Blood, sweat and bass: Dieselboy gives all at HOB

Dieselboy plays House of Blues November 28.
Deanna Rilling

The Destroyer headlines the sixth annual Bass Gravy, with his four decks in tow. Arguably the most prolific DJ/producer in the American drum ’n’ bass scene, Dieselboy is still going strong solo and weaving stories in sound (in addition to the Planet of the Drums powerhouse, his new project Faces of Def and his Human Imprint/SubHuman labels). We dug into his creative approach to mixing for his latest grindhouse-esque offering, Destroyer.

On themes for mixes: From the late ’90s I started getting the idea to do conceptual mixes. It’s like a movie, it’s an encapsulating experience. With Destroyer specifically, Downlink and I had this idea to do this tour: Blood, Sweat and Bass. I had sat there and let my subconscious go to work at it and it popped in my head one day ... “Man, that kind of sounds like the name of a ’70s grindhouse movie.” So I went back and was like, “Maybe we should do it like grindhouse and a double feature presentation.”

On special effects: I thought it needed to have more to it, so at the end I slapped on the explosions, the laughing and you had the film running out on the projector.

On tracks not being just a list of what’s hot: As far as the music goes, I sat down and wanted to put together a mix so that when you’re done hearing it, it feels subconsciously like you ate a very big meal. You realize you went through something that was extremely detailed. … I don’t like to play disposable hits that are in my set that I might play for a month or two. I try to use tracks that are going to hold up if you listen to them in six to 10 years from now—they [will] still sound interesting.

Dieselboy with MC Dino & others. November 28, doors at 10:30 p.m., $15+. House of Blues, 702-632-7600.

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