We hear less and less genuine dubstep each year, but TyGr’s Showdown EP is an ear-piercing reminder that wobbles and wubs can still exemplify the most anthemic tunes in electronic music today. The 21-year-old DJ’s new tape draws notable influence from other bass juggernauts like Excision and Datsik, while forging a style all its own.
TyGr’s roar is heavy and unapologetic. The young DJ makes impressive use of basic drum machine beats by stacking them with burly scratches and intricate rhythm. Subdued interludes give way to aggressive drops, and the transition is seamless. Hip hop gurus will quickly recognize Eminem’s down-tuned voice leading multiple tracks (Mental and Krayzie), each harder-hitting than the last. The EP weaves inspiration from AFK’s song structure and the mayhem style of Funtcase to generate intensely enjoyable smashers for the new year.
Besides the abrasive tone of each melody, Showdown strikes the listener hardest with top-notch production quality. The density and clarity of TyGr’s bass is among the best on the scene right now; turn it up with no fear of compromising the sound!
Soon, there will be a place at the top for TyGr and his onslaught of aggressive beats. Anyone can reduce a crowd’s eardrums to mush, but it takes unique sound and masterful production to stand out in today’s burst of electronic producers. Keep an eye out for this phenom – The Showdown EP is an aggressively good sign of things to come.
We had the chance to talk to Tyler shortly before the release of of his new EP!.
YourEDM: How did you first get into dubstep?
TyGr: I found Dubstep about 3 years ago when one of my homies told me about Datsik and Excision. I fell in love immediately. Which is weird because I’ve never been a big fan of electronic music but once I heard you could make such awesome shit with only a computer, I was hooked.
Y: What kinds of music were you into before dubstep?
T: Before dubstep, I always listened to heavy stuff like Bring Me The Horizon, A Day To Remember, Slipknot, August Burns Red.. But I’ve lost interest in a lot of that since then. (Besides Slipknot) Other than that, I have and always will love old hip hop. Eminem, Ice Cube, Dr Dre, Wu-Tang, 2Pac.. Love em.
Y: Do you play any instruments or were you ever in a band?
T: I used to play the guitar and I probably still can, just never have interest in doing so. I actually was in a band back in like 9th grade, we just played covers and shit but we split up eventually. Which is another reason why I love dubstep, I don’t need 3-5 other dedicated people, just me.
Y: How has your sound evolved since you started making music in 2011?
T: Well, back then I was just taking samples from random packs I found around the internet and basically trying to learn how to arrange sounds together to make a tune. Then eventually I started taking things more serious and starting making my own sounds within Massive. At first I had no clue what I was doing so I just turned knobs and did random automations all over (it was a mess). But after months of messing around with it, it just got way easier and I started making the shit I wanted to make back in 2011 when I started.
Y: What would you have to say to the people who think Dubstep is dead?
T: Anyone who is a true fan of dubstep should know that it will never just “die”. I think it will continue to progress even if some people lose interest in the genre, There are so many ways to be creative with dubstep, I just don’t see it dying off.
Y: What do you think of bass music scene in the Southwest?
T: It’s alright. I feel like it could be a lot better. The fans are dope, the producers are dope… there’s just not enough though. I want to eventually move out to Colorado, I’ve heard the bass music scene there is insane. Thanks again for the interview, guys.