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It’s Wes Smith Yo! Burning Man 2015 Tour @ the Dusty Rhino

Burn baby burn!  Next stop on the clock for the magical buggin' fugu brought me to Brian Nuggets Cox (aka Nugz, Nuggets and B. Nugz) and our discussion about the fiery one they call Dusty Rhino. Tell me about the Dusty Rhino camp and art car:

It’s awesome! We keep it low-key at our camp and then when we take out the Rhino we find an art piece to park at or bring it around to different places for variety. Our mission is to show people a good time with consistently great music. It’s usually house and breakbeat with the edgy grungy good stuff (haha no dubstep).

There is fire button to smash on in the DJ booth and driver has a fire button as well. With a 165 gallon propane tank, it’s a large rhino barreling through the desert with a horn that shoots FIRE - there really is nothing like it.

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Let’s talk about the Wes Smith connection/show with the Rhino:

Sure- we try to get producers, friends and people who are crushing it in breaks to bring out a well-rounded roster. We saw Eric Riggsbee (of San Fransisco’s “Faultline") brought him out here and we hit Wes up on Facebook. I handle bookings and am also on the Dusty Board of Directors. There are 3 guys doing the music programming and we all came to a general consensus. He is playing 3-430am Tuesday/Wed morning and we have confirmed DJ DAN same night.

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Tell me how you first made it to Burning Man:

I was in Boulder at the time and I heard about it in 96-97 from a college friend. Eventually I made the decision to move and I had just moved to to San Fran with a only a trailer in tow. in 2004, I was sleeping on the floor at a friend’s house and they were going to the burn and they invited me to go. I went down to Haight Street in San Fransisco and actually purchased a physical ticket. We went, had a good time and loved it so much I haven’t missed it since.

What led you to a Dusty Rhino?

In 2009 the Dusty Rhino asked me to be a part of the camp. It was one of my fave art carts out there ... I loved the clean lines, simple, white stretch fabric and halogen lights.  Since then I have become one of their main DJ’s as well as the sound guy responsible for maintaining and breaking down the art car.

Brian has been a DJ for 20 years and he plays house, breaks and drum&bass - this is the mix I have been grindin on this week while writing up this article , check out his soundcloud for this and other genres for a sneak peak to your burn. If you are not going- go outside grab some dust and bugs, grab a neighbor to dance with, hit play and make believe!

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What keeps you coming back year after year?

The Dusty Rhino is  there for the community first and foremost. We don’t discriminate, we want as many people to have an experience on the there to share good music and art.

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We do 3-4 fundraisers a year to get it out there. We did pride this year the picture below includes 4 of our resident DJs; myself (NUGZ), and Clarkie, Alvaro Bravo and DJ Dane.

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Where can we find you when you are not barreling through the desert shooting fire?

Location 10 & I - Look for the 30 feet LED giraffe!

Brian, thank you so much for the sit down, for sharing your music with us and for all that Dusty Rhino does during the year and at the burn. We will be looking for the Rhino on the horizon to come get our dusty hugs and boogie to great music. Check out Wes Smith mashing fire and que buttons 3-430am Wednesday morning on the Dusty Rhino art car.

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It's Wes Smith Yo! Burning Man 2015 Tour @ Dusty Poon Saloon

Wes Smith kicks off his broken beat tour of Burning Man 2015 @ the Dusty Poon Saloon.  When Chuck Wheeler (of the Dusty Poon Saloon) and and I finally caught up, he was just getting back from fishing with a big yellowtail catch in his cooler for dinner.  With Burning Man coming up soon, the buzz and excitement was clear in his voice.  We sat down and talked about Burning Man, Wes Smith and what makes a Dusty Poon. Dusty Poon Saloon

Tell me about your history with Burning Man camp "Dusty Poon Saloon"?

