It’s Wes Smith Yo – The Album Remixed Vol 2 : Beatslappaz Interview

And now...wrapping up the IWSY Remixed Volume 2 interview series...some of the baddest and funniest bass makers on the planet...from the land down under, the one, the only Beatslappaz;) Interview by Kelly Ross/Agent 137

Tell us ... who are you?

A: We’re the Beatslappaz, a duo that’s been writing music and playing shows together for the last 10 years.

BeatSlappaz Please give me a brief background on your dj/production experience:

A: We first got together after being brought onto a radio show as guests that ran from Midnight till 6am on a Sunday morning. We had similar tastes and goals and decided to form up into the duo we are now.

We had our first release on vinyl way back in 2007, then went quiet for a bit until we reformed a few years back to start producing again - and here we are! Tell us which remix you did for the IWSY remix album:

A: Wes Smith - Hands Up!

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What made you choose this particular song?

A: We generally only remix songs where the song title tells you what activity you should be doing while you’re listening to it. What is your Wes Smith connection? 

A: When you see a man with mutton chops that you respect, you don’t just throw him a life-jacket. You swim one out to him. I hit him up over Facebook to let him know that I loved his work and we bonded over fish tacos. While we haven’t met yet, I can tell the guy is one of the nicest guys in the business and lord knows he works hard for it.

Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 3.25.59 PM What’s next on next for you after this? Do you have any upcoming projects/remixes you would like to mention?

A: Our homies at Punks Music have us locked in for a few projects. “The Drop” is our next original that’s going to hit shelves soon, along with a remix for Wuki and the Stanton Warriors. Big things! We really want to head back to the states and play a few shows there, so look for that later this year as well.

Any last thoughts?

A: I would like to ask you a question - Would you rather have hiccups for the rest of your life, or would you rather permanently feel like you’re going to sneeze but never do?

Related Links: [Hands Up: Wes Smith Original] [Hands Up : Beatslappaz Remix] [Beatslappaz : Facebook] [Beatslappaz: Soundcloud]

It’s Wes Smith Yo – The Album Remixed Vol 2 : Lunathics Interview

Next up in the Agent 137 interview series for It's Wes Smith Yo - The Album Remixed Volume 2... Interview by Kelly Ross.

Tell us - who are you?

I am Diego , from the South of Spain , but I have lived in Ibiza since 2014.

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Please give me a brief background on your dj/production experience:

I have been mixing since 2000 and producing since 2008. I have played alongside artists like the Stanton Warriors, Deekline, Lady Waks etc.

Tell us which remix you did for the IWSY remix album:

Turntable Sax

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What made you choose this particular song?

Because I liked the funky touch with that sax. Its a fun song that makes you dance.

What is your Wes Smith connection? 

Wes and I met via Facebook . Wes liked my remix productions and he suggested me do a remix of one of the songs from his album "Its Wes Smith , The Album Vol 1". We connected quickly and we have a very cordial relationship.

What’s next on next for you after this? Do you have any upcoming projects/remixes you would like to mention?

I'm working on 2 new songs for the label Selecta Breaks (Spain) and have recently recorded a guestmix for Anonyms radioshow , Record breaks (Russia ).Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 11.04.08 AMThank you for this opportunity. The treatment I have received has been great, I'm impressed by the professionalism of Wes's whole team. I hope work again with Wes on new tracks!

Related Links : [Turntable Sax : Original] [Turntable Sax : Lunathics Remix] [Lunathics : Soundcloud] [Lunathics : Beatport]

 

Interview w/Julian Cortez aka Phat Rabbit of Square Pegs [Charlotte NC)

Aloha friends...as many of you know I just wrapped up a really fun show in Charlotte, NC.  As a follow up to that I thought I'd pick up where we left off on last years tour related interviews and catch up with some of the awesome people that bring me around the planet.  Check out the interview of Julian Cortez aka Phat Rabbit of Square Pegs in Charlotte, NC. Interview and words by the one and only Kelly Ross / Agent 137.

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Tell me about the beginnings of Square Pegs and how you became a production company:

Square Pegs have been together for the last 2-3 years. I started it with Dat Boy Fletch and we have two other DJs affiliated (Mac & Mad Monk). I made a decision 5 years ago after living in Fayetteville to move to Charlotte. I thought I would be going to breaks shows every weekend and that turned out not to be the case. To make up for that I partnered up with Fletch and started a monthly called "Bump" at Crown Station.

Square Pegs is a different focus on breakbeat a "be there or be square" branding. I have been djing for 25 years now and breaks are my love. We wanted to bring the focus back to breaks because it seemed like every time I went out it it was all house. Even at the house events when someone would drop breaks its so damn funky ALL the girls would start to shake their assses.  There are a lot of big name guys out there playing breaks too. When they pepper it in, it just explodes.

What is the Wes Smith connection?

I have heard about Wes now for a few years now. His progression in the last 2 years has been EXPLODING. Square Pegs had been doing some really greats shows and we decided to move the bookings up a notch. Wes had always been in the conversation because of his diversity. He makes it funky on some stuff, his Punks stuff is super bassy and he knows how to read a crowd. He may take it left or take it right - to me that's a smart DJ/person.

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What's next for Square Pegs?

June 10th we are bringing in DJ Icey - fortunately, we have been able to reach out to the younger crowd. Icey is notorious for doing that as well - he is still touring to Chicago, Texas, Florida and really all over to big crowds because of his ability to keep current.

