Knew Conscious is THE collective for after-hours events in Denver. And on March 1st, they’re bringing out one of the godfathers of drum and bass: Aphrodite. With over three decades of DJing under his belt, Aphrodite changed the landscape of DnB music. He truly needs no introduction. Nevertheless, I’m giving one anyway.

Aphrodite, né Gavin King, is a British DJ and producer known for DnB and jungle. Revolutionizing drum and bass, he’s one of the founding fathers of the jump-up subgenre. The chopped-up samples. The rolling bass lines. The stripped-back, high energy. All of this equals the perfect recipe to make people “jump up” and dance.

Early on, King collaborated with Micky Finn and Claudio Giussani, forming the Urban Shakedown trio and label. The group crafted some of the best and well-loved rave anthems of the ’90s, not the least of which was “Some Justice.” Additionally, King had his independent label, Aphrodite Recordings. For the most part, this label was home to most of his music.

From there, he and Finn branched off, becoming Urban Takeover, and again, established an imprint of the same name. And thus, the Urban Takeover remixes were born. These releases solidified that hip-hop and drum and bass should forever be intertwined. From there, King continued his reign as a prolific proponent of the DnB and jungle sounds.

Aphrodite is a legend in the game, one of the best to ever do it. And he needs a venue large and iconic enough to support him. Knew Conscious IS that place. It’s a nonprofit art gallery by day and a membership-based social club by night. Centrally located in Denver’s RiNo district, KC is a modifiable open space with state-of-the-art technology.

What’s more, the crew behind Knew Conscious curates exclusive, intimate performances and special vibes. Some of KC’s main focuses are creativity, community, and supporting artists of all genres, which is fitting for Aphrodite.

Aphrodite is a sight to behold. Firstly, he’s known for his four-deck mixing and for creating music that’s unique yet familiar. While you might not be sure you’ve heard an Aphrodite track, I’m confident you have. Countless remixes of his have found their way into the musical arsenals of other DJs. In addition, a VIP version of his song “Stalker” is featured in the cult classic film Human Traffic, during that infamous record shop scene.

If you’re a fan of jungle and DnB, this show is for you. Aphrodite always impresses, whether he’s playing large festivals like Let It Roll or the dusty Burning Man playa. Even if he’s playing an intimate after-hours spot like Knew Conscious, the experience will be the same. He always annihilates the dance floor. Don’t miss out and get your tickets to Aphrodite at Knew Conscious in Denver on March 1st.

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