Summer is in full swing and herb enthusiasts around the world are preparing for a bountiful harvest season. With an exciting turn of events occurring in Washington this year related to cannabis legalization, we’re in for one of the biggest and most burgeoning Seattle Hempfest events yet. Coming up this weekend along the Seattle waterfront at Myrtle Edwards Park, Hempfest is the world’s largest event advocating cannabis exploration, use and legalization. Basically, if you’re into all things herb… HEMPFEST IS THE JOINT!
Our good friends over at Bassdrop Music have procured an awesome stage equipped with stellar sound and an exciting lineup of local electronic acts, plus a handful of guest speakers. We’re lucky enough to have been invited to showcase our skills and represent Ganjaology with a sunset set at the Bassdrop Village stage on Sunday August 17th. Be sure to show up early in the day to catch all the exciting activities Hempfest has to offer, but don’t forget to come kick it with DJs Man.Amen and Callisto of Ganjaology as we close out the festival starting at 6:30pm on Sunday. Peep the full three-day lineup below and be sure to check out some of the smokin’est acts performing at Hempfest on the Bassdrop Village stage!
More info on Hempfest here.
We recently had the pleasure of participating in an extra-ordinary event here in Seattle in which the music and art communities came together to give thanks to the elements.
Hosted by Seattle bass music collective Bassdrop Music as their four year anniversary party, the event featured music from some of the hottest West Coast producers, plus some of the city’s freshest local acts. To top things off, world famous visionary artists Alex and Allyson Grey participated by doing live painting during the event. Naturally this enlivening event was entitled Elements of Bass.
Many find that the four common elements Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water are the basic elements of the universe. We are here to contend that in this time we are moving beyond this knowledge of the elementals in this basic sense. We are living in a time of expansion, connectivity and collaboration. For this reason we redefine the elements of creation as music, art, dance and healing. The folks over at Bassdrop did a great job of bringing these aspects together into an inspiring event with EOB.
For those that don’t know, Alex Grey has become famous for his ability to diagram energy flows in the human body. His attention to detail is unrivaled by any living artist of his ilk. To spice up the evening, our good friends at Bassdrop Music coordinated a discussion with the Greys, so that we young creators could get a glimpse into the minds of these visionaries.
During the discussion, Alex and Allyson shared their views on contemporary art, music, and culture and how it relates to the historical perspective. The theme of the presentation was centered on consciousness and how music, art and other forms of creative expression can color the human experience.
A strong through line which permeated the talk, was the idea of sacrament and how certain substances can bring us into a more clear space of awareness, both individually and as a collective.
From the ancient art of consuming Soma, psychedelic mushrooms or even that famed flora known to grow on grave of King Solomon – we humans have been creating, cultivating, and consuming sacraments of various form and texture throughout time. Like the infamous talks given by the late great Terrence McKenna, the Greys stressed the importance of knowing and using these plants and other substances to the benefit of consciousness, while warning of the dangers of misuse. Many of the slides displayed shared imagery of art old and new which had quite obviously been influenced by the use of psychedelics. A personal favorite is the image of the little mushroom men carrying smaller mushrooms and feeding them to one another. Alex states, “Ok, this one is quite clear… Someone was high!”
The Greys shared their view on the legalization of cannabis in the NW calling what’s happening in Washington and Colorado a benchmark. It is quite clear that like the team here at Ganjaology, Alex and Allyson value cannabis for its many beneficial properties beyond the commonly recognized lofty high that comes with smoking it. Whether it’s used to reduce pain, stop nausea, settle the mind or expand conscious awareness, one thing is clear…
The use of cannabis in appropriate dosage promotes CREATIVITY, POSITIVITY and the creation and enjoyment of BASS MUSIC!
We want to extend a big thanks to Alex and Allyson for sharing their knowledge and participating in the event both as speakers and live painters. Further we want to give thanks to Bassdrop Music for organizing the event along with all of the others that had a hand in bringing us together. Big up all the musicians that performed including Mat The Alien, Christian Martin, Bluetech, David Starfire, BizZara, Selecta Element and Triple Crown, Sean Majors, Kozmo, and all the others. Lastly we can’t leave out the local artists that participated including Burgandy Viscosi, Damon Conklin, Sarah Jorgenson, The Graffiti Defense Coalition and more!
Like Allyson’s secret script, no amount of language could begin to decipher the excitement we all shared in this phenomenal event. Again, thanks to everyone involved. We couldn’t have done it without you!
All photos featured here are the work of Kari Champoux. Thanks KC!
