Archive for droid

DROID Behavior: Interface 30 (Review)

Posted in From the Front Lines (Show Reviews) with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2010 by worldromper

Speedy J & Scott Pagano

Delicious

Sunrise

Let there be techno

Winter in Los Angeles AKA please pass the sunblock

Interface 30 presented by Droid Behavior was to take place at undisclosed warehouse location #388 last Saturday night, however by the time I got to the map point around 4AM, the party had already been moved to the second location of the evening, thanks to another sweet stopover by the LAPD. Cops are such awesome guests at parties. Mad party points to Droid for moving the show as well as to that crazy techno crowd that doesn’t give a DAMN and will thrash until the sun comes up, every time.

I recognized the second location and was STOKED because it is one of my favorite venues in Los Angeles. I was the last to arrive at the map point before they left for the night and soon arrived to a party that had been throbbing for a while, with none of the straight-sober jitters evident in the crowd like exists when you walk into a show at 10PM to an empty dance floor ringed with shufflers and full beers. People were dancing and screaming, as they should be at 4AM on Saturday night in the entertainment capital of the world. I dove into the dance floor.

Speedy J was up and shoving it out with Scott Pagano next to him on the visuals. I really liked this setup and would like to see it more: DJ and VJ side by side. This venue is a fatty late-night spot because of all the weird and cushy seats, couches and wrestling pads around the main room that you can lounge in when your jello legs need a break. A mix of steam and smoke billows out the open windows all night long, finally calming in the morning when most of the dance floor wanders off and the rainbow colors of the LA sunrise filter in.

Drumcell played after Speedy J; always a pleasure, and he was celebrating the date of his manufacture AKA his birthday. Beautiful techno. I don’t know what time it when was I climbed on the roof and I don’t know what time it was when I left.

I love Droid parties because they are unapologetically techno. If you like techno, you will love Droid parties. Don’t like techno? A Droid party might just convince you otherwise. Two things are certain: 10) Droid is LA techno and 2) you can find me next to the speaker.

Droid Behavior presents the Wham Bam Thank You NAMM Afterparty this Friday at the Downtown Independent.

Droid Behavior feat. ACID CIRCUS in Seattle!

Posted in Events, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2009 by worldromper

ACID CIRCUSThe 206 is in for a dark and sweaty treat this Saturday night when Vidal and Vangelis Vargas of Droid Behavior AKA Acid Circus bring a taste of LA techno to the Emerald City. If there is one thing that Seattle loves more than dancing under bridges, a cold case of PBR cracked open at the afterparty and a clear and sunny October afternoon, it’s the unrelenting aural penetration known as TECHNO.

In addition to being ridiculously on-point DJs and skilled producers whose tracks often find themselves at the top of the charts, the Vargas brothers are key contributors to the Los Angeles techno movement. Click here to read an interview with Acid Circus by Drew Best for Media Contender, and here is a more recent piece on Droid Behavior’s Seven Year Anniversary Party this past Saturday night, along with a download from Kid606.

Seattle! Catch these brothers Saturday night at the Electric Tea Garden, located above the Artificial Limb Company on Capitol Hill with local support from bonafide techno freaks Kristina Childs, Jeromy Nail and Condiment Crew peeps DJ Shift, Murdoc and Charles T. Shade.

Click here for more event information! Shilo it up, Seattle!

DROID Behavior: LA Techno Interview w/MediaContender

Posted in Events, Interviews, LISTEN TO THIS, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2009 by worldromper

Check out  this sweet interview on MediaContender with Vidal Vargas of Droid Behavior and Drew Best of Smog, one of LA’s big dubstep crews.

Droid Interface 28 goes down tonight at my favorite LA venue, TBA, with Tim Xavier (Live PA), Luis Flores (Live PA), Drumcell vs. Audio Injection and more.

And DEAR GOD do yourself a favor and download the music at the bottom of the write up. I don’t care where you are, what you are doing, or what kind of music you think you like. DO IT.

droid_logo

PS I LOVE LA

Shilo’s August Events

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2009 by worldromper

As always, I keep this post updated throughout the month and you can find it by looking in the right-hand column on my main page under “Shilo’s Event Calendar.”

…and the summer of love continues:

