Must Die, Lny Tnz, Loadstar at Exchange LA // Tickets & Guestlist
Thursday – November 16, 2017
Since entering the scene in 2011, bass architect and dubstep pioneer MUST DIE! has steadily established himself as a timeless name in electronic music, demonstrating his production prowess on a multitude of releases through labels such as Never Say Die, OWSLA, Ultra, Dim Mak, Mad Decent, Atlantic, and Firepower Records. Known for his versatility and undeniably rich sound design, the Seattle-based producer has presented an arsenal of powerhouse originals and remixes, collaborating with Skrillex, Datsik, Zomboy, Getter, Habstrakt, and more. MUST DIE!’s 2014 OWSLA-backed ‘Death & Magic’ LP has been acclaimed by fans and industry heavyweights alike, with the lead single “Gem Shards” accumulating 3.2 million streams on Spotify alone and paving a path towards a supreme year in 2015, which saw the release of his ‘Neo Tokyo’ EP on Never Say Die Records and remixes for Kill The Noise, Feed Me, and Zomboy. 2016 continued the momentum and anchored his position as a formidable dance act, with his single “VIPs” alongside Skrillex hitting over 4.8 million combined streams to date and a massive remix for Flux Pavilion & Matthew Koma’s “Emotional” reaching almost 1.9 million streams on Soundcloud. MUST DIE!’s extensive catalogue continues to grow, as he builds on his relentless energy and constantly evolving sound.
Teaming up in their hometown, Vlaardingen, in 2004, Mitchell Vreeswijk and Jan Stadhouders formed LNY TNZ with the shared passion of putting a new twist on hard hitting EDM. The group rapidly made a name for themselves, as they released underground tracks that evolved the genre into something entirely in and of its own. They quickly became pioneers in Dutch music as a DJ tandem, known for their unique sound. Support from other leading artists came pouring in as LNY TNZ tracks appeared on numerous compilation CDs and received radio play worldwide. After mixing their second official compilation CD in 2007, LNY TNZ toured at major festivals and events around the globe, emerging as a leader in the scene. Following a string of tours, Mitchell and Jan took a break to study, travel, and work on other art forms, including film directing. In 2012, they came up with a new round of music. LNY TNZ recorded several underground bootlegs and released them online to the support of their fans and major artists, who welcomed the duo back from hiatus.
Made up of Gavin Harris and Nick Hill, formerly and respectively known to the world of drum & bass as Xample and Lomax, this duo has surpassed the highest expectations in recent years by fusing their individual styles and creating a pioneering sound that imbues club dance floors, iPods and huge festival arenas with incredible energy and impeccable musical precision. Loadstar’s individual parts met while Bristol-born Gavin was studying sociology at Liverpool University and self-admittedly spending more time concentrating on writing and promoting music than attending lectures and writing essays. It was while promoting a local D&B night with a friend that Gavin booked Holdtight, a production outfit that Nick was one-third of at the time. Not long after that initial meeting, Gavin returned home to Bristol from University and bumped into Nick, who had also just moved to town. The rest, as they say, was history. Or, to be more precise, it was the fusing of two histories. Nick’s involvement in Holdtight was already overshadowed by his consistently brilliant solo releases under his Lomax name. With a propensity for musical and melodic drum & bass, Lomax’s productions graced many of the scene’s most respected labels, but it was his Ram Records debut ‘Artisan VIP,’ single-handedly turned into an anthem by Andy C, which really pushed him to the next level. Xample’s solo works were also noticed by Andy C and Scott Bourne, owners of Ram Records when he sent them a few demos over instant messenger. Within 10 minutes they got back to Gavin and eventually he signed as an exclusive artist to the label, releasing a string of heavy dance floor killers. By 2009 Xample & Lomax were sharing studio space and starting to release more and more material together. Combining Nick’s traditional training, courtesy of Goldsmiths University, London, and Gavin’s self-taught production genius, it was clear they had something special to offer the world of dance music. Tracks like 2006’s ‘The Latter’ and 2009’s ‘Contra’ were sowing the seeds of a brand new project. Every new project needs a new name, and Xample & Lomax made the brave decision to jump headfirst into their new venture with a completely fresh face. Whilst searching for ideas to fuel their imagination and tie in their new name with their upcoming Ram release ‘Link 2 The Past’, the boys sifted through old rave tape packs and computer game cassettes. Then they came across their old Emu sampler, a relatively antiquated piece of machinery that took ages to load each sample. While loading them, the sampler displayed a spinning star, and it’s this which became the inspiration for Loadstar’s moniker. An instant success, the duo’s incredible new musical direction coupled with the backing of Ram Records ensured that Loadstar’s path to the highest echelons of the scene was assured. And while both Gavin and Nick agree that for the moment they’re rooted in credible, underground D&B, they’re the first to admit that they’re excited about the current state of bass music and its propensity to absorb new genres, styles and tempos at a moment’s notice. Fans of drum & bass and even bass music in general can be assured that Loadstar have everything it takes to be one of the most exciting acts in dance music today. Years of experience in crafting the highest quality music that’s as happy on your home stereo as it is in huge arenas, a worryingly busy DJ diary that sees them touring the globe with fellow Bristolian MC Texas and support from admiring nightclub-goers, club DJs and the media alike means that Loadstar are undoubtedly spearheading the bass music revolution.
Address: 618 S Spring St. Los Angeles, CA 90014
Hours: 10pm – 3am
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