He weaves ambient pads, natural sounds, and wobbly basslines to produce masterpieces that both calm and excite the body and mind. You can meditate to it or you can dance to it.
CharlestheFirst emerged from the underground bass scene over the last two years. Hailing from the Sierra Nevada mountains, he merges dreamy psychedelia and the magic of nature into his art. Water droplets and piano melodies are heard over thumping basses. His tracks sound as though they’re the music of the forest, powerful yet beautiful.
He incorporates elements of rap as well, at times sampling Kendrick Lamar or 21 Savage. One of his latest releases, a remix of “The Conversation” by Chynna, shows the producer’s versatility in that aspect.
He has a 30-minute mix called “Through the Mist” on Soundcloud. It begins with a reverbed sample of a woman saying, “It’s always hard to tell which way you are going through the mist, but who really wants to know anyway?”
Deservedly, he’s opened for Bassnectar at Basscenter X, Shpongle in New Orleans for Bicycle Day and Rezz at Red Rocks. He’s playing direct support for Minnesota on Friday at Republic NOLA, marking his second visit to the Crescent City – check out his remix of Minnesota‘siconic “HiLow” below.
His next album is set for release by the end of 2018. You can scoop tickets for Friday’s event here!
Featured image of CharlestheFirst performing at Basscenter X is courtesy of Andrew Najjar Photography.