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The Space Cowboys RIPEcast: Wes Smith Live at Breakfast of Champions 2017

I had the pleasure of spending my New Year with great friends, the Space Cowboys, at the Breakfast of Champions. Here is the audio evidence of the snap, crackle and pop daytime madness.

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It’s Wes Smith Yo! @ Rhino Love (San Francisco) February 11th, 2017

The Dusty Rhino is coming out of holiday hibernation ready to spread more love, art and amazing music. Bring those big hearts and dancing shoes and get ready to show Cupid how Valentine’s Day is done.

With Wes Smith, Alvaro Bravo (Dusty Rhino), Clarkie (Dusty Rhino), DJ Dane (Dusty Rhino), NUGZ (Dusty Rhino), ShOOey (Space Cowboys), Eric Riggsbee (FAULTLINE), Deckard (Space Cowboys), Ding Dong (Brass Tax), Lushbunny (NUTZ- LA) & Mystik (The Loomii).

Related links: [Facebook Event Page] [Tickets] [Dusty Rhino]

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It’s Wes Smith Yo! @ The Space Cowboys, Breakfast of Champions, New Years Day 2017, San Francisco

Calling all bay area heads…The Space Cowboys are at it again for the 17th Annual, and might I add epic, Breakfast of Champions at The Midway in San Francisco.  Join me on a snap, crackle and pop adventure this New Years Day as the action starts at 6am and doesn’t stop until you eat all you’re cereal, blow bubbles and cry uncle;)  If you don’t have your ticket yet, it will get hectic, so scoop ya tickets here [Link].

To up the ante, my fun loving cohorts over at Juice Recordings are giving away some FREE swag.  Check out my #12DaysOfBOC swag-athon and win stuff [Link].

About the Event:

For a bit about this tradition…check a few videos from [2014], [2015] & [2016]…and then here is the details for 2017;)


► 2 Stages inside The Midway: RIDE & Gods and Monsters starting at am!

► Outdoor Tented DJ Stage starting at 8AM

► Full bars both inside and out!

► Cafe at The Midway

► Plenty of port-o-lets, outdoor seating

► Photo booth by PhotoBoof!

► Food Trucks & Local Designer Pop Up!

► Art Cars

★ 2017 LINEUP!★

[ Special Guests ]

Marques Wyatt / DEEPLA, Lee Reynolds / Desert Hearts, Wes Smith / Juice Recordings, Patricio / Do Lab / Favela Music, DJ Mes / Guesthouse Music, Jeno Void / WICKED / Noise from the Void, WhiteNoize / Ultra / InStereo

[ Friends of Cowboys ]

Bachelors Of Science / CODE Recordings, Cptn Jay / Airpusher, DJ Brian / Mystopia, DJ kev/null / Frolic, Eric Riggsbee / Faultline, Ethan Miller / FnF, Felix the Dog / Groundscore SF, Haute Mess / Brass Tax / Angels of bAss, Leyl Master Black / dEOxidized, Little John the DJ / Raindance, Lushbunny / NUTZ, Motion Potion / SFFunk / Janky Barge, Nugz / Dusty Rhino, Ren the Vinyl Archaeologist / True Skool, Simo / Sleevin’ Records, Sychosis / Hot Cakes, ViaJay / Angels of bAss

[ Space Cowboy DJ’s ]

Josh Damon / 8Ball, Brad Robinson, Tamo, Erik Hz the DJ, DJ ShOOey, Kapt N Kirk, DJ Mancub, DJ Deckard, rrRus, Shissla

And you thought the beat slowed down…

So much win above, but here are a few artist highlights below for the am crunchy crunch:

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The Wes Smith Variety ShYo Episode #18 with Special Guest Keith Harris (Deckard)

Had a blast on this episode weaving through 2+ hours of super useful DJ Workflow information, albeit with a few sidechains;)…

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

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Today’s guest is Keith Harris aka Deckard of San Francisco’s intergalactic planetary Space Cowboys. Curator of the weekly RipeCast, Keith has been a purveyor of what’s good since 2000. Today we talk about life, love and the pursuit of proper dj work flow.

Stay classy, Yo!

Artist Links: [Deckard Website] [Deckard Facebook][Space Cowboys Soundcloud] [Space Cowboys iTunes] [Space Cowboys Mixcloud]

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Hello Burning Man 2016

Like Charlie Bucket with that Golden Ticket…only it’s me with that DaVinci paper…It’s time to burn baby burn!  Stoked to be included in some nutty shows this year.  See you in the Dust;)

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And yes, the Jellyfish, dubbed Squint & Wowzer are in tow, making their Burning Man debut.  Big shout to Kodiak and Brack for making the a reality b/w of the Serendipity regional burn.

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Monday Night

12 to 6AM, Airpusher/Misdemeanor, w/ALL the Talent and Opening Night Feels

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Tuesday Night

3AM, Dusty Rhino, w/Tim the Enchanter, Left/Right, Nugz, Deekliine, Icon, Wes Smith

Wednesday Day

2PM, Space Cowboys Saloon, w/Tamo, Erik Hz, All B, FK5 Ft. Qdup, Deckard

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Wednesday Night

3AM, Get Low @ Sonic Runway w/Smile High Club, Pearl Necklace, Steampunk Airship

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Thursday Night

9PM, Charlie the Unicorn, w/Friskie Business, 2Tight, FK5 Ft. Qdup, All Good Funk Alliance, The Funk Hunters, Neighbour
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Saturday Night

12-3, Janky Barge, Tag team w/ICON, Deekline, Left/Right

The Red Light Affair ft. Lady Waks March 25th by Space Cowboys, Juice Recordings & The Cruz Coalition

Join The Space Cowboys (SF), Juice Recordings (SD) and The Cruz Coalition (LA) for a night of funky house and breakbeats at Lot613 in Downtown Los Angeles.

