A full-throttle bass assault is launching on Chicago. The home of house music, hot dogs, and championship hockey is making space for sub-heavy sound systems throughout the city and surrounding areas. Last month was a landmark for bass music when Vaski played a set on the same night as Megalodon and Hatcha: two events showcasing dubstep innovators and pioneers concurrent in separate suburbs. Next Sunday, March 20th, Figure headlines the final event – ever – at Gravity Music Hall in Naperville (yes, that’s Zero Gravity for you suburbanites). With a powerful sound system tested and approved by Megalodon and Hatcha, three stages featuring 25+ local artists (including myself, Synchronicity!) and an appearance from bass music’s resident monster, the venue’s legacy will conclude with a resounding boom. And, yes, for those of you questioning the venue’s reputation as an all-ages club, the 17+ event will serve alcohol to those of legal drinking age at the bar.
Figure is best known for his monster themed horror bass: his notorious Monsters albums are released each October as the annual soundtrack to Halloween. Originally titled Monsters of Drumstep, Figure delivered his bone-crushing twist on drum and bass’s halftime variation to a youthful murder of fans craving something new. But Figure no longer confines himself to drumstep, nor the trademark monster motif. Still, his signature style is grotesquely heavy. His releases span across genre lines – from dubstep, electro house, and trap, to “what the hell is that?!” – but always retain the carnal bass power and suggestion of chaos that define his musical persona. Collaborations with artists like Midnight Tyrannosaurus and Crizzly established his influence all across bass music’s radar. And as one of the most visible names in low-end EDM, Figure’s demonic aesthetic opens a portal into electronic music’s hellish depths for many fans.
Main stage support for the event includes local staples Treepeoh, pACKnRich, Axilon, Olivia Outrage, Cory Night, Order of Chaos, and Freaky D. RSVP to the Facebook event, plus check out the XDI Events page, Vibetribe Events page, and the Vibetribe and XDI Twitter accounts for updates and opportunities to win tickets. And, of course, I need to sneak in a little shameless self-promotion: give my new mix a whirl and drop by the bar stage if you like what you hear (and have proper ID!).