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Shilo’s December Events

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HOLY FRICKIN’ HOLIDAZE I can’t believe 2009 is almost gone. This time last year, I wasn’t even considering moving to LA. And yet here I am now, smack in the middle of the most creative and exciting underground electronic scene in the world!

December is always party season, and this year is no exception. I keep this post updated and added to throughout the month and you can find it by looking in the right-hand column on my main page under “Shilo’s Event Calendar.”

  • Dec 2: Low End Theory Family Reunion w/Gaslamp Killer, Daddy Kev, Nobody, Nocando + special guests TBA
  • Dec 3: The Do Lab presents Solvent, Michna & Kether at King King
  • Dec 3: Respect presents Genr8 & Kuru
  • Dec 4: Culprit & Throne of Blood presents DJ Kaos, Soul Clap, TK Disko & Droog @ TS2
  • Dec 4: BWOMP presents Dubstep.FM Invades LA w/Dopelabs, HD4000, EMU & SURPRISE GUEST @ TBA
  • Dec 4: Nosaj Thing & Low Limit of Lazer Sword @ The Changing Same (San Jose)
  • Dec 4: CONTROL @ Avalon w/AC Slater & DJ Craze
  • Dec 5: Mark Farina @ Vanguard
  • Dec 5: KRS-One @ The Roxy
  • Dec 5: Winter Fresh Festival w/Datsik, The Toxic Avenger & much more @ the Pico Rivera Sports Arena
  • Dec 9: Low End Theory with Busdriver, Oscar McClure, Bossasaurus, Asura & residents
  • Dec 9: Lucent Dossier Experience @ H.Wood (every Wednesday)
  • Dec 10: I AM A LASER with Ana Sia and Deru @ Club Nokia Mezzanine Lounge
  • Dec 10: Made to Play with Jesse Rose, Riva Starr, Zombie Disco Squad & more @ the Roxy
  • Dec 10: Respect w/Everfresh, Whizard B2B Circuit, Machete, MC XYZ @ Dragonfly
  • Dec 10: Dopelabs, Them Cargo Pants, Knorsq & Tealong @ The Crosby
  • Dec 11: Chicks with Decks: Michele Bass, Imagika, Porter Tinsely & more @ Area 33
  • Dec 11: CONTROL @ Avalon w/Etienne de Crecy
  • Dec 11: Ewan Pearson & Droog at TS2
  • Dec 12: Pantheon pres. Elves and Hos Xmas Party w/Mimosa, Jesse Wright, Porter Tinsley & more @ Area 33
  • Dec 12: Gaslamp Killer @ The Echoplex
  • Dec 12: Derick Carter, Luke Solomon, John Graham @ Avaland @ Avalon
  • Dec 12: Hear 008 1-Year Anniversary w/Mark Henning, Drumcell, Jeremy P. Caulfield @ TBA
  • Dec 12: Love Fix w/Mark E Quark, Xavier de Enciso, Alex Villalobos, Victor Carrillo & more @ TBA
  • Dec 13: BRAINFEEDER Sessions w/Nosaj Thing Visual Show Premier, Eskmo, Mono/Poly, Gaslamp Killer, Strangeloop, Kutmah, Teebs & more @ the Downtown Independent
  • Dec 16: Low End Theory w/Sole & the Skyrider Band, Mono/Poly & residents
  • Dec 18: BLVD, Souleye, AdamandEvil, Mid City West @ The Stronghold Building (Venice)
  • Dec 18: Out of Asia w/Reid Speed, Gridlock, HD4000 & more @ TBA
  • Dec 18: CONTROL @ Avalon w/Armand van Helden
  • Dec 18: Obey pres. Brainfeeder & MHD takeover of the Crosby w/SamIYam, Ras G, Tokimonsta & My Hollow Drum (OC)
  • Dec 18: Ugly Sweater Party with BOUNCY HOUSE arriving at 5AM
  • Dec 19: Sqysh Fysh: A Nightmare Before Xmas w/Knowa Knowone, Pumpkin, Brion Charles & Gabe (BM Art Car fundraiser)
  • Dec 19: LA Record Christmas Party with Daedelus, Daddy Kev, Nobody, Take, MatthewDavid & LOTS more @ Bedrock, FREE w/TOY & RSVP here.
  • Dec 19: Infected Mushroom @ Avalon. Read my interview with Infected Mushroom
  • Dec 20: Winter Solstice Party w/Jega, Deru, Kraddy & Tom Burbank @ Air Conditioned Supper Club in Venice
  • Dec 22: Plug Research 2010 w/Daedelus, J.Rocc, Kutmah, surprise guests & more @ Echoplex
  • Dec 23: Low End Theory w/Ras G, SamIYam, Lorn, Teebs & residents
  • Dec 24: A Kilowatts Kristamas Eve feat. Kilowatts live, Treavor, Brian Saitzyk, Stephan Jacobs, Bartek @ Area 33 (Culver City)
  • Dec 25: MERRY CHRISTMAS SMOKE A FATTIE
  • Dec 26: Pure Filth presents BASSFACE w/DLX, Flying Lotus, Daedelus, Daddy Kev, 6Blocc, The Professionals, Magi, Remo, Metaphase, Kemst & MC1
  • Dec 29: Dubtroit 1-Year Anniversary w/DJ KMO, 12th Planet & more TBA
  • Dec 30: Low End Theory w/Tokimonsta, 6Blocc, Mr. Fantastic & residents
  • Dec 31: Sea of Dreams in SF w/Glitch Mob, Ozomatli, Bassnectar, Ghostland Observatory, Yard Dogs Road Show, EOTO, Lynx & Janover, Random Rab, Marty Party, Ana Sia, an-ten-nae, David Starfire & more
  • Dec 31: Gaslamp Killer, Chromeo & Peanut Butter Wolf @ Club Nokia
  • Dec 31: New Year’s Eve 2010 Together As One w/David Guetta, John Digweed, Dubfire, Sander Kleinenberg & more @ Los Angeles Sport Arena
  • Dec 31: HARD New Year’s Eve w/Boys Noize, A-Trak, DJ Mehdi, Destructo & more @ The Palladium
  • Dec 31: Lunar New Years Eve @ TBA w/Cesare vs. Disorder, Mikael Stavostrand, Acid Circus, Drumcell & more

