DeadBeats Goes Off the Deep End w/ Zeds Dead at New York Expo Center | The Bronx, NY | December 29th, 2017
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DEADBEATS GOES OFF THE DEEP END w/ ZEDS DEAD



  • Date:Friday, December 29, 2017
  • Venue:New York Expo Center
  • Address:1108 Oakpoint Ave, The Bronx, NY 10474
  • Age:18+
  • Artists:Zeds Dead, Jauz, Zomboy, Bro Safari, Mija
  • Promoters:RPM, Big Week NYC
  • Time:09:00 PM

ZEDS DEAD

The tape reads Biography. Pop it in. Rewind. Press play. A whiskey-voiced narrator starts speaking as the hazy images come into focus.

‘It’s 2010. Zeds Dead is about to play one of their first shows in the basement of a dive bar in Toronto. Behind the brick walls and the unfinished ceiling exposed wires hang freely. The air smells of booze, smoke, and sweat. A crowd is lined up outside, flasks hang from their back pockets and cigarettes from their lips. Abandoned drinks rest on the lip of the dj booth while joints get sparked in the corners.’

‘The tiny room is packed. Nobody quite knows how to describe the music yet. When Hooks and DC start their set the earth trembles. The air becomes charged and almost sexual. Everyone goes crazy. You feel the music in your bones. Your marrow shakes. You don’t know what they will play next but you know it might just change your life. Everybody at those early shows could tell – these guys are gonna be big.’

Fast forward a few scenes. The narrator continues.

‘It’s 2013. Zeds Dead is killing it. They’ve got an enormous catalogue that includes remixes for some of the biggest artists out there, and releases with the most credible labels in the game. They’ve accumulated hundreds of millions of views online. They play tours of over 70 dates to hundreds of thousands of people. Fans love their shows, critics love their creativity, and heads love their production. They’re big. Really big.’

Rewind again. Further than before.

‘The date’s not important. The place is Toronto, Canada. Teenagers Zack Rapp-Rovan and Dylan Mamid are introduced – they hit it off immediately over a shared love of classic hip hop, music production, and digging through crates. They join forces and call themselves Mass Productions aka MP Records. Dylan becomes DC and Zack becomes Hooks. They work out of DC’s often smoky garage. Critiquing, dissecting and swapping samples. They grow with every tune. They get on a level where their combined sound is unified and strong. MP releases an LP of hip hop instrumentals called Fresh Beets. It’s a pivotal moment for the duo.’

Fast forward a couple chapters.

‘It’s 2009 and hip hop is in a coma. Hooks and DC are about to have an epiphany that will change everything. They thirst for something new. They want to make people move to their sounds and not just bob their heads, but to grind, heave, shiver, stomp, and dance to their music. They want to capture the ecstasy and comradery of house, the heart pummelling thrill of Drum and Bass, the beauty of ambient music, and the heaviness of electro – all in one sound. They want to push boundaries. To challenge themselves and their listeners to’.

The movie cuts out. Ribbons of static shimmer across the blackness. Someone has taped over this part. A scene from ‘Pulp Fiction’ flickers on screen. Butch and Fabienne are sitting on top of a Harley Davidson.

FABIENNE: ‘Who’s motorcycle is this?’
BUTCH: ‘Its a chopper, baby.’
FABIENNE: ‘Who’s chopper is this?’
BUTCH: ‘Zed’s.’
FABIENNE: ‘Who’s Zed?’
BUTCH: ‘Zed’s dead, baby, Zed’s dead.’

The screen goes black.

JAUZ

Genre blending has always been a core tenant of Jauz – the project of 21 year old LA-based and Icon Collective graduate, Sam Vogel. Over the course of the past few months we have seen the young star rise, turning in some of the biggest tracks of the year, from taking on the likes of Ed Sheeran, Asap Mob, Childish Gambino, and more. Jauz has released addictive mid-tempo originals like “Feel the Volume” and remixes like “Hella Hoes” that have left both the festivals and clubs wanting more and garnered him support from industry heavyweights like Zedd, Skrillex, Diplo, Borgore, Destructo, Arty and others. His euphoric originals and viral remixes seamlessly weave in and out of several musical categories, staying true to his creed: “music has no boundaries.”

ZOMBOY

Originally from a background of more traditional sound engineering, running his own recording studio, recording bands and artists, and gaining a following in America with his solo project ‘Place Your Bet$’, it was when he moved to Guildford, UK to study a degree in Music production at the ACM that he discovered a new love for electronic music. Zomboy sites influences such as Skrillex, Reso, Rusko, and Bare Noize as the reason he wanted to dominate the dubstep scene.

And dominate he has. His debut EP on Never Say Die Records smashed the beatport charts and was in the top 5 releases of Dubstep for over 8 weeks. His tracks have been championed by heavyweights Skrillex, Mista Jam, Flux Pavilion, and ModeStep. In just 6 months his tracks have been licensed to over 8 different compilations from Warner Music to Ministry of Sound. His original productions and remixes regularly clock up over a million views on youtube and he has officially remixed for top 40 artists DJ Fresh (Hot Right Now) and Nadia Ali (Pressure).

BRO SAFARI

Bro Safari is the alter-ego of DJ and producer, Knick. He’s already well-known and deeply established in the music scene as a result of his work with leading American Drum & Bass group Evol Intent. Not to mention, his wildly popular output as 1/2 of the genre-bending mash-up duo, Ludachrist.

While his production work spans the entire spectrum of bass music, Bro Safari has been relentless at pushing his unique take on the burgeoning Moombahton movement. As a result, Bro Safari is currently ushering in a new wave of listeners to the genre and he is set to be an early champion of this new scene.

With support from artists like Diplo, DJ Craze, Knife Party and more, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that Bro Safari is someone to keep an eye on in 2012 and beyond.

MIJA

Based out of Downtown Los Angeles, Mija has established herself as an innovative and fresh new DJ/Producer of this era. Her roots may be based in house music, but nobody puts Mija in a corner. Her genre_defying mixtapes and bassline productions keep the masses dancing around the globe.

Mija began her career in her hometown Phoenix, where she became a full_time DJ in early 2012. In 2014 she was invited to perform on Kalliope, a Burning Man art car, at Bonnaroo Music Festival. It was on that car where she serendipitously ran into Skrillex and played a b2b sunrise set. Just a couple months later, Mija won a mix competition to play on the Black Butter Records stage at TomorrowWorld, where her set was recorded, and truly helped build a steady platform for her career.

Mija is quickly building a massive fan base from countries around the world. With her latest production “Crank It” feat. Lil Jon being released on record label OWSLA, she is making headlines on some of the biggest EDM websites out right now. This is just the beginning for yung Mija. She has national and international bookings under her wing in 2015, with the talent and drive to back it.