Fiji-born, New Zealand-raised FreQ Nasty has a booming set of bass music planned for his headline slot Friday at the Mayan-themed “RE:SYNC” party at 1015 Folsom in the South of Market district. What he lacks is an emergency plan for — potentially — his last night on Earth.
“I have a feeling that we’ll wake up on the other side of it happy and healthy, but then I guess that’s what everybody feels before an apocalypse,” Nasty says.
Friday marks the end of the Mayan long calendar, whipping up a frenzy of apocalyptic speculation across the world: Even NASA had to debunk the idea that a rogue planet will smash into Earth on Friday. Some New Age groups say Dec. 21 represents a cosmic alignment and heralds a new era of enlightenment.
“I have no idea really what the whole thing is about,” Nasty says. “I’m not one for waiting for those things to happen. I believe in creating sustainable communities, and creating change without waiting for anyone else to tell me to do it, or do it for me.”
Nasty (aka Darin McFadyen) first found fame pioneering breakbeat music in the London electronic music scene of the late 1990s. He’s worked with the likes of Fatboy Slim, Kelis and KRS-One and helped craft Santigold’s 2008 mega-hit “Creator” with Switch.
A trip to Burning Man exposed Nasty to the West Coast’s bass music scene in 2000, and he’s been in love ever since.
“San Francisco is a favorite spot of mine. It’s a place I’ve been going to for years and I’m very happy to be coming back,” he said. “Really there’s such tight community bonds there. The music scene is a lot more than just a music scene.”
West Coast bass artists such as Bassnectar are “starting to blow up nationally and internationally,” Nasty says. Festivals such as Burning Man, Shambala and Symbiosis “promote this conscious community as well as awesome music. It’s a whole different ballgame now.”
Nasty will use turntable program Serato on Friday. He says, “I’ll be playing really just bass music. I don’t even put too much categorization on it. It could be anything from trap to breaks to dubstep to drum and bass — just good bass music.”
In 2013, expect more Nasty solo releases, other artist releases on Nasty’s label and more “Yoga of Bass” workshops featuring Nasty and partner Claire Thompson.