Jon AD killed it at Bubblin this past Friday, laying down a set of rarely heard vintage Chicago low end killlers with pepperings of well placed garage and mutant uk funky, demonstrating the undeniable deepness of his crates and consumate skills as a dj. If you care about house and garage musics and their permutations, you’re going to love this mix. No tracklisting, tho Jon says he’ll answer any questions posed. Enjoy!
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On FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2010
BUBBLIN and DECIBEL team up for an Official Pre dB Fest Bash
Seattle – Touchin’ Bass, Frustrated Funk, Pyramid Transmissions
Portland – LoDubs
And BUBBLIN Residents
Lincolnup + Ben Tactic
FRIDAY SEPT. 10, 2010
At The Crown Room
205 NW 4th Ave
21+ *NO COVER*
To sit at a table set with the sounds of 214 (TwoFourteen) is to be served Hungry-man portions of honey-buttered electro beats, side dishes of synth-line treats, and dollops of IDM-get-down. Like most musicians, Chris Roman’s path is rooted in a veritable melting pot of sounds. Some of the influences are obvious. Others not so much so.
His Puerto Rican birthright and Miami upbringing ring apparent when he’s pumping out sci-fi roller disco sounds, but when his vibe turns to the cold dark comfort of Detroit-esque minimal mind funk, it would seem this man forgets from whence he came. It’s a memory lapse that sounds like a lapdance in the side room of a space ship. More importantly, it’s a memory lapse that works. A lapse rooted by a love of diversity, delivered with creative finesse and good taste.
TwoFourteen effortlessly blends lush Latin roots with robo-transformer trips, always maintaining a skillful balance between the nasty, the not-right, the cold, hot, hard, and just-right — all at the same time. He’s got plenty of tricks up his proverbial record sleeve. And he’s been pulling them out for years now.
Wherever you find TwoFourteen, trust you’ll find premium blend electro and assorted savory flavors from the future.
214 just released his second album on Andrea Parker’s esteemed Touchin’ Bass label to critical acclaim. (Vinyl and Digital)
Forthcoming releases on -
Car Crash Set – Short Stack EP – Aug 17th
Harbour City Sorrow – Drift Diving EP
Transient Force – Something Simple 3.0 DJ mix
Frustrated Funk – 12″ EP
About Jon AD
Founder of the labels losonofono (Chicago house/Skweee) and LoDubs, America’s Premier Dubstep label, which was founded in the winter of 2006.
Elements of Jon AD’s DJ sets may include each, or all of the above. He is a founding member of the longest running Dubstep night in Portland, Oregon, Various, in addition to the Dancehall/Dubstep night Version, and has maintained residencies in San Francisco and Milwaukee/Chicago when residing in those cities.
LoDubs is not your ordinary dance music imprint, nor is Jon A.D. a young upstart. The label is run from inside Anthem Records, a record store (and label of the same name) that Jon owns, and which specializes in limited-edition metal, noise, and drone releases. This may seem contradictory, but Jon sees a strong connection between metal, noise, and dubstep. “Dubstep is so much about drum structures. And when you increase the air and rhythm in tracks, that allows drone and other frequencies to come out. Scorn’s stuff is very metal, and Burial and Boxcutter have some of those elements as well.”
The history of Jon AD reads a bit like a peoples history of innovative electronic music in the the United States. Born in Eugene, Oregon, and from a young age attracted to all aspects of sound, it was in his teens that he first discovered Electronic music, and realized that it had as visceral of elements as Punk Rock when combined with heavy amplification.
LoDubs has emerged as among the strongest in a short list of labels representing bass driven music in the US, and arguably the only one largely representing artists from North and South America, with over 20 releases from artists as far north and Toronto and as far south as Venezuela, in addition to those from the UK, Germany, Japan, etc.
The future will see Jon AD and LoDubs continuing to blur the lines between what is one genre or the other, be it through the releases, The multi genre monthly founded by Jon AD, Monkeytek, and Ryan Organ in 2006 known as Various, and/or through his DJ sets.
About Tracer Visuals:
Tracer Visuals has been performing live video art for over a decade now. From the start in the dingy basement afterhours of Seattle to current global super-stardom, the focus has always been on cohesion. The art is taking all the stimulations coming at the audience in the moment and represent it visually on screens, walls and retinas. This skill has been utilized by many artists, clients, and events including Radiohead, Brian Wilson, Lusine, Keller Williams, String Cheese Incident, and almost every Decibel Festival. Whatever the event calls for – be it visuals, live camera, custom software, documentation, equipment rental, or all the above, Tracer Visuals can do it professionally and affordably.