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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]

Wes Smith’s Cali Cuts EP Out Now on Punks Music | Interview with Label Manager Olly Gee

Another agent mission completed for the ItsWesSmithYo! interviews. This time I floated over to the UK for a chat with Olly Gee, label manager at Punks Music. Punks released Wes Smith’s Cali Cuts EP August 3rd and trust –  they are all HEATERS.

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Tell me about your role at Punks:

I am the Punks label manager. I work with our artists, distributors, A&R people and designers to improve and promote our product. I also handle most of the day to day running of the label. Mark and Dom (Stanton Warriors) are very hands on with Punks so I essentially act as a filter between all of the contributors and them. Everything is signed off by the Stantons so I condense all the information into manageable portions for them to go through. We meet as often as possible to talk about how things are going and to make decisions on what is going to work for the label going forward.

Give us a little history on Punks and what direction you are heading:

The label has been around a long time, well over a decade. It has always been a slow burner though as the Stantons have released most of their music on bigger/major labels. Mark and Dom relaunched Punks early last year and it kinda blew up from the word go, they have built a great legacy musically and command a huge social media following with which helps us a lot. All the magazines and blogs have been really supportive of what we are doing and the Punks artists have really come through with great material for us. This has allowed Punks to grow quite quickly, everything is coming together as we hoped it would.

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Wes Smith/Punks, how did you choose Wes? Do you have a personal favorite on the EP?: 

Actually, Wes was picked up by Mark And Dom before I came on board. I know they are well sold on Wes musically. Wes carries himself well in the industry, he promotes himself very well as a brand and what he does really fits with Punks.

My personal favourite on the EP is “The Tribe”. I’ve been playing it out for a while now, those metallic sounding perc loops are on point. We’ve also been playing Techwerk and getting a good response on dance floors. People seem to enjoy the whole EP. The tunes are tried and tested so we know it’s going to be a great release.

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Where have the tracks been featured?

Wes’s tunes are a part of the Big Bass Party mix in Australia:

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As well as the Stanton Warriors podcast #38 they did for Triple J in Australia when touring for the Rebel Bass album:

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You mentioned that you had been playing Wes’s tunes out. Tell us about you as a producer/dj – who are you as an artist?

I am one-third of the Freerange DJ’s from Cornwall (UK). We’ve been DJing together for a lot of years and out 1st release came in 2009.

We all have our separate strengths within the group but we work together really well which is ace. We try not to put too much pressure on each other and things just always seem to work out well for us, its pretty cool like that actually.

We’ve been really lucky in that we have been able to accomplish the majority of our goals when ever we have set them. We try not to take ourselves too seriously but for some reason people keep on booking us. I think its because we like to party….  As long as we are having fun that all that matters to us really. So far so good!

We have some fresh new material finished which will be available in the next few months that we are really excited about. It’s definitely the best material to come out of Ave’s studio to date.

Check out Freerange DJ’s “Beat Goes On” remix here (free download). That BREAKDOWN WHOA! 

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What’s next for Punks?

We’re constantly working on new ways to improve the way that the label runs and the extend the support that we offer to our artists.

We’ve had a great reception from DJs and fans alike from all over the world. Everyone’s podcasts/mixes seem to be absolutely crammed with Punks tunes and some people are even having the Punks logo tattooed on themselves which is amazing.

The Stanton Warriors new Rebel Bass album drops soon. It’s a fantastic record and the level of hype for it is huge, I think it will be a bit of a game changer. Although Rebel Bass is coming out on Central Station Records its going to bring a lot more eyes and lend a tone of credibility/exposure to what we are doing at Punks.

I think the next logical step will be for us to start throwing some Punks branded parties. Our artists and the Punks brand are definitely strong enough to make a good job of that and It would be great to be able to offer extra entertainment to our supporters whilst pushing the Punks sound out to new audiences.

We have a lot of ideas that we want to launch when the time is right. Right now Punks is enjoying a really nice period of organic growth, it’s an exciting time all round really.

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Any final thoughts/words?

We are looking forward to the Wes Smith release, its been in the pipeline for a little while now so we’re happy to get it out there for everyone to enjoy. Early feedback suggests that its going to be a hit!

