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My 2015 Annual Top 10 List of Big Bass & Breaks Things w/The Crystal Method & YOU

What an amazing year.  The best thing I can say about 2015 is thank YOU for making my life awesome.  And now I have a story to tell.

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It’s late 2014, I’m back stage with The Crystal Method.  They’ve just blown up Avalon Nightclub to a massive Los Angeles crowd including Storm Troopers to celebrate the occasion.  I had met them earlier in the year and become a bit of a study.  I was lucky enough to open for them that night.

The day before this I had driven back from Burning Man.  Earlier that day I made the trip from San Diego with my good pals Brian Millar of Omega Squad and Adia Break.  6 hours later I had played one of my best sets ever and witnessed first hand how legends rock a party and drop mind altering bass.  Then I found myself back stage about to sink a shot of tequila with Ken Jordan, Scott Kirkland and friends.   Gulp.

People who drink Tequila generally have lots of advice, sometimes even good advice.  I got some great advice from The Crystal Method that night.

This inspired me to get busy planning 2015.  My notes said things like “release album”, “go on tour”, “stay focused”, “get paid”, “meet fans”, “support others”, “collaborate”, “be humble”, “mutual respect”, “create first, talk later” and so on…

So the year began and flew by…on top of a mind blowing album tour [mad props to all the promoters and believers listed here] and releases on so many great labels like Diablo Loco, Tech D, Pooty Club and more….check out the top ten things I can remember that made the bass drop for me!  Thanks to all of YOU, mentioned or not, for making this all possible.  If I missed anyone, kick me in this shins on the 2016 tour;)

Ten…Beatport Positions.  Calendar year #2 breaks artist [link] and label [link], multiple #1’s in multiple genres, multiple top slots on the global chart, top releases on the top 5 breaks labels and 8 tracks in the annual top 100 [link].  It’s all sales, and all fans that make that happen.  Big ups to everyone that supports music and the people that make it.  It takes money to make quality, original music and without your support there will be no music and that would be bad:)

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Nine…Juice Recordings Team.  My man Pauly Fixx laid down some of the best remixes of his career and continues to support and inspire me along with other label mates including Omega Squad, DubAxFace, B-Phreak, Breaking News, F-Word and more.  Kelly Ross was the boss on more interviews, articles and road trips than I can count.  Jen Holmes took the release management and promo next level.  EmDubz, Sumo Fish and Juan Carlos on the marketing genius duties.  Robert, Brad and the Jamvana crew working miracles on the distribution tip.  And to wrap it all up a HUGE Remix album with stellar performances from Colombo, Phatkidz, Omega Squad, and more…Massive shout outs.

Eight…San Diego Family Support.  Contrary to many people’s belief, I am based in San Diego, California where things have been heating up for a long time time before I arrived not to mention one of the top spots in the country to visit, party and chill.  Our local/regional scene has given myself and Omega Squad massive support as we have each other.  Big ups to all the Wigglers, Brians and the one and only Skandar, yes that’s his real name.

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Seven…Dub Pistols Support.  Capping an already insane year of remixes, the Killa Sound shot, resulted in one of my best remixes to date.  Big ups Barry Ashworth and the Sunday Best crew.  I am forever grateful for the opportunity.

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Six…Burning Man and Desert Things.  Support from Camp Charlie went from 10 to 100.  Thanks to Danielle, Mindy, Sarah, Travis & all the Unis.  They had a massive breaks night @ the burn [Catch the full video of my set here]; Slut Garden let the bass kick, big ups Dot Diggler and team; Dusty Rhino got dirty on the stormiest night ever, props to NUGZ for driving slow; and Dusty Poon Saloon, ya had to be there;) big ups Wheelers.   Last but certainly not least, Space Cowboys off playa support was massive.  So many to mention but Jen “ShOOey” Shu, Keith Deckard and Zach Moore have shined through.  And we smashed Public Works in San Francisco…boom.

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Five…Miami Music Week 2015.  Not only did I make it there but playing prime slots at FSOB, Gimme A Break, and a fun Thump interview with The Crystal Method…bam.  Respect to Glyn Morgan and Geo Lopez.

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Four…My First UK Trip.  I finally made it to Breakspoll, met James “Mixmag” Glenton and the Headset Heroes among so many awesome people.  Thank you Jimmy Brayks and friends.  When in Rome….or Liverpool…meet up with Playrise Digital.  They make cool games for you to play.  I met them in Liverpool and can’t wait for the Tabletop Racing World Tour project to drop on PS4. Big shout to Nick Burcombe & team.  Sup Sehyun;)

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Three…Lady Waks & IBWT Support.  Waks gave me a slot on her podcast to promote the album, featured me numerous times in her sets, licensed multiple tracks for her Hot Cakes project with Deekline, Martin Flex & friends…then to top it all brought me to Russia to play IBWT @ Kosmonaut.  Her IBWT crew put my head on a bus, like a public bus driving around St. Petersburg;)  This opened my eyes to a new level of work ethic and unity among crews.  Massive shout to the hardest working lady, no scratch that person, in bass.

