After Thanksgiving, have a wallop of Big Chocolate

Courtesy PhotoOn the rise: Portland-based Big Chocolate appears Friday at 1015 Folsom.

Heavy metal-influenced drum and bass and dubstep producer Big Chocolate will burn off some of the Bay Area’s turkey weight Friday with an intense set at 1015 Folsom atop the “Bass Camp” lineup, which also features Kill Paris, Jelo and the Opulent Temple resident DJs.

Portland, Ore.-based Big Chocolate is actually a regular-sized redhead named Cameron Argon. The Friday set is a prelude to the release of his new “The Red” EP on  Dec. 4 and part of a swift rise for the full-time 22-year-old producer.

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“I’m super-stoked for this,” Argon says. “I’m going to play a lot of upbeat, really heavy, down-low, bass-type music.”

Born in Laguna Hills and raised in Huntington Beach as well as the Lake Tahoe-Reno area, Argon dropped out of college after one year to produce tracks.

Argon, who created and released heavy metal and electronic material at home on his computer, says he “made some serious connections” at college and was asked to remix a few heavy metal songs.

“I had no idea what I was doing,” he says. “I gravitated toward drum and bass, and just bass music in general.”

Both heavy metal and bass music have a related “heaviness,” Argon says. “That’s kind of where I made the bridge.”
The Warped Tour invited him to come aboard, and he was the first electronic DJ to play the entire rock festival tour, he says.

In other highlights, Argon played the ULTRA Music festival and his EP “HiLion” made it to No. 6 in the iTunes dance music chart.

“That was pretty cool. That was a surprise. That was weird,” Argon says.

His last album, the Beatport.com exclusive “Red Headed Locc” made it to an impressive “third or fourth” place on Beatport’s charts, which are a bellwether for other DJs, booking agents and promoters.

But Argon is proud to stay unsigned.

“I think the independent community is probably pulling in a bigger profit to individuals than the whole label game is. I don’t need any outside funding,” he says.

“I want to make music on my computer and put it on the Internet and people who like it will download it and listen to it. Then I’ll fly around and hang out with people who like it and have a huge party.”

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