All of our artists have some awesome new music on its way. Mafia Kiss, Marten Horger, Sly-One, Nixon and Left/Right all have wicked releases coming up in the next few months that we’re all super hyped on.

Punks has a lot of plans that I won’t go into now, but we have really big goals set for the label and artists. Everyone will see a huge push in the next 12 months to get as much progressive new music as possible out there for everyone to enjoy. We are really enthusiastic about the next phase, the wheels are in motion so keep an eye on our media pages for updates!

We here at Juice Recordings appreciate your time and thank you and Punks for keeping the beat go on and on…. 

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]

 

Are You Ready for some ShOOnanigans? Wes Smith hits San Francisco this week!

Cosmic chaps and sonic mutton chops are on the menu for this course of Wes Smith’s Magic Fugu odyssey.

If you have been following the fugu, I did a piece a few weeks ago with DJ Deckard of the Space Cowboys, a San Francisco based Burner music and art collective. Wes had just dropped his dopeness for the Space Cowboy’s RipeCast and was on his way to Santa Monica and Miami. I got to catch up with the illustrious Jenny Shu (aka DJ ShOOey) also of the Space Cowboys, to talk about Wes’s return to Cali this weekend  in San Fransisco.

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Tell me about ShOOnanigans – 

When I was envisioning what the party was going to look like, my whole inspiration was to bring together all the DJS that I love in the San Fransisco area. Usually parties in the area don’t have headliners – they are made up of Burning Man collectives and camps so there isn’t a lot of segregation.

Space Cowboys had two night shows this year, Halloween and New Years Eve. I wanted to do something for my birthday and ShOONanigans was a really good opportunity to bring people together before we all get out to the playa. Since we haven’t had a show since New Years in a club setting it will draw a large crowd. There will be Space Cowboys working the door and volunteering to help put it all together from top to bottom. We put in a lot of work to throw our shows and people really rally and get things done. Essentially everyone is coming together and doing what we do so well together.

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This one has a headliner – what made you decide to buck the norm?

I have been following Wes’s music as a fan for a while now. When he contacted Space Cowboys about doing the RipeCast, I took the opportunity to talk to him and see if he would be interested to play a show for my birthday. He’s a really nice guy and we were able to easily build a rapport together. I personally incorporate a lot of Wes’s tunes into my sets and I wanted him to be a part of the show.  I’m really excited for the opportunity to bring all of these people together and have a great time.

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You were just on my coast a few weeks ago for PEX, a regional burn in Maryland. Tell me about how the other side gets down: 

The Space Cowboys collaborated a pool stage with the Vitamin B crew from NYC. We had QDup play and everyone was very welcoming. The Vitamin B crew is a great bunch, it was so much fun.

What I didn’t realize was that the East Coast had so many burn events. I think we just immerse ourselves in the culture here and it’s just second nature to us to end at Burning Man. It puts it in perspective that not everyone can get all the way to Black Rock City, so they put their blood sweat and tears into the regional events. I think it is great, it was a wonderful experience and on a much smaller scale which is nice, almost like how Burning Man was years ago.

Thanks, Jenny. I look forward to meeting you on the playa this year and wish you the happiest of birthdays! Until then we will be rockin’ out to your RipeCast. 

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ShOONanigans will feature 3 stages including a silent disco. A portion of the proceeds will go towards Flux Foundation for their art project at Burning Man this year.

Related links:  

[Facebook Event] [Presale tickets] [Flux Foundation website]

Wes Smith, Juice Recordings, DjShOOey, Space Cowboys, Burning Man, DJ Deckard, ShOOnanigans, San Fransisco, Breaks, Breakbeat, Edm, Udm, Glitch, Dusty Rhino, DJ Dane, Djesika, Airpusher, Gravity, Pink Mammoth), Haute Mess, Brass Tax, DJ M3, Motion Potion, Sunset Promotions, Josh Damon, 8Ball, Ben Anderson, ErikHz, Justin Glover, Kapt N Kirk, Mancub, Rrrus, Shissla, PEX, RipeCast, Vitamin B, NYC, QDup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Wes Smith Yo! It’s Breaks Yo! Miami

What a perfect show for the next It’s Wes Smith Yo tour stop…BreaksYo!  Ground Zero Crew presents Breaks Yo!The Social Lubricant.

