SoDown & Bass Physics go full-throttle into Colorado heavy bass on new collab, ‘Tension’ [Q&A + VIDEO]
The saxophone-playing and bass-slaying maestro SoDown is back at it again, collaborating with fellow Colorado native Bass Physics on their latest banger “Tension”. The two previously collaborated on their inspirational heavy-hitter, “Pull The Trigger,” last Spring, which proved a perfect creative union in terms of style and appraoch. Now the pair are once again combining their unique styles for an all-new tune, this time with a darker but equally motivated message.
“Following up on our last collaboration ‘Pull the Trigger,’ we wanted to create another hard-hitting bass tune that encompassed both of our unique styles, including heavy bass, saxophone, guitar, and hip hop,” SoDown and Bass Physics explain.
“To us, this tune signifies a realization of the need for change and the motivation to take action.”– SoDown
A timely commentary on the perils of our current reality, including climate change, political polarization, inequality, and the COVID-19 pandemic, “Tension” embodies the feelings of anxiety that abound in today’s societal fabric. Watch the music video below, and scroll down for an exclusive Q&A with SoDown and Bass Physics.
SoDown x Bass Physics – Tension
CE: Between your recent reminiscent track “Alive”, as well as your previous collaboration with Bass Physics with the inspirational “Pull the Trigger”, many of your songs have optimistic messages.
SoDown: Following up on our last collab ‘Pull the Trigger’ we wanted to create another hard-hitting bass tune that encompassed both of our unique styles, including heavy bass, saxophone, guitar, and hip hop. ’Tension’ reflects on the current state of the world with social media, climate change, political polarization, inequality, and the impacts of the virus. To us, this tune signifies a realization of the need for change and the motivation to take action.
CE: How’s your quarantine been? A lot of our bass heavy family misses headbanging to your music, what’s it like to be Bass Physics during quarantine and what have you missed?
Bass Physics: Quarantine has been a time of realization of what is truly important to me: living life to the fullest. I took a step back and really focused in on writing my upcoming album ‘Disillusion’, which I will release in parts over the next 6 months or so. I mostly spend my days in the studio with my doggo, or adventuring in the mountains on a snowmobile or dirtbike… I get most inspired for music when I take trips and explore. Mostly I have missed playing shows and releasing music, but that will soon change!
CE: The music video gives off some serious “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” vibes, coincidence or influence?
BP: Though it wasn’t a direct influence, we both love ‘Fear and Loathing’. We wanted to create a cover art that encompassed the feeling of the track, and the Tension we feel around us in the world.
CE: Speaking of the video, we’ve been loving the art style that you’ve been using for this release, and we’ve been seeing this Skeleton come up in the past: What does the Skeleton represent?
SD: All of my music is centered around one ideal; the fact that we’re all going to die. Some may see that as dark, but I choose to see it as light. We all have so much to be grateful for and it’s easy to get lost in the dramas of everyday life. Living in the moment free’s us from these mental chains and allows us to enjoy our life on a grander scale. The skeleton is a friendly reminder to enjoy the now, for it’s the only moment that ever exists.
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