Ladies and gentlemen, we hit turbulence.
Laser beams, smoke machines, bass drops and crazy remixes can be expected to make a landing at UNB for the second edition of Turbulence, an electronic music event created by Alex Walsh, a fourth-year arts student at UNB.
“My friends and I were at the Cellar in early September and felt the venue would be perfect for an electro show if we managed to clear the tables, rent some lights and stuff it with people. Turns out that it is entirely possible,” said Walsh in an email interview.
Walsh, or AWal as he is known, only recently got into DJing, though he has been interested in music and the music business for quite some time.
“I originally grew up playing in rock bands all through high school. In the bands I played in we always wanted a way to record our music. It was then that I started learning recording software and techniques,” said Walsh.
“This quickly evolved into a hobby for me, always itching to learn new ways of creating unique sounds, which ultimately led to learning how electronic music is created. However, it wasn’t until just this past summer I decided to seriously give electronic music production a shot.”
With a few mixes released, Walsh has been a part of the campus DJing scene this year, playing at a variety of venues and events.
“For a show like Turbulence, the crowd will be getting an authentic real AWal show. This is the style of music I create and produce and is by far my favourite to perform. It is jump up and down, dance your face off electro music,” said Walsh.
However, Walsh won’t be the only artist on the stage that evening. He will be joined by Tim Kukula, a recent UNB graduate and self-described “technical mixer.”
“My goal is to blend my tracks to build on each other. I try to find music that people respond to and work with that. I would describe my current style as future bass,” said Kukula in an email interview.
An electronic music fan since his teens, Kukula has been to electronic music shows all over the world and has seen the evolution of electronic music in New Brunswick.
“The electronic music scene is now what I saw in Europe in 2005. It was never mainstream until the last few years in North America. This has caused a huge increase in interest and DJs are now larger than bands,” said Kukula.
“The scene is evolving consistently, as are musical tastes of people. I think the electronic music scene is different compared to music like rock because it can evolve so much quicker.”
Joining Kukula and Walsh at Turbulence, and performing their first live show, is the electronic duo Beemo. The musical team is made up of Stefan McMurray and Zack Deveau, two UNB students.
“It’s cool to see the way things have evolved for both Zack and I because Beemo was never supposed to be a thing,” said McMurray by email.
“Zack had been messing around with noise and DJing for a few years but never taking it too seriously. One night at Buckets we got talking, he introduced me to the electronic scene and I was hooked!”
Though they are the new faces to the scene, Beemo brings a sound and style that is very unique.
“We’ve always had a love for ‘80s style synthesizers and disco vibes, but it really all comes down to who we’re listening to at the time of production that really influences the way our tracks sound,” said McMurray.
“Lately we have been heavy into the Australian dance scene, guys like Flume, Wave Racer, What So Not and pretty much anything you can find on the Future Classic record label.”
“As a pair we get to bring our own unique influence to both the music we make and the events we DJ,” said Deveau by email.
“With Stefan having grown up with a guitar and a piano in his hands, myself with a mouse and keyboard, we both love throwing our own style into everything we do!”
To round up the lineup, another familiar face at UNB will be on the stage: Carl Bailey, or DJ Bailey Bail as he is known behind the turntables.
“I have been mixing music for five years now. I started playing with different virtual mixing programs for fun and began playing house parties and resident parties on campus,” said Bailey, a UNB graduate, in an email interview.
Bailey, along with Walsh, was a part of the first Turbulence event. He said he is looking forward to the second instalment and hopes for a bigger and better party with a great crowd.
Bailey has seen the evolution of electronic music in New Brunswick in the last few years, especially at UNB, and hopes that this type of event can further the music genre.
“When I first began spinning around campus in 2009, the electronic music scene at UNB was dull. You would rarely hear any dubstep, trap, or even house and electro for that matter,” said Bailey.
“But the trend around campus, from personal experience, has changed. Everybody seems to love electronic dance music.”
Turbulence will be taking place at the Cellar on March 1 at 9:30 p.m. It is a 19+ event and cover $5 at the door.
“This event is really going to be a great time to hang out and get lost in some incredible dance music by extremely talented local DJs,” said Walsh.
“This scene is growing more and more every day and events like this allow for New Brunswick to showcase its talent in the global dance phenomenon.”