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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! Burning Man 2015 Tour @ the Dusty Rhino

Burn baby burn!  Next stop on the clock for the magical buggin’ fugu brought me to Brian Nuggets Cox (aka Nugz, Nuggets and B. Nugz) and our discussion about the fiery one they call Dusty Rhino.

Tell me about the Dusty Rhino camp and art car:

It’s awesome! We keep it low-key at our camp and then when we take out the Rhino we find an art piece to park at or bring it around to different places for variety. Our mission is to show people a good time with consistently great music. It’s usually house and breakbeat with the edgy grungy good stuff (haha no dubstep).

There is fire button to smash on in the DJ booth and driver has a fire button as well. With a 165 gallon propane tank, it’s a large rhino barreling through the desert with a horn that shoots FIRE – there really is nothing like it.

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Let’s talk about the Wes Smith connection/show with the Rhino:

Sure- we try to get producers, friends and people who are crushing it in breaks to bring out a well-rounded roster. We saw Eric Riggsbee (of San Fransisco’s “Faultline”) brought him out here and we hit Wes up on Facebook. I handle bookings and am also on the Dusty Board of Directors. There are 3 guys doing the music programming and we all came to a general consensus. He is playing 3-430am Tuesday/Wed morning and we have confirmed DJ DAN same night.

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Tell me how you first made it to Burning Man:

I was in Boulder at the time and I heard about it in 96-97 from a college friend. Eventually I made the decision to move and I had just moved to to San Fran with a only a trailer in tow. in 2004, I was sleeping on the floor at a friend’s house and they were going to the burn and they invited me to go. I went down to Haight Street in San Fransisco and actually purchased a physical ticket. We went, had a good time and loved it so much I haven’t missed it since.

What led you to a Dusty Rhino?

In 2009 the Dusty Rhino asked me to be a part of the camp. It was one of my fave art carts out there … I loved the clean lines, simple, white stretch fabric and halogen lights.  Since then I have become one of their main DJ’s as well as the sound guy responsible for maintaining and breaking down the art car.

Brian has been a DJ for 20 years and he plays house, breaks and drum&bass – this is the mix I have been grindin on this week while writing up this article , check out his soundcloud for this and other genres for a sneak peak to your burn. If you are not going- go outside grab some dust and bugs, grab a neighbor to dance with, hit play and make believe!

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What keeps you coming back year after year?

The Dusty Rhino is  there for the community first and foremost. We don’t discriminate, we want as many people to have an experience on the there to share good music and art.

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We do 3-4 fundraisers a year to get it out there. We did pride this year the picture below includes 4 of our resident DJs; myself (NUGZ), and Clarkie, Alvaro Bravo and DJ Dane.

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Where can we find you when you are not barreling through the desert shooting fire?

Location 10 & I – Look for the 30 feet LED giraffe!

Brian, thank you so much for the sit down, for sharing your music with us and for all that Dusty Rhino does during the year and at the burn. We will be looking for the Rhino on the horizon to come get our dusty hugs and boogie to great music. Check out Wes Smith mashing fire and que buttons 3-430am Wednesday morning on the Dusty Rhino art car.

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It’s Wes Smith Yo! Burning Man 2015 Tour @ Dusty Poon Saloon

Wes Smith kicks off his broken beat tour of Burning Man 2015 @ the Dusty Poon Saloon.  When Chuck Wheeler (of the Dusty Poon Saloon) and and I finally caught up, he was just getting back from fishing with a big yellowtail catch in his cooler for dinner.  With Burning Man coming up soon, the buzz and excitement was clear in his voice.  We sat down and talked about Burning Man, Wes Smith and what makes a Dusty Poon.

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Tell me about your history with Burning Man camp “Dusty Poon Saloon”?

