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As always Soundgarden Hall and Steez Promo put on a tremendous party with their latest installment of Bass Nation, this time featuring Mayhem and Doctor P.Article by: Chelsea Dalsey
Doctor P, (aka Shaun Brockhurst), is not only a revolutionary in the world of dubstep, furthering the once small subgenre of DnB at home in the UK, but a producer and businessman, owning his own label, Circus Records, with childhood friend Flux Pavilion (who played Soundgarden Hall just weeks ago!). His original tune “Sweet Shop” dropped in 2010, and since then his music has become an essential part of every DJ’s setlist, while dubstep has risen to international notoriety by becoming a pervasive part of mainstream music.
Mayhem, (aka Anthony Rotella), hails from Atlanta, Georgia, and is, like Doctor P, not only omnipotent in his field (he is also credited as a producer, label executive, and promoter), but a frontrunner in the subgenre of dubstep. It’s obvious, however, that Mayhem’s heart lies in his own unique brand of DnB that precisely mixes in hip hop, with favoritism for southern rap. For the past 13 years Mayhem has been repping and disseminating his sound not only at the many residencies he has held at various Atlanta night clubs, but in his world wide travels. We here in the City of Brotherly Love were lucky enough to have both these gentlemen under the same roof (sorry upstairs neighbors!) last Thursday night.
The night started off with local duo EZ Money warming up the crowd. As Soundgarden Hall filled, E-Dubb took over. A regular at Soundgarden Hall, E-Dubb pleased the crowd with his distinctive sound that includes elements of moombah in addition to dubstep. Next up, Shy Kidx energized the crowd with some faster tracks, but stayed loyal to the bass heavy theme of the evening mixing in tracks like Borgore’s “Decisions.” Their set built up to a very hard-hitting, make-you-feel-dirty-in-a-good-way kind of sound that had the crowd verily warmed up for Mayhem. But, I think the sickest song of their set was their closer, which included samples from Zomboy and Krewella.
Mayhem’s set brought his distinctive hip-hop sound with it, and the crowd reacted noticeably and positively to the change. He took control of the the room, keeping an eye on the crowd, switching up his sound from trap, rachet, grimey to fast-paced DnB, depending on the energy of the room. Mayhem seemed to know what the crowd wanted, and didn’t give it to us all at once. He delivered a precise, skillful, and all-around fun set, some of my favorite tracks were his bass and trap heavy mix of “Type of Way” and a brand new track, and his closer, “Bounce.” Then, in a seamless transition, Doctor P handed Mayhem a beer, and Mayhem handed over the turntables.
Doctor P started out his set with a buffet of sounds, laying it out on the table before pulling the table cloth out from under it all. He layered some of his classics like “Tetris” (which the crowd obviously went NUTS over) with newer tunes, like the A$AP Rocky, Skrillex, Birdy Nam Nam collaboration, “Goin In/Goin Hard,” while teasing some of the tracks you expected to hear, like Flux Pavilion’s “I Can’t Stop,” and then every once in awhile he’d throw in something completely out of left field, like the 1958 throwback, “Tequila!” Sorry for the obvious metaphor, but Doctor P is honestly a surgeon of sound. He takes a bunch of things you’ve heard before and mixes it up into something so different and exciting, all with the nonchalance that comes with true skill. He closed his set with a crowd pleaser, House of Pain’s “Jump Around,” and after some coaxing came out for an encore that began with Calvin Harris’s “Promises” and ended with his original track “Flying Spaghetti Monster.”
This show was of epic proportions, which is to be expected with two epic figures like Mayhem and Doctor P. What I didn’t expect, however, was just how much these two guys care about their fans. When Mayhem handed things off, he jumped off the stage and went directly to the front rail of the audience, where he spent the next 20-30 min, interacting with fans, snapping pictures, and getting just as riled up as everyone else when Doctor P rolled out hits like “Big Boss.” When the entire show was over Doctor P joined Mayhem, talking with fans and obliging a number of fans with selfies. Even on their way out of the building, they stopped to talk to the couple of stragglers who wanted to get a word in. These guys obviously love the music they play and the people that they play it for, for out-of-towners, they nailed the Brotherly Love thing. Kudos and thanks to Steez Promo and Soundgarden Hall for another successful Bass Nation!