Formed in 2007, the San Francisco duo BLACKHEART is comprised of Julian “Bad Media” and Geoff “Zip Zap,” both California and Bay Area natives. Together they have forged a unique vision of dubstep filtered through the classic coastal break sound and the West Coast's ubiquitous outdoor sound system culture.
While their sound may be difficult to categorize, their ability to pack and rock a dance floor is undeniable. Each member has a diverse history in San Francisco's electronic dance music scene, Julian was a fixture and well respected DJ for years known simply as DOS. His flare for scratching and mixing were acclaimed around the Bay, and he is known as the original East Bay Junglist, beginning his career in 1996 at the tender age of 17 while Geoff has been releasing tracks since 2000, and has over 40 track releases under his belt as part of several different projects ranging from breaks to drum & bass and dubstep. As BLACKHEART the two have have taken root in the burgeoning West Coast dubstep scene. The duo already has a discography that spans an handful of some of the US’s most prized labels, including Full Melt, Bassism, Filthy Digital, and Savory Audio. Their remixes of 6Blocc’s “Bad Boy” and DZ’s “Untitled Facemelter” for MalLabel Music proved to be dance floor destroyers.
“MalLabel Music, when we met the crew, just threw parties and had not yet released their own music. We felt that there was so much potential that we teamed up to help round out the group’s dynamic, bringing our experience to an already incredible and dynamic team of DJ and producers. Not long after, the label released its first EP and have been churning out music for the last year.” the pair recall. The arrangement has turned out to be a lucrative one culminating in their latest release - “The Magic Hour LP” – this soon-to-be-classic is filled from beginning to end with the a vibe-y West Coast darkness. BLACKHEART can usually be found performing at either a MalLabel or Redline underground event - every 6-8 weeks somewhere around San Francisco. Expect more noise in the future from this rising pair of standouts.
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