"12th Planet is the Johnny Appleseed of Dubstep" by @LizOhanesian for @LAWeekly http://www.laweekly.com/2012-0...
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Best credits Dadzie for planting half-time beats like seeds across the United States. "From there, you've got all these people who are trying to figure out what dubstep is," Best says. "They don't know a lot of these big names [from] London, but they know who 12th Planet is."
But Dadzie isn't just playing parties, he's also building a community that bridges dubstep with other varieties of electronic dance music. From his years on the road he has befriended DJs around the world, and when they're in town they'll swing by Dadzie's studio. (In fact, many live adjacent to him downtown, including Skrillex, Dave Nada and Dillon Francis.) He and his pals are frequently booked at parties with massive, multistage lineups, like Coachella and Electric Daisy Carnival.
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Though they don't have much in the way of radio crossover hits, they're managing to lead the biggest party circuit the United States has seen in ages. All over North America, kids are heading to deserts, forests and even out to sea by the tens of thousands. For this generation of ravers, officially sanctioned electronic gatherings serve the same function secret warehouse parties did for the previous one.
"Big festivals are the new destination spot," Dadzie says. "Instead of going to the resort in Puerta Vallarta, you're going to the rave in Arkansas."
Indeed, in May Dadzie will perform in the Arkansas Ozarks at Wakarusa, a multiday event fusing rock bands and electronic artists, which draws more than 10,000 people.
Dadzie played no small role in this dance-music explosion, though he's reluctant to take credit. "Dubstep was around way before I came into the picture," he insists. Which is true, of course, but only in the same way that apples were around before Johnny Appleseed started doing his thing.
12th Planet performs at Avalon on Feb. 29.
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