For Los Angeles bassline technician BARE, aka Sean Rodela, 2010 will be fondly remembered as the year his twisted face melting sickness exploded into a worldwide epidemic. Taking the dubstep scene by storm with his staggering studio output and electrifying live performances, there is no question BARE has clawed his way into the
ranks of the bass music elite - and he’s not going anywhere. If you don’t know, time
to get to know…
The BARE sound is a product of deep roots in rock, west coast hip-hop (as part of the Vital Mindz collective) and aggressive drum ‘n’ bass (as past alias Reborn). These influences, combined with ultra crisp drum programming, slick melodies and mind altering bass modulation, spawn face melting dubstep anthems that practically rewind themselves. “I’d have to say that the love of making something from nothing inspires me to make music,” BARE says. “There is no better feeling than when you see people go insane to something you created from scratch!”’BARE’s first release, the ragga-influenced “Culture” on Terminal Dusk recordings last March, was charted by DJs worldwide via Chemical Records, and put BARE on the radar alongside other members of the already incendiary Los Angeles dub community. The second release, the Groupie Love Life EP on Reid Speed’s Play Me imprint, held down multiple top 10 spots on Beatport’s coveted download rankings for over a month, and showed the world the BARE sound was a force to be reckoned with. Soon after, BARE was recruited by drum and bass legend Dieselboy as one of a select few artists
to represent his breakthrough Subhuman imprint (alongside Numbernin6, Muffler, and Smash Gordon), and from there the buzz grew into a deafening roar. Releases on Ultragore, Basshead Music,Tuff Love Dubs and other high profile labels followed, and BARE tracks found their way onto the playlists of Excision, Funtcase, 12th Planet,
Borgore, MRK1 and other high profile dubstep artists around the world. Unofficial reworks of “Fine Day” and “Shot Me Down” released online spread like wildfire, amassing tens of thousands of plays/downloads and counting. BARE’s studio output is astounding to even the most prolific producers – his uncanny ability to crank out
top quality tracks on an almost weekly basis leaves his fans with plenty to sink their teeth into.
The madness doesn’t end there. A monster behind the decks, BARE’s high energy, “all killer no filler” DJ performances have earned him a reputation as a tough act to follow. He’s developed a particularly rabid fan base –anyone who’s experienced a BARE set (and lived to talk about it) will tell you he’s a DJ who absolutely loves what he does. BARE is never afraid to engage his crowd – he tends to be as active on the mic as he is on the decks, keeping the crowd locked and constantly coaxing them to go as mental as possibly. In addition to notable one-off gigs at some of the nation’s most notable venues (Dub Nation, Dubtroit, Sub.Mission, Frequency, etc.), his explosive performances have earned him a spot on the Subhuman tour alongside
heavyweights Dieselboy and Smash Gordon - invading a city near you in 2011.
Sean has a genuine love for those that take an interest in his music. Members of his social networks are constantly treated to studio teasers, video clips, mixes and free tracks as a thank you for their support. In an unprecedented move, BARE also created an exclusive VIP remix and a run of T-shirts for the city that got the loudest on a recent mini-tour (congratulations Denver). “Mad, mad, MAD love to the fans,” BARE says; “You guys make me what I am and I do what I do for you! Much more free stuff to come this year!”
BARE’s dedication to bass music was recently rewarded with the title of “Best New Dubstep Artist of 2010” by Beatport. Knowledge Magazine recently described BARE as “revolutionizing the sound of dubstep with his elegant and melodic structures, that will surely fool you once his dirty down-south-like grimey basslines get your body moving with sheer excitement.” Across the pond, the BARE sound recently caught the attention of Virus Syndicate DJ/producer MRK1 – as a result, three BARE tracks (including the dancefloor annihilating “Like a G6” rework) were chosen to represent the VS crew in the BBC Radio One Dubstep Soundclash (leading the VS crew to declare themselves victorious). A release/remix on MRK1’s Contagious imprint is one of many projects slated for the new year.
