Four on the Floor

Four on the Floor, an electronic dance music party that took place at Pegasus Records on Oct. 12, welcomed everyone age 18 and older.

The event was an idea created by brothers Titus and Tyree Busbee, who are both UNA graduates, through their company iKillo Multimedia. DJ Mollycule, D Roc, and O.G. DJ Sak were featured playing sets.

“All the DJs are local,” Titus said. “We’re trying to make a platform for them.”

People were dispersed throughout the darkened area; many people at the event danced, while others mingled outdoors. A few people were fire-spinning outside, and there were artists painting to the music inside.

The atmosphere was colorful and energetic; there were visuals such as lasers, a light show, glow sticks, string lights, backlight paint, fog, a video projection on the wall outside, a large traffic light by the entrance and artwork on the walls.

“Four on the Floor is the best event I’ve been to in Florence,” said Chris Bennett, a UNA student. “It’s a great niche music scene for Florence’s college youth.”

The event’s title, Four on the Floor, came from the British nickname for techno music, which refers to the four beats, Busbee said.

D Roc, whose real name is Derrick King, said the event was amazing.

“It’s great to be a part of anything that is growing, especially when it’s a community coming together,” he said. “Bonds are being forged right now that will last a lifetime. The main thing is promoting love and friendship, and we support that through good music. Good music equals good vibes.”

Four on the Floor is a part of “The Lovelution,” a movement created by iKillo Multimedia that welcomes everyone and anyone. To be a part of “The Lovelution,” people need only to come to events, participate and bring their friends.     

The movement aims to break down social barriers and the natural walls that people put up, Titus said.

“Music is a good way to do it,” Tyree said.

The music at Four on the Floor could be described as a mixture of house, electro, progressive, nu-disco, trance, hip-hop and a little bit of dubstep, Titus said. The DJs had their own particular style, and the night as a whole delivered a diverse combination of genres.

Tyree and Titus met Mollycule through “Hip Heart” (which featured DJs and live paintings during Florence’s First Fridays), met O.G. DJ Sak through the Grown Folks Band and Tyree met D Roc while working at Sutherland Sight and Sound.

O.G. DJ Sak, whose real name is Isaac Simon, is a musician, producer and DJ.

“I play a wide variety of styles,” he said. “I grew up listening to disco, hip-hop and R&B. Stevie Wonder, Tupac, Michael Jackson. My style is a balance of sweet and sour, funky and dirty. I play a lot of nu-disco and electro house.”

Simon said being a DJ is more than simply pushing buttons and holding headphones; there’s an art involved.

“It’s about crafting a musical atmosphere that compels you to dance — breaks you out of your shell,” he said. “It’s delicate.”

Molli McCoy, one of the live painters, said she does one painting per show, and every painting starts and finishes with the music. McCoy began painting onstage with the band BoomBox in a warehouse in Sheffield.

Painting was her way to connect with the music, as opposed to dancing.

“I paint the way people dance — you let the music move you,” she said.

There were couches and chairs set up near the artists, where some people sat and watched the artists paint.

“Four on the Floor is the most diverse atmosphere we have in Florence,” Titus said. “We have people from all different walks of life and different backgrounds. It’s the music of the world.”