Uproot Andy's global bass domination gets Noisey (and comes to T.O.)

image from mixpackFresh off a Mexican tour, where he did up a nearly one-hour mix special for Noisey Mexico (that country's arm of the VICE music property), Uproot Andy  continues the worldwide global bass takeover was on last time he came to town (with partner in crime Geko Jones from Brooklyn's Que Bajo!? at our festival's Bridges Tropical Mashup night).Here's a bit from the preamble of his interview with Noisey Mexico (the article title, loosely translated: "97% of the time [this music is] a celebration of identity").

La primera vez que Uproot Andy vino al Distrito Federal fue para tocar en un Day Off y nos dimos cuenta de que además de ser un DJ con mucho incansable, es también un productor ingenioso, nada tímido y está completamente determinado a llevar la palabra del Global Bass a todos los rincones del mundo [Paulina, the writer, recalls] the first time he came to Mexico City to play [an event called] Day Off, her crew commented that beyond Andy's tirelessness as a party DJ,  he is an ingenious producer, by no means shy attitude and completely determined to make global bass known in each and every corner of the world.

The writer here also urges readers, before she interviews the man, not to miss his appearance at that city's "Tropical Storm" festival, recommending they download the mix and try it for any dancing style or on a bike ride.By the time our global bass ambassador comes back to town, even the winter-shy among us can bicycle over to the party. As the bass operative on a mission to spread the music worldwide from Brooklyn lofts to festivals in Mexico, Colombia and beyond, Andy gets full props on the global citizen tip. He speaks fluent Spanish and his best tingz in the world proudly speak to other world citizens (Montreal bagels make the list, as does Barranquilla's Carnaval).Global as he is, Uproot Andy is even a hometown Toronto son, though he only makes so many visits. Next up is May 10 at Uma Nota! We can't resist the opportunity to bring Uproot Andy for a spring dancefloor "worldwide" kinda thing 'cause it works so nice. Plus, we wanted to give him more time rocking it for you all after last year's appearance at the Great Hall. For the playback style party, bringing the old school Uma Nota vibe, we've got Uproot Andy -- special delivery from Brooklyn -- alongside Maracatu Mar Aberto playing one of their first stage shows of the year, including some new songs and percussive touches. That covers the live, thundering Afro-Brazilian percussion end of things, and our resident selector DJ General Eclectic rounds out the night with vinyl and digital dance floor delights. We're also excited to host the event at Mojo Lounge on Dundas West (formerly Pacha and others), where we'll take advantage of the powerful sound system, drinks at good prices and continue the new management (namely our Brazilian friend Jeferson Camilo)'s trend of bringing good Brazilian and tropical vibes to the house with our signature Uma Nota party style.Uproot Andy plays in Toronto on May 10 for The Uma Nota Worldwide Thing, also featuring Maracatu Mar Aberto and DJ General Eclectic.  Saturday, May 10 at Mojo Lounge, 1305 Dundas Street West. $10 in advance, more at the door.  (Facebook event pageumanota_may2014_4x6_4

