Year formed: 2010
Members: Garrett Hensley (MIDI keyboard, sampler, computer; composition, production)
Self-described style: Dubstep
Albums: Individual songs and set mixes are available for free download via the Soundcloud link below.
Subcity is Garrett Hensley, solo, making bass-throbbing, head-bobbing electronic music that can and does induce dancers to dancefloors around the Suncoast.
Employing chilled-out atmospheres with down-low bass wobbles and lively beats-per-minute tempos (138-142 BPM), the former heavy metal guitarist has successfully transitioned into the electronic dance music subgenre of dubstep as Subcity (the name a take on “subsidy,” and incorporation of the genre’s use of sub-bass).
Using little more than a MacBook computer, musical keyboard, various compositional software programs and a sampler (an electronic “instrument” that generates rhythms and melodies from sampled pieces of pre-made sounds), Hensley weaves sequences into finely knit songs.
He said, “As much as I love playing with other people, I love DJing and producing even more. With Subcity, unlike being in a band, I don't have to rely on anyone but myself. I can make the drums how I want them, the bass, the lead synths, effects, etc.; it's all up to me! And that's what I love about it most.”