Trouble & Bass is the sound of staying up all night and getting wild in the streets, sweat dripping off the walls and speakers pounding in your face. For the last four years, T&B has brought raw energy back to dancefloors worldwide by effortlessly flipping bass music in all its forms. The crew is full of surprises, taking influences from house, electro, dubstep, drum & bass, metal and hip-hop to form an entirely new genre simply known as “heavy bass.”
The Trouble & Bass sound was born in the dirty streets of New York City as Drop The Lime’s vision of a futuristic mob of DJ/producers playing hard-hitting warehouse beats with no rules. Enlisting the talents of Star Eyes, The Captain, and Mathhead, the crew built that vision into a reality, creating a whole new audience for their sound with hype DJ sets, mind-blowing monthly parties, and an aesthetic that’s recognizable around the world.
Trouble & Bass has grown even stronger in the last year, adding the amazing AC Slater to the line-up, as well as affiliates from all over the globe, including Paris’ Mikix the Cat, Stockholm’s Little Jinder, Philly’s Starkey, Krakow's Supra 1, and Melbourne’s Acid Jacks. You can hear the sounds of all these groundbreaking artists on the Trouble & Bass record label, now almost 20 releases deep into heavy bass world domination. But even as the T&B movement grows bigger every day, the crew isn’t afraid to take chances and remains true to its DIY drum & bass and punk roots, doing all the production, promotion, and design for themselves.
DROP THE LIME
“Rowdy and bout it” is only one of the ways to describe this distinctive export of NYC. Drop The Lime, 27, is always one tequila shot away from mayhem, rising to iconic status in the global Breakcore scene (via labels like Ambush, Brooklyn Beats, and Peace Off) before dropping his 2005 debut, This Means Forever, on Tigerbeat6. Since then, he’s kickstarted New York’s first grime parties (Bangers & Mash), started the Trouble & Bass crew and label and released his sophomore record, We Never Sleep, which takes growling bass, Grime attitude, gripping vocals (by DTL himself) and sunrises at 6am as its mission statement. Did we mention he’s been producing since he was 17? As if this charming bass fiend isn’t busy enough, he also signed to France’s groundbreaking Institubes label (as Curses!), touring the world on the label’s Paris Terror Club tour with the likes of Surkin and Para One and killing everywhere from Fabric to Coachella. New releases include a floor-destroying heavy bass remix of Moby’s Alice and a highly anticipated reworking of Eat My Fears by Stockholm’s Little Jinder.
As a DJ, Brooklyn femme fatale Star Eyes is known for throwing down raw, dirty underground bass tracks, from grime bangers to ghetto house, Miami bass classics to speaker-rattling dubstep stormers. This 15-year veteran of the decks was one of first female drum & bass DJs in the US, and an original member of the B.A.S.S. Crew, Eklektic, and Syrup Girls (once called “New York’s best-kept secret” by New Yorker music critic Sasha Frere-Jones). She has played all over the world, from the Vans Warped Tour to South Africa, from London’s famed Fabric nightclub to Berlin squat parties. Since 2006, she has been playing with the world famous Trouble & Bass crew, alongside Drop the Lime, AC Slater, and The Captain. In June, the Trouble & Bass label released her first EP, Disappear, featuring original vocals, songwriting, and a heady mix of goth and rave influences whipped into a style she calls “haunted house.” Star Eyes is currently writing songs for her next EP. Her vocals also appear on tracks by John B (Beta Recordings) and Passions (Kitsuné).
The Captain, 27 – part time model, full time hustler and Trouble & Bass Recordings Vice President/Label Manager, came to New York City in the hot summer of 2004 from the dirtiest of the south, Savannah, GA, where he first started DJing / coordinating events. As the more musical and technical half of promotion super duo Cut, he has traveled all over the country and Canada and into Europe bringing his blend of Electro House, Baltimore Breaks and bass heavy music to unsuspecting party goers. The Captain has been featured in The Fader, Village Voice, Time Out New York, Useless Magazine, BPM, Missbehave Magazine, Big Shot Magazine and XLR8R. Expect many more productions, a European Tour in the fall with Trouble & Bass Crew, and more crazy schemes in the future from this bass fiend.