By Jonathan Crane
CALGARY — Grassroots crusader Metafloor (earthling name Blaine Kingcott) is an individual who can truly lay claim to the title of “triple threat.”
He’s a DJ, producer and promoter. In each of these roles he doesn’t show any signs of letting the post-festival season decompression slow him down.
This autumn, alongside his crew Sub Chakra, he’ll be maintaining the momentum that he generated this previous summer with appearances alongside artists like Biome and Synkro, and a set at Shambhala.
On October 16th he launched his double single Murdasound / Antagonist on Mat The Alien’s Really Good Recordings.
“This has actually been in the works for two years, it’s been completed for almost two years now,” says Kingcott. “With Mat The Alien finally getting the label, he’s now pushing out a lot of the stuff that he’s been sitting on.”
Although Metafloor is considered an integral voice for underground dubstep in Calgary, this is his first official release in the genre.
“This whole time I’ve been constantly making two totally different types of music,” he says. “I’ve been constantly making footwork, jungle hybrid 160 [bpm] stuff, at the same time I’m still making a lot of my kind of 140 stuff, my kind of dubstep.”
While shifting from fast-paced footwork to the drone-like dubstep may seem confusing, Kingcott believes they share commonalities that allow him to integrate both into his sets.
“Dubstep and footwork are both minimal at different tempos, that’s the similarity,” he says. “It’s both the spaces between the notes that make them so powerful, that’s the beauty of minimal music and what draws me to minimal music.”
This brand of bass-driven minimalism is what has characterized Sub Chakra’s events since the group’s inception in 2011. Although the lineup has changed since the group’s early shows at the now-defunct Sal’s On 17th, they continue to draw a devoted crowd with each new event.
“We just came off of a sold-out show with Atyya, which is like psychedelic bass music from B.C.,” he says. “That was a really good, and we’re excited to be continuing that idea of showcasing a lot of different sounds on the same minimal tip. We like a lot of different types of music, but everything has this left-field deep vibe to it.”
This winter Kingcott’s goal is to keep Sub Chakra events frequent, and showcase music from three main sub-genres.
“The downtempo psychedelic music being one group, another group being the future, drum and bass footwork jungle stuff, and then the dubstep as well,” he says.
One of the standout elements of the Temple event series, which recently reached its 10th iteration, is “pay with what you want,” a concept created by Kingcott that allows guests to use any quantity of any item as currency.
“There’s not a lot of pressure when you go to this night, because it’s not like a big room with a bunch of flashy lights. It’s really small and simple, but we don’t skimp out on the sound system,” he says. “We still bring in two full-sized bass bins.”
As the name implies, Cafe Koi is a coffee shop and eatery during the day. Their focus on local music and community is what led Kingcott to begin holding nights there.
“We feel super at home at Koi, and we’re really excited to keep this night going over the winter, it’s been going great,” says Kingcott. “The owners of Koi are really amazing people and support live music and local musicians—from improv to acoustic, to vinyl jams. They are doing a really good job of passionately supporting local music in Calgary.”
The next Temple event will take place Friday the 13th at Cafe Koi in Calgary. Murdasound / Antagonist is available now.AB, Alberta, Cafe Koi, Metafloor