12th Planet is known throughout the industry as the “American King of Dubstep.” There’s little to no evidence of anyone disputing this, and why should they? John Dadzie, a.k.a. 12th Planet, is widely credited with playing a huge role in bringing the British dubstep movement to the US. He is considered to have had a huge influence on Skrillex, Protohype, and others. 12th Planet has made appearances at Electric Daisy Carnival, Coachella, Ultra Music Festival, and, of course, SXSW.
Dadzie began his career after “dropping out of college and living off the $1 menu at fast-food joints,” according to an article in OC Weekly. He had some success as a drum-n-bass DJ under the name Infiltrata, but changed his name and his sound in 2005 after being “inspired by the sounds he heard spun by the likes of Technical Itch, Skream and Benga,” according to his bio. Those sounds were dubstep, and he went on to become a force in popularizing the genre here in the states.
Currently, 12th Planet is working with Protohype on what they’re calling “EDM for people with ADD” because of their frequent transitions between different beats per minute in a single song. They are also incorporating different genres like hip-hop, dubstep, house music, and more. The duo are “trying to put a face” on the notion that people who are listening to today’s electronic music have “music ADD.”
12th Planet also has multiple tour dates scheduled throughout the rest of the year. He will be traveling to Asia in September before coming back to tour all over North America throughout September and October. Is the “American King of Dubstep” coming through your city this fall?
Check out 12th Planet’s music on this week’s episode of EDJ, SXSWfm’s Electronic Dance Music specialty show hour hosted by Dempsey Jones. You can catch EDJ every Friday at noon, 6pm, and midnight, as well as Saturday’s at 9pm, all CDT.
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