Essential Bass, Illeven Eleven and U Street Music Hall pres. ILL COMMUNICATION
Smookie Illson, DJ Throdown, Obscure, Proxxy & Lantern
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009
Born and raised in Florida, DJ Icey has been mesmerized by electronic music ever since hearing the synthesizer breakdown on The Edgar Winter Group's "Frankenstein." "My mom had that album and I would play that middle part over and over wondering how they made that sound," Icey recounts. "I was little and thought it was so cool."
Rising to worldwide prominence out of the fertile Orlando Florida electronic music scene, Icey cut his teeth at the legendary EDGE nightclub, and even persuaded The Chemical Brothers to play their first show Stateside there.
Icey runs his Indie label, Zone Records, which is dedicated to the Breaks he loves. When vinyl ruled the DJ'ing landscape, Zone sold a hundred thousand pieces of wax up until the label went all digital in 2008. Zone Records release schedule is relentless and consistently garners Top 10 Beatport sales in Breaks. His label has expanded to include multiple musical genres in remix and original form.
Playing 100+ gigs per year, Icey is a touring maniac. But that doesn't keep him out of the studio during the week working on new tracks for his indie imprint, constantly trying to push the envelope to make his fans sweat on the dance floor. Icey's live DJ shows are legendary and always include massive amounts of originals, remixes and re-rubs that are exclusive to his sets. The music is the output of his addiction to the recording studio.
Icey's remixes have garnered Top 5 placings on Hype Machine's Twitter Top 100 chart multiple times, most recently with his bass fueled re-working of Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Heads Will Roll." DJ icey has produced a weekly satellite radio show in North America since 2006, first on Sirius's Boombox channel and currently on Sirius XM's Electric Area channel, entitled "Automatic Static." It is one of the most popular dance mix shows on satellite radio.
2011 sees DJ Icey release "Flash the Message," a 17 track album that includes 12 originals long side a handful of remix and re-rub action. The album combines the sounds and vibes of multi-genres, vocals and instrumentals, which are all expertly tied together with his renowned broken beat, bass heavy sound.
Conceived in 2012, Smookie Illson is a collaborative music project aimed at injecting the dance music scene with a distinct take on bass music. 'Drop It Low', the first EP by the secretive trio was quickly snapped up by James Amato's Potty Mouth Music and released in the fall of 2012. It's fusion of ideas - a combination of electro / complextro house beats and melodies with hip hop swagger and low end bass - would become a template for their early output. They were soon tapped for an official remix of Deekline & Ed Solo's 'Number 1 Champion' featuring Kidd Money, Million Dan & MC Flipside for Deekline's Rat Records, following a string of well-received bootlegs, released via their Soundcloud and Facebook pages. After their bootleg trap remix of Atlanta artist Ree$e's 'Molly' saw great reaction online, they turned their attention to more 808 bass fueled productions. Not long after their take on Porn & Chicken's 'Take Your Shirt Off' was bouncing around the Internet, they put out the massive rework of DJ Assault's classic 'Ass 'N Titties', amassing over a 1000 downloads in a few days after premiering on the popular Run The Trap music blog. The next original singles, 'Back Up' and 'What U Gun Do' saw similar success, with 'Back Up' receiving consistent play by scene stalwarts like Atlanta's Mayhem. In December, Smookie Illson was recruited by Whiskey Pete's Switchblade Recordings to contribute material and deliver a mix for his 'Straight Leaning' compilation. The resulting composition, 'Make It Clap, Make It Roll', went on to be included in Bro Safari's 'Diplo & Friends' mix , airing on BBC Radio 1Xtra on January 6th, 2013.
Proxxy & Lantern
The past few years for Proxxy & Lantern have been strong. Together they formed Essential Bass a local DC crew who develops and throws electronic music events in the DC / Baltimore Area. They recently have booked acts like Krafty Kuts, Deekline, Keith Mackenzie, Lady Waks, The Freestylers, Marten Horger, Stanton Warriors and DJ Icey. They've been pushing the break beat sound hard in the Washington, DC metro area. DJ Proxxy is fresh back from a gig in London and is set to return again this summer. From Seattle to New York, London to Miami, Proxxy & Lantern have put in their dues over the years. They’ve played the iconic Ultra Music Festival in Miami for over 10 years and were residents at the legendary Starscape festival in Baltimore. DJ Lantern, along with Bradley Drop, topped the beatport breaks charts with a #1 hit in 2015 and a #2 hit in 2016. Lantern currently is the behind the scenes man at Transit (Give Productions), one of the longest running weeklies in the Washington, DC metro area - 13 years and counting. In the last 12 months they were blessed with the opportunity to create an exclusive mini mix on Crystal Method's Community Service on SiriusXm Satellite Radio. Keep an eye out for more choons, edits and mixes from Proxxy & Lantern in the near future! Much like electric avenue, they always bring an old-school vibe and keep the dance-floor current using a diverse track selection. Known for their energetic, booty bouncing sets, be sure not to miss these breakbeat US legends!