Los Angeles-bred lover of drum and bass, DJ Bare has gained a massive following in Vegas’ underground dubstep scene. Now, as resident DJ of the high-profile event Frequency at Crown Nightclub, DJ Bare is gaining national popularity. Vegas Seven spoke with the DJ and let him bare it all before opening for Dieselboy on May 6 at the Hard Rock Café on the Strip.
Dubstep is a sub-genre on the rise. How did you get into it?
I’ve been DJing for about nine years, and the majority has been drum and bass but I started doing dubstep last year. I used to go to raves when I was a kid, and drum and bass parties when I was 17. Before then I was in metal bands, and when I heard drum and bass and checked out the rave scene I was hooked.
Do you think dubstep will overtake drum and bass in popularity?
Drum and bass will always be drum and bass, but dubstep has gone further than drum and bass has gone because it’s more commercial and likeable to other people. It’s got this hip-hop beat but crazy bass, and I think it’s more acceptable to the mainstream.
It seems like a handful of artists from various genres are converting to dubstep.
Yeah, a lot of producers I’m meeting know how to play guitar and different instruments and are exploring different music. I’ve met different kinds of musicians: rockers, hip-hop, straight-up hippie people—all kinds. It’s like a big melting pot of musical backgrounds.
Many fans get angry when a genre, band or DJ goes mainstream. How would you feel?
I’d like to see it go mainstream. You look at electro and house and that’s been around for a long time, and mainstream took it out of the underground but it didn’t kill off the music. The parties would be bigger—I hope it does.
Frequency has become the home for dubstep in Vegas, and you’re the party’s first resident DJ. How long have you been involved with Frequency’s Joe Borusiewicz and Noal Hendricks?
At least seven or eight years. They were some of the first guys to bring me out and booked me for a drum and bass show, and then I did the first Pubstep with them last year.
How has the movement expanded?
Frequency’s getting pretty big. It’s great to see how all those people have grown, like a powerhouse production company. Dubstep is getting big in America alone. Denver’s got a great scene, St. Louis was crazy, and all the way up to the East Coast, in Baltimore, where you’d think they wouldn’t have good parties because it’s a murder capital, but it was one of the best parties.
For being an L.A.-based DJ, you’ve built a pretty large fan base in Vegas.
I think it’s because I just love the music and my fans love the music. I love how excited they get from my tunes. There’s nothing like how it feels when you play live for a good crowd. You cannot take any drug to match that feeling. It’s the best feeling in the world. Seeing people’s faces light up and how excited they get. My fans are what keep me doing it.