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Obvious makes bass-heavy music plain to hear

"We all wanted to educate on what music these kids could be listening to."

The Obvious crew (duh!)
The Obvious crew (duh!)

All you really need is a big sound system: just four dual cabinets and a mean bass. Put that in any venue, no matter the size or the cleanliness of the bathrooms, and the party will pretty much take care of itself. The stuff pumped through those speakers, however, is a matter of taste. Lately it might seem as if we're getting spoiled with some of the edgiest and freshest from the worldwide pool of bass-heavy inciters, thanks in part to a new club night put on by a show-promoting crew called Obvious.

"There is something that I had recognized for awhile, that there is this contingent of people who are kind of new to this type of music, who are going to these large shows," explains Ryan Walsh, one of Obvious' members. "They're focused mostly on what I call 'American-style dubstep.'"

However, Obvious — a four-person unit supported by its street team of Pitt students, sound-man Joe Kohan and VJ crew Legendary Androids — is not about to pander by booking wobble-bass brostep. You're also not going to hear any bass-heavy Britney Spears. The group's goal is to bridge the gap between the popular bangers and smashers and the more thoughtful fringe stuff that's taking the low-end to new places.

"We all wanted to educate on what music these kids could be listening to. It's kind of like a common ground that we all had," says Erin Cooper.

While aspiring to introduce new sounds to a seemingly eager crowd, Obvious is taking the word "dubstep" off the table by simply aiming for the aural pleasures of the low-end.

"There'll be less of this European-versus-American and more of just bass music," explains Victor Panza. "That's what the night's about. It's sort of genreless."

"We're guaranteeing you bass and a good time; ultimately that's what we're aiming for," Ian McGlumphy adds.

With an inaugural show featuring London-based dub-house producer xxxy and upcoming shows featuring New Zealand-based heavy hitter Truth and the Bristolian maverick Addison Groove, the Obvious crew have already proven its worldly reach. None of those artists sound the same, and none are from the same parts of the globe. Location and genre mean little because, as Cooper puts it simply, "We just want people to dance."

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