Sat, May 25
Sun, May 26
WATTS UP TOUR SAT 5/25 @ Club Ampersand
1100 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA, 70112
Doors 10:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Antiserum (aka Mike Schumer) is an electronic producer and musician from San Francisco, whose originating style of West Coast bass music emerged during the dawn of the Bay Area dubstep movement. His music is characterized by the use of heavy drums, rolling bass lines, and distinct melodies, with a tight production style that gives nods to underground hip-hop, soul, nuerofunk, reggae, and metal. His live DJ performances oscillate between high-octane mixes and emotional progressions, built around new and unreleased material with a focus on high energy and dance floor appeal.
Reaching a prominent international audience through Beatport in 2008, Antiserum landed the 8th best-selling dubstep track of the year. His first tour launched in 2009 to Australia and New Zealand, which set forth a whole new fan base and realm of inspiration that brought him back for a second tour two years later. By the start of 2011, he released The Swarm EP with Rottun Recordings, opened for Excision and Downlink on first full-scale dubstep production to hit the US: the 30-show Subsonic Tour. He was picked up by Caspa's Dub Police label with his collaborative renditions of the West Coast's own "purple" sound, featuring the tracks "Zephyr" and "Purple & Gold" with Los Angeles dubstep warrior 12th Planet and the multi-faceted ill-Esha. Antiserum's dynamic production style has also sparked collaborations with electronic artists Eskmo, DJG, ill-esha, Noah D, Triage, Mayhem, Dubsworth, Vinja, and Babylon System. Aside from his regular live DJ performances, Antiserum has also guest lectured and performed at Ex'pression College for Digital Arts in the Bay Area.
2012 stands as Antiserum's biggest year thus far, landing his collaborative track "Droid Prom" with live musician Dubsworth in the opening scenes of the CSI: Miami episode "Friendly Fire", and releasing his co-production with 12th Planet titled "Ghost" on The End is Near EP by Scion A/V (including tracks by Skrillex, Flinch, SPL, and Kill the Noise). Antiserum's most recent 2-track release with ill-Esha features "Overflow" & "Lightning" on the Dutch imprint, Subway and his forthcoming releases will be out to make a second impact once again on Dub Police & Rottun. His debut full-length album is currently in the works!
The four person Bay Area production force known as Helicopter Showdown has earned the reputation in the underground bass music culture as "Wu Tang" of Dubstep. These West coast bass monsters have been turning heads and crashing parties worldwide with their unique blend of heavy dubstep and melodic electro house. Having dominated the Bay Area bass music scene over the past year, HS has been called out of their homeland to perform and curate events all over the country in cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Baltimore, Denver, Philadelphia, Seattle, Houston, Detroit, and Las Vegas to name a few. Supported by such highly respected artists as Rusko, Borgore, Mt. Eden, Calvertron, Skism, Downlink, and Reid Speed amongst others, their music is quickly being recognized everywhere from the most distinguished UK dubstep pioneers to the smaller pockets of bassheads in middle USA.
In the last year, after teaming up with close friend, collaborator, and UltraGore label mate/owner Sluggo, the HS crew smashed their way onto the Beatport charts with their debut release "The Wrestler" [Ultragore], followed by "Hostages" [Ultragore] and most recently "Holy Ghost" [Play Me] feat. MC Messinian. Recently HS has become even more of a household name in the Beatport Dubstep charts, planting themselves firm within the top 20 with their latest release "Drop It Again" with Calvertron off the "Flight or Fight EP" [Play Me]. They are currently finishing up their next Ultragore EP with Sluggo featuring the fresh vocal talents of Bryan Dallas and Young Aunde, and have a laundry list of collaborations in store that will make 2012 a marquee year for them.
