Remember back in December when electronic veteran DJ Shadow created a stir in our social media feeds after promoters at South Beach's Mansion nightclub kicked him off the decks at his own headlining show, claiming his music was "too future" for the crowd?
The accomplished and unanimously respected DJ never got to finish his set, and immediately took to Twitter to make his stance clear: "I don't care if I get kicked out of every rich kid club on the planet. I will never sacrifice my integrity as a DJ...ever #AllBassesCovered."
That's where Proper Dosage's Gaurav Khanna, Rene Aguiar, and Eric Carbonell got the inspiration for their new monthly party, Too Future, which takes place every third Monday of the month at Original Fat Cat's in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Their goal is to bring underground roots, dubstep, and drum & bass sounds to Broward County.
Tonight, the group will introduce British minimal dubstep DJ,
producer, and radio host Youngsta to the area. Only a few months old, the party aims to cater to a crowd
seeking an alternative music experience.
"Most popular electronic
music, especially dubstep, has gone completely over-the-top in our
humble opinions," says Khanna. "It is poppy, loud, brash,
overly-compressed, and oft-recycled four minute chunks of cheese. We
don't like it like that. We like the soul and funk, the drums and bass."
choice to bring UK's Youngsta all the way down to Florida for a Monday
night dance party in the heart of a not exactly burgeoning Fort
Lauderdale underground electronic scene had to do with Proper Dosage's
dedication to quality music and steadily increasing the prestige of
their young party.
"When the agencies came calling, we had to
book him no matter what," Khanna says. Youngsta hosts a weekly radio
show on Rinse.FM, London's award-winning, 18-year-old underground
mainstay -- and the Proper Dosage crew listen religiously. Minimal
Monday highlights the best new sounds in the minimal dubstep movement,
focusing on sparser beats with more space and less chaos. "But [it] can
still be plenty heavy," insists Khanna.
The choice to have the
party at Fat Cat's was also deliberate. According to Khanna, the gritty
downtown spot is "the only long-standing venue downtown that has
alternative and underground forms of music on a regular schedule,
alongside great bands, a reggae night, et cetera. The bartenders are vested in
the music and have helped greatly... It is far easier for a bar to just
play top-40 and ram a bunch of people inside night after night."
the West Palm Beach underground scene back in 2008 with the first
dubstep night at Respectables, Proper Dosage have since set out to break
through the hype and show South Florida another side of electronic
music, the side that can be "haunting or beautiful or both," says
Khanna. According to him, "This is how all electronic music started, and
how a small minority of us prefer it. It is, by nature, underground. It
is a state of mind as much as a dance floor."
Over the years,
Proper Dosage have brought some of their favorite DJs to different clubs
all over the tri-county area, including Bassline Smith, Gemmy, J:Kenzo,
Von D, Silkie, and Blockhead.
As for the future of Proper Dosage
and their new Monday night party, Khanna says: "Our future mission is
quite simple: keep bringing the artists that inspire us." Some upcoming
acts already in the works include DJs V.I.V.E.K, Kahn, Seven, Dubtek,
Joe Nice, and Truth.
It might be an uphill battle trying to break
the mold and break ground on a new scene, but according to Khanna and
the Proper Dosage crew, it's worth it. "We aren't promoters and we have
day jobs, but this is a calling. We are frustrated with what most people
think 'dubstep.' is. There is a different dubstep, and it needs