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Magic Carpet Ride by Wes Smith

Hi friends….my third studio album, Magic Carpet Ride, is on the loose.  Albums are always special to me because unlike a club banger or EP of singles, an album is a cohesive collection of work that flows from end to end (and meant to be listened to that way) around a fun idea.

Like my previous two albums, there’s a lot of ghetto funk and hip hop influence wrapped up with an arsenal of current EDM and Bass heavy sounds.  So kick back in your favorite lawn chair, bust it out buy the pool, or put it on repeat for that road trip…most of all, have fun.  Oh, and thanks for all your support over the years;)

Official label blurb as well as the Promo Mix, The Armory Mix, and Other fun stuff here [Link]!


Magic Carpet Ride is a journey through the vast ocean of influences that have shaped Wes Smith’s party rockin’ audio landscape.  I’m Trippin’ kicks off the ride with a taste of Summertime funk.  Yabadabbadoo and Rock the Jam continue the low end hustle and drop you off at the upbeat vocals of Body Move.  All About The Funk and Feels Good bring the four to the floor vibes pushing you squarely into the breakbeat rhythms on Back Again.  Before you surface, the ragga vibe on Murdera sends you on one more deep dive before blazing out on Down Town.

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Related Links: [Beatport Exclusive] [Get Email] [Get Social]

 

It’s Wes Smith Yo – The Album Remixed Vol. 2

Hey all, posting this one a bit late, but what a great success this was and still is…smashing up the charts.

Official info below..

Remixing the life aquatic round two, Wes Smith invites you to join him and his magic fugu for a journey into the remix.  With a proper remix album, exploring the currents of twelve minds, Wes Smith reserves a seat for you to float among his jelly fish friends as you feel the funk, roll out to the club, and rave on.  Drop the low end and press play!

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[Buy It Now: Beatport]

It’s Wes Smith Yo – The Album Remixed Vol 2 : Beatslappaz Interview

And now…wrapping up the IWSY Remixed Volume 2 interview series…some of the baddest and funniest bass makers on the planet…from the land down under, the one, the only Beatslappaz;)

Interview by Kelly Ross/Agent 137

Tell us … who are you?

A: We’re the Beatslappaz, a duo that’s been writing music and playing shows together for the last 10 years.

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Please give me a brief background on your dj/production experience:

A: We first got together after being brought onto a radio show as guests that ran from Midnight till 6am on a Sunday morning. We had similar tastes and goals and decided to form up into the duo we are now.

We had our first release on vinyl way back in 2007, then went quiet for a bit until we reformed a few years back to start producing again – and here we are!

Tell us which remix you did for the IWSY remix album:


A: Wes Smith – Hands Up!

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What made you choose this particular song?


A: We generally only remix songs where the song title tells you what activity you should be doing while you’re listening to it.

What is your Wes Smith connection? 


A: When you see a man with mutton chops that you respect, you don’t just throw him a life-jacket. You swim one out to him. I hit him up over Facebook to let him know that I loved his work and we bonded over fish tacos. While we haven’t met yet, I can tell the guy is one of the nicest guys in the business and lord knows he works hard for it.

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What’s next on next for you after this? Do you have any upcoming projects/remixes you would like to mention?


A: Our homies at Punks Music have us locked in for a few projects. “The Drop” is our next original that’s going to hit shelves soon, along with a remix for Wuki and the Stanton Warriors. Big things! We really want to head back to the states and play a few shows there, so look for that later this year as well.



Any last thoughts?

A: I would like to ask you a question – Would you rather have hiccups for the rest of your life, or would you rather permanently feel like you’re going to sneeze but never do?

Related Links: [Hands Up: Wes Smith Original] [Hands Up : Beatslappaz Remix] [Beatslappaz : Facebook] [Beatslappaz: Soundcloud]

It’s Wes Smith Yo – The Album Remixed Vol 2 : B-Phreak Interview

Happy Thursday…next up in the interview series…repeat Juice Remixer, B-Phreak from Germany.

Interview by Kelly Ross/Agent 137.

Tell us – who are you? 

My name is Bernie Ott (B-Phreak) and I’m a dj/ producer/ remixer of bass/ breakbeat orientated music from Germany.
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Please give me a brief background on your dj/production experience:

I have been into bass/ breakbeat driven music for more than 20 years now. I started producing beats back in 1999 and djing worldwide for a much longer time. I had my first release back in 2002 plus a big list of orignals/ remixes I’ve done for many different labels. I was one of the first dj’s/ producer’s who brought the “German breakbeat“ sound to the world.

 

Tell us which remix you did for the IWSY remix album:

I remixed “Daft Bump”.

 

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What made you choose this particular song? 

I really loved the sound/ energy of the original track!

 

What is your Wes Smith connection? Do you have any weird/funny stories when you met him? Anything else to say?

I have never met him personally, but some day…. who knows. Wes is a very nice guy and I made contact with him via Facebook/ Soundcloud! We love each others music and he asked me doing some tracks/ remixes for his label, Juice Recordings. I always loved the sound of his label, so it was a pleasure for me to release some tracks on Juice.