I'm one of the co-creators of the camp. Myself and 4 other close friends started it back in 2010 and this will be my 5th burn since 2009.  The Saloon has been growing and growing each year, we started with 20 camp mates and today we have 55 people with us.
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 What is the camp about?
Our theme camp is definitely for the people of Burning Man and the community.  We are a bunch of givers and have a multitude of things to offer.  In addition to having some of the best cocktails on the playa, we set up an old Western photo booth and provide 1000s of costumes with different backdrops.  Back in 2009 we were brought car buffers to the playa since then we have been buffing people's buns for them to combat what the desert does to them.  We also do a lot of theatricals including wild western showdowns, we do communal burn pits and throughout the week we throw parties.  We bring a large sound system and equipment to the playa so our camp is one for people to come in to enjoy, dance, have a great time and stay awhile.

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How did you meet Wes Smith and decide to include him for Poon shenanigans?

We went to Electric Poncho in Mexico and Dusty Poon put together a renegade camp on the side of a cliff that overlooked the whole canyon. We brought down an bunch of booze and put up our saloon doors and threw a RAGER all night with DJs playing.  My buddy Ben met Wes and they hung out together and got along well.  I also ran into him at Kava Lounge (San Diego) at a event and we hit it off there.  He showed a lot of interest and we consider our camp a breakbeat camp. His style really fits with what we like so we invited him to play this year at the saloon.

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Tell me about the events you are throwing at the Dusty Poon:

We have 2-3 parties throughout the week and our big blow out feature party with Wes is called "The Poon at Noon" on Wednesday from noon-6pm.  We are going to have a giant cactus that blows fire out of the top and this year we are going to try to do a ghost pepper Russian roulette wheel...spin the wheel with one ghost pepper shot.  Anyone who wants to step up though we have ghost pepper bourbon or vodka all week. It gives you a euphoric feeling once you get past your mouth burning but then the endorphins come out that gives you a natural high.

Well I can't wait to meet you on the playa and get down and dusty at the Poon, Chuck!  

Come join the crew all week and especially Wednesday for the Poon at Noon and Thursday at 9pm for Chuck's birthday. Happy Birthday!

Playa placement: 4th & C

Related Links:

[Dusty Poon Saloon : Website] [Dusty Poon Saloon : Facebook] [Juice Recordings: Website] [Burning Man : Facebook Event]

It's Wes Smith Yo! Tour Swims Upstream to Lay Down Beats for Electric Love Festival [Canada]

Wes Smith continues his magic Fugu journey this time by swimming upstream from the current to lay down his beats at Electric Love. I met up with Joshua Allen, owner of Regime Entertainment, to see how the passion translates to the love. Electric Love 2

Tell me about Electric Love:

This is the first year for Electric Love, but I have been doing promotions and throwing shows for 15 years now. I went to a show in 2001 and loved it so much that I decided to DJ, however, once I bought the equipment and tried it out I thought I also want to throw parties/shows. Currently,  I Dj with my girl Danielle Wilson. We are Neon Gypsy and Average Citizen and we become Average Gypsy. You can hear us at Electric Love!

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How did you get your start throwing shows?

 We used to throw a one night show called Summer Break 7 years ago but unfortunately we lost the land where we threw it and had to go on a hiatus.  It had a really diverse lineup one year it boasted Snoop Dogg and Freestylers on the same bill. This is the first year we were able to acquire land again that fit for us and a show of this scale. We wanted to bring back the one night all night party again. It doesn’t happen out here that much anymore, most raves/festivals are a huge time and financial commitment. This being one night is a smaller commitment and importantly a very short distance from most Vancouver and if you are in the valley it's in your backyard.
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Tell me about the festival/show:

We are bringing back the one night banger with 18 hours of sound. It's on a river at the base of the mountains in a beautiful spot and there is huge campsite if you want to camp. We have 4 stages with themes-  like the main stage (aka the Love Shack) decorated in an Arabian nights theme with Cats Eye doing the lighting -  it's going to be sexy just like a Love Shack. The Zen Den will have black lights with themed paintings and a dreamy PsyTrance/Trance feel, the Arena stage is hip hop and The Nest is going to be a huge nest for the DJ's to play in, it's exciting. My team all are in charge of the stages and have worked hard to bring something for all.

