounds of Wolfgang Gartner, Bassjackers, Felix Cartel, Henrix, Joe Ghost and Matt Zanardo at the TD-Echo Beach Main Stage. Or, you can head into the heatedCorona Techno Dome where combined with the heat and the sounds of Hot Since 82, Holloh, Eric Volta, Lee Foss, and Sharam you’ll be breaking a sweat to some of the best sounds from the deepest and techiest sides of the electronic world.
For Canadians, preparing to spend an evening partying outside in the snow should be second nature for us. Toques, mitts, and a Canada Goose coat are all standard pieces of any canuk’s wardrobe. Although in Toronto the amount of snow we actually get is often reminiscent of what Charlie Sheen’s coffee table may have looked like, as Canada’s greatest city, we know how to dress the part for winter, whether or not its freezing cold or there’s snow on the ground.
Well, most of us…
Lets take a second and have a quick chat about the do’s and dont’s of dressing for Brrrrr festival :
Last year we had some ladies who showed up to the event in heels. Raving in heels in a club is not for the faint of heart so raving in heels in the snow is basically a death wish. Ditch the Jeffery Campbell’s and opt for some proper footwear. Hunters, leather boots, hell even a hideous pair of Uggs are more acceptable then watching girls trying to walk across snow with three inch heels beneath them. Since raves are all about self expression and dressing up is half the fun for most people, don’t hold back! Costumes, bright colours, and the like are totally acceptable and encouraged. But, I think if any of us asked the girls who were wearing neon booty shorts in the snow last year how they enjoyed their night, their response would definitely be negative. You want to be warm enough so you can focus on the music, drinking, dancing and having fun with your friends… not hung up on the idea of your nether-regions probably never working again because of frost bite. Boots. Yes. Pants. Yes. Rep some sweats, thick tights, jeans with some leggings underneath or hell, be like me and rock the f**k out of a onsie. The parka is an obvious call, and if someone shows up to the event without a proper coat, I think entry should be denied. Your complaining of how cold you are is going to be a buzz kill for everyone, so be smart. Also, don’t forget a toque, scarf and something to wear on your hands. A good tip: opt for gloves instead of mitts. You will probably be wanting to text, call, and snap pics all night, and thanks to the touch screen revolution – its not so easy when your hands are in mittens but with the right pair of gloves, your fingers can stay warm while you shazam and instagram.
Brrrrr is happening February 1st 2014 , giving you more than enough time to prepare for braving the cold. As long as you dress the part and take advantage of the countess bars (you feel the cold a lot less with a little/big buzz on amiright?) you are guaranteed to have an amazing experience. Brrrrr is a very unique event, allowing us as proud Canadians to embrace the cold and celebrate the season with friends and amazing music. Take the time to prepare for the night, get to know the artists, and buy your tickets ASAP. Then, all you have to do is soak up all the heat you can until February 2nd, so when the night comes you can enjoy yourself like a true Canadian!
ARTIST LINEUP (click name to follow to each artist’s soundcloud page)
We are just one day away until opening the doors for our 10th Annual Halloween Rave, FREAKOUT! We are opening the doors early this year to ensure everyone has enough time to enter the costume contest before it closes at MIDNIGHT.
Featuring: RUSKO RONI SIZE FRICTION 12th PLANET BAD COMPANY DYNAMITE MC and MORE!
* There are some hard tickets still available from our promoters and Play Da Record or you can buy yours online here *
ANNUAL COSTUME CONTEST! Have your picture taken at the costume photo booth near the back of the club before 12:00! Winners will be chosen online. You could win 2 tickets to every Destiny run event for the year! (November 2013 – October 2014) Full costume contest details at www.halloweenfreakout.com FREAKOUT SET TIMES FREAKOUT ARENA:
For our second installment of ‘Behind the Line Up’ we’re going to take some time to reintroduce you to the new and improved Rusko. Rusko (Chirs Mercer) has been a dancefloor name since the rise of early UK Dubstep and has been cited numerous times as being the one individual who brought the previously underground wobble bass to the masses. Growing up in Leeds in the UK before moving to London, Rusko always had an ear to the underground. With early releases on Sub Soldiers Rusko began to craft his dubstep sound with the help of label mate and fellow dubstep don, Caspa. It was on Sub Soldiers that Rusko released what is easily regarded as one of the first mainstream dubstep anthems, that being Cockney Thug which appeared on his five track, Babylon Volume One EP. It is this track that made the list at No.42 on The Guardians ’50 Key Moments in Dance Music History’ – a feat that was well deserved.
When Rusko moved his life from rainy London town to sunny Los Angeles, his sound made the dramatic change as well. Moving away from the darker sounds of dubstep, Rusko transitioned into producing more lighthearted and ‘bouncier’ sounds truly channeling the positive West Coast vibes. Having said in the past “The majority of dubstep at the moment I think is aggressive, and I don’t like angry music; I don’t want to be angry in a club. So I wanted to make something really happy, but still heavy” and Rusko did just that. The result? His genre blending second studio album “Songs.”
“Songs” was released as a project which truly illustrated the maturity Rusko went through as a producer and the no holds barred attitude he developed. This approach is clearly evident in the diversity of sounds and genres presented to us on the album. Moving from house like vibes on the track “Thunder” and “Pressue” to the reggaesque sounds of “Skanka” and jungle vibes of “Whistle Crew”, Rusko shows us that he is not just a master of dubstep, but also pulls influence from all genres of dance music. In retrospect the album gives us a great dose of foreshadowing to the next project Rusko had up his sleeve, this being his new Drum and Bass persona.
In July of this year Rusko released the“Lift Me Up” EP on Skrillex’s OWSLA label, to which he is now exclusively signed. Lift Me Up brought us three equally massive tracks all cruising at a steady BPM of 175, these being: ‘Lift Me Up’, ‘Murda Sound’ (which employs the wicked use of a Jay-Z vocal sample) and the uplifting and melodic anthem ‘Starlight.’
The progression into drum and bass appeared to be a natural transition for Rusko. In a recent Rollingstone interview he stated “I grew up listening to drum-and-bass and jungle music… I felt it was time to reflect this by making some of my very own. This really is the definition of music from the heart.” Truer words cannot be spoken. Drum and Bass is the one genre that has been consistent and earned its place in the dance music world for more than 20 years and is a genre that producers are proud to be a part of. Rusko’s shift in production styles was relatively seamless, for his previous sound has always stemmed from the roots of drum and bass and producers of the genre have been remixing his original works for quite sometime. Sigma, Netsky and Sub Focus have all tried their hand at some of his tracks with the Netsky rework of “Everyday” being one of the hardest hitting Netsky projects to date.
While some fans of the drum and bass genre have their reservations towards joining the Rusko camp due to the all too common dubstep resentment, I urge you all to take the time before Freakout to give his new work a chance because it is a guarantee you will enjoy the change of bassline scenery. Check out his UKF Podcast Mix HERE from back in August. This mix gives us a taste of what to expect in a Rusko Drum and Bass set – fast paced, unrelenting anthems mixed between old and new school dubs that will leave you shaking your ass to the sounds of Reso, Loadstar, TC, and Shockone alongside all the new Rusko tracks.
Take some time, give it a listen, and get to know. See you all next weekend at Freakout!
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