Omega Squad Remixed Volume 1 by Wes Smith

Omega Squad Remixed Volume 1 features Wes Smith’s take on two original Omega Squad productions. Included are the Califournya remixes of Hey California and All Day All Night.

https://soundcloud.com/itsjuiceyo/sets/omega-squad-remixed-volume-1-by-wes-smith

Juice Day Out 03: Beachside Burnøut

Numero tres is here.  Scrape yourself off the floor from this amazing weekend of music in San Diego and join us for a low end afternoon of house & breaks in Pacific Beach, CA.   Event details below:

Special Note: This one is $10 as our good pal and global producer Marten Hørger will be joining us on the tail end of his upcoming US tour. Google him and his band Smash HiFi for awesome things;)

About: Juice Day Out brings together San Diego's finest national, regional & local DJs for some daytime dancing and social shenanigans. Come boogie down with us;)

Deejays: Cole Vassallo, Evlo and Wes Smith anchor the party with guests. We feature locals (and occasionally an international passer by) that are active, creative, hard working, passionate and great at what they do.

Hosts: Juice is an electronic dance music brand based out of Pacific Beach in sunny San Diego, CA. Wes Smith is a creative, spends far to much time at the Ableton water cooler, and attempts to make sense of all the bouncing balls.

Juice Website: ItsJuiceYo.com Wes Smith Website: ItsWesSmithYo.com Vibes: You bring those, but hey, everything we do usually has one foot in the desert and one foot in the club, everyone's invited.

Sound: Hi-fidelity sound by Bomb Shelta. These kids put the bump in the trunk.

Venue: Pueblo PB. We have sound on the bottom floor, and you can roam around the outdoor patio and rooftop. They have crafty bar service, coastal Mexican cuisine, and a wicked spot to watch the sun go down.

Pueblo PB Website: PuebloPB.com

Time: We get rolling right about when you crawl out of bed from Saturday night and need that bloody mary, glass of tequila or whiskey and pickles. 12PM to 6PM.

Attire: Beach culture attire, pajamas, furry boots & shorts, or whatever you are wiling to be seen wearing in public. Anything creatively aquatic is encouraged and for this one, all your new Burning Man gifts;)

Ticketing: Due to venue restrictions, you need to buy a ticket before the event. Save a tree, get the digital ticket and bring the confirmation email on your phone. Waited to late?  Need a hard ticket, we will have them at Pacific Bean [Link] the day of the event.

Ages: Any age is welcome, but if you are under 21 you can not be served or sit at the bars.

But What About? Any other questions...shoot us a message [Link] or post on the Facebook event [Link]

Juice Night Out at Electric Love Music Festival, July 28-31st, 2017 (BC Canada)

The Juice Squad is headed to visit our Northern neighbors and sound off at the first official Juice Night Out session.  Wes Smith, DJ ShOOey and Groundskore will be kicking off the Nest stage on Friday night and sending you into ELF orbit for the stellar weekend line up.  Here's a some official 411 on the shenanigans;)

Wes Smith is a DJ and Producer based out of San Diego, CA. His floor filling single “Bring Back That Funk” camped out at the Beatport Breaks #1 spot for more than 30 days and nearly 150 days in the top 10. His DJ mixes and music are featured on top podcasts, radio shows and labels. His main floor live sets run the genre game with funk fueled beats, bass and vocals. Wes is the Juice Recordings label boss, chief sticker bomber and creative force behind The Juice Squad.

ShOOey discovered her love for house music in the Chicago club scene in 1997 but it wasn't until she moved to San Francisco in 2003, where she learned the art of DJ'ing and the beauty of moving and shaping a dance floor. ShOOey is a prominent member of the SF-based Space Cowboys music collective, where you can hear her body-rocking breaks and house sets. With a massive following on the playa and beyond, ShOOey is known for the infectious energy that she brings to the dance floor!

Hailing from Vernon BC, GroundsKore never fails to bring those funky fresh breaks to the tables and get that dance floor bouncing. Thus far he's dropped two charting releases on two different labels (Bassbong Records; Juice Electronica) and has his second release on Juice Electronica dropping in the near future. Also a resident DJ of the BC interior's 'hi, society music festival' among many others he makes his rounds to, GroundsKore has been keeping himself pretty busy, and has a lot more in store for the future.

Related links: [Facebook: Event Page] [Presale Tickets] [Camping Registration] [Facebook : Electric Love Festival]

Table Top Racing World Tour (TTR World Tour) Game and Soundtrack

We are extremely proud to announce our involvement in Tabletop Racing World Tour from Playrise Digital.  The super fun combat racing game is now available on Sony Playstation PS4.  The game is FREE on the Playstation Store  during the month of May.


TTRWT_PlaystationStore_Launch_2016-05-03, Wes Smith, Juice Recordings, Bring Back That Funk, Califunkya, Deibeat, Dirty Kicks, DubAxFace, Dub Pistols, DJ Fixx, G$Montana, Low End Hustler, Mutantbreakz, Omega Squad, Short Stack, The Bomb Squad, White Boy Awesome, Fantomas, Gigabeat, IBWT Music, Juice Recordings, Punks Music, Sunday Best, The Pooty Club, Sumo Fish, Playrise Digital, USA, San Diego, California, Liverpool, London, England, UK, Spain, Russia,

The Official Soundtrack features artwork by Sumo Fish and music by Wes Smith & a gaggle of friends including Deibeat, Dirty Kicks, DubAxFace, Dub Pistols, DJ Fixx, G$Montana, Low End Hustler, Mutantbreakz, Omega Squad, Short Stack, The Bomb Squad, White Boy Awesome.  Also FREE on Soundcloud for a limited time.  Official game info below along with complete track listing of free and forthcoming jams.  More highlights coming soon;)


MASSIVE FUN ON A MICRO SCALE!

COMBAT RACING HAS NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD OR BEEN SO MUCH FUN.

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Table Top Racing: World Tour is the brand new, high octane, combat racer.

Get behind the wheel of 12 ultra-cool, fully tuneable miniaturised racing cars and take on 20 race tracks and some devious opponents through a comprehensive 'Championship Mode' and a multitude of 'Special Events'. Get online for an 8 player battle and become the ultimate Table Top racer! Crush your enemies using cunning 'Power-ups' and unique 'Wheel Weapons' and blast your way to victory! Micro-car, combat racing has never looked so good or been so much fun.

★★★ KEY FEATURES ★★★

8 Player PvP multiplayer combat racing

6 Unique gameplay modes spread throughout the Championships

90+ Unique race events to challenge your skills

20 Table Top race tracks set around 5 themed locations (4 routes per location)

Exclusive YO!Sushi Raceway track

12 Super-cool micro cars - Inspired by some of the world’s most iconic cars

8 Cunning, strategic, "Power-Up Weapons"

6 Super-powerful “Weapon Wheels”

20+ Track exclusive soundtrack by Breakbeat producer Wes Smith of Juice Recordings, San Diego.