Attention all stoners, recreational smokers, medical marijuana smokers, and first timer fiyah blazers! Everyones favorite herbal holiday, 4/20, is just around the corner. As usual, one of Seattle’s most successful party groups, Bassdrop Music, is hosting their annual 4/20 party called LIGHT IT UP! This year, the fiesta will be taking place at the ever so stylish ‘Within Sodo’ warehouse space and is featuring a great selection of marijuana product vendors, artists, musicians and there is also gonna be a local cannabis cup!
Highest THC, Highest CBD, Best All Around, Best Sativa & Best Indica
CONCENTRATES CATEGORIES (including Wax, Shatter, Oil, CO2 & Solvent-less Products, cartridge):
Highest THC, Highest CBD, Best All Around & Best Cartridge
Best Baked, Best Candy, Best Drink, Best Savory Snack (Dips, Spreads, Crackers, Chips, Etc), Highest THC & Highest CBD
Best All Around
Highest THC, Highest CBD & Best All Around
GLASS WARE CATEGORIES:
Best Water Pipe, Best Dab Rig & Best Dabber Utensil/Accessory
MOST CREATIVE PRODUCT – All entries have a chance to win this category!
Trophies will be awarded in each category! Enter for your chance to win!
To make the night just that much better, Bassdrop has teamed up with Culture Yard, Ganjaology, Say What?!, Stashbox, and Splash, to assist in rockin’ the party properly.
Here is a highlight of some of the music you’ll be hearing on the 19th!
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BUY LIGHT IT UP! TICKETS HERE: http://lightitup.bpt.me/
ATTENTION ALL REGGAE LOVERS! The third Sunday of February is a very important day for the Seattle reggae scene. Reggae Consciousness 2014, which is a full evening of local and international reggae music, will be taking place at The Showbox Market, courtesy of Culture Yard, Say What?, and Bassdrop Music.
Featuring live musical performances by Alborosie, Warrior King, Clinton Fearon, Danny Ital, I Taweh, Selekta Raiford, and DJ Chiba, the night will have a wide range of reggae sounds from roots, to dub, to dancehall, maybe even a little dubstep, and everything between.
BIG UPS to everyone who has come together to make this event happen. Be sure to follow Culture Yard, Say What?, and Bassdrop on all of their social media pages!
This Wednesday (the 15th) come out and join an incredible evening of bass music at Nectar Lounge with Buku, ill-esha, Bassdrop Music artist Bizzara, and Man Amen & Callisto of Ganjaology! The night is getting started at 9pm with a special 30 minute set from the Ganjaology crew, followed up by some supreme sounds from Bassdrop Musics, Bizzara. Following the first half of the evening it will be time for Buku and ill-esha to let the North West know what’s been going on in their worlds through original music.
We hope to see you all out on the dance floor!
Seattle based mad sound scientists Splatinum rocked the Crocodile Friday night as one part of the sold-out Bassdrop Music event which also included performances by Wildlight and Polish Ambassador. Decked out in their undeniably awesome USA jumpers, this energetic pair of intergalactic musical messengers took the stage by storm, playing an all original set featuring tunes from their upcoming album Funkonology.
Before the show, we had the chance to meet with the boys in the green room to chat a bit about the project, their new release and what’s happening in this heady little bass circuit which we call home. Adam and Andrew, which together make Splatinum, were humble yet hilarious… and artfully playful in their responses.
Check out the interview below, and be sure to cop the new album when it drops in December!
Get your copy of Funkonology here!
Also, be sure to stop by Monkey Loft in Sodo 12.20.13 for the album release party!
Big thanks to Bassdrop Music for putting together the event and getting us connected to do the interview. The evening was purely a success.
Now read on to hear for yourself what Splatinum has to say…
GANJAOLOGY: This is Ganjaology and we’re here with Splatinum at the Crocodile in Seattle where they’ll be opening up for The Polish Ambassador. So why don’t you guys introduce yourselves and tell us a little bit about Splatinum.
ADAM: I’m Adam. I’m one half of Splatinum, along with the man sitting right next to me…
ANDREW: And I’m Andrew. I’m the “Splat” in Andrew’s enum. So we started making music officially as Splatinum four years ago and it’s been an awesome ride since then. We both share a lot of the same musical tastes and both came up in the scene in the South East, and then reconnected again here in Seattle. We realized that we were both making the same kind of music and eventually decided to blend it together into one project.
