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Trap and Bass: A Rising New Trend In Pop Culture

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If you’ve been keeping up with the latest trends in any way, you’ll no doubt be aware of the Harlem Shake that is sweeping the States and dominating the Internet.  And with the increased interest in Dubstep over the years, it’s no surprise that this Trap and EDM combination is finally becoming the next big thing.

It all really begins with the creation of Dubstep.  A late 1990s invention, Dubstep originated from London and combined all of their greatest rap styles at the time: grime, garage, reggae, and 2-step.  In 2007, Dubstep began to make its popular resurgence when pop artists like Britney Spears began to incorporate Dubstep beats into their tracks and the genre became more mainstream.

Around the same time that Dubstep was slowly gaining popularity, Trap music was also experiencing an increase in listeners.  The Southern-style dirty rap first appeared in the early 2000s and emerged in the mainstream when T.I.’s second album, Trap Muzik, became a commercial success.  Artists like Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane propelled the genre even further when they released their Trap mixtapes.

As these two genres began to rise simultaneously, it’s no surprise that the two eventually crossed paths.  And one of the biggest and newest rising names in the Trap/Dubstep world is Trap and Bass.  Like Baauer’s Harlem Shake, Trap and Bass is all about combining Southern Trap with the English Dubstep.

Trap and Bass came about when two music lovers, Colton and Aaron, decided they had what it took to promote and create awareness for the phenomenon that they deemed “Trap and Bass”, which essentially combined Trap music with the bass and drops found in Dubstep to create a whole new genre of club music.  With access to artists through the recording companies they worked for, Colton and Aaron created a YouTube account and blog and their movement took off in a just a few short months.  Now, Colton and Aaron run a company that centers on bringing in more artists to their sub-genre and promoting the artist’s work.

“We’re here for the artists and for the fans,” Colton says.  “We aren’t here to make money.  We’re here to respond to the artists and give them feedback and help them in any way we can.”

And with the fans at the heart of the Trap and Bass movement, we took the opportunity to interview rising Trap and Bass star, DJ Huccii .  DJ Hucci is a 17 year old Trap and Bass DJ for BBC Radio’s Saturday program.
How did you get involved in the producing and DJ scene so quickly and at such a young age?
I first got FL Studio 7 a couple of years ago and just messed around with that for a while, making hiphop beats and dubstep, but then stopped producing after that for about a year or so. Then about 6 or 7 months ago I got back into making beats once I was really feeling instrumentals by artists such as Lex Luger and Jahlil Beats. I got the newest version of fruity at the time which was version 10, and then once I put together a half decent beat, it was around the time I first heard of Baauer and discovered that type of ‘trap’ and then I specifically started making that kind.
How did you first hear about Trap and Bass and what inspired you to become active in that?
I heard about it from people linking stuff on facebook, and straight away liked the genre and later on decided to get involved. My inspirations came from other artists’ music such as Floss and RL Grime but generally just from music.
 
What is Trap and Bass to you?
A genre that is fun to produce, and goes off in a club.
Where do you want to go from here?
I want to just take it to the next platform with live shows and then hopefully become a successful producer/DJ.
Is there a particular artist you’d like to work with one day?
Clams Casino // araabMuzik // Baauer // Lex Luger.  There’s loads.
Any significant plans or updates in the upcoming months, music-wise?
I’m working on my new EP at the moment, and have also been doing some official remixes for various artists. I don’t have any exact dates for releases but all new tunes will be on soundcloud very soon.
 
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With the quick rise in the Trap and Bass movement – Colton and Aaron have only been working with this since July 2012 – and increased international interest, this new form of club music seems like it will be here to stay for at least a few decades.
Mackenzie is an Alabama native attending NYU and studying Journalism and Dramatic Literature. She hopes to one day live in London and write for the BBC.