Infected Mushroom Video: Smashing the Opponent

Posted in Videos with tags , , , , , , , on August 12, 2009 by worldromper

Featuring Jonathan Davis of Korn, Oakenfold, DJ Von Douche and me.

Ah just kidding, maybe half my face is on the screen for a split second- I doubt my mom could even pick me out. BUT it is a decent video. Read my account of the video shoot at the Roxy here; and read my interview with Infected Mushroom here.Vodpod videos no longer available.

Crystal Method Video Shoot in Hollywood

Posted in Music News, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2009 by worldromper

Crystal Method Come Back Clean Video ShootTuesday I went to check out a Crystal Method video shoot in Hollywood in a studio just off Santa Monica Blvd. The video was for the next single “Come Back Clean” off their album Divided By Night, a song which features the vocals of Emily Haines of Metric fame and beats from drummer Samantha Maloney (Hole, Motley Crue, Peaches).

All was quiet and hush-hush on set when I arrived at the chilly studio; it was a very different setting from the Infected Mushroom shoot that I attended which featured dozens of loud, chatty extras and a director with a megaphone.

Crystal Method Come Back Clean Video ShootThe concept of the video has Crystal Method’s two electronic rock musicians, Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland, switching off as cab drivers while picking up a rainbow of passengers (hot chicks, of course) who then fight, make out and otherwise get into drama. I heard very precious little of the actual song but was very interested to see the process which the video team created the setting: fake rain, steamers to fog up the cab windows, flashing strobe lights in blue, yellow, red and basically all those Hollywood tricks.