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Wes Smith is a DJ and producer based out of San Diego, CA. He is the Beatport Breaks Best of 2014 #1 Label Boss, #1 Track Producer, and #2 Artist. His floor filling single “Bring Back That Funk” camped out at the Beatport Breaks #1 spot for more than 30 days and nearly 150 days in the top 10.

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With official support from The Crystal Method, Lady Waks and The Armory Podcast, his DJ mixes and music are featured on top podcasts, radio shows and labels. His main floor live sets run the genre game with funk fueled beats, bass and vocals. Wes is also the Juice Recordings label boss, chief sticker bomber and creative force behind The Juice Squad.

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With support from:

JimiTheGenius (Kuad Recordings / Zone) * Bday Set! [Link]

Bebe (Digital Records) [Link]

Mas Inc (Culture) [Link]

Robotic (Bass Records) [Link]

JROC [Link]

G$Montana (Project Mayhem) [Link]

Related links:

[Facebook l Event] [Facebook l Wes Smith]

 

Its Wes Smith Yo! Saddling Up with the Space Cowboys for the latest RIPEcast!

In anticipation of the newest Wes Smith endeavor, I sat down with the curator of the famous RIPEcast, Keith Deckard (aka DJ Deckard) to talk about the show.  He is a member of the Space Cowboys, a San Francisco based Burner music and art collective.

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Tell me who or what are the Space Cowboys?

There is a really long history surrounding the Space Cowboys, I have been a part of them for 6 years now.  It is a collective in the true sense of the word that was born from a fusion of two different Burning Man camps. They found themselves at Burning Man in a “coming together” moment. They had the same temperament and needs/skills/equipment that complimented each other … and the camp was born. Today we have about 17 active members, builders, sound guys, maintenance, etc and each has their expertise that is used during the year for our activities, shows and at Burning Man itself.

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Explain to those who  have not been to Burning Man what the Space Cowboys do at the burn:

At Burning Man we have MOG which is an art car and last year we built a saloon. The MOG is a mobile party that is always on the move. We would rather be mobile and a bit harder to find than have a huge party that people plan on going to during the week. It’s part of the experience, you have to make an effort to find us. It’s almost a metaphor for breakbeat, a little off the beaten path. We want the people who love it to come find the art car or if you stumble upon it and have a great time listening to it and we gain new people, that’s great too.

I know we ended up in deep playa one early morning at the MOG. We were the first ones there but a whole bunch of people showed up and we danced for hours. That was a great Burning Man memory for me, thank you Space Cowboys! 

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Who are the Space Cowboys outside of the burn?

Different parties we throw thoughout the year have different purposes. From specific Burning Man fundraisers to smaller shows that give our vibe and music but are most likely less of a production. We are a not-for-profit and we really try to back art projects.  For example we backed the Bay Bridge lights project [https://thebaylights.org] where a local artist Leo Villareal did a LED light installation on San Fran’s Bay Bridge. We also throw Ghost Ship which is a Burning Man type party but it also supports local artists. As we have been more successful with each show, we are able hire people/artists from other camps like Dusty Rhino (for example) and they are able to gain something from being there, helping their camp for the year.

What is RIPEcast?

Zach Moore championed the RIPEcast effort and spent a lot of time and effort getting RIPEcast to where it is now. It was born out of love and belief in the music from those with a love of breakbeats and ability to promote what we love. The sound has evolved a bit more from exclusively breakbeat, we play more house styles now as well. I’m even hearing more of that organic electro sound that we were hearing 6-7 years ago. We talked about it as a collective to widen the range of what is played and it has worked out really well- I feel like we have something pretty rare. Now Zach does the Armory Podcast exclusively and all of us involved in RIPEcast are figuring out how to get the word out on social media and in our communities.

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How do you choose your artists/mixes for RIPEcast?

We are trying to record as many live sets as possible that we do during the year like our happy hours on Pier 70. Josh (8_Ball), a camp elder/leader, manages 1 mix a month plus a mixture of Space Cowboys DJS live, video or pre set mixes as well as other guest DJs. I am trying to curate producers/DJs that I follow and like to get more content. Even though I have a 9-5 job and limited time – it’s like being a radio programmer, I get to bring music I am really passionate about to people who really like it and what we do as well.

How did the July 24th San Francisco “The Space Cowboys present ShOONanigans with Wes Smith” show come about?