I’m one of the co-creators of the camp. Myself and 4 other close friends started it back in 2010 and this will be my 5th burn since 2009.  The Saloon has been growing and growing each year, we started with 20 camp mates and today we have 55 people with us.
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 What is the camp about?
Our theme camp is definitely for the people of Burning Man and the community.  We are a bunch of givers and have a multitude of things to offer.  In addition to having some of the best cocktails on the playa, we set up an old Western photo booth and provide 1000s of costumes with different backdrops.  Back in 2009 we were brought car buffers to the playa since then we have been buffing people’s buns for them to combat what the desert does to them.  We also do a lot of theatricals including wild western showdowns, we do communal burn pits and throughout the week we throw parties.  We bring a large sound system and equipment to the playa so our camp is one for people to come in to enjoy, dance, have a great time and stay awhile.

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How did you meet Wes Smith and decide to include him for Poon shenanigans?

We went to Electric Poncho in Mexico and Dusty Poon put together a renegade camp on the side of a cliff that overlooked the whole canyon. We brought down an bunch of booze and put up our saloon doors and threw a RAGER all night with DJs playing.  My buddy Ben met Wes and they hung out together and got along well.  I also ran into him at Kava Lounge (San Diego) at a event and we hit it off there.  He showed a lot of interest and we consider our camp a breakbeat camp. His style really fits with what we like so we invited him to play this year at the saloon.

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Tell me about the events you are throwing at the Dusty Poon:

We have 2-3 parties throughout the week and our big blow out feature party with Wes is called “The Poon at Noon” on Wednesday from noon-6pm.  We are going to have a giant cactus that blows fire out of the top and this year we are going to try to do a ghost pepper Russian roulette wheel…spin the wheel with one ghost pepper shot.  Anyone who wants to step up though we have ghost pepper bourbon or vodka all week. It gives you a euphoric feeling once you get past your mouth burning but then the endorphins come out that gives you a natural high.

Well I can’t wait to meet you on the playa and get down and dusty at the Poon, Chuck!  

Come join the crew all week and especially Wednesday for the Poon at Noon and Thursday at 9pm for Chuck’s birthday. Happy Birthday!

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Related Links:

[Dusty Poon Saloon : Website] [Dusty Poon Saloon : Facebook] [Juice Recordings: Website] [Burning Man : Facebook Event]

It’s Wes Smith Yo! Tour Swims Upstream to Lay Down Beats for Electric Love Festival [Canada]

Wes Smith continues his magic Fugu journey this time by swimming upstream from the current to lay down his beats at Electric Love. I met up with Joshua Allen, owner of Regime Entertainment, to see how the passion translates to the love.

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Tell me about Electric Love:

This is the first year for Electric Love, but I have been doing promotions and throwing shows for 15 years now. I went to a show in 2001 and loved it so much that I decided to DJ, however, once I bought the equipment and tried it out I thought I also want to throw parties/shows. Currently,  I Dj with my girl Danielle Wilson. We are Neon Gypsy and Average Citizen and we become Average Gypsy. You can hear us at Electric Love!

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How did you get your start throwing shows?

 We used to throw a one night show called Summer Break 7 years ago but unfortunately we lost the land where we threw it and had to go on a hiatus.  It had a really diverse lineup one year it boasted Snoop Dogg and Freestylers on the same bill. This is the first year we were able to acquire land again that fit for us and a show of this scale. We wanted to bring back the one night all night party again. It doesn’t happen out here that much anymore, most raves/festivals are a huge time and financial commitment. This being one night is a smaller commitment and importantly a very short distance from most Vancouver and if you are in the valley it’s in your backyard.
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Tell me about the festival/show:

We are bringing back the one night banger with 18 hours of sound. It’s on a river at the base of the mountains in a beautiful spot and there is huge campsite if you want to camp. We have 4 stages with themes-  like the main stage (aka the Love Shack) decorated in an Arabian nights theme with Cats Eye doing the lighting –  it’s going to be sexy just like a Love Shack. The Zen Den will have black lights with themed paintings and a dreamy PsyTrance/Trance feel, the Arena stage is hip hop and The Nest is going to be a huge nest for the DJ’s to play in, it’s exciting. My team all are in charge of the stages and have worked hard to bring something for all.

