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Decibel Festival 2009: Shilo’s Showcase Suggestions

Posted in Events, Festivals with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2009 by worldromper

Due to popular demand I am writing up my showcase suggestions for the 2009 Decibel Festival which begins TOMORROW!

I have been pimping for this festival for a while; I believe strongly in the smart curation of the party. These lineups are not just thrown together, but rather placed with precision into intelligent mixes of eclectic talent. In case you haven’t figured it out by now, I write for Decibel, and am honored to be a part of Seattle’s EDM festival.

I have bolded my top pick for each day, and added links in orange to the showcase descriptions that I wrote up.

Happy Decibel everybody!

THURSDAY 9/24:

FRIDAY 9/25:

  • dB DJ Lounge w/Produkt DJs (Goner, PrEssHa, Andrew Luck)
  • dB in duB Part 2: Dubstep Massive (Caspa, N-Type, Juakali, Boxcutter, much more)
  • Dirty Dancing International (Noah Pred, Rob Hood, Alex Under, The Wighnomy Brothers)
  • dB in duB Afterhours: Dub Mutants (DJ G, Pinch, Moldy, KJ Sawka, Dopelabs)
  • Innerflight Red Eye Afterhours (novaTRON, Nerd Revolt, Phil Western)

SATURDAY 9/26

  • Future Funk H20 – Boat Party (Pezzner, J-Sun, Packy, Ramiro, Jeromy Nail)
  • Bass Lovers Unite (Mala, Mary Anne Hobbs, Megasoid, Nosaj Thing, Daedelus)
  • Disko Cassé (Hookerz N Blow, CLP, Truckasaurus, Brodinski, Recess, MC Anton Bomb)
  • dB Afterhours: The Deep End Part 2 (Voodeux, Move D, Martyn)
  • Starborne Dirty Velvet Afterhours (Nalepa, Mimosa, Mike Slott, 3WS, Eprom, Skoi Sirius, Take, Kotchy)

SUNDAY 9/27

Shilo Loves Decibel Festival!

Shilo Loves Decibel Festival!

Decibel Festival 2008: A Review, A Reawakening- DAY 4

Posted in Events, Festivals, From the Front Lines (Show Reviews) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2009 by worldromper

Last year in between four straight days of partying and boarding a Tuesday morning flight to Thailand, I somehow wrote a review of the epic, amazing time I had at Seattle’s Decibel Festival.

A party like no other, Decibel is a city festival held in the clubs, bars, parks and museums of Seattle, an event for the people, by the people. I will be reposting my review from last year along with photos and links, in five parts: Intro, Day 1, Day 2….you get it.

Decibel Festival 2009 takes place September 24-27 and you can check the lineup and buy ticketshere.

DAY 4:

sun tzu soundAfter a respectable amount of sleep I was up on Sunday and made it to Havana’s just in time to catch Suntzu Sound, though not so for the barbeque from Austin which was long gone. This Texas girl was very sad, although the bartender had stashed some chicken back so I did get a little fix of homefood. I wasn’t expecting to dance, just to relax, suntzu soundbut the warm, tribal sounds echoing out of the parking lot had a different idea, and soon I was getting down with a few others in the shady pink parking lot- so perfect for a city barbeque. Jeremy Ellis was out chillin’ in his sweet yellow suit and red ponytail and jumped in for a minute to play along with Suntzu. People kept strolling by the gates, watching us dance and listening to the beats and wondering where they took a wrong turn in life. I think it was at the intersection of Mainstream Avenue and Live-For-Art Street.

Still hungry from my teaser barbeque experience, I drove over to the Triple Door to the Ambient Showcase for a little Deaf Center and a cheese plate. At the second door I ran into Akira Rabelais and we had quite the lovely wine experience all backed up with some creepy-ass music that would chill my bones right off if I played it late at night at my house, and would no doubt inspire me to turn on every single light that I had. I think they call this kind of music “haunting”.

