Rolling on from NYC, Wes heads for Charleston SC to throw down with DJ Skitch. Continuing my IWSY info gathering mission, I caught up with Kit Giles (aka Skitch) for this leg of the tour. I poked around for some intel on the breaks scene in SC and Kit's take on things. Check the event and interview below.
How did you start out in your scene?
I started listening to trance and drum & bass but the first events I attended were breaks shows so when I finally heard breakbeats I said WHAT IS THIS and I was hooked. I got into breakdancing and started djing. Breaks was really all I knew and I am very thankful I was brought into the breaks scene. I think that it's the most loving of all EDM genres and I am glad to see it rapidly growing back to where it was years ago.
We met up in Miami for the Winter Music Conference. What was your favorite Miami moment?
Definitely opening up for Monk with Aaron Sigmon at the Industry Social (Project Mayhem) event. I loved Monk even before I had become a dj so it was almost surreal. Also, Icey crushed it on that system at the Dog Eat Dog event. Tommy Sunshine at Future Sound of Breaks was absolutely amazing. The way he played was so unique I really enjoyed it. Christian Martin at the Stanton Warriors event was so good. Considering he doesn't really identify himself as a breakbeat artist, I thought what he did was unique and fresh.
(btw- I was there for that one I think you both did a phenomenal job)
Charleston used to be a place I would frequent edm shows when I lived in the South. How do you keep the musical interest alive in your city?
We started working with colleges and we would look to book opening support of all genres and bring in a large breaks headliner. It opens people's eyes to the genre because they are there to support their friends and the college crowd brings in the youth to the scene. Once they hear the headliner, they are blown away and they want to know what this music is that they are hearing, it has been working - our shows are very well attended.
What shows are you currently throwing?
On Thursday nights we do a full EDM show at Club NV called the "Charleston EDM Series" but EDM is growing in South Carolina so we try to do additionally a regional or national act at least once a month. The Wes Smith tour is going to be the one year anniversary for our EDM series so we wanted to book someone special for the occasion.
Damn right! Well, I thank you Kit for sharing all of this with myself and the rest of us reading about the Charleston scene. We wish you luck and have fun on Thursday!