Friday August 10, 2012
The first time Bass Kleph touched down at RISE, he made a lot of new fans. We thought it was due time to bring him back to RISE, and what better way than as the official after-party for Christian Martin (Dirtybird, SF) @ Naga!
Bass Kleph is one of those artists who can truly do it all. He's a Beatport #1 act and remixer, the boss of two labels, a successful pop songwriter and one of the few truly and awesomely live jamming DJs on the festival circuit.
He started both 2010 and 2011 with Beatport #1s - the first his enormous remix of Shakedown, and the second with his own track I'll be OK. Then four tours of the US, his first gig in the mainroom of Ministry in the UK, and a local tour for his 2011 compilation BASS KLEPH: PRESENTS. Not bad!
This success hasn’t come over night. Bass Kleph been DJIng just about weekly now for 10 years - and the DJ booth is still one of his favourite places to be. He started in breaks, but soon pushed aside that genre's limitations to add new, more subtle shades to his dancefloor palette - hypnotic techy grooves, jackin' electro, and the curveballs that distinguish a real musician from the average gigging DJ. And recently he's moved into jamming and grooving with Native Instruments Maschine, writing new riffs on the fly, playing live drums, and - like all great live musicians - every once in a while holding his instrument above his head and playing blind to the screams of the crowd.
However, it's not just about DJing. In 2007, Bass Kleph founded Vacation Records, followed in 2009 by the more stripped-back sound of Exit Row. Releasing and collaborating with international talent like Wolfgang Gartner, Micky Slim, Mowgli, and big locals like Hook n Sling, Stupid Fresh, Twocker, Tommy Trash, fRew, Dopamine, Bass Kleph's labels and his music have helped popularise a wonderfully Australian view of the world. The label's fans stretch from the stadium players like John Aquaviva, Crookers, Rene Amesz, Mark Knight, and Kissy Sell Out to the brightest lights of the techno underground like Alex Kenji, Popof, and Fergie.
It’s clear that Bass Kleph is one of the leaders of today’s EDM landscape, and a perfect maestro for Distortion Friday’s @ RISE.