I went to this Ambient Showcase on the recommendation of everyone who has ever told me in my life to slow down- which is like 80,000 people. I did, and it was as lovely as the wine I shared with Akira. I hung on for a little of Eluvium and then took my leave to go get down for one last night of Decibel. It was time to dance!

J-Sun & KadeejahOver at Sole Repair my favorite people in the world, Innerflight, were getting things started with J-Sun and then Kadeejah Streets up on the decks and swinging hard and low with their music- I don’t know who loved it more, the DJs or the crowd below. Upstairs once again in the gallery the dance freaks were rocking it; the crowd wasn’t as thick as it had been for the weekend nights but for those of us there it just meant more dance floor, because the music was definitely right up there with the best of the weekend.

Again, tough choices had to be made. I left Sole Repair to catch Flying Lotus who was incredibly entertaining and a gentleman to boot. He has to be one of the most talented and critically-acclaimed artists of the weekend, and for good reason. The Bug and the Warrior Queen didn’t entirely do it for me, I loved the heavy vibrating bass but couldn’t seem to get into it and found myself outside socializing more than dancing- which shouldn’t happen in Shilo World.

SupermayerSupermayer brought it back for me though with their adorably clever musical attitude and I would have rocked out until the sugar-sweet ending, but m.0 was on fire next door and I wanted to blaze with him. I walked into Sole Repair to see him in the middle of the dance floor with his trademark giant smile and seriously talented beat-mastery. Fantastic, beautiful, and epic. m.0 is the shit in this town, plain and simple, and he is only going up, up, up! Seattle will be right behind him with a big “Hell Yeah.”

After two I headed out for my fourth afterhours of the weekend where once again the music was top notch, the crowd was off their heads with excitement, Flying Lotus was chilling on the windowsill and I danced until I was wringing out my shirt AND JEANS. Wringing out my jeans, people. I was in bed by 6:30AM which didn’t quite give me the sleep I needed to be all perky and Shilo-like by my office meeting at 10AM, but I sure as hell was still dancing on the inside, as I will be for a while, thanks to Decibel Festival.

SupermayerAnd thanks to you, everyone involved which is about a billion people, from the director down to the kids who shucked out money to see a show and over to the bouncer sweeping up cigarette butts. The electronic music community in Seattle is alive and well, full of passion and smiling faces, exploding with talent and gaining more momentum every day. We must harness the excitement and enthusiasm for our music that you are all feeling right now and use it promote the talented artists among us, to work for more and bigger music venues in Seattle, to support newcomers to our scene, and to share with others what electronic music has meant to us, which is more than can be put into words.

I too am inspired not only by all the new music and art in my head but by the fact that one person with a little help from friends can make a huge impact on the international electronic arts community which we are part of: mad mad props to Sean Horton. And thank you to everyone who handed out a flyer, reposted a Myspace bulletin, told a friend about the festival or simply showed up and danced. Rest assured that people returned home with respect for the Seattle electronic music community in their hearts, and I am honored to have been able to contribute to this epic electronic arts mania riot love dance fever weekend we like to call the Decibel Festival. Thank you.

And I seriously have a flight to Thailand in a few hours and should probably go home and start packing.

That’s it! Catch you on the flip-flop. And one last time until next year, Happy Decibel.

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OH SHIT! NEXT YEAR IS HERE!!!!

The 2009 Decibel Festival takes place September 24-27 in Seattle; for tickets and more information please click here.

Interview with Innerflight: J-Sun Talks Techno to Tokyo

Posted in Artists, Interviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2009 by worldromper

J-Sun NiceJason Zucker, otherwise known as J-Sun, is the founder of Innerflight Music, one of Seattle’s premier record labels and party makers. He just returned from a nine-month trip around the world from Thailand to France and many points in-between.

Here he shares his impressions of the international electronic music community and Seattle’s special place in it, electro in Nepal and disco in Laos, gigging in Tokyo and Istanbul, the sound of flat palm on fat booty, novaTRON’s home planet, Kadeejah’s hair, upcoming releases for Innerflight and the label’s Decibel Festival showcase and of course, the basic human right of an underground party.

