My 2015 Annual Top 10 List of Big Bass & Breaks Things w/The Crystal Method & YOU

What an amazing year.  The best thing I can say about 2015 is thank YOU for making my life awesome.  And now I have a story to tell.

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It's late 2014, I'm back stage with The Crystal Method.  They've just blown up Avalon Nightclub to a massive Los Angeles crowd including Storm Troopers to celebrate the occasion.  I had met them earlier in the year and become a bit of a study.  I was lucky enough to open for them that night.

The day before this I had driven back from Burning Man.  Earlier that day I made the trip from San Diego with my good pals Brian Millar of Omega Squad and Adia Break.  6 hours later I had played one of my best sets ever and witnessed first hand how legends rock a party and drop mind altering bass.  Then I found myself back stage about to sink a shot of tequila with Ken Jordan, Scott Kirkland and friends.   Gulp.

People who drink Tequila generally have lots of advice, sometimes even good advice.  I got some great advice from The Crystal Method that night.

This inspired me to get busy planning 2015.  My notes said things like "release album", "go on tour", "stay focused", "get paid", "meet fans", "support others", "collaborate", "be humble", "mutual respect", "create first, talk later" and so on...

So the year began and flew by...on top of a mind blowing album tour [mad props to all the promoters and believers listed here] and releases on so many great labels like Diablo Loco, Tech D, Pooty Club and more....check out the top ten things I can remember that made the bass drop for me!  Thanks to all of YOU, mentioned or not, for making this all possible.  If I missed anyone, kick me in this shins on the 2016 tour;)

Ten...Beatport Positions.  Calendar year #2 breaks artist [link] and label [link], multiple #1's in multiple genres, multiple top slots on the global chart, top releases on the top 5 breaks labels and 8 tracks in the annual top 100 [link].  It's all sales, and all fans that make that happen.  Big ups to everyone that supports music and the people that make it.  It takes money to make quality, original music and without your support there will be no music and that would be bad:)

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Nine...Juice Recordings Team.  My man Pauly Fixx laid down some of the best remixes of his career and continues to support and inspire me along with other label mates including Omega Squad, DubAxFace, B-Phreak, Breaking News, F-Word and more.  Kelly Ross was the boss on more interviews, articles and road trips than I can count.  Jen Holmes took the release management and promo next level.  EmDubz, Sumo Fish and Juan Carlos on the marketing genius duties.  Robert, Brad and the Jamvana crew working miracles on the distribution tip.  And to wrap it all up a HUGE Remix album with stellar performances from Colombo, Phatkidz, Omega Squad, and more...Massive shout outs.

Eight...San Diego Family Support.  Contrary to many people's belief, I am based in San Diego, California where things have been heating up for a long time time before I arrived not to mention one of the top spots in the country to visit, party and chill.  Our local/regional scene has given myself and Omega Squad massive support as we have each other.  Big ups to all the Wigglers, Brians and the one and only Skandar, yes that's his real name.

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Seven...Dub Pistols Support.  Capping an already insane year of remixes, the Killa Sound shot, resulted in one of my best remixes to date.  Big ups Barry Ashworth and the Sunday Best crew.  I am forever grateful for the opportunity.

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Six...Burning Man and Desert Things.  Support from Camp Charlie went from 10 to 100.  Thanks to Danielle, Mindy, Sarah, Travis & all the Unis.  They had a massive breaks night @ the burn [Catch the full video of my set here]; Slut Garden let the bass kick, big ups Dot Diggler and team; Dusty Rhino got dirty on the stormiest night ever, props to NUGZ for driving slow; and Dusty Poon Saloon, ya had to be there;) big ups Wheelers.   Last but certainly not least, Space Cowboys off playa support was massive.  So many to mention but Jen "ShOOey" Shu, Keith Deckard and Zach Moore have shined through.  And we smashed Public Works in San Francisco...boom.

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Five...Miami Music Week 2015.  Not only did I make it there but playing prime slots at FSOB, Gimme A Break, and a fun Thump interview with The Crystal Method...bam.  Respect to Glyn Morgan and Geo Lopez.

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Four...My First UK Trip.  I finally made it to Breakspoll, met James "Mixmag" Glenton and the Headset Heroes among so many awesome people.  Thank you Jimmy Brayks and friends.  When in Rome....or Liverpool...meet up with Playrise Digital.  They make cool games for you to play.  I met them in Liverpool and can't wait for the Tabletop Racing World Tour project to drop on PS4. Big shout to Nick Burcombe & team.  Sup Sehyun;)

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Three...Lady Waks & IBWT Support.  Waks gave me a slot on her podcast to promote the album, featured me numerous times in her sets, licensed multiple tracks for her Hot Cakes project with Deekline, Martin Flex & friends...then to top it all brought me to Russia to play IBWT @ Kosmonaut.  Her IBWT crew put my head on a bus, like a public bus driving around St. Petersburg;)  This opened my eyes to a new level of work ethic and unity among crews.  Massive shout to the hardest working lady, no scratch that person, in bass.

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[Watch Full Video Here]

Two...Stanton Warriors support.  I got the call from Dom & Mark early in the year and they gave me a shot on Punks Music.  My Cali Cuts EP went to number 1 on Beatport.  I also played King King LA with them and was featured on some mixes and their social empire;).   Big shout to the boys and Olly G for keeping it smooth.  Ding ding ding.

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One...The Crystal Method Support.  These guys are among a unique group of professionals at the top of the EDM game.  Their positive, welcoming, no bullshit attitude is apparent at first and grows on the keen observer as time goes on.  Aside from general advice, inclusion @ Avalon and massive support for Bring Back That Funk, I was given an hour takeover slot to premiere the album on their wildly popular #CommunityService show.