Uproot Andy's worldwide tropical bass takeover

Uproot Andy (Photo courtesy of Uproot Andy)Since we last checked in with our hero, Uproot Andy continues to be the world's biggest and best tropical bass DJ.[soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/playlists/6662111" params="" width=" 100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]Andy and friends at Que Bajo!?The co-founders of the popular Que Bajo?! parties in NYC (now in year five), aka Uproot Andy and Geko Jones, took a big step earlier this year in furthering the tropical bass world domination agenda: they launched Que Bajo?! as a digital record label.[soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/89253565" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]The mixtape Andy put out, Worldwide Ting, quickly reached over 80,000 plays around the world, and the follow-up's also helping to spread the sound. Indeed, it was Andy and Geko's intention from the get-go to "share the sound of the party with a global audience," and it seems the mixtapes have accomplished what Andy set out for them to do: expose more people to the tropical bass/global bass sounds for which he and Que Bajo?! are known.Geko Jones, Uproot Andy and Liliana Saumet of Bomba Estéreo  [soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/99433201" params="secret_token=s-1UD3m" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]Andy's not the only one who's released new sounds. Geko Jones does his own thing when it comes to these infectious Latin rhythms and non-stop digital beats. His most recent project, a collaboration with fellow DJ and producer Atropolis, releasing this compilation earlier this year as well:The Dutty Artz members made this compilation as an exploration of Afro-Colombian roots music for the next (digital) generation. As Geko Jones told MTV Hive: "The traditions hidden in this mix are something that future generations can understand and learn from and serves as a lesson that in this age of new latest go-go-go culture, we still have a lot we can learn from those that came before us."Uproot Andy & Geko JonesBoth Andy and Geko have kept busy with all things Que Bajo?! through the last several months. In September, Andy (originally from Toronto) included a nod to one Canadian cultural fixture in his "favourite worldwide tingz" post for VICE's new(ish) Thump site: Montreal bagels beat out those from his current home base, NYC.[soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/105503333" params="secret_token=s-xvqja" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]One of our favourite confluences happens in Uproot Andy's Worldwide Ting Vol. II: Andy remixes Siba. He describes it here:"I first heard Siba with his previous group Mestre Ambrosio and he always brings a creative and progressive approach to the traditional music of Northeastern Brazil. With this remix, I put Siba’s Ciranda tune in a downtempo house framework and tried to bring out the horn melodies in the synths and just let it breathe."Uproot Andy and Geko Jones perform at Bridges Tropical Mashup : Live, Digital & Analog on Saturday, October 19 at Great Hall. More info and tickets here. Facebook event page here

Uproot Andy meets Bomba Estereo's Li Saumet in Toronto

Uproot Andy (photo via Gozamos.com) Of all the DJs out there playing tropical, Latin-based electronic music, Uproot Andy is a top artist.To explain a little more about why, our man on all things tropical bass Sergio Elmir (aka DJ eLman aka the voice of Dos Mundos Radio) gives us the goods:What is it about AndyIn the tropical bass scene, heavy, pounding beats dominate. But, says Elmir, "Andy has often professed his love for beautiful, soulful music."This is a rare thing in a scene that has as much to do with BPM as it does with the traditional Latin rhythms with which they're often matched."His great ear for music is what makes him such an amazing DJ," says Elmir.Toronto-raised, later to immerse himself in tropical music, Uproot Andy has made himself instrumental in this musical movement: "He's a focal point," says Elmir.  "People strive to be where he's at."It was as an NYU student that Uproot Andy (aka Andy Gillis) got his big break in NYC through the popular Que Bajo?! parties, which Elmir calls the premiere tropical bass party, "Really I'd say in the world."That event series is five years old and has presented some of the tropical bass genre's best artists, including Andy as a mainstay. (More on Uproot Andy here and a podcast here, both via XLR8R magazine.)Now for a special collaboration treat, those in Toronto should check this out:  Andy plays in that city this weekend, and it's a rare performance alongside Li Saumet, the vocalist from Bomba Estereo, one of the biggest bands out of Colombia right now.Last summer, Dos Mundos and Small World Music brought Bomba Estereo to Lula Lounge for a packed show. Andy and Li Saumet have played lots of same festivals and Andy's spent time in Colombia, so in the past year they started this collaboration.The Toronto show, happening as part of the energetic Air Horns event  supported by Elmir and Dos Mundos, isn't even an official tour, but rather a special rare treat in Toronto."Only those who've been in NYC or Bogota* in the past year have seen this show," says Elmir. And it won't hit other cities anytime soon, at least for the time being. [*Ed: Or, OK, Medellin, another city in Colombia ... see video below.]Here's a video clip from one of their collaboration performances in Colombia this past year:For this Toronto show, Li Saumet will perform new material and Bomba Estereo tracks over Andy's set (special participation from Li Saument with Uproot Andy).Uproot Andy in Toronto with Li Saument of Bomba Estereo. Poster by General EclecticUproot Andy, Li Saumet, Dos Mundos DJs and more play Air Horns on Friday, December 21 in Toronto. Facebook event page here