Andrew Tobin is a dance music enthusiast with an inclination toward big sound and proper, raging parties. Born in Northeast Philadelphia in 1988, his first dance moves were unleashed at his grandmother’s house in Tacony in the early 90’s. A young Tobin would often wile out to his Aunt’s favorite tunes, most notably MC Hammer’s hit banger “You Can’t Touch This.” Fast-forward twenty-some years to January 2012: Tobin started making tunes from his living room in Vienna, Austria using Propellerhead Reason under the moniker Dobbee, the dub elf.
Viennese club culture had ignited a desire to make and share big, bassy tunes with people around the world. Later that year, after returning to the US and moving back to Philadelphia, he started mixing music with some friends—and there was no turning back.
In March of 2013, Dobbee played his first gig at OddCake’s Recess, a weekly Monday-night part at Kung Fu Necktie in Fishtown, bringing a selection of bass-centric tunes—mainly jazzy, liquid dnb, and deep dubstep. Kung Fu Necktie was the perfect playground to test out how effective his skills had become and bounce ideas off of other aspiring DJs, many of whom have become close friends and creative collaborators.
Over the past year and a half, Dobbee’s style has transformed significantly, but he has consistently displayed a strong focus on the lower end of the frequency spectrum. His sound pulls the raw power of bass to the forefront of the conversation, no matter the genre or tempo. Simply put, this man is addicted to bass, and he wants everyone to experience the true glory of sub-
Along with life-long friend Kreecher, Dobbee founded Sub.dependence, a community focused on bringing bigger sound to Philadelphia. Dobbee is also an integral member and resident DJ of Philly’s Native Frequencies, a collective of bass heads that have hosted a bi-monthly event at the Trocadero Balcony for just over a year.