Myrtle Beach Music: Hollywood's Bar & Grill (Click for full gallery)
You’d never know it by looking but Hollywood’s Bar & Grill, 4803 U.S. 17 Bypass S., located in a run down strip of shops near the Back Gate, has become home to an underground musical movement happening right in your backyard.
Run by a collective of local DJs called LowCountry Dubstep, a series of monthly events known as Bass-ic Euphoria has begun to carve out a niche for electronic genres such as Dubstep, Drum & Bass and Jungle that aren’t often found among the Top 40, Hip-Hop and House spun at clubs across the Grand Strand.
“We’re trying to give it a kick in the ass,” says Ikaris — who’s real name is Steven Dunn — about what his group is doing for the electronic music scene locally.
Dunn, along with LCD members Lucien Dupree (aka Boosh), Philip Neal (aka Pan), Timothy “Wally” Wallace (aka Wallstreet), Sal Crumpler (aka Equilibrium) and Leath Miller (aka Fudda) started the group last fall.
Since kicking off their shows at Hollywood’s in October attendance has grown from a small group of friends to events that pull in 80-100 fans throughout the night and now include both indoor and outdoor areas for DJs to spin.
“It’s just getting bigger and bigger and we’re getting more of our people out here,” said Wallstreet. “It’s a lot of people who know what they’re listening to and what they want to hear.”
Myrtle Beach Music: Sal "Equilibrium" Crumpler spins at Hollywood's Friday night. (Click for full gallery)
Each event runs from about 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. with 5-6 DJs switching off. During each event, the principle members of the group perform hour-long sets, but also include guest DJs from around the region and up the East Coast.
“We’re all chill. Everyone’s here for the music and to have a good time. There’s no drama or anything, it’s just all about the music,” said Fudda.
Myrtle Beach Music: Brandon Neal (click for full gallery)To most the events are about driving rhythms, high-energy dancing and having a good time, to some attendees they mean even more than that.
“I’m a truck driver and I’ve been out for a couple months, so this is a homecoming for me,” said
Brandon Neal, a enthusiastic supporter who seemed to know much crowd.
But despite the tight-knit feel of the events, which bring together a devoted fanbase for the music, LCD says Dubstep novices are more than welcome to attend.
“We’re more than happy to have just anyone walk in here and check us out as long as they come with a good, clean attitude and be ready to learn something,” said Wallstreet.
Check out Lowcountry Dubstep on Facebook for more info on upcoming events.
Q&A with LCD
We asked some of the same questions to the members of Lowcountry Dubstep throughout the evening to get a feel for their goals and thoughts on the state of Dubstep and electronic music. Here’s what they had to say:
Why has Dubstep become so popular?
Ikaris: I’m a drum & bass guy, but if I had to give you a guess it’s because hip-hop is so big. Dubstep is roughly the same tempo as hip-hop. A lot of hip-hop samples are used, it’s got a two-step feel to it, you can bounce to it and people like it in the club because its slower...you can chill and relax a little bit.
Fudda: It’s pretty much ruling the entire electronic scene right now. I guess its because it incorporates every genre of music...reggae, hip-hop, funk. For me, I’m all about all genres this one is above all because it’s easier on the ears and it’s got that slower hip-hop tone to it, you know.
With Dubstep you can do pretty much anything. There aren’t any rules, its just freestyle.
Wallstreet: The problem with Dubstep getting hot so fast is that a lot of new school Breakbeats DJs grabbed it up real quick and they kinda made it stale.
But it’s cool, I dig what some of them do.
I just want to stay a little more downtrodden in that 70-140 BPM range , keep that bass low and heavy and just drivin’. Invite people to dance, don’t force them to dance., is the way I look at it.
Myrtle Beach Music: The LCD crew ready for action. (Click for full gallery)
Did you have a tough time finding a place to host your events?
Wallstreet: No, not at all. Me and Lucien [DJ Boosh] came into Hollywood’s and just laid it out for them, played a couple tracks and they were like “We want you.” We’ve been here ever since.
We’re definitely looking for some more venues, but we want to keep this one. This was our birthplace.
We were doing some stuff at Barefoot Barista down in Pawleys Island for awhile and every single time we did it, it was a different type of show. And then we came here and just made it the mainstay of Jungle and Dubstep, but we keep on evolving to accommodate pretty much anyone who wants to play anything, but our bloodstream is really Dubstep.
Ikaris: I really like this venue, they’ve been great to us since we started. When we first started we were going until about 6 a.m. and then cutting it off, now it’s more like 3 a.m. but we’re still having a good time.
How has the electronic music scene evolved here in Myrtle Beach?
Ikaris: Well I’ve been spinning records for about six years and playing out for about five, but before I started DJing I played in a lot of punk bands and metal bands and stuff like that.
The electronic music scene here really started dwindling around 2001-02. In my opinion, Burroughs & Chapin single-handedly killed the electronic music scene here by shutting down all the rave clubs. Places like 19th Hole, Industry, The Funhouse, Tribeca and even Club There — it’s still there but it’s not the same.
There used to be a drum & bass monthly at the Limelight and before it was the Limelight at The Social. I think there was a monthly at the Fat Joint.
Honestly, with the clubs around here, since it is sorta a college town, just want to do Top 40 or hip-hop. They don’t really want to branch out into anything else. They have their resident DJs that they work with and they don’t really want to pay anyone else to come in and do anything different.
That’s the problem I’ve run into with trying to book shows is just people not wanting to branch out and open their minds and it really sucks, because its stifling the music in this town.
Myrtle Beach Music: Fans dance during Bassic Euphoria Friday. (Click for full gallery)
What are your goals for Lowcountry Dubstep?
Equilibrium: Right now we just want just want to travel and play. That’s what we’ve been trying to do, but I think we’re ready to take it up another level.
I think there is more of a scene in other towns, but it really just depends on who you know and where they take you. Right now, I’m dealing with someone everywhere I can. Me and [Fudda] just booked a show up in North Carolina at the end of May. That’s a good thing to get us in the door and then we’ll bring the whole crew through.
It’s like wherever I go, the crew here is coming with me. That’s the bottom line. And that’s what it’s basically about is us being together.
Wallstreet: I want to see this club here get bigger for these shows like we’re doing right now and then I want to see two more gigs, once a month, so that you’ve got three gigs a month hosted by Lowcountry Dubstep. LCD is where its at.
Fudda: I’m actually trying to get a spot up in Celebrations in Broadway to do a monthly there.
But we all just try to do our piece to make something happen. None of us try to claim anything or take any credit, we just do it for the music.
Do you think there’s enough talent outside of your group locally to help grow the scene for this type of music?
Wallstreet: Yes, absolutely. Basically 90 percent of the DJs you see aren’t event part of our crew. We started out playing for their shows and it’s been amazing for us to be able to have them come and guest DJ since they were the ones they really helped us out and helped foster what we’re doing here now.
Ikaris: More than likely there are more bedroom DJs than there are people who play out in public here. And the bedroom DJs honestly are the best, because they just sit around and play what sounds good to them. And that’s my favorite type, because if you play what sounds good to you and the music that you like than I’m all for you.