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The popularity of bass-heavy dance music is spreading like wildfire across the world, with many producers crafting their own styles of dubstep, grime and garage. In the city of San Francisco, CA DJ/producer Kastle has cultivated his own style of bass-heavy beats with a soulful twist.

After teaching himself guitar and piano around the age of 12, Barrett Richards pooled his efforts towards electronic instrumentation about two years later. He began taking production as seriously as he did DJing during that time, and involved himself deep into the Northeast rave scene. It was no surprise that in time, though, personal growth and 14 years of production experience paired with a degree in audio engineering would breed a new sound. Kastle came to life at a pivotal moment after a big move from Boston back to his hometown of Pittsburgh in March 2009. After nearly a year of conceptualizing, he knew he was working on something special.

The name itself implies a fortress, a personal space that is used to cultivate a long-time love of hip-hop and R&B and fuse it with the magnetizing effect that dubstep, garage and bass-heavy music has had on Barrett and, really, the various communities of underground electronic music.

The studio and touring dichotomy of an artist's life is a perfect yin & yang for Kastle in both his production and outlook. His professional experience as an engineer puts forth clean, crisp production, but his love for the party provides a playful bass that eats a room. Altogether, the wide varieties of vocals - both originals and sampled - are a key element to Kastle's sound. "I grew up on hip hop and R&B, and sampling is considered an art form," he says. "It's becoming more and more fun to dig through old records and find obscure samples." He cites another unexpected influence -legendary French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, who had once said that "it's not where you take things from, it's where you take them to."

Sweater Beats

Sweater Beats is a Brooklyn-based producer who makes music for the bedroom.

Jaw Jam

The style JAW JAM is going for is nothing new–broken down melodies, eclectic vocal samples, heavy 808′s–it's all been done before. But what's truly interesting about JAW JAM's material is the apparent lack of mediocrity. From every vocal sample he selects to work with, to every bleep and blip sound byte that he infuses within–it all screams professional.

Druid Cloak

I make what the earth tells me...

Debut EP, The Grove, on Symbols Recordings


Follow up EP, Athene's Hollow, on Infinite Machine

3rd release is forthcoming on Bad Taste

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INPUT | Symbols Label Night with Kastle, Sweater Beats, Druid Cloak, Jaw Jam, with special guest Lindsay Lowend

Thursday, September 12 · 10:00 PM at Output