There's no debate that Miami is ground zero for bass-rattling dance music. For as long as cars have come factory-equipped with a throb knobs, people named Luke, Laz, and Maggotron have been finding ways to turn them up to 11.
And 1,976 miles and twenty years later, DJs like Sluggo have harnessed the power of the thunder. Inspired by the original rave scene, UK garage, and grime, Arizona's DJs have been dropping some serious boom. An original member of the duo Ultrablack, Sluggo known for his deep discography and heavy stateside rep.
Since Miami has the equipment to handle this man's heavy assault, the folks at Get Some at the Electric Pickle have flown him down to drop some dry-heat bass this Saturday. We contacted Sluggo to get the details about doin' work as a DJ, his slimy name, and party preferences.
New Times: How did you get your start in DJing?
Sluggo: I started DJing back in 2000, after I went to a party out here in Phoenix, Arizona. I had no clue what I was doing -- buying happy hardcore, breaks, hard house, drum 'n' bass, and anything that I thought sounded dope, and trying to mix it all together. I DJed hard house for a while, until I was taken over by the sounds of drum 'n' bass. That eventually turned into me producing my own music, and now pushing stateside dubstep as much as I can!
Where did the name Sluggo come from?
If they get in your face: "SLUG A HOE"!
Here in Miami we take our bass very seriously, what's your opinion of classic Miami Bass?
Well, I think I was in, like, 5th grade and songs like "C'mon and Ride It," "Tootsie Roll," and "Whooop! There It Is" were, like, constantly being played on the radio. I think I was more into Nintendo and beating up my brother. But nowadays, 2 Live Crew and all the stuff they had done, I dig. They're super-explicit and don't care what they're talking about.
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Dubstep and its intense bass drops are a natural fit for Boom Town, Miami. How do you feel about coming down here to play?
I always enjoy coming down to Miami and dropping dirty, filthy bass on the city! Every time, the party is rocking and the people are raging!
What record have you loved since you were 11?
Jesus, um, I don't really remember. I used to listen to Bone Thugs-n-Harmony a shitload.
What do you expect from the rooms you play?
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I always want it to be a party! If you're not moving, then you're doing it wrong!
Do you have any special requests for Miami? I'm sure we'd gladly oblige! (Note: we may not be able to oblige.)
Bass, blunts and bitches! Get ready to get slimy, Miami!
Sluggo, along with Bare, Xperimento, DJ Hottpants, and Juan Basshead. Saturday, September 25. Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Doors open at 10 p.m. 305-456-5613; electricpicklemiami.com..