‘Bass music’ is an umbrella term for various different genres like Trap, Tropical, Global, Dubstep, Drum ’n Bass, Garage and certain styles of House where the bass plays a dominant role in the music. Quite some time ago in England the genre ‘UK Bass’ emerged and nowadays is known across the whole world. Dutch Trance, Hardstyle, House and Techno producers are also getting a lot of international acclaim, however The Netherlands has a lot more to offer. This is one of the reasons that Amsterdam based record label Basserk decided to push ‘Dutch Bass’ in early 2013.
Dutch Bass is a collective noun (genre) and a mark for high quality produced bass music from The Netherlands. Dutch Bass is known for its dark and exciting atmosphere with extreme depth and it’s raw vibe, naturally the bass plays a very important role.
Basserk is not claiming to be the exclusive owner of the new Dutch Bass term, but more as the founders and collaborators. The label is hoping that more artists and labels will adopt the term and start using it for their releases and events. This way Dutch Bass can really come to life and in time become a globally accepted genre.
On the 29th of January in 2013, Frenquency’s EP titled “Me On Power” gave the start signal for Basserk’s Dutch Bass releases. During the same year releases for Subp Yao, Deon Custom, Fellow, Guessbeats & Kidmalone and Boemklatsch followed. For the last 3 months of the year there are a couple of extra releases planned, including releases from Frenquency, Fellow, Maloki, Levingtquartre and BoeBoe.
In the last couple of months Basserk has also realized the first two Dutch Bass events. In March 2013 the first event took place in the EKKO (Utrecht). The night featured performances from BoeBoe, Frenquency, Bronstibock, Blaxton x Jarreau and special guest Krampfhaft (Rwina Records, Saturate!). In May the second event took place, this time in the Sugar Factory (Amsterdam). The line-up consisted of Guerilla Speakers, Subp Yao, Guessbeats & Kidmalone and Boemklatsch who released their first Dutch Bass EP that night.
During Amsterdam Dance Event 2013 the third Dutch Bass night will be held in OT301 (Overtoom 301, Amsterdam). During this event new releases from BoeBoe, Fellow and Maloki will be brought out. The headliner of the evening is Schlachthofbronx (Mad Decent, Mixpack). The German duo who have been support act for M.I.A. will bring an eclectische mix of Ghettotek, Juke, Bass, Dancehall en Reggae.