This is a really good example of how we have different people who take on different parts and roles. Jenny (ShOOey) has a relationship with Jeff (GM) of Public Works in San Francisco and she is a huge fan of Wes Smith. It’s her birthday and she was able to choose who she wanted to play. It’s very organic, we have the infrastructure and level of expertise/knowledge to propose a plan and throw a great, successful party. We also have a good track record so it feels good when you have everyone’s backing going into it.  [Facebook Event]

How can we hear the RIPEcast?

It is available on Mixcloud, Soundcloud and for download on iTunes. Wes Smith’s RIPEcast drops today at 11am pst.

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Keith is a Space Cowboy and is known as DJ Deckard. His “Definition of Chill” RIPEcasts are available on the links below (I’m listening to one now and it’s great). I thank him for his time with me today, it was a awesome and interesting conversation that helps bridge the gap for me on music and what others are doing across the country for the love of music. I look forward finding the Space Cowboys and  dancing with you all in Black Rock City in 2015. Giddy up!

Related Links:

[Wes Smith Website] [Space Cowboys Website] [DJ Deckard | Facebook] [DJ Zach Moore | Facebook] [DJ ShOOey | Facebook]

It’s Wes Smith Yo! Album Tour Continues to Honolulu, Hawaii

This stop on the magic fugu tour, Wes Smith swims ashore to the islands of Hawaii while tripping the light fantastic. Agent 137 finds herself swimming along with Bret Shoopman to discuss the upcoming Honolulu show.

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What is the music scene in Honolulu about? 

Most parties in the area have been mainly a house scene, deep and bassline house. I came to Shaun Coon (aka Coondog), someone who is doing a lot of parties in the area (including a monthly boat party) with the idea for an all breaks show. I looked to him because he has helped to change the scene and build it up in the area. He agreed and now we are collaborating with Green Minded, Aloha State Breaks, Stay Up Movement and Sub.Mission Hawaii for the show. This is the first all breaks party that has been thrown in a long time in Honolulu. We are really excited to be able to bring breaks back in this way with the right people/artists.

Juice Hawaii

So it’s your first breaks party in a long time, why Wes Smith to represent it?

I knew of Wes Smith over the last two years from Soundcloud and Beatport and was really digging his vibe/music. I would often play his tunes on my Monday weekly radio show on Preserving the Pitch. Eventually I friend requested him and we started chatting online, fortunately he has friends and/or family on the island so we were able to book him here. It’s hard to get artists out due to the flight cost alone – so being able to get Wes was great bonus for this party.

Juice Head Hawaii

Tell me about you as an artist:

I (Silva Sativa) began in the scene back in Kansas but in 2004/2005 I was introduced to breaks and I fell in love with the genre- Deekline, Ed Solo, Wizard, and Stanton Warriors were huge influences on me at the time. I moved to Colorado and became an even bigger fan. Ever since I have been trying to find new artists and curate my collection. I go beyond the Beatport top 100 so to speak and try to find some real gems from up and coming artists.

Who are some of the new up and coming artists that you think produce some of those gems? 

Sure, besides Wes Smith some of the people I really enjoy are:

1) Omega Squad

2) Noemi & Yera_W

3) DoubleFacez 

4) DubaxFace 

5) Bombo Rosa of Punks Music

Tell us the details about the show this weekend:

jeromejamesjrums and Rhythmstar have teamed up with GreenMinded and Sub.Mission Hawaii to present BASSGARDEN featuring RandomBreaksParty & Wes Smith of Juice Recordings.

Saturday, June 13th at NEXTDOOR in Chinatown
43 N. Hotel St. Honolulu, HI 96817
9:00pm – 2:00am

Headliners:

Wes Smith & Rhythmstar

Local DJ support from:

Miki Mayhem vs Dj Nalu
CoonDog vs SilviaSativa
Gardel
Sean Til Dawn
live drumming w/ Jerome James

Dance performances by:
La Femme Rikita
Ajna Nirvana
Madame X
Vicious Vixen
Laura Rose

Related Links:

[Aloha State Breaks] [GreenMinded] [Sub.Mission Hawaii]

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.

Wes Smith Tour

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.

Broken Grooves 1

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 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.

Wes Smith - Charleston

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]