You can find music from the amazing Innerflight roster on Beatport; just released today is the remix album of m.0’s “Lift Us Up” EP featuring remix work from Spektre, Mynus and Nerd Revolt. From deep tech house to experimental neo-tribalism, glitchy funk to magnetic progressive, this album is an excellent manifestation of the beautiful variety of the Innerflight sound. Listen to and buy it here.

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First of all, you are answering these questions from the other side of the world. How have your recent travels affected your perception of electronic music culture both abroad and at home?

Ko Chang, Thailand

Ko Chang, Thailand

Being abroad has reminded me that electronica continues to be more popular and commercialized in the rest of the world than in the States. You just don’t get dance muzak playing over the loud speaker in the grocery stores back home. Even the “underground” parties in cities like Berlin can still be large events with long lines to get in. At the same time, there is something incredible about being at a techno party with a hundred thousand people. Stateside, things are just not on that level. It’s much more subdued. The industry is not as big, but the vibe is often better because of that. The ideal is to have both the hype and the underground vibe, but this is a difficult balance to maintain. I wasn’t expecting it, but being abroad made me appreciate Seattle and the West Coast music scene a lot more.

Where have you heard the best music? What global trends have you noticed in EDM? Will your travels affect what you play when you return home?

Disco in Laos

Disco in Laos

Laos had some great music. The disco there is epic! As everyone knows, electro has become the biggest thing in electronica, but I didn’t grasp just how popular it has become until I was in Nepal, trekking 12,000 feet above sea level. In a small village, I heard electro tunes pumping out of a kid’s cell phone. Some of his friends were huddled around the phone with him listening to this bangin’ tune. These people didn’t even have running water, but they had electro!

Myanmar

Myanmar

I’m definitely bringing back some influence of international sounds with me. I love combining organic sounds & techy beats when I deejay and a lot of traditional world music can be perfect for this mixture of the natural and synthetic worlds.

Is there truly an “international electronic music community” and have you found it? Have you played out any, and if so, what did you play?

There are pockets of an international music community in almost every country. On a commercial level, festivals like Sonar, WMC, Mutek, and Decibel Festival represent the electronica slice of the greater international community. Every local area has it’s own unique musical tastes and culture, but there are universals that seem to run through all music scenes in the world.

Tokyo

Tokyo

For music, I loved Tokyo, Saigon, and Istanbul. Then again, those were some of the places I gigged in and that always has a big influence on your impression of a place. People were really feeling the house music in the places I performed at. There were moments, actually most of the times I played, when I would attempt to play more techno and electro, but the crowds were feeling the funk. Maybe people in other countries expect that from U.S. DJs.

My impromptu gigs in Laos were a lot of fun because I was able to play whatever I wanted, no expectations. Laos’s people are amazingly friendly and they really know how to enjoy themselves. They love good beats and they love to dance.

Have you discovered any new genres or styles that you will bring home to Seattle? What seems to be the most popular electronic music out there? Can anything uproot the global popularity of trance? And trance: Why?

J-Sun in Saigon

J-Sun in Saigon

In Southeast Asia, nothing exciting was really going on in terms of new music, so I got into the traditional sounds of these cultures. In Vietnam, they have a stringed instrument called the (Bon Bow), and it makes a beautiful pitch bend sound from bending the notes on the string. Long ago, young women were not allowed to listen to the sounds of this instrument for fear that they would fall in love with the man who was playing.  I’m excited to hear more beats coming out of the developing countries because there are so many incredible traditional sounds that could be represented. At the beginning of the trip, I played on Ko Chang in Thailand. It was a total reality check for me. I was expecting to drop some techy West Coast funk but the requests for trance from Europeans on holiday were relentless. Some people were shouting at me to speed the music up to 140 BPMs. Luckily I had some solid progressive tunes with me to appease the masses, but I absolutely refuse to play music that fast.