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What size show is Electric Love?

We are capping sales at 3000 so it’s not too crowded but we plan to grow in the future… for the next 10 years plus. We have Vancouver’s best graffiti artist coming in for an art installation and last month we held a DJ contest that resulted in two winners. We will see Carl Crawford opening the main stage and Henry Pope (LA) opening for headliner at the Nest Stage. It gives Dj’s that are actually really good a chance to be heard, especially those that may not know anyone in the area and despite being really talented are not able to be booked.

Thank you for your time, Josh, we appreciate your time for the magic Fugu tour and wish you the best of luck at Electric Love. 

 Thank you, I am really looking forward to Wes’s set. His album is awesome, we are all really excited. Gates open at 2pm – see you all there!

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Related links:

[Facebook: Event Page] [Electric Love: Ticket Link] [Electric Love: Website] [Juice Recordings : Website]] [Facebook: Average Gypsy]

 

It’s Wes Smith Yo! Tour De Dance heads to Broken Grooves in Seattle, Washington

The now famous It’s Wes Smith Yo! The Album Tour winds along it’s path to Seattle, Washington for this Saturday’s show.  Miss 137 puts the brakes on to talk with Brian Trippdub – curator of the Broken Grooves event.

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Tell me about your event:

Broken Grooves is the longest running break beat weekly in the world. On June 7th it will be 14 and a half years. It was started at the time by a local crew by the name of the Midnight Sons, small crew of DJs, an MC and activists. The night originally started on a Tuesday and was moved to Sundays shortly after.

What is your mission for your event?

Our mission is simply to bring the best in breaks whether local or national to the Pacific North West. One thing that makes Broken Grooves special is consistency, every Sunday we attend our church and pray to the breakbeat gods, you can find us every Sunday at the same time in the same spot. Another thing that makes BG special is opportunity. We give everyone an opportunity to showcase different styles and skills, this keeps everyone involved and excited.

What is your main challenge?

The main challenge of operating a weekly is time. I have a family and its very time consuming to constantly have to book DJs, trying to get flyers made and printed, social media postings and events (and not just for BG, you need to post everywhere to get people out), trying to find last minute substitutions (cause sh*t happens), to actually being at the club for 4+ hours every Sunday. The rewards are obvious for anyone that doesn’t get paid. THE MUSIC, that brokenbeat that runs through my veins. Oh and the people in the scene are pretty cool too.

How do you choose your talent?

Talent is chosen by styles, meaning I try to book DJs that have a similar sound. Seattle has so much breaks talent and many DJs only get the chance to play Broken Grooves.

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What is your background to the scene?

Everything I know I taught myself. Right out of highschool I saved up to buy 2 turntables and a mixer and proceeded to lock myself in my room trying to perfect my craft. I would spend weeks of frustration trying to match beats to 2 different genres just because I didn’t know any better, no teachers, no mentors, just me, my gear and a few records.

Tell me about the next Broken Grooves event with Wes Smith:

BG is located at the Monkey Loft 2915 1st Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98134

This is the first of many nights at our new home! Same old Broken Grooves new venue. We have a special night planned for you we are blowing the roof off this party and we start the night with the one and only Dot Diggler bringing the breaks, followed by BootyGuard hottest new breaks duo in Seattle. Closing the night is headliner Wes Smith. See you at our new home Seattle!!!

Thank you for your time Brian, having met you at this time last year I really enjoyed the vibe of Seattle and your event. You were a great host to me and I am happy to see Wes breaking the new venue’s cherry with you all.  Have tons of fun and see you on the other side.