Crystal Method Come Back Clean Video ShootNeatest of all was the storyboard of comic-like strips that told the scene progression in picture form and listed the characters: smooth girl, preppy girl, punk girl and dolled-up girl. How fun it would be to be the mind behind video story design!

The director was très français with a mustache and everything and I was happy to see several females working in such a male-dominated environment. I didn’t get to talk to the superstars as they were busy filming, but will definitely watch for the video to come out in a month or two.

Crystal Method Come Back Clean Video ShootThe Crystal Method is on tour right now; their next West Coast date will be in San Diego at the Hard Rock Hotel on August 8 where they will be playing a DJ set.

Epic Days of Cacophony @ Electric Daisy Carnival: Day 2

Posted in Festivals, From the Front Lines (Show Reviews) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2009 by worldromper

Hello freaks! I am doing something a little bit different with my EDC review; I attended the massive rave on the press pass tip and took my friend Skandar from San Diego. Not only are his cargo pockets good for sneaking in various party paraphernalia, but he also writes, and as a DJ is privy to some insights that escape this dancing queen. I will be mixing our reviews together to give you a different voice and perspective on the carnival; his words are in green.

Free Rides!

Free Rides!

DAY TWO found us arriving at the carnival grounds much earlier, around 5:30 after a quick 4:20 run by Hollywood. Although I have read a thousand bitchings about traffic on EDC threads, it was never a problem for me, perhaps that’s because I believe traffic rules are for other people. Nevertheless we were into the $25 parking lot past the cavalcade of departing ambulances in no time- about half an hour from Hollywood to EDC, which is equal to the speed of light in LA.

If day 1 was a carnival then day 2 was a cosmic intergalactic amusement park for the masses. When we arrived around 5:30 you could already tell from the traffic that this day was going to be bigger, much bigger. Deciding to beat the bigger crowds later we checked out a few of the carnival rides – the lines were not too bad considering the rides were free. A few chats with random strangers (that dude’s belt must be delicious because he’s gnawing on it like a churros) passed the time while waiting between gut-tumbling adventures. I can’t even imagine the insurance liability involved with sketchy looking carnival rides and a small city of reckless, drugged-out youth.

Getting to the party earlier meant one thing for me: RIDES. FREE rides, no less, from the lame-ass Ferris Wheel (oh okay, I love it) to the cruel and delightful Zipper. Rides dotted the grounds and even the dance floors in the case of Kinetic Field, as did blinking, moving, and living art installations from bus-sized cubes of multicolored light bulbs to decadent stilt walkers to the black-and-white Hollywood Klowns that go-go danced while they freaked you out.

After a few rides and a bout of nausea or two we embarked on our true mission – to rock out like there was not tomorrow. Stopping by the Drum & bass area first, LTJ Bukem’s atmospheric bass pulsated as surprise guest MC Conrad regaled the audience in his soulful manner. I could not help but be amused by the tall fences surrounding the Jungle area like a prison yard – a metaphor by how the Drum & Bass community has been shunned into the corner for many years.

DNB Stage

DNB Stage

Saturday included an insane amount and wide variety of performers: Yogi, The Crystal Method, Diplo, Simian Mobile Disco, Roger Sanchez, Paul Van Dyk and Infected Mushroom were all in there somewhere.

Wandering over to some more experimental sounds, Diplo mashed dubstep with electro and hip hop, always serving up a smorgasbord of musical flavors infused with turntablism. As the sun began to set the fire performers emerged on stage, assuring us that the entertainment would only step up from here on out. By nightfall the mass of glowsticks, blinking art pieces, pyrotechnics, lasers, visual screens, and LED displays made the place one giant inescapable light show. One could almost O.D. on the eye candy.

There's still room for you!

There's still room for you!

