R.A.W. aka 6BLOCC is known for his relentless techniques behind the wheels of steel. Getting his start back in 1985, this dj is no amateur when it comes to tuntablizm. He was already battling local djs in Los Angeles before the modern dj culture was even created. In 1988 he made his move into the hip hop game with 2 vinyl releases under the name PROJECT X which featured Brooklyn MC, SILKSKI.
He went on to film a music video for one of the releases which aired on local L.A. music video shows. That same year he joined the legendary L.A. hiphop radio station, KDAY and spun live broadcasts along with other Angelino djs called HIGH ENERGY MIXMASTERS. During this time, he entered many dj battles including showdowns with Joe Cooley, Tony A. and JRocc. This experience has led to the legend we now see on the decks.
In 1991 the sounds of UK hardcore / jungle were creeping onto the shelves of dance shops in L.A. and R.A.W. was quick to spin and represent. With help from Dj Dan, R.A.W. began playing at major raves and underground events throughout the west coast. His sound at the time was a blend of jungle, hiphop, turntablizm and hardcore sounds which made him an instant draw in the underground scene.
By 1994 R.A.W. alongside Dj Curious and Dj Trance (Jason Blakemore) started L.A.’s first jungle weekly called….JUNGLE! Located at a dirty abandoned train station known as the Belmont Tunnel (Predator II was filmed here as well), the weekly gathering was the only place on the westcoast to hear the dark sounds of reinforced and suburban base records. The venue was kept dark with only one laser to keep the junglist listening and falling deeper into the music.
By the mid-90’s R.A.W. was traveling all over the world rocking crowds with his signature sound of urban jungle choonz and b-boy turntable tactics. In 1997, R.A.W. would go on to win the West L.A. Music Dj Battle judged by Dj Quik. “I remember Quick jumping like crazy when I was rocking doubles of J Magik’s ‘Your Sound'”, says R.A.W. Shortly after this he was hired by a Japanese sound design company to produce 2 sample cd’s: DRUM AND BASS AMMO and HIP HOP AMMO; both were sold with the Roland SP-808 in Japan. Also around this time he began to release his jungle productions on labels like Warner Bros., Thrive, Priority, Mictlan, Tonz of Drumz, N2O and by 2000 on labels like Thermal, Vortex, Sound Sphere where the sound was getting faster and rougher. His single on Sound Sphere was a masterpiece created with E-Sassin at the Sound Sphere studios. Together they weaved an intricate tale of twisted breaks and evil winds over a relentless bassline that would pound the listener every 16 counts. “That song still wrecks shop everytime I play it out..and of course I have to rock doubles!”
Other R.A.W. classics still rock dancefloors worldwide like – Passin Me By Remix, Klash, Jah Rise, Ragga 2001 (which brought the stateside ragga-jungle sound to the masses), Mathematical Chemistry and Monkey Business..just to name a few! His discography has reached over 50 vinyl releases and a plethora of mixtape / mix-cd releases that sell out throughout the year!
In 2006, while working on some drum and bass material R.A.W. heard a bassline coming from the nextdoor studio and asked, “what or who is this?” It was a mix by Youngsta from the UK, “the sound spoke to me and said follow me…and I did”. R.A.W. continues, “I felt like I was ready to change my style and move onto a new sound…dubstep was exactly what I needed at the time. Drum and bass reached a point where I no longer felt like it was me and it was also getting too fast and void of the funk.”
By 2007 R.A.W reinvents himself as 6BLOCC and is releasing his new sound on labels like Lo Dubs, N2O, Tribe Steppaz UK, Bootshake UK, La Dubstep Nostra and the popular white label War Recordings. In 2008, Portland bass music label, Lo Dubs calls upon the 6BLOCC to rock a mix cd featuring the Lo Dubs roster. A blend of hypnotic textures and warped basslines from the future cut the f*ck up using Cubase SX3, 6blocc says, “I decided to use Cubase to give it a different feel than the usual mix-cd and to add my own samples and edits.” The result is ANALOG CLASH, the first CD compilation / mix that features dubstep music from the Americas (north and south) as well as a remix from Vex’d. So far it has sold over 3000 units within months of the release date! When he isn’t on the road or in the air flying to various clubs and events throught out the U.S. 6BLOCC is managing his digi-label DIGITAL 6 (available on www.digital-tunes.net – www.chemical-records.co.uk – www.addictech.com) and knocking out dubstep remixes and originals.
