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The G-Spot is on the Loose | Check out the Interview, Release and Other Fun;)

My remix for G$Montana’s “G-Spot” dropped this week on Gigabeat Records.  The original was written by Geo Lopez aka G$Montana of Project Mayhem (Miami).  Geo and I first met @ WMC 2014 when I played his Gimme A Break Pool Party.  Since then we’ve played a few fun parties together and worked for some of the same promoters.

Kelly Ross/Agent 137 recently ported herself down to Miami to talk with Geo about what it means to be a promoter-turned-DJ/producer and how he finally came up with G Spot.  Check the interview below.

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Hi Geo, I know it was your birthday last week, tell me about the weekend:

It was awesome and the first time I had an really awesome birthday in a very long time because it fell on a weekend. On Friday I played the “Breaks Yo” party in Miami where I played early enough to have a good time and late enough to have a great crowd. It was a night of entertaining people and networking – it was crazy. Martin Flex ripped it the fuck up, TwoSweet of the Geishas was a beast, she just made it happen. Then on Saturday I went to Tampa for Revelation where I got to play and also watch Wes Smith absolutely crush it.

When I met you it was in Miami back in 2013, you hosted a Hotcakes/Essential Bass show that was my Miami debut. How did you get into hosting shows?

I was into throwing parties way back in the day and my birthday was coming up so i met with a club owner. I convinced the him that I could bring 100 people to the club for my birthday, so he gave me the side room. I offered to pay him and I packed it out, so eventually he gave me the other room so I put in drum & bass and breaks. People were buying bottles so I sparked it up again and then the club owner gave me all five rooms (jungle, electro breaks, house, etc). The event went on until the venue was sold. It started with a birthday party and became a real business. Then this other production company came up and saw I had drive, motivation and ambition so they asked me to do an event at a new venue. I grabbed it and said I can make it happen. I/O Lounge in the center of Miami right near Space. I did my first major party called Masters of Mayhem there with a ridiculous lineup of 45 artists, the line was down the sidewalk with 2700 people inside. From there we started Project Mayhem, a spin off of that party with Mike aka Malo to become a Miami entertainment promotions agency.
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Suddenly, the phone gets muffled and Geo yells out: 

Hold up, hold up, as I explain the rules- let me play you a piece :

 

… sirens wail… breakbeat starts… shake shake…shake…rahhhhhhh!!!

 

This continues for about three minutes only broken by him asking if I can hear it. We laugh, he apologizes, asks me if I like the new tune and when i approve, he tells me to continue.

 

That’s my new track vs Neuroziz. We are putting in my flavor and he is putting in his flavor and we are shaking it up. Working together is fun to meld our sounds together. So far I am liking what I am hearing. Sorry, go ahead…

Perfect segway, Geo, tell me how you got started with djing & production:

I had been in the scene since 1997 – during that time i would always walk up to the DJ and ask them how they made it happen. I was interested in promoting and creating events but would always go to studios and ask my friends all kinds of questions on how things work.

At some point I figured I might as well start djing, all my friends I had met as a promoter, like Eddie Light and Phat Kidz, were all sending unreleased tracks, so I starting DJing 2 years ago after WMC [Winter Music Conference]. I bought my first pair CDJS and a flight case on Craigslist, I wanted to play out with the people that had become family to me and I started playing with them.

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As an agency i would tell artists to create an identity but also to go beyond djing and make their own beats. Djing alone doesn’t mean you are gonna make it big and it would be critical not to produce after I told all my friends and artists they needed to produce. I realized I needed to get serious and need to make this happen so I spent months and months in the studio learning. I do my main job during the day, run into the studio all night, fall asleep and do it all over again. It took me 4 months to make the track, but I finished that original then shot it off to Wes Smith. He remixed it and here we are… Regardless, I feel like I have big shoes to fill because I have seen all these artists all my life and hung out with them, but I have to be a producer and dj well. I expect no handouts, I want to learn and get opinions to make sure I am following in the footsteps of others, I still have to prove myself.

Talk to me about G Spot:

It’s on the label Gigabeat and will release Oct 20th. Micheal Anthony Lauzardo (aka Malo aka slip 187 knew me from the start). My choice for the remix was my favorite producer Wes Smith. His style is different with a funk flavor that is just wow. I’m really excited about it’s release.

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What’s next for Geo Lopez/G$Montana? Will I be meeting up with you again in Miami for WMC?

Yes! After coming off tour in San Diego for Wiggle (thank you Wes Smith and Omega Squad) and St Louis (thank you XeroTribe) and playing in Florida, I’m back in the studio again. My goal is to have 6 finished tracks by March for the WMC events so I can play half of my own set and the other half my fav artists. One of the greatest pleasures is when an artist you look up to plays your tune it’s so humbling and such and honor, you want to run up and say thank you so much. Like Wes Smith did at the Tampa show this weekend. I got to sit back and observe from a different perspective than just djing it and the reaction was great- so very very appreciate of that.

What’s for next : Oct 23rd Breaks Yo! and I just joined Theoryon Records as my new booking agency, Gary Gitlin works hard and makes it happen, I’m proud to be a part of the family.
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Left to right: Kelly Ross/Agent137, Wes Smith, Skandar Rassas of Omega Squad, Jennifer Zubal Piper and Corey ‘Dienda’ Piper of XeroTribe, Geo Lopez/G$Montana, Daniel Perez and Brian Millar of Omega Squad

Geo, we are all excited for you! ] It is great to learn your history, present and future in the music industry. I look forward to the track, Miami and getting down with you on a dance floor/DJ booth again soon. 
Geo&Kelly
All the <3. 

