August marks the 8th year since IndyMojo created the longest running EDM night in Indy, Altered Thurzaze. Through its years the night has become a staple for bass music in the city, known for bringing all the up-and-coming artists making waves in scene. It started as a local night for DJs and fans to enjoy the more obscure music that they loved, it quickly blossomed into one of the more well known bass music nights in the midwest. Let’s take a stroll back to where it all began.
Jason King and Matt Ramsey were already pushing the bass music format in the city via monthly events and Mojostock. They met with Mousetrap owner Michael Quarto with an idea to take a night he had open and transform it into a their own weekly showcase. It started as a Bi-Weekly event and due to quick popularity it was very quick turned into every Thurzday. Here is Matt Ramsey talking about about how it started right before the 4 year anniversary.
Since its inception Altered Thurzdaze has brought so much talent to the city’s menu for EDM. Here is just a few choices it has served: Caspa, Liquid Stranger, Dieselboy, Downlink, G Jones, 12th Planet, Space Jesus, Ill Gates and KJ Sawka, FIGURE , Crizzly, Jantsen, Dirt Monkey, Phase One, TERRAVITA, Cyberoptics, LTJ Bukem, Phutureprimitive, TRUTH, and many, many more. Check out some of the videos in the playlist below to see what all the fuss is about.
Altered Thurzdaze Playlist
The magic does not end here. This August we have so much in store for you. Make sure you come out to some of the events happening this month. If you are planning on going to the Anniversary show on Aug. 30 be sure to get your tickets really soon! Remember, if it’s Thurzday, there is bass music playing at The Mousetrap.
At a time when headline “DJs” shamelessly play pre-programmed – even pre-recorded – sets and the masses mindlessly embrace the charade, Dieselboy – The Destroyer – stands out as a rare virtuoso of the art and craft of live DJing. His complex, high voltage, take-no-prisoners sets have created legions of loyal die-hard fans around the world. Arguably no other DJ mixes live – on four decks – with more precision, imagination, intensity, energy and finesse.
In the history of electronic dance music, no one comes even close to matching his legacy of epic dramatic mixes, each a timeless star in his signature constellation. Dieselboy – one of the world’s finest technical DJs – has, in fact, elevated the themed DJ mix to the realm of fine art.
For over two decades one of the world’s most influential ambassadors of drum and bass, Dieselboy (Damian Higgins) is America’s most iconic underground bass music curator and pioneer.
Dieselboy is also a passionate connoisseur of books, film and food. He has written about and been interviewed about his obsession with food, and since 2014 his cooking skills have been displayed in professional kitchens around the world including pop-up hamburger events at restaurants in the Netherlands. He has collaborated on an artisan beer and a gourmet hot dog, and has a cocktail published in Robert Simonson’s (New York Times cocktail writer) new book “The Old-Fashioned.”
Dieselboy was the first drum and bass artist to chart a single on Billboard’s dance chart with “Invid” in 2000, and was the first American voted into the UK-based Drum & Bass Arena Top 10 DJs online poll in 2004. He’s been featured on magazine covers, interviewed for documentaries, TV and radio, heard on MTV, ESPN and action/adventure video games, and sponsored by DC Shoes and Pioneer Pro DJ.
In 2002 Dieselboy founded Human Imprint, North America’s most prolific, dynamic and innovative drum and bass label, and is co-founder of SubHuman (dubstep, electro, trap), under the umbrella of Planet Human. Planet Human is beloved by its fans for the quality of its next level high energy releases by international vanguard artists including Bare (US), Mark Instinct (Canada), Mayhem (US), Muffler (Finland), Nerd Rage (US), Nightwalker (UK), NumberNin6 (US), Pixel Fist (UK), Subshock (Spain), Zardonic (Venezuela), and Faces of Def (Dieselboy’s collaboration with Mark the Beast).
Dieselboy’s legacy is also one of non-stop trailblazing dancefloor destruction on the international club circuit as well as at major global music festivals including Bassrush, Bonnaroo, Coachella, Detroit Electronic Music Festival, Electric Daisy Carnival (Las Vegas, Mexico, New York, Puerto Rico), SXSW, Summerfest, Ultra Music Festival, US Virgin Mobile FreeFest, Weird Bass Music Festival, Motion Notion (Canada), Shambhala (Canada), Borsodi Hegyalja Fesztival (Hungary), World Bass Summit (Japan), Jisan Valley Rock Festival (Korea), PRSPCT XL (Netherlands), Creamfields (Poland), Pirate Station (Russia), Global Gathering (UK), and PHAT 09 (New Zealand). He also toured with Moby’s Area2 and played heavy metal concerts with Orgy and Disturbed.
Dieselboy’s DJ career began in northwest Pennsylvania DJing high school dances. While a student at the University of Pittsburgh he learned to beat-match vinyl live on college radio and played trance, happy hardcore and breaks at house parties. His 1994 mixtape “The Future Sound of Hardcore” led to out of town bookings and his expanding popularity and technical skills led to the honor of being the first American asked by a British drum and bass label to mix a compilation (“Drum & Bass Selection USA,” 1996).
In 1997 Dieselboy moved to Philadelphia to be drum and bass buyer and T-shirt designer for seminal rave culture/record store 611. In 1998 Dieselboy was the first American drum and bass DJ to be nominated for Best Drum & Bass DJ at the Global DJ Mix Awards and tied with LTJ Bukem. From 1998 to 2004 Dieselboy hosted North America’s premier drum and bass weekly “Platinum” at club Fluid.