Related Links:

[Facebook Event] [Broken Grooves] [Monkey Loft] [Wes Smith – Album Info]

It’s Wes Smith Yo! Album Tour Navigates to St. Louis with XeroTribe

As the IWSY! tour continues to navigate the waters of the magic fugu ride, Wes Smith will stop next in St. Louis with Jen Z Zubal and Corey ‘Dienda’ Piper of XeroTribe. Wes, Corey, Jen and myself had the pleasure of meeting up at Miami Winter Music Conference where we all discussed the state of breaks, music and life in general. Last night I caught up with them again to discuss their personal career aspirations, their production company and what makes them unique in the industry.

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What is your musical background, Jen?

I come from a “Partridge” type family. Most of my family members either play an instrument and my mom sings and plays guitar.  I have been djing for over 10 years and I have been singing myself for a long time, but I felt like I was being taken advantage of in the business so I got out of it for awhile. My peers highly encouraged me to try again with good people and I started putting down vocals again.

What is your musical background, Corey?

My family is the opposite, no one was really into music but I took 7 years of piano, was in chorus, play guitar terribly… I have also Dj’d over 10 years myself and am now into the production side as well.

Where can we hear your collaborations?

We just released a single with Agent K and it’s charting on the Beatport top #100 right now. Kerry was in Wisconsin and he reached out to us to hang out and get out of the cold. He came down, played a show with us and Kerry and I (Corey) spent the day in the studio together. We featured Jen’s vocals and what resulted was “Apocalypse”.

What is XeroTribe?

XeroTribe are 9 members including Jen and myself (Corey). We are a full service production company that have been pushing the breakbeat scene in the MidWest, primarily St. Louis, for about 6 years now. Our main focus is the total package and the EXPERIENCE. The music, sound, lights, visuals, costumes and decor all combined to put the party goer into the experience- rather than just observing it.  

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Tell me about your events and how you get such a diverse crowd:

We try to give a variety of music and we cater to as many genres as we can to get all walks of life into the door, but the centerpiece is usually a breakbeat headliner. For instance, Dubstep brings in the younger crowd and we keep some of the side rooms dedicated for a variety of genres. However, we may book a regional Dubstep act and then follow it with a Breakbeat, Trap or Drum&Bass headliner to give the younger crowd a chance to hear a broken beat. Usually it helps to get them interested and keeps them coming back to our next shows.

What does your area see from XeroTribe?

We do 3-6 events on average, our largest reoccurring one is Apocalypse and each year it becomes a different theme (Robot, Zombie, Post, etc). Also we do a monthly called “I Heart Breakbeats” which is strictly Breakbeats every third Friday at The Upstairs Lounge.

Wes Smith is headlining “I Heart BreakBeats” on Friday night. 

Yes! Wes is blowing the &*@$ up right now and these are the types of artists we want to play our parties. We want people who are current, relevant, up & coming and those that are QUALITY artists. We think Wes is all of that and more, he played our last Apocalypse party and we are excited to invite him back for “I Heart Breakbeats”.

————————————————————————————————————————————————Thanks, guys – I appreciate your time. I know we will be seeing each other next year at conference but in the meantime good luck with your next shows and your upcoming nuptials.

Happy Birthday Corey- Viva la broken beat!

Related links:

[DJ Jen Z on Soundcloud] [DJ Dienda on Soundcloud]

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It’s Wes Smith Yo! Album Tour Heads for Charleston with DJ Skitch

Rolling on from NYC, Wes heads for Charleston SC to throw down with DJ Skitch.  Continuing my IWSY info gathering mission, I caught up with Kit Giles (aka Skitch) for this leg of the tour. I poked around for some intel on the breaks scene in SC and Kit’s take on things.  Check the event and interview below.

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How did you start out in your scene?

I started listening to trance and drum & bass but the first events I attended were breaks shows so when I finally heard breakbeats I said WHAT IS THIS and I was hooked. I got into breakdancing and started djing. Breaks was really all I knew and I am very thankful I was brought into the breaks scene. I think that it’s the most loving of all EDM genres and I am glad to see it rapidly growing back to where it was years ago.

