Homegrown Artists Edmonton Sessions: Vol IV Arson

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Ryan Thompson (AKA Arson) is an old friend and a new(ish) face on the scene in Edmonton, and we at HKFL are stoked to present to you this exclusive mix for our April session. The guy has been grinding away, perfecting his craft and pushing himself forward in all the right directions. Give his mix a listen and don’t be surprised if you find yourself wearing that ridiculous bass face you only thought came out on the dance floor. I had a chance to catch up with Ryan and ask him a few questions about his past and present endeavours; check it out while you rock the jams!

How did you get involved with Future Roots and how long have you been DJing? 

When I got into electronic music I was instantly turned onto drum and bass by my older brother, who’s friends with Dean Phatcat and all the crew, so I instantly fell into frequenting their shows. I really got in both Dean and Donovan Dreadnoughts ears about wanting to be involved and wanting to play shows and I tried to help out with everything that I could. I started DJing about 5 years ago partly from early Future Roots and Funk Bunker shows and a need to explore a new path in music. Coming from a metal background DnB sparked my interest because of similar song structures and a rough, raw sound with real emotion behind it.

What’s the story of FunkBunker and YEGDNB?

Funk Bunker is a company run by Donovan Spilchuck AKA DJ Dreadnought, a friend of mine and the guy that officially got me involved in the yegdnb family. Yegdnb has evolved and seen changes as of late becoming a more serious collective with new members, approach to shows/parties, etc.

Who are some of your biggest musical influences, electronic as well as others?

I think the first band that really left an impact on me was The Offspring. I grew up on punk, ska, and metal bands like Rancid, Social Distortion, Streetlight Manifesto, Sublime, Mudvayne, Slipknot, Tool, Lamb of God, and Machine Head. Those are the ones that stand out when I skim my mind. As far as electronic goes I think if you know me you know Chimpo is my #1 pick. When I discovered him my style and sound took a complete left turn. I’d say the whole Richie Brains crew have a huge impact on what I make and play. There are so many names I could list and the list would change daily.

Which festivals/venues are you doing this year and which ones are on your bucket list?

I’m planning on doing all the homie jams like Odyssey Gathering, Reignbough Fiddle, Astral Harvest and try my best to get out to Basscoast for the first time. As for bucket list festivals: Snowbombing (Austria), Outlook, Glastonbury, Let it Roll, Creamfields, Sun and Bass to name a few.

How do you feel about the jungle revival currently upon us? 

I dig it. Drum and Bass is thriving right now and it’s nice seeing so many unfamiliar faces out at shows and repping DnB.

Finally, why Arson?

In short (R)-yan Thomp-(son). I like the short, to the point handles with 1 or 2 syllables.

Getcha Body Movin – SZOUL

SZOUL brings some unique sounds to the table, outside the box from the typical dark bass-rich boom this style of production usually yields. This track definitely did get my body moving today. Hailing from Chicago, this producer is just starting to dip his toes in the live music scene dabbling in and around New York. The sounds you hear on this track are all SZOUL, as he uses a multitude of instruments including piano, drums, bass, guitar and his voice for the music he creates. Cool feature, all his music is free – including this dope tune.

“Making the music just comes down to good quality” ~ SZOUL

Check out his SoundCloud: SZOUL & have a sexy hump day.

xx- Whit

Sub Dude 4- DJ Surgeon

Hey party people! Its been a while but I’m back in full force with a banger mix by dj surgeon aka Rob Cutler out of Whistler, BC. This epic human is a local favourite in his town, he loves playing good music and making people dance and considers being a DJ a hobby rather than a job. He has a large library of mixtapes and usually puts out a new one every month, so get on Soundcloud and start following this legend!

Festival season is in full swing, which means costume planning, creating new playlists for the drive, and  going through the tickle trunk to find old lost treasures. What better way to get pumped up than throwing on a groovy, get down house mix!? That’s exactly what dj surgeon gave me when I pressed play on this bad boy. As I starting packing for Astral Harvest, it had me booty shakin’,  head bobbin, and using clothes as props while I threw them in my bag with a stoke level of 10 out 10.

If you have a festival or a summer adventure to pack for, do yourself a major favour and jam out to this magical mixtape while you get packed and pumped for wherever you may be going!

Happy Festival Season My Loves!


Live at Slut Garden (Burning Man 2016) – Stanton Warriors

Breaks and bass.

Fractal Forest 2011, Stanton Warriors tore it up. I was in love with them ever since. These days I feel as though breaks are far and few, which makes me sad inside, but when I heard this mix, it was nostalgic. Memories shot up like fireworks, littering my mind still to this day. It’s a perfect match to my old and new tastes. Heavy basslines with that steady breakbeat in the back. Stanton mixes in the sounds of Chris Lorenzo, Cause & Affect, Deekline, and other gems, along with a couple of their own tracks, to create this bass-y masterpiece. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. ❤

xx B

Monkey Bars – Kibosh

This song is drenched in summer time vibes. Kibosh…. is an artist without any kind of avaliable profile!!! With less than a thousand followers on Soundcloud I am urging you to check out their entire EP – Back N Forth – which was released on Scour records out of the UK a handful of days ago. Scour records (home to DJ’s such as HongkongPingPong, Metamorphosis and Fat Harry) was started by the artist Spinforth while he was “scouring” for fresh unheard of tracks for the Ghettofunk.uk website. It became such a hit that it naturally developed into the current digital label – Scour Records- which showcases and releases what they call:

“The creamiest of the crop of The Scour”

Enjoy this tune with a large glass of sunshine and a twist of bare skin.

xx- Whit