We’re thrilled to announce Zed’s Dead returning for a massive two-night run with Deadbeats Chicago, going down at Aragon Ballroom on Friday, October 19th and Saturday, October 20th. Whipped Cream, Say My Name, Sub Focus, DNMO, and Barely Alive are featured, with a Special Guest TBA, along with two sets from headliners Zed’s Dead.
Since launching their record label Deadbeats in early 2016, Zed’s Dead have grown their brand into bass music’s most formidable and friendly presence, evolving into a collective and touring concert series, not to mention a reliable beacon of true north for seasoned fans and newcomers alike. This October’s installment of Deadbeats Chicago is proof positive of their ethos, featuring a who’s-who lineup of the very best in dubstep, drum and bass, trap, and beyond.
Featured over the two-night run are names old and new that every fan of heavy electronic music should know. Friday night features Whipped Cream (LISTEN HERE), whose genre-free, razor-sharp take on heavy bass knows no boundaries, along with Say My Name (LISTEN HERE), whose combination of hardstyle and trap has reinvented and invigorated both sounds. Topping off night one support is drum and bass legend Sub Focus, whose hits like “Timewarp” (LISTEN HERE), “Rock It” (LISTEN HERE), and remix of Rusko’s “Hold On” (LISTEN HERE) have solidified him as one of the all-time most influential producers in bass music.
Saturday shows off the likes of DNMO (LISTEN HERE), who has found an intersection between laidback beats and headbanging synth leads that few knew existed, alongside tear-out dubstep maestros Barely Alive (LISTEN HERE), and genre originator Rusko, whose affinity for nasty lowend and absurd wobbles on tracks like “Woo Boost” (LISTEN HERE) and “Cockney Thug” (LISTEN HERE) helped make dubstep into the sound we know today.
From the founding of their first weekly event, the now-legendary Bassmentality in Toronto, through present, Zed’s Dead have made a tradition of elevating differing styles of bass music. Their productions have both set the pace for and broken the mold of modern dubstep, with their remixes of “Eyes On Fire” (LISTEN HERE) and “Knights In White Satin” (LISTEN HERE) becoming timeless hits, while their original productions like “Hadouken” (LISTEN HERE) and “Lights Go Down” (LISTEN HERE) continue to push at the boundaries of genre lines for what lies ahead.
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