By Akshay Bhansali
Proving once again that 2011 has been a pivotal year for electronic dance music, dubstep — arguably the most niche of the EDM sub-genres in America — now has the support of some of the biggest brands in the world.
After crowning Skrillex the Best EDM Artist of 2011, MTV News is pretty amped to report that a good buddy and collabo partner of Skrilex's, 12th Planet, is primed to pop as well. In fact, judging by his success in '11, next year looks to be explosive for the Los Angeles-based dubstep king and SMOG label frontman.
Not only did 12th Planet embark on a sold-out, 50-date tour of the U.S. alongside Skrill, but the DJ/ producer born John Dadzie also released his Who Are We? EP, and did production work for Korn. Now, 12th has partnered with Scion Audio Visual on a free-for-download EP titled The End Is Near; a tour of the same name will follow in 2012.
Check out an exclusive video promo for the tour below!
The five-track TEIN EP features bass scene notables like Skrillex & Kill the Noise, SPL (Sam Pool), Flinch, and Antiserum. Meanwhile, Flinch as well as Kastle and Crizzly will all join 12th on a 21-date tour launching from Miami on February 3 and wrapping up in Eugene, Oregon, on March 3. The End Is Near EP will be available for download on Scionav.com on January 18.
12th Planet "The End Is Near!" North American tour dates:
» Feb 2 Miami, FL @ Grand Central
» Feb 3 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
» Feb 4 Athens, GA @ Bad Manor
» Feb 5 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
» Feb 7 Virginia Beach, VA @ Peabodys
» Feb 8 Washington, DC @ District
» Feb 9 Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
» Feb 10 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
» Feb 11 Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
» Feb 12 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
» Feb 13 Boston, MA @ Middle East
» Feb 14 Montreal, Canada @ Le Belmont
» Feb 15 Toronto, Canada @ Wrongbar
» Feb 16 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
» Feb 17 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
» Feb 18 St. Louis, MO @ 2720 Cherokee
» Feb 19 Nashville, TN @ Club Mai
» Feb 20 New Orleans, LA @ Ampersand
» Feb 21 Dallas, TX @ Trees
» Feb 22 Oklahoma City, OK @ Kamp
» Feb 23 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
» Feb 24 Phoenix, AZ @ Madison Events Center
» Feb 25 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock
» Feb 26 San Diego, CA @ Voyeur
» Feb 28 Orange County, CA @ Dubtroit
» Feb 29 Los Angeles, CA @ Music Box
» March 1 San Francisco, CA @ Mighty
» March 2 Portland, OR @ Roseland
» March 3 Eugene, OR @ Wow Hall