VIA has teamed up with Obvious and El Gallo to present two nights in a row at their 6119 space and warm up attendees for what’s to come in a few weeks at this year’s VIA Festival, which takes place from October 1-6. Followers of early dubstep will enjoy the sounds of Kode9 Friday, while those in the mood for French house and a dance party atmosphere can get down to the sounds of Fred Falke Saturday. If these events are a sign of what’s to come, then VIA is sure to be bangin’ this year.
Before the likes of Skrillex, Rusko, Deadmau5, or even post-dubstep, there were artists like Kode9. This guy knows his shit. This London-based DJ is the owner of the Hyperdub record label, home to tracks from such well respected artists as Burial, Zomby, and Laurel Halo, who is on this year’s VIA Festival lineup. He also has a Ph.D. in Philosophy and has published a book titled, Sonic Warfare: Sound, Affect, and the Ecology of Fear. Influenced by many of the same core genres as other dubstep DJs, such as oldschool jungle, drum and bass, and 2-step garage, Kode9′s tracks contain much less of the harsh wobble bass that contemporary dubstep DJs can’t get enough of. He is considered to be one of the founding members of the early dubstep scene. Prepare to be schooled.
And then there’s Fred Falke. A tinge more accessible than other VIA acts that have come through, Falke is responsible for producing remixes for a slew of popular electro pop artists like Goldfrapp, Röyksopp, Kelis and Justice. There’s also Little Boots, Gossip, Lykke Li, La Roux and many others. But if you think he just plays a bunch of cheesy electro house, think again. He’s a highly regarded, world-class French house DJ whose most recent original and remix production work, as well as upcoming releases, can be found on the uber-hip French label, Kitsune. He ventured into production in the late nineties after being a bass player. We think he made a good decision.
Support for Kode9 is none other than Depth One, FUZZ resident, bass collective Obvious member, and all around awesome drum and bass DJ. Make sure to get there early and get lubed up. Doors are at 9:30 and there will be an open bar until 10. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.
Saturday night’s support is the always fantastic Pittsburgh Track Authority. Check out a recent podcast and interview from the guys here. Keeb$ and Cutups round out the bill to take the dance party atmosphere to the next level. Expect a lot of spandex at this event. We have a feeling. Same deal for this one. Doors at 9:30. Open bar til 10. $8 tickets can be purchased here.