Posted by: Necci – Oct 11, 2012
This Saturday at the Canal Club, B.A.D.ASS Raves presents Dub 101: Blackout Edition. This is just the latest in a run of amazing dance parties Dub 101 has been throwing in RVA over the past year or so--be sure to come out and get your groove on! This edition of Dub 101 is co-headlined by 2Rip and GLock, both excellent DJs from the Washington DC area, and will feature a meet and greet with both artists at the B.A.D.ASS Raves merch table at 9:30 PM--so show up early, get some autographs and free stuff, and get ready to party the night away. The evening will feature a UV reactive party, with UV decorations and face painting, plus great music all night from 2Rip and GLock, as well as several great local openers.
WHAT: B.A.D.ASS RAVES presents DUB101: Blackout Edition!
WHO: 2Rip, GLock, Shugadadde, Mammals, Rudeebeatz, H0TP0CKETS
WHERE: The Canal Club, 1545 E. Cary St.
WHEN: Saturday, October 13, Doors open at 7 PM
ADMISSION: $10 in advance/$15 at the door. Order advance tickets HERE
We've introduced you to 2Rip before, but here's a profile of GLock to get you all acquainted with this DC DJ:
The electronic music scene has blown up into the mainstream media so much so that the underground hardly has room to breathe. Underground trendsetters are in a struggle for survival as the mainstream sweeps up new and innovative music trends almost instantly, due to the constant stream of chatter on Facebook and Twitter. So the question is: has electronic music lost its groove as it has been absorbed into pop culture? Can it retain its integrity and continue to be innovative even as it draws mass appeal?
Garrett Lockhart, an electronic producer currently residing in Washington, DC, has these questions running through his mind every day. Originally from Austin, Texas, the southern capital of hipsters, and dubbed the “Live Music Capital of the World”, Garrett (or GLock, as he is know by the music scene), constantly fights the battle between “good music” and “popular music”—and we might say, he’s doing quite a good job. Bridging the gap between mass appeal and originality, GLock has entered the electronic music scene by incorporating the atmospheric builds and interludes popular in mainstream music with the concussive bass drops and hard hitting percussion that has gained steam in the underground. While calling himself a dubstep producer, GLock has not limited himself to genres, stretching his sound across the beats-per-minute spectrum, incorporating elements inspired by king-pin producers of all genres.
The power of his productions match the energy in his live sets. “I want the sounds I make to fill the whole room,” says GLock about his live performances. “A lot of guys stand up there and play popular tunes and get the people moving, which is cool, but I want people to be awestruck by the spectrum of sound they are hearing. I almost want them to feel like they’ve lost control.” With his unrelenting, bass-driven power harnessed, GLock has taken the underground scene by storm. Whether or not he, too, will be swept up by the mainstream is a question left unanswered.
“I don’t pretend to know what I’m doing. I just cross my fingers and close my eyes. So far that strategy has been serving me pretty well.” Garrett Lockhart has an unconventional way with words. An electronic producer from Austin, Texas, currently residing in Washington, DC, Garrett (or GLock, as he is known by the music scene) has taken a witty approach to life and applied it to music. “I don’t really know if my music means anything. I mean, c’mon. It doesn’t even have lyrics most of the time. I don't know if you can grab any sort of profound substance from dubstep. It’s a bunch of kicks and snares with a splash of hi-hats being abruptly assaulted by a plethora of household noises. Hell man, I don’t even know why we can call it music.”
True, we decided. It is kind of noisy. But it’s wildly addicting. So how can we explain its sudden rise to popularity? GLock has an answer. “I’m not saying its not awesome. It’s wildly intoxicating. I can only listen to a guitar and drums for so long before I’m craving something more. Electronic music has harnessed the maximum potential for sound. A lot of songs that I have written have more than 55 instruments involved, with all the automation my Macbook pro can handle. Sure, they’re all virtual, but tell John Butler Trio to get up on stage and try to get a hold on 55 instruments at once and make something worth listening to. It’s impossible.”
The sonic potential has been reached, and electronic music has been unleashed on the world. All we are left with is: What’s next?
Here's a brand new mix from GLock to get you hyped up for his set this weekend:
(Click here to download)
Finally, just in case you still aren't convinced, here's some great footage from the last time DJ 2Rip played a Dub 101 party in RVA: