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Who is Gasz Mask?

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Entertainment News Written by  Tuesday, 05 December 2017 04:31 font size decrease font size increase font size 0
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The world of EDM will never be the same again. Gasz Mask, who grew up in Jamaica, aspires be be the first major dancehall artiste to explode in the world of electronic dance music.   
 
"Right now, people are really getting into the Gasz Mask thing, they love the look of the mask, my energy live onstage, and how I mix in the dancehall with the EDM, and give it a Jamaican flavour. Requests for shows are coming in from all over, especially China, and Europe," he said. 
 
Electronic dance music is a broad range of percussive electronic music genres made largely for nightclubs, raves, and festivals in the United States and Europe. 
 
Born Trevor Spence, he lived in the Homestead area of Spanish Town area where he attended Spanish Town High before migrating to live in the USA at age 15. He completed high school in New York where he got plugged into the hip hop and grunge scene while attending parties. 
 
He began to experiment with building EDM beats which were heavily influenced by dancehall. Then he began  to spit dancehall verses on those beats to create a fusion. 
 
“I got into the whole EDM scene and I began to listen the early dub music of King Tubbys and Lee Scratch Perry, then I began to deejay on beats made by producers who were into EDM,” he said. 
 
Dub music, which stems from roots reggae and sound system culture that flourished between 1968 and 1985, to be one of the important precursors to contemporary electronic dance music.
 
Gasz Mask eventually moved to live in California where he landed a recording contract with Beverly Hills Boys, a EDM-reggae-pop fusion company based in Los Angeles, and created by record producer Chris Goldfinga and his Golden Cartel label.  
 
"I am doing a new kind of dancehall-EDM fusion created by Beverly Hills Boys. I was introduced to a member of the Beverly Hills Boys squad at the Coachella Music Festival  two years ago, and I am now part of the crew, which includes a turntable dj, and sound engineers, the whole thing," he said. 
 
He worked on their breakthrough album, 'Electric Rasta' and his vocals are on popular singles such as   "Bam Bam Slam" featuring Vybz Kartel, "Drape Who?' featuring Vybz Kartel and "Ganja (Mota)" featuring Shabba Ranks. The album was produced by fellow Jamaican Chris Goldfinga.
 
He has continued to release singles including 'Firing Squad' and 'Happy P-Party', songs featuring the vocals of incarcerated superstar Vybz Kartel. 
 
Who would think that a young man who grew up in Spanish Town would be making his name in the white-dominated world of EDM?
 
"It just happened. I fell in love with it and it is getting huge right now. Some people say EDM is white people music, but right now, the Chinese are getting into dancehall and EDM in a big way, I have done a few shows in the US, and I went to China two times to perform already since the year start, they love the 'Happy P-Party'," he said. 
 
In 2015, the EDM industry was estimated to be a £5.5 billion industry worldwide, the count included music sales, events revenue including nightclubs and festivals, the sale of DJ equipment and software, and other sources of revenue. 
 
"Right now, the EDM crowds ah love the Jamaican flavour we bring to the ting, remember dub music influenced EDM so ah really our thing, so mi just a bring it back to the roots," he said  
 
CAPTION: Dancehall-EDM artiste Gasz Mask and Jamaican producer Chris Goldfinga.
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