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SN Title Artist Remixer Label
1 Bash Me Wes Smith Juice Recordings
2 Bring Back That Funk Wes Smith, White Boy Awesome Juice Recordings
3 Do Ya Wanna Get Funky (Low End Hustler Remix) Wes Smith Low End Hustler Juice Recordings
4 Do Ya Wanna Get Funky With Me Wes Smith Juice Recordings
5 Everybody Git Down Wes Smith, White Boy Awesome Juice Recordings
6 Feel The Break (Wes Smith's Booty Juice Remix) Mutantbreakz Wes Smith IBWT Music
7 Fresh (Wes Smith's Superfresh Reglitch) Omega Squad Juice Recordings
8 G Spot G$Montana Gigabeat
9 Hands Up Wes Smith Juice Recordings
10 Hip Hop We Don’t Stop Wes Smith Juice Recordings
11 Hot Beats Wes Smith Juice Recordings
12 Killa Sound (Wes Smith Remix) Dub Pistols Sunday Best Recordings
13 Make It Clap Wes Smith, Short Stack Juice Recordings
14 Make It Clap (Low End Hustler Remix) Wes Smith, Short Stack Juice Recordings
15 Mister Funky Wes Smith Juice Recordings
16 Modern Girls (Wes Smith's Dirty Juice Remix) The Bomb Squad Wes Smith Fantomas
17 Ohhhh Yeahhh Feat. Shana Rockit (DJ Fixx Remix) Wes Smith, The Juice Squad Juice Recordings
18 Pig Bang (Wes Smith's Calibumpya Remix) DubAxFace Juice Recordings
19 Put Ya Hips In It (DJ Fixx Remix) Wes Smith, Low End Hustler DJ Fixx Juice Recordings
20 Rhythm Is Love (Wes Smith's Calipunkya Remix) Deibeat Wes Smith The Pooty Club
21 Shake That Dirty Kicks Juice Recordings
22 She Goes Like Short Stack Juice Recordings
23 She Goes Like (Wes Smith's Califunkya Remix) Short Stack Wes Smith Juice Recordings
24 That Funky Disco Wes Smith Juice Recordings
25 The Tribe Wes Smith Punks Music
26 This Party's Out Of Control Dirty Kicks Juice Recordings
27 This Party's Out Of Control (DJ Fixx Remix) Wes Smith, Dirty Kicks DJ Fixx Juice Recordings
28 Too Much Wes Smith, White Boy Awesome Juice Recordings

The Armory Podcast Featuring Agent 137

Taking an intermission from our regular programming...our very own Kelly Ross | Agent 137 has a fresh mix out on Zach Moore's "The Armory Podcast".  The who's who and beyond have been featured on this show and while our favorite Agent is often seen keeping things moving around the double oh Juice HQ,  this time she's dropping bombs behind the decks.

Agent 137’s Armory Podcast is a mission of seduction and beauty, entwined with double agent deception and murder. Sound killa, shots fired..., #ArmoryPodcast, #ZachMoore, #BurningMan, #MusicofBurningMan, #DnB, #DnBnChill, #DrumAndBass, #Jungle, #Neuro, #Liquid, #JumpUp, #Djane, #ChicksWithDecks, #FemaleDJ, #Spy, #Agent137, #DoubleAgentStatus, #Mission137, #JuiceRecordings, #IWSY, #WesSmith, #TheNumbersStation, #KonkreteJungle, #Calibre, #Hydro, #DLR, #Riya, #Halogenix, #Spectrasoul, #SoulIntent, #Cutworks, #DJmix, #Lynx, #Hellrazor, #Podcast, #BCee, #SPYDNB, #LegionANDLogam, #Break, #Frankee, #DocumentOne, #NeedForMirrors, #SativaDub, #SilentType, #Jaybee, #Zere, #NC17, #Jaydan, #Upfront, #ArtificialIntelligence, #DubPistols, #BarryAshworth, #DonovanKingjay, #SeanieTee, #Jubei, #Phace, #Mefjus, #Karton, #NumaCrew, #Lynx, #KillaSound, #ArmoryPodcast #ZachMoore #BurningMan #MusicofBurningMan #DnB #DnBnChill, #DrumAndBass #DJane #ChicksWithDecks #FemaleDJ #SPY #Agent137 #DoubleAgentStatus, #Mission137 #JuiceRecordings #WesSmith #TheNumbersStation #KillaSound,Word on the street is Agent 137’s Armory Podcast is a mission of seduction and beauty entwined with double agent deception and murder. Sound killa, shots fired... That's no joke kidz.  Check out the mix and her crafty bio below.

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Agent 137 Bio

We all lead double lives of some sort, what we do for pleasure behind closed doors is where alter egos are born and the spy within becomes to take shape...

Agent 137 began her musical mission by playing breaks, glitch, tech/g/bassline house, and trap under the guise of Agent 137, but also quickly developed an alter ego for her very first love of D&B. Her alias (double)Agent 137 is her drum & bass moniker and that has earned her double agent status in what has once again become a thriving dnb scene.

Since her debut she has been able to perfect her spy craft and travel all over the US. Her different styles of multi genre bending, crowd reading abilities and creative use of word play/themes have helped create many successful dance floor nights. In addition to a robust travel/dj schedule, Miss 137 runs a weekly podcast/internet radio show called “The Numbers Station” on Friday nights on www.unsaturated-radio.com.

As a producer she has both original work and several remixes under her belt.

Under the cloak of day she masquerades as a digital content provider, writer and social strategist for Juice Recordings based in California.

The Discos of Tron Release by Justin Johnson (Remixes by Wes Smith, discObeta, Fire-Beat and DJ Loryn)

"The Discos of Tron" is the new release by Justin Johnson (with remixes by Wes Smith, discObeta, Fire-Beat and DJ Loryn). I sat down with the owner of the distributor label Barely Legal Records, Justin Johnson, to see what the heck a Disco of Tron was anyway and what led him up to this release.

Tell me a little background on Barely Legal Records:

I started in late 1990’s working at Satellite Records in NYC.  I had always played all styles but I was known for breaks and needed an outlet to put my music out.  I had a good resell perspective, knew many contacts and had good info on how it all worked, so I brought my skills to the table and my Dad funded the 1st two releases on vinyl.

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How do you pick your label artists? 

The thought behind all of them is to put out my own music but also for friends of mine in a casual low-key way. We are not trying to be a big label, I enjoy doing my own thing by supporting the music of friends and family as well as some artists where we have built up good relationships. If I get a demo from someone I don’t know well then I might have someone I know do a remix and package the whole thing.

What is a Disco of Tron?

Part of it came from when the second Tron movie came out and Daft Punk was djing in the club reminded me of the old stand up game from the 80's... The Discs of Tron. It was a nod to something I loved as a kid growing up - contemporary but with an old school flavor. You can hear that crunchy hip hop inspired breaks on the discObeta version you can hear the East Coast similarities that you would hear back at Limelight back in the day. Wes Fire-Beat and DJ Loren provided completely different flavors and spins with their contributions to the release.

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How did you choose Wes Smith for his remix contribution?

Wes and I knew of each other being involved in breaks on the East Coast and both living in NYC. For me it was awesome to see someone from back in the day holding it down and becoming successful. It’s on a whole other amazing level, I couldn’t be happier for him. He played one of our Faultline parties (actually the same one you and I played with DJ 138) and we started to build a friendship at that point. He played another Faultline event recently and from there we started talking about a remix option for BLR. It’s hard to get the artists involved after they have been paid, Wes is adding additional value to his product, which is something artists should learn from. I was really excited when you contacted me because I knew that another dimension to the release would be coming in the future.

