This past weekend 12th Planet showed the city of Philadelphia the true meaning of “Brotherly Love”. After a two year long hiatus of touring here in the city and a rainy afternoon at Safe in Sound, 12th Planet decided that he wanted to give the underground bass scene here in Philadelphia a night to remember. An idea that may have stemmed from a bit of boredom and BBQ ribs over at Chickies and Petes, turned into a night of epic proportions.
As one of the first individuals to bring the bass culture to the United States, 12th Planet, known to some as the “American Dubstep King”, wanted to remind us about the true meaning of the underground. After finding out who had a strong grasp on the underground scene and some last minute venue confirmations, the decision was made, 12th Planet was going to play a free show on a Sunday night at Voltage Lounge. Amp-X Live, the company responsible for making this all possible, also just so happened to have the same ideals and beliefs as 12th Planet. With strict restrictions from 12th Planet and in joint effort between both parties, it was decided that nobody was going to make money off the show. It was 100% free, emphasizing on the fact that this scene was not built on ticket sales and profits, but instead on the most important aspect, the fans.
Amp-X Live recognizes the decreased feeling of unity and family here in Philadelphia due to a spike in competition and rivalries. With some venues and companies treating their fans like sheep or cattle, Amp X Lives’ goal is to provide their fans with a unique experience that focuses less on the profit and more on the fans creating a “family” like atmosphere. On Sunday, with some help from Badass Raves and Light it Up Philly, Amp-X Live was also able to build a lineup of supportive artists that stay true to their roots regardless of set time or popular demand. In fact, 12th Planet insisted on going back-to-back with all the artists on the bill, which is relatively unheard of. The line-up included The Dirty Kidz, Subtronics, and Opifex. This combination of music and experience was surely felt on the dance floor late into the night.
Written By: Sean Bonner