 

What’s next on next for you after this? Do you have any upcoming projects/remixes you would like to mention?

A new EP on Juice Recordings is planned in near future. I’ve already released a 4 track EP (Take Me High) on Martin Flex’s “Let’s Go!”  label“. I also have a project with my homie Philly Blunt running and our next release will be on Rump Shaker Records in March called “Get Ya Head“ with upcoming remixes from Bradley Drop and Beatslappaz. Phil and I have planed to release some more tunes later this year as well.

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It’s Wes Smith Yo – The Album Remixed Vol 2 : Mutantbreakz Interview

Hello friends…off to a great start, first up in the interview series, my good pals Mutantbreakz from Spain.

Interview by Kelly Ross/Agent 137.

Tell us – who are you?

We are Ruben & Angel aka MutantBreakz – both DJs & Producers from the South of Spain.

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Please give me a brief background on your dj/production experience:

It’s the most beautiful experience to be able to play with your own creations in different parts of the world and meet good friends at the same time.

Tell us which remix you did for the IWSY remix album:

Funk Train

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What made you choose this particular song?

We thought the song had the same ingredients as our style. In this remix we tried to recreate it with some funky breaks that sounded fresh and fun for the dance floor. We are always trying to do something different.

What is your Wes Smith connection?

Our first connection Wes was on the internet and we worked on his previous remix album. After our US tour I (Angel) had the pleasure of meeting him in person, he is a fun and friendly with a touch of madness. A story to tell as to say that the first night I met him in Miami he took us to a karaoke but did not have the pleasure of seeing him sing.

What’s next for MutantBreakz?

We dedicated our time to our tour in Florida and now we are back in Spain. We have already begun to finish new projects for our label and also another big label. We think it’s best not to reveal anything at the moment, it isn’t it better to get surprises?

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Is there anything you would like to talk about that has not already been mentioned?

We loved to see Wes on the Red Bull tour and those Wes Smith sideburns!!!

Related links: [MutantBreakz : Facebook] [Funk Train : MutantBreakz Remix] [Wes Smith : Original] [Mutantbreakz : Facebook]

It’s Wes Smith Yo – The Album Remixed Vol 1 : Rob-E Interview

Next up on the road to the remix album release…the one and only Rob-E based out of Orlando, Florida.  While a few minutes of rave culture have passed for both of us, we most recently linked up this year at the Revelation party in Tampa.  Bass heads throughout Florida and beyond need no introduction, so sit back and enjoy the ride.

Interview by Kelly Ross | Agent 137

What is the Wes Smith connection?

Wes and I have known each other since the 1990’s, the original Juice days. I met him at Simons back in the day, He and I lost contact for a while, he popped back up a few years ago and has been totally been putting in work. Everywhere you look you see Wes Smith!

 

Which tune did you remix off the album and why did you pick it?

I picked “Do You Want To Get Funky” I got to choose which one and it was the vocals that really caught me, full of soul!

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What were your challenges with the remix and what were the good points? 

It’s an old C&C Music Factory track and her vocals are absolutely amazing so that excited me to use them. I got the vocals dry at 118 bpm and there was a snap that was throwing me off and I had to write around it. It took some creativity to get around but it flowed fast after the snap and we were able to finish the remix in 6 hours.

I’ve known the Rob-E Name now for a long time.  Tell me what has changed since the “back in the day” times for you?

Everything in life changes, it evolves, especially music. But back then it was a lot more exclusive to be a DJ. I would walk into Vinyl Frontier and I would have test pressings and dub plates from Icey, amongst other breaks artists. I had a flightcase full of white labels and dub plates, super exclusive. But now it’s a totally different game. With Mp3’s as our main format of music, it’s not so exclusive anymore. It’s real easy to share media these days, so the days of being super exclusive are far-gone.

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How do you keep it exclusive in this time?

I try to keep it true to the old school, if someone gives me music and asks me not to share – I don’t. I try to keep my shows exclusive now a day as well. There’s only a hand full of promoters that I will play for – I’m also a full time father of 2 [daughter 11 and son 10] Music was my first love, but now that I’m a father, my children get my full attention first and foremost.

Who is your biggest influence?

My Influences come from many different genres of electronic music. I get a lot of influence form my partner in crime Carl(DJ Security) – My mentors are Andy Hughes, D-Xtreme and DJ Orlando (All the Old skoolers in O-Town will know this name!) Kimball Collins also had a big part in molding my sound, but when it comes to break beat, thank heaven for Icey, I have known him since the Edge days. He has kept the breaks scene alive and moving for a long time, if it wasn’t for that guy it may have died. The breaks scene has been up and down like a roller coaster, but he has been there in the valleys and he is the one that has kept it going. Hands down he is the pioneer of the U.S. break beat scene.

Where would you like to see the future of breaks go?

