EVENT REVIEW: Low Frequency Wednesdays 08-20-14 at Toika by Natalia Toussaint

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A #basshead found her home
Toronto Bass Community and Dub Hub Toronto joined together to present the fourth Low Frequency Wednesdays to Toronto bass music enthusiasts. Yes, it has taken a full week for my body to recover from cutting a rug on the dance floor, but it was more than worth it to walk with a little more swagger in my step.

I arrived at Toika just before 10:30 p.m. I have been to Toika since the renovations, but I still walk up to the old entrance when I first started going to Tokia for CODE:D Sundays hosted by AUX EVENTS. Silly me, old habits die hard! You could hear the music coming through the door as you said hello to security. Justin Bella, founder of Toronto Bass Community, was sitting at the ticket counter where he introduced me to Aleksandra Darkova, Ashley Robinson and Mariana Nunuvero, key persons in bringing TBC to the forefront! Hugs all around! Ruben ‘Hydee’ Reyes was on guard duty, ensuring the audio was at the perfect level. Also in attendance was Dylan Rogers, fellow #teamEDMTOR photographer, who was recording the night for TBC Low Frequency Radio.

MDRN – 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

MDRN aka Nathan Pacheco, was half way through his set when I made it to the dance floor. I knew it was going to be a great night as Skrillex, Kill The Noise and Milo & Otis‘ remix of NRG by Duck Sauce was playing. MDRN had a huge smile throughout his set, and it was very evident he  was having a blast.  I was able to chat with MDRN after his set where he gave me insight on his playlist.

I can’t really remembered what I played, I was freestyling. I started off at 89 BPM (DnB), went to 100 (Glitch-hop), to 123/128 (Garage-electro), to 140 (Dubstep/Trap) to 170 (weird dance stuff). There was a pretty good progression. It felt natural. My last track was HaywyreDichotomy, to get a good sense of the weird dance stuff, hahaha.

Other tracks played during MDRN’s set include R. KellyIgnition (Giraffage Remix) and Kid SisterPro Nails (Rusko Remix). With each song that was played more and more bass heads showed up and coveted dance spaces were becoming few and far between.

 
DJ Decibel – 11 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.

DJ Decibel, Alex Alexeev, was up next and continued the vibe MDRN had set for the night. First song of the night was It’s Fucking Dubstep by Bear Grillz & The Firm. From that moment on I was glued to the dance floor. I ran into Chris Wong, who attended Obsession night at Mix Markham the week before, who was trying to figure out how turn the fans on, as the room was quickly rising in temperature. After several tries and a bit of confusion from several people, the wind started to blow to the delight of the crowd.

Nero’s Won’t You (Be There) caused a surge of dancers to fill the little remaining space on the dance floor. Everyone was bouncing, bodies moving in time to the beat. Decibel definitely threw down a heavy set. The last song of DJ Decibel’s set was by hometown heroes Zeds Dead in collaboration with DirtyphonicsWhere Are You Now featuring Bright Lights. You can listen to DJ Decibel’s set below, via his Mixcloud account.

DJ Decibel – Live @ Low Frequency (Aug 20th-2014) – REMAKE by Dj Decibel Canada on Mixcloud

 TRACKLIST:
Bear Grillz & The Frim – It’s Fucking Dubstep
Fedde le GrandTwisted (Eptic Remix)
Dodge & FuskiPython
501Chasing Stars
Nero – Must Be The Feeling (Kill The Noise Remix)
Eptic – Like A Boss (Barely Alive Remix)
Zomboy – Immunity
MUST DIE! & MantisCulture
Barely Alive – Welcome To The Real World (ft. Diamond Eyes) (Rob Gesser Remix)
Different Heaven & Omar VarelaIncredicool (Teminite Remix)
501 – Feel For You
Kursiva & VangerLike A Fucking Newbie (EH!DE Remix)
QubaPizza
Barely Alive & DatsikCandy Kids
TeminiteShockwave
Fedde Le Grand & DI-RECTWhere We Belong (Zomboy Remix)
QubaBawszilla
Point.Blank & SuspectRound One
Jacob PlantFire (Dubsef’s Festival Trap Remix)
Bear GrillzThirsty (Dubstep VIP)
EH!DEDestroy All Humans (Ray Volpe Remix)
Rita Ora Feat. Tinie TempahR.I.P (Delta Heavy Remix)
Nero – Won’t You (Be There)
KillSonikSlaughterhouse
Zeds Dead, Dirtyphonics feat. Bright LightsWhere Are You Now

NOAHPLAUSE – 11:45 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

I was dancing in the corner and saw NOAHPLAUSE, Noah Zimbel, walk in to the venue with two ladies behind him. I wished I would have asked the ladies to show off their moves on the dance floor instead of behind the speakers. Similar to the comment on the Facebook event, NOAHPLAUSE did just show up, but he did get down to business right away. As soon as Noah Zimbel took to the decks, I wished I would have worn something more appropriate to get down and dirty to. To a chorus of cheers, NOAHPLAUSE took us on a journey through Trap. Unfortunately missed the majority of NOAHPLAUSE’s set as I had to take a much needed breather. I cam back to the room as Tell Me by RL Grime and What So Not were playing. I had to get my slow groove on as I could the bass pound through my body as I took my place in front of the subs.