Attempting to find our musical bliss for the night we did a lot of wandering in and out of disappointing sets that could not hold our attention. Andy C & Friction – how can they be boring? Infected Mushroom – fake rock band boring. Paul Van Dyk – epic boring. The real stars of the show on EDC day 2 were the 90,000+ attendees in full rave regalia. Entertainment was everywhere, making the music almost secondary (almost). Deciding to check out the Cosmic Meadow stage that was only used on Saturday, it seemed like a half-million-dollar afterthought crammed in a corner of the huge festival grounds. One of the pleasant surprises of the night, Roger Sanchez banged out NYC tribal techno – a flavor of techno you don’t hear on the West Coast, and people were digging it.

The party didn’t end at 4AM when the festival closed; rather we had a choice selection of afterparties to choose from and we chose TECHNO at the Moontribe party, went and danced some more until well past daylight, went home and slept the entire day away. You know.

At this point it was about 3 AM and time to find the afterparty. Luckily we had our destination set already and did not have to endure the flyer gauntlet at the main entrance. We left the Electric Daisy Carnival in awe of the electronic music community – clear proof that the “rave” was not just a fad; it is a powerful artistic phenomenon whose resurging influence will push boundaries for years to come.

Love 'dem giant trip toys

Love 'dem giant trip toys

ALL IN ALL- HOLY MOTHER OF RAVES you guys MUST put the Electric Daisy Carnival on your list. I travel all over the place for festivals, riding across the country in RVs and spending mega bucks to fly to random party spots, all the while I have what is undoubtedly one of the most epic EDM festivals in the world literally ten minutes away from my house. 

Yes, there were crowds (and bitching about crowds) but the masses of near-naked bodies flowed, and I never felt stuck or that I couldn’t move or get away from people- and that’s when crowds freak me out. With 90,000 people you are going to have a bit of a ruckus, but even the toilet situation was above par- huge bathrooms with 30 sinks and 75 toilets dotted the grounds around the football stadium. This place is prepared for lots of people and handles them well, the weather was perfect and the festival blew my fucking mind, hands down. Or hands up, as it were.

Party Dragon

Party Dragon

I will definitely be going back next year, even if there is a similar trance and house and DNB-heavy lineup, hell even if it was the same EXACT lineup. We are living in monumental times, and our community is alive and well and kicking and dancing, and I don’t understand why anyone would not want to be a part of a culture who lives to have fun, dance, listen to music and rock the fuck out.

See you next year.

Read the DAY 1 Review here.

Interview with Infected Mushroom

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2009 by worldromper

Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Infected Mushroom at the video shoot at the Roxy for their new video, “Smashing the Opponent” featuring the vocals of Jonathan Davis of Korn. All five guys were in the room but Duvdev (Amit Duvudevani) did almost all of the talking; they were all really nice and amiable and were doing one interview after another with nary a hint of exhaustion.

Infected Mushroom’s new album, Legend of the Black Shawarma, drops September 9 on Oakenfold’s label Perfecto, and the boys will be at the Electric Daisy Carnival this weekend along with me and 100,000 other dancing freaks.

Here you go:

DF5K: You guys are LA-based, and there are a thousand locations in this city- why film your video at the Roxy?

IM: Well first of all, all the videos of Infected Mushroom (which is one, by the way) were shot in Canada, we never shot a video in the United States. We live in LA, the Roxy’s pretty close to our house, a landmark, and many people have been here, many bands have played, and it is just a cool place to shoot a video.

DF5K: A lot of people are talking about the West Coast and specifically LA as the new epicenter of electronic music in the United States, that things are shifting from the East Coast to the West. Do you guys think this is true and if so, where do you see your band in the West Coast Future Sound Movement?

IM: I think that Infected Mushroom is kind of a different breed in the electronic music, we have so much emphasis on heavy metal and rock, so we are not considered any more so electronic. But we are an electronic band, we mix trance with heavy metal. I don’t know how we fit in the East Coast/West Coast thing. We like LA, we live over here, we like the weather. Fuck the East Coast and uh, fuck Baltimore by the way, and especially fuck Baltimore, and yeah- we kind of like it over here.

