Abstrakt Sonance isn’t your run of the mill producer… and it won’t take much to convince you. Just take a look at one of his photos and you’ll see he’s branded himself as one of the more unique personas in West-Coast Bass Music. Dawning a Juggalo-like getup in terms of his clown inspired face paint, he happily represents the wacky, the strange, and the weird by appearing not only to his live shows in this zany getup, but interviews as well… that’s dedication! Although, don’t let his quirky antics fool you, because when it comes to mastering his own brand of Bass, he definitely shows that he’s on top of his game. Similar to his close friend and West Ave. Productions mate, Leo Zen, Abstrakt Sonance delivers Deep End Bass Music with a filthy flare. What better way to proove this other than taking a look at his recent release on
Stationed out of Salmon Arm, BC, Canada, Leo Zen is a brash, budding producer with his keen eye set within the Bass Music umbrella. Coming off of his well received, 4-track EP titled ‘Dioptase‘, he seems to be breaming with production confidence. After making the move from Japan to Canada, he settled into the small town life style in the heart of BC and began building on a skill set that would later begin to flourish alongside other West Ave Production members such as the quirky and bold, juggalo influenced, Abstrakt Sonance. Now that Leo Zen is consistently gigging among the likes of Mat The Alien, The Librarian, and
Photo Cred: JMH Images
When I was first recommended to peep a live Taal Mala set back in 2013 at the West Coast based music festival, Bass Coast, I was told that I’d be attending a full-spectrum, musical experience, not just a DJ set. Given that nowadays there are so many mind blowing artists/performers out there, I didn’t think too much of the recommendation… I mean, I’ve heard that before…. but I somehow found myself in the right place at the right time, so I figured, fuck it, why not? Of course, having the privilege of being there for his full slot, I can honestly say I’ll never make the mistake of possibly missing Taal Mala again… especially in festival format where this man seems to thrive!
Here’s a snippet from his 2013 Basscoast set (doesn’t do the sound justice, but take a peek anyway):
Bass Coast: A Mutineer’s Journey Part II
(Whaaat? I didn’t read the first part!! No problem - see Part I here!) All photographs are courtesy of Zipporah Lomax! She has over 600 beautiful photographs of Bass Coast posted to her Facebook page.
Occasionally I have to remind myself that I am on a journey, not a marathon, and moments of relaxation allow for balance and restoration. I love when I can mellow out near my tent but still feel involved in the festival activities, and the intimate atmosphere of the Bass Coast festival grounds provides the perfect level of balance. DJ K-Tel‘s Sunday Soul Session played across the river providing a funky soundtrack to our chill Sunday afternoon. The camps are located near a shaded oasis growing next to the river whose water is soothingly cool but not cold when the shade isn’t enough…
After what was my most memorable night (Saturday) out of any of the nights I’ve spent at Shambhala, I used a much needed, full day sleeping… So much so, that Sunday, the final night of music crept up on me like an owl in the night! A quick, chilly rinse in the river, sustenance from the food vendors for my hungry body, plus some speedy costume prep, and we were all set for the finale, our last chance to soak in as much of the amazing Shambhala Music Festival experience as possible.
This year has been an exceptional year for not only music, but all sorts of performances including dance, theatrics, clowning, hooping, and poi. We began our Sunday night adventure with yet another brilliant performance by the much anticipated LA based group known as the Lucent Dossier Experience. They melded a combination of audio, dance, and aerial acrobatics into a beautifully put together collection of pieces that drew awe from a completely mystified crowd. While using a lot of classically influenced music…
Bass Coast: A Mutineer’s Journey Part I
“A [mutineer] ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the [mutineer] comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow [booty] on [their] fellow man.”
- Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces
* All photographs are courtesy of AllieKat Photography :)
Our journey begins in the ordinary world. We are comfortable. Our routes are familiar, and our rules are defined. Eat, sleep, work, repeat! But eventually these worn in routines begin to feel stale, and when the weight of a culture that values tangible objects rather than experiences grows too heavy, we feel a desire to escape. A desire to gather with a like-minded community to recharge our unique creativities and mutiny against the status quo. Bass Coast put out a call to adventure…
Saturday night for us was definitely a unique flavour. Unlike the night before, we decided to let the festival guide us from stage to stage, attraction to attraction. This was something I now consider very special to me as I really had a chance to explore different musical tastes, see other stages in a different perspective, and experience the festival as a moving whole with each individual adding to its flow.
Starting out in a much more relaxed place, The Grove, we got to hang out with a few friends in a beautiful treehouse overlooking the buzzing green space as the eclectic, natural bass reverberated throughout the forest. We really started to vibe out the music near the end of Adham Shaikh‘s collaboration with Vancouver’s violinist, Michael Fraser. This was an unbelievably positive way to begin the night as we pushed off to experience what this place truly had to offer. Wandering further through the Grove, we were on our…
Wow. Every year, even knowing what it was like from previous years, I’m still left sitting here mind blown on Saturday morning after the Friday night madness between ALL the stages finally opening. So many crazy acts took the stage and completely destroyed the buzzing crowd. With the mass amount happening in terms of the schedule, we found ourselves bouncing from stage to stage trying to catch a little bit of everything.
Excision. Wow…. walking into the Village in order to secure a spot right before his set began was tough. So many people were rushing in to ensure they catch what many people consider the most iconic DJ set of Shambhala every year… and he delivered! Yet another epic, bass filled intro packed with subsonic bass, industrial wind-ups, and gnarly vocals that fully rep his X brand. He came in strong with a handful of some of the most head banging Drumstep tracks then started working through multiple genres that put…