I was then featured on the show 10+ more times throughout the year and also included in their top ten tracks of 2015 along with label mates Omega Squad.  As if that wasn't insane enough, they gave me the opportunity to remix Difference, Grace and Over It.  But wait, their's more...I got to work with vocals from Dia Frampton, Franky Perez and LeAnn Rimes.  Oh, and a Billboard Magazine premiere and Thump interview...and for all that, it's clear why they are #1.

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What else can I say, but thank YOU!

Juicy Photos from Miami Music Week 2015

5 days of shenanigans, amazing people, a couple tour dates, loads of food and soooo many good times...Click on the photos to see the full albums from each day on my Facebook page. Day 1; Project Mayhem, Ron Jeremy and Carnage 

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Day 2; Stanton Warriors Rebel Bass, Nerds and Pizza Rustica

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Day 3; Future Sound of Breaks, The Crystal Method and Flat Iron Steaks

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Day 4; Gimme A Break Pool Party, Gorilla Marketing and Savory Crepes 

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Day 5; Dog Eat Dog Pool Party, More Food and Miami Heat 

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Juicy Photos from Miami Music Week 2015

5 days of shenanigans, amazing people, a couple tour dates, loads of food and soooo many good times...Click on the photos to see the full albums from each day on my Facebook page. Day 1; Project Mayhem, Ron Jeremy and Carnage 

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Day 2; Stanton Warriors Rebel Bass, Nerds and Pizza Rustica

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Day 3; Future Sound of Breaks, The Crystal Method and Flat Iron Steaks

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Day 4; Gimme A Break Pool Party, Gorilla Marketing and Savory Crepes 

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Day 5; Dog Eat Dog Pool Party, More Food and Miami Heat 

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MTG Festival of Friends 4 Kicks Off with a Boom!

If you are a Bass & Breaks head, don't sleep on this.  Like I said in my past write up [Link]...I like to hit the club/festie as much as the next chap, but if you don't have that in your hood this weekend, this is the spot to be.  I popped into MTG FOF4 for a few sets and some pretty off the cuff humor in the live chat last night.  All the music was pumping, jokes were slinging and I was stoked to see people from 4 or 5 time zones and twice as many countries across the planet.  Check the flyer, and more of my jabber below;) Event_MTG_FOF4_2015-02-19, #JuiceRecordings, #ItsWesSmithYo, #WesSmith, #TheJuiceSquad, #StickyBumps, #BringBackThatFunk, #Califunkya, #CampCharlie, #EDM, #UDM, #Bass, #Funk, #Breaks, #Breakbeat, #Garage, #2step, #UK, #FutureGarage #USA, #California, #SanDiego, #MTG, #MonkeyTennisGroup, #FestivalOfFriends, #PerfectKombo, #MikeNice, #AtomicHooligan, #DJChronic, #Fonik, #KarlSav

I caught the later sessions including sonic assaults from Ellisentials, Black Fire, Leilani & Mr. Wink...hats off to them rockin' the decks.  As you can see my logo and that juice one are up in therrrrreeee...hats off to the MTG crew.  My set is Saturday night, 1 to 2am EST.  I'll be around for a bunch before that but catch me in the chat for the final #MagicFugu swag out session;)

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And there are so many hot ones in here, just peep that schedule...but here's a special shout to a couple that I've worked with recently and I'm off my nut to catch the likes of...Atomic Hooligan (UK), Blacklist,  Karl Sav, the Juicy Agent 137  and my SoCal homies Otter, and Genevieve...big ups for brining it proper, and again hats off to JB Thomas, Neil Thompson and the MTG crew for making it happen.

 

 

MTG Festival of Friends 4 Kicks Off with a Boom!

If you are a Bass & Breaks head, don't sleep on this.  Like I said in my past write up [Link]...I like to hit the club/festie as much as the next chap, but if you don't have that in your hood this weekend, this is the spot to be.  I popped into MTG FOF4 for a few sets and some pretty off the cuff humor in the live chat last night.  All the music was pumping, jokes were slinging and I was stoked to see people from 4 or 5 time zones and twice as many countries across the planet.  Check the flyer, and more of my jabber below;) Event_MTG_FOF4_2015-02-19, #JuiceRecordings, #ItsWesSmithYo, #WesSmith, #TheJuiceSquad, #StickyBumps, #BringBackThatFunk, #Califunkya, #CampCharlie, #EDM, #UDM, #Bass, #Funk, #Breaks, #Breakbeat, #Garage, #2step, #UK, #FutureGarage #USA, #California, #SanDiego, #MTG, #MonkeyTennisGroup, #FestivalOfFriends, #PerfectKombo, #MikeNice, #AtomicHooligan, #DJChronic, #Fonik, #KarlSav

I caught the later sessions including sonic assaults from Ellisentials, Black Fire, Leilani & Mr. Wink...hats off to them rockin' the decks.  As you can see my logo and that juice one are up in therrrrreeee...hats off to the MTG crew.  My set is Saturday night, 1 to 2am EST.  I'll be around for a bunch before that but catch me in the chat for the final #MagicFugu swag out session;)

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And there are so many hot ones in here, just peep that schedule...but here's a special shout to a couple that I've worked with recently and I'm off my nut to catch the likes of...Atomic Hooligan (UK), Blacklist,  Karl Sav, the Juicy Agent 137  and my SoCal homies Otter, and Genevieve...big ups for brining it proper, and again hats off to JB Thomas, Neil Thompson and the MTG crew for making it happen.