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Any advice to producers out there wanting to submit to labels? Yours or others?

Spend a lot of time making your track sound as good as you possibly can in your chosen DAW. Whatever your friends tell you - don’t listen to them unless they have at least a somewhat professional perspective. It's because no matter what you make they will be positive because they love you and want to give positive feedback. The reality is that there is SO much noise (literally thousands of releases every week) you really have to figure a way to stand out musically. Not just key changes, but also how good the whole package is and it has got to sound original - it’s not easy. Also, no one is really making money producing tracks so don’t put a down payment on the mansion on your first release. Add value to your production skills by realizing that as an artist you are in the public eye. Basic social media maintenance shows you are active and that you care. Unless you are insanely talented and you do none of that, no one will know about you. Find an artist you respect and admire, follow their model and adjust it with your own voice and have it come from your heart. What works for them?
Ask yourself: What is it you think you have done to make you deserve the attention out of the 1000’s of tracks that are put out each day/week/month? Justin_Johnson_washed_out

You are living a lifetime of passion for music, are there any other words you want to say to all the music lovers and breakers out there?

Yes! Be kind to animals and be funky as fuck people! Those who truly love breaks need to continue to get the word out and preach the breakbeat gospel. It's a genre that ebbs and flows in popularity but it is well back on the rise, which is great to see. I would like to see it maintain a certain plateau and it is  up to all of us involved whatever level to bring it to the masses. If you are a dancer tell your friends about it... share a link, drag a friend out, don't assume they won't like it. Same for DJs, producers, everyone whatever your level/involvement. Start a monthly - do something! Back when we started "Faultline" [breakbeat monthly with DJ 138 and Eric Riggsbee] we knew there were fans out there and we were right the fans do exist. You just have to hustle and find them!

Also we just finished up our 2nd installation of "Foundation", [drum & bass and breaks monthly we do with the Dystopia crew] with Submorphics. We are building a following in broken beats on all levels.  It's a small venue with good sound and an indoor/outdoor space with breakbeats under the stars. The food is actually really good and the staff is great...we couldn't ask for more.

This coming Saturday (Sept. 19, 2015) we're doing a special SF edition of Faultline at Underground SF (the old Top on lower Haight) with guests ShOOey and BENN BA$$. No cover. 21+. 9pm-2am.

Rob Analyze of Jamvana hits Wiggle 9/19 with Wes Smith, Omega Squad and SpeakerGhost

BOOM! Thought it was over after Burning Man? Nope, Agent 137 continues her missions to talk with industry leaders to gather important intelligence. This intelligence is meant to bridge Wes Smith's audiences together with knowledge of what other promoters/labels/artists are doing in other parts of the country and around the world. This particular mission was to speak with Robert E. Leigh (Rob Analyze), owner of Jamvana, to hear what he is doing with this project and hype up this weekend's Wiggle in San Diego: Wiggle - Analyze

Who is Rob Analyze?

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What is Jamvana?

Jamvana started as a music retailer in 2008 and in 2011 we began to focus on becoming a content platform to deliver content to music retailers. We have about 400 labels and 1000 artists that we do artist & label branding focus. Our focus is on marketing in motion and revenue and we are always going toward the cutting edge of what is next.

What is next for Jamvana?

We are focusing on development, creating apps, VST Plugins and also becoming a leader in the sample pack world.

jamvana3Tell me why streaming is the future:

It's changed from 10 years ago. You used to be able to throw a tune on Beatport and sell 1000 units. It's become over saturated with producers and it's just not as easy to find good music as it was before plus attention spans are shorter so the life of a tune is much shorter. Also apps like Spotify and being able to DJ off a stream has changed the game. We want to push good artists on a quality stream to both monetize for us/them and give the music consumer a better product. We can also then move to app growth, license it out and then offer quality customer support.

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How did Jamvana and Wes start working together?

We love what Wes is doing and want to help him succeed. Juice Recordings is one of our first labels and Wes as an artist that is on point with every aspect of his game right now. Juice is doing everything a label should be doing and more . It's hard for an artist to accomplish what he has (and continues to do so) and it's what we look for as a company and ally in the industry.

Robert is the owner of Jamvana and is also known as the artist Rob Analyze. He has been a part of the scene for years and is heavily involved in several projects in addition to Jamvana. You can check him out at Wiggle this weekend in San Diego and if you are not in the area, click below and check out his Soundcloud.

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Thank you for your input, Robert- we appreciate what you do for our scene to make it better and look forward to what you bring to is in the future.

Related links:  [Wiggle Facebook Event] [Soundcloud: Rob Analyze]  [Juice Recordings Website: Free Stuff] [Jamvana Website] [Facebook: Jamvana]

It's Wes Smith Yo! Tour Burning Man 2015 @ Camp Charlie

Unicorns are not an illusive myth at Burning Man, this one is real and if you look out into the distance and see the magical Charlie horn blowing fire you will find it. You just have to believe the fugu is real. My last (but definitely not least) interviews are with our fearless leader of our camp, DivaDanielle and Sarah S. a long time unicorn and co-organizer (also with Travis Payne) of Wes Smith's Thursday event, Noodlecorns. Charlie 4

Tell me a little about Camp Charlie and the fabulous unicorn art car:

Danielle: This is Charlie's 5th trek to the playa. We pride ourselves on having top-notch music with a silly vibe. We like house and breaks - always with a funky twist. Charlie was originally built in 2011 and we've made some major upgrades this year including a Danley sound system (provided by ChinoSound), all new fabrics, a ton of structural upgrades and a brand spankin' new fire system.

Sarah: I was a HUGE fan of the cartoon already. When two of my best friends and roommates Adam & Niles (of Fleetwood Smack) told me that someone was bringing a Charlie the Unicorn Art Car to the playa, I just went nuts! I knew I HAD to be involved.

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What is a Noodlecorn?

Sarah: Our good friends Tasty Noodles have a really fun event out in the Mojave desert a couple of times each year. So many of the Camp Charlie Unicorns go or have gone, that the lines between Unicorn and Noodler have become quite blurred. We've started referring to ourselves as NoodleCorns if we identify with both groups. Additionally, quite a few Noodlers have joined Camp Charlie, and vice versa. Both camps are now part of the Sunset Trip village on playa, so we're all quite close, literally and figuratively.

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Tell me about the Noodlecorn event: 

We're starting off our Thursday Night (September 3rd) on Charlie with a bit of house from SomeKindaWeirdo (Jake Dempsey), then comes our Breakbeat Smackdown with Co-Host Friskie Business (Travis Payne), Wes Smith, and Lou E. Bagels. The NoodleCorn Sunrise kicks off before dawn with NoodleCorn favorites Liquorbox, Leo Altmann, and Juneau. Rounding things off and taking us fully into the light of day are Erik Nelson and John Kurtz & Reavis, with extended morning sets.

Who is your team for Thursday Night?