Related links: [G$Montana: Twitter] [Geo Lopez: Facebook] [G$Montana: Soundcloud] [Gigabeat: Facebook] [Juice Recordings : Website] [Wes Smith : Soundcloud]

Wiggle It Just a Little Bit – San Diego Does It Big

It’s time to Wiggle it once more while Juice Recordings and Wobble present the grooves to make you jiggle it…and then schwiggle it.

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Who doesn’t love a dance party in the summer? Get ready to Wiggle again in July with G$ Montana from Miami, Fl. Mr. Montana runs Project Mayhem in the Sunshine State and we are super excited to have him out for his first West Coast show.

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Geo Lopez

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As always we also have your Wiggle residents, international recording artists Wes Smith and Omega Squad ready to shell out some original and cutting edge breakbeat tunes for your collective booties…

Wes Smith

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Omega Squad

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Our special guest this time around is none other than San Diego’s very own the Messenger.

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Artist Spotlight: Omega Squad

Who is Omega Squad and how did you became the “Squad” – 

Skandar Rassas and myself (Brian Millar) make up Omega Squad, we met 11 years ago at a house party and became best friends instantly.

Skandar: Brian was into UK hard house back in 2008 when the digital format was coming up. Since he had built a reputation and played guitar in hardcore bands it was hard for him to abandon his brand and the reputation he’d build in the hard house scene where he was already producing hit tracks with Jon Bishop. We started playing parties together, each of us playing our own styles, and after many years of playing & producing events we finally decided to come together as a duo. Now we have spent 3 years as Omega Squad and each of us brings something different to the table. We manage to go all around the world of breakbeat and it works really well.

Omega Squad

How do you choose your DJ sets?

What works for us is variety and a flow that makes sense to the dance floor. In every genre you have the heads but then there are people who are just out to have a good time and not think too much about it. We play for people who don’t necessarily know exactly what they are listening to, but know they really like it. We range from booty to techy to electro to trancey anthems, which has even worked well in Mexico at an all techno party.
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Tell me a little about Wiggle – your bimonthly residency:

We are trying to concentrate on a local event and to bring in quality talent. The focus is exclusively breakbeat which is unique to San Diego. Wes Smith (of Juice Recordings) and myself have lunch every week and discuss the logistics. We have each had a series of events and successes so we all bring experience to the table. We usually have 4 acts per night starting with someone local that deserves the chance and then add guests from out-of-town with Omega Squad and Wes Smith as the residents.  We market to all the different scenes and when it is show time, both the crowd and ourselves get loose and have a good time.

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Tell me about the production side of Omega Squad:

Brian is the writer and Skandar sits in on sessions and gives input, then we perform together as a team. We have had 5 releases on both Diablo Loco & Juice Recordings, all of them making it into the Beatport Breaks top 100, and our first original track “Shake” went all the way to #16.

What about breaks production from the production side?

As the entire EDM scene has come up Breaks has gained a much wider audience along with it. The scene is not going anywhere anytime soon, people will always want to go out and have a good a time.

Tell me about your newest release:

“Get It On Up” on Juice Recordings – it’s the one Keith Mackenzie and Wes Smith both played when we were in Miami for Winter Music Conference. We also have releases coming out in July and August.

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Details below:

Get It On Up, the third single from San Diego’s Omega Squad is available now at Beatport!

“The third effort from Omega Squad on the Juice imprint is a fast forward trip into the San Diego based duo’s sonic versatility. “Get It On Up” leads off the breakbeat assault with a booty shaking 808 and set of twisted trap influenced synths. Wes Smith keeps the vibe smooth like butter hitting pancakes after a trip through the Mexican desert with his Short Stack Rebump. Cover art elements delivered with care by Sumo Fish.”

Thank you, Omega Squad – it was a pleasure. Good luck on your latest releases, I look forward to hearing and playing them on a dance floor nearest me soon.  All the <3!

-Agent137ReportingForJuiceRecordings

It’s Wes Smith Yo! Ready for the Wiggle in San Diego, CA!

Wes Smith and his Magic Fugu float downstream for Wiggle in his home town of San Diego.  I spoke to promoter Brian Millar about the event at Kava Lounge this Friday.

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Tell me a little how you put this event together with Juice Recordings:

We are trying to concentrate on a local event and to bring in quality talent. The focus is exclusively breakbeat which is unique to this area. Wes Smith (of Juice Recordings) and myself have lunch every week and discuss the logistics. We have all had a series of events and successes so we bring experience to the table.

Juice Recordings

Walk me through a Wiggle night, how do you book your shows?

We usually have 4 acts per night. We start with someone local that deserves the chance and then add guests from out of state with Omega Squad and Wes Smith as the residents.  We market to all the different teams and when it is show time, we and the crowd get loose and have a good time.

Alright give us the skinny on the show. Who, what, where, when?

Wiggle is a bi-monthly event in San Diego.  May 29th we are featuring EricRiggsbee (Oakland) and special guest Ghost MD alongside Wes Smith and Omega Squad for only $10. Come down and get loose with us!

Thank you, Brian. Many wishes to you all for a successful Wiggle!

Check out a few recent mixes from this weeks Wiggle line up.

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[Wes Smith] [Omega Squad] [Eric Riggsbee] [Ghost MD]

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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