Badass presents: Minnesota

When you see Christian Bauhofer after the sun goes down, you will find the smiling DJ/producer assuming his party crushing alter-ego, Minnesota. The Santa Cruz local has recently been working on his new EP Altered States, which is set for release in late October, and features collaborations with Grizzly J and Zion I. This EP is more dance-floor oriented than his previous work, embracing higher energy and a more bass driven sound, while still maintaining melodicism. Staying true to his own sound is far more important to Minnesota than just playing banging dubstep, keeping his fans coming back for more.

Minnesota's tracks are influenced by artists including MiMOSA and Modeselektor. Some of his personal favorites such as Bassnectar and PANTyRAID have also been playing his tracks in their sets. "Quickly becoming a staple in my sets," commented Bassnectar when discusing the track "Push It." "Perfect for when I need a track that is epic and churning but also melodically hyped."

It is not only other artists who have gained an appreciation for Minnesota's sound. After a young man's hearing was restored and he was able to listen to music for the first time in his life, he chose Minnesota's remix of Shotgun Radio's "A Bad Place" as one of the top 5 songs he'd heard, next to artists such as Mozart, Il Postino and Sigur Ros.

Minnesota's first EP, Panda Snatching Tycoon, was released on Tycho Records in January of 2011 to critical acclaim. His second release, Ancient Machines, on Mal Label was number nine on the Addictech best seller's list for the year, and every track charted on the Beatport glitch hop charts. Recently, his remix of "California Dreamin'" resurfaced and topped the Hype Machine at#1. Minnesota also collaborated with MartyParty in 2011 on a free EP called Ultraviolet Halo.

Minnesota's upcoming Altered States Tour sees him hitting many cities across the US, joined on many dates by Zion I. Zion I are a hip-hop duo from Oakland, California, consisting of producer DJ AmpLive and MC Zumbi. The group is known for Amp's futuristic production techniques, using a mix of live instrumentation and samples, and Zumbi's positive and socially conscious lyrics. Minnesota's live performance sees him providing the best possible experience by paying close attention to the crowd and putting time and effort in preparing his set.

Champagne Drip

Few things in life are as sweet and rewarding as stumbling across a new and exciting artist. Music is the spice of life and whenever you can find a new sound to enrich your day, you should definitely count yourself lucky. Last Saturday my eyes were open to the majesty of the extremely mysterious and enigmaticChampagne Drip. Taking the stage in his NYC debut, Champagne Drip made a bold and lasting impression, which has certainly made him one of my top artists to watch…

Ayes Cold

DJ Ayes Cold is one of DC's busiest selectors. 3 years into the craft, she has steadily created a unique presence in the District's music scene, performing at major venues like U Street Music Hall, the 930 Club, Rock and Roll Hotel, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Eighteenth Street Lounge, and more.

Ayes Cold builds her reputation around her eclectic selections, her mixes that seamlessly blend varying genres, and her intuitive ability to read and respond to a crowd. As noted by the Washington Post, "her eyes are as sharp as her ears."

Ayes Cold has DJ'd live on ABC7, performed at festivals like Trillectro, Broccoli City, The National Cannabis Festival, the Fields Festival, Bonnaroo, and SXSW. At SXSW she hopped on two official showcases with her drummer friend Kiran Gandhi and together they subsequently toured the east coast, hitting The Bowery Ballroom (NYC), The Sinclair (Cambridge), The Ardmore (Philly) and The Hamilton (DC). Ayes has also opened for Gaslamp Killer, Tokimonsta, Princess Nokia, and supported line ups with Solange Knowles, Anderson Paak, Chance the Rapper and D.R.A.M.

Catch her spinning first Saturdays at Rock and Roll Hotel, every Thursday night at Tropicalia, and on Full Service Radio at The Line Hotel (DC) this summer.

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