Right now I am teaching my daughter how to DJ. She is really into it and digs the music. It’s cool to see some of the newer generation that is into break beat, and where they will be taking it. Pauly [Fixx], Keith [MacKenzie], Wes [Smith] are the ones really putting in work right now, I’m proud of Pauly – he is a machine and living the dream. The breaks guys (and gals) in Europe are taking break beat to a whole other level now. It reminds me of the USA back in the 90’s’ Also, Sharaz is producing some new stuff that is totally different, it’s retro but nothing like you have heard it’s a super fresh sound.

Thank you for your insight, Rob-E. We look forward to your remix on December 14th. Bless.

It’s Wes Smith Yo – The Album, Events, Tour and Contests!

Wow, STFU, any more acronyms?  What an amazing month it’s been since the release of my 2nd album.  Since March 2nd, the entire release reached the Beatport Top 100 Main Chart #25 slot as well as the Beatport Glitch Hop and Breaks #1 slots.  11 out of 12 tracks charted and the release is still on all those charts along with a bunch of singles in various positions.


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HUGE thanks to everyone that helped with the launch and dropped that $.  I’ve had a lot of cool things happen in the last few years, but I am completely blown away to see a full album of broken beat get this kind of support.

Where’s the Beef?

That saying popped to mind as I am playing with the Stanton Warriors tonight in Los Angeles;)  But in case you were looking for the Album and it’s related sounds which are spread around, her’s a few official spots you can peep them.

The Top Tracks on My Soundcloud

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The DJ Mix on The Pooty Club, Spain

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The Crystal Method’s #CommunityService on SiriusXM

On March 2nd & 4th I did an hour long takeover and guest mix for #CommunityService Episode #125 which includes a hot mix of other artists plus the full album mix.   Mad props to those fellas for their continued support.  Check the details @ The Crystal Method’s Official Website.

The Party Don’t Stop!

Already bomb diggy diggy? Pffffthhh yeah!  But now it’s time to do what I love the most and drop the bass bombs in live DJ sets around the world.  The full list of tour dates for March & April are now listed [here].  So many awesome supporting, small, large and festival gigs.  Boom!  And…I will have all sorts of cool giveaways and custom event stickers, so check it out and come say hello if I’m in your hood.

See you on the dance floor.

It’s Wes Smith Yo! The Crystal Method Remixes, Billboard Magazine Premiere and More!

Wow what an amazing week we have on our hands.  Our good friends The Crystal Method have dropped a new remix album with some amazing talent including skills from Kezwik, Kennedy Jones, Ornen, Swedish Egil, Dskotek, Ghastly!, DJ Kue, Bixel Boys, Dr. Ozi, Silas, Panic City, Darth Vader & Terravita and it features not one, but 3 remixes from Wes Smith & The Juice Squad.

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As if that was not enough, Billboard Magazine also premiered Difference Feat. Franky Perez, which is one of the remixes by Wes Smith & The Juice Squad.  Here’s a few excerpts and links from the article below…


“Wes Smith & the Juice Squad’s reinterpretation of “Difference” trades the original’s churning video-game synths and tense percussion for a throwback broken-beat, squealing guitars and warbling electro house progressions. Listen to its full premiere exclusively on Billboard:”

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“How did you select artists for the remix album?  On most of the remixes we wanted fresh new artists that would have completely different interpretations of our music, and they all delivered! On a couple we knew the artist well and always wanted a remix from them, like Darth & Vader.”


 

Check them all out on Beatport along with our other work:

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It’s Wes Smith Yo – The Album | Available Monday March 2nd

It’s that time, for a new album from Wes Smith.  We have all sorts of cool things happening for the launch of the album and tour.  We already had the scavenger hunt and their will be lot’s of other contest throughout the next few months.  If you live on Facebook, join the event [Click Here] to help share the love.  We also have a special page set up for the most current official news, audio, and links to all the fun.

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Channelling the life aquatic, Wes invites you to join him and his magic fugu for a journey into deep bass. With a proper album, exploring the currents of his mind, there’s a seat reserved for you to float among his jelly fish friends as you feel the funk, roll out to the club, and rave on.  Check out the album art below, and hit the link to stay updated on all the shenanigans.

Previews and Clips In Progress

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Wes Smith’s Hot Mess Q & A w/Mutantbreakz out of Cadiz, Spain

Mutantbreakz brings us to the tail of the Hot Mess Q&A’s.  While I’ve not met these guys in person, they have a jolly sense of humor and I’ve had a bunch of fun collaborating on a few choons with them.

Numero Uno, they did a smokin remix of my Better At Night jammie out on Diablo Loco Records which also happens to be their top flyer on Beatport;)  Next up was their more recent and my personal favorite, Bassline Crew Feat. MC Lickey (Mutantbreakz Remix) for my Hot Mess The Album Remixed project.  Finally, I’ve got a remix for the boyz forthcoming on Lady Waks IBWT label out of Russia and their own imprint early in 2015.

So without further rambling…big ups to the fellas for giving us a couple minutes from their run around Europe and remixing the planet…

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