The Volcano Room Errupts with D.V.S*, Bass Physics, & Kobrakai
By: Aaron Gi
With spring now upon us, feelings of renewal, regrowth, and rejuvenation are in the air. The sun has slowly begun to show itself, and the once frigid icy winter air has become almost bearable. Spring also means we are that much closer to summer, which is that much closer to festival season. New music, new friends and new adventures are approaching rapidly. March 30th brought us to the Volcano Room at the Bottom Lounge for our second official Ray John presents event. Three distinctive artists presented their own take on electronic music, Chicago native Kobrakai, Colorado duo Bass Physics, and Brooklyn headliner D.V.S*.
On promptly at 10PM was Kobrakai, A.K.A. Kyle Davis, known for being the drummer of Herbert Wiser Band; Davis is a multi-talented musician who came strong with some funky glitch beats and down-tempo dance music. His rhythms were smooth and heavy, and the mix of heavy hip-hop drum lines, cool funk, and heavy bass blended nicely.
His setup consisted of a keyboard with an APC, all run through Ableton Live, Davis even busted out a vocoder throughout his set, giving his electro funk a Frampton-esque feel to it. Kobrakai threw it down and definitely made his mark on the show, look out for him all over Chicago, we have a feeling this won’t be his last appearance with Ray John.
At this point people were pouring in, and around 11:15 Bass Physics took the stage. The Colorado duo is comprised of A.P. Adair and Luke Sims; Adair is all over the stage playing keys and guitar while Sims holds down the mixer. The live instrumentation in their set gives the group a very organic sound and special vibration. They combine soulful bass music with warm guitar riffs and key chords resulting in a plethora of sounds, harmonies, and nasty bass drops.
Playing for just over an hour Bass Physics busted out most of their new album “Lose Your Mind” and definitely set the tone for the night. Their onstage presence was exciting and they brought the crowd energy way up, they definitely “kept the party live.” These kids absolutely threw it down; with humble demeanors and a sound that sets them apart from the rest I feel very confident saying that the sky is truly the limit for these young producers.
The term ‘time flies when you’re having fun’ never rang so true. It seemed like just days ago we were still trying to confirm a date, and here we were at the Volcano Room, ready for the final act to close the long awaited night. Derek VanScoten is a gentlemen and a scholar, sculpting his sound with a guitar and a beat-pad that sets him apart from the rest; his music combines so many different genres into one beautiful harmony. D.V.S* is at the core of the progression of electronic music, bridging a gap between live bands and DJ’s, VanScoten is truly a one-man-band. His productions are more like modern day compositions and his set is like nothing else you will ever see.
It is a humbling experience to see one of your favorite musicians up close and personal, let alone have them headline your show. He lived up to the expectations and then some; his set captivated the intimate crowd and people left with a new found artist to follow. For those who already knew what they were in for, cheers and thank you’s echoed throughout. VanScoten has a way of making the most tranquil sounds transform into melodic bass music that truly is beautiful and dirty at the same time. His set was picturesque, playing tons of new tracks off his new release “Hit The Clouds Running” and transitioning it all perfectly. Closing the night with a personal favorite “Ruberjunk” he left the stage leaving his mark in Chicago and setting a serene tone to carry out the night. It definitely got PLURsonal
It was a pleasure to see all of these artists play their hearts out on this highly anticipated night. Big Thanks to Soundprism Productions, Herm Productions, Spoiled, all of the amazing artists, and everyone who came out to support and rage on with Ray John.