Madame Filth Spreads the Gospel of Drum ‘N’ Bass

Beauty Bar event Lockdown revives speed garage


They say history repeats itself. But in this case, history has inspired a party that will be the first of its kind for the Las Vegas electronic-music scene. Long before there was dubstep and trap, there was drum ’n’ bass—where the beats were fast and the bass was heavy. And it was good. An international mix of DJs are digging in their crates and even busting out the vinyl as Vegas’ own Madame Filth leads the charge.

What exactly is Lockdown?

It’s Las Vegas’ first-ever speed-garage event. It’s on April 5 at Beauty Bar. We’re bringing DJs from all over the place: U.K., Canada, Colorado, San Diego, Arizona. They’re all garage DJs. I decided to have a drum ’n’ bass bar along with it. We just want to push the sound of garage. People have heard so much techy-sounding bass they’re like, “OK, what now?” But garage has always been around, and a lot of people don’t know about it. So when they hear it, they’re like “Oh yeah! This is awesome stuff!”

For people who haven’t delved into speed garage, how would you explain it?

House music was called house because it was played in a warehouse back then. Garage is called garage because the drums are more clanky, it’s a little bit faster and the garage is part of a house [laughs]. So it can be faster—it can also be a slower tempo—but it’s basically heavily warped sounds with lots of old-school type samples and maybe some—I don’t want to say like garbage cans clanking around, but nothing electro-synthetic. Very authentic drums.

What is a drum ’n’ bass bar?

It’s just an area where we decided to do a different style in case people wanted to go back and forth. Sometimes when you go to a party it’s only one style. We wanted to be able to have both. Drum ’n’ bass comes from garage also. We were planning on having two turntables and a bunch of DJs who have vinyl and bring it back old-school style.

How did you first get into spinning drum ’n’ bass?

I just love drum ’n’ bass. I always did. That was about the time Pendulum started coming out with that really awesome hard-rock kinda stuff. That’s when I was wowed. I only wanted more and more. I used to just buy the records and I would sign up on all the lists to find the newest stuff, spend a whole bunch of cash on getting them sent to me and it was just a hobby. “Yeah! I got this fresh drum ’n’ bass!” I was always really excited about it. I just love it; that’s all there really is to it.

How many years have you been spinning now?

I’ve been gigging out since 2006.

How did the Lockdown event come about?

I was always begging my boyfriend that we should throw a party and decided to do it when one of his friends was visiting. Garage is also another genre that I’ve always played and collected on vinyl. There’s a record label from the U.K. that was started, and all the super-good garage producers of the world have joined this group to talk about garage and start trading music back and forth. [When] we said we were going to throw a party, everyone got really excited and were like, “Let me come! Let me play!”

Who are you looking forward to most on the lineup?

[Mr.] Dista, Parallax and Neo1. They’re from other parts of the world, and I’ve been listening to their stuff for a long time. It’ll be really cool to hear and meet Dista live and direct versus just on wax.

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