Sarah: Travis (Payne) and I go back about 17 years. We both worked for Buzz in Washington, D.C., I was heading up promotion for Buzz, Fever, and Ultraworld, and Travis was doing design work for Buzz. I lived in Baltimore but came down to Buzz every Friday to run my promotion team and handle anything else that needed doing. Working for such an amazing club with a multi-decade run and working for Scott Henry, one of the best promoters and DJs I know, was an incredible learning experience. Travis and I both threw solo events off the heels of Buzz, and Travis was becoming a pretty amazing DJ. Travis moved to LA 5 years ago, went to burning man, and joined Camp Charlie. Travis and I co-hosted the March 2015 Camp Charlie fundraiser at King King with Adam Rowe of Fleetwood Smack. Travis and I have similar tastes in music, so doing a night on the car together was a natural progression. We're really excited to bring this lineup together on playa. It's just the right amount of funky and driving beats, we think this night is going to be pretty special.

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How did Wes Smith became involved in Camp Charlie?

Sarah: Wes and I go way back from the DC/Baltimore days. At some point I realized he moved to San Diego and messaged him. I'm pretty sure I asked him if he had been to burning man, and he hadn't yet. At that point I think as-per-usual I wouldn't shut up about it and he got really excited. Wes ended up going with us last year and his Tuesday night set on Charlie was for lack of a better word, EPIC. There were people holding their heads in confusion, they couldn't figure out how those breaks just kept coming. Wes proved himself as a valuable member of our work team as well, so we were thrilled he was coming back for 2015.

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What led you to Camp Charlie?

Danielle: Wellllllll, I had this obsession with unicorns. Before Charlie was built, the original creator, Ken Feldman (who is now building the 747) ran a Kickstarter campaign. In one day, about 5 people posted it to my Facebook page. So I emailed him the following:

Hello my name is Diva. I think we need to meet.

1) I love unicorns

2) I am a DJ with loads of shameless self promotion skills.

I think I can help you.

After that, we met and literally then talked everyday for the next 6 months while we built Charlie 1.0 in 2011. Charlie 6

Sarah: The Charlie the Unicorn Art Car of course! Haha, but also the amazing DJ talent we bring each year, and the amazing work ethic of the talented camp organizers and campers. Our camp is built and our Unicorn is improved mostly through the ingenuity and sweat of the amazing people in our camp. We don't do Sparkle Ponies (they're pretty but useless) but we DO sparkle

What keeps you coming back year after year?

Danielle: I keep telling myself I am gonna take a year off but then something comes up and I just am saying to go. Once I got a unicorn to ride around on, I pretty much gave up on taking a year off. I feel like it's not very common that you get complete freedom to do whatever you want on a creative endeavor. I came from a career as a video editor, constantly working with clients. Burning Man and this crazy unicorn, gave me a creative outlet and then the courage and confidence to change my life and my career (now I'm making music and touring as a DJ full-time).

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Sarah: The fun, the work, the sense of community. Being part of something greater than yourself and seeing your hard work come to life. This amazing and talented group of people. Being a part of an Art Car, and especially Charlie is just an incredible feeling. Everyone LOVES Charlie. People see him and come running. It just brings a huge smile to my face.  

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Thank you, Ladies. I look forward to joining you both at Camp Charlie and experiencing all of this first hand. Where can the rest of Burning Man find Charlie?

Camp Charlie is located in the Sunset Trip Village with Tasty Noodles and Dirty Beetles at 8:30 and Ersatz. Nights, Charlie can be found out and about on the open playa, so if you see a really bright unicorn with his head sticking out of Candy Mountain with flames shooting from his horn and some pretty incredible beats being played, you know you're in the right place.  

Related links: [Juice Recordings: Facebook] [Wes Smith : Unicorn Sightings] [Burning Man]

Location: 8:30 & Esplanade

It’s Wes Smith Yo! Burning Man 2015 Tour @ the Dusty Rhino

Burn baby burn!  Next stop on the clock for the magical buggin' fugu brought me to Brian Nuggets Cox (aka Nugz, Nuggets and B. Nugz) and our discussion about the fiery one they call Dusty Rhino. Tell me about the Dusty Rhino camp and art car:

It’s awesome! We keep it low-key at our camp and then when we take out the Rhino we find an art piece to park at or bring it around to different places for variety. Our mission is to show people a good time with consistently great music. It’s usually house and breakbeat with the edgy grungy good stuff (haha no dubstep).

There is fire button to smash on in the DJ booth and driver has a fire button as well. With a 165 gallon propane tank, it’s a large rhino barreling through the desert with a horn that shoots FIRE - there really is nothing like it.

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Let’s talk about the Wes Smith connection/show with the Rhino:

Sure- we try to get producers, friends and people who are crushing it in breaks to bring out a well-rounded roster. We saw Eric Riggsbee (of San Fransisco’s “Faultline") brought him out here and we hit Wes up on Facebook. I handle bookings and am also on the Dusty Board of Directors. There are 3 guys doing the music programming and we all came to a general consensus. He is playing 3-430am Tuesday/Wed morning and we have confirmed DJ DAN same night.

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Tell me how you first made it to Burning Man:

I was in Boulder at the time and I heard about it in 96-97 from a college friend. Eventually I made the decision to move and I had just moved to to San Fran with a only a trailer in tow. in 2004, I was sleeping on the floor at a friend’s house and they were going to the burn and they invited me to go. I went down to Haight Street in San Fransisco and actually purchased a physical ticket. We went, had a good time and loved it so much I haven’t missed it since.

What led you to a Dusty Rhino?

In 2009 the Dusty Rhino asked me to be a part of the camp. It was one of my fave art carts out there ... I loved the clean lines, simple, white stretch fabric and halogen lights.  Since then I have become one of their main DJ’s as well as the sound guy responsible for maintaining and breaking down the art car.

Brian has been a DJ for 20 years and he plays house, breaks and drum&bass - this is the mix I have been grindin on this week while writing up this article , check out his soundcloud for this and other genres for a sneak peak to your burn. If you are not going- go outside grab some dust and bugs, grab a neighbor to dance with, hit play and make believe!

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What keeps you coming back year after year?

The Dusty Rhino is  there for the community first and foremost. We don’t discriminate, we want as many people to have an experience on the there to share good music and art.

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We do 3-4 fundraisers a year to get it out there. We did pride this year the picture below includes 4 of our resident DJs; myself (NUGZ), and Clarkie, Alvaro Bravo and DJ Dane.

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Where can we find you when you are not barreling through the desert shooting fire?

Location 10 & I - Look for the 30 feet LED giraffe!

Brian, thank you so much for the sit down, for sharing your music with us and for all that Dusty Rhino does during the year and at the burn. We will be looking for the Rhino on the horizon to come get our dusty hugs and boogie to great music. Check out Wes Smith mashing fire and que buttons 3-430am Wednesday morning on the Dusty Rhino art car.

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It's Wes Smith Yo! Burning Man 2015 Tour @ Dusty Poon Saloon

Wes Smith kicks off his broken beat tour of Burning Man 2015 @ the Dusty Poon Saloon.  When Chuck Wheeler (of the Dusty Poon Saloon) and and I finally caught up, he was just getting back from fishing with a big yellowtail catch in his cooler for dinner.  With Burning Man coming up soon, the buzz and excitement was clear in his voice.  We sat down and talked about Burning Man, Wes Smith and what makes a Dusty Poon. Dusty Poon Saloon

Tell me about your history with Burning Man camp "Dusty Poon Saloon"?

