We have seen a lot of artists pave a new path for themselves in electronic music this year, Subtronics is one of them. 2019 was an explosive year on all fronts for him and it was only the pregame for 2020.
To give credit where credit is due, we first need to talk about how far Subtronics has come. Hailing from Philadelphia, PA Jesse Kardon grew up playing drums until his late teens where he developed an interest in sound design and production. He draws inspiration from artists like Rusko, Skism, Mala, Coki, and most things that have to do with the UK era of dubstep. He also finds inspiration in places outside of music like in YouTube clips or from bass that shakes the walls. After producing out of curiosity Subtronics started posting his music on SoundCloud and gained a bit of traction. It would be a disservice to mention his SoundCloud without mentioning the legendary Now That’s What I Call Riddim Mixes. The mixes are an annual compilation of Riddim from Subtronics himself and his friends that very quickly consumes social media for months. It was only last year at Camp Bisco where things started to pick up and a massive buzz grew around Subtronics’ music. He ended the year releasing collaborations with bass music icons Boogie T and Space Jesus.
He ended last year on a strong note and came into 2019 on an even stronger one, going on the Up In Smoke Tour with Blunts & Blondes. The tour went on as Subtronics released Now That’s What I Call Riddim Vol. 4 which created a lot of hype around it, bringing angry robot noises to many sold-out venues across the US. Subtronics’ name appeared on many of the most beloved festivals in the states including Electric Forest, Electric Zoo, Bass Canyon, Lost Lands, and the inaugural Wakaan Fest. Although he didn’t play at his home state’s Camp Bisco, one of his biggest inspirations Rusko played their collaboration live for the first time. This year he’s also gone on to release massive records alongside talented artists such as Midnight Tyrannosaurus, Snails, Ganja White Night, and Griz. Both Griz and Subtronics were so busy indulging in their music they never expected their collaboration “Griztronics” to viral, and on Tik Tok at that.
As the year comes to a close, I’m sure that it is only the beginning for Subtronics. It’s been an inspiration to see him grow and to work with some of his biggest inspirations in 2019. Not only am I inspired by Subtronics’ work this year, but I am also stoked to catch his Cyclops Invasion Tour which if 2019 is any indication of how it will go it’s going to be bonkers. Get your tickets to see some walls tremble from angry robot sounds in a city near you here.
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