EVENT REVIEW: TBC Presents NXT LVL ft. MUST DIE! & Trollphace 06-02-15

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Toronto Bass Community did an amazing job putting on such a heavy Dubstep event with 4 local Toronto Djs as openers and first time Toronto appearances from MUST DIE! and Trollphace.

Ryze is the perfect venue for NXT LVL events and it was my first time there to experience it all. I arrived as DJ Yuichi was opening, and his energy was incredible. There were actually times where I felt his tracks were too heavy for the sound system to handle, but he carried on and the crowd continued to slowly pour in.

SSDM was next up to bat with a more hard-electro-dub set. He dropped Doomsday Machine by Far Too Loud and Dungeons and Dragons by Space Laces. Everyone got hyped one set after another. The vibes were unreal. I saw a lot of people leave the VIP backstage area because they preferred to rage out on the dance floor.

Hydee came to the stage after and gave us the best set yet I’ve seen him play, and I’ve honestly seen him too many times to count! He dropped the track Step Two by Laxx, which had such a heavy drop that I could hear everyone in the venue scream OH! in unison. It was fantastic. Later in his set it went into a Drum & Bass direction which is Hydee’s specialty, and it kept everyone hot on their feet. I was really pleased to hear Tarantula by Pendulum, an older track that never feels out of place, especially at a bass show.


After Hydee’s set, the TBC admins came to the stage for the special line up announcement for Toronto Bass Community’s 1 Year anniversary event: The Blood Sweat & Bass Tour will feature Downlink, Dieselboy, KJ Sawka, with special guests and 1
st Toronto appearances by Barely Alive and Astronaut. If any event is going to top this past NXT LVL show, it’s going to be this one!

Must Die! played an incredible set after, and dropped some tracks I never would have expected like Tchami’s remix of Janet Jackson Go Deep which was the only deep house track of the night and done tastefully on that note. Since this was the Death & Magic Tour for the album, he did play songs Hellcat and Gem Shards. The floor was shaking from the front of the venue all the way to the back at this point, and a mosh pit started to form. The music was so good that I noticed everyone was very respectful towards one another because we all bonded over our shared love for heavy bass. Must Die! played for 2 exciting hours.

Trollphace graced us with his collaborated remix with Skrillex of Yogi’s track Burial for an opening that set the tone for the rest of his mix. He also played Make it Bounce featuring Harvey J, Parallel by local Toronto duo Dr. Ozi x Twofold, and he closed his set with his remix of Get Low by Dillon Francis & DJ Snake. I can honestly say that was one of the heaviest shows I’ve ever been to, and I’m even including the Marilyn Manson show a few days earlier that week at Sound Academy. My ears are still ringing, and I remember wondering if the floor was going to break through because Trollphace sure did make it bounce!

Local DJ Casler closed out the venue for the last 40 minutes as his debut show, and although most people were leaving as it was 3:20am when he came on, I saw people going buck-wild in line for coat check while he played. I call that a success for sure!

The entire event was well organized. The TBC admins were all over the venue, unlike most organizers who are usually in VIP the entire night taking advantage of their access; this team prefers to be a part of the crowd because they truly are shaping the scene into a Bass Family. Toronto Bass Community is bringing back the old days of Bassmentality Vibes, and they do it with welcoming arms.

Everyone went home with a smile on their faces knowing that the NXT LVL 1 year anniversary in April is the only way TBC will top this past event, and now the Bass Fam has something to look forward to. So let your ears rest up, get your kandi and gloves ready, because NXT LVL is going to get wild!

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Serafina Thoma  EDM TOR

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Sera was a writer for EDM TOR. She came across artists like Benny Benassi, Ratatat, and Daft Punk during elementary school, and instantly fell in l ove with EDM. Throughout high school, her tastes expanded when introduced to artists Pendulum, Skrillex, Glitch Mob and Justice through various groups of friends over the years. She is an OSHEAGA 2012 veteran, a Veld 2013 warrior, and is an Electric Forest 2014 enthusiast. She uses her vast skills in writing, multimedia, and social media to be as vocal as possible about her opinions of new tracks, shows and albums.

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