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The Wes Smith Variety ShYo Episode #31 w/ Special Guests NYC Bass Collective

This week on the Wes Smith Variety ShYo we have a very special guests, Anthony Fonseca (Monikkr) and Ashlyn Fulton of NYC Bass Collective.

The Variety ShYo is based in San Diego, CA. I talk with real people I’ve met through the music business, about real things, in real time, with no edits.

Stay classy, Yo!

Related links : [NYC Bass Collective : Facebook] [NYC Bass Collective : Soundcloud]

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The Wes Smith Variety ShYo Episode #13 w/ Special Guest Ross Volpe [DJ Throdown] Part 2 of 2

The Variety ShYo is based in San Diego, CA. I talk with real people I’ve met through the music business, about real things, in real time, with no edits.

Today’s guest is Ross Volpe aka DJ Throdown out of Washington DC. We met at Subsdance’s “Beers 4 Breaks” in Baltimore and he is a long time friend of Kelly Ross (aka Agent 137). Ross is a master of his craft as a turntablist, teacher, balloon artist, DJ and producer. Also, he is a 2016 DMC Online World Finalist, 2015 DMC US Finalist & 2015 Washington DC Regional DMC champ.
Stay classy, Yo!

 

Artist links: [DJ Throdown : Facebook]  [DJ Throdown : Soundcloud]  [DJ Throdown: Twitter]  [DJ Throdown : YouTube]  

Related Links: [Wes Smith : Email List] [Wes Smith : Get Social]

 

The Wes Smith Variety ShYo Episode #13 w/ Special Guest Ross Volpe [DJ Throdown] Part 1 of 2

The Variety ShYo is based in San Diego, CA. I talk with real people I’ve met through the music business, about real things, in real time, with no edits.

Today’s guest is Ross Volpe aka DJ Throdown out of Washington DC. We met at Subsdance’s “Beers 4 Breaks” in Baltimore and he is a long time friend of Kelly Ross (aka Agent 137). Ross is a master of his craft as a turntablist, teacher, balloon artist, DJ and producer. Also, he is a 2016 DMC Online World Finalist, 2015 DMC US Finalist & 2015 Washington DC Regional DMC champ.
Stay classy, Yo!

 

Artist links: [DJ Throdown : Facebook]  [DJ Throdown : Soundcloud]  [DJ Throdown: Twitter]  [DJ Throdown : YouTube]  

Related Links: [Wes Smith : Email List] [Wes Smith : Get Social]

The Wes Smith Variety ShYo Episode #12 w/ Special Guest Eric Riggsbee [Part 2 of 2]

The Variety ShYo is based in San Diego, CA. I talk with real people I’ve met through the music business, about real things, in real time, with no edits.

Today’s guest is Eric Riggsbee a Breaks vet of nearly 20 years, Eric Riggsbee embodies one third of Faultline – a Breaks party originating in Oakland, CA that now takes place in San Francisco at Underground SF. FAULTLINE includes two other veteran DJs, Justin Johnson and DJ 138.

Stay classy, Yo!

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The Wes Smith Variety ShYo Episode #12 with Special Guest Eric Riggsbee [Part 1 of 2]

The Variety ShYo is based in San Diego, CA. I talk with real people I’ve met through the music business, about real things, in real time, with no edits.

Today’s guest is Eric Riggsbee a Breaks vet of nearly 20 years, Eric Riggsbee embodies one third of Faultline – a Breaks party originating in Oakland, CA that now takes place in San Francisco at Underground SF. FAULTLINE includes two other veteran DJs, Justin Johnson and DJ 138.

Stay classy, Yo!

Related Links: [Buy Music] [Get Email] [Get Social]

The Wes Smith Variety ShYo Episode #11 w/ Special Guest Alex Dias (Sychosis) [Part 2 of 2]

The Variety ShYo is based in San Diego, CA. I talk with real people, about real things, in real time, with no edits.

Episode #11 includes special guest Alex Diaz from San Francisco. SYCHOSIS aka Alexander Dias has been involved in music from a very young age. Trained classically he toured Europe and North America as part of a boys choir from the ages of 11 to 17. He has spent more then a decade as a part of San Francisco’s thriving Electronic Music scene. In the last few years he has seen a steady rise as his music has caught the attention of the likes of Stanton Warriors, The Crystal Method, Reid Speed, Wuki and Marten Hørger. He has also received press from The Nest HQ, This Song Slaps and Discobelle. As a writer for Insomniac.com, the editorial arm of the massive event production company, he heads up coverage for the Discovery Project. He has also interviewed the likes of Motez, Kidnap Kid and Gorgon City.

Artist links:
[Soundcloud] [Facebook] [Twitter] [Writing w/ Insomniac] [YouTube Episode]

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The Wes Smith Variety ShYo Episode #11 w/ Special Guest Alex Dias (Sychosis) [Part 1 of 2]

The Variety ShYo is based in San Diego, CA. I talk with real people, about real things, in real time, with no edits.

Episode #11 includes special guest Alex Diaz from San Francisco. SYCHOSIS aka Alexander Dias has been involved in music from a very young age. Trained classically he toured Europe and North America as part of a boys choir from the ages of 11 to 17. He has spent more then a decade as a part of San Francisco’s thriving Electronic Music scene. In the last few years he has seen a steady rise as his music has caught the attention of the likes of Stanton Warriors, The Crystal Method, Reid Speed, Wuki and Marten Hørger. He has also received press from The Nest HQ, This Song Slaps and Discobelle. As a writer for Insomniac.com, the editorial arm of the massive event production company, he heads up coverage for the Discovery Project. He has also interviewed the likes of Motez, Kidnap Kid and Gorgon City.

