Bathsalts @ The Smell

Not to be confused with the recreational designer drug, Bathsalts is a monthly show at The Smell in downtown Los Angeles hosted by rapper Alpha MC, that is rooted in Hip Hop while featuring a myriad of styles and local artists. December’s show (dubbed BATHSALTS  IV: The Holiday Edition) featured acts ranging from Los Angeles based westcoast rap crew RVSK to psychedelic rock group The Absynths. The Smell is a perfect venue for the concert, being both a home of eclecticism and a surprisingly spectacular Hip Hop venue.  I got a few words from the event’s host, Alpha MC, on the next Bathsalts, January 25th at The Smell.

What is the event “Bathsalts”

Bathsalts is a monthly D.I.Y music showcase I host and curate at The smell in DTLA. I usually try to diversify the genres that I book to expose people to different music and broaden their tastes and offer them a little of everything

How did the event start and how long has it been going on?

I was booked for a rap show at The Smell and one of the owners, Jim Smith, enjoyed my set ( I performed for about 20 people but it was still fun lol). I guess he wanted more hip hop at the smell so he invited me back and asked me if I wanted to throw a show myself there. I was like hell yeah! I Launched it April of 2014 and It was a success with a little over 120 people in attendance, when the night was over he gave me permission to do a monthly there.

Why The Smell?

It’s a really cool venue! Red brick walls inside flourished with abstract paintings and band stickers. It also has a ton of history. The venue recently had it’s 17 year anniversary. It’s originally a spot for punk, experimental, and noise music/art space. The eclecticism of it is perfect for what I’m tryna do.

How do you go about choosing artists/what do you look for in artists to perform?

The next one is pretty much the same basic template.  Five performers, each one different from the next. We have…


Ashley Dominique ( Female emcee from Long Beach, Ca)


Ubiquitous Love Tribe ( funky rap group from Santa Monica, Ca)


Black hole Past ( Psychedelic rock band from South gate)


K- solar ( La based emcee)

Also, vegan gourmet chef Wose Kofi will be vending outside. It’s on sun Jan 25th doors open @ 8.00 pm come thru!!

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