TRAP FUNERAL – Portland’s Trap Monthly
As you may have noticed, the EDM sub-genre which has appropriately been given the name TRAP, is blowing the fuck up. In the last year trap has gone from a few key producers like Baauer, Flostradamus, and UZ making this odd, bouncy, instrumental music, to literally every single bass music DJ ranging from Megalodon (A leader in the West Coast dubstep scene) to DJ Craze (You all know him!) to Borgore (No Comment) to Skream (Living dubstep legend) dropping some trap song that makes the crowd go bonkers. In fact, there has been such a wide variety of people supporting the “new” genre that there are now trap monthly’s popping up! Or at least two that I know of… There is TRAP CITY, which, from what I’ve heard, is going harder than ever down in San Fran, and there is also TRAP FUNERAL, which from my experience down there this past weekend, is one of the most enthusiastic, ass shakin, twerkin’, bottle poppin’ parties in the North West.
The lineup for Trap Funeral this past Saturday was what initially caught my eye and prompted me to make the 3 hour trek down to Portland from Seattle. DJEMBA DJEMBA (Mad Decent), Most Custom (Stylss), and GANG$IGN$ (Stylss) throwing a trap party the weekend before Halloween? I’m in.
GANG$IGN$ was on stage when I showed up at the Crown Room, and already had a crowd of costumed party people dropping dance moves you only see in rap videos and was going through a mix of tunes that ranged from Chief Keef to his own arsenal of original trap beats. When I looked around the room, people were cookin’, EVERYONE was smiling (even the bouncers) and it’s Portland…people are weird…weird people come up with even weirder costumes! Big ups GANG$IGN$ for a dope set.
Djemba Djemba came on after GANG$IGN$ dressed like Spok from Star Trek. That almost says it all right there. The Mad Decent representer was taking the captains chair and skillfully re-routing people to a bass planets that only he knew the whereabouts of. Okay, truly, this is where I started focusing less on the music and more on the beautiful ladies of the night that I was surrounded by. Unlike many bass music nights that are dominated by a male presence, this party was really saturated with an even number of ladies and gents. Yet another reason everyone was having such a good time. There was enough lovin’ going around for everyone to feel in their prime! Djemba Djemba knows what the ladies want to hear. Big Ups Spok!
Closing the night down and coming on stage with the spookiest presence of the evening was Portlands own, Most Custom. Tyler Tastemaker and Quarry, who together make up Most Custom, decided they were going be Insane Clown Posse for the party. Coming out in full makeup with their swag TURNT THE FUCK UP, the night was about to get crushed. Everyone in the club was at the “Okay…now I’m properly dunk and high…” point of the night which resulted in people going HAM for the last hour and a half. Booty’s were droppin, I may have seen a couple of bras and panties on the ground, and the speakers getting cranked to the proper volume . It was sounding and looking really good in there. Most Custom dropped a little bit of everything, but it was particularly nice to hear their remix of Dorrough’s I.D.G.A.F.through the club system. That remix goes hard! Chopped and screwed vocals over top sprinkler snare drums and throbbing bass lines were all you heard all night because of the hard work that these two are putting in down in the Portland scene. Definitely keep Most Custom on your radar so you can check out one of their enthusiastic sets live. Big ups fellas!
Ganjaology is definitely gonna be back down in Portland for the next installment of Trap Funeral in November featuring NastyNasty. If you’re in Seattle, it’s worth the trip down…shit maybe you can ride with us! If you’re already in Portland…you gotta get there!
Here are a few more photos of the night, shot by PDXlastnight.com.
Posted on October 30, 2012, in Events, Music and tagged Bass, Djemba Djemba, Gangsigns, Hip-Hop, Most Custom, Portland, Quarry, San Francisco, Seattle, Trap City, Trap Funeral, Trap Monthly, Tyler Tastemaker. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a Comment.