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Zeds Dead

Zeds Dead

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 / $17.

  • rainbow glo

    The Moody Blues song that this is from is called “Nights In White Satin.” Zed’s Dead’s sped-up inclusion of it is a mockery of an original true classic, as if it were performed by Alvin and the Chipmunks with a synthesizer.

    I’m sorry, I give artists a lot of room to express their creativity without having to please my personal tastes, but this just shows a lack of creative ability OR respect for REAL songwriting ability.

  • Cory

    Hmmm, so the debate continues. What is the line between creation and recreation? It’s not a new thing, even goes back to Led Zeppelin, although this video will argue, they didn’t even bother giving credit to the original artist:

  • Jenny

    I came from a house where my mom blasted the original Moody Blues version of this song all the time. For me, I love being able to do the same with a song that my mom enjoyed so much, just with a twist. Same for all of the oldies that some might say have been butchered or violated somehow. I can even play some of these for her and she gets a kick out of it. I think this is the whole point of music, right?