A Tokyo dance floor

A Tokyo dance floor

It’s hard to believe, but it seems like electro has knocked trance out of the top spot for global electronica popularity. I’m not sure if this is good or bad though because now electro is what’s hip to hate on.

Trance is like fly paper…Why trance? Why Pachinko? Why do people eat dogs? Why florescent lighting? Why does the entire continent of Europe all go on vacation at the same time? You just can’t ponder these questions or you’ll drive yourself mad.

What is the concept behind Innerflight and where did it come from?

LOGO-InnerflightBanner_100x100Innerflight is about the journey within. The internal struggle that everyone goes through to be themselves and to follow their heart towards what they really want to be doing with their life. So much of what we do is about more than just music. It’s about self-expression, autonomy, and the community you surround yourself with. Innerflight is a live free or die approach to life and also towards music. We believe in diversity, and the label reflects that musically. I want to help other artists that are also inspired by this concept.

What influenced you to start the label, and what inspires you to continue doing it?

In 2002, I moved to Berlin for four short months to see what all the fuss was about, and I was re-inspired about music. I had been going to parties in the States since the glory days of the mid 90’s. In Berlin, I experienced the same magic that was once spread across the U.S. during the 90’s, and it convinced me that it was still possible to do it again in the states on some level. Everyone who loves electronic beats deserves to feel the magic of an underground party. It’s a civil liberties issue in my opinion, a basic human right.

The people around me are the inspiration to continue on as well as all artists in the world that are following their passions.

What is happening for Innerflight in the upcoming year? What crazy parties and themed events are on the horizon?

We’ve shifted gears in a major way this year. The focus has gone from event production to music production and distribution. Our parties are not the priority anymore. We’re committed to the development of Seattle into a hotspot for electronic music, just as it was for grunge in the 90’s. There are many talented musicians in the Northwest and we want to help develop and promote them by connecting with the greater global music community.

m.0 at Tournament of Champions

m.0 at Tournament of Champions

We do love to throw parties and that will never end. However, we want our events to be a special occurrence; that’s how you keep the magic going in my opinion. In an effort to not take ourselves too seriously, we do an annual event called the Tournament of Champions. The party combines a night of sick beats with the opportunity to mash up on your friends in competitions like darts, ping-pong, and arm wrestling.

IFM covers a broad spectrum of genres. How would you describe the Innerflight sound? What theme holds all these genres together? What is the glue that connects Innerflight?

Some say, our sound is best described as “Flat Palm on Fat Booty.” Instead of a specific genre of music, we are bound together by a psychedelic spirit. Music is a “shortcut” into experiencing our collective nature, and dancing is an expression of this. We are known in the NW for having some of the best parties and dance floors around. Where everyone feels connected to each other and to the Earth through the music. By not limiting our releases to a specific genre or sound, we show another facet of what Innerflight is about: freedom of expression. Though we are bound together by spirit, we also recognize that music is a unique expression of the soul, and to limit that to certain types of machine/instrument noises and tempos would be a shame.

Innerflight proves the old adage “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” to be true in a spiritual sense.

What music do you love to play most? What did you listen to as a kid?

I love to play music that feeds your head and shakes your ass at the same time. The line between house and techno is a gray one. As a kid, I was influenced by my older brother who turned me on to the alternative sounds of the late 80’s. By the early 90’s, I was in high school listening to grunge, industrial music, and hip hop. Things really began to change when I discovered artists like Aphex and The Orb. I went to my first party in 94′ and discovered the SF based Wicked Crew. These guys changed my musical life and showed me that it’s all about making people shake it, and the culture and lifestyle that surround that. They also taught me that as a DJ, it’s about not being afraid to mash up genres and play whatever you feel like playing.

What have been some of your favorite Innerflight shows or events?

