LA-based underground hip hop DJ and producer The Gaslamp Killer has been slaying it on the decks for more than a decade, but lately it’s his insane live shows that fans are buzzing about. The club veteran’s performances have become increasingly involved in recent years, bringing his eclectic blend of bass music and psych-rock to life with an ever-growing army of musicians including a string section and horn players. Rolling Stone named his epic 2015 Coachella set one of their festival highlights, and that same month he released the live LP The Gaslamp Killer Experience: Live in Los Angeles. The word “experience” perfectly sums up his epic shows – from his fiery-eyed showmanship to the virtuosic musicianship of his talented band, fans won’t soon forget the wild and wonderful journey of The Gaslamp Killer’s live performances.
The Gaslamp Killer, aka William Benjamin Bensussen grew up in San Diego and played his first gigs in the city’s Gaslamp District. He moved to Los Angeles in 2006 and helped found the seminal weekly underground hip hop party Low End Theory. His DJ sets made him a local hero, and before long his skills at a producer were earning him praise as well. After releasing several sample-based EPs in the late ‘00s he decided to work with live musicians for his 2012 debut full-length Breakthrough, which was released on Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder label. The new direction was a success, earning praise from critics and leading to extensive touring. Since then he’s continued to drop jaws with his ever-evolving live show, which he immortalized in 2015 with the release of the live album The Gaslamp Killer Experience: Live in Los Angeles.