Helicopter Showdown also stands out from the rest of the bass community due in part to their reputation for holding their fans in the highest regard, proving their love through their consistent efforts to give away FREE music; with highly acclaimed releases "Gucci Gucci (Helicopter Showdown & IB Remix)" [US Dubstep], "Waiting" with BoyKidCloud [Squitty Bubbler], "Dramatron" [Squitty Bubbler Most Popular 2011], "Beat Down" [Squitty Bubbler Most Popular January 2011] and the classic "Whistle Tips" with Point.blank [Dubsaw/Squitty Bubbler Most Popular October 2010] all given gratis to their hungry fanbase. HS even takes it one step farther, giving away free downloads of their signature sounds and production templates.
With their dedication to production, their fans, and taking their four person team onto the stage and turning any given party into a full blown event, keep a close eye on Helicopter Showdown as they bring the party from the West Coast underground to a city near you.
Clicks & Whistles
Clicks & Whistles have been carving out a unique sound blending Southern Rap, Juke, and elements of Drum & Bass since their first official release in August 2010. The Charlotte based duo is comprised of professional programmer Jorge Hernandez (Hey Whore Hey) and classically trained Petey Evans (PeteyClicks).
The two have a slew of notable releases including the heavily remixed "Neva Get Caught" on T&A Records, "Cranberry Goose EP" on Distal's Atlanta based Embassy Imprint, and "Can't Believe EP" on AC Slater's Label – Party Like Us. Great taste and selection combined with honed production skills gives this group prowess in both quality and efficiency in the studio and has lead to some huge Dirty South and Club Anthem remixes.
With a heavy touring schedule and a stack of upcoming releases, the sound of Clicks & Whistles is sure to be in your ears and coming to a city near you.
"…a trunk-rattling approach to the hottest trends in underground electronic music." – Mishka NYC
"There's just enough in this hyphy track to make me lose my shit already over Clicks & Whistles' upcoming EP." – Noisey Music by VICE Magazine
"Dirty South samples and soaring video game synths slice through the air on these tracks" – FACT Magazine
"…offers a massive-yet-soothing bassline with its innumerable layers of cosmic melodies." – XLR8R
"[Southern Slaw] fits in perfectly with its twisted beats that engages you with its big bombastic concoction. It's so big that it'll hypnotize you into a dancing frenzy within the first few seconds." – Prefix
The south’s most notorious dance floor assassin Beverly sKILLZ has developed a widespread reputation for murdering dance floors on a regular basis. Refusing to be tied down to any one genre, she has been known to throw down anything that will keep the crowd moving. She always keeps the crowd guessing blending electro, dubstep, hip hop, disco, house, pop, old school, rock, or whatever she feels like. Playing music that comes from within is just one of the reasons her sets are always killer. Another reason is her extensive background in battling. A gift for turntablism sets her apart from your average club deejay. She brings her craft to the club in a shock and awe style that won’t be easily forgotten. She’s thrown down some memorable sets with artists such as Skrillex, DJ AM, Jazzy Jeff, MSTRKRFT, Steve Aoki and Dayglow’s "Escape Reality" Tour. She also earned national acclaim by placing 3rd in DMC New Orleans 2011. She can be found most Saturday nights throwing down her signature style at Ampersand. Check out beverlyskillz.com for tour dates & music.
In a state notorious for renowned party capital New Orleans, LA, Brandon Journet, better known as DJ Digital resides in a place that is considered to some as the crowned jewel of the planet. Louisiana is a unique place in many ways, from it's food & hospitality to it's "anything goes" way of life. In the late 90's into the early millennium, Louisiana was seemingly an underground mecca for electronic music and everything that surrounded it with venues like Kingfish" & State Palace Theater. Respectively, the nightclub & after-hours circuit heavily reflected it with parties that would stretch from any given time on a Saturday night until 3pm the next afternoon. The party scene was heaven. The DJ was God. And the "Original LA" was the place.
Coming out of high school in the summer of 1999 as a mere "bedroom DJ" who's record collection consisted of mediocre to less than desirable selections from local thrift store visits throughout his prep school years Digital was introduced to this thriving nightclub circuit and soon his hobby (and record collection) went from "hobby" to "passion". He would have never guessed that within a year, his plan to embellish upon his audio/video interests by achieving a degree in Mass Comm. at the local university would drastically change.
