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.

I’ve Got My Mind Set On You-Karro Westberg (Phil Mac Remix)

Hot off the press and ready to be listened to by ears of electronic music lovers, I give you Phil Mac’s newest remix of Karro Westberg’s track, “I’ve Got My Mind Set On You.” Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Phil now lives in London producing the sexy sounds of swing and bass for the world to hear. Along with producing, he also is a pianist, DJ, and creator of Reality Decks, a VR DJing App.

Phil Mac makes it impossible to sit still with his prefect blend of Swing and Drum n Bass in this new track. It is not only groovy but finger snapping, shoulder shaking, and elbow dancing worthy. Combined with the captivating and soothing voice of Karro Westberg this new tune will be on my repeat list for quite some time. Check it out for yourself, and consider yourself warned that this content my be addictive!

Peace and Love





Homegrown Artists Edmonton Sessions: Vol. II Kill3rhertz

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Have you ever met people in your life you just connected with immediately and knew they were a creative genius? I met Kill3rhertz & his partner at the back of the crows at a locally thrown (Mahsi Fellowship) halloween party in Edmonton. After realizing that he was a DJ and our crew had a music blog, the natural progression was to listen to all his mixes over and over again throughout the last 3 months. Kill3rhertz is an Edmonton based DJ who has played at Motion Notion, Mahsi events, local parties and now here for a HKFL exclusive. Kill3rhertz is not restricted by any genre, generating mixes to fit the flow of the audience; from tropical house, to summer chillwave, to electro house, DnB, and heavy bass. This mix is a bass house heavy set with some sexy DnB sprinkled in.

The amount of local talent and bomb music that comes out of Edmonton is amazing. Let HKFL show you just how epic the sounds are with our Monthly Homegrown Sessions.

As always give Kill3rhertz a follow on Soundcloud & Facebook to stay connected.

One Love, Whit & The HKFL Crew

Set List: 1. Galantis – No Money (Clones Flip) 2. Chris Lake – I Want You 3. Valentino Khan – Pump 4. Nitti Gritti – Fear 5. Gustavo Mota & Dual Channels – To The Drop 6. Cazztek ft Kiyoshi – If You Really Wanna 7. Cazztek ft Kiyoshi – LIT 8. Lion – Got Gas Crushed 9. Cazztek – I’ve Got The Power 10. Ill Phil – What You Talkin About 11. ATICA – Fire 12. Duko – Fumar 13. Featurecast – Keep On Jumping 14. Michael White & Brig – Freeze 15. Tambour Battant ft Pauline Diamond – Vision (BADJOKES Remix) 16. Wolfgang Gartner – Dubplate 99 17. NINO ft Zenyth – Move To The Beat 18. Lion & Dollhouse – Smokin’ 19. Wax Motif & Neoteric – Go Deep (Torro Torro Remix) (KillaGraham DnB Edit) 20. Tantrum Desire – Gravitate 21. Matroda – On My Mind (VIP DnB Edit) 22. Zeds Dead & Jauz – Lights Go Down 23. What So Not – Touched

Dehydrated Funk – High Contrast


These words resonate deep with me; music is an exquisite escape from reality and a universal language that permeates the very fabric of our souls whether we are aware of it or not. High Contrast’s song Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was the first Drum’n’Bass song I ever heard, and it single handedly turned me on to DnB. Hell, it changed the way I danced at shows, and it changed the way I listened to the drums in all music from that point forward. Years later, I am writing a blog post about this incredible DJ and producer known formally as Lincoln Barrett. I didn’t really know anything about the guy until I read the BIO on his website, but he’s a very interesting character. His musical influences are vast and when he started out he was actually more interested in film than music. Thankfully for us he chose the latter as his main vocation, and the rest is history. If you have a minute, please go read his story and jam some of his tunes, this guy really is a legend.

If you don’t have a minute, at least let me perk your ears to some other classic beat-makers that I only just discovered through him:

Theo Parrish

Depth Charge

Grooverider, and this track for something a little darker

DJ Zinc

High Contrast has remained relevant and far ahead of the curve through his dynamic  stylizations of sonic sound waves. With 6 albums in tow and some seriously dope music coming out of 2017, I don’t think we will see him stop any time soon. This track in particular comes off his Questions EP from March of last year and it is a beautiful piece of work. Clear some space in your living room and have a flail session!

Peace and Love >>> Keto