NYC Party/Label Trouble & Bass Calls It Quits

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Parting is such sweet sorrow. After almost nine years juggling a busy schedule of events, label releases and other shenanigans, Brooklyn-based bass merchants Trouble & Bass are calling it a day. The champions of bass music are going out with a bang by releasing a final compilation on March 31 called All Time Trouble & Bass featuring 25 tracks from the label’s storied history, including jams by Jack Beats, Samo Soundboy, Boogaloo Crew (Dark Sky), Little Jinder and Doctor Jeep.

Obligatory press release gush from T&B’s Luca Venezia (a.k.a. Drop The Lime and Curses): “It’s been such a fantastic run with friends I will forever consider family. We may have all taken new paths as individuals, but the endless love I will have for the fans and artists will be timeless and continue to inspire me.”

Obligatory press release gush from T&B’s Vivian Host (a.k.a. Star Eyes): “Ten years ago I moved to New York with the dream of finding a crowd who would appreciate the diverse bass music that I loved (UK garage, grime, Bmore club, jungle, etc) and maybe starting a party. Not only did I end up with a dope party – one that has traveled around the world with the best crowds ever – but also crew of best friends who are a constant inspiration. We had a lot of firsts with T&B: first people to bring Skepta, Jammer, Skream, Rusko, Night Slugs and many more to NYC; first people to introduce genres like bassline and grime to the city; NYC winners of the RBMA Culture Clash! I really feel like we put bass music on the map. Nothing is supposed to last forever, and there’s much more to come from all of us. Thanks to the fans, our artists, and T&B Crew for all the wild times and amazing vibes.”

A final Trouble & Bass party will take place at Brooklyn’s Verboten club on April 18. No word yet on the lineup.

Here’s a promo video T&B cut for us back in 2008, introducing their Big Shot Guest Mix. We’ll miss you, Trouble & Bass!

Update, March 17, 2015: The Final Party will feature Plastician, DJ EZ, Star Eyes, Drop the Lime, AC Slater, Doctor Jeep, Tony Quattro and special guests.

Tommie Sunshine Discusses Twitter Feud with DJ Sneak

What the hell happened last week between DJ Sneak and Tommie Sunshine on Twitter? Within the blink of a tweet the two DJs squared off and threw down on the social media network in a heated exchange. And it got very personal. Those who followers Sunshine know that he speaks his mind on a host of issues in addition to music (drugs, politics, life). Regular readers of Big Shot will remember that in March, Sneak, the self-described House Gangster, got into a bitter Twitter feud with Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello over comments he made about the act in an interview. “If you are going to do pre-recorded sets then call yourself a live act or a performer, leave the DJing to real DJs,” an unapologetic Sneak told us. “There are many DJs out there that can rock a crowd and do what they have to without faking it.” It seems that both jocks’ opinions clashed in a perfect storm. But what instigated the virtual brawl on November 12?

On November 13, Big Shot contacted Sneak and Sunshine to get their side about what caused the war of tweets. Dan Ross of X-Mix Productions, Sneak’s management company, said a comment would be forthcoming but none appeared (we followed up three times and didn’t receive a reply). Tommie Sunshine, however, told us his side of the story.

Tommie Sunshine: “This [incident] seems petty but maybe there is something bigger to learn here.”

“[I was] enjoying the endless irony of RichieHawtin‘s CNTRL_EDM feed as he was one of the first producers with a publicist and an ‘act.’ It set off a kid in Canada who then tweeted to Richie thus starting chaos. He then brought up Sneak in which I replied:

“I have had it with people talking about the good ‘ol days. I have always had the utmost respect for DJ Sneak and his illustrious career. He made many classic Chicago house tracks that have endured the ages. That being said, I always am disappointed when he complains about the state of our music. He has had a very amazing career in which he’s only ever done what he wants to do and the industry has let him. Why would someone like that have anything to complain about? It’s sad to hear legends complain about what is coming next. The kids rule the world. Without them, we don’t have careers. The whole vibe of this music has been taken back to the feel of the rave days in the early ’90s some 20 years ago. I’m thankful for that and am enjoying it all over again with the biggest smile on my face.”

Sneak then fired off a series of replies. Here are a few:

During the virtual fracas, a fan of both DJs pleaded for calm but received a Twitter smackdown from Sneak.

Later on, Sunshine took to Twitter to defend himself:

Though Sunshine has seemingly maintained nothing but respect for Sneak’s career in his tweets, the tussle opened up an old wound: Sunshine, who is now sober, accused Sneak of blowing pot smoke in his face after crashing his DJ set in L.A.

In spite of the brouhaha, both jocks with Chicago roots are carrying on. Sneak just played a show in São Paulo and remains active on Twitter. Sunshine released his Growth EP on November 15 and says his recent gig at EDC Orlando (where his DJ bag was stolen) was amazing (“It was tremendous. These kids were having the times of their lives.”) and he’s also on the bill for EDM for Sandy Relief with The Crystal Method, Drop The Lime and others at Gramercy Theatre tonight.

With a few days perspective from the scuffle with Sneak, Sunshine seems now be in a pragmatic frame of mind about the feud. “This [incident] seems petty but maybe there is something bigger to learn here about us moving forward and the growing pains of it all.”

Big Shot Guest Mix: Trouble & Bass

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Last week Big Shot spent some time in East Williamsburg with New York City’s Trouble & Bass crew and learned about their plans for global dance floor domination. Want to know what Star Eyes, The Captain, Drop The Lime and Math Head had to say? Well, you’ll just have to wait to read the feature that appears in Issue 23. In the meantime, the crew whipped up an awesome, bass-laden mix that’s bound to knock your socks off exclusively for Big Shot.


Big Shot Guest Mix: Trouble & Bass

1. Intro
2. Star Eyes / “Disappear” (Original Mix)
3. B.U.N / “British Airways”
4. Drop The Lime / “I Want 2 Know”
5. Sam Sparro / “The Count & Sinden” (Sidewinder Remix)
6. Little Jinder / “Like It Casual” (AC Slater Remix)
7. Blackfinger / “Fearless”
8. Oliver $ / “Hotflash Vol. 3”
9. Sawtooth Sucka / “Letting Go”
10. Machines Don’t Care / “Afro Jacker”
11. Blackfinger / “Up Middle Finger” (HeavyFeet Remix)
12. AC Slater / “Jack Got Jacked” (Jack Beats Remix)
13. Alias / “Enough” (Bombaman’s Talking Shit remix)
14. Rusko / “Cockney Thug” (Drop The Lime Remix)
15. DZ / “Down”
16. Leon Jean-Marie / “Bring It On” (Rusko Remix)
17. Armand Van Helden / “NY Express” (The Unreleased Mix)
18. The Electroliners / “Loose Caboose” (Bassbin Twins Remix)
19. Rico Tubbs / “Gangsters”
20. Dubchild / “Filthy Dirty”
21. Kanji Kinetic / “Disco Vibrator”
22. Math Head / “Get Hype”
23. AC Slater feat. Fagget Fairys / “Kuku”
24. Math Head / “Poltergeist”