It’s been 15 years of madness in San Francisco for Kush Arora, and the party has just started. Kush Arora has been sculpting cultural sound in San Francisco and beyond, branding his own signature imprint on bass driven music. With a hefty discography with collaborations/remixes ranging from Lady Chann to Eight Frozen Modules, Elephant Man to Balkan Beat Box, his sound has been sought after by futurists worldwide. Arising from the experimental scene of San Francisco, he carved his early chops not only in studios but working on sound design for the likes of David Lynch and games like Lord of the Rings. All shades of Dub, Garage, Dancehall, and Indo-Caribbean influences merge into his unique “Dread Bass” sound that has found him compared future riddim makers as Stereotyp, Muzlimgauze, The Bug and even Adrian Sherwood.
Kush’s Club nights have brought him to hosting “Surya Dub Radio” on KPFA 94.1 FM Radio Monday nights, which is the Largest Independent Station In the western part of the USA. Whether dj’ing bashment at a dubstep party, or working on Angolan riddims with Jamaican vocalists, Kush is always up for something new. Having just finished an EP with Baile Funk vocalist Zuzuka Poderosa, and releasing a hectic schedule of tropical, uk funky, and tribal sounds, his releases have been found on labels as diverse as Top Billin, Crunchtime Recordings, to J Dub and ESL. His performances range from Live Ableton Tribal sessions to full on Bashment and Funky with MC Zulu, Juakali, or Zuzuka Poderosa, and he dj’s everything in between. Recent production work has Kush working with artists such as Elephant Man, Cutty Ranks, Lady Chann, Balkan Beat Box, Zion I, Nickodemus, and collaborating alongside folks as Stereotyp, Jahdan Blackkkamoore, and J. Boogie. Do not be fooled however by his experimental nature, this man will slay any dancefloor he sets foot on. With these futuristic stylings, Kush wears many hats all rooted in Dub and Electronica. These influences can be heard throughout his diverse,10-record discography.
Active in SF, Kush is a member of Surya Dub which was awarded Best Club Night by SF Weekly for two consecutive years (2007-08) and has been at the center of the West Coast Dread Bass, Dubstep, and Electronica movement. Kush would find himself on the road frequently as ambassador for the Surya Dub Crew, opening for the likes of Flying Lotus, The Bug , SubSwara, Bassnectar, and Thievery Corp.
His tracks have been remixed by the likes of Rogue State, Eskmo, and England’s Steakhouse Crew. His work has caught attention of Pitchfork Mag, who referred to him as a “laptop musician extraodinaire”, BBC 1’s Mary Anne Hobbs dubbed his Brooklyn To SF release “a beautiful piece of work”.