Artist links:
[Soundcloud] [Facebook] [Twitter] [Writing w/ Insomniac] [YouTube Link]

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The Wes Smith Variety ShYo Episode #10 w/ Special Guest Tyler Rosier (MC Ridda)

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The Variety ShYo is based in San Diego, CA. I talk with real people I’ve met through the music business, about real things, in real time, with no edits.

Today’s guest is Tyler Rosier aka MC Ridda based out of San Diego. Both a performer and live event promoter with SD Union and United By Bass, Tyler wears many hats and even won best new MC in the 2015 North American DnB awards. Yeeeeeah!

Stay classy, Yo!

[Facebook: Mc Ridda] [Facebook: SD Union] [Soundcloud: MC Ridda] [Twitter : MC Ridda] [Facebook : United By Bass]

The Wes Smith Variety ShYo Episode #1 w/Special Guest Geo Lopez

The Variety ShYo is based in San Diego, CA.  I talk with real people I’ve met through the music business, about real things, in real time, with no edits.

Episode #1 includes special guest Geo Lopez from Miami, FL.  I’ve played parties for him and we’ve become good friends having good times.

Check it for the 411 on pieces of Miami Music Week history, Pink Flamingos, New Music, a Sock Battle, Tacos, Cuban Hot Spots, Video Games and more…

Stay Classy Yo!

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It’s Wes Smith Yo – The Album Remixed Vol 1 : Phat Kidz Interview

Hello friends, it’s time for the “phattest” interview ever…featuring the always awesome Phat Kidz.  I met them a couple years back at Miami Music Week.  I’ve enjoyed listening to their DJ Mixes and worked many of their jams into my live sets over the years including my most recent MTG mix.  We were booked by Rob Analyze for a festival this year which got us talking about the remix project.  Incredibly excited to have them on board;)

Interview by Kelly Ross | Agent 137

How did you two meet?

Nikki: We met at a house party, I had gone with a friend and saw a crate of vinyl sitting there and I kept asking whose it was … finally JT says it was his but he didn’t play much anymore. I told him that he would be starting again if I could help it.

JT: She peer pressured me into it.

N: We basically started hanging out after that and Josh started playing again.

JT: Eventually we played a couple local shows together and when Nikki moved to Ocala we started Ableton production with two other people as Shoot2Ill.

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How did you begin writing as a duo?

N: We first did a track together titled “You Can’t Hide” released under Tommy Who Records, then 3 years ago did a Remix competition for Deekline…after that we decided to start our duo as Phat Kidz. Since we became a duo, we have played every show together except two … JT has not been to WMC yet due to family obligations, we hope to get him there soon.

What advice to you give to aspiring dj’s and producers?

JT: HAVE FUN! Djing, producing, etc are not about the fame or money, if you are not having fun doing it, you are doing it wrong. Push the envelope and have fun with it.

N: Never give up, if you produce something and you do not like it, there is an audience for it that may love it. Don’t be too hard on yourself and create your own sound instead of trying to sound like particular artists.

What producers are out there right now that you are really digging?

N- Wuki – he just has a different style of breaks and is really changing the sound.

JT- I am digging anyone that pushes the envelope. Wuki is redesigning the sound by not sticking to a certain style from funky riffs to a baseline that blows the speakers.  DJ Hero as well. John sends us a lot of stuff and he is on point – so clear and clean.

Both- Also, Jauz, The Beatslappaz, Chris Lorenzo, Cause & Affect and Icey (of course)!

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What made you decide to start a podcast?

N: I saw link through Podomatic that linked to iTunes so we thought of venturing out and have other people do guest mixes. We wanted to work with people from the US, Spain, and the UK (etc).

JT: It was a mix between helping us cross promote our name with all the talent out there and provide a platform for some of the artists that aren’t as well recognized but with great talent. It’s a tight knit community and we want to help the artists within it.

What are the upsides and the challenges of being part of a team?

JT: The energy we feed off each other is outstanding. Some days I will be in sitting in the studio and here comes Nikki all bubbly, it’s infectious… We create off positive vibes!

N: If you get to know JT – JT is me in a mans body and I am JT in a woman’s body. We are very much alike, he is one of my best friends and we always said we would never let the music separate our friendship. The challenge is that I moved away 4 hours away so we do a lot of sending back and forth.  We do try to get our bookings together, JT has a busy job and a commitment to his family . He is a dedicated family man and puts family first . We don’t play for bar tabs and do free work anymore. We do it for the love of the music, however, we have put in our time and can tell who is dedicated to it as well.

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What’s the Wes Smith connection?

N: I met Wes in Miami the year before and he had mentioned doing a remix for him. I saw him this past year and listened to the album after. We want to thank him for the opportunity, this is pretty huge for us and we are very excited for the release.

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Thank you for your time, Nikki and JT, I look forward to the release and everything Phat Kidz has to offer. I am a personal fan and wish you all the best!

Related links: [Beatport : Phat Kidz] [Facebook : DJ TWEEZY] [Facebook: DJ NIKITA] [Facebook : Phat Kidz]