 

Flux – 12:30 a.m. to 1:45 a.m.

It was an absolute pleasure to see Flux aka Gary Sagoo spin a Drum & Bass/Drumstep/Dubstep set, for he has been spinning a mix of trance, techno and psytrance for a few years now. The junglists definitely had control of the dance floor while Flux was controlling the decks. I can’t rinse out like I used to, but it was great to be reminded that I can still go hard in the paint for a song or two.

flux
I chatted with Sixth Dimension, one of the two minds behind Dub Hub Toronto. He was capturing stellar moments from the dance floor and portraits of the attendees through the night. We got into the lengthy discussion reminiscing about the numerous bass events that happened at The Annex WreckRoom, now know as CODA. It was also around the time close friends Mary Rose and Andrew showed up with their dancing shoes in tow. Each minute we were outside, the less time we could spend dancing we so we decided to head back in. We came back as Terror Squad by Zomboy was blasting on the speakers.  

Listen to Flux’s mix, which was inspired by many of the tracks he played during his set:

Ventura – 1:45 a.m. to close

I spoke to Zak and Jesse Shessel before they took their place behind the decks to close out the night. I still can’t believe they are only 19 and 21 and have such a knack for bass music. There were still a lot of people who stayed to the end to rock their socks off. Around 2:50 a.m.the lights were turned on , much to the disappointment of those still dancing. Ventura asked if they “should play one more song?!” To chants of “one more song” from the crowd, they obliged and thus began the last night of the song, Skrillex’s Right In. Everyone gave it their all and as the last notes of the song came on the speakers the sweaty crowd slowly dispersed. For some, the night was over, for others, the night was still young but for everyone who attended they had blast!

TRACKLIST:
Zeds Dead – Cowboy (Torro Torro Remix)
Zomboy – Terror Squad (Henry Fong Bootleg)
Zomboy – Terror Squad (Ventura’s “Terror & Brostep” Edit)
Far Too LoudFaster Then Light
DownlinkTriphekta
Zomboy – Nuclear (Ventura’s “Almost a Bootleg” Edit)
DestroidFlip The Switch
GrandtheftLet Me Tell You Something
Nero – Crush On You (Knife Party Remix)
NoisiaDiplodocus (Kill The Noise Remix)
Knife Party – Bonfire (Ventura’s “This Means War” Edit)
MonstaHoldin On (Skrillex & Nero Remix)
ShockoneLazerbeam
ProtohypeEncore (Twine Remix)
Flux PavilionOne Two Three
RoksonixDogfight
Knife Party – Centipede
LAXXStep Two
Pretty LightsI Know The Truth
12th Planet x Skrillex x Kill The Noise – Burst
Jillian AnnQuiet Riot (Pegboard Nerds Remix)
MorrisonAlegria
EpticLike A Boss
Must Die!Fever Dream (pt.1)
Destroid – Bounce (Ventura’s “All The Bounce” Edit)
Ventura – Punch Party
Destroid – Put It Down
Destroid – Put It Down (Crizzly Remix)
Beastie BoysIntergalactic
DiploExpress Yourself
Dillon Francis x Kill The Noise – Dill The Noise
Skrillex – Reptile
Lets Be FriendsManslaughter VIP
Datsik x ExcisionVindicate
Dillon FrancisMasta Blasta
DJ KoolLet Me Clear My Throat (Party Favor Remix)
Skrillex – Recess (Harristotle Edit)
Dizzee RascalBonkers (Doorly Dubstep Remix)

Encore
Skrillex – Right In

For an event that has existed three times previously, this was really well run. Everyone knew what was expected of them: the DJs to mix some banging music while the attendees to show their gratitude by dancing their faces off. Kudos to the TBC fam! I cannot wait until the next Low Frequency Wednesday scheduled for Wednesday, September 24 at Toika. The next  event is a special birthday event with Hydee and DJ BASSik spinning birthday sets. Also on the bill are Biz Davis, Thrizzo and MayDay. You can find all the details in the Facebook event. If you don’t know, TBC has a brand spanking new Facebook page! Like it to keep current with what’s happening in the community!

LINKS:

Toronto Bass Community
Facebook Group
Facebook Page
Twitter 
Instagram 

TBC Radio

Dub Hub Toronto
Website
Facebook 
Twitter 

Flux
Facebook 
SoundCloud 
Twitter 
Mixcloud 

Noahplause
Facebook 
SoundCloud 
Twitter 

DJ Decibel
SoundCloud 
Mixcloud 

Ventura
Facebook 
SoundCloud 

MDRN
Facebook 
SoundCloud 
Twitter
YouTube 

Natalia Toussaint EDM TOR

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Adele Desloges

Adele is the owner of Tranceported. She also heads up the social media as well as the photo and video teams, and was a promoter of events across the Toronto area for years. She has been a fan of Trance music since the mid-90s and has been shooting Trance events since 2011..

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