JULY 1st 2014 2 Step Tues: Features: NATASK 814 Bass Crew, Plasma Pool REC.
As the summer is getting under way, we here at the BASSBLOG wanted to spotlight a weekly event happening in the Mighty Steel City of Pittsburgh PA, that has taken a Strong arm approach at re surging the Underground Sounds of 2 Step and UK Garage. Slowly becoming one of the most Dominant weekly events in the 412, 2 Step Tuesdays, Dishes up some serious Heat. We recently had a chance to Pick the Brain of MIAA GLO RIGBY, the events Host and promoter and here is a little bit of what we found out.
Residents: Eryn Evans, Syneater, Hanna
1. How long has the event been going, and who are the founding members and residents?
“2-Step Tuesdays has been going since Jan 7, 2014. We’ve been through many venues but we are currently at Gus’s Cafe in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. My goal was to find residents already into the garage sound… I started this night because I was getting bored with the music at parties. It was all so mainstream and had that “dark & dirty” vibe…but mostly everyone played the same sound. I was always a house lover and a friend of mine when I started partying spun speed-garage. As I reconnected with those garage roots and would talk to others about it they would all say “Oh man I love garage but you never hear that stuff played!” If so many people wanted to hear it, why did no one play it? So I decided to change that. We had two weeklies in Pittsburgh end in the past two years and The city was definitely looking for the next big thing. I’ve personally never been someone who wants to DJ, i connect to music through dancing – and I wanted to go out and dance to the music I like! so I grabbed three of the best Djs I know, put them all in a room every Tuesday, throw in some drink specials, and 6 months later its still growing every week. I encourage all genres as long as it has a garage feel to it, break beats, real, authentic dubstep & grime, bass line, speed garage (which i affectionately call ‘hardcore for big kids’) We started out as a bi-weekly, that changed after about 3 weeks. At first it was also just my residents and a monthly guest, but that changed quickly as well when so many people wanted the chance to play. That is really what its all about for me. Getting these DJs, who you would never think would play garage music, to come out and throw down a set. They spend so much time digging through old and new stuff and then get infected. Its awesome when i go to parties now and someone we’ve had as a guest throws some 2-step or bass line in their set. And this new generation of EDM enthusiasts aren’t quite aware of the spectrum of music and I’m hoping by introducing people to it we can get it to revive with the next generation of DJs, although I have to say I don’t mind the underground.”
2. How do you feel your event impacts the Western PA EDM scene, and with such a Massive history of Broken Beats in Pittsburgh, How do you see this furthering the landscape for DJs and Producers currently?
“Its crazy because a year ago everyone told me a garage night would never pick up. They’d laugh and say “No one plays that stuff because they don’t make it anymore.” or “its too hard to find.” Just because something doesn’t have its own beat port category or you can download the top 100 tracks doesn’t make it hard to find, it means you have to make a soul connection with the sound and really get into digging things up. That ends up being what everyone loves about it in the end. ”
www.soundcloud.com/2steptues For mixes and Tunes
www.facebook.com/2steptues Fan page and Event Info.