West Palm's Proper Dosage Launch Dubstep Party "Too Future" at Fat Cat's in Ft. Lauderdale with DJ Youngsta
The accomplished and unanimously respected DJ never got to finish his set, and immediately took to Twitter to make his stance clear: "I don't care if I get kicked out of every rich kid club on the planet. I will never sacrifice my integrity as a DJ...ever #AllBassesCovered."
That's where Proper Dosage's Gaurav Khanna, Rene Aguiar, and Eric Carbonell got the inspiration for their new monthly party, Too Future, which takes place every third Monday of the month at Original Fat Cat's in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Their goal is to bring underground roots, dubstep, and drum & bass sounds to Broward County.
Tonight, the group will introduce British minimal dubstep DJ, producer, and radio host Youngsta to the area. Only a few months old, the party aims to cater to a crowd seeking an alternative music experience.
"Most popular electronic music, especially dubstep, has gone completely over-the-top in our humble opinions," says Khanna. "It is poppy, loud, brash, overly-compressed, and oft-recycled four minute chunks of cheese. We don't like it like that. We like the soul and funk, the drums and bass."
The choice to bring UK's Youngsta all the way down to Florida for a Monday night dance party in the heart of a not exactly burgeoning Fort Lauderdale underground electronic scene had to do with Proper Dosage's dedication to quality music and steadily increasing the prestige of their young party.
"When the agencies came calling, we had to book him no matter what," Khanna says. Youngsta hosts a weekly radio show on Rinse.FM, London's award-winning, 18-year-old underground mainstay -- and the Proper Dosage crew listen religiously. Minimal Monday highlights the best new sounds in the minimal dubstep movement, focusing on sparser beats with more space and less chaos. "But [it] can still be plenty heavy," insists Khanna.
The choice to have the party at Fat Cat's was also deliberate. According to Khanna, the gritty downtown spot is "the only long-standing venue downtown that has alternative and underground forms of music on a regular schedule, alongside great bands, a reggae night, et cetera. The bartenders are vested in the music and have helped greatly... It is far easier for a bar to just play top-40 and ram a bunch of people inside night after night."
Pioneering the West Palm Beach underground scene back in 2008 with the first dubstep night at Respectables, Proper Dosage have since set out to break through the hype and show South Florida another side of electronic music, the side that can be "haunting or beautiful or both," says Khanna. According to him, "This is how all electronic music started, and how a small minority of us prefer it. It is, by nature, underground. It is a state of mind as much as a dance floor."
Over the years, Proper Dosage have brought some of their favorite DJs to different clubs all over the tri-county area, including Bassline Smith, Gemmy, J:Kenzo, Von D, Silkie, and Blockhead.
As for the future of Proper Dosage and their new Monday night party, Khanna says: "Our future mission is quite simple: keep bringing the artists that inspire us." Some upcoming acts already in the works include DJs V.I.V.E.K, Kahn, Seven, Dubtek, Joe Nice, and Truth.
It might be an uphill battle trying to break the mold and break ground on a new scene, but according to Khanna and the Proper Dosage crew, it's worth it. "We aren't promoters and we have day jobs, but this is a calling. We are frustrated with what most people think 'dubstep.' is. There is a different dubstep, and it needs exposure here."