J-Sun at Sunset Seattle

J-Sun at Sunset Seattle

My favorite event that we organize is our annual free party in Golden Gardens Park every September, called  “Sunset Seattle”.  We like to think of it as our gift to the community as well as a last opportunity for everyone to enjoy the summer weather. It’s going down again on Sunday Sept. 20th and this will be our 5th year doing the event. It seems to get better every year.

Innerflight Music is a major player in the Seattle EDM scene. To what do you attribute to your status in Seattle? How did you guys get where you are? Hard work? Hard partying? Kadeejah’s hair?

How about D, all of the above?

The Seattle EDM community is small but extremely passionate. How does Innerflight contribute to this city’s unique EDM culture?

We just do our thing, which consists of throwing parties and releasing music. Seattle has many great promoters throwing amazing events all the time, but there are very few labels actually releasing music. Hopefully our contribution is considered vital to Seattle being taken seriously on a global level.

Conversely, how has the city of Seattle, the climate and the culture contributed to the Innerflight identity?

Even though the electronic scene is small, there are a lot of party makers here in Seattle. In a lot of cities, too many cooks in the kitchen create a lot of backstabbing, but here it’s inspiring to see so many promoters working together. Of course there is an undercurrent of friendly competition, but for the most part we have all become close friends over the years. The other local promoters around us have helped shape our identity into one based on community rather than ruthless competition where the bottom line means profit. This is a very Pacific Northwest mentality and most people that come to visit find it refreshing.

Who does IFM collaborate with? Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?

We’ve collaborated to some degree with almost every promotion crew in Seattle. Local promoters: Uniting Souls, Shameless, and Sensory Effect are extended family for us, but now we are beginning to collaborate with more people internationally. Our efforts for the future are focused in this direction.

What music are you loving right now? What sounds are doing it for you? Innerflight has a lot of recent releases out- any favorites?

There always seems to be artists in every genre that I can get excited about. I’m really loving the indie tunes Matias Aguayo from Buenos Aires is putting out right now. For techno, it’s all about Spektre and on the house music tip, Jamie Jones and Thomas Schumacher are on fire. I never get tired of the Dirty Bird and Turbo labels as well.

novaTRON

novaTRON

I’d have to say that our two new releases coming out on the label this September are my favorites so far. The first is a remix EP of m.0’s classic “Lift Us Up” track that will feature new mixes from UK’s Spektre, Nerd Revolt and Mynus.  The second release is an electro single by Anglo Satellite titled “Bangin Bogus Basin”. Several remixes to choose from on this one from the likes of Will Bailey, Spenza, Titan, Pellusje, and Anglo’s alternate moniker Snowman.  We’re also expecting a new 4 track EP from Nerd Revolt this autumn as well as the highly anticipated novaTRON full length. You can purchase our music on Beatport.

They are throwing “West Coast” theme parties in Bali right now. Is Innerflight part of this West Coast Future Sound Movement? Is Seattle? How is Seattle different from all other EDM communities?

Didn’t make it to Bali, but I would imagine a “West Coast” theme party would have a So Cal motif rather than a NW. Personally, I think knit caps and old growth trees are so much sexier than board shorts and breast implants.

How is Innerflight working to bring new faces into the electronic music community?

Assos, Turkey

Assos, Turkey

We believe in our local artists and trust in their creativity to bring new sounds into the scene. Part of the focus of my travels was to discover and network with other artists and promoters in order to bring exposure on both sides.

Where do you see the Innerflight sound headed, and EDM in general? Any new fads that you think are here to stay? Any you wish would go away?

EDM is always looking for new creative sounds and so are we. There is always a new style of music coming out that draws from previous influences, but still has something new and fresh to keep people interested for a time. Then it blows up, goes commercial, and it’s onto the next cool thing.  Then again, what’s popular isn’t always what is good. We focus on what we think is good whether it’s popular at the moment or not. The best labels and music are timeless. Aren’t people bored with dubstep yet? I know I am….

How important is unity in the EDM culture? Do you think Innerflight’s multi-genre sound contributes to community cohesion? How?