We met up in Miami for the Winter Music Conference. What was your favorite Miami moment?

Definitely opening up for Monk with Aaron Sigmon at the Industry Social (Project Mayhem) event. I loved Monk even before I had become a dj so it was almost surreal. Also, Icey crushed it on that system at the Dog Eat Dog event. Tommy Sunshine at Future Sound of Breaks was absolutely amazing. The way he played was so unique I really enjoyed it. Christian Martin at the Stanton Warriors event was so good. Considering he doesn’t really identify himself as a breakbeat artist, I thought what he did was unique and fresh.

(btw- I was there for that one I think you both did a phenomenal job)

SkitchCharleston used to be a place I would frequent edm shows when I lived in the South. How do you keep the musical interest alive in your city?

We started working with colleges and we would look to book opening support of all genres and bring in a large breaks headliner. It opens people’s eyes to the genre because they are there to support their friends and the college crowd brings in the youth to the scene. Once they hear the headliner, they are blown away and they want to know what this music is that they are hearing, it has been working – our shows are very well attended.

What shows are you currently throwing?

On Thursday nights we do a full EDM show at Club NV called the “Charleston EDM Series” but EDM is growing in South Carolina so we try to do additionally a regional or national act at least once a month. The Wes Smith tour is going to be the one year anniversary for our EDM series so we wanted to book someone special for the occasion.

Damn right! Well, I thank you Kit for sharing all of this with myself and the rest of us reading about the Charleston scene. We wish you luck and have fun on Thursday!

Related Links:

[Facebook Event] [Club NV]

 

It’s Wes Smith Yo! w/ Funky Flavor Breakbeat Culture, Orlando

Coming off the NYC leg of the It’s Wes Smith Yo! Album tour, Wes gets ready to roll south for Orlando to break it down with the heads from Funky Flavor Breakbeat Culture.

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Agent 137 caught up with FFBC’s own Scotty Frasier and artist, Rich Doss to see what’s going down. Every bit of them were excited to sit down and discuss with me the current state of breakbeat culture, the direction it is heading in their eyes and Wes Smith’s tour.

Let’s start with the beginning – what is Funky Flavor Breakbeat Culture?

Scotty: It started after I attended the Rick West memorial in Tampa about this time last year. Rick was a great and major influence in our lives. He was a pioneer that gave us something tangible to look forward to and his death and memorial really affected me. FFBC started as a Facebook page only to share music but became much more.

Who is FFBC?

It’s myself and Timothy Barnard (21 Paths). After the memorial I walked up to Tim and asked him if he wanted to change break in Florida and he said YEH! The rest is history.

Rich what us your role?

I’m an artist with FFBC, I did the very first mix called This is BreakBeat Vol. 1.

Scotty: We like to promote the artists we see that have heart and push them to a higher level. That’s what breaks culture is about, not to make money. Breakers seem to behave in a different way, they get the hell down and dance their asses off.  Rich has been there pretty much from the beginning by us to help this movement grow.

Rich: Yeh I really appreciate them taking me under their wing and am looking forward to the future.

Speaking of the future- what is next?

We just became a sub label of Cognitive and we are so excited to be a part of that. Now is the time to convince people to start taking breaks more seriously and apply the culture to life. We want to make smart decisions and help the kids to understand the culture and what we are about so they can apply it to real life. Being able to distribute and market a good message (not unlike Rick West did in the past for us) is a dream come true. Getting people to appreciate the underground and have a great time, there is something to be said about that. This has only been one year, we can’t wait to see another year from now.  This is our passion and it’s great to be able to share it with the people we love.

Talk to me about the show this week and why you picked up the IWSY tour? 

