The future of dubstep is happening in Los Angeles, CA, where forward looking producers and club nights are taking yesterday’s sounds, smashing them to rubble, and from the broken pieces are creating some of the most cutting edge bass music the world over. Whereas fans worldwide have their ears trained on LA County to see what’s going to happen next, bass fans in the know in LA have their ears trained firmly on Kelly Dean.
As the SMOG crew’s new resident badboy, Kelly Dean is taking the west coast underground by storm via a slew of hot releases on Shift Recordings, Rubik, Peer Pressure, Carbon Logic, and SMOG’s own digital imprint. With a background in drum & bass, having garnered critical acclaim teaming up with DnB producer Calculon, Dean’s sunk his teeth firmly into dubstep where artists like Excision and Datsik have taken notice of the up and comer, both handling remix duties on Dean’s collaboration with Steady, ‘Teflon’.
Recently, Scion A/V has taken notice as well, featuring both Dean’s original mix of ‘Teflon’ and the aforementioned remix on the upcoming SMOG Scion CD Sampler V.30. With such large-scale distribution and his tunes getting play from the likes of Mary Anne Hobbs on BBC Radio 1, Crissy Criss on 1xtra, Plastician, Fused Forces, 12th Planet, Pawn, and EMU, Dean’s time as LA’s dirty little secret is about to be over.