The word on the streets is 6BLOCC is looking to put out some white labels of his hottest dubplates that always get the call…PUULLLL UUUPPPPP!!!! If you’re wondering what the name 6BLOCC means? “I got the name from a Masta Ace song here he says, “the bass I create is heard from six blocks”. BOOM!
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About El Papa Chango
Subterranean trance-like movements of afro-funk mashed-up with psychedelic guitar lines and scatterings of broken brass is the order and Papa Chango delivers like no other. Unique in this thriving Melbourne scene they take it to the gritty edge, melding banging technique with playful exuberance. This Melbourne based 8-piece brings audiences to a sweat on packed dance-floors, evoking a hidden spirit within.
2012 saw the release of their breakthrough album, ‘The Matador’. Taking the listener on a sonic journey over barren plains and rugged terrain, ‘The Matador’ is the “soundtrack to the film yet to be filmed.”
2014 was the year of the Dragonfly. The four-track EP, ‘Enter The Dragonfly’, was unleashed. A one-inch-punch of a release bursting with kung-fury from start to finish. .
In 2016, their latest release, ‘The Lost Moon of Bellaris’ continued the sonic evolution of the band, pushing further out into the vastness of the void, propelling you towards distant, unexplored territories.
Featuring newest member Nat Grant on vibraphone and percussion, along with special guests, the band have let their ethio-jazz influences take hold and delivered an album that explores the darkness of space and the lightness of life. From the luscious horn and vibraphone melodies of the title track, through to the deep, subterranean rhythms of ‘Nightmares on Sax’ and the straight dance floor swagger of ‘The Son and The Snake’. Once again, texture and form are at the forefront of the release with 8 tracks of cinematic, instrumental badness.
Credits to: El Papa Chango Website
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Shiny Things Bio
SHINY THINGS come from dirty places: rolling in rave dust since childhood, the colorful vibes awoken during prepubescent trips in the desert have transmuted into some of the future sounds of today. From the interior groves of the west coast, this one’s a contributor; when not on stage you’ll find him on the floor, with glistening wits and moves for days. Selections all with good taste, these hyphy but paced, futuristic but deeply rooted psychedelic sounds are delightfully hype at any hour.
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BEAT KITTY IS THE HEAVY-HITTING BASS-DRIVEN POWERHOUSE YOU’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR
Beat Kitty is quickly gaining traction as one of the most versatile djs and producers in underground East Coast bass scene. Catch her at any event for carefully crafted selections delivering the perfect balance of dance floor filth to get your body moving.
She takes her fans on a playful musical journey, smoothly shifting the vibe from lively and mischievous to downright dirty. She consistently escapes genre norms, with global and timeless sounds blending perfectly with heavier, grimier bass lines. Her nightly arsenal of Halftime, Leftfield bass, Trap, and DnB (with the occasional hip-hop throw-back) will leave you wanting more.
Beat Kitty has recently shared her soundscapes all over the country playing everything from festivals such as Bamboo Bass, Emissions, EDC and Mysterland to venues such as Meow Wolf and the Knitting Factory. As a support act, she has had the honor to grace stages with Baauer, iLL Gates, iLL-Esha, Soohan and Mr. Jennings.
As a classically-trained singer and flautist who’s a certified metal-head, her varied influences are used liberally in curating innovative and exciting soundscapes. After releasing 3 original tracks and a music video in 2018, and working on an EP for 2019, you can expect to see many more productions and fire as she continues to experiment with international influences and bass-driven tones. Overall, her mischievous approach and diverse musical touch have created a unique style that many fans have come to know and love.
When not ears-deep in musical production or touring the country, Beat Kitty aka Amanda Bo creates immersive events throughout NYC aimed at temporarily shifting reality. She’s been creating underground shows and art collectives for over 10 years, contributing to such names as Party Liberation Front, Vitamin B, NYC Bass Collective, Bass Tribe, and JunXion. In any spare time, you can catch her crafting and building festival stages, welding art cars and advancing her career as a professional tattoo artist… but nothing trumps her drive and love for bass!
Credits to: Beat Kitty Website
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Soundpieces and Great Depressurization presents 6Blocc, El Papa Chango and Shiny Things at The Bluebird on September 3rd in Reno, N.
Plus special guests Beat Kitty, BE1NG and Cannabass.
Limited $5 tickets available through Aug 9th, 2019.
$10 / $15 / $20
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