Louisiana Dubstep & Headgrenade presents...
*Required by law to drop the Bass
YOUNGSTA (London | Tempa, Rinse, FWD, Minimal Mondays)
Without doubt one of the finest DJs in dubstep, Youngsta's flawless mixing and deadly accurate selection place him at the forefront of this evolving scene. Representing flagship label Tempa and Rinse FM, his weekly radio show has become an institution and his live sets continue to raise the bar for quality and innovation. At the age of just 26, Youngsta is already a dubstep veteran with a reputation built on long-running residencies for Rinse and FWD>> and is widely regarded as one of the most influential DJs in the scene. His passion for the music comes across in the care and attention to detail he puts into every single set and can clearly be heard in recent productions, alongside the likes of Seven, N-Type and Kryptic Minds.
Introduced to underground music at an early age, Youngsta began DJing regularly on London pirate Freek FM at 13 playing a mix of bass-heavy 2-step garage. Naturally drawn to the more experimental sounds within the genre, Youngsta was offered the chance to make his name in 2001 with a residency at a new clubnight started by his sister Sarah and business partner Neil Joliffe. Stepping up alongside the likes of Hatcha, Benny Ill, Jay Da Flex and Zed Bias, Youngsta's reputation grew quickly thanks to dynamic sets and immaculate mixing. As the dark swing and nervous shuffle characterised by Horsepower, El-B and Oris Jay gave way to a heavier dubbed-out aesthetic within the dubstep scene, Youngsta was at the helm creating a cavernous and spacious mix with fresh sounds from the likes of Skream, Mala, Loefah and D1. His sets at FWD>> and the early DMZ nights showcased the sound of this new wave of producers and would place him firmly at the forefront as the scene's leading DJ, helping these breakthrough artists and their sound gain further exposure.
Youngsta was asked to present the Dubstep Allstars 2 CD for Tempa in 2005, following Hatcha's first instalment in the ground-breaking series. Built around exclusive dubplates created for only a handful of DJs, the compilation reflects Youngsta's skills both in crafting a mix as well as selecting a sound. It's no surprise he now represents Tempa as A&R and has helped bring attention to the likes of D1, Headhunter, SP:MC and Seven plus others on the label.
Although he's not known as a producer to the extent he is as a DJ, Youngsta has had a strong influence on the progression of the sound known as dubstep. Having cut his teeth with a VIP remix of Loefah's "Twisup" in 2005, Youngsta has preferred to focus on DJing before rushing into production himself, however the fruits of his initial forays into production have now also achieved the legendary status one would expect from Dubsteps favourite DJ
In addition to working as dubstep buyer for legendary London record store, BM Soho (formerly Blackmarket Records), Youngsta also maintains a weekly radio show on Rinse FM. With his focus clearly on the music, he regularly features guest MCs including Toast, SP:MC, & LX One. In 2008, Youngsta teamed up with station boss Geeneus to mix and compile the "I Love Dubstep" double CD, highlighting the instrumental role of Rinse FM in some of the scene's finest moments to date.
In 2009, Youngsta stepped back into the studio to collaborate with with Seven due on "Massai Mara" b/w "The Story" (by Seven & N-Type featuring Youngsta) for N-Type's Wheel & Deal label. He soon followed up with another joint 12", this time alongside Kryptic Minds, featuring "Cold Blooded" b/w "Surge" and a collaboration with SP:MC called 'Unidentified' both for Osiris Music UK. 2011 saw the release of the 'Rinse:14' mix CD by Youngsta, another faultless selection mixed to perfection by Dubsteps human metronome, and once again cementing his place as the genres undeniable leading DJ.
Youngsta has represented at DMZ in London and appeared regularly at the biggest events, including the "Why Not?" dubstep festival, FWD>> vs. Rinse FM clashes and Exodus in Leeds. As well as frequent visits to Los Angeles and other US cities including San Francisco and New York, Youngsta has touched down in Canada, Japan and Israel and has been playing regularly across Europe since the age of 15.
2012 looks to be another stellar year for Youngsta with tours of Japan, New Zealand, and Australia, plus appearances at major festivals across Europe already locked in.
Lock in to Rinse FM every Monday night from 11.00 PM UK time for 'Minimal Mondays' with Youngsta and guests for a trip into the future of Dubstep.
Mr Cool Bad Guy
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Soundsystem by Headgrenade Sound Reinforcement
Louisiana Dubstep brings you CHURCH (the party formerly known as Bass Church), New Orleans' original underground dubstep & bass music weekly, every Sunday night at the Dragon's Den in the French Quarter/Marigny. Join us as party-goers gather at the end of each weekend to worship the low end.
The underground sounds are provided by your host DJs Unicorn Fukr and Mr Cool Bad Guy, your rotating resident DJs Innerlign, Rekanize, Rus, Shanook, RMonic, Carmine P. Filthy, Beverly Skillz and DJ Ribbz and numerous guest DJs, producers and MCs from all over the world.