We may be witnessing peak trap.
Miley Cyrus is trap-dancing ("twerking") on the MTV Video Music Awards. Whiz Khalifa's wife, Amber Rose, is making that booty clap on Instagram at her own wedding. And relentless L.A. electronic bass DJ duo gLAdiator continue their monstrously successful 2013 with an appearance at the monthly "Trap and Bass" night at DNA Lounge on Friday.
"Just the economics of the dance floor-wise, trap is perfect," gLAdiator's Dan Goodman, 24, theorizes.
Clubs make money on drinks. Guys buy drinks for girls that dance. "What makes girls dance? Bass. What is trap? Bass," says Goodman, on the phone, after catching a flight home from a packed gig in New York.
"It also just appeals to a wide audience," says DJ-mate Ian Johnson, 23. "You get the hip-hop crowd, you get your EDM crowd."
Sample gLAdiator's Soundcloud page track "Gamecube Nintendo": The lo-fi synthesizer stabs, hypnotically looped rap lines, and truckloads of effects and bass have serious knock. The two are just getting started, they say.
Goodman and Johnson knew each other growing up in high school in North Hollywood, but parted ways for college on the East Coast. After college, the two got serious about DJing and played their first major gig as gLAdiator (named after the Russell Crowe film) on July 26, 2010, in the side room of the Avalon.
Booking agency AM Only picked them up in 2012, and 2013 has been packed with major festivals such as HARD Summer, Ultra Music Festival and TomorrowWorld. The duo has released three EPs, with a fourth on its way on A-Trak's Fool's Gold label.
"It's going to be a number of different things. We try and explore a bunch of different sounds in the bass music world," Johnson says. "I think we're still trying to find our sound. Trap is fun. It grabbed us and we ran with it."
The show at the DNA Lounge should be a serious party. "Five out of five bananas. Donkey Kong would agree. There's no other way to do it," Goodman says. "If we're having a party in a f***ing club, it's going to be a party straight up."
"We can't wait to play San Francisco; S.F. shows us the love. Last time we played there it was crazy. We're hella excited," Goodman said. "Literally, always, every show, seven babies are born at each of our shows."gLAdiator
part of 'Trap & Bass,' last Friday each month
Where: DNA Lounge, 375 11th St., S.F.
When: 9 p.m. Friday
Tickets: $10 to $20
Contact: (415) 626-1409, www.dnalounge.com
Z-Trip: One of the world's best DJs returns to San Francisco, supported by Oakland Faders and Ill Alien. 9 p.m., $22, 21 and over. Mezzanine, 444 Jessie St., S.F., (415) 625-8880, www.mezzaninesf.com
Paul Van Dyk: The German techno deity plays a three-hour exclusive set after Taj and Vahid with a platoon of DJs in three other rooms. 9 p.m., $40-$65, 21 and over. 1015 Folsom St., S.F., (415) 431-1200, www.1015.com
Retroburn: Vintage dance music for the non-Burner community includes 1960s, '70s, '90s, garage, pop and soul DJs Derek See, Omar Perez, Baron Van West and Galine Modmoiselle, Liam Caton and more. 9 p.m., $8, 21 and over. Monarch, 101 Sixth St., S.F., (415) 284-9774, www.monarchsf.com