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It’s Wes Smith Yo – The Album Remixed Vol 2 : Beatslappaz Interview

And now...wrapping up the IWSY Remixed Volume 2 interview series...some of the baddest and funniest bass makers on the planet...from the land down under, the one, the only Beatslappaz;) Interview by Kelly Ross/Agent 137

Tell us ... who are you?

A: We’re the Beatslappaz, a duo that’s been writing music and playing shows together for the last 10 years.

BeatSlappaz Please give me a brief background on your dj/production experience:

A: We first got together after being brought onto a radio show as guests that ran from Midnight till 6am on a Sunday morning. We had similar tastes and goals and decided to form up into the duo we are now.

We had our first release on vinyl way back in 2007, then went quiet for a bit until we reformed a few years back to start producing again - and here we are! Tell us which remix you did for the IWSY remix album:

A: Wes Smith - Hands Up!

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What made you choose this particular song?

A: We generally only remix songs where the song title tells you what activity you should be doing while you’re listening to it. What is your Wes Smith connection? 

A: When you see a man with mutton chops that you respect, you don’t just throw him a life-jacket. You swim one out to him. I hit him up over Facebook to let him know that I loved his work and we bonded over fish tacos. While we haven’t met yet, I can tell the guy is one of the nicest guys in the business and lord knows he works hard for it.

Screen Shot 2016-04-20 at 3.25.59 PM What’s next on next for you after this? Do you have any upcoming projects/remixes you would like to mention?

A: Our homies at Punks Music have us locked in for a few projects. “The Drop” is our next original that’s going to hit shelves soon, along with a remix for Wuki and the Stanton Warriors. Big things! We really want to head back to the states and play a few shows there, so look for that later this year as well.

Any last thoughts?

A: I would like to ask you a question - Would you rather have hiccups for the rest of your life, or would you rather permanently feel like you’re going to sneeze but never do?

Related Links: [Hands Up: Wes Smith Original] [Hands Up : Beatslappaz Remix] [Beatslappaz : Facebook] [Beatslappaz: Soundcloud]

It’s Wes Smith Yo – The Album Remixed Vol 2 : Lunathics Interview

Next up in the Agent 137 interview series for It's Wes Smith Yo - The Album Remixed Volume 2... Interview by Kelly Ross.

Tell us - who are you?

I am Diego , from the South of Spain , but I have lived in Ibiza since 2014.

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Please give me a brief background on your dj/production experience:

I have been mixing since 2000 and producing since 2008. I have played alongside artists like the Stanton Warriors, Deekline, Lady Waks etc.

Tell us which remix you did for the IWSY remix album:

Turntable Sax

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What made you choose this particular song?

Because I liked the funky touch with that sax. Its a fun song that makes you dance.

What is your Wes Smith connection? 

Wes and I met via Facebook . Wes liked my remix productions and he suggested me do a remix of one of the songs from his album "Its Wes Smith , The Album Vol 1". We connected quickly and we have a very cordial relationship.

What’s next on next for you after this? Do you have any upcoming projects/remixes you would like to mention?

I'm working on 2 new songs for the label Selecta Breaks (Spain) and have recently recorded a guestmix for Anonyms radioshow , Record breaks (Russia ).Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 11.04.08 AMThank you for this opportunity. The treatment I have received has been great, I'm impressed by the professionalism of Wes's whole team. I hope work again with Wes on new tracks!

Related Links : [Turntable Sax : Original] [Turntable Sax : Lunathics Remix] [Lunathics : Soundcloud] [Lunathics : Beatport]

 

It's Wes Smith Yo - The Album Remixed Vol 2 : B-Phreak Interview

Happy Thursday...next up in the interview series...repeat Juice Remixer, B-Phreak from Germany. Interview by Kelly Ross/Agent 137.

Tell us - who are you? 

My name is Bernie Ott (B-Phreak) and I’m a dj/ producer/ remixer of bass/ breakbeat orientated music from Germany.
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Please give me a brief background on your dj/production experience:

I have been into bass/ breakbeat driven music for more than 20 years now. I started producing beats back in 1999 and djing worldwide for a much longer time. I had my first release back in 2002 plus a big list of orignals/ remixes I’ve done for many different labels. I was one of the first dj’s/ producer’s who brought the "German breakbeat“ sound to the world.

 

Tell us which remix you did for the IWSY remix album:

I remixed "Daft Bump".

 

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What made you choose this particular song? 

I really loved the sound/ energy of the original track!

 

What is your Wes Smith connection? Do you have any weird/funny stories when you met him? Anything else to say?

I have never met him personally, but some day…. who knows. Wes is a very nice guy and I made contact with him via Facebook/ Soundcloud! We love each others music and he asked me doing some tracks/ remixes for his label, Juice Recordings. I always loved the sound of his label, so it was a pleasure for me to release some tracks on Juice.

 

What’s next on next for you after this? Do you have any upcoming projects/remixes you would like to mention?

A new EP on Juice Recordings is planned in near future. I’ve already released a 4 track EP (Take Me High) on Martin Flex’s "Let’s Go!"  label“. I also have a project with my homie Philly Blunt running and our next release will be on Rump Shaker Records in March called "Get Ya Head“ with upcoming remixes from Bradley Drop and Beatslappaz. Phil and I have planed to release some more tunes later this year as well.

