This past week in Victoria, we had a very special artist roll through town thanks to a new collective called Bass Culture Events, which is showcasing the best and brightest in west coast bass music, and DMNW got to check them out first hand.
The PNW is good for so many things. One of the most fun parts of living here is the massive amount of talent we have coming through our cities. The only downside to this is that there are very few debuts anymore. The artists coming through are amazing, but 90% of them have been here in the past. We’re a place who knows what they like, what can we say?
Shiny Things, hailing from Nelson, BC has been blowing everyone away with his unique blend of trap and weird bass music. Between his still talked about set in the Grove at Shambhala 2017 to his arsenal of releases on Soundcloud, this Kootenay local has been making major waves in the bass music scene. It was high time we got to see his massive talent here in Victoria!
What better way to introduce this pioneer of weirdness to BC’s capital city then support from some of the island’s most in demand and hottest talents, young Strange Thing and Victoria legends Grossbuster & Orilla, who together make up the hosts of the evening, Bass Culture Events.
The first thing you notice when you walk in is the custom built, video mapped stage brought in by the promoters, adding a futuristic element to the usual grungy atmosphere of Lucky Bar, which we visited earlier this year for Rifflandia Festival. The energy was palpable as Grossbuster laid down his eclectic beats, while Orilla threw over his trademark lightning quick lyrics overtop.
This set the tone for the evening before the young bass warrior himself Strange Thing brought the crowd to it’s knees with his various originals and edits. This guy has been making huge strides in the west coast bass scene lately, and is one to watch for sure as he heads down to Costa Rica this month for his international debut at Bamboo Bass Festival.
The man of the hour did not disappoint. Shiny Things took to the stage with pure energy and delivered until the last note, throwing down an amalgamation of futuristic bass, rap samples, and straight ass shaking trap music that had us begging for more. The crowd thinned out near the end of the night, leaving room for the rest of us to head to the floor and really take it home.
This was a show that really brought those sunny festival vibes to this dreary cold January we just had, and we’re super excited to see what’s next for the folks at Bass Culture Events. Hit the Facebook page to keep in touch with these guys, because if this show was any indication, we’re about to have our worlds rocked.
What are you hoping to see next from these guys? Let us know in the comments!
All photos taken by Xavier Photography