If you live in Miami, you know that here amongst the palm trees and chonga-booty-shorts, BASS was born. And if you are a lover of the BASS, then you know that the man who wields it is none other than the 305′s Juan Basshead.
It is hard to think the man who brings the WHOMP WHOMP WHOMP to the sweaty, frenzied masses on Miami’s dance floors is anything but loud and gregarious, but that is not the case. In fact, Juan Basshead is quiet, reflective and admittedly shy. They say that those who can, teach. Well, I say, those who are quiet bring the BOOM like nobody’s business.
And in the bass business, Juan Basshead is king. His label, BASSHEAD MUSIC, is a playground for Miami’s finest DJs and producers.
I recently caught up with J.B. and we chit-chatted about his label, his experiences and his label’s first LP ever, All Killer, No Filler.
The long-awaited LP dropped today and features 18 different artists over 12 tracks. According to J.B., “All of which are ‘Killer’ enough to stand alone. There is no ‘Filler’ to be heard.” You can expect to hear artists like Iceland-based Agzilla, UK-bed “Dub Activist” Jah Free, DJ Sneak, Animal Krakerz, Code 305, Otto Von Schirach, A Sides, Dj Wreck, Mr Explicit, Wheez-ie, Datsik’s, Bats and Total Science.
You can download All Killer, No Filler below after the interview with Juan Basshead.
Juan Basshead: All Miami music and Miami parties get that Miami vibe. It’s hard to explain…it just is.
Juan Basshead: There’s been a bunch. The speakers have caught on fire a few times. I played during a flood once. Naked chicks is a given. But I’d have to think about this more to give a definite answer.
Juan Basshead: It was on the 4th of July…Dieselboy was in town and we were at the Laundry Bar. The drains for the washers backed up and flooded the place with like five or six inches of water. DnB fanscore, though. The puddles were clean, unused water, so theyt in the puddles!
- Antisteez: Where is your favorite spot to eat after shows?
Juan Basshead: Mary’s coin. It’s on the way home and it’s always the same ladies. They know my regular order; pan con bistec sin tomate y una Tanga. Besides meaning “thong”, la tanga is their berry smoothie. I don’t know why it’s called a tanga, especially since other smoothies there are named after places like Jamaica and Honolulu.
- Antisteez: What is the inspiration behind this LP?
Juan Basshead: My inspiration anytime I’m taking music public is for people to enjoy it as much as I do. I’m trying to share my love for music with everyone.
- Antisteez: Where do you see Basshead Music in the next five years?
Juan Basshead: I try not to make too many plans. I find that it leads to expectations and that sets you up for disappointment. My goal is the same as everyone else’s; to be happy. And the label makes me happy and hopefully it does that to everyone else, too. I’d like the music on the label to be the soundtrack to people’s lives.