  • 1: JUJUBEATS Festival @ Oak Canyon Ranch in Irvine with Bassnectar, the Glitch Mob, Z-Trip, Juakali, Mozaic, Kush Arora & 6Blocc
  • 1: Pure Filth presents BASSFACE with N-Type, Ramadanman, The Professionals, Deco, Novacaines and Kemst
  • 1: HALF CIRCLE w/KiloWatts, Jantsen, Heavenly Father & Kid Logic @ private location
  • 2: Droid Behavior Pool Party @ Dream Loft Pool
  • 5: Low End Theory: Gaslamp Killer’s Record Release Party for “My Troubled Mind” with Free Moral Agents, Thavius Beck & Computer Jay
  • 7-9 PHOTOSYNTHESIS FESTIVAL (WA)
  • 7: Planetary Series: LOST PLANET with Luca Bacchetti, Orlando Voorn, Robtronik, Developer, & Subversive @ TBA
  • 8: Techno in the Desert
  • 8: HARD @ The Forum w/Underword, Chromeo, Crookers, Crystal Castles, 12th Planet, Skeet Skeet, Destructo & more
  • 12: Low End Theory with ESKMO, Bullion & Diaba$e
  • 13: Welder @ Cabinet Theatre in Hollywood
  • 14: 16Bit & Beyond One Year Anniversary w/Kraddy & RD @ Air Conditioned Supper Club (Venice)
  • 14: Compression @ King King in Hollywood
  • 15: DROID Behavior pres: Interface 28:28 with Tim Xavier, Luis Flores, more more more
  • 15: Señor Fish & Gridlife presents Daedelus @ Plankton Man
  • 19: Low End Theory with Giovanni Marks and Intuition & Verbs
  • 21: BWOMP presents Fill in the Bass @ TBA w/an-ten-nae, Oscure, Odeed, Eva, Kid Logic, DJ 007, Ev-1, Sati & J-Viz (info line 310-933-1451)
  • 22: Pure Filth presents BASSFACE w/Mampi Swift, The Professionals, Drone, Scooba & more
  • 26: Low End Theory Membership Drive w/all residents and edIT
  • 27: My Hollow Drum 2-Year Anniversary w/Nosaj Thing, Free the Robots, Kutmah & more @ The Crosby
  • 29: SMOG 3-Year Anniversary w/Plastician, Babylon System, 12th Planet, DLX, Pawn, Emu, Evol, Pablo Hassan & more @ TBA
  • 31: Burning Man- See you on the PLAYA!

I LOVE SUMMER! Bondi Beach, Sydney Australia

Shilo’s JUNE EVENTS

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2009 by worldromper
I promise to keep this updated on a regular basis, ‘cuz I change my mind like I change people into bass sluts and plus there are only like five shows on my list right now. Something tells me I will be going out slightly more than that.
  • 3: Low End Theory w/Ras G, Take & Mono/Poly
  • 5: Z-Trip, Dam Funk, & Gaslamp Killer @ Natural History Museum
  • 5: COMPRESSION @ TBA
  • 6: Venice Carnevale @ Venice Beach (der)
  • 6: MEGA presented by Droid Behavior, IComplex, Baseck, and Dublab
  • 8: Monday Night Social @ Nacional
  • 10: Nosaj Thing “Drift” Record Release Party @ Low End Theory
  • 12: Nosaj Thing “Drift” Listening Party w/Gaslamp Killer & Free the Robots @ Undefeated in Silverlake
  • 13: Slinky X
  • 13: Smog Sessions @ Echoplex w/Joe Nice, XI, Juakali, Spit Brothers, DLX & Kemst
  • 16: Pure Filth presents: Skream @ TBA
  • 17: Zomby, Joker, MC Nomad & 12th Planet @ The Roxy
  • 18: Shpongle @ Key Club (DJ set)
  • 18: THIRDSDAZE w/Propa Tingz, PrEssHA, Dirty Steve & Northstar (SEATTLE)
  • 20: Pure Filth presents: Benga, The Professionals, 6Blocc, more @ TBA
  • 19-21: Esthetic Evolution, (IDAHO)
  • 23: Ghislain Poirier @ Cinespace
  • 24: 16 Bit @ Low End Theory + more TBA
  • 24: Trouble & Bass CD Release party @ The Echo w/Drop the Lime, AC Slater, Star Eyes, The Captain & Skeet Skeet
  • 27-28: Electric Daisy Carnival
  • 28: Red Lightning w/BLVD, Kraddy & Vokab @ Marina del Rey
  • 30: Westside Dubz @ Zanzibar w/Geno Cochino, Emu & more
  • 30: DUBTROIT w/Reid Speed, UltraBlack, Kinetic, Lobsta & Anna Love @ Detroit Bar in OC

I’m gonna look like this at the end of June:

iamsonotpassedoutinthispicture

Smog’s New Digs: The Echoplex

Posted in Events, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 12, 2009 by worldromper

LA’s dirty dubstep crew Smog has a new home at the Echoplex in Echo Park, a development that I am especially psyched about because the sound at the Echoplex is dope AND I live about two minutes down the street. Sweet!

Smog’s next show at the Echoplex is May 21 when dubstep gets busy with techno and Smog teams up with my other homies Droid to present a night of techno-dubstep hybrid beats by Appleblim, Hyperactive, Drumcell, and Pawn.

Whether you like techno or dubstep you should come out and check things out; or if you are like me and go nuts for techno AND dubstep, well then- I’ll see you at the front of the dance floor.

appleblim_back_web

 

Dubtroit, Glitch Mob & Droid Behavior last week in LA

Posted in From the Front Lines (Show Reviews) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2009 by worldromper

Not all at once!

Hey so I have been snoozing on my reviews, spending too much time writing for money and stupid shit like that, my bad.

