Taylor Scott and Paul Ollinger, known as Mantis, are a relentless duo. Having begun their musical careers with metal deathcore, the transition to heavy bass music was not so much a step down in intensity, but a slide into a world with spectacular tools to mix dense layers of music in new ways, and deploy it with force. Mantis was formed in early 2011 to test the boundaries of metal-influenced production, and plunge the result into a wash of haunting atmospheres. Mantis wants to provide “music to make you feel like you’re somewhere else, and you’ve never been more stoked to be there.”
With that target in sight, 2011 was a smashing first year; the momentum began in Atlanta, and overflowed with releases on labels such as Play Me, Heavy Artillery, BroTown Records, Abducted Records. A standard was set with 2011’s “All Worlds”, their first EP, breaking the top 10 on Beatport’s Dubstep releases, and held with 2012’s “Futures” scoring #5 on Beatport’s overall chart. The support of tastemakers such as Liquid Stranger, Downlink, Figure, Cyberoptics, Diesel, Genetix, Persist, Sluggo, points to an accomplishment of musical influence on an international scale, and the potential for much more.
A history in Atlanta’s metal scene, playing in acts such as WLTP and Attila, provides Mantis’ cornerstone of fierce stage skills. Having become known across the USA for throwing down an aggressive live show with unmatched energy and only the heaviest bass music, Mantis’ reputation stands as being one of the gnarliest new production teams in the scene. With packed crowds at hand, and Beatport charts at their feet, only one goal remains- to raise the awareness of metal-influenced bass music… oh, and world domination.
Exploding into the bass music scene, Collin McKay has proven that age is nothing more than a number. Releasing hard-hitting tracks under his alter ego ‘Rekoil’, the 19-year-old producer is already a force to be reckoned with. Immediately garnering attention from bass music heavy weights, Rekoil quickly found his way onto Datsik’s Firepower Records and joined him on the 2013 Reloaded Tour.
Shaping up to be a huge year, 2014 has already seen complete destruction by the Baltimore native. After several earth-shattering WMC performances, Rekoil dominated Hollywood’s legendary Avalon during 12th Planet’s SMOG Takeover. Coming up next, chaos is to be expected as the hard-hitting young producer joins Getter’s bass-heavy Gnartillery tour. With his fresh face and filthy tracks, Rekoil will continue to tear up the scene, securing his future as a bass music power player.
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