I'm one of the co-creators of the camp. Myself and 4 other close friends started it back in 2010 and this will be my 5th burn since 2009.  The Saloon has been growing and growing each year, we started with 20 camp mates and today we have 55 people with us.
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 What is the camp about?
Our theme camp is definitely for the people of Burning Man and the community.  We are a bunch of givers and have a multitude of things to offer.  In addition to having some of the best cocktails on the playa, we set up an old Western photo booth and provide 1000s of costumes with different backdrops.  Back in 2009 we were brought car buffers to the playa since then we have been buffing people's buns for them to combat what the desert does to them.  We also do a lot of theatricals including wild western showdowns, we do communal burn pits and throughout the week we throw parties.  We bring a large sound system and equipment to the playa so our camp is one for people to come in to enjoy, dance, have a great time and stay awhile.

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How did you meet Wes Smith and decide to include him for Poon shenanigans?

We went to Electric Poncho in Mexico and Dusty Poon put together a renegade camp on the side of a cliff that overlooked the whole canyon. We brought down an bunch of booze and put up our saloon doors and threw a RAGER all night with DJs playing.  My buddy Ben met Wes and they hung out together and got along well.  I also ran into him at Kava Lounge (San Diego) at a event and we hit it off there.  He showed a lot of interest and we consider our camp a breakbeat camp. His style really fits with what we like so we invited him to play this year at the saloon.

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Tell me about the events you are throwing at the Dusty Poon:

We have 2-3 parties throughout the week and our big blow out feature party with Wes is called "The Poon at Noon" on Wednesday from noon-6pm.  We are going to have a giant cactus that blows fire out of the top and this year we are going to try to do a ghost pepper Russian roulette wheel...spin the wheel with one ghost pepper shot.  Anyone who wants to step up though we have ghost pepper bourbon or vodka all week. It gives you a euphoric feeling once you get past your mouth burning but then the endorphins come out that gives you a natural high.

Well I can't wait to meet you on the playa and get down and dusty at the Poon, Chuck!  

Come join the crew all week and especially Wednesday for the Poon at Noon and Thursday at 9pm for Chuck's birthday. Happy Birthday!

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Related Links:

[Dusty Poon Saloon : Website] [Dusty Poon Saloon : Facebook] [Juice Recordings: Website] [Burning Man : Facebook Event]

It's Wes Smith Yo! Burning Man 2015 Tour @ Slut Garden

Dot Diggler is next for my "It's Wes Smith at Burning Man Yo!" interviews.  Dot resides at Slut Garden during his stay in the dust. This is a camp that I remember well from last year - it's colorful, fun and the music was always on point. Getting to see Wes play up on that stage is going to be a sight to see with the crowd dressed up in their space wear. BOOM!

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Slut Garden is certainly an interesting name - tell me about Slut Garden and what you all are about:

We are the ultimate party on the playa and are a real interactive camp. Whether it is the shadow boxes, platforms, The Wet Spot (bar), dome or clothing exchange (Slutty Seconds). We have people who go out in the crowd to recruit girls to dance in the shadow boxes and we aim to never have them empty of sexy silhouettes dancing.

What’s your role for Slut Garden?

I’m in charge of staging build scaffolding, setting up the lighting and am a main residency DJ. I am based out of Seattle but the founding members and campers are mainly from Portland and Montana.

That’s great - how did you get involved with Slut Garden?

This is my second year with Slut Garden, after my first burn I played a hip hop set with my best friend Matt (Pressha) for a hip hop happy hour. Slut Garden was having some sound issues so I jumped under the sound booth and fixed what was wrong. They were appreciative and they asked me to come back to play. I started with an empty crowd and once I was done there was a huge crowd. I was offered to play a fundraiser in Seattle and it just exploded from there. I don't rep a crew or a label when it comes to Slut Garden...so I promo the heck outta it and get the word out about them.

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Speaking of promo - tell me about your biggest music events/parties:

Wednesday: Sluts In Space when Wes Smith is playing, it’s an astronaut/space themed event.

Thursday: Booty Wonderland with Deekline and Dot Diggler ++

Friday: Satan’s Schoolgirls that DJ Dan hosting with Donald Glaude ++

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You were the one that booked Wes. How do you know about Wes Smith all the way in Seattle?

I asked Wes if he would be down to play a set - he is one of my favorite producers. I found his tracks awhile back and the tracks went off really well at the burn one of my good friends Justin (Blacklist) Alson also plays a lot of his tunes out as well.

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Any advice to aspiring DJs/producers out there going to Burning Man?

It’s good to make connections in this industry it is very hard if you do not. Everyone is a dj/producers/etc so you really have to set yourself apart from the others.

Tell me why you do all of this and keep coming back to Burning Man:

One of the reasons why I love Burning Man is because breaks are reigning supreme (parallel with house). I have been a breaks DJ for 15 years ever since I heard Icey's Essential Mix and then started getting into Baby Anne, Fixx, Volume, Huda Hudia, Deeklline, Plump DJs, Freestylers and Stanton Warriors. I have been blessed to play with most of them except Deekline and that comes true this year.

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Also, I have never met such a hard-working group so focused on their goal. It's a camp full of Alphas and surprisingly-  it really works. The founder of Slut Garden, Brad, is the shit. He is a superb leader of people. It's why the camp has become as awesome as it is and it keeps getting bigger and bigger each year.

Check out the Dot Diggler mix I have been bumpin'in my speakers this week:

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This year’s Burn is going to be interesting and I can’t wait to meet you and see/hear all the awesome on that beautiful stage surrounded by those shadow box dancers - thank you sir, see you in the dust!

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LOCATION: 9:15 & E

Related links:

[Slut Garden : Website] [Slut Garden : Facebook] [Juice Recordings: Website] [Wes Smith: Facebook] [Dot Diggler: Facebook]

Wes Smith's Cali Cuts EP Out Now on Punks Music | Interview with Label Manager Olly Gee

Another agent mission completed for the ItsWesSmithYo! interviews. This time I floated over to the UK for a chat with Olly Gee, label manager at Punks Music. Punks released Wes Smith's Cali Cuts EP August 3rd and trust -  they are all HEATERS.

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Tell me about your role at Punks:

I am the Punks label manager. I work with our artists, distributors, A&R people and designers to improve and promote our product. I also handle most of the day to day running of the label. Mark and Dom (Stanton Warriors) are very hands on with Punks so I essentially act as a filter between all of the contributors and them. Everything is signed off by the Stantons so I condense all the information into manageable portions for them to go through. We meet as often as possible to talk about how things are going and to make decisions on what is going to work for the label going forward.

Give us a little history on Punks and what direction you are heading:

The label has been around a long time, well over a decade. It has always been a slow burner though as the Stantons have released most of their music on bigger/major labels. Mark and Dom relaunched Punks early last year and it kinda blew up from the word go, they have built a great legacy musically and command a huge social media following with which helps us a lot. All the magazines and blogs have been really supportive of what we are doing and the Punks artists have really come through with great material for us. This has allowed Punks to grow quite quickly, everything is coming together as we hoped it would.

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Wes Smith/Punks, how did you choose Wes? Do you have a personal favorite on the EP?: 

Actually, Wes was picked up by Mark And Dom before I came on board. I know they are well sold on Wes musically. Wes carries himself well in the industry, he promotes himself very well as a brand and what he does really fits with Punks.