The momentum shows no sign of slowing in the months to come. A Subhuman tour (with Dieselboy, BARE, Smash Gordon) kicks off in early February, with dates already scheduled throughout the country. More releases & remixes are already in the pipeline for Subhuman (including an artist album and a massive collaborative release with the likes of Numbernin6, Muffler, and Mark Instinct to name a few), Buygore / Ultragore, and Play Me Records. BARE was recently commissioned for a brutal rework of metalcore band Asking Alexandria’s “A Single Moment of Sincerity”, which should see the light of day soon. A collaboration with Borgore is in the works, and BARE continues to refine his solo sound daily with constant studio time and an undying dedication to music. “Some serious producers and sounds are coming on a constant basis now, and I love every second of it! The future for dubstep looks super bright!” Keep your eyes and ears open - BARE is on the warpath for 2011, meltingfaces in a city near you.
The combined efforts of Keith Swet and Vacate have been hard to miss over the past year. From featured releases on Beatport to demolishing floors up and down the coast. They have shared the stage with many of dubstep's heavyweights and have had their work rinsed by many of the same.
Hot Mess was listed as a "Must Hear" and "Feature Artist" in Dubstep on Beatport with several chart toppers. Their remix of Blu Mar Ten's "Believe Me" has been receiving worldwide praise and was released on their 'Natural History: Revision' album.
Poised to unleash a slew of new tracks to kick off 2011... It will be hard to go a single night without getting a little messy.
DJ Belly has been rocking crowds and digging crates since 2006. A mainstay in the Champaign Urbana nightlife, and an up and coming name in the Chicago Dubstep scene, he always keeps his sets dynamic and entertaining. Working on up from the the basements of Urbana to clubs across the nation, he is the founder of Dubstep Massacre. Dubstep Massacre is a monthly party in Champaign, Il that boasts bringing names such as Skream, DZ, Phaded, Richie August, Ryan Searchl1te, and many others to town, not to mention the packed dance floors and general debauchery. Belly is no stranger to being on the stage, having rocked shows with performers such as The Roots, Wu Tang Clan, Lupe Fiasco, Yin Yang Twins, Psalm One, and Supanatural, as well as numerous other hip hop acts. He recently rocked Smartbar with dubstep legend Excision in March!
He is not new at production either. Having two remix albums and a few tracks out on some indie hip hop albums under his belt already, expect some great tunes in 2010 from Belly. His upcoming projects include: An all original dubstep album due out summer 2010, a hip hop/dubstep collabo project with MCs Jazz Jurisdiction and AMS, a hip hop album with Text on the vocals called Kno Game (expected to be out in April 2010) and some various guest spots on other projects.
You can count on innovative and truly unique from DJ Belly from the music he plays out on the town, to the bass lines he painstakingly structures in his own productions. Expect big things from him in 2010.
Bandiit is the creation of two Wolf Pack co-founders, Chris Hemstreet and Sean McCarthy or WSK and The Car Thief. These two have been banging out beats and raging for the best of them. Playing along side some of dubsteps heavyweights, Antiserum, Nero, SPL, DZ and many more. These two will be brining some heavy tunes sure to be filthier than your wildest dreams. Watch out for, Bandiit
Hailing from the “Windy City”, Ruckus is no newcomer to the game. Deejaying for well over ten years, he has had the chance to open up for everyone from Aphrodite to bands like Swedens’ Little Dragon, Johnny Colt (Bassist from the Black Crows) Dara, Danny the Wildchild, Elliot Lipp and many others. From his early mix tapes put out with Rees Urban and Phantom 45 he has shown how to take people through every style of the genres he plays and keep you locked in wanting more. A master DJ at all styles of music, his skills are uncanny. He has been FurtherSound’s “go to” DJ for all types of events. Whether it’s rocking a crowd of hundreds, to his residencies all over Chicago; Ruckus is a force to be reckoned with.