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CDN Beats: TNG – L.A. Rose

February 18th, 2012

Welcome to the very first edition of Canadian Beats: The Next Generation. This weekly blog will give you an insight into the future of dance music in Canada, bringing you a different up and coming Canadian talent every Saturday.  These DJ’s and producers are all 20 and younger, so look for them to bring a fresh new sound every week!  Holler at Keri if you know someone who should be featured, kpelletier (at) djmag (dot) ca

Name: L.a Rose
Age: 19
Current City: Victoria BC
Record Label: The Supreme Hustle
Style: Dubstep, Drumstep, DNB

“Hi, my name is Dave and I’m addicted to Dirty Bass!!”

photo credit: StokedonPhotos

Describe your first experience with electronic music

My very first experience with electronic music was attending a warehouse rave when I was 13. We had no idea what was going on, and our older friends told us to jump into this white van that had just pulled up. We ended up partying there until 7am and had the best time of our lives!

What the first track that got your heart pumping?

The very first track that made me jump out of my seat at anytime was Bassnectar – Blow, off of his Memorizing The Ultra album. That album still changes my life every time I hear it!

When did you get in the scene?

After attending a few underground/community hall raves I went to Shambhala 2008, then I started going to as many club shows as I could after that. About 6 months after, I bought my turntables and started practicing, that is when I took the first few steps from becoming a spectator to someone who was completely involved in the scene.

What was your first piece of equipment?

My very first pieces of gear were these 2 old Dennon CDj’s that had the platter almost completely ripped off. My other first piece of equipment was this monstrous 4 channel mixer, almost all of the EQ knobs were broken off, same with the faders. Still to this date I am not sure what kind of mixer that was, but it definitely had seen some better days.

Who gave you your first gig?

My very first gig came from Calgary’s own – Slim Pickins. I was so nervous I could barely stand. It was a Wednesday night at Sal’s on 17th, a decent number of people actually came for a cold weeknight! I actually ended up playing a second set at the end of the night; nobody seemed to mind that it was pretty much the same set haha.

Who do you look up to?

One of the biggest influences in my career has been Mark Instinct. I remember trying to get to the venue early so I could see his set and he always delivered. In the last few years he has completely blown up internationally and he has always been the one to push me, and be there when I need some help.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully when I am done my business degree I am going to take some audio engineering courses. My dream job would be working fulltime in a studio. My next step is to really buckle up on some of my own productions and hopefully you will be hearing those all over the place very soon!

What can people look most forward to when you spin?

They can always expect a high energy set that will get there feet moving! I really try to mix up the tempos as much as possible to add a surprise factor in my sets. Gotta keep people on their toes!

How have you grown the most since you first started out?

I have grown the most by appreciating and respecting the amount of time that people put into their music. I never understood how much work it was to be a well rounded producer/Dj. So yeah, I have definitely grown the most by realizing and respecting all the hard work that people put into their own music.

Who is the artist you would like to work with the most and why?

I am really looking forward to working with my three friend Korah, Raveformz and Squalid Squad. All of these guys have been killin’ it lately and I cant wait to see what will come out of the studio with them!

Who’s your biggest fan?

My biggest fans are definitely my parents. I have been raised in a musical family and they have always been supportive of what I have been doing. They probably (unintentionally) listen to more dubstep than most of my friends!

Dream gig?

My dream gig is the Village Stage at Shambhala! Shambhala is the reason why I have started down this path; it is the one that really counts for me. If I ever get booked in the future I could die a happy man.

What’s your description of a DJ?

In my opinion a DJ is somebody who lives and breathes music, and puts their own creativity to make a set that is co-herent, seamless and professional. Now days almost every person who buys some turntables calls themselves a DJ, but I think it goes a lot further than just burning some tunes and throwing down. Nothing wrong with just having fun with it part time, but please, don’t tell every person you know that you are a “DJ”.

People would be shocked to know:

I love bubble baths and long walks on the beach.

Fav track right now?

Ohh that’s a toughy! Probably Jump Back- Skism and Flux Pavilion, that synth with those vocals gets me every time!

What’s your ‘guilty pleasure’ track?

Haha, my guilty pleasure tune is probably Skrillex’s remix of Levels.

One word to describe your style?

HEAVY!

L.a Rose info:
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