Check out the new sounds from Ganjaology artist, Callisto!
With every new day comes a new beginning…
MY CLOTHES ALWAYS SMELL LIKE WEEEEED! YOU KNOW I GOT THESE DRUGS ON MEEEEE!
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!
The Basscoast Mutiny lineup has been revealed, and as expected, it’s stacked with an impressive array of musical talent. For the past three years the Ganjaology team has adventured north into the Canadian wilderness to share in one of the highest vibes parties this side of the Kootenays… and you better believe we’re gearing up for another round!
Year after year the Bass Coast Project continues to amaze, enliven and inspire. Once again, this year The Bass Coast Girls (organizers Andrea Graham and Liz Thomson) have outdone themselves. Performances for this year’s bush session include Addison Groove, Tribe Called Red, Bogl, Cure, D Bridge, Danny Corn, G Jones, J.F. Killah, Kir Mokem, Mat The Alien, Max Ulis, Natasha Kmeto, Nick Wisdom, Philthkids, Self Evident, Sweater Beats, Tank Gyal, Librarian, and Yan Zombie among others!! We’ve listed music from many of the musicians below.
Listen to the sounds and imagine yourself in the forest, the beats filling your auditory field. Notice how you feel as these frequencies are filtered through your receiving centers. Are you inspired? Does the music make you move, make you bow your head and hum… Do these sounds suggest to you love or lust, laughter or longing? Are you sick with excitement?
Whatever the case, our physicians here at Ganjaology Institute prescribe one fat dose of BC trees combined with all manner of creation from raw to refined (super pun here, please smirk responsibly). Coincidentally you can get all this at Bass Coast. Do your body a favor and get up to Merritt, BC this August for Bass Coast 6 Mutiny!
A THOUSAND YEARS
A TRIBE CALLED RED
ANDREW VAN HASSEL
DJ K-TEL SUNDAY SOUL SESSIONS
DJ LORNE B
EL PAPA CHANGO
FORT KNOX FIVE
HEART TO HEART (BRON AND MOE LOWE)
JANOVER & RESUNATOR
JPOD THE BEAT CHEF
KRYSTLE LOVE B
LUCITERRA & CHRIS MURDOCH
MAT THE ALIEN
SWEET SOUL BURLESQUE
THE FUNK HUNTERS
Psychedelicacy is a new group out of Seattle, WA, made up of 3 guys who live on the Puget Sound, smoke hella weed, kick back, and record music. This is their single, Nobody See’s You, off of their self titled EP that will be coming out on Ganjaology later this summer. The vibes are chill… Enjoy!
“Nobody See’s You…”
Pahoa, Hawaii native Bluetech will be gracing the stage at Nectar Lounge this weekend with local support by Pressha, Nordic Soul and Young Benoit. With Bluetech’s recent release of his new album Space Chronicles Vol. 1 just last week, the show is sure to jam packed with updated sounds to satisfy your craving for star studded intergalactic earth riddims. Check out sounds from each of those performing below and be sure to RSVP on the Nectar Facebook where you can also find the ticketing link. See y’all at the show!
BIG UP CULTURE YARD! BIG UP BASSDROP! BIG UP SAY WHAT?! BIG UP SELEKTA RAIFORD!
In anticipation of the legendary reggae party, Reggae Consciousness 2014, presented by Culture Yard, Bassdrop, and Say What?, Selekta Raiford (one of the performing DJ’s of the evening) has put together a beautiful 35 minute mix of all the attending artists. This includes international reggae stars, Alborosie and Warrior King, Seattle’s own, Clinton Fearon, as well as an incredible selection of opening acts.
February 16th!! Mark your calendars! Reggae Consciousness 2014!
Just in time for NYE, Seattle based producer and DJ Land has provided for us this revelatory mix. Probing deep into the sexy and curious sounds of DnB, footwork and future bass, the mix features sounds which will caress the ears and sooth the senses.
The story begins at the end, that is to say that the mix starts off with a sample from the Epilogue from Brave New World. Quickly setting things in motion, this mix takes the listener full tilt into a land of magic and mystery, where one can bend the laws of physics. It is here in this strange land we may learn a little bit about the man, the magician, the creator – Philip Frost aka Land.
