This stop on the magic fugu tour, Wes Smith swims ashore to the islands of Hawaii while tripping the light fantastic. Agent 137 finds herself swimming along with Bret Shoopman to discuss the upcoming Honolulu show.
What is the music scene in Honolulu about?
Most parties in the area have been mainly a house scene, deep and bassline house. I came to Shaun Coon (aka Coondog), someone who is doing a lot of parties in the area (including a monthly boat party) with the idea for an all breaks show. I looked to him because he has helped to change the scene and build it up in the area. He agreed and now we are collaborating with Green Minded, Aloha State Breaks, Stay Up Movement and Sub.Mission Hawaii for the show. This is the first all breaks party that has been thrown in a long time in Honolulu. We are really excited to be able to bring breaks back in this way with the right people/artists.
So it's your first breaks party in a long time, why Wes Smith to represent it?
I knew of Wes Smith over the last two years from Soundcloud and Beatport and was really digging his vibe/music. I would often play his tunes on my Monday weekly radio show on Preserving the Pitch. Eventually I friend requested him and we started chatting online, fortunately he has friends and/or family on the island so we were able to book him here. It's hard to get artists out due to the flight cost alone - so being able to get Wes was great bonus for this party.
Tell me about you as an artist:
I (Silva Sativa) began in the scene back in Kansas but in 2004/2005 I was introduced to breaks and I fell in love with the genre- Deekline, Ed Solo, Wizard, and Stanton Warriors were huge influences on me at the time. I moved to Colorado and became an even bigger fan. Ever since I have been trying to find new artists and curate my collection. I go beyond the Beatport top 100 so to speak and try to find some real gems from up and coming artists.
Who are some of the new up and coming artists that you think produce some of those gems?
Sure, besides Wes Smith some of the people I really enjoy are:
1) Omega Squad
5) Bombo Rosa of Punks Music
Tell us the details about the show this weekend:
jeromejamesjrums and Rhythmstar have teamed up with GreenMinded and Sub.Mission Hawaii to present BASSGARDEN featuring RandomBreaksParty & Wes Smith of Juice Recordings.
Saturday, June 13th at NEXTDOOR in Chinatown 43 N. Hotel St. Honolulu, HI 96817 9:00pm - 2:00am
Wes Smith & Rhythmstar
Local DJ support from:
Miki Mayhem vs Dj Nalu CoonDog vs SilviaSativa Gardel Sean Til Dawn live drumming w/ Jerome James
Dance performances by: La Femme Rikita Ajna Nirvana Madame X Vicious Vixen Laura Rose