Having discovered dubstep in its infant days, Joe Nice has been America’s loudest and most consistent advocate for the English-born sound. On stage, he pulls tracks from one of the deepest bags in the dubplate game, adding his own Baltimore-bred swagger for an experience that’s both true to dubstep’s roots and uniquely American. It’s part DMZ, part 80’s east coast block party, and 100% authentic.
It was at Dubwar, New York’s legendary dubstep night that featured Joe Nice as its primary resident, that then-Berklee College of Music student Matt Mauldin (known these days as Wheez-ie) found his inspiration to become one of the best DJ’s in the United States. Though best known for his excellent juke and footwork productions, Wheez-ie is a DJ’s DJ, approaching the medium as a limitless space where tempo’s and key changes are simply hurdles, not barriers.
The two have only shared a stage once – a New Years Eve party in Washington DC. The set generated enough hype that a west coast night became a necessity – Joe Nice vs. Wheez-ie goes down this Friday in LA as part of a 5 room megashow at Union Nightclub.
Tickets are available here – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/xcellerated-city-flow-music-heavy-dub-cavity-cult-mass-la-juke-bounce-werk-cats-boots-records-tickets-20895630393
Lonnie: What is the art of DJing to you? Joe, you can take this one first.
Wheez-ie: Thank you! *laughs*
Joe: The art of DJing is making the sonically improbable sound probable, then ultimately possible. It’s a zen-like approach to music and music performance. You’re not thinking about what you’re supposed to be doing, you’re just doing what you’re supposed to be doing, like the great jazz musicians and the way they would improvise. There is an element of science to it, because music is math and math is ultimately a scientific discipline, but it becomes art when you remove the mechanics of music and just focus on the moment.
Read the whole interview at Limination.net