My personal favourite on the EP is "The Tribe”. I’ve been playing it out for a while now, those metallic sounding perc loops are on point. We’ve also been playing Techwerk and getting a good response on dance floors. People seem to enjoy the whole EP. The tunes are tried and tested so we know it's going to be a great release.

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Where have the tracks been featured?

Wes's tunes are a part of the Big Bass Party mix in Australia:

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As well as the Stanton Warriors podcast #38 they did for Triple J in Australia when touring for the Rebel Bass album:

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You mentioned that you had been playing Wes's tunes out. Tell us about you as a producer/dj - who are you as an artist?

I am one-third of the Freerange DJ's from Cornwall (UK). We’ve been DJing together for a lot of years and out 1st release came in 2009.

We all have our separate strengths within the group but we work together really well which is ace. We try not to put too much pressure on each other and things just always seem to work out well for us, its pretty cool like that actually.

We’ve been really lucky in that we have been able to accomplish the majority of our goals when ever we have set them. We try not to take ourselves too seriously but for some reason people keep on booking us. I think its because we like to party….  As long as we are having fun that all that matters to us really. So far so good!

We have some fresh new material finished which will be available in the next few months that we are really excited about. It's definitely the best material to come out of Ave’s studio to date.

Check out Freerange DJ's "Beat Goes On" remix here (free download). That BREAKDOWN WHOA! 

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What's next for Punks?

We’re constantly working on new ways to improve the way that the label runs and the extend the support that we offer to our artists.

We’ve had a great reception from DJs and fans alike from all over the world. Everyone's podcasts/mixes seem to be absolutely crammed with Punks tunes and some people are even having the Punks logo tattooed on themselves which is amazing.

The Stanton Warriors new Rebel Bass album drops soon. It's a fantastic record and the level of hype for it is huge, I think it will be a bit of a game changer. Although Rebel Bass is coming out on Central Station Records its going to bring a lot more eyes and lend a tone of credibility/exposure to what we are doing at Punks.

I think the next logical step will be for us to start throwing some Punks branded parties. Our artists and the Punks brand are definitely strong enough to make a good job of that and It would be great to be able to offer extra entertainment to our supporters whilst pushing the Punks sound out to new audiences.

We have a lot of ideas that we want to launch when the time is right. Right now Punks is enjoying a really nice period of organic growth, it's an exciting time all round really.

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Any final thoughts/words?

We are looking forward to the Wes Smith release, its been in the pipeline for a little while now so we’re happy to get it out there for everyone to enjoy. Early feedback suggests that its going to be a hit!

All of our artists have some awesome new music on its way. Mafia Kiss, Marten Horger, Sly-One, Nixon and Left/Right all have wicked releases coming up in the next few months that we’re all super hyped on.

Punks has a lot of plans that I won’t go into now, but we have really big goals set for the label and artists. Everyone will see a huge push in the next 12 months to get as much progressive new music as possible out there for everyone to enjoy. We are really enthusiastic about the next phase, the wheels are in motion so keep an eye on our media pages for updates!

We here at Juice Recordings appreciate your time and thank you and Punks for keeping the beat go on and on.... 

It's Wes Smith Yo! Tour Swims Upstream to Lay Down Beats for Electric Love Festival [Canada]

Wes Smith continues his magic Fugu journey this time by swimming upstream from the current to lay down his beats at Electric Love. I met up with Joshua Allen, owner of Regime Entertainment, to see how the passion translates to the love. Electric Love 2

Tell me about Electric Love:

This is the first year for Electric Love, but I have been doing promotions and throwing shows for 15 years now. I went to a show in 2001 and loved it so much that I decided to DJ, however, once I bought the equipment and tried it out I thought I also want to throw parties/shows. Currently,  I Dj with my girl Danielle Wilson. We are Neon Gypsy and Average Citizen and we become Average Gypsy. You can hear us at Electric Love!

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How did you get your start throwing shows?

 We used to throw a one night show called Summer Break 7 years ago but unfortunately we lost the land where we threw it and had to go on a hiatus.  It had a really diverse lineup one year it boasted Snoop Dogg and Freestylers on the same bill. This is the first year we were able to acquire land again that fit for us and a show of this scale. We wanted to bring back the one night all night party again. It doesn’t happen out here that much anymore, most raves/festivals are a huge time and financial commitment. This being one night is a smaller commitment and importantly a very short distance from most Vancouver and if you are in the valley it's in your backyard.
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Tell me about the festival/show:

We are bringing back the one night banger with 18 hours of sound. It's on a river at the base of the mountains in a beautiful spot and there is huge campsite if you want to camp. We have 4 stages with themes-  like the main stage (aka the Love Shack) decorated in an Arabian nights theme with Cats Eye doing the lighting -  it's going to be sexy just like a Love Shack. The Zen Den will have black lights with themed paintings and a dreamy PsyTrance/Trance feel, the Arena stage is hip hop and The Nest is going to be a huge nest for the DJ's to play in, it's exciting. My team all are in charge of the stages and have worked hard to bring something for all.

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What size show is Electric Love?

We are capping sales at 3000 so it's not too crowded but we plan to grow in the future... for the next 10 years plus. We have Vancouver's best graffiti artist coming in for an art installation and last month we held a DJ contest that resulted in two winners. We will see Carl Crawford opening the main stage and Henry Pope (LA) opening for headliner at the Nest Stage. It gives Dj's that are actually really good a chance to be heard, especially those that may not know anyone in the area and despite being really talented are not able to be booked.

Thank you for your time, Josh, we appreciate your time for the magic Fugu tour and wish you the best of luck at Electric Love. 

 Thank you, I am really looking forward to Wes's set. His album is awesome, we are all really excited. Gates open at 2pm - see you all there!

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Related links:

[Facebook: Event Page] [Electric Love: Ticket Link] [Electric Love: Website] [Juice Recordings : Website]] [Facebook: Average Gypsy]

 

Are You Ready for some ShOOnanigans? Wes Smith hits San Francisco this week!

Cosmic chaps and sonic mutton chops are on the menu for this course of Wes Smith's Magic Fugu odyssey. If you have been following the fugu, I did a piece a few weeks ago with DJ Deckard of the Space Cowboys, a San Francisco based Burner music and art collective. Wes had just dropped his dopeness for the Space Cowboy's RipeCast and was on his way to Santa Monica and Miami. I got to catch up with the illustrious Jenny Shu (aka DJ ShOOey) also of the Space Cowboys, to talk about Wes's return to Cali this weekend  in San Fransisco.

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Tell me about ShOOnanigans - 

When I was envisioning what the party was going to look like, my whole inspiration was to bring together all the DJS that I love in the San Fransisco area. Usually parties in the area don’t have headliners - they are made up of Burning Man collectives and camps so there isn't a lot of segregation.

Space Cowboys had two night shows this year, Halloween and New Years Eve. I wanted to do something for my birthday and ShOONanigans was a really good opportunity to bring people together before we all get out to the playa. Since we haven't had a show since New Years in a club setting it will draw a large crowd. There will be Space Cowboys working the door and volunteering to help put it all together from top to bottom. We put in a lot of work to throw our shows and people really rally and get things done. Essentially everyone is coming together and doing what we do so well together.

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This one has a headliner - what made you decide to buck the norm?

