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El Diablo Shares Influences, Experimental Bass, And Story In Exclusive Interview

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El Diablo west-coast experimental bass style, recently showed off in his latest release The Last Upper EP, shined a light on the path the solo artist has been on. Each of the 5-tracks delivered a unique feel while fitting into the vein of modern experimental bass. We had a chance to talk to El Diablo about this and more, sharing about influences, beginnings, the bay area’s scene – check it out below.

How many years have you been producing and what got you hooked on experimental bass?

I’ve been producing for about 7 years. Previously I was a bass player/vocalist in a band in NYC called “The Kung-Fu Grip”. We were an experimental hard rock band in the vein of Mr. Bungle, or Tool, and had begun incorporating electronic elements into our sets right before we broke up. As a bass player and sort of “recording engineer” for the band, it was a natural transition to electronic music.

After moving to the Bay area and immersing myself in DJ culture, I saw the work of the other up and coming producers here pushing boundaries and, combined with the influences from having been in a completely different realm of music, it really inspired me to experiment more and more and to go out of my comfort zone and the traditional format for electronic dance music. Also, once I became a resident with MalLabel Music, there was just no lack of talent around me everywhere from recordings to live sets it is crazy! Hella exciting!

Who were your inspirations when you first started producing?

Definitely, I would say Eprom, The Glitch Mob, Noisia, Starkey, Bar9, Chase & Status, DJ Shadow plus and an endless list of others.

How would you say the west coast experimental bass scene differs from the south and east coast?

I just see A LOT more experimentation going on here since the scene is big, folks are constantly pushing each other. Although I guess I would say that it’s def A LOT more influenced by and deeply rooted in Hyphy and West Coast Hip Hop.

Where would you be today if you weren’t doing music?

Well, I was a fine arts major in college and my goal was to be a painter until music came along and took me over, so I guess I’d be a visual artist. Or dead, who knows? I can’t imagine doing anything more fun or fulfilling!

Any special events happening as 2017 ends?

Currently, I’m taking a break from shows to work on perfecting my production. I find that when I’m playing all the time, it really gets in the way and I can’t make the kind of progress I’d like to and fall behind on my schedule for remixes and collaborations.

Who are some talented producers you have your eye on right now?

Def always liked Yheti & G Jones. Also Yunis, NastyNasty, Proko, Bionik, The Widdler, Jonathan Thomas, Moniker, Mike Ill – hell there’s too many to list!! I like their style and bonus, they’re always easy to get along with!

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Krank & Stein Breathe Bass Hit “Yung Frank” To Life

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Krank & Stein is the newest duo breaking into the bass scene and they have brought one spooky track with them! With the artists being the latest to join the artist roster of Warpaint Records, it’s safe to say that they have a serious sound packed within their music and releases to come. “Yung Frank” kicks off with a hip-hop influenced verse that quickly leads to a buildup that will take you by surprise with the metallic sound design and heavy growls. As the journey continues you’ll come across samples from the original Frankenstein movie itself and a few more unique drops that keep advancing as the song continues. Make sure to keep up with the growing duo below on their socials and crank your speakers when you hit play on this one!

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Carnage & Gravedgr Release Explosive Hardstyle Track “HIJUEPUTA”

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Carnage has teamed up with Gravedgr to release one of his most rowdy and hard tracks of 2017. With a fast-paced tempo and an explosive sound packed into one track, it’s no wonder why the legendary DJ is still flipping venues upside down. “HIJUEPUTA” is a track that is dedicated to all the ravers according to Carnage and you can hear this statement in the breakdown of this Heavyweight Records release. So turn the speakers up and crank the bass, because this is one high-energy track you won’t want to miss!

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Premiere: Downlowd Remix Fly By Midnight’s “XL”

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What happens when you mix the sounds of bass-heavy DJ/producer, DOWNLOWD, with the funky vibe of pop duo, FLY BY MIDNIGHT? Is the successful mesh of two polarizing sounds even possible?

The answer is yes, and it comes today in form of DOWNLOWD’s most dynamic remix—and as the first release of the new year for the namely ‘wub wub wub’ producer. As an official undertaking for FLY BY MIDNIGHT, El Paso born/Los Angeles local genre-bending artist – DOWNLOWD, produces a remix for the popular single “XL.”

He resurfaces depth through vibrations of unique mystique for the already well-known track.

DOWNLOWD says of the project:

“I love Fly By Midnight and their tunes. I think they have huge potential to be the next big thing. Plus they’re great guys. The tune is a love song about getting cozy with your significant other- I really wanted to capitalize on the happy, positive vibes with the remix while giving it some energy.”

Whats more exciting, while DOWNLOWD has stated remixes won’t play into the main canon of his adventure (for now), the artwork for his remix of “XL” may hint at the possibility of potential ‘elseworlds’ in DOWNLOWD’s universe. Learn more about DOWNLOWD’s story through his most recent original single’s comprehensive premiere via Huffington Post.

Start your new year off right with the premiere for DOWNLOWD’s remix of FLY BY MIDNIGHT’s hot single. “XL” here.

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