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Catching up w/ AC Slater on the Beatbox Tour

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Elizabeth Ninivaggi

Touring with two of your good friends and bringing fresh new sounds across North America has kep Party Like Us Rcords mogul and heavy bass connoisseur AC Slater quite busy for the past month, stopping in cities across the US with buddies Jack Beats. While still managing to pump out a stellar EP, Back to the Floor, via OWSLA Records along with a few bumping remixes, the bassman himself seems to continue to put the underground scene on the map - a true leader in his Night Bass movement. His goal is to continue and push this series, which happens Thursdays at LA's Sound Nightclub. It is sponsored by Dim Mak and his own label, Party Like Us and it's growing bigger everyday, including a recent announcement to expand to New York City. Night Bass features some of the most talked about names in the scene, including Dirtybird's Christian Martin and Chris Lorenzo, AC recently tweeted that he will continue pushing Night Bass until he gets booked at bigger venues.

"My dream is to bring Night Bass to its own stage at a festival, whatever festival may be, I want to play festivals"

  ac-slater AC doesn't know if his music will "fit in" at any particular festival, but a new era has certainly dawned - smaller names seem to climb up broadening festival lineups such as Lightning in a Bottle and HARD Summer, with underground garage names like Hannah Wants hitting the stages this summer. Having already succeeded at the club scene in LA. we asked the producer what other aspirations he had for himself and his Night Bass quest, including his visions for a dream residency. He noted:

"I like more intimate clubs, I mean for me Night Bass is a dream, because it's a good group of people and a good loyal fan base, a really attentive crowd. I think Fabric in London would be a dream. I love Beta Nightclub in Denver as well."

The crowd at San Diego's Fluxx Nightclub that night was more than attentive. The large nightclub usually hosts more electro and progressive big names such as Hardwell and Deorro, so AC and his dirty beats are somewhat foreign and unrecognizable to the regular crowd.  Bringing in this music that isn't necessarily deemed as what's "popular" or hitting the Beatport charts positively affected the crowd and dancing from the moment AC hit the decks. Throughout the night I kept hearing "wow! what is this?" or, "this is different and I love it" in response to the wobbly, bass-y sounds. Slater spent the night playing familiar favorites like, "Out Here" and also tossing up new tracks, such as his remix for Petey Click's "N Luv". Like a breath of fresh air, the heavy bass lines and groovy beats allowed for smooth transitions into more popular house tracks that AC  Slater threw into the mix, such as Disclosure's new collab with A Friend WithinFinishing up with his hip-hop infused hit, his remix of Migos's "Dope in My Sock"  had the crowd going wild, wanting more. He was the perfect opener for buddies Jack Beats who came on shortly after, as these three have worked together to bring their sounds out of the underground for over five years. It's a tour they've been hoping to do for a while:

"This tour is something we've been trying to do since 2007, we're really good friends at this point and the fact the finally now just pulled it off, it's just so natural to be together and fun. The first show I was concerned with how the music, and flow would work. But it's been perfect - we're already trying to plan some future stuff together overseas"

  Being innovative seems to be a pattern for AC, as his hard work allows his projects, production and dreams to come alive with constant dedication and ability to balance all the aspects that make his sound and name progress in the world of electronic music. But this is just the beginning for him; he has bigger and better plans for the future, even making an EDC appearance this year,

"We're taking Night Bass on the road, Vegas first. During EDC weekend that Thursday, it will be a nice break from the mainstream EDM there, and then finishing a new EP that I'm in the talks with a couple of certain labels (not Party Like Us). Trying to reach people! Party Like Us has a lot of new music coming up, the summer is going to be super busy!"

AC-Slater-only-the-beat-interview Determined and motivated to keep pushing his sounds forward into bigger venues and bigger places, this is just merely the beginning for Night Bass and AC Slater - whose passion fuels his ability to keep it going.