Bobcats & 95.1’s DJ Complete and local producer explore new dubstep territory
Posted on 24 Feb 2012 by Lee Pham
Dirty south electro swag — a term coined by Charlotte’s DJ Complete and A-Styles to define their distinctive subgenre of dubstep — a form of electronic dance music (EDM) that is infiltrating underground and mainstream airwaves.
Complete and A-Styles emerged out of the club scene to form the EDM/hip-hop duo Styles & Complete in transition to heavy bass and sick drops.
Not quite the aggressive slap-in-the-face dubstep by the likes of dubstep producers Bassnectar or Skrillex, Styles & Complete creates more rhythmic hip-hop-infused tracks that clearly sound like they could have been born out of the streets of Atlanta.
But in fact Styles & Complete is purely Charlotte.
Complete is the official DJ for the Charlotte Bobcats and mixes for Kiss 95.1. He is frequently found behind the booth at clubs around the city.
A-Styles is a New Jersey native but moved to Charlotte as a child. He has been in the production game for over 10 years producing tracks for prominent southern hip-hop artists, more recently the Ying Yang Twins.
“I just got off of working with them. And in the midst of all that I met Complete,” said A-Styles. “He was doing his thing in Charlotte and we joined forces.”
The pair seemingly stumbled upon dubstep as their sound evolved.
“The stuff we would make [at first] was like different,” A-Styles explains. “A lot of our stuff was bass heavy already with a dirty south influence. We weren’t super aware of dubstep.”
Instead of remixing tracks and making beats for other artists, Complete and A-Styles believed that they could build their own brand.
“What we realized is that instead of making beats for a rapper, if we can make our own original music and create our own product and be able to rock shows off of it, you know with the popularity of electronic music, we could make our own stuff,” said Complete. “[That’s] the motivating factor behind all of it.”
As a group they would have full control as opposed to answering to the demands of other artists.
Styles & Complete’s first single “G.T.F.D.” (We’ll yet you figure what it stands for) dropped last September and sounds like house music with wobble bass, a major component of dubstep. Without a doubt it is an eligible choice for club DJs to mix with.
Their latest single “Epic,” however, is more mature and heavy. The buildup is suspenseful and the drop is filthy — essential in dubstep music. In other terms the song has a slow, drawn-out pre-chorus leading up to a chorus that is contrastingly loud and rapid. And true to the group’s dirty south electro swag mantra, the song feels southern.
The pair proudly represents Charlotte and carries their signature subgenre across the region, touring at various venues and colleges, including shows in North Carolina cities Raleigh, Greeneville, Chapel Hill and Wilmington and Charleston, S.C.
“We pretty much cover every nook and cranny,” said Complete.
He adds that shows have been booked in Asheville, N.C. and at Clemson University, followed by stops in Missouri and Arkansas.
“We’re working on SXSW right now,” he hints.
But for now Styles & Complete is focused at home.
The duo took the stage and opened for EDM artists Alvin Risk, Datsik and Steve Aoki at the Fillmore on Feb. 10, though a scheduling error caused the group to perform an hour before the 9 p.m. show was set to begin.
More importantly Styles & Complete will headline its own show at Amos’ Southend on Feb. 25. It will be the first big show in Charlotte for the duo.
“This is a big show we put together with some promoters from the area, QC Rave,” said Complete. “We’re going to have our own lights and show elements, dancers and all that. This is the event where Charlotte’s really going to know about us.”
As for the future Styles & Complete plans to release an EP, but the date has not been set.
In the meantime A-Styles tells us, “We do have another original song that we’re going to be dropping soon. Should be like ‘Epic.’ Should be a good one.”
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