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The Red Light Affair will spotlight some of the best music from California and points far beyond, in a unique and elegant setting, Glowing Red.

Lady Waks (IN BEAT WE TRUST) joins us all the way from St. Petersburg, Russia in her LA debut. And she’ll be surrounded by an all-star lineup from the up and down the Cali Coast:

FEATURING:
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SPECIAL GUEST DJS:
divaDanielle (InStereo Recordings / Camp Charlie)
DJ Oscure (LABA)
EVA (The Cruz Coalition)
Tamo (Space Cowboys / Angels of bAss)
Ejagz (Camp Nutz)
Mia Dangerfield (The Cruz Coalition)
Rrrus (Space Cowboys)
Fleetwood Smack (Camp Charlie Unicorns)
Joe Pea (S.D. – Dance Klassique / We Are One)
DJ Deckard (Space Cowboys)
Lushbunny (LushPod / Camp Nutz)

RESIDENTS:
Wes Smith (Juice Recordings (Official) / Punks Music)
DJ ShOOey (Space Cowboys)
DJ Loomer ( The Cruz Coalition / Camp Nutz)

Sound by ChinoSound!

Related Links: [Event Page] [Juice Recordings] [Cruz Coalition] [Space Cowboys]

Put on your Red Light!!!

This is an age 21 & older event.

The Wes Smith Variety ShYo Episode #2 w/Special Guest Jenny “DJ ShOOey” Shu

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 #2 includes special guest Jenny Shu aka DJ ShOOey from San Fransisco.  I’ve played parties for her and we’ve become good friends having good times.

Stay Classy Yo!

Related links:

[Dj ShOOey : Facebook] [Dj ShOOey : Soundcloud]

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.

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. 

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]

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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.

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.

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]

Do You Even Wiggle? An Interview with Eric Riggsbee

Growing the #MagicFugu connection across the states,  Agent 137 catches up with Eric Riggsbee, the co-founder of Faultline – a Oakland based breakbeat monthly. Having met last year 4th of July weekend at Faultline, we quickly settled in and discussed Eric’s career, the state of beats and the creative charge happening in downtown Oakland.

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So tell me about Faultline-

Well as you know, Faultline is a monthly Breakbeat party in Oakland, CA hosted by resident DJs- myself, DJ 138, and Justin Johnson, along with local guest DJs. Faultline has a new venue this Saturday for the grand opening-there is more foot traffic in this location and it is contained to all in one room and it us every 4th Saturday at The Rock Steady.


I have been talking to a lot of producers, DJS and promoters about the state of breaks and their take on the genre. Faultine is a primarily breakbeat show. What is your opinion on the genre and maybe help bridge the gap?

Breaks are a couple of years behind of some of the other genres but there are a lot more events now. Most of the DJs are breaks djs and we are getting all the local celebrities out of Burning Man camps. Space Cowboys, Dusty Rhino, Camp Charlie etc and they seem to be on the same page. Bass music has been remarketed for the youth though, in the past breaks had very little sub genres because there really were not enough people producing the different sounds to break it out into sub genres. Now it’s evolving around us. While it is coming back I think we all can agree that it is coming in baby steps, It’s because we all want to do well and also do it right. With all of that going on, seeing more events and seeing the word breaks more often (at least the word is being thrown around more and more), we are driven to do it… the timing is right.

Burning Man stems from the Bay Area and I remember when I attended last year, the presence of breaks was very strong. Tell me how you see the Burner lifestyle is affecting music and art in Oakland. 

I live in a neighborhood with a lot of warehouses that a lot of the art for Burning Man is being built. Sometimes I take it for granted thinking it’s going on everywhere. I find myself Djing more and more with the burner crowd. We are very close to the Burning Man experience here which pushes creativity in so many ways- everyone around is doing art, music, SOMETHING. There are a lot of incredibly talented people around Oakland and San Francisco using self-expression in some way shape or form. It’s an exciting time.
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What about the self-expression of Eric Riggsbee? Tell us a little about your musical background – 
I played piano since 6 years of age until 9 and then drums from 10 until now. I was in bands from 12-22 and started djing at 18 in 1998. Basically my progression in music with drums helped me learn to DJ, it helps with rhythm. Breaking down the beat is a big part of being a drummer and it helps with DJing Breaks.

You have started on production as well – how did you start with production?

I took a community college EM class in 1998-1999 for Logic and used Reason for a while but now I’m using Ableton by trial and error and also by doing a lot of shadowing of other producers.

Any advice to aspiring producers?
Produce what you want to produce and don’t worry how the track is going to sell or hit the top 10. Tracks that lay down a groove that move people are more important to me. Look what is really important to you and let that guide what you create.
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What is next for you as an artist and Faultline?
  • Justin Johnson runs Barely Legal Records and there are a lot of big things happening on his label.  Adrenalinez will have a full length album out later this year. Other releases coming will be remixes of Adenalinez ‘Wet Me” by The Gulf Gate Project and Run Riot, remixes of Justin’s track “Body Movin” by Geon and Adrenalinez, a Sychosis remix of EvilBeat “On My Beat”, and then a massive EP from Justin called “The Discos of Tron” that will also include remixes from Wes Smith, discObeta, Fire-Beat, and more TBA.
  • In July Faultine will be doing a breaks and drum&bass throwback to Electic Hectic called Foundation with the drum&bass crew Dystopia. If it goes well we will continue that on the second Friday of the month in Oakland.
  •  NEXT is Wiggle in San Diego this weekend with Wes Smith, Omega Squad and Ghost Md.
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