Ah who am I kidding, I’ve been partying all week and weekend long in LA. Epic good times, so here ya go: one dubstep night, one glitchy fever fest, and one techno extravaganza. BECAUSE I ONLY LIKE PSYTRANCE.

 

  • DUBTROIT in OC on 4/28: Stenchman, Emalkay, Seven and Unit

I drove about an hour to get to the venue, Detroit Bar, which was in a strip mall in Costa Mesa. For those of you not in LA, neither is that. I had some friends coming up from San Diego and I figured if they could haul their asses all the way to the OC, so could I.

MASTER decision. What looked on the exterior to be a freaky slice of American death culture in strip mall form turned out to be a sweet little club. No cover for early bird club nerds like me (until you needed to go to your car for drinks and smokes, ahem), a cute dance floor under the raised DJ booth, and decent sound for sure.

My only disappointment for the night was the fact that 12th Planet didn’t play although he was on the lineup; but Seven and Emalkay were pleasingly sticky-dirty. The latter did NOT beat mothafuckas, for the record.

Stenchman owned the night with his closing set, performing in a freak-ass mask that is straight outta Batman Begins or some shit. Although he is from the UK, his set was not as heavily saturated with that signature druggy bass. Some dubstep soaks up the overcast, rainy climates where it is produced and takes on a more ominous, somber tone which tends to make me feel drunker than I am with its droning pull towards the ground.

Stenchman gave danceable dubstep, and I loved it. Dubtroit at Detroit Bar is definitely worth the hour drive (thank you Smog!) and I will be returning fo sho. Check out pictures of the show here.

 

  • GLITCH MOB w DJ AM on 4/30 @ La Cita in downtown LA

Another free show, another beautiful night in LA. Again this poor freelancer arrived early to avoid the super expensive $5 cover; the opening DJ was laying down straight fucking disco under a sign that said “THESE DEEJAYS DON’T TAKE REQUESTS.” 

So of course I walked up to the decks and screamed, “CAN YOU PLAY SOME R KELLY?” over the throbbing dance beats. GOD I love the look that line gets me! He did have some R Kelly but thankfully was able to tell that I was joking. What can I say? I’m a flirt.

La Cita is a deep and skinny club, with a long bar and a fat outside area with a boxing-ring type dance floor in the middle, surrounded by tables. Almost all of the people I talked to had no idea who the hell the Glitch Mob was. “Four DJs all at once?”

Anyway it seemed like hours- no wait, it WAS hours before the Glitch Mob came on; I wandered around talking to strangers and spilling beer and dancing with the mad crowd out on the floor going a little nuts to DJ AM who was laying down thick waves of house music; the freaks were lapping it up and ripping down signs and shit.

Now, as much as I love house music which is more than most of you reading this, I was hella stoked to see edIT and Boreta and OOah and Kraddy walk in. Their laptops were set up on what I thought was a buffet line. A buffet of bass. Pile it on.

Anyone not in the LA area who doesn’t get to see the Glitch Mob on a regular basis has no idea what sweet ass new tunes they are missing. The boys played West Coast Rocks and Bubblin’ in the Cut but they also laid hella new tracks down, ah yes.

Things were stupid sweaty up on the front of the floor with tons of crazy chicks being all pushy-shovey; I have just accepted the fact that when I see the Glitch Mob (in LA, anyway) that shit will be jam packed with little room to actually dance. I COULD move to the back of the dance floor, but then would I be able to read the buttons on edIT’s Lemur that say: “SHRED, SMEAR, SLAY, and MANGLE?” No, no I would not.

SO YEAH super fatty set once again from the Glitch Mob. Put some of those new tracks out guys, or some live mixes. The people want it! DO IT! 

 

  • DROID BEHAVIOR Interface 27  on May 2 w/Dean Paul, Miro Pajic, Alex Delano, Tony Rohr, Audio Injection vs. Drumcell, & Clint Stewart.

OH BUT THE VERY BEST party of the week was without a doubt Droid Behavior on Saturday night in random warehouse location #487 with a Funktion One sound system. I arrived around 1AM after getting lost as shit (it’s on the waiver) and was so excited I was about to jump out of the top of my head.

This the kind of techno party you dream about, the night that other parties want to be, the energy that producers all over the world wish they could achieve. This is why people are jealous of LA; booming techno for giant room of dancing freaks and friends all night long.

All night, until I wandered outside around 630 AM and had the whole, “OH SHIT IT’S DAYLIGHT!” revelation. Tight visuals as well, except towards the end when they just changed it to these static pinstriped squares which was kind of weird- I would prefer pitch black. Check out a video from Saturday night here, or check out the Interface 27 photo stream on Flickr here.

I don’t know when or where the next Droid Behavior party will be, but I will be there for sure. I kind of just want to follow the Funktion One system around the LA area and dance to whatever is coming out. 

SO THERE YOU HAVE IT! Dubstep, Disco, House, Glitch Hop, and Techno and one happy Shilo. Which looks like this:

partyonwaynepartyongarth