I have been following Wes's music as a fan for a while now. When he contacted Space Cowboys about doing the RipeCast, I took the opportunity to talk to him and see if he would be interested to play a show for my birthday. He's a really nice guy and we were able to easily build a rapport together. I personally incorporate a lot of Wes's tunes into my sets and I wanted him to be a part of the show.  I'm really excited for the opportunity to bring all of these people together and have a great time.

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You were just on my coast a few weeks ago for PEX, a regional burn in Maryland. Tell me about how the other side gets down: 

The Space Cowboys collaborated a pool stage with the Vitamin B crew from NYC. We had QDup play and everyone was very welcoming. The Vitamin B crew is a great bunch, it was so much fun.

What I didn't realize was that the East Coast had so many burn events. I think we just immerse ourselves in the culture here and it's just second nature to us to end at Burning Man. It puts it in perspective that not everyone can get all the way to Black Rock City, so they put their blood sweat and tears into the regional events. I think it is great, it was a wonderful experience and on a much smaller scale which is nice, almost like how Burning Man was years ago.

Thanks, Jenny. I look forward to meeting you on the playa this year and wish you the happiest of birthdays! Until then we will be rockin' out to your RipeCast. 

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ShOONanigans will feature 3 stages including a silent disco. A portion of the proceeds will go towards Flux Foundation for their art project at Burning Man this year.

Related links:  

[Facebook Event] [Presale tickets] [Flux Foundation website]

Wes Smith, Juice Recordings, DjShOOey, Space Cowboys, Burning Man, DJ Deckard, ShOOnanigans, San Fransisco, Breaks, Breakbeat, Edm, Udm, Glitch, Dusty Rhino, DJ Dane, Djesika, Airpusher, Gravity, Pink Mammoth), Haute Mess, Brass Tax, DJ M3, Motion Potion, Sunset Promotions, Josh Damon, 8Ball, Ben Anderson, ErikHz, Justin Glover, Kapt N Kirk, Mancub, Rrrus, Shissla, PEX, RipeCast, Vitamin B, NYC, QDup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. Wiggle

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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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...

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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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Fort Knox Five's "Keep It Poppin" Remixes Yo! by Wes Smith, Worthy and DJ Dan/Mike Balance

Hold up hold up...before you hit Starbucks...Drop that change on this EP - It's doap on a rope, yo! Brand new Remixes of "Keep It Poppin (ft Mustafa Akbar)" by Fort Knox Five are available exclusively on Beatport.  Click through to preview & purchase these awesome remixes by Wes SmithDJ Dan & Mike Balance, and Worthy - instrumentals are also available, don't sleep on this release, get it TODAY.

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One of the killer party anthems on Fort Knox Five's new album Pressurize The Cabin is Keep It Poppin featuring Mustafa Akbar of Nappy Riddem. After getting everybody to Funk 4 Peace on Radio Free DC, Mustafa is back again with more positive feel good party lyrics to keep the vibes going. On this release, the next single from the new album, Fort Knox Five have enlisted the help of some close friends and old school legends to truly keep it popping!

Wes Smith has been topping the breakbeat charts with releases on his label Juice Recordings based out of San Diego, CA. He is the Beatport Breaks Best of 2014 #1 Label Boss, #1 Track Producer, and #2 Artist. His floor filling single “Bring Back That Funk” camped out at the Beatport Breaks #1 spot for more than 30 days and nearly 150 days in the top 10. His rework of Keep It Poppin transforms the original into a high energy breakbeat workout that is guaranteed to get you on your feet and slap yo momma in the street!WesSmith_Press_Logos_Text_Head_ColorFort Knox Five and DJ Dan have been close for decades, their friendship forged in the old school rave days. The DJ Dan and Mike Balance Remix is an indie nu-disco meets G-House banger, full of West Coast flavor. Bubbling beats and pitched down vocals combined with funky synths creates a new school take on an old school sound.

Rounding out the release is Worthy's deep future house remix, full of chunked out beats and blips, sure to whip the dance floor into a frenzy. As part of San Francisco's Dirtybird crew, Worthy brings a fresh new sound which is going off worldwide.
This collection of remixes is engineered to get people on their feet and dancing! With sounds ranging from nu-disco to deep future house and breakbeat, DJs and old school ravers alike will find these tunes booty shaking. Instrumentals are also available of all three remixes, and you can expect to hear some of these tunes getting the party started, so lets Keep It Poppin.

Related links:

[Beatport : Full Release]

It's Wes Smith Yo! It's Breaks Yo! Miami

What a perfect show for the next It's Wes Smith Yo tour stop...BreaksYo!  Ground Zero Crew presents Breaks Yo!The Social Lubricant. Breaks Yo - Bebe 2

Wes Smith is a DJ and producer based out of San Diego, CA. He is the Beatport Breaks Best of 2014 #1 Label Boss, #1 Track Producer, and #2 Artist. His floor filling single “Bring Back That Funk” camped out at the Beatport Breaks #1 spot for more than 30 days and nearly 150 days in the top 10.

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With official support from The Crystal Method, Lady Waks and The Armory Podcast, his DJ mixes and music are featured on top podcasts, radio shows and labels. His main floor live sets run the genre game with funk fueled beats, bass and vocals. Wes is also the Juice Recordings label boss, chief sticker bomber and creative force behind The Juice Squad.

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With support from:

JimiTheGenius (Kuad Recordings / Zone) * Bday Set! [Link]

Bebe (Digital Records) [Link]

Mas Inc (Culture) [Link]

Robotic (Bass Records) [Link]

JROC [Link]

G$Montana (Project Mayhem) [Link]

Related links:

[Facebook l Event] [Facebook l Wes Smith]

 

It's Wes Smith Yo! Trusts Unicorns? Next stop - Santa Monica, CA

The magic fugu tour keep breathing new life to the US and beyond packing venues to the gills and rocking the electric funkalicious. This time I catch up with Dave Loomstein, aka Dave Loomer, of The Cruz Coalition. Cruz Coalition (in conjunction with Camp Charlie) is present the 4th annual “In Unicorns We Trust”. This is a fundraiser for a famous Burning Man camp, Camp Charlie, this Friday in Santa Monica. Loomer - In Unicorns We Trust

Tell me of your first Burning Man experience:

A friend convinced me to go and I had an amazing life changing experience. I was a music aficionado forever but I was not into making music at the time other than mix tapes. When i returned from my first burn I started DJing and producing music immediately and have been doing it ever since. This year’s Burning Man will be my tenth in a row.

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Camp Charlie is a theme camp and art car at Burning Man. Tell me a short history of this camp:

Camp Charlie was developed around Charlie the unicorn cartoon. The art car is a mainstay, it’s a huge car with great sound. It’s super fun and it is both a labor of love and of patience.

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How did you become a Camp Charlie camper & enthusiast aka a Unicorn?

Charlie is my third camp so far. You could call me “polycamperous" with another camp called Nutz. It started as a no expectations journey, but it became about music so I go to the camp I am most closely aligned with musically. Also to get different flavors of the burn you truly need exposure to different people and experiences.

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Tell us about the Cruz Coalition:

This is my company and we manage events including local event production located in Santa Monica.

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You just got back from EDC. Tell us what you did there:

Cruz Coalition has worked the last seven EDC’s in Los Angeles and five in Vegas doing the production aspect for EDC. From acquiring the entertainers to building the stages. It can be anything from building, staffing, biz management, booking, schedules, artist relations, etc.