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It’s Wes Smith Yo – The Album Remixed Vol 2 : Mutantbreakz Interview

Hello friends...off to a great start, first up in the interview series, my good pals Mutantbreakz from Spain. Interview by Kelly Ross/Agent 137.

Tell us - who are you?

We are Ruben & Angel aka MutantBreakz - both DJs & Producers from the South of Spain.

MutantBreakz

Please give me a brief background on your dj/production experience:

It's the most beautiful experience to be able to play with your own creations in different parts of the world and meet good friends at the same time.

Tell us which remix you did for the IWSY remix album:

Funk Train

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What made you choose this particular song?

We thought the song had the same ingredients as our style. In this remix we tried to recreate it with some funky breaks that sounded fresh and fun for the dance floor. We are always trying to do something different.

What is your Wes Smith connection?

Our first connection Wes was on the internet and we worked on his previous remix album. After our US tour I (Angel) had the pleasure of meeting him in person, he is a fun and friendly with a touch of madness. A story to tell as to say that the first night I met him in Miami he took us to a karaoke but did not have the pleasure of seeing him sing.

What's next for MutantBreakz?

We dedicated our time to our tour in Florida and now we are back in Spain. We have already begun to finish new projects for our label and also another big label. We think it's best not to reveal anything at the moment, it isn't it better to get surprises?

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Is there anything you would like to talk about that has not already been mentioned?

We loved to see Wes on the Red Bull tour and those Wes Smith sideburns!!!

Related links: [MutantBreakz : Facebook] [Funk Train : MutantBreakz Remix] [Wes Smith : Original] [Mutantbreakz : Facebook]

It's Wes Smith Yo! Trusts Unicorns? Next stop - Santa Monica, CA

The magic fugu tour keep breathing new life to the US and beyond packing venues to the gills and rocking the electric funkalicious. This time I catch up with Dave Loomstein, aka Dave Loomer, of The Cruz Coalition. Cruz Coalition (in conjunction with Camp Charlie) is present the 4th annual “In Unicorns We Trust”. This is a fundraiser for a famous Burning Man camp, Camp Charlie, this Friday in Santa Monica. Loomer - In Unicorns We Trust

Tell me of your first Burning Man experience:

A friend convinced me to go and I had an amazing life changing experience. I was a music aficionado forever but I was not into making music at the time other than mix tapes. When i returned from my first burn I started DJing and producing music immediately and have been doing it ever since. This year’s Burning Man will be my tenth in a row.

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Camp Charlie is a theme camp and art car at Burning Man. Tell me a short history of this camp:

Camp Charlie was developed around Charlie the unicorn cartoon. The art car is a mainstay, it’s a huge car with great sound. It’s super fun and it is both a labor of love and of patience.

Loomer- Unicorn day

How did you become a Camp Charlie camper & enthusiast aka a Unicorn?

Charlie is my third camp so far. You could call me “polycamperous" with another camp called Nutz. It started as a no expectations journey, but it became about music so I go to the camp I am most closely aligned with musically. Also to get different flavors of the burn you truly need exposure to different people and experiences.

Loomer- Unicorn Night

Tell us about the Cruz Coalition:

This is my company and we manage events including local event production located in Santa Monica.

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You just got back from EDC. Tell us what you did there:

Cruz Coalition has worked the last seven EDC’s in Los Angeles and five in Vegas doing the production aspect for EDC. From acquiring the entertainers to building the stages. It can be anything from building, staffing, biz management, booking, schedules, artist relations, etc.

Let’s talk about “In Unicorns We Trust”, the event this weekend:

This is Cruz Coalition’s 3rd co production of “IUWT” with Camp Charlie and we are really excited- the event is in an underground art and event space that only has rare and special events there. You have to work a lot of connections and relationships to even be able to throw an event here. The whole lineup is made up of a combination of resident djs, local headliners and guest djs. You will see that Wes is coming into his own as a headliner and we are really happy to see him join us for this one. He has been such an advocate for Camp Charlie since his first time last year.

We add a LOT of variety to offer the people a lot of possibilities throughout the night. It’s a really sweet event that brings a lot of community energy… we as unicorns bring a lot of energy and thunder to everything we do, it’s going to be one to remember.

Loomer- unicorn so hard

Any advice to me as a first time Unicorn this year at Burning Man?

Get there early and see it grow, a complete metamorphosis. It’s a pleasure to be a part of it and the community keeps expanding. Get into the spirit, enjoy and participate. It’s about the experience and while you are part of an ensemble, you still have to go and make your own great experience. When it’s like that - you need to be about you. If it’s not an experience you cannot immerse yourself 100% with then it’s not your experience.

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Peace Out...

Thank you, Dave. We really appreciate your time and wish you the best of luck with the event. You can catch Dave aka DJ Loomer at "In Unicorns We Trust" and for those of you outside of Cali, here is his Stanton Warriors Rebel Bass Tour mix for your listening pleasure.

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Related links:

 [Facebook l Cruz Coalition] [Website l Juice Recordings] [Facebook l Event Page]