ADAM: Ya it was really about breaks and breakbeat when I first got into it, Adam was already putting out records and I was buying his records. We were both more into this Florida / UK Breaks kind of sound, which evolved into stages of garage and drum n bass for me for a while. It sort of came full circle for me when I came out west to Seattle, I discovered Laptop battle and I got all into this kind of computer music. It was all about making music on a laptop and I thought that was really cool, to make music that sounded like electronic music… It sounded like it was made on a laptop. I felt like this is new, this is something different. This is pioneering technology!
ANDREW: Ya for sure and I think that kinda pushed us into only wanting to do live performances of our own stuff. We both competed in laptop battles which is this great thing which got started in Seattle. It is similar to like a DJ DMC battle, if you’ve ever seen one of those guys, except it’s strictly for laptop musicians who do these three minute rounds. You come out and basically bring out your bangers…
ADAM: Single elimination, three minute rounds, and you get one controller. It’s pretty fun.
ANDREW: Ya they’re great. So doing those, and me having the production background of releasing stuff… I used to do an all hardware Live PA. I used to do that back in the South East for years. And then I got into DJing because I was like, oh I just need like 30 pounds of records instead of a truck full of gear. Now we fit everything in a laptop and like three controllers… and well, it’s nice.
GANJAOLOGY: You touched on some influences, but how would you describe your sound now?
ANDREW: We’ve gotten a little groovier in the recent past for this new album. And a little funkier than we have in the past. I think we started out a little more hard edge and then…
ADAM: You know, it’s funny because the grooves that we’re making now have more space. Sometimes they’re more easy going, but I think in our early days we were just trying to write music that sort of progressed through this story line, and we sort of never let up.
ANDREW: Super dramatic…
ADAM: But now we just use more musical techniques to drive the interest of the song and the direction of the song like verses and choruses and bridges. And chord changes and stuff like that. And I think we’re just more aware of what’s happening with the music. And so, I think that we’ve developed more patience with the groove, which is interesting. I guess, we’re doing more funk influenced stuff too.
ANDREW: This album is one that we’ve put together fully as an album from the beginning. We really tried to write songs for the album, whereas our first album was a collection of all the stuff we had written up until that time. Which was cool, but it was pretty varied. But this one we set out to consciously approach it as an entire album and to have songs that really were interrelated to one another.
ADAM: I think the approach to song writing is just a little different. Before whenever we’d make a tune it was as if we had this linear approach to answer the last thing that was just created. But what was cool about collaborating is that in passing it back and forth we could keep this passion and fire going just by answering each other with whatever happened in the tune. But now I think we have this kind of Gestalt view or overview perspective. We have more of a vision when we approach something so it unfolds easier in that regard. Maybe we just know more of the options. It’s not as linear.
ANDREW: All of our stuff, you can kinda follow from the beginning. It’s kind of an on going musical conversation between me and Adam. With a lot of jokes.
ADAM: Yes, a lot of jokes.
GANJAOLOGY: Awesome. So tell me, this upcoming album… It’s called Funkonlology?
ANDREW: Yes, so when we started Funkonology, we realized pretty early on that it’s more than just an album. And that it was highly researched and based on the science of sound, and really is a self improvement tool. So for anyone that wants to come listen to it, it’s full of healing bass waves. It’s really good stuff.
GANJAOLOGY: So you guys seem to be focused on the science behind the music, which now in the digital age is obviously very important. You have to really know what you’re doing with the tools that you’re given. I wonder specifically, are you using any targeted frequencies? You mention healing.
ANDREW: Ya so there’s all sorts of different sacred frequencies that you can work in. For us its’ really an intuitive process. Half science, half intuition. We find what works. I think most of the science comes in with the usage of the tools and mechanisms in the production process.
ADAM: Where it becomes scientific is when you’re exploring the different axes of sound and the limitations and the various dimensions of the software that you’re using.
ANDREW: And psycho acoustics. There’s a difference between the science of the physics going on versus what the human ear can interpret, and the further the human brain… And then deeper than that, the soul.
ADAM: There’s a balance between the visceral component of heavy bass and the psychological component of the harmonics and how they setup the drops or how they build tension and release and all of that. It’s scientific but it’s also emotional.
ANDREW: It’s like you can go out and listen to really hard, angry music all night, and that’s what you’re going to walk away with. For us, we’ve really always wanted to make music that allowed people to have some sort of release, some sort of transformative experience, hopefully a positive one every time.
ADAM: When we sit down to make a tune, we’re just trying to bring to life a fantasy about a dance floor, to inspire movement and to imagine what the peoples’ reactions will be.
