Renowned entertainment company Electric Flurry is joining forces with Connector to bring a taste of their intimate, extrasensory experience to STL. Join us on Saturday for an evening of rowdy bass, dubstep, glitch hop and more, taken to an even deeper level of epicness by things like pyrotechnics, go-go dancers, acrobats and aerial artists, 40 ft 3D video screens, and foam cannons that create state-of-the-art blizzard. Not your typical foam party, folks. The foam is light and airy, and adds a fourth dimension to the Cirque de Soleil-esque spectacle.
The roll call of musicians is a perfectly collated lineup from all over the map. 12th Planet has been doin’ his thing for years. I’m talking making dubstep since 2006. He’s also a king of collaboration, having made tracks with Protohype, Antiserum, Datsik, Kill the Noise, and Skrillex just to name a few. His dabbling in other genres like trap has led to him developing a distinct and robust sound. “L.A.’s Dubstop God,” according to Rolling Stone…should be an entertaining night.
Flinch is another L.A. bass sorcerer that will be gracing the giant stage at this spectacle. His dubstep and drum and bass fusions have made an impact on audiences and fellow producers alike. He has worked with a unique range of industry heavyweights like Diplo and Ellie Goulding.
We also have our boys Filibusta (who will be doing two sets) and Pleasure lighting this night up with some sexytime beats. Filibusta has been blowing up fests like Sonic Bloom and Electric Forest and is bringing his blossoming funky glitch-hop beats to the stage on Saturday. Pleasure, our producer of baby making bass, is on the heels of his second EP of the summer. Our friends at The Untz are doing a series called The Summer of Pleasure and there are three more coming as months get hotter.
Our lineup doesn’t stop. We have HODJ to throw some bass in your face, our own Jon Metz doing a set, as well as my favorite master of the smooth grooves – Danny Grooves. We also have MedusA, Taste of Bass, DJ Sinaman, and DJ Merf.
See what happens when the toast of L.A. dubstep meets the bass of STL, all while our friends Electric Flurry ensure pristine production and lighting as well choreographed acts and state-of-the art snow machines. See you all there!
Saturday, July 5, 2014
Old Rock House Parking Lot
1200 S 7th Street
St. Louis, MO
Doors 6:00 PM
Music til 2 AM
$44.00 + Fees
VIP – $69.00 + Fees
Love him or hate him, Skrillex is coming to St. Louis’ Chaifetz Arena next Tuesday, along with his whole caravan of industry heavyweights. Next Tuesday, June 17, prepare for a balls-to-the-wall evening with Skrill, Dillon Francis, What So Not, and Milo & Otis. If you haven’t heard the news, our strapping Connector artists Filibusta and Pleasure have been approved by Skrillex’s management to open up for the damn thing, so send them some love as they ascend on their first arena performance.
My first introduction to California native Skrillex (aka Sonny Moore) was in his post-hardcore band From First to Last when I was in high school. It took me awhile to grasp him moving from that to an electronic music producer, but hey, you gotta do what makes you happy. His influence has grown exponentially since he began producing, having claimed six Grammys in addition to founding OWSLA records. The label is now home to artists like Rusko, Figure, Koan Sound, and Skream. In the dust of his most recent release “Recess,” he is taking The Mothership all over the country this summer while continuing to work on new material. His heavy sound and monstrous production will no doubt be mind blowing, and we can’t wait to see what he and his motley crew do to our ears.
Dillon Francis took to the scene as one of Diplo’s discoveries. He is credited as a pioneer of moombahton and his unique take on trap, dubstep, and beyond is refreshingly crispy. His tracks make their way into the sets of the likes of Rusko and Major Lazer, and his influence in the industry is continuing to grow.
Aussie producers What So Not got scooped by OWSLA a couple years ago. Their tracks have a melodic synth intertwined with gritty drops and a smooth, full bodied sound weaving all the way through. Fellow Sydney, Australia natives Milo & Otis are an indubitable duo of heavy bass music with a trap accent. You have to give props to this group of individuals who are all between the ages of 22-26. Pretty good age to be playing arena shows…wouldn’t you say?
After the madness, get on over to the after party, which will be kickin’ until dawn. Since the Connector crew will be there in full force, prepare for things to get weird. Located at OZ Nightclub, we’ll have plenty of room (and plenty of bass) to continue the shenanigans. Our boys Filibusta and Pleasure will be throwing down alongside Taste of Bass, Goodness Gracious, and Quasar Camp. See you all there!
Doors 5:30 PM
Music 6PM – 11PM
$52.80 + Fees
Are you all ready for some heavy ass bass tomorrow or what? Seriously, we’re bringing in the big guns on this one, and by big guns, I mean PK subs – the best of the best when it comes to sound systems – to provide optimal, full-bodied sound. This is a lineup people in San Fran and Denver are begging for folks. Come get in on this.