Let’s talk about “In Unicorns We Trust”, the event this weekend:

This is Cruz Coalition’s 3rd co production of “IUWT” with Camp Charlie and we are really excited- the event is in an underground art and event space that only has rare and special events there. You have to work a lot of connections and relationships to even be able to throw an event here. The whole lineup is made up of a combination of resident djs, local headliners and guest djs. You will see that Wes is coming into his own as a headliner and we are really happy to see him join us for this one. He has been such an advocate for Camp Charlie since his first time last year.

We add a LOT of variety to offer the people a lot of possibilities throughout the night. It’s a really sweet event that brings a lot of community energy… we as unicorns bring a lot of energy and thunder to everything we do, it’s going to be one to remember.

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Any advice to me as a first time Unicorn this year at Burning Man?

Get there early and see it grow, a complete metamorphosis. It’s a pleasure to be a part of it and the community keeps expanding. Get into the spirit, enjoy and participate. It’s about the experience and while you are part of an ensemble, you still have to go and make your own great experience. When it’s like that - you need to be about you. If it’s not an experience you cannot immerse yourself 100% with then it’s not your experience.

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Peace Out...

Thank you, Dave. We really appreciate your time and wish you the best of luck with the event. You can catch Dave aka DJ Loomer at "In Unicorns We Trust" and for those of you outside of Cali, here is his Stanton Warriors Rebel Bass Tour mix for your listening pleasure.

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Related links:

 [Facebook l Cruz Coalition] [Website l Juice Recordings] [Facebook l Event Page]

It's Wes Smith Yo! Teaming Up With Lady Waks to Shake Some Hot Cakes Bass!

And the boom goes on! With 3 out of 50 tunes on the Hot Cakes Bass Shakers compilation - It's Wes Smith Yo! continues on a magic fugu ride like none other, including a dope ass unreleased track called BARS with Markk Polo! So that's like 6% nerds! Big ups Lady Waks, Deekline, Martin Flex and crew! Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 1.29.31 PM

Available on the release are two mixes by Lady Waks, a name that is synonymous with breakbeat. She is not only an accomplished DJ and producer but has also earned Breakspoll awards for Best Dj, Best Producer, and Best Radio Show. She is also well known for her skills as a designer, photographer, label owner and promoter.

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Both mixes feature hits that are currently rocking speakers as well as bangers that have now become classic tunes, the first lady of breakbeat masterfully gives us a dose of the best beats from artists like Wes Smith, Deekline, Martin Flex, KMFX, The Stanton Warriors and Marten Hørger. All the tracks are available individually as well as in these two outstanding mixes. Here is a teaser below that includes Wes Smith's "Don't Stop The Robot" at the 9:15 mark.

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Related Links:

[Buy Bass Shakers] [Lady Waks] [Wes Smith] [Hot Cakes]

 

Its Wes Smith Yo! Saddling Up with the Space Cowboys for the latest RIPEcast!

In anticipation of the newest Wes Smith endeavor, I sat down with the curator of the famous RIPEcast, Keith Deckard (aka DJ Deckard) to talk about the show.  He is a member of the Space Cowboys, a San Francisco based Burner music and art collective.

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Tell me who or what are the Space Cowboys?

There is a really long history surrounding the Space Cowboys, I have been a part of them for 6 years now.  It is a collective in the true sense of the word that was born from a fusion of two different Burning Man camps. They found themselves at Burning Man in a "coming together" moment. They had the same temperament and needs/skills/equipment that complimented each other ... and the camp was born. Today we have about 17 active members, builders, sound guys, maintenance, etc and each has their expertise that is used during the year for our activities, shows and at Burning Man itself.

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Explain to those who  have not been to Burning Man what the Space Cowboys do at the burn:

At Burning Man we have MOG which is an art car and last year we built a saloon. The MOG is a mobile party that is always on the move. We would rather be mobile and a bit harder to find than have a huge party that people plan on going to during the week. It’s part of the experience, you have to make an effort to find us. It’s almost a metaphor for breakbeat, a little off the beaten path. We want the people who love it to come find the art car or if you stumble upon it and have a great time listening to it and we gain new people, that’s great too.

I know we ended up in deep playa one early morning at the MOG. We were the first ones there but a whole bunch of people showed up and we danced for hours. That was a great Burning Man memory for me, thank you Space Cowboys! 

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Who are the Space Cowboys outside of the burn?

Different parties we throw thoughout the year have different purposes. From specific Burning Man fundraisers to smaller shows that give our vibe and music but are most likely less of a production. We are a not-for-profit and we really try to back art projects.  For example we backed the Bay Bridge lights project [https://thebaylights.org] where a local artist Leo Villareal did a LED light installation on San Fran’s Bay Bridge. We also throw Ghost Ship which is a Burning Man type party but it also supports local artists. As we have been more successful with each show, we are able hire people/artists from other camps like Dusty Rhino (for example) and they are able to gain something from being there, helping their camp for the year.

What is RIPEcast?

Zach Moore championed the RIPEcast effort and spent a lot of time and effort getting RIPEcast to where it is now. It was born out of love and belief in the music from those with a love of breakbeats and ability to promote what we love. The sound has evolved a bit more from exclusively breakbeat, we play more house styles now as well. I’m even hearing more of that organic electro sound that we were hearing 6-7 years ago. We talked about it as a collective to widen the range of what is played and it has worked out really well- I feel like we have something pretty rare. Now Zach does the Armory Podcast exclusively and all of us involved in RIPEcast are figuring out how to get the word out on social media and in our communities.

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How do you choose your artists/mixes for RIPEcast?

We are trying to record as many live sets as possible that we do during the year like our happy hours on Pier 70. Josh (8_Ball), a camp elder/leader, manages 1 mix a month plus a mixture of Space Cowboys DJS live, video or pre set mixes as well as other guest DJs. I am trying to curate producers/DJs that I follow and like to get more content. Even though I have a 9-5 job and limited time - it’s like being a radio programmer, I get to bring music I am really passionate about to people who really like it and what we do as well.

How did the July 24th San Francisco "The Space Cowboys present ShOONanigans with Wes Smith" show come about?

This is a really good example of how we have different people who take on different parts and roles. Jenny (ShOOey) has a relationship with Jeff (GM) of Public Works in San Francisco and she is a huge fan of Wes Smith. It’s her birthday and she was able to choose who she wanted to play. It’s very organic, we have the infrastructure and level of expertise/knowledge to propose a plan and throw a great, successful party. We also have a good track record so it feels good when you have everyone's backing going into it.  [Facebook Event]

How can we hear the RIPEcast?

It is available on Mixcloud, Soundcloud and for download on iTunes. Wes Smith's RIPEcast drops today at 11am pst.

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Keith is a Space Cowboy and is known as DJ Deckard. His “Definition of Chill” RIPEcasts are available on the links below (I’m listening to one now and it’s great). I thank him for his time with me today, it was a awesome and interesting conversation that helps bridge the gap for me on music and what others are doing across the country for the love of music. I look forward finding the Space Cowboys and  dancing with you all in Black Rock City in 2015. Giddy up!

Related Links:

[Wes Smith Website] [Space Cowboys Website] [DJ Deckard | Facebook] [DJ Zach Moore | Facebook] [DJ ShOOey | Facebook]