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[Watch Full Video Here]

Two…Stanton Warriors support.  I got the call from Dom & Mark early in the year and they gave me a shot on Punks Music.  My Cali Cuts EP went to number 1 on Beatport.  I also played King King LA with them and was featured on some mixes and their social empire;).   Big shout to the boys and Olly G for keeping it smooth.  Ding ding ding.

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One…The Crystal Method Support.  These guys are among a unique group of professionals at the top of the EDM game.  Their positive, welcoming, no bullshit attitude is apparent at first and grows on the keen observer as time goes on.  Aside from general advice, inclusion @ Avalon and massive support for Bring Back That Funk, I was given an hour takeover slot to premiere the album on their wildly popular #CommunityService show.

I was then featured on the show 10+ more times throughout the year and also included in their top ten tracks of 2015 along with label mates Omega Squad.  As if that wasn’t insane enough, they gave me the opportunity to remix Difference, Grace and Over It.  But wait, their’s more…I got to work with vocals from Dia Frampton, Franky Perez and LeAnn Rimes.  Oh, and a Billboard Magazine premiere and Thump interview…and for all that, it’s clear why they are #1.

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What else can I say, but thank YOU!

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Why yes…The Crystal Method recently dropped the Dub Pistol’sKilla Sound (Wes Smith Remix)” on episode 141 of their #CommunityService show.

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Both of these acts have been shredding up the US, UK and International electronic music scenes with their uniquely signature sounds.  I’m honored to be in the same sentence with them both and thank all of you freaks for the support in helping me get to this current level of boom!

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Check the entire show below with so many bangers…the Killa Sound drop is at the 46:20 mark, which coincidentally starts as the backing track to the announcement of The Crystal Method’s limited edition 20 year box set…and a big shout out to Barry…oh and a dope DJ Hero track follows up my jam…coupled up with an announcement of their gig with my XeroTribe fam on the 21st in St. Louis…all that in one sentence?  Fiyah!

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Wes Smith & White Boy Awesome’s Bring Back That Funk Hits 300 Days on Beatport Breaks Top 100!

Yes friends, crazy is as crazy does;)  Bring Back That Funk by Wes Smith & White Boy Awesome hit the 300 day mark on the Beatport Breaks Top 100.   According to BP Top Tracker, BBTF enjoyed 32 days @ #1, 147 days @ Top 10, and 300+ @ Top 100 and is currently @ #29.  This makes it the most charted of any current track in the Beatport Breaks Top 100.

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First off…Oh hell yes to all the #JuiceHeads that dropped that hard earned cash and continue to bump it in the clubs, basements, and low riders!  You are the bomb!  So many other people to thank for this…but a few we know for sure are…

The Crystal Method for banging it on their 2014 USA tour #CommunityService radio show & Future Sound of Breaks WMC/UMF 2014;  BadboE for his funky remix charting on Juno Download and Denmark based blasting;  Lady Waks for her support around the UK/Spain and b/w of her Lady Waks in Da Mix podcast based out of Russia;  Splitloop & Headset Heroes for finding it early and throwing us some love around Europe;  Cliff the Head for bumpin’ it on his Gremlin Radio Show.

Some links to the good-ish below!


The Original Album Art

JR1310, Bring Back That Funk, Wes Smith And Whiteboy Awesome on Juice Recordings


 A Tricked out Video of The Crystal Method slingin’ BBTF @ Burning Man 2014 on the absolutely massive Apex Stage


A couple Lady Waks In Da Mix Episodes

Episode #273, Episode #290


…and BP Top Tracker for those Numbers people!

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The Crystal Method drop “Old Skool (Wes Smith’s Califunkya Remix)” on Sirius Electric Area

Episode #112 of #CommunityService rolls signature selections from The Crystal Method throughout….They also drop one of our recent jams around the 35:00-ish mark and a nice shout out around the 38:00-ish point for the upcoming Avalon Hollywood show we are supporting.  Check it below!

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In case you missed the previous drop…Episode #110 featured Difference (Wes Smith & The Juice Squad Remix) by The Crystal Method.  That’s an official remix for TCM getting some nice rotation on the show and at various events.

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Listen to The Crystal Method’s Community Service Radio on SiriusXM Electric Area every Monday at 9 PM EST and Thursday at 12AM EST.

The Crystal Method’s 20th Anniversary Show @ Avalon Feat. Wes Smith

As if beach parties, excursions to Mexico and a journey to Burning Man to drop bombs off Bumper Cars and Unicorns weren’t enough…Wes Smith will be wrapping up August on some next level business providing massive support for The Crystal Method’s 20th Anniversary show @ Avalon Hollywood.  With the entire crew incredibly stoked, watch out for plenty of exclusive chart toppin’ Juice flava.  Tix are hot, get em’ here on Songkick.