In 2000, Dieselboy co-founded with fellow Stateside drum and bass warriors AK1200 and DJ Dara the Planet of the Drums super crew (with MC Messinian) – electronic dance music’s longest running annual tour, now in its 16th year (2015).
Dieselboy continuously raises the bar for the DJ mix as an art form, and each of his from 1992 to his latest tour de force “Dieselboy – The Destroyer” stands the test of time. State of the art showcases of producers and graphic artists of each respective musical era, Dieselboy’s mixes have been described as “cinematic” and “intoxicating.”
Dieselboy’s goal in creating each mix is “to make the most intricate, layered, nuanced, amazing drum and bass mix ever done. Period.” His sixth sense for sublime exquisite blends – “the sound of heaven crashing into hell,” as he once described it – is as transcendent as it is legendary.
An inspiration for generations of DJs, Dieselboy’s longevity and relevance in a mercurial industry is a tribute to his relentless drive to create “amazing” experiences for his fans in their iPods and at his infamously explosive live shows.
In his dramatic intros (a Dieselboy trademark) his narrators [who include movie trailer voice legend Don LaFontaine, Peter Cullen (“The Transformers”’ Optimus Prime), Lynanne Zager (“Lost,” “Fantastic Four”), and Corey Burton (Disney)] describe epic – from sci-fi fantasy to soul-crushing post apocalyptic to grindhouse – scenarios. (His intro to “Wake the Dead” is a thinly veiled reference to the death of the art of DJing – a theme that resonates amongst fellow technically skilled DJs, fans and dance music aficionados.)
Hailing from Detroit PEEKABOO has been making some heavy waves this year. This past month he released a monster EP on Wakaan.
Hydraulix is the alter ego of Sydney based producer Damien Williams. Damien’s obsession with music began at a young age growing up listening to hip hop, rap and punk rock but it wasn’t until he was 20 when he put everything he had into music and decided to become a DJ.
It wasn’t long after getting in to mixing records that Hydraulix decided to put his hand to production, crafting dance floor destroyers but also drawing inspiration from the records mad by his childhood hip-hop idols such as DJ Premier, Dr Dre and Pete Rock. Despite making bass music, the roots of his sound can really be heard in the percussive and rhythmic nature of his tracks.
You never know what to expect from Hydraulix’s versatile high-energy sets and what makes him such a pleasure to watch and hear. “Apart from moving between genres and styles, I try and include as many brand new and exclusive tunes, edits and VIP’s from myself and all the mates. You should be able to come to a show and hear a set that no one else can re-create.”
Over the years Hydraulix has received airplay from Triple J and BBC’s Radio 1, as well as support on his tunes from some of the biggest artists in Bass Music such as Bro Safari, UZ, Excision, Snails, Rico Tubbs, Alex Young, Party Favor and many more.
Altered Thurzdaze 8 Year Anniversary Show w/ Doctor P
Any true fan of electronic music should instantly recognize Doctor P as one of the original godfathers of the bass-driven Dubstep movement. A true music lover at heart, Doctor P, aka Shaun Brockhurst, has had an intense love of music since he was just a teenager jamming with his friends on drums and guitar. It would later be the fateful acquisition of a Yamaha keyboard and Playstationʼs Music 2000 which would mark the beginning of the rise of one of todayʼs brightest and most innovative artists. Doctor P is what you might label as a triple threat as his talent can be found in the roles he effortlessly balances as a musician, producer, and DJ.
Since his game changing track, Sweet Shop, back in 2009 Doctor P has played some of the hottest venues bringing his homegrown British Dub step stylings to the eager masses across the globe. In just the past few years Doctor P has, to name just a few highlights, sold out arenas in LA, played the legendary Coachella festival, put on a mind bowing show at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, and most recently tore up the 2012 Hackney Weekender.
With a number of iconic releases already under his belt, such as Tetris, Superbad, and of course the Dubstep staple that is Sweetshop, it is clear that Doctor P has only shown the world a fraction of what he can do. Aside from crafting his own original tracks, Doctor P has also lent his skills to remixes for artists such as Plan B, Ed Sheeran, Example, Fenech-Soler. The wide variety of genres he takes on only testifies to his adaptability and talent in being able to engage a multitude of different sounds and, in the process, creating truly special bass driven music.
Doctor P’s Sweet Shop single has sales in excess 60,000 alone, and his track Big Boss has garnered over 7.5 million hits on YouTube (closer to 8.5 million if you take into account the countless unofficial videos), his youtube channel has enjoyed a staggering 31 million views, and his Circus records mixtape has been downloaded over 20 thousand times. It is fair to say that these numbers speak for themselves; Doctor P is a force to be reckoned with.
Three years after emerging as one of the heavy hitters of the Dubstep movement, with a catalogue of groundbreaking tracks and countless accomplishments, Doctor P released the single, “Galaxies and Stars”, from the EP “Animal, Mineral, Vegetable” which had the equally brilliant “Bullet Proof” which was collaboration with the awesome singer Eva Simons and was released late 2012 on Circus/Atlantic records.
“Galaxies and Stars” is a typical Doctor P buzz track, having found airtime on Fearne Cottonʼs Radio 1 show and Mistajam on 1Xtra, it has already become another legendary track for the prolific DJ.
If you like what Doctor P has been creating so far let us just say… you havenʼt heard anything yet.
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