Fast Forward to a decade later and Digital has rocked crowds from the golden coast all the way down to Miami playing close to 200 nights out of the year. This was no easy task. After making the bold move of becoming a college dropout at the turn of the millennium, he dove right into his establishment as a DJ. Rapidly gaining popularity, he soon began producing numerous remixes and originals alongside his peers.. some of which introduced him to the craft that he would soon call a career. Pressing his work to wax and being featured on many other compilations as well as his own personal mix CD releases allowed Digital to catapult his name and signature sound to music fans and fellow DJs alike from all over the globe. You could make thousands off of a track that took you all of a week to create. Sometimes with the right idea and sample an all nighter would even do the trick. And from the producer popularity the gigs instantly followed. Some producers didn't even have to know much beyond "matching" beats and pressing play. The parties were packed and the promoters were paying big. Peer to Peer sharing was at it's peak, and this was a DJ's best friend because of how fast it allowed people you may have never even met to serve as your own personal promoter with every respective track shared. What no one realized soon enough was that this double edged sword was simultaneously killing record sales as well as the popularity of "dance music" with many DJs and label owners folding to seek other forms of income.
Digital watched as artists and DJs who he once looked up to as idols waived the white flag and gave up on the industry. Luckily, even though electronica was his stronghold, he was very well seasoned and able as a DJ, regardless of the genre. Often this eclectic taste was heard thru his music and when DJs who could "play everything" became the new demand, he slid right into place.
"It is crucial to be able to adapt and adjust as a dj .. because no matter what your scene may be .. tomorrow, your scene won't be your scene anymore."
Digital's surplus of musical knowledge spans through rock, soul, electronica, hip hop, pop & underground, from classics to currents in each respective genre and 10 times out of 9 he's probably got it on wax… in doubles. Being an avid digger Digital sees every new city as an untapped gold mine of used wax and he's probably bought more records AFTER the introduction of Serato than some DJs bought BEFORE it existed. He often jokes that he probably has more music on wax than most DJs have on their hard drives.
His appreciation for creativity and art in any way shape or form has allowed him to network with brands and individuals that directly influence and ultimately inspire him to continue to open up his own creativity to break down walls between genres and introduce new methods and ideas within his sets. A self proclaimed "hustler", he often refers to himself as a "student of the game" which keeps him grounded and constantly working to "never sound the same".
A broad range and appreciation of music is clearly reflected with versatility and high octane delivery. A fusion of precision and advanced skill level seem to come as second nature as he is most comfortable when creating on-the-fly with a combination of turntablism and a "did he just do that" level of improvisation.
Acknowledged and respected as one of the most dedicated working DJ's in his industry, for the past decade Digital has also managed to balance a radio career amidst his hectic schedule touting a Music Director position at Rhythmic Powerhouse Hot 107.9 [KHXT] in Lafayette, LA. With daily and weekend mixshow commitments as well as a full-time afternoon timeslot on the frequency known as "The Hottest Music Station" in his market, Digital is engulfed 24/7 in what he loves most. Music.
Performing with and alongside artists such as N.E.R.D., George Clinton, A-Trak, Jazzy Jeff, Paul Van Dyk, Curren$y, Egyptian Lover, 2 Live Crew, Tittsworth, Lil Wayne, Craze & many more as well as being networked and directly involved with respected brands such as Serato, Politics, Red Bull & others.
Always satisfying and dazzling audiences. Never will you see Dj Digital giving anything less than 100% in front of a crowd. Whether 10 or 10,000, his promise is to leave it all on the tables with each and every set. He has earned genuine respect through his performance and his professionalism. With technicality, personality and undying passion combined his reputation is highly regarded and has also given him the fortunate opportunity to be one of the most sought after DJs in the industry. Forever appreciative that his passion has allowed him to make a living, from venue to venue. No matter the genre; mixing, scratching, and rocking crowds is second nature, and what Digital does best.
With a relentless schedule behind the decks coupled with his radio obligations DJ Digital splits time working and residing between Lafayette & New Orleans, LA.