Four L.A.-based but internationally known and well-respected music collectives will participate and battle to be named winner by the crowd. The collectives will be Dim Mak, Dub Club, SMOG and Stones Throw.
Celebrating traditional Jamaican sound clash culture, some of the city’s best musical purveyors will enter the ring under the watchful eye of the mighty MC Commander. Dim Mak, Dub Club, SMOG and Stones Throw represent four of the hottest genres in the L.A. music scene: electro, roots reggae, future beats, and vintage funk, soul and hip hop. True to a traditional sound clash, each collective will bring in their own sound system and will set up shop on one of four individual stages.
The format of the show will be broken into four rounds; the crowd will vote after each round based on a series of criteria and their applause and cheers will be measured by a decibel meter. The evening will kick off with each stage warming up with a 15-minute set. The first round will be the “selection round,” where each collective will be voted upon based on their selection of music.
Stones Throw’s Peanut Butter Wolf
The second will be the “entertainment round” where each collective will bring a special guest to their stage. The third will challenge each collective to stray from their norm and play a different genre of music on their sound system. The fourth and final round is the “banger round,” and each stage will pull out their biggest and baddest tunes to win over the crowd once and for all.
With the four collectives performing under one roof, the Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash promises to deliver not only a night you’ll never forget, but also the very best in cross-genre exploration.
About the Collectives:
Dim Mak Records, a label started in 1996 by international DJ Steve Aoki, is well known for indie and electronic dance artists such as Bloc Party, MSTRKFT, The Bloody Beetroots, Felix Cartal, Atari Teenage Riot, Etienne de Crecy, Fischerspooner, Mustard Pimp, and more.
Dub Club was started in 2000 in Los Angeles and has become a Wednesday night party staple at the Echoplex with Dub Club L.A., where resident DJs strictly spin reggae vinyl; artists such as U-Roy, Brigadier Jerry, Sister Nancy, The Abyssinians – the list goes on and on.
Smog is widely known for bringing dubstep to Los Angeles. Lead by 12th Planet, they work closely with artists such as EMU, Kemst, DLX, Datsik, Breakage and Plastician.
Stones Throw was started by Peanut Butter Wolf after a lifelong love affair with soul and hip-hop music. As a DJ himself, Peanut Butter Wolf is personally protective of who he puts on his label. Stones Throw is known for artists such as Aloe Blacc, Mayer Hawthorne, Breakestra, Dam Funk, J Dilla, Madlib, Quasimoto and so many more.