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The Bangerz

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On “Legends Never Die,” a leading track off of DJ production collective The Bangerz’ release PRiSM, suave hip-hop sensibilities cut through turntablist flair; haunting choral vocals loom over dubstep bass wubs, crisp snares and razorlike electronica frame a cheeky hook. The smartly maneuvered dance fusion is part of the Bangerz’ second musical scoring for America’s Next Best Dance Crew Season 1 winners The Jabbawockeez’ enormous Vegas show and inadvertently serves as a pretty excellent intro to their style. “We’ve always loved the technical aspects of DJing,” explains Bangerz member Goldenchyld. “We want to make music translatable and take our audience to somewhere that’s relatable before flipping it on its head. We’re innovative in pushing it forward.” This innovative approach to their material has served The Bangerz well, propelling them to numerous career highlights collectively and individually, such as group member Replay producing tracks for Diplo, Kelis and Chris Brown.

The six-person production supergroup of Goldenchyld, Replay, Nick Ngo, Cutso, Squareweezy, and G-Wrex have evolved over time, but their roots are in Northern California where the crew met as DJs in high school. They quickly made a name for themselves, winning multiple turntablist competitions and crossed paths with then unknown dance crew, the Jabbawockeez.

Before long, the Jabbawockeez were turning to the Bangerz to create all their original music – something that was almost unheard of in 2003 – and kept them close while they went on to win MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew and set up their first Vegas show. Mus.i.C, the sin-city score to that Vegas show was produced entirely by the Bangerz and charted right behind Daft Punk�s Tron on iTunes upon its release. “When producing, the big-picture challenge is to tell a story and keep people excited,” they say. “When DJ’ing, we play hip-hop classics, pop favorites, RnB electro, trap, and all sorts of stuff but we keep it fresh and surprising. You may hear a song you know well but in a way you’ve never heard it before.”

Their production style mirrors this grab-bag, forward-thinking energy, largely because of the individual flair each member brings to the table. Nick Ngo loves aggressive sounds, bringing harder, meaner sounds and throwing in production tricks and off-kilter sounds. Cutso’s crates go deeper and weirder; he’s a master of beat-juggling and unexpected flips. Goldenchyld‘s vision harmonizes the group’s sound with futuristic ideas. Squareweezy is an experimentalist and a showman, heavy into where hip-hop and electronica meet and takes notes from genre figureheads like Dilla and FlyLo. G-Wrex makes sure the music has depth, his love of RnB and soul automatically serves him in grounding the group’s sonic adventures. And Replay, a Grammy-award winning producer, can be counted on to bring a glossy pop sheen to every track.

Individually, the Bangerz have made their name as dancefloor conductors for years. Members have performed with Afrika Bambaataa, the Clipse, WuTang’s Raekwon and Ghostface Killah, Kid Koala, shared tour routes with Z-Trip, and played alongside Major Lazer and Odd Future at festivals like New Orleans’ Voodoo Fest. But with the growing popularity of melting-pot electronica where 808s and hard synths reign supreme, the Bangerz have once again found their expertise ready to shine. In the past year, the group was solicited by the director of Project X to produce a track for their anything-goes party soundtrack while Microsoft commissioned them for their wildly popular Surface Pro commercials.

With PRiSM, their newest album and score to the Jabbawockeez’ second Vegas show, the group pushes these boundaries further. “We’ve always been known for DJing but now we’re getting known for our production,” they say. Rightfully so; PRiSM is the third largest show in Vegas, coming in only behind the long-standing Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil. “Producing is like second-nature for us, says Goldenchyld. And while their list of influences is vast, spanning everywhere from DJ Shadow to Squarepusher and Quincy Jones to Diplo, they credit their group’s ingenue for reaching outside of boundaries. “We make music we can really get behind because we have a group of hip-hop know-it-alls, Grammy producers, and smooth technical guys in-house,” they say. “Whenever we make a record we are in competition with each other. Trying to outdo one another can lead to some really inspired moments.”