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The Wes Smith Variety ShYo Episode #3 w/Special Guests Jen & Corey Piper

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.

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Episode #3 includes special guests Jen & Corey Piper of XeroTribe in St. Louis.  Check it and as always…Stay Classy Yo!

Related links:

[Jen Z : Facebook] [Dienda : Facebook] [I Heart Breakbeats : Event Page] [XeroTribe : Facebook]

The Crystal Method, Dub Pistols, Wes Smith, #Community Service, Boom!

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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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. 
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All the <3. 

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

It’s Wes Smith Yo! Album Tour Navigates to St. Louis with XeroTribe

As the IWSY! tour continues to navigate the waters of the magic fugu ride, Wes Smith will stop next in St. Louis with Jen Z Zubal and Corey ‘Dienda’ Piper of XeroTribe. Wes, Corey, Jen and myself had the pleasure of meeting up at Miami Winter Music Conference where we all discussed the state of breaks, music and life in general. Last night I caught up with them again to discuss their personal career aspirations, their production company and what makes them unique in the industry.

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What is your musical background, Jen?

I come from a “Partridge” type family. Most of my family members either play an instrument and my mom sings and plays guitar.  I have been djing for over 10 years and I have been singing myself for a long time, but I felt like I was being taken advantage of in the business so I got out of it for awhile. My peers highly encouraged me to try again with good people and I started putting down vocals again.

What is your musical background, Corey?

My family is the opposite, no one was really into music but I took 7 years of piano, was in chorus, play guitar terribly… I have also Dj’d over 10 years myself and am now into the production side as well.

Where can we hear your collaborations?

We just released a single with Agent K and it’s charting on the Beatport top #100 right now. Kerry was in Wisconsin and he reached out to us to hang out and get out of the cold. He came down, played a show with us and Kerry and I (Corey) spent the day in the studio together. We featured Jen’s vocals and what resulted was “Apocalypse”.

What is XeroTribe?

XeroTribe are 9 members including Jen and myself (Corey). We are a full service production company that have been pushing the breakbeat scene in the MidWest, primarily St. Louis, for about 6 years now. Our main focus is the total package and the EXPERIENCE. The music, sound, lights, visuals, costumes and decor all combined to put the party goer into the experience- rather than just observing it.  

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Tell me about your events and how you get such a diverse crowd:

We try to give a variety of music and we cater to as many genres as we can to get all walks of life into the door, but the centerpiece is usually a breakbeat headliner. For instance, Dubstep brings in the younger crowd and we keep some of the side rooms dedicated for a variety of genres. However, we may book a regional Dubstep act and then follow it with a Breakbeat, Trap or Drum&Bass headliner to give the younger crowd a chance to hear a broken beat. Usually it helps to get them interested and keeps them coming back to our next shows.

What does your area see from XeroTribe?

We do 3-6 events on average, our largest reoccurring one is Apocalypse and each year it becomes a different theme (Robot, Zombie, Post, etc). Also we do a monthly called “I Heart Breakbeats” which is strictly Breakbeats every third Friday at The Upstairs Lounge.

Wes Smith is headlining “I Heart BreakBeats” on Friday night. 

Yes! Wes is blowing the &*@$ up right now and these are the types of artists we want to play our parties. We want people who are current, relevant, up & coming and those that are QUALITY artists. We think Wes is all of that and more, he played our last Apocalypse party and we are excited to invite him back for “I Heart Breakbeats”.

————————————————————————————————————————————————Thanks, guys – I appreciate your time. I know we will be seeing each other next year at conference but in the meantime good luck with your next shows and your upcoming nuptials.

Happy Birthday Corey- Viva la broken beat!

Related links:

[DJ Jen Z on Soundcloud] [DJ Dienda on Soundcloud]

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XeroTribe’s Apocalypse 5 | Invasion of the Machines | This Saturday

We’ve put the final touches on our the biggest, baddest sonic weapons to date…just in time as we pack up our fearless leader for his journey east to fortify our friends at XeroTribe in their fight against the machines.

Event_Apocalypse_Front, #JuiceRecordings, #StickyBumps, #ItsWesSmithYo, #TheJuiceSquad, #WhiteBoyAwesome, #DirtyKicks, #BumpRStickR, #LowEndHustler, #ShortStack, #MaxBet, #TableDanceAnthony, #DubleTime, #SuperSoulFighter, #DiscoNinja, #MCLickey, #ShanaRockit, #ConnieFlair #BringBackThatFunk, #Califunkya, #CampCharlie, #EDM, #UDM, #Bass, #Funk, #Breaks, #Breakbeat, #USA, #California, #SanDiego, #XeroTribe, #St. Louis, #Dienda, #JenZ, #Keith Mackenzie, #SmookieIllson, #Cypher, #VicDamone, #QuasarCamp, #JustinGeiler, #Atomix, #TheVokalist, #Liminy, #Mondope, #Captain, #Absolutely, #Nettles

We thought the fight was over, that we could finally start to rebuild our lives in a world without zombies, without mutants, without incessant war and constant fear of what may be lurking in the shadows…but we were wrong.  Machines that were developed to improve our lives have turned against us, deemed us an imminent threat and are preparing to take over.

Event_Apocalypse_Back, #JuiceRecordings, #StickyBumps, #ItsWesSmithYo, #TheJuiceSquad, #WhiteBoyAwesome, #DirtyKicks, #BumpRStickR, #LowEndHustler, #ShortStack, #MaxBet, #TableDanceAnthony, #DubleTime, #SuperSoulFighter, #DiscoNinja, #MCLickey, #ShanaRockit, #ConnieFlair #BringBackThatFunk, #Califunkya, #CampCharlie, #EDM, #UDM, #Bass, #Funk, #Breaks, #Breakbeat, #USA, #California, #SanDiego, #XeroTribe, #St. Louis, #Dienda, #JenZ, #Keith Mackenzie, #SmookieIllson, #Cypher, #VicDamone, #QuasarCamp, #JustinGeiler, #Atomix, #TheVokalist, #Liminy, #Mondope, #Captain, #Absolutely, #Nettles

We can’t be reasoned with, we can’t be bargained with, no pity or remorse or fear…we absolutely will not stop…ever…until the machines are dead.  Join us and an all star line up of warriors as we drop bass bin bombs and dismantle the intruders on the skatium battle field.