Bedrockk is bass//soul//music. Currently based out of San Francisco, producer/singer/guitarist Dave Marquess makes futuristic r&b with original vocals to create a sound he can truly call his own. As the founder of SF/Denver based record label, Dirty//Clean, he has formed a collective of like-minded artists who strive to push the bar in their forward-thinking productions. Take some soulful grit, colorful futuristic vibes, echo-falsetto vocals, some 808 bass music undertones, mix them together and you have the sound that is Bedrockk.
Raised on a diet of jazz, dance, and show, Dave Marquess took to writing music from a young age, heavily influenced by his grandfather's experience growing up in the rich cultural fabric of the Bronx, alongside the classic r&b records his mother played him after school. He went on to form his first band at the age of 16, originally playing a more blues inspired sound. Over time, he realized that the sounds in his head could no longer be projected exclusively through the use of classic instruments, as he became influenced by the ever evolving sound of underground electronic music, and began to delve into synthesis and electronic production techniques. In turn, he learned how to produce, record and manipulate his own signature style, and Bedrockk was born. The marriage of technology and soul.
Nashville-raised Michael Dermody combines elements of house, hip-hop, garage, future Bass and R&B to craft a musical style that is truly his own. Mosis firmly establishes emotive, melodic groundwork while providing a smoothness and dance-ability that is welcome to any dance floor. Having shared the stage with the likes of Disclosure, Nosaj Thing, Daedelus, Rustie, Lapalux and countless others, Mosis has proven himself to move even the most skeptical dance music fan. No stranger to eclectic releases, Mosis has also been featured on international compilations and labels such as our friends at Night Supply, Foundations Recordings, as well as Montreal-based Booty Bakery.
Originally hailing from Nashville, TN, and now located in San Francisco, California, Dailon is an inspiring producer who has been relentlessly productive throughout his budding career. The talented young artist is constantly pushing his take on the future sound, finding a vibe-heavy balancing point between fluid, emotive bass music and washed out hip-hop. For live performances he incorporates live keys and melodic improvisation into an already impressive repertoire of original sounds with a rich neo-soul undertone that has become a distinguishing characteristic of Dailon's music.
Move slow, think fast. Fast-forward to the future while reflecting on the past. Corey English, known by most as Snubluck, blends a colorful analog sound with a bass heavy vibe, creating exuberant soundscapes to brighten dancefloors worldwide. From the day he first picked up a trumpet at 10 years of age, English knew he was destined for a life in music.
He played in several jazz and progressive bands as he grew older, learning new instruments and finding inspiration in an eclectic blend of musical styles. When English discovered hip-hop and beat music, he was instantly hooked. He started to immerse himself in software-based production techniques, blending the influences of his musical background with new, experimental sonic elements and started being known as Snubluck. As he honed his unique style of melodic, left-field bass music, he developed a devoted following in the bass music mecca of Denver, Colorado.
An animal disguised as a human wearing an animal mask - Dawn Safari is shrouded in both an air of mystery and intrigue, with a silken gold cloak and matching gold lion mask. His music is a percussive blend of bass music influences spanning far stretches of the globe. A childhood in the vibrant Caribbean island of St. Thomas informed the rhythmic expressionism that defines Dawn Safari’s music. A love for traditional African pop music and reggae combine with a passion for emotive hip-hop and electronica to form a colorful psychotropic listening experience.
Dawn Safari’s lifelong background in music stems from his multi-instrumentalist father and years spent playing trumpet and eventually bass guitar. His love for low-end was solidified on his 21st birthday, when he received a 1968 Fender Jazz Bass as a gift from his father. After forming an electronically-inclined funk band, Dawn Safari ignited the solo project he continues today, delving into digital music production alongside analog hardware, warped synthesis, and live rhythmic percussion.
Smooth to jagged, Glassy's music speaks to the ever-increasing abstraction of society - music that is a rhythmic reflection of modern life's moments - at once beautiful and abrasive, while growing increasingly synthetic and alien. The youngster Glassy, aka Colton Sparks, is able to weave a wide array of genres and influences by mindfully mashing splashes of color and shape into his music. Drawing influences from seemingly opposite ends of the musical universe, Glassy aims to construct a sound entirely maximum in its essence.
