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.
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.
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.
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