The guitar is dead. DJs and beatsmiths finally rule FM radio in America. After a two decade plus ascent, EDM has gone from warehouses to the airwaves. Now what? Mainstream acceptance is still limited to a couple of the most popular sub-genres—namely electro, trance and dubstep. What about the others? Jungle, or drum and bass–depending on which scenester you’re debating (read: arguing with)–is fortunate to have a healthy connection with dubstep due to its similar sonic palette and double-time tempo relationship. Will the trickle down economics that’s never seemed to quite pan out in politics work here? The American Jungle, a documentary-in-progress about the percussion-centric style in question, is prepared to capture what happens either way. To that end, two of Jungle‘s principal players are flying rapid-fire BPM aficionado DJ SS into the Mile High club this Thursday, August 23 to headline The Hive (1104 Lincoln). Consider this only the beginning.
Junglists: get ready for your closeup.
George Peele enjoys strapping on height enhancers and aurally ambushing strangers. He is Music Editor for 303magazine.com. Follow Peele on Twitter: @Orangepeelmoses. Avatar image courtesy Jonathan Shoup.