Any final thoughts?

I don't like the arrogance of some DJ's/producers, in fact, we have passed on booking a bunch of people because of their arrogance. We booked Wes for a reason and we really appreciate him coming to Charlotte for the Square Pegs show.

Related Links: [Event Info : These Are the Breaks]] [Square Pegs : Facebook] [It's Wes Smith Yo!]

It’s Wes Smith Yo – The Album Remixed Vol 2 : DJ Skip Interview

Yo yo friends...the Remix Album interviews keep rolling...next up, one of my most random connections and a good pal to roam the country with...DJ, Producer, Turntablist; DJ Skip, from India. Interview by Kelly Ross/Agent 137.

You are in India, how in the world do you know Wes Smith?

Wes is a common friend of another friend of mine. He was in India in 2011 for the Red Bull 3 Style as a judge and he came across as a really cool guy. I met him again this year.

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Tell us what the Red Bull 3 Style is:

The Red Bull 3 Style is a competition that takes 15 min of time where you choose three music styles that rock the party. You are judges on body language, music selection and skills. It’s a body rocking competition built for the party scene. Wes was the judge - and I came in second and in 2012 I won the National Championship and represented my country in the world championship in Chicago. It was my first foreign trip ever.

Wow - the pressure! How do you prepare for this type that type of show?

I would watch post sets online so I knew what is happening around the world. I assessed the competition and paid attention. I also knew my weakness and my strengths. Doing edits and mashups on the fly in a way to beat the competition was key. I opened the whole competition out of the 7 day competition so it was interesting to see how the week played out.

What are some of your titles:

2013 IDA #3 in the world 2014 IDA and DMC National Champion

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That’s amazing. how did you start out to get to this level?

I have been a DJ for 12 years now. I was in small club that happened to have a pair of dusty turntables they were willing to let me use, so I bought needles for them. I didn’t even have slipmats for three years, I would use a thin t-shirt and cut a hole in it. I got some old Bollywood music which usually have dialogues before the track starts, so used one of those as my scratch sample for years. Everything was self taught after the basics were taught by a friend, videos, etc. I also joined QSU (Qbert Scratch University) but was unable to attend for too long due to gigs and shows I was being booked.

Do you have any advice to the new Dj or someone starting out?

Sure, when you are first starting out I recommend you join a school and learn from the pros. After joining QSU, I found things I was definitely doing wrong. Very small things like finger placement etc. can be done in a hundred diff ways. It’s very physical our bodies are different, sounds are very different and everyone has their own style. it will give you a proper edge to know if you are doing something wrong because it’s all muscle memory at the end of the day. This is one of the reasons why I thought opening a school would be a good idea.

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I watched the DMC National video from this year and I thought that you were the clear winner. However, they announced the winner and the reason was his set was all analogue. You started out on turntables, what do you think about the analogue vs digital debate?

I switched to Traktor back in 2002/2003 and now I am endorsed by Native Instruments as a product specialist - things are going really well. In my sets I can do stuff I couldn’t do on techs. I use Maschine and do a lot of finger drumming and the game is changing to a whole other level. Do what works for you.

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What’s next for DJ Skip?

Life is a journey to become better at what you do and Chicago was the turning point of the turntablist side of me. I’m practicing every day and have some new things up my sleeve that I have been working on for my live act. The remix I did for Wes (Turntable Sax) is coming out soon and I am really excited about it. I completely twisted and created a fully different version with scratching elements.

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Related Links: [Beatport : DJ Skip TurnTable Sax] [Wes Smith Turntable Sax Original] [DJ Skip : Facebook] [DJ Skip : Mixcloud

It's Wes Smith Yo - The Album Remixed Vol 2 : B-Phreak Interview

Happy Thursday...next up in the interview series...repeat Juice Remixer, B-Phreak from Germany. Interview by Kelly Ross/Agent 137.

Tell us - who are you? 

My name is Bernie Ott (B-Phreak) and I’m a dj/ producer/ remixer of bass/ breakbeat orientated music from Germany.
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Please give me a brief background on your dj/production experience:

I have been into bass/ breakbeat driven music for more than 20 years now. I started producing beats back in 1999 and djing worldwide for a much longer time. I had my first release back in 2002 plus a big list of orignals/ remixes I’ve done for many different labels. I was one of the first dj’s/ producer’s who brought the "German breakbeat“ sound to the world.

 

Tell us which remix you did for the IWSY remix album:

I remixed "Daft Bump".

 

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What made you choose this particular song? 

I really loved the sound/ energy of the original track!

 

What is your Wes Smith connection? Do you have any weird/funny stories when you met him? Anything else to say?

I have never met him personally, but some day…. who knows. Wes is a very nice guy and I made contact with him via Facebook/ Soundcloud! We love each others music and he asked me doing some tracks/ remixes for his label, Juice Recordings. I always loved the sound of his label, so it was a pleasure for me to release some tracks on Juice.

 

What’s next on next for you after this? Do you have any upcoming projects/remixes you would like to mention?

A new EP on Juice Recordings is planned in near future. I’ve already released a 4 track EP (Take Me High) on Martin Flex’s "Let’s Go!"  label“. I also have a project with my homie Philly Blunt running and our next release will be on Rump Shaker Records in March called "Get Ya Head“ with upcoming remixes from Bradley Drop and Beatslappaz. Phil and I have planed to release some more tunes later this year as well.

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