The first Frequency Friday ever was brought to you by Bass Krew Collective and Create. on Friday the 24th of January of the most unpredictable year, 2020. In the center of Charlotte, NC there is a beautiful 3 story venue called Brooklyn Lounge which hosted all of the famed Frequency Friday events before a horrible pandemic postponed events for most of the year. Unbeknownst to the attendees, this spectacular night would go down in history as one of the few Create. events of 2020; a night filled with warm memories and wonderful grins of joy! We were blessed with an awesome group of artists, musicians and visualizers. On the first floor we had the local house legends FreeSurf and Diskull keeping the incoming guests shuffling in line as they gathered inside the Groovy Bone Lounge. The second story had the main stage: featuring Minty, Disco Johnnie, Rave Charles, Bass Canviss and GDubz; a live art corner featuring Kayla Riska and a vending booth with the exotic wares of GB Unique Creations. Lastly our friend Optic Vibrations took care of visuals from the VIP balcony on the 3rd and final floor!
Kayla Riska & Optic Vibrations
On this frisky Friday night, Create. was happy to invite the colorful painter Kayla Riska and the incredible visual jockey Optic Vibrations. You can see the excellent choice of colors implemented carefully by Kayla as she carefully constructed a cute koala climbing a tree! In the meantime, the visuals extraordinaire Optic Vibrations had the crowd’s eyes glued to the main stage LED screens that showed a myriad of magical geometric patterns that followed the main stage performances without flaw. A clever combination of live art and killer visuals was the perfect artistic atmosphere for the acts of the night.
Starting off the night for the Groovy Bone Lounge, FreeSurf had the house fiends flabbergasted with a fun range of beats and wubs. As a veteran disc jockey and aspiring producer this artist had a great collection of breaks and tech house beats (here) that filled the lounge with warm and vivid vibes. It was comforting to see the incoming patrons get down to FreeSurf‘s music in the lounge where many gathered to smoke hookah and chill before exploring the rest of the Brooklyn Lounge venue! The Groovy Bone boss, Diskull, was close by to go back to back all night.
When you think of house music in North Carolina, specifically Charlotte, the first name that comes to mind is the indescribable Diskull. As a member of many house and disco collectives this experienced DJ and producer has a number of original tunes (here) released on his own label Groovy Bone, and other popular labels like Dirtybird, Brooklyn Fire and Noir Sur Blanc. Consequently, Diskull had plenty of ammunition to shovel down his barrel of beats on this Friday night! With a strong following in the Charlotte area, Diskull knew exactly what vibes to bring and had a chill and cool flow with his future house and disco/eurobeat set-list.
Beginning the main stage performances was the UNC Charlotte favorite Minty, the go-to DJ for all your college house party needs. We had a faithful crowd of supporters for this Queen City musician, as he used a combination of trap, hip hop and dubstep to bring some electrifying energy into the venue. With a bright and vibrant future ahead of him, Minty is someone to keep an eye on after a great opening set! Create. is always striving to book the best local and regional talent.
Next to carry the torch of wobbles was the jack of all trades Disco Johnnie. His wide range of musical genres when DJing is only comparable to his wide range of roles in the music industry; including event production, operations management and talent buying. The Carolina’s are grateful for this pioneer Create.or, which was made evident by an excited group of dancers during his dynamic throw-down. Dubstep, drum & bass and twerk tracks are just a few of the tunes this seasoned performer packed in his playlist for the night. Disco Johnnie kept the energy growing with a surprise B2B with Sam Throckmorton as the night’s following acts continued to arrive!
A Bass Krew Collective founder and currently a Space Kids member, Rave Charles has had his fair share of performances on the Create. stage; thanks to his contagious stage presence and exuberant experimental bass tracks. With his autograph mask on it’s hard to see the smile on Rave Charles‘s face, but his energy is made evident with his bass heavy bops and underground sounds. This rare talent has always had a big heart for the music scene and the crowd came out to show their support in the form of ‘rude boy bass faces’. The energy was kept elevated with Rave Charles‘s set and was continued by another familiar Charlotte face: Bass Canviss.
Out of all the Charlotte veterans in the scene, no one can deny the positive impact Bass Canviss has spread throughout the local music scene. Organizing events and bringing people together has always been a passion of this talented artist. Bass Canviss has been on a multitude of line-ups for an incredible range of successful disc jockeys and music producers. Being direct support for GDubz was just another impressive addition to his resume. With bass in his name, it’s no surprise that Bass Canviss had a tight grip on the best underground bass tunes and original tunas in his well balanced set this night. The crowd was out in force anticipating the headlining set from the legend GDubz whilst enjoying a killer Bass Canviss performance filled with originals (here).
GDubz had a pristine playlist picked out on his pioneer Frequency Friday performance. Among his great group of original tunes (here) this dubstep guru imploded with an explosion of intricate sounds and underground tracks. The experienced DJ and producer inspired a bunch of younger artists to remix one of his original tracks for this specific night in particular. The patrons in attendance were loving every minute of the energy brought by GDubz and friends on this monumental night, his remixes were all on point and provided the best environment for everyone to let loose and enjoy a night of dubstep and grimy bass sounds!
Contest Winners: Euphoria, Joneses & Phist
GDubz‘s remix competition was on his track “Dat Part“. There were about 20 different local DJs and producers that entered to participate in this remix competition. The best remix entry would be rewarded with an on stage performance of the remixed track after the headlining set! GDubz was so impressed with the entries that he chose multiple winners. Euphoria, Joneses & Phist all had excellent entries and performed their renditions remarkably. The crowd showed their support for these aspiring producers and Create. was once again satisfied with another successful night of fellowship, love and art!