We are all watching Wes right now and what he is doing. It’s rare that an artist isn’t all me/me/me all the time and he is VERY intent on everyone else’s success. He seems to really “get” all aspects and really is the epitome of what we know as PLUR. He brings everyone up and it’s refreshing in this day. His music production is on point and he is a marketing guru. We haven’t seen all of these factors in a lot of the upcoming artists and he is a role model to us all.

Related Links:

[Facebook Event] [Funky Flavor Breakbeat Culture] [Florida Breaks Council]

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Thanks guys for the insight, until next time – follow the Magic Fugu!

-Agent137

It’s Wes Smith Yo! w/Vitamin B Crew, New York City

Agent 137 is on a spy mission following Wes Smith around the world for the Magic Fugu tour.  Her mission is to gather musical intelligence on the crews that make the record go round, so peep this and more upcoming briefings in this space.

Next stop is NYC so today we interviewed John (Tektite) and Tim (the Enchanter) of Vitamin B in the middle of a photo shoot for the album cover of Tim’s new single.

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Vitamin B… What’s in the name?
Vitamin B is almost in their 7th year of promoting a monthly 1st Friday breakbeat show in NYC. Made up of purveyors of the broken beat : Tektite (founder), Tim the Enchanter, Illexxandra & Shisaa. There was a need in NYC for breakbeats in an unpretentious space to offer drinks at a decent NY drink price and a ticket price that would allow them to break even (but also throw a great party). They started an underground movement that has grown over the years to bigger (and legal) spaces, but kept the same grit and authenticity of the original movement.

Why the B?
There was an element missing in Brooklyn so they felt Vitamin B was the right element to infuse. What the B stands for is a sealed and top secret only for them to know.

What are you bringing to NYC with these shows? Do you see the rerising of breakbeats?
Breakbeats are the alternative to the 4X4 – they are bringing it all to the table but breaks spans such wide variety of different subgenres though juke, bounce, 2step, jersey club, drum&bass, etc and they always give the show a different feel from the 4X4 NY scene. Some of the newer up and coming producers like Mafia Kiss, Tony Quattro and Wuki don’t necessarily identify as breakbeat artists so the newer generation is getting turned on to it more and more. The lines get more blurred and everyone is there for good music.

What’s up next after this week’s show for Vitamin B?
DJ ICEY! July 10th – One of Tim the Enchanter’s Miami Music Conference favorite moments was getting down to Icey at Future Sound of Breaks ( I actually ran into him during Icey and the smile was grand). He said listening to Icey come out with fresh rerubs and watching the whole room get down was refreshing and one of his favorite WMC moments.

The photoshoot – what’s it about?
Tim is coming out with a new single “BAD BITCH “on Martin Flex’s label “Let’s Go” soon, very very soon (It’s the hotness).

Let’s talk about Friday – ARE YOU EXCITED?

Yes! The Freestylers! Wes Smith! From buying Freestylers records back in the early 90’s to where they are now, John is truly so damn excited to see em for the first time ever. They talked about Wes Smith and how he is an absolute pioneer of the era and they can’t WAIT for him to bring the funk.

Can I get an Amen?
The Amen Tee! A friend of theirs developed the design and actually did a “shirt off your back” silk screening at a show, but now you can get them online. Screw Capitalism! Unless you are buying this shirt.
www.teespring.com/vitamin-b-presents-the-amen-b
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Thanks for your time guys, I just bought my ticket to get up from 137 headquarters DC to NYC for the weekend. This will be my 4th VitaminB show (second Wes Smith VB show) and I wouldn’t miss this one for the world.

Catch the Vitamin B crew this Friday with The Freestylers and Wes Smith and special guest DJ Quesquecest?

Event info: www.facebook.com/events/365289253666265/

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It’s Wes Smith Yo | Live @ In Beat We Trust, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Yo yo yo…after a swell time cruising around India with my Blank fam, it’s time to join the one and only Lady Waks and the IBWT crew in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Check out the wicked flyer below, along with my recent dj mix on Lady Waks awesome In Da Mix podcast.

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