Seattle promoters do their best to get along and I think we are a great example of unity within the EDM culture. I can only hope that by representing multiple genres at our parties and on our label we are helping to bring people together. I get bored when I go to a party and it’s the same style of music for 8 hours.

Which artists that you work with are super hot right now?

Novatron and Nerd Revolt are gonna blow up in the next year. Watch Out!

Tell me the truth: is novaTRON from another planet?

Sure, if you consider Shoreline another planet….

Will Innerflight be involved in the Decibel Festival in Seattle again this year? How?

Being a contributing partner in the Decibel Festival again gives us great pride. We’ll be hosting The Red Eye Afterhours event, exclusively showcasing Innerflight label artists.  The party will represent the diversity of the label and feature all live sets from Phil Western, Novatron, Nerd Revolt, & Gel Sol.

Innerflight has a thick and very loyal fan base in the Pacific Northwest. To what do you attribute that?

I’m not really sure. You’ll have to ask our audience about that one, but maybe it’s because THE DJs ARE HOT!!

Are you looking for new DJs/producers to join your crew?

I think we have enough residents, but we are always interested in expanding our label roster.

Tell me about the art car airplane, especially the “elixir bar” in the back- what kind of fun do you guys serve up under the tail?

ROCKIN

Innerflight at Burning Man

We built a 50 foot long art car in the shape of an airplane with a bangin’ sound system on one side and an elixir bar in the tail section. We made the elixir bar non-alcoholic, serving up fresh juices and baby coconuts to thirsty citizens of Black Rock City. I spent the entire summer of 2008 working on this project with an amazing crew of friends, and it all paid off in the end!

What will Innerflight be doing in five years? Where would you like to see the label? Will you stay in Seattle?

In 5 years, our label artists will be well established internationally. Seattle will have a stronger resonance on the global music radar, and Innerflight will still be rocking the local underground parties.

Free for your listening pleasure, a taster of artists from Innerflight Music:

Download Mynus’s Original Mix “Follow Me” here.

Download m.0’s “Lift Us Up” remixed by Spektre here.

Download Anglo Satellite’s “Bangin Bogus Basin” remixed by Spenza here.

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Thank you Jason, and welcome home! Catch the Innerflight Red Eye Afterhours at the 2009 Decibel Festival in Seattle Friday, September 25 at the Electric Tea Garden featuring Phil Western, novaTRON, Nerd Revolt, Gel-Sol, Manos and Kadeejah Streets.

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From The Front Lines: Echoplex with FLYamSAM, Gaslamp Killer & More

Posted in From the Front Lines (Show Reviews) with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2009 by worldromper

Does it do it for you? Does the early-night sight of a cheap plastic table piled high with laptops with glowing, bitten apples, USB cables up the kazoo and out the wazoo, wires and boxes with buttons and knobs all over the place do it for ya? Does it make you bob up and down like a cork in whiskey with a stupid fucking grin plastered on your face for so long your cheeks hurt? Does it bring your heart up in your throat like you just saw the boy you like staring at you with very bad intentions in his head? Does it make you dance like this is your only life and you are going to die someday? Does it?

Well it sure as hell does it for me. 

Can I get a FUCK YES for the button pressers? For the unapologetic wizards who give us the gift of dance night after night? For the boys and girls moving forward the future of fucking sound with their electronic creations and tireless efforts?

I woke up this morning after less than four hours of sleep, bright eyed with strands of words in my head desperately trying to worm their way out before they disintegrated into a lost dream. Maybe it was the pseudoephedrine-laced cough medicine I took last night (now I understand why they make FUCKING CRANK out of that shit), but by all practical purposes I should have slept deep into the bright and sunny day. But I couldn’t stay in bed and was up by 7AM, energized by the talent I experienced the night before and yes, this insane LA sunshine on my face. I had forgotten what it was like to walk outside and have the weather lift your spirits, instead of peering into another gloomy, overcast day and wanting to kill a bird and break somebody’s windshield just for the hell of it.

