Deathface, DJ Odi

There's been a long road leading to this point for Johnny Love, the primary compositional force behind the music of Deathface. He entered into the electronic music scene in his native Chicago, quickly becoming a staple in the city's dance music and DIY culture. His parties on the city's South Side were meant for deep underground dance tracks only; nothing from the radio's top 40 could be played. The shows became legendary to fans as well as the police force. After several out of control parties landed him in jail, he moved to Los Angeles and formed Guns N' Bombs, a group he has described as "French touch electro." Though the group gained some serious popularity in the city's dance scene, it came to a quick and messy end, inspiring Love to move into a more bass-heavy, dubstep sound. Out of this came Deathface, a group with hard-hitting, adrenaline-fueled electronic beats that recently destroyed at SXSW and Miami's Ultra week. Joining Love for the group's second EP, Fall Of Man, is the vocal talent Adri Law, a Los Angeles photographer and fashionista.

CMJ is premiering the video for "Bloodrave," the opening track off of the latest EP. The short but dark video features a Michael Cera kind of character being taken to an underground warehouse rave and of course, awkwardly failing at fitting in with the badass edgy crowd. Tough break, man. Entrance to the club is allowed because his date flashes a card with the logo from Trouble And Bass, Deathface's label. Bravo for the successful subtle advertising.

Deathface is currently on a massive, three-month tour across the U.S. Check out the group's website for more details, dates and locations.

Odi (Digital Konfusion, Konkrete Jungle, NYC)

Odi as he is known to the world, does not look like the type to have a group of beautiful women fawning over him. And yet, there are several that I have to get through to talk to him. People murmur “respect” as we walk outside. Their admiration is not underserved. Odi, is in great part responsible for the entire style of jungle music in NYC. “I can’t think of anything that makes me happier,” he says. “Every show makes me better.”
Jungle or drum&bass is one of the evolutions of the 90s electronica wave, characterized by an emphasis on fast-paced breakbeat and prominent bassline. It was then, back in its formative years that Bronx-born, Harlem-raised Odi entered the scene and gave it his kind of direction. “I grew up around 125th street , the home of hip hop. So it was natural to be an aggressive DJ, putting in the hip hop elements. It’s what I know.” His break came around after high school, when running promotions for the famous NASA rave parties at Club Shelter grew into a steady DJing slot. From there, Odi and some childhood friends who shared a lifestyle, culture and musical interest began pumping out electronic records with their own signature twist.

Devilchild began DJing in 2002, playing his first club gigs at the age of 16. He quickly carved a notch in the Carolina rave scene; not only playing with but opening and closing for heavyweight acts such as Keoki, Baby Anne, DJ Icey, Jackal & Hyde, Dieselboy, Dara, AK1200, Freq Nasty, Monk, Rennie Pilgrem and many more. Devilchild has also recorded and released a dozen plus well known mix CD's and organized several successful events in his home state. In addition to DJing, he is an accomplished drummer, touring the country several times over as a part of various signed metal bands. In 2013, a fiery and newly inspired Devilchild looks to carry the torch for the unrepresented Hard Dance sound in the Carolinas and take his uncompromising, pummeling beats nationwide. You can expect technically precise mixing, relentless track selection and live-wire energy when you see a Devilchild set.


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