From his time as a youth in North Carolina, Frost was fascinated with the sounds of new and different music. He found excitement in alternative frequencies and was specifically drawn to the stimulating future sounds of Jungle. After purchasing his first pair of Technics in 1995, Frost began learning the craft of DJing. Using the moniker FROST, Phillip shared the stage with many large acts including Method One, Icey, Diesel Boy, Decoder, Tech Itch, and more.
In the year 2000, Frost moved to Nashville and began his journey into production. He was working simultaneously with Altruistic Productions to launch a new nightclub. Frost soon learned that his preferred style, which is more focused on the IDM side of the sound spectrum would be supported better in an alternative environment. After an exciting few years of production, promotion and planning in Nashville, Frost left his south eastern roots and headed west.
For the past few years, Frost has resided in Portland, OR where he has been involved in a number of large scale productions including participation as an event planner for the large outdoor event known as TECH TREK. Working with Horizon Events, he was pivotal in manifesting the hugely successful RESOLUTION which kicked off 2012.
Currently, one may find Land performing up and down the North West Coast of the United States at any number of clubs or festivals. His focus in sound centers around 2step, Bass, DnB, Techhouse, and Techno. In 2013 he launched his label AmitiGroup Recordings. Look out for big things from this man in 2014 as he’s clearly on a path toward greatness.
In the meanwhile, enjoy this mix of seriously engaging selections which will keep your ears excited for the next hour. Enjoy!
More from Land here!
This is an awesome mix from Seattle’s, Tony Goods! There isn’t a much better way to end/start the year than with some proper beats. Big ups!
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!
Seattle stand up! Next Friday, November 22nd, Ganjaology and Portlands, WeGotThis Crew, come together to bring you an evening of bass music at your favorite house venue, The Culture Yard. With Thanksgiving right around the corner (and usually a little earlier in the month), we found it appropriate to have a mid-month celebration of the holiday and throw this DANKSGIVING extravaganza.
If you want to bring any [ganja]food to donate to the party you’re welcome to do some, but leave your drinks at home! No BYOB – there will be beverages available at the show.
There is only one thing to do when TigerFresh, Spekt1, Callisto, Mickey Mars, and Stewart Villain are all in the same building… TURN UP!Below are links to mixes and original tracks to all the artists that will be performing.
Enjoy the music until we see you next weekend!
Seattle reggae rockers Kore Ionz will be gracing the stage at Nectar Lounge this month, plus special performances by DJ Kidhops and, all the way from Brooklyn, NY… New Kingston! This is sure to be an evening of positive vibes, so get your tickets now. Buy them directly from Nectar here!!
Kore Ionz is a Seattle based reggae band which does roots reggae like it is in their blood. Led by Hawaiin native Daniel Pak, the band brings a sound which is truly inspirational, in a literal sense of the word. My first time at Nectar Lounge a few years ago was for a Kore Ionz show on Earth Day. They had one of their young son’s on stage with them to sing and play melodica. What a treat!
“The intention of the music and the message is to give people a glimpse of the truth in a way such that it just might uplift them to go do something to change it.” -Daniel Pak of Kore Ionz
More from Kore Ionz on their homepage here.
No matter how you cut it, Brooklyn based reggae band New Kingston are a family. Many bands find strength in blood ties, but these guys really have it going on. The three brothers share the stage with their father who lays it down on the bass. With two full length albums under their belt featuring artists like Mr. Vegas and Collie Buddz, this little crew swiftly moves the dance!
More from New Kingston here.
Just reconnected with one of the phatty DJs to play at Photosynthesis Festival this year. Phillip Frost aka Land is a newer head on the scene here in Seattle. Check this set from Photosynthesis. With a solid four on the floor pulse to start things off and moving nicely into some deeper sounds through ’til the end, tis mix is filled with pure vibes. Large up!
