Archaeology, the five-person team intent on bringing back drum 'n' bass and purist-friendly dubstep to West Palm Beach, will be packing plenty of beats into this Wednesday night's Respectable Street show.
Alex Gerhardt, Kevin Kocak, Landon Yerby, Bradley Brown, and Rene Aguiar are the local masterminds behind the newly banded collective and ambitious endeavor. They first presented the sounds of Amit and old-school vinyl at their debut December show. Now, they're back with a hip-hop- and jungle-heavy sound featuring two South Florida DJs, George the Infinite (AKA George Young) and Somejerk, at this week's Art of Hip-Hop and Jungle party.
With two of the originators of Miami's dubstep movement and rebirth, think of this show as a reunion of sorts. Both headlining DJs worked together to create Digital Felon Records before going their separate ways to spread drum 'n' bass and dubstep to Florida fans' eager ears. Now, both are beginning to get recognized for their music, says Young.
As an underground DJ and producer, he's been touring and playing shows across Florida for more than a decade with all-original, self-produced tracks.
"This is my interpretation of the music you hear on the Miami streets: hip-hop, jungle, house, rap, salsa, and reggaeton," Young explains. "You're gonna hear music you've never heard before with remixes that will speak to people who don't understand electronic music or hip-hop."
Likewise, South Florida native John "Somejerk" Gregory -- the man behind the Signaflo label and Miami's DJ Scratch Academy -- has also led the charge to re-up Dade's bass music scene, earning him the title of "Best New Electronica Artist" of 2010 with Miami New Times.
Tomorrow night, they'll be spinning alongside Archaeology member Rok Is Dead and Theoryon Records' Alekay, and on the back patio, there'll be additional sets by Archaeology DJs Depth, Reazin, Dcypher, and Bownce. Expect some live graffiti and break dancing to help create a nostalgic, old-school vibe, and all for free.
"This shit is gonna be crazy," Young assures. "We make all this music ourselves. You're not going to hear anything like it anywhere else."
The Art of Hip-Hop and Jungle with George the Infinite and Somejerk, 9 p.m. Wednesday, February 25, at Respectable Street, 518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach. No cover. Visit Respectable Street on Facebook.
Nicole Danna is a food and music writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. Follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.
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