by David Downs
SF producer Kush Arora and New York's Nate Mars — two top-ranking names in the country's tight-knit electronic dance music scene — teamed up with LA vocalist Juakali — to play their first show ever as the DreadBass Soundsystem at SXSW in Austin Wednesday night. While Kush and Mars manned the laptops, cuing up insanely deep dubstep bass lines and instrumentals, Juakali stalked the crowd, spitting classic reggae rhymes and dancing with the heads who came from all across the country to check out the set. Track “Stand Firm” proved the deeper and longer the bass got, the harder the crowd moved. The DreadBass Soundsystem is a follow up to Kush's DreadBass Chronicles project of 2009, and the trio is shopping an LP to be released this year.