Dubstep in Connecticut: Scatz

If you haven’t noticed yet, this site has been focusing a lot of its attention on sharing music with our readership, particularly in highlighting the talents of local Connecticut hip hop artists/rappers. Otherwise, the majority of what you find here is dubstep and EDM related.  We’ve decided that it’s time to bring these two elements together with our new, ongoing series “Dubstep in Connecticut.”  There is a surprising wealth of production talent to be found throughout the 203 and 860, the majority of which you never knew existed.  Stay tuned here for more from Connecticut’s best and brightest – you’ll thank us later.

This time we bring you some very groovy and very diverse sounds from Terryville native and former Storrs student, Mitch Bilodeau.  As “Storrs” may indicate to anyone local, yes, I met Mitch during our studies at UConn’s main campus.  At the time, this Husky-taught illustrator -now freelance designer- and I shared a fascination with dubstep and the greater world of EDM/bass music that was rooted entirely in listening.  Very shortly after meeting him (and being the artist that he is) Mitch began investigating the creative side to this expansive, exciting world of music.  Some basic fucking around quickly evolved into a noticeable expenditure of time and money as Mitch began to take his production seriously, adopting the moniker of Vi7amin_M.  Further time and effort lead to an abandoning of this project and the adoption of a new production alias, Scatz.  All of this devotion (a year’s worth or more) has resulted in a musical product that is coming together in professional way.  It has been a pleasure to watch this artist evolve, particularly as that evolution shows no sign of stopping.

Let’s take a listen to my five favorite Scatz songs in the chronological order that they were produced in.

First up is “Chemicals” which is still one of my favorite all time Scatz creations.  Unpretentious and uncomplicated, this original simply makes you move your head; there’s really no helping it.  A song of contrast, this dubstep tune matches beautiful ambient space and tones with a heavy, bassy, driving LFO.  Scatz rides this addictive wobble from the very beginning all the way to end but avoids being repetitive by adding some choice variations, Egyptian-sounding synths and leads, and a slightly broken drum beat.  In an incredibly gutsy maneuver, Mitch chose to make a three track EP his first upload and creation as Scatz.  The Like It Fast EP is entirely free and available via in-player downloads on his SoundCloud page.  Be sure to check out his “Raise Your Weapon Remix” and title track “Like it Fast” as well.

Next up, appearing only a month ago, is “Bass Burns Purple,” another original piece that this time features an acapella from notorious NYC rapper Afu-Ra.  Without any doubt at all I can point to this track as being home to Scatz’ best intro.  Drawing you in with dreamy synths and another awesome drumbeat, the decibels on this one drop off before you even know it.  True to the threat in his bio, Scatz does indeed, “bring the bass fucking low” with this one.  Something more than computer speakers are recommended for “Purple,” and a subwoofer is mandatory.  Honestly, if you listen to anything on this site with laptop speakers, you kinda suck.  Scatz picked out the perfect vocal for this track, but for me, the bookends that surround it are where the money’s at.

“Restless” earns the next mention as it is both somewhat different from the majority of Scatz’ work and excellently spine tingling.  Right off the bat, the listener is faced with lucid strings and chilly keys; in combination with this song’s somewhat down tempo nature these make for quite a dark effect.  The BPM and overall structure of this track allow for its tags of “house” and “dubstep” be pretty equally applicable, but mostly, I take “Restless” to be a study in progressive music.  Scatz slowly adds elements that feed off of each other, gradually building up a formidable wall of sound.  Just as the listener feels fully intimidated he progressively allows things to dissipate into an outro that closely mimics the opening.  In terms of finishing off a tune (and perhaps also in terms of technical skill) “Restless” is the finest that Scatz has yet to offer.  Lock yourself in a dark room and get the chills from this one.

“Between Chapters” gets the next nod.  This song seems to accompany “Restless.”  To my ear, they work very well back to back.  Also a progressive tune, the progression from beginning to end is much more detectable here.  This is because the individual, auditory building blocks that “Chapters” is composed of are much more blatant than in the subtle “Restless.”  With bitty, crunchy, electro leads and sounds matching up to a dark, dubsteppy atmosphere, Scatz makes it very obvious to the listener that there is a lot going on at once in this one.  Though all of this may make “Between Chapters” seem like something of a contradiction, it is certainly a contradiction worth listening to.

I saved Scatz’ latest and greatest, “Droppin’ Bombs,” for last.  This time, Scatz starts things off heavy, but they won’t quite stay that way.  After an appropriately timed intro, the emergence of the vocals signals a squishy, glitchy drop and an assault of various leads and sounds.  The next minute or so is dubstep through and through.  Heavy bass and a stomping beat are met with vocal chopping (that’s Diddy I believe) that will later take center stage.  Next is a break that transitions brilliantly from wobble to electro house leads.  Again, the vocals announce the oncoming drop, but this is entirely different from the first.  The listener immediately knows that he has crossed some invisible border into house territory.  The beat here is absolutely infectious.  It’s difficult for me to comprehend just how much I enjoy this last section before the outro as I am a self-professed and long time hater of house music.  I kid you not when I say that these electro-infused leads and vocal chops were the first thing in my head when I woke up yesterday morning.  Yes, Scatz’ music has gotten so good at this point that it makes me fear for my mental health.

Maybe I went a little overboard in wanting to spread the word about Scatz, but Mitch is one of my few personal buddies who have decided to take a serious hand to music production.  He has put in a lot of effort to make his sound as polished as it has become, and it’s obvious that he’s only going to continue to improve on what have already been huge strides in recent months.  Hell, he even offers up all of his music for free in high quality (play in itunes if you’re having any issues) and all he asks from you in return is to listen, share, and offer up some constructive criticism.  More than anything, this is a guy who has decided to take a chance at trying to use his creative talents to make a living, and that is what we’re all about here at imgood and Lavish Republic.

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