Sorry Seattle. My bad. But you are going to have to put up with my super annoying OMFGILOVETHESUNSHINE shit for a while. I will try and send some up the West Coast to you; expect it mid-July. For a month.

So anyway I arrived around 11:30 last night at the Echoplex, a big dark belly of a place with the stickiest floors I’ve danced on in a WHILE. That’s how I like it though- give me divey and grimey and filthy and city OR give me the outdoors in the forest or field or beach. I am a woman of extremes, though I did not favor the pussy little drinks in Dixie Cups at the Echoplex one bit- next time I’m bringing a flask. The sound was pretty good up front although towards the back it got a little cloudy; this didn’t bother me however since I am never in the back of the room. I am a card-carrying speaker freaker, and you know this.

Now the Echoplex is in the neighborhood of Echo Park in Los Angeles, an area I was warned to never, ever to go at night lest the roving gangs of marauders decapitate me the instant I stop at a red light and disperse my body parts to the four corners of the universe. Obviously this did not happen. Cough cough, did somebody say culture of fear?

I arrived as the earlier show of the night was coming to an end and the funky Latino punk-hop band Ozotmatli was working the crowd- it was hot and sweaty and smelly up front as the dance floor jumped around, got down, and waved arms on command. Great dance music and lyrics (DONDE ESTA LA AFTER PARTY?), but since I was there for the late-late action I didn’t want to go too crazy and instead had a drink and went out to the smoking section where I met friends # 12, 13, and 14 in Los Angeles, all of whom welcomed me with big smiles to their city which they obviously love. I also met Carmen, the chick in the bathroom selling cigarettes, condoms, and gum- I don’t think anyone had asked her name since 2006. I have had a very warm welcome here indeed- not only have the temperatures been flipping sub-tropical but the artists I know in LA have reached out to me with open arms, putting me on lists and inviting me to sweet parties all over the city. 

Ozomatli finished up with a powerful political message, truly a great introduction for me to LA’s vibrant and active Latino community and a great funk-forward band. The crowd thinned out dramatically and became more rainbow with fewer women. And I ask again, why the hell are electronic music shows so dominated by the boys?

“BOYS! MUSIC! NOW! PRESS SOME BUTTONS!” was what I was screaming in my head at the sound guys of the Echoplex who had quite the rough time getting their shit together so Eliot Lipp and Alex B could play. Finally, the bass boomed out and we got the fat fucking beats we had been waiting for. These guys are the shit, in case you didn’t know. Check out the mixes on their Myspace pages. Now. 

The Echoplex ruckus was the official after party for the STS9 show; people started to trickle in and by the time the Gaslamp Killer went on, the floor was getting hot with one crazy blond chick dancing like a mad woman down front (there’s freaks in LA, WATCH OUT YO). “Hope you sound guys are ready for me,” the artist taunted the techies with a smile.

Now, I must tell you: I love the Gaslamp Killer. No, let me rephrase that: I FUCKING LOVE THE MOTHERFUCKING GASLAMP KILLER. His set was rudely and heavily cut with grimy dubstep and the boy acts like he is commanding an orchestra of dancing zombie minions or maybe an army of club kid-skeleton freaks to do his bidding as he swings his arms and fro maniacally to his hefty beats. Jesus Christ, where do I enlist? Another sound guy had to crawl out and put some sort of jack under the table to hold up the weight of the equipment and of course, that chunky bass. And wow, do the ladies love that fro or WHAT? He is my new favorite.

After that inspiring set, the oh-so-loveable Flying Lotus stepped onto the stage alongside SamIYam and together as FLYamSAM, proceeded to lay down crackled, warped brain music, a perfect fit in the dank underground club, and I danced the rest of the night away. The two play off each other well, having a great time. I always love watching Flying Lotus do his thing because he exudes joy, his passion for his music as apparent as his smile. I always just want to hug him. I left before the very end, ‘cuz motherfucker I’m ill, not sick- no really, I am existing way under the weather and my normal hyper-energetic self. I have no health insurance, but no worries- music is the medicine.