DF5K: Me too, me too! So the new album coming out, Legend of the Black Shawarma: how is it different? How is it fresh? What is new for you guys?

IM: First of all, you know the guests on the album, Jonathan Davis of course the lead singer of Korn is in the video clip we are shooting today; Perry Farrell from Jane’s Addiction, Paul Oakenfold working with us on the album. Me and Erez we took a bit different approach on this album, bringing people that are not familiar with our kind of style; actually they were but nevermind. So you know they come from different genres and we put them on the album. We wanted to do it actually with Vicious Delicious two years ago and didn’t have the chance; now we have the time, they have the time and we are happy that it came out.

DF5K: How is it working with Paul Oakenfold, the greatest legend ever and shit?

IM: It is really great, you know Paul helped us a lot in many directions even in electronic music we didn’t know. Me and Erez have been doing this for so many years but Paul took it to a much higher level, especially here in the States. He met us with so many people and so many things, and so it actually, it was great.

DF5K: You guys are in the middle of a tour. Where do you go next?

IM: We’re doing Russia, Moscow this weekend then we are coming back again to the United States doing Salt Lake City and EDC here in LA downtown, a great party and yeah actually July, a little bit of the States and then going to Europe again.

DF5K: How do you see the crowds and community, how is it different in Europe as opposed to here?

IM: I think that the rave scene here now in the States got a new fresh crowd, a different crowd than used to be before. In Europe, they’ve been seeing raves for twenty years, you know. For me and Erez, we feel much more excited playing here in the U.S. because the crowds are much more into it. 

“Especially Baltimore!” interjects one of the other band members.

(Duvdev continues) Fuck Baltimore! Actually Baltimore is wonderful, the best spot…

“Suddenly Baltimore is on the page again!”

(Duvdev continues) By the way, fuck Baltimore.

DF5K: Especially!

IM: But anyway yeah the crowds in the United States are really appreciative, they go mental at the shows and me and Erez, we kind of like it for the moment over here.

DF5K: I saw you guys in Seattle last year and I noticed the crowd was younger and lots of females too, a big female draw…

IM: Good times, good times!

DF5K: You don’t often see that for techno shows and other genres of EDM.

IM: Good times, by the way! Especially in Baltimore! No- there are no girls in Baltimore.

DF5K: If you bring the girls, the boys will follow. Right on. So where are you most excited about going for your next show?

IM: Moscow is really exciting, always good shows over there; back to the States EDC is one of the biggest, here in downtown, we look forward to that.

DF5K: Are you guys playing on Friday or Saturday?

IM: Saturday, and we are looking forward to that because we did two EDCs already, a huge show, great reaction. Looking forward to Salt Lake City, one day before ON the Salt Lake, last time was a great show- mucho mucho mucho girls. We like Salt Lake City. Utah! And fuck Baltimore.

DF5K: So who is inspiring you guys, what music do you listen to all the time, right now: who are you really digging?

IM: You know me and Erez we listen to everything, from electronic, heavy metal, radio, hip hop, whatever comes along. We like Depeche Mode, everything. This album is influenced by so many bands.

DF5K: Are there any particular LA artists you like?

IM: Actually, I don’t know. I like Incubus lately. I didn’t before but I do now.

DF5K: What do you guys think about dubstep? It’s blowing up here in LA and all over.

IM: I have heard of them but I didn’t hear their music.

DF5K: It’s a new genre, real bass heavy and whompy and underground.

IM: I have heard the name but not the music yet so I don’t know.

DF5K: Awesome. So are you gonna be here all day shooting the video? How long does it take?

IM: We are here for the morning and we have some night scenes to shoot, basically you are coming to a club and it has to be night.

