As one of the hottest dubstep duos in the world right now, the Massachusetts boys and proud Disciple affiliate are living their best life, despite a moniker that might suggest otherwise.
With countless Beatport No. 1’s, a massive slew of collaborations, and remixes for Destroid, Zomboy, Virtual Riot, and more, it’s hard to deny that the duo’s one of the most exciting ascensions in the bass pantheon. 2018’s proving a banner year for the boys, who’ve already collaborated with Ghastly on a high-velocity track. Though it’s not as heavy as some of their earlier material, “Bad Thang” proves Barely Alive’s sonic range is becoming increasingly all-encompassing, and that’s not a bad thing at all.
After a fervent 2017 edition, the founders of the traveling bass music festival Wobbleland are bringing the festival back to its home of Northern California, alongside Vital Events and Another Planet Entertainment, where the festival will enter its eighth year in a row. Hailed as the biggest bass festival in the state, Wobbleland follows-up on its vehement previous edition with an astonishing array of bass-adjacent acts.
Barely Alive & Virtual Riot are both some of the most respected names in the bass and dubstep scene and now they are teaming up for an absolutely massive North American tour with over 30 more stops to go. The tour began September 1st in Portland, Oregon and is going across the country and into
Excision‘s powerful, slamming Virus album featured collaborations with heavyweights like Space Laces, Dion Timmer, Protohype, and Datsik on standout songs like “Throwin’ Elbows,” “Are You Ready,” and “Final Boss.” Like everything Exicision does, Virus was all-encompassing, showcasing the power the dubstep genius is able to harness.
To give listeners a little taste of their upcoming collaborative EP, dubstep producers Teminite and PsoGnar have released its first track, “Lion’s Den.”
The two producers have joined forces in the past for “Senses Overload,” which came out in April 2015, and “On My Way,” which was released in late 2013. Teminite also remixed a track of PsoGnar’s, “Army of Jah,” in July 2013. However, it’s been a while since these two have gotten together, and their partnership’s moratorium up to now has been noticeable.
Though he’s a talented producer, PsoGnar’s also a skilled vocalist, lending his voice to the track as he has in past collaborations. Aside from a track with Exclusion a few months ago, PsoGnar’s SoundCloud page has been quiet. This return is a big one for him, with his smooth, reggae-like vocals serving as a perfect unassuming introduction to the heavy track that follows.
Teminite has been on a climb to the top over the past few years, with each release heavier than the last. He’s released insane remixes for Pegboard Nerds, Barely Alive, and Felix Cartel and has done multiple collaborations with Panda Eyes, along with an impressive array of solo work.
If “Lion’s Den” is indicative of what these two have in store for the remainder of the EP, we’re in for an auditory treat.
DJs wearing costumes and helmets for their shows goes back a few decades. Kraftwerk popularized having a distinct look for live performances, and artists like Daft Punk, deadmau5, Marshmello, Cazzette, Headless Horseman, The Bloody Beetroots and many more have followed in their footsteps by wearing iconic helmets and masks.
Now, a rising bass producer duo has jumped on the helmet bandwagon. Barely Alive uploaded a video revealing a new helmet for their live performances, which closely resembles the duo’s character mascot. The black helmet appears to be decked out with LEDs and be made of high quality material. (Bear Grillz debuted a similar helmet not long after he revealed his identity.) While Barely Alive is a production duo, only one of its members regularly tours, so we expect to see only one of these helmets make the rounds at shows and festivals.
Willie will be debuting the helmet tonight at The Joint alongside Excision.
The choice for Barely Alive to tour with a helmet is decidedly different than artists like Marshmello, who use it to hide their identity, as well as using them as a set piece. We’re already well aware of who the members of Barely Alive are, so this is pure set prop, plain and simple.
Watch the Barely Alive helmet unveiling video below:
Although Christmas ended last Sunday night, the holiday spirit lives on! The internet’s favorite dubstep trio, Chodegang – made up of Disciple Records label mates Virtual Riot, Barely Alive, and Dubloadz – just released arguably the best dubstep mixtape of the year for free!
If you like riddim, make sure to share this mix with all your friends or just listen to it over and over again like myself because at 100k streams the tracklist will be unlocked.
2016 has been quite a ride. The year has seen a horde of music both great and not-so-great, with just as many noteworthy remixes as original releases. Here’s you chance to step away from the ridiculous social happenings, political discourse, and general internet banter that’s sodden our spirits over the last 12 months.
From future bass to house, Bassnectar to Hotel Garuda, here’s our selection of 50 remixes that we believe to be some of the year’s most magical. They’re in a relatively cohesive listening order, but go ahead and skim through to find your favorite artists and discover some brilliance that you may not have otherwise heard of.
Barely Alive has been on an absolute tear lately, as their most recent collab with German superstar Virtual Riot has accumulated almost 100,000 plays in just a week. Hailing from Massachusetts, the wub-inclined duo knows no bounds when it comes to gargantuan tracks. “Jungle Demon” proves no different, as its seriously impressive sound design more than compensates for its simple melody.
Although the verse reminds me of a modernized version of old-school Skrillex, the drop takes on a whole new persona – something that only the likes of Barely Alive could achieve. The second half of the drop even reveals a sort of Snails-esque growl, causing me to already foresee the incessant amounts of headbanging amongst music festival crowds. Take a listen for yourself below, and let us know what you think!
It’s Saturday in the late afternoon and I get a call from a frantic Dodge & Fuski, “Oh man, you’ll never guess what we just had to do.”
The Disciple Records crew, currently touring with Dodge & Fuski, Astronaut, Virtual Riot, Dubloadz and Barely Alive, was scheduled to play their debut LA label showcase Saturday night before their flight out of Dallas was unexpectedly cancelled. Not ones to disappoint fans, the label paid $22,000 to rent a private jet to fly them from Dallas to Los Angeles and they made the show!
We love hearing about how much artists care about their fans, and for an indie label like Disciple, $22k is no paltry sum.
The tour continues in Philadelphia, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Chicago & Detroit!