Koan Sound & Gemini: Bass Meditation in the Zen Soundgarden
It was another night of Bass Music bliss for fans at Soundgarden Hall on Friday, March 1st as Steez Promo presented the latest edition of Bass Nation with LoveCityDJs, Speaker For The Dead, Billy Van, and headliners Gemini & Koan Sound.
The crowd was somewhat smaller than at recent events when we arrived at SGH (mostly because those other events were crazy packed sold-out nights) but it didn’t take long for the numbers to build in size, filling the dance floor, and spilling over into the side platform and the Hacienda Lounge in the back (which was open to all ages, not just those 21+)
After sold opening sets by LoveCityDJs and Speaker For The Dead, Billy Van took over at 1015pm. Rocking a Keytar (M-Audio Axiom 25 keyboard) at points during his set, his high energy sound was very well received by the crowd. This was the first time we’d seen Billy Van perform, but we highly suspect that it will not be the last.
Gemini was up next and despite playing the set before Koan Sound, it quickly became apparent that many fans had come out on Friday night to see the English born producer/DJ. He didn’t disappoint them as he dropped several of his own hit tracks & remixes, including a brand new banger that he said he had never played before. We’ll take his word for it.
Despite their relatively young ages, Jim Bastow & Will Weeks, the duo known as Koan Sound, are well respected and accomplished producers and DJs that have toured with the likes of Skrillex and Diplo. It’s no surprise to see the guys headlining their own shows now with their high energy funky bass-music sounds.
Accompanied behind the tables for most of their set by Gemini, Koan Sound kept the place bumping for the rest of the night. Surprisingly, some of the people who had turned out to see Gemini left the venue before Koan Sound’s headlining set, but those who stayed were rewarded with a barrage of bass from the young guns.
[Photos by D. Jacob Miller Photography]
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