DF5K: Yeah I was confused walking up here in daylight hours, like ‘Where is the Roxy?’ It’s daylight and I didn’t recognize anything!

IM: Yeah so we are doing the shoot now and it is gonna go all through the night.

DF5K: Are you pretty involved in the design of the video?

IM: Well we came up with the script and then we leave it to the guys who know what they’re doing; we do the music and hopefully it will come as we envision it.

DF5K: Do you go out a lot in LA to hear music?

IM: Actually no because we do three to four shows a week, then we come and we have our families, babies, and to produce and stuff, so actually I don’t go out so much. We are in clubs anyway. Yesterday the Lakers won…

DF5K: Did you riot? Throw a trash can on a cop car?

IM: I went rioting, I had a beer.

DF5K: Run down the interstate?

IM: I went crazy, yeah. 

DF5K: Do you think you’ll stay in LA for a while?

IM: I know we’re feeling pretty cool now over here, we have homes over here, good times, quiet times, and for now we are here.

DF5K: What about Baltimore?

IM: Fuck Baltimore!

*******

Catch Infected Mushroom at the Electric Daisy Carnival in LA, and for more tour dates around the world click here.

Read my account of the video shoot for “Smashing the Opponent” here.

Who is this hipster with DuvDev?Who is this fucking hipster with DuvDev?

Infected Mushroom Video Shoot: Smashing the Opponent

Posted in Music News, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2009 by worldromper

I headed up to the Roxy in West Hollywood on Monday to interview Israeli psytrancers Infected Mushroom and wound up being in their next video and had a nice chit-chaterooni with Paul Oakendfuckingfold as well. He was a really nice guy, despite tales I had heard to the contrary. Of course, I am blond and don’t really let people not be my friend.

I will write up the interview shortly but for now I just wanted to tell you about the video shoot for their new single, “Smashing the Opponent,” featuring the vocals of Korn’s Jonathan Davis. The track is off Infected Mushroom’s upcoming album, Legend of the Black Shawarma, which is due out September 8th on Oakenfold’s label Perfecto.

I am not the biggest psytrance fan in the history of the universe, but I was feeling the track and dancing in my heels as it boomed from the Roxy’s sound system, the ribbons of bassline flowing smooth like champagne under Davis’ raw and burning vocals. Most of the people there for the shoot had no idea who anyone was at all. One chick asked me, “Are these guys famous? I hope so.” Ahhhhlalalala, LA.

The champagne was actually flowing like rocket fountains all over me and about twenty other “dance club” chicks; after my interview I was hanging around watching the video shoot and then just jumped in with the other ladies who had been instructed to go “crazy on the dance floor” for one of the scenes. Crazy on the dance floor? I can do that. I am constantly surprised with what you can get away with if you just do it, if you just ask the question, if you just walk through that door. You should definitely try it sometime.

The “Smashing the Opponent” video basically makes fun of the club scene and DJs and stupid chicks; the star of the shoot is this mophead DJ with a fat grill and pimpy white suit over a shiny shirt. He is constantly surrounded by girls going nutty, he drinks espresso at the DJ booth and never even touches his records- he has two hot-chick assistants who put them on and spin them for him while he dances and poses. They help him take off his coat, and then his pants- revealing emerald-green paisley bikini briefs. Funny shit; I mean if we can’t make fun of ourselves, then who will?

After having “champagne” (really apple cider) sprayed all over me from eight directions while I thrashed about like a wild woman in the middle of a group of girls I split the scene; the filming was to last another six hours and I didn’t really care to be in big part of the video, I just like having the experience! And bragging about it, of course.

So stay tuned on MTV (Do they even show videos anymore? Does anyone out there still watch MTV?) for the video and you know I will be posting it here as well. And I will be getting around to writing up that interview shortly, although I will say this: Infected Mushroom LOVES the West Coast!

But then again, who doesn’t?

Here’s some fuzzy shots for you of the video shoot featuring our superstar DJ and his hottie bodyguards:

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