GANJAOLOGY: Yes, that’s super cool. I think there’s major benefit in just movement. Let alone what’s actually being ingested, but the response in movement. Let’s talk a little bit about the scene. Is it EDM, dubstep, electronica… How do you guys fit in?
ANDREW: We started out when it was still super underground. Even the large parties that I went to when I was just a wee tike… It might be a 5,000 person party but it will still feel super underground. It would be in some weird converted warehouse space. You couldn’t really play in any clubs. And it’s been awesome seeing this music, which I love, which no one understood for years, to see it now… Finally the stuff that I like is getting some love and excitement around it.
ADAM: Ya, I grew up in North Carolina. It was tough. You had to really dig deep to discover electronic music. I DJ’d empty rooms for years. I think it was partially because it was harder to access. To hear the fresh new music that was just disappearing into someone’s new crate, you had to go to the store and listen to actual records.
ANDREW: You had to call your friend at the record shop and let him know, “Anything you get new in the shop this week, hold it for me. Make sure you don’t sell it.” Everyone would do like 500 white labels, like test pressings of something and then each record store might get like one or two copies of each. So you had to have a good relationship with the guy at the record store so you could get the white label, so that you could get the freshest stuff. Whereas now, it went from there being gatekeepers to it being this internet based thing where it’s less about getting the advance release from an established artist as it is about finding that guy that has two tunes on Soundcloud, and they’re amazing. Then it’s about getting up with him like “Hey, why don’t you send that music to me.” So I think that’s what the DJs are doing now. That’s how they’re crate digging as opposed to going to the stores looking for vinyl.
ADAM: Nowadays, it’s so much easier for someone to decide to learn about electronic music and to go discover it.
ANDREW: It’s perfectly suited for this age. It’s technology based music being spread through fast paced technological channels.
ADAM: We were discussing this earlier. This build in EDM has been going on for years. It’s been a slow rise, but I don’t think this is some flash in the pan freak occurrence. People love to dance!
All photos seen here were taken by Travis Tigner. Thanks!
It’s Sunday and the vibes have carried us through a sun soaked morning and into an echoing #dubinthesunday session. We invite you to join us for an evening of purely positive frequencies.
This is Ganjaology x Bassdrop :: Unofficial Cannabis Cup AfterParty Weekend.
— 120 N. 35th Street, Fremont —
We have Dub Champ at the controls right now, and upcoming performances by Suntonino Bandanaz, Aaron Daniel, Unite One (full live band!!), Paul Wheeler, Sonny Chiba, and Blacklist. Music till 1:00am.
We are doing $5 SUGGESTED DONATION at the door, but bring your friends because NO ONE GETS TURNED AWAY. All proceeds go directly to the artists so please help us continue to provide you with freshest of the fresh events all year long. Bless…
We want to see you smiling faces grooving with us here in Fremont at Culture Yard. Celebrate summer with us before sheds for real. RSVP via Facebook here.
For the last couple weeks I’m sure you’ve seen all of the GRIZ flyers around the city, and getting passed around through the internet. Last Friday while I was down in Portland, Oregon, for a TMK1 art show, I caught wind that GRIZ was playing that night at the Refuge. The TMK1 art show was over at 11pm, so as soon as the whole crew was packed up and ready to go, we were in route to one of the most entertaining electronic music shows to hit Portland in a while.
By the time a couple Swishers had been burned and a few people had been dropped off, Ganjaology and TMK1 arrived at the Refuge at half past midnight, just in time to witness GRIZ captivate the entire building with an extraordinary saxophone solo that led right back into some funky glitch-hop madness. For the next couple hours, GRIZ held the crowds captivated while he bounced between the harder sounds of dubstep, the bouncier side of glitch-hop, and his own live instrumentation intertwined through out the performance. Unfortunately, I was having so much fun that those couple hours seemed just like a few minutes.
Next Friday, February 8th, Seattle is going to have the wonderful treat of seeing GRIZ perform live at The Crocodile with support from BassDrop Music artists Pressha, Dirty Byrdz, and Physix. The show is ALL AGES, everyone is invited! There are going to be a lot of heads out to support GRIZ and the BassDrop crew so grap pre-sale tickets for this event. The first two tiers of pre-sale tickets are sold out, but it’s not too late to grab the 3rd tier pre-sales for $20 after taxes.
This is going to be a show you don’t want to miss!!
