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“If you have ever been to a bustedBASS show and you thought it was a crazy time, get ready to have your expectations totally shifted” said Arthur “Empty Cups” Henke, when referring to the show this Thursday at Casa Cantina.
Henke and Joe “Mad Hat” Sherwood make up the local DJ duo of bustedBASS, which will take over Casa for their last show of the school year, titled “Athens Happens.” With help from local chillwave artist Brothertiger and Columbus’ DJ Self Help, the night is sure to be exciting for all in attendance.
When it comes to the story behind Athens Happens, it started out as a party that Henke and Sherwood wanted to create.
“We always try and sum up what it is like to go out in Athens, what it’s like to go to one of our shows in just few words as possible. ‘Athens Happens’ is like that force when everyone goes out for the night and starts to party,” said Henke.
After the school year is over, the two will move north to Cleveland and hopefully make their way to the East Coast as soon as they can.
“We’ll be playing in Athens next year,” said Sherwood. “So, we will be back for Halloween and the fests, and we’ll have a few shows.”
The duo is excited to finish off their regular Athens run at Casa Cantina.
“It has always been a pleasure to play at Casa for us. Casa was really one of the first venues we aspired to play at, so it is just especially rewarding to play [there],” said Henke.
They say it will be difficult to say goodbye, but the duo hopes that after the show, people will want them back.
“This is going to be our send-off to Athens and also make [the people] demand that we come back; we’re going to try to force that relationship. We’re going to be going all out, and I think they are going to want more after Thursday night,” said Sherwood.
But until that evening, the group will be releasing remixes of bustedBASS' newest single “Third Love.” Another promotion the group is doing for those 21 and older is free entry after midnight for those wearing a bustedBASS shirt.
The duo's set will consist of a mixture of classics and new music, including some unheard-of tracks.
“It is going to be everything that is bustedBASS,” said Sherwood.
When it comes to playing with Brothertiger and Self Help, the group is definitely excited.
“We’re always excited to work with Brothertiger. He is fresh off his tour earlier this spring in Europe, and we know he is excited to be playing in Athens again. We’re excited to play with him as always," said Sherwood.
Self Help plays a style of club mash-ups and indie/hipster dance music that BustedBASS has always admired from afar. But this Thursday is their chance to perform with the DJ mastermind, and they are as pumped as we are.
“This is our first time playing with DJ Self Help, but I have always been a really big fan of his music. A lot of what we try to do is really in line with what he was playing in Athens, and I really wish we could have played with him before. But, it is awesome to have him back. He has had so many releases that we just love and that we have incorporated into our sets,” said Henke.
Sherwood has only a few words for what Thursday evening will be like: “Wildness. Unreserved insanity. Booty Spankin’ awesomeness.”
“We’re going to be crazier than ever. We’re going to melt faces and minds. We’re gonna change the rules, break them, rewrite them, unwrite them, write them again. Then there are going to be no rules and everyone is just going to be drunk and partying and it is going to be incredible. We hope that Athens stays in touch. Please write us baby!" said Henke.
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