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.
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.
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.
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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