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What size show is Electric Love?

We are capping sales at 3000 so it's not too crowded but we plan to grow in the future... for the next 10 years plus. We have Vancouver's best graffiti artist coming in for an art installation and last month we held a DJ contest that resulted in two winners. We will see Carl Crawford opening the main stage and Henry Pope (LA) opening for headliner at the Nest Stage. It gives Dj's that are actually really good a chance to be heard, especially those that may not know anyone in the area and despite being really talented are not able to be booked.

Thank you for your time, Josh, we appreciate your time for the magic Fugu tour and wish you the best of luck at Electric Love. 

 Thank you, I am really looking forward to Wes's set. His album is awesome, we are all really excited. Gates open at 2pm - see you all there!

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Related links:

[Facebook: Event Page] [Electric Love: Ticket Link] [Electric Love: Website] [Juice Recordings : Website]] [Facebook: Average Gypsy]

 

It's Wes Smith Yo! Tour De Dance heads to Broken Grooves in Seattle, Washington

The now famous It's Wes Smith Yo! The Album Tour winds along it's path to Seattle, Washington for this Saturday's show.  Miss 137 puts the brakes on to talk with Brian Trippdub - curator of the Broken Grooves event. Wes Smith Tour

Tell me about your event:

Broken Grooves is the longest running break beat weekly in the world. On June 7th it will be 14 and a half years. It was started at the time by a local crew by the name of the Midnight Sons, small crew of DJs, an MC and activists. The night originally started on a Tuesday and was moved to Sundays shortly after.

What is your mission for your event?

Our mission is simply to bring the best in breaks whether local or national to the Pacific North West. One thing that makes Broken Grooves special is consistency, every Sunday we attend our church and pray to the breakbeat gods, you can find us every Sunday at the same time in the same spot. Another thing that makes BG special is opportunity. We give everyone an opportunity to showcase different styles and skills, this keeps everyone involved and excited.

What is your main challenge?

The main challenge of operating a weekly is time. I have a family and its very time consuming to constantly have to book DJs, trying to get flyers made and printed, social media postings and events (and not just for BG, you need to post everywhere to get people out), trying to find last minute substitutions (cause sh*t happens), to actually being at the club for 4+ hours every Sunday. The rewards are obvious for anyone that doesn't get paid. THE MUSIC, that brokenbeat that runs through my veins. Oh and the people in the scene are pretty cool too.

How do you choose your talent?

Talent is chosen by styles, meaning I try to book DJs that have a similar sound. Seattle has so much breaks talent and many DJs only get the chance to play Broken Grooves.

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What is your background to the scene?

Everything I know I taught myself. Right out of highschool I saved up to buy 2 turntables and a mixer and proceeded to lock myself in my room trying to perfect my craft. I would spend weeks of frustration trying to match beats to 2 different genres just because I didn't know any better, no teachers, no mentors, just me, my gear and a few records.

Tell me about the next Broken Grooves event with Wes Smith:

BG is located at the Monkey Loft 2915 1st Ave S, Seattle, Washington 98134

This is the first of many nights at our new home! Same old Broken Grooves new venue. We have a special night planned for you we are blowing the roof off this party and we start the night with the one and only Dot Diggler bringing the breaks, followed by BootyGuard hottest new breaks duo in Seattle. Closing the night is headliner Wes Smith. See you at our new home Seattle!!!

Thank you for your time Brian, having met you at this time last year I really enjoyed the vibe of Seattle and your event. You were a great host to me and I am happy to see Wes breaking the new venue's cherry with you all.  Have tons of fun and see you on the other side.

Related Links:

[Facebook Event] [Broken Grooves] [Monkey Loft] [Wes Smith - Album Info]

It's Wes Smith Yo! Album Tour Heads for Charleston with DJ Skitch

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. Wes Smith - Charleston

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)

SkitchCharleston 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!

Related Links:

[Facebook Event] [Club NV]