Bass Crew member Ostblokkk grew up listening to 00s hip hop and r&b, and was heavily influenced by the then-rising UK Bass scene and pirate radio shows from London (Night Slugs, Boiler Room, Hessle Audio, SWAMP81, etc). Though his aesthetic always keeps at least one foot in the club, Ostblokkk also stays true to a romantic, organic human core, never losing the raw energy that helps to establish a connection to the cultural origins of dance music.
His sets are meeting points for grime, jersey club, baltimore club, baile funk, footwork, ghetto house, UK funky, Berlin techno and hip hop / r&b nostalgia. For Ostblokkk, it’s “dance or leave.”
Bass Gang was started in Berlin in 2012 by DJ peers Gofi and Minoto (the two grew up together in Berlin’s Friedrichshain neighborhood and were in the same dance troupe). In an effort to distance themselves from Berlin’s legendary techno scene, the collective began to host parties (Nachtbarschaftsbass) and play music they felt better represented their own experiences in the Hauptstadt. Bass Gang’s five crew members (Minoto, Gofi, Ostblokkk, J.Cloud and Tuan:Anh), have unique styles but are united by a love of early 00s hip hop and r&b. Their sets fuse underground sounds from UK funky, garage, grime, and jersey club to kuduro, zouk and ghetto house. On Saturday, February 4th, Bass Gang will take over YAAM’s third floor and represent the recent and ongoing diversification of the city’s club sounds.