Thursday, October 6
Hooks and DC rummage through the bargain vinyl bin a little differently than you do. That’s because this Toronto based duo, known as Zeds Dead, are constantly on the look-out for potential samples and some old-school inspiration in those endless record crates. This isn’t your typical dubstep. Tracks like the bass-heavy Nintendo-synthesized “White Satin” certainly appeal to fans of Bassnectar and Borgore but Zeds Dead take it a step deeper, pulling source material from a variety of artists like Moody Blues (who originally wrote “Dressed in White Satin,” from which ZD’s aforementioned track is based) Sublime, Radiohead, and have even done their own stylistic remix of the Rolling Stone’s “Gimmie Shelter.” “In hip-hop its called sampling, in dubstep its called remixing, but its really the same thing,” Hook said in an interview earlier this year. Where a rapper might drop a fresh rhyme and a huge beat Zeds Dead inject a fat, swooping bassline and a laser guided synth riff. Combining their dance floor tuned originals, stylistic remixes, and borrowing tracks from their favorite contemporary dubstep producers, this pair craft high energy sets night after night. Don’t miss Zeds Dead this Thursday (Oct 6) at the Town Ballroom. Local dubstep experts Big Basha, Conartist, and Brotherbear open the show. —cory perla
8pm. Town Ballroom, 681 Main St. (852-3900 / townballroom.com) $17.