Memories Of Better Times Subreachers
Zoom Dark Sky
The Goose That Got Away Objekt
The Lick Dark Sky
Kelis feat Too $hort – Bossy (HxdB & Subcorr Refix)
Typewriter Tune (VIP) DISTAL & HXDB
Inside My Love (Redlight Remix) Delilah
Keys Open Doors (MachineDrum Remix) Salva
We Got More (Throwing Snow Remix) Eskmo
Then What Cardopusher
Eight Times Up Simon/off
Faint Boddika, Joy Orbison & Pearson Sound
Twitch (It Grows & Grows) Raffertie
F_Technology Dark Sky
Schematic Blocks Cardopusher
Collider ft laura Ivancie LAND
Bamba Step_140 Nico Luminous
Stylish Cadaver (Grenier Remix) HxdB
Pink Matter (Sivey Slow Burn Edit) Sivey
This weekend at Rebar in Seattle, our good friends at People Music will be hosting the infamous founder of Stones Throw Records, Peanut Butter Wolf.
World famous for his exquisite beats and insatiable appetite for sniffing out MCs of magnetic lyrical potential, Peanut Butter Wolf could certainly be considered a “people’s champion.” With his label Stones Throw Records, PBW has brought together some of the best producers and lyricists hip hop has ever heard including Madlib, J Rocc, MF Doom, Madvillian, Guilty Simpson, Quasimoto, MED, Anika and J Dilla among others. If you’re interested in learning more, I encourage you to read the Stones Throw history, written by PBW himself here.
Since its inception in 2010, People Music has been responsible for some of the highest grade hip hop and electronic acts to come through North Coast Territory. Showcased artists include Eprom, Lorn, Mux Mool, Starkey, DJ Vadim, and Take to name a few.
Check these rare sounds from our good friend Justin Lewis aka Grainbelt Jones. Currently residing in Seattle, this Minneapolis native has served us up a quality serving of funky hip-hop breaks to enlarge our cranial cavities. These beats are short and sweet with tasteful tact. Tune in and hear for yourself.
Check out Grainbelt Jones on BandCamp here.
– DECIBEL FESTIVAL IS COMING . SEPTEMBER 25-29, 2013 . SEATTLE, WA . BE THERE –
This one’s for the original hip-hop heads. For the nodders… and I don’t mean the sandy-eyed bed-timers. Oakland beat maker, B. Durazzo comes alive with this impressive display of sample selection and rhythm weaving on his album Beats Vol. 1. Durazzo has a unique style that catches the ear, stretches the spine, and moves the flesh. I caught his set at The Nectar Lounge in Fremont here in Seattle a couple weeks ago, and I was blown away. The man sets up behind two matching MPCs and makes those machines sing. With beats on his left hand and melodies on the right, he has no time for error, only space to massage his soul into the speakers through the limitless freedom of his fingers. I would highly recommend giving this album a true listen. Big up B!
Check out more from B. Durazzo here.
Tonight in Seattle, People Music is hosting an exciting showcase of smashing electronic musicians to mash up the dance floor. At the top of the bill is Chicago raised, Brooklyn based producer Brenmar. Known for his unique sound, Brenmar intertwines popular R&B hooks with chicago style juke, UK bass, and a his own NYC club crusher style. Next up is one of our favorites out of Vancouver. Self Evident is known not for any specific style, but rather for his impressive display of mixing multi-genre sets which are as deep as they are alive. Both of these heavy hitters, will be performing for the first time in Seattle tonight. Don’t miss it!
Also, be sure to get there early to catch the superb local talent which will be supporting. We have novaTRON vs. DJ Shapeshifter on a dual set, as well as H$H (DJ’s Domino MF and Bobbi Rich). The event, which will be held at Lofi in Seattle, will be turned up with custom sound by Starbourne!
Looking forward to seeing you all out at Lofi tonight!!
Tonight at Studio Seven, there is a very special performance by the Jamaican rebel music movement, Rootz Underground! With more than 10 years of touring together, this six member reggae band comes with a superior sound to keep the dance moving. Be sure to catch them tonight with support from Bellingham’s own KRSNA Band along with Seattle locals, Valley Green.
Ticketing and club info here.
Fresh off the press from Ninjatune, comes Machinedrum’s newest single “Eyesdontlie.” This shimmering splendor explores the 170 bpm tempo range with cutting originality. With a seductive half time feel supporting beautiful vocal samples and driving percussion, Machindrum has spun beauty into this web of frequencies. The official release is scheduled for July 29, 2013 and can be pre-ordered directly from Ninjatune here. Be sure to catch Machinedrum at one of his west coast festival dates this summer including What The Festival near Portland, Bass Coast in Nicola Valley, BC and Decibel Festival in Seattle.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cJLfzTSsTc]