Hope you are ready for some strange liquid bass from a hooded bandit. Liquid Stranger (aka Martin Stääf) is an industry heavyweight, having founded several record labels and collectives, all while releasing a total of eight albums over the course of his career.
Stääf just released his EP Renegade Crusade on Interchill Records, which he describes as a collision of dubstep sorcery and Rastafarian dance grooves. The mindblowing video below was made for one of the songs. The man is unstoppable and has more material, an album titled Anomaly, coming out on May 12th. Music has been in this Swedish producer’s blood from a young age, and it’s been impressive to see how his style has metamorphosized over the years.
We will also be welcoming KJ Sawka to our stage. He is an insanely talented drummer, having just spent two years touring with Australian electronic rock band Pendulum. He is also the drummer for Destroid, a heavy metal meets heavy bass supergroup with Excision and Downlink. He really doesn’t do too many solo sets, so this is going to be a treat.
Part Human (aka Brad Vorbeck) is a rising Connector artist. His debut EP, Neural Distortion, is being released at this event and we’re looking forward checking out what he has in store for us.
DJ Werk (aka Adam Burmeister) is a dubstep and drum and bass artist from St. Louis. He’s worked in every aspect of live music from promotion to production, and founded his own label, Wreckn Records. He’ll be getting the party started for us.
It’s going to be a night of some wonderfully heavy sounds, and you will probably look like this most of the time.
Yours truly is comin’ down from Peoria and am ready to get my brain rattled. But more importantly, it is Pleasure’s birthday so ladies, please see me if you’re interested in giving him a birthday lapdance and I’ll put you on the list if you meet the requirements. Fellas, buy him drinks all night; I’ll be enforcing this.
See you all tomorrow night.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
2720 Cherokee Performing Arts Center
2720 Cherokee Street
St. Louis, MO 63118
Music 9PM – 1:00AM
$17 adv | $20 dos + $5 surcharge for under 21
It’s a proud week for Connector. Our man Filibusta claimed victory in The Untz Challenge V. The competition among 75 finalists was fierce, but after 3,700 votes were cast, Filibusta (aka Troy Probst) was the top recipient of votes. Here’s the fresh future funk song that led him to the win.
Winning the contest means he gets to play at the top festivals across the U.S. this summer. You can catch him at any of the below festivals.
- Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL
- Lightning In A Bottle in Bradley, CA
- Infrasound Music Festival in Black River Falls, WI
- Wakarusa in Ozark, AR
- Sonic Bloom in South Park, CO
- Electric Forest in Rothbury, MI
- ARISE Music Festival in Loveland, CO
I got the opportunity to chat a little bit with Troy about his win, as well as what lies ahead in his very bright future…
Ellie Salrin: Congratulations on winning The Untz contest! Can you tell me a little bit about the song you selected, and the experience of the competition as a whole?
Troy Probst: This year was my 3rd and final year in the Untz Challenge, so I’m definitely glad I could go out with a bang! The song I selected for the contest is a glitch hop track w/ a funky vibe that will be released on my upcoming album, “Set Lasers to Funk!” Even though I wasn’t quite finished with it, I chose it because it’s a good sample of the musical direction I’ve been going in lately.
One thing I’ve learned about the contest over the years is that it isn’t over until its over. The first year I entered I was up by 50-100 votes in the second week, and lost by 200-300 in the last week. This year I made sure I got a good lead early on and kept it going by getting new people to vote every day and making sure they followed the directions to vote.
ES: You recently debuted another instrument into your set…the keytar. How did you end up learning how to play that, and are there any other instruments or equipment you’d like to incorporate into your production in the future?
TP: In the studio I use the keyboard to produce probably 90% of the time. I recently started incorporating the keyboard in my live sets, but because I found myself picking it up and playing it like a violin, I decided to purchase a keytar. It’s not much different from a regular keyboard, except you wear it like a guitar. In the near future, I plan to add electric guitar to my live set…and possibly someone to play live drums…but we’ll see what happens within the next year.
ES: What are some of the main inspirations for you when making music?
TP: Honestly, listening to music outside of electronic music is what inspires me the most. To me, its all about bridging the gap between bands and EDM. It’s that new sound thats attractive to both sides, thats makes the people dance.
ES: What advice do you have for aspiring musicians looking to break into the industry?
TP: Produce music that’s pleasing to the ear, learn how to network, and STAY HUMBLE.
ES: Is there anything else about yourself we don’t know that we should?
TP: Wouldn’t be much of a secret if I told you, would it?
The man is clearly on the right path, so keep you eyes and ears out for this cat at whatever festival you end up at this summer, in addition to the rest of his tour dates.
THANK YOU to all that took the time to vote. Without all of our bitchin’ teamwork, we wouldn’t be here right now. Much love – The Connector Crew