Ross Cairns at Classic Grand
“Never Too Much Bass” by Niall Mulholland.
Almost everyone at The Classic Grand has come to see someone in particular, and whilst other acts will follow, the people here now want to see Ross Cairns.
A 17 year old performer, Ross is what some people would call a DJ, but what he calls a live act. Utilising mixing software and decks, he follows in the same vein as artists such as Skrillex, or his inspiration, Deadmau5. When I asked him how he started four years ago, he said “I do like a lot of genres in electronic music, but Deadmau5 is the one who got me into everything”. Despite this, his opening track couldn't have been further from what anyone expected. With heavy guitar from another artist, one Michael Hamilton, Ross showed he can blend genres and balance tracks well, whilst also producing original tracks. As an opening it was powerful.
The rest of the set was his alone however, and featured both remixes of popular artists such as Example and Skrillex, even Pendulum at one point. Ross' own work played alongside was equally good, in some respects much better than any remix he played. The genres were a combination of trance, dubstep and electro for the most part, with focuses on heavy bass lines and perfectly timed drops to get the crowd jumping. In Ross' own words, “There's never too much bass!”
When he came onto the stage he looked nervous, but when the music started it all melted away. Leaving a very confident performer. One who despite being so young has begun to develop his own style and with a growing fan-base. If he didn't feel confident at first it never showed once he started. At some points, it was difficult to tell who was enjoying it more: Ross or the crowd. Both of them jumping to the beat.
All of this talent doesn’t go to his gigs alone however. Having already self released an album online, and with an EP on iTunes, Ross has shown he has the determination to go even further. On the next step forward he told me, “I'm really hoping to play in bigger venues, more club focused maybe”. If there's a sure way to rate a musician, it's by how their crowd reacts, and Ross' crowd barely stopped moving to the quick tempo and upbeat rhythm he gave them. One of those fans was full of praise, Keiran Mellon, an 18 year old student said “I really think he set the tone at the start, with smoother slower tunes, and he built up to the heavier stuff, the heavier bass that got the crowd going, his interaction with the crowd was great.”
Ross currently has a Facebook page and his EP, “Finding a Constant” is on iTunes. He also posts to his Youtube channel and Soundcloud, where he uploads upcoming tracks and the pieces he's working on. All of which can be found below.