Hy-Tekk was formed in early January 2010 by Mike Jones and Chris Hughes, with the help of Patrick Grantello and a smattering of local, dedicated bass heads. "Hy-Tekk has managed to progress from underground house parties occupied by 150 people to top-quality productions drawing 400-500 people in the matter of just two years," says Grantello. The collective produces, coordinates, and runs promotions for a lot of the Midwest electronic music scene, and produces local and regional DJs' free EPs. It's responsible, tonight, for the Bassnectar Afterparty at the Union. We briefly typed with Grantello about that party and what else the collective's got planned for the KC music scene.
The Pitch: How did you get ill.Gates?
Grantello: ill.Gates is currently on tour and his management's offices are here in Kansas City. His agent contacted us and proposed the idea to us, and of course, we accepted as ill.Gates was signed to the same label as Bassnectar (Amorphous), so it just made sense. Bassnectar's agent then gave us the OK to throw the official afterparty, and it was on from there.
Where would you like to see the KC scene in the near future? How does Hy-Tekk figure into that?
Simply put, we just want to continue to assist in the evolution of electronic music in the city and region. Whether our role is continuing to produce shows or something else, EDM has touched our lives in more ways than one, and we want to keep sharing and spreading that passion to anyone willing to listen. Hy-Tekk has always prided itself on the unique family vibe that exists in the Kansas City scene, and we want to keep putting together bigger and bigger shows while still maintaining that family and community presence.
What other parties do you have planned for the near future?
Friday, April 27, 'In the Future' featuring Coyote Kisses, Gladkill, the Uptown Theater
Saturday, May 26, Mt. Eden, the Valentine Room at the Uptown Theater
Friday, July 20 and 21, 'The Official Global Dance Afterparty'
And there are more in the works so stay tuned!
Catch ill.Gates at Bass Heads Unite, the official Bassnectar Afterparty, at the Union tonight. The free 21-and-older show starts at 10 p.m.