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The Crystal Method Features Dos Remixes from Wes Smith & The Juice Squad on Community Service Radio

The Crystal Method has a weekly radio show on Sirius XM called #CommunityServiceRadio in which they feature favorite tracks and remixes.  In episode #105 TCM dropped 2 jams from the crew.  They opened with “Drop That Bass (Wes Smith’s Califunkya Remix) by Macho.   The EP was released by our good friends @ Diablo Loco Records earlier this year and camped out for a minute in the Beatport Breaks Top 20.  The second jam featured about mid way through the episode was “Difference Feat. Franky Perez (Wes Smith & The Juice Squad Remix) by The Crystal Method.  Big shout to the TCM crew for all the support this year.  Images & Sound Links below.

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Wes Smith Brings The Juice Squad Heat to the Bay Area’s Faultline Party in Oakland!

If your in the Bay Area get your A$$ out to Oakland on Friday for a 4th of July show down @ Faultline with The Juice Squad’s Wes Smith and Friends.  He’ll be droppin’ the latest bangers from the Juice catalog including unreleased tracks from Dirty Kicks, DJ Fixx, White Boy Awesome, BumpR StickR, Low End Hustler, and an assortment of official and unofficial remixes coming your way soon.  He’s joined by some long time friends of the label b/w of Justin Johnson, DJ 138 in a tag team set with our good friend Agent 137, Sean Infinitee & Eric Riggsbee.

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Check out the rest of the line up below:

Justin Johnson (Barely Legal Records, Cable Recordings)
http://www.soundcloud.com/djjustinjohnson
http://www.barelylegalrecords.net/
http://www.techtonicfunkbrigade.com/

DJ138 (Midnight Sons)
http://soundcloud.com/dj-0138
https://www.facebook.com/xDJ138x 
>>Special tagteam set with special guest Agent 137! <<
https://www.facebook.com/Agent137
https://soundcloud.com/agent-137

Sean Infinitee (HyperKat-Recordings, iRock-Classics, Midnight Sons, DOT)
https://soundcloud.com/hyperkat-recordings
https://soundcloud.com/irock-classix

Eric Riggsbee
https://soundcloud.com/eric-riggsbee

The Crystal Method Drops “Bring Back That Funk” at 20th Anniversary Party

How stoked are we?  Yeah, that stoked.  This weeks stand out Juice Drop was The Crystal Method delivering Wes Smith & White Boy Awesome’s “Bring Back That Funk” at Drai’s Night/Beachclub in Las Vegas.  The event was to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of The Crystal Method.  Big shout to The Crystal Method, DJ Dan, Richard Humpty Vision and everyone that rocked out Drai’s! Label Boss Wes Smith & long time friend Ben “DJ Moon” Mullens caught the show.  Peep the video and sound clips below via JuiceRecordingsTV and Soundcloud.

http://youtu.be/weEpyafH5tE


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Wes Smith Brings The Juice Squad Heat to The 7th Annual Breakbeat BBQ in Los Angeles

Awwwwee Yeah, less than 24 hours until the 7th Anniversary of the Breakbeat BBQ in LA.  Juice Recordings front man Wes Smith will be reppin’ the crew  on the outdoor stage @ 9:00pm.  He won’t be grilling his famous Sriracha wings but we hear he’s going to keep things sizzling’ with the debut of his official remix of The Crystal Method’s Over It Feat. Dia Frampton.   But wait, there’s more…he’s also got a gold grill full of unreleased heat including Kalani Dias’ smoking hot Bass Is Up Feat. Treen Da Bean (DJ Fixx Remix) and his own floor shaking remix of Kid Panel & Sport-O’s One More Time on The Pooty Club Records out of Spain.  We love it, git your apron on!

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More practically speaking, the event is located at the Vaucluse Lounge on Sunset Blvd and runs from 2pm to 2am on Sunday, June 8th.  Check the Flyer and link to the Facebook Event Page for more Info.  There’s a boatload of local and national talent droppin’ every kind of broken beat under the sun.  There’s also a few MC’s and Vocalists bringing the live flava.

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Now, aside from being stoked about so many syncopated beats…In what has to be one of the coolest venues in the history of venues…the party is rockin’ at the Vaucluse Lounge in Hollywood.  It’s Located in what used to be CHARLIE CHAPLIN’S house, the venue was used as a speakeasy during the prohibition era.  Secret tunnels connect it underground to some of Hollywood’s most notorious hotels. The history of the venue is amazing. Rockers from Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones and Janis Joplin are all part of the story.  See ya!

 

The Crystal Method Drops “Bring Back That Funk” at Future Sound of Breaks 2014

This weeks stand out Juice Drop was The Crystal Method delivering Wes Smith & White Boy Awesome’s “Bring Back That Funk” in front of the FSOB main floor massive.  Earlier that day the crew had a chance to sit down with TCM’s Ken Jordan and chat a bit about TCM, music, surfing, burning man,  and SoCal desert parties.  A few minutes with the legends of stateside breaks was already a treat.

Later that evening, as FSOB got rolling at Mekka…Agent K, Bella, Mafia Kiss, and DJ Icey all played floor shaking sets.  TCM opens with some cool intros and to our surprise drops “Bring Back That Funk” out of the gate.  Icing on the cake for us.  Big ups TCM and everyone that rocked FSOB! Peep the video and sound clips below via JuiceRecordingsTV and Soundcloud.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9kO7EdN5Dw


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