His releases over the last year have shown a great range, including a remix EP, a few collaborative features with fellow producers Snubluck and Neilbehl, and a track on The South East Grind Vol. 1, based out of Australia. This coming year brings a host of releases from the young producer, including a feature on The South East Grind Vol. 2, a few mixes featuring some unreleased material, and a new EP full of genre-bending material. Keep an eye out for Glassy, it's a sound experience you don't want to miss.
Andrew Goodwin, aka Gunkst, is a triplet raised in the streets of Nashville, Tennessee who currently resides in Denver, Colorado. Gunkst started producing music in 2010, and his unique take on production presents a truly unique blend of futuristic club music, hip-hop and grime with decidedly melodic undertones. He has recently released a remix for Plastician with Kendo of Two Fresh that was featured on the Plasticman Remixed II record. His debut EP "Bodied" is being released through Terrorhythm Recordings in early 2015. Gunkst has shared the stage with such notable acts as Sango, Falcons, Insightful, Mono/Poly, and Low Limit. Aside from producing music, Gunkst is also a graphic designer. He has designed images for all of his releases and has created his own altered universe with a visual style that embodies his musical mission of forging new territories and evoking new emotions.
Lemon Future is the electronic music project of Steele Kempton. This music project was started in early 2014 as reinvisioning of Steele’s previous project “Amor, Est.”. Lemon Future draws on a multitude of influences and is focused on danceable tempos while still paying close attention to melody and harmony, striving to make more intelligent, methodical, polyrhythmic and textural dance music. Lemon Future is affiliated with Denver and Bay Area labels Dirty//Clean and Keats//Collective.
Sam Stevens, aka Slam Skillet, builds club music from the perspective of a twenty first century architect. The 22-year-old Columbia student views the two forms as almost one in the same - both architecture and dance music in their base form, are iterative, repetitive, and modular, and his work is a direct reflection of that. He strives to approach music production as the creation of 3-dimensional space, and to allow certain environments or images to dictate an aural palette. His tastes lie in the realm of melodic minimal techno workouts reflected in the geometric, design-based artworks that he combines with his music to create an all-encompassing experience for the listener/viewer.
The self-designed album cover for Slam Skillet’s Dirty//Clean release, Collagen explores different views of a geometric, semi-translucent space. Stevens was heavily inspired by the work of architect Bernard Tschumi; he has a project called Screenplays where he takes a series of filmstills and playfully converts them into 3D spaces. The stills on Collagen’s cover represent a space that the viewer looks into from afar. A progression through the stills ends up with a figure looking toward a door. The composition of the four stills is congruent with the four panels on the door’s window. He was interested in developing a loop of perspective that evokes a sense of fear. As you draw closer to the object, you realize that the object is looking back at you.
The attention to detail that James Whitney, aka Checkers, puts into his work is evident throughout his dynamic pieces of music. Years of classical and jazz piano soon led to drum patterns and the multi-dimensional sounds of the synthesizer, and eventually a love of hip-hop turned to electronic music. He favors the carefully crafted, intricate, yet soulful side of electronica made by the likes of Boards of Canada, Take and Âme, and this comes across in the music he makes - a wild concoction of genres informed by his love of funk and r&b that appeal to both the critical listener and the dance floor.
The music on his 2012 DIRTY//CLEAN release “Leisure Sports” is abstract and doesn’t give up its secrets easily. Whitney creates intertwining loops and figures that are as intricate and insular as Celtic knots. However, he also deftly balances his esoteric tendencies with soul and hip-hop, infusing his complex compositions with beats conducive to blissed-out head nodding. Whitney works in photography during the day and has been stealing moments away from work to finish up his overdue second release and first LP. Expect new releases this year along with a mix or two.
Atlanta is a place where brick mansions stand harmoniously next to street art masterpieces on legal walls. A place where Civil War memorabilia rests just a stone’s throw from Martin Luther King’s birth home. Struggle and prosperity exist side-by-side.
fnesse is an artist born out of this cultural disparity. On one hand - he creates soundscapes lined in distorted, reverberated chords that tell his story of frustration, an ode to fnesse’s personal dissatisfaction with current patterns in both music and society today. On the other - luxurious, glimmering synths laced with intricate, syncopated rhythms display a sense of gratitude and hope for the future.