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Ill-Gates, Stephan Jacobs, and Jay Fay have embarked on an epic North American for the months of November and December (and the tail end of October) that is appropriately titled, The Church Of Bass Tour. One of their stops is…you guessed it…Seattle! November 7th is the date that you will be able to experience a sermon like no other. Priest Ill-Gates, Reverend Stephan Jacobs, and Pastor Jay Fay have a church service lined up for you that will rid you of all the sins you’ve racked up while secretly listening to your little brothers bro-step and get you back on the right track and ready to prepare for the world to end in December. I mean…get you back on the right track and properly prepared for the beautiful year of 2013. 2013 will no doubt be stacked with bass, blessed with festivals that are going to go harder than ever, and bring a brand new outlook and appreciation for life from the world.
Accompanying the Church Of Bass Tour in Seattle is Bassdrops local artist, Northstar. Being born and raised in the Seattle area, Northstar is bringing that Pacific North FRESH vibe to the party and is going to get things officially jumpin’ off from the moment doors open. He recently released a mix to get you stoked for the Church Of Bass tour that you’ve got to check out. It’s an hour long with back to back to back club bangers, and is a really nice preview of what you’re going to hear at the party at Rebar on November 7th.
This is gonna be a show you don’t want to miss. See you on the dance floor!
Date : November 7th
Place : Rebar (party from 8pm-2:30am)
After a successful showcase at Decibel Festival last weekend, Bassdrop is taking no breaks and getting ready for another bass filled night, this time, featuring VibeSquad and Opiuo. The party is taking place this coming Saturday at Chop Suey (definitely one of my favorite venues in Seattle!) on Capitol Hill and will kick off with the support of Bassdrop artist Pressha, and Supervision. Tickets are $15 if you buy ’em in advance, and a little bit more at the door. I’d say just buy your ticket now and make sure you’re locked in for the party! Okay enough reading…it’s time for you to check out the superb sounds of VibeSquad, Opiuo, Supervisoin, and Pressha!
Attention Decibel Festival goers! Tonight at The Crocodile a very special party is being thrown by Seattle’s own, Bassdrop Music. Blessing the Belltown venue with bubbly bass beats will be Marty Party, R/D, Danny Corn, and Kat1lyst.
Following this stacked lineup is Bassdrops AFTER HOURS party featuring Pressha, Tonzafun!, Dirty Byrdz, Dot Diggler, and Mcfunk Bros. See you tonight!
So Bassdrops Community Bass Sessions show on the 29th at the Crocodile with Boreta, Marty Party, R/D, Danny Corn, and Kat1lyst, is gonna be sick. Their AFTERHOURS party is gonna be just as fun, if not more bumpin! It’s featuring a Pressha, Tonzafun, Dirty Birdz, Dot Diggler, and the Mcfunk Bros. The venue is not announced, nor will it be announced to the general public. You’ll have to call the info line the night of the party and get directions. Get on the Facebook page to get the number, and INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! Seriously… lets get this party poppin’…show love for the people throwing parties in your city. Big up yaself!
***FOR ALL YOU UNDER 21 BASS LOVERS, THIS PARTY IS 18+***
So as all you bass lovers and Bassdrop Music supporters have been getting stoked for their musical Showcase on the 29th at The Crocodile, Bassdrop Music has been getting ready to break us off with a nice surprise to make the night a lot more exciting. BORETA of The Glitch Mob is going to be headlining at the Bassdrop Music Showcase! One of the leaders in glitch-hop will be throwing down a high energy performance along side Marty Party, R/D, Danny Corn, and Kat1lyst. This night just got a lot more epic.
See you there!
This year at Decibel Festival, one of Seattle’s most well known names in the dance music community will be hosting their own musical showcase featuring some of the hardest hitting bass heavyweights in the game. Ganjaology would like to congratulate Bassdrop Music on hosting MartyParty, R/D, Danny Corn, and their own artist KAT1LYST, at The Crocodile on Saturday, September 29th. Bassdrop is known for the diverse assortment of shows they’ve been bringing to Seattle over the last few years, and this show is going to be another memorable night put on by the forever-grinding label. In celebration of the Bassdrop Community Bass Session taking place at Decibel, KAT1LYST has released a promo mix called Trunk Muzik, which is just a little preview of what you can expect on the night of the 29th. The name kinda says it all about this mix…you’re on your way to the trap.
“DAMN SON WHERE’D YOU FIND THIS?”
Ohm Wrecker, formerly known as Dubble Pennetration of Bellingham, WA are getting it in. As a part of BassDrop Seattle’s regular set of phenomenal electronic music performers, Ohm Wrecker has been rocking Seattle area parties since 2009. This year they will be releasing their first EP with Tycho records entitled Float. Check out the tunes below and keep your ears out for these guys. They will surely be found floating freely around the Blessed Coast festi scene this summer.