The crowd last night was not huge, but truly these cats are ahead of their time. A lot of people don’t quite ‘get’ the music they are making, for they are on the bullethead of the art of sound and it takes the majority of people a while to catch up. But they will. Keep doin’ it, yall, for all of us alive out here. I see how the bass slut scene in Seattle has grown in one year, and I must say I could not be more excited to see and help this music dominate the West Coast and then on to the world. You guys with me?

And speaking of noodling up to artists: please, people, when a DJ or producer or MC or visual artist wows you, TELL THEM. Thank them. Creating something from your brain and putting it out there and saying “hey everybody, judge me please” takes a lot of balls. As a writer I know the power of words; kind statements from my friends nourish me for weeks and weeks. So tonight while you are out if someone rocks your world, let them know. You don’t have to have a colorful vocab (watch the low jab)- just saying ‘thanks’ helps artists to keep creating and making the world better for all of us. SO DO IT.

Speaking of tonight: STS9 plays another show here in LA at the historic Wiltern Theatre; I will be there early as to not miss one second of Kraddy, OOah, edIT and Boreta as they rain down mad sulphurous thunderfuck upon the crowd. Then for me it is on to a sweet rooftop party downtown with Robot Koch- after getting to party all night with his Jahcoozi-mates Sasha and Oren at this year’s Decibel Festival, I must say- it’s going to be one HELL of a night.

Seattle, you’ve got Mr. Rogers and birthday boy novaTRON at J-Sun’s going away party tonight at the Lo-Fi. DO NOT MISS.

Again, this blog is a work in progress. I LOVE getting comments, yes even negative ones. I like to hear what you have to say, so say it loud. Does anybody get my referrals to random lyrics and songs? Souleye, maybe?

Peace and love. Have a great Saturday night and remember, safety first, after fun.

10 DJS I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS WEEK

Posted in 10 DJS I AM IN LOVE WITH with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 18, 2008 by worldromper

DJs, Producers, Live Mad Scientists, MCs, you know…

In no order; and I am going to update this once a week. 

  1. Kadeejah Streets
  2. Epcot
  3. Boreta
  4. novaTRON
  5. PrEssHa
  6. KiloWatts
  7. Phidelity
  8. J-Sun
  9. Souleye
  10. Ctrl_Alt_Dlt

Going Down This Week

Posted in Note to Readers with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2008 by worldromper

Your weekly rundown of Shilo-approved electronic music events.

Tuesday:

  • Mike Check, Travis Baron and Naha play some techno and hardcore at Contour. Free.
  • DnB at the Baltic- cover is a whole $3 so my broke ass is skipping it.

Wednesday:

  • Deep Wednesdays at Vito’s, house music. Free.
  • Pulse at Trinity, house music. Free.

Thursday:

  • PsyNight with Hendrik and Aaron H. at Crimson C. Free.
  • Pressha & Mike Check (and others) at free.BASS at Trinity. Free.
  • Booty Call One Year Anniversary at Contour & Awggie’s Bday, with Naha, Awggie, Pop Top & more. Free.

Friday: 

  • Balls Out for America! Polish Yer Balls! Featuring the Shameless gang and those Innerflight freaks. Recess, Menami, Kadeejah “I like to party in the car” Streets, J-Sun, Levi Clark, Manos, Night Train, and the love of my life MC Anton Bomb. Big dance party at Rebar, free apple pie, and only $5 if you are wearing red, white, and blue.
  • Botsessionz at Heavens in Pioneer Square with Sir Kutz, Aaron Simpson, Rob Noble, Sean Majors, Mike Check, Pressha, Aksion, and Jobot. Bass, breaks, and drum&bass, looks like. $7 before 11 or $10 after. Free if you are with Shilo.
  • Mad Friday night afterparties no doubt.

Saturday:

  • BASSNECTAR!!! I know it is a lame cliche but DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW. People were dancing in the streets last time. It was epic.
  • Afterparty info to be posted later