Granted, Dieselboy (born Damian Higgins) does get some respect: he's widely considered the top Yank D&B practitioner out there, mainly because he's not afraid to push the speed and volume way, way up when he's mixing; unafraid to test the level of tolerance in a crowd. Dieselboy digs the aggro jungle, and he'll be the first to tell you this. "It is hard to describe why I tend toward the harder-edged sounds of jungle," he has said. "If I had to put a finger on it, I would say that the stuff I like to play sounds extremely powerful. Intense. Explosive. That sound appeals to me. I like music that takes your breath away when you hear it on a massive sound system, music that sounds like you are listening to something from 10 years in the future. It all probably ties in with my taste in sci-fi, anime and video games."
When Dieselboy played St. Louis a few months back, his set was, yes, quite aggressive. The volume, though, revealed a beauty buried within that's often overlooked in discussions of rough-and-ready jungle: Sounds cascaded and intertwined, delicate intricacies gave way to massive gusts of energy. It was a powerful and moving experience, one that will no doubt be replicated at Lo. Get there early to hear the best of St. Louis' drum & bass DJs, the Faded Crew.
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