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The G-Spot is on the Loose | Check out the Interview, Release and Other Fun;)

My remix for G$Montana's "G-Spot" dropped this week on Gigabeat Records.  The original was written by Geo Lopez aka G$Montana of Project Mayhem (Miami).  Geo and I first met @ WMC 2014 when I played his Gimme A Break Pool Party.  Since then we've played a few fun parties together and worked for some of the same promoters. Kelly Ross/Agent 137 recently ported herself down to Miami to talk with Geo about what it means to be a promoter-turned-DJ/producer and how he finally came up with G Spot.  Check the interview below.

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Hi Geo, I know it was your birthday last week, tell me about the weekend:

It was awesome and the first time I had an really awesome birthday in a very long time because it fell on a weekend. On Friday I played the "Breaks Yo" party in Miami where I played early enough to have a good time and late enough to have a great crowd. It was a night of entertaining people and networking - it was crazy. Martin Flex ripped it the fuck up, TwoSweet of the Geishas was a beast, she just made it happen. Then on Saturday I went to Tampa for Revelation where I got to play and also watch Wes Smith absolutely crush it.

When I met you it was in Miami back in 2013, you hosted a Hotcakes/Essential Bass show that was my Miami debut. How did you get into hosting shows?

I was into throwing parties way back in the day and my birthday was coming up so i met with a club owner. I convinced the him that I could bring 100 people to the club for my birthday, so he gave me the side room. I offered to pay him and I packed it out, so eventually he gave me the other room so I put in drum & bass and breaks. People were buying bottles so I sparked it up again and then the club owner gave me all five rooms (jungle, electro breaks, house, etc). The event went on until the venue was sold. It started with a birthday party and became a real business. Then this other production company came up and saw I had drive, motivation and ambition so they asked me to do an event at a new venue. I grabbed it and said I can make it happen. I/O Lounge in the center of Miami right near Space. I did my first major party called Masters of Mayhem there with a ridiculous lineup of 45 artists, the line was down the sidewalk with 2700 people inside. From there we started Project Mayhem, a spin off of that party with Mike aka Malo to become a Miami entertainment promotions agency. Project MayhemSuddenly, the phone gets muffled and Geo yells out: 

Hold up, hold up, as I explain the rules- let me play you a piece :

 

… sirens wail… breakbeat starts… shake shake…shake…rahhhhhhh!!!

 

This continues for about three minutes only broken by him asking if I can hear it. We laugh, he apologizes, asks me if I like the new tune and when i approve, he tells me to continue.

 

That’s my new track vs Neuroziz. We are putting in my flavor and he is putting in his flavor and we are shaking it up. Working together is fun to meld our sounds together. So far I am liking what I am hearing. Sorry, go ahead...

Perfect segway, Geo, tell me how you got started with djing & production:

I had been in the scene since 1997 - during that time i would always walk up to the DJ and ask them how they made it happen. I was interested in promoting and creating events but would always go to studios and ask my friends all kinds of questions on how things work.

At some point I figured I might as well start djing, all my friends I had met as a promoter, like Eddie Light and Phat Kidz, were all sending unreleased tracks, so I starting DJing 2 years ago after WMC [Winter Music Conference]. I bought my first pair CDJS and a flight case on Craigslist, I wanted to play out with the people that had become family to me and I started playing with them.

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As an agency i would tell artists to create an identity but also to go beyond djing and make their own beats. Djing alone doesn’t mean you are gonna make it big and it would be critical not to produce after I told all my friends and artists they needed to produce. I realized I needed to get serious and need to make this happen so I spent months and months in the studio learning. I do my main job during the day, run into the studio all night, fall asleep and do it all over again. It took me 4 months to make the track, but I finished that original then shot it off to Wes Smith. He remixed it and here we are… Regardless, I feel like I have big shoes to fill because I have seen all these artists all my life and hung out with them, but I have to be a producer and dj well. I expect no handouts, I want to learn and get opinions to make sure I am following in the footsteps of others, I still have to prove myself.

Talk to me about G Spot:

It’s on the label Gigabeat and will release Oct 20th. Micheal Anthony Lauzardo (aka Malo aka slip 187 knew me from the start). My choice for the remix was my favorite producer Wes Smith. His style is different with a funk flavor that is just wow. I’m really excited about it’s release.

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What’s next for Geo Lopez/G$Montana? Will I be meeting up with you again in Miami for WMC?

Yes! After coming off tour in San Diego for Wiggle (thank you Wes Smith and Omega Squad) and St Louis (thank you XeroTribe) and playing in Florida, I'm back in the studio again. My goal is to have 6 finished tracks by March for the WMC events so I can play half of my own set and the other half my fav artists. One of the greatest pleasures is when an artist you look up to plays your tune it’s so humbling and such and honor, you want to run up and say thank you so much. Like Wes Smith did at the Tampa show this weekend. I got to sit back and observe from a different perspective than just djing it and the reaction was great- so very very appreciate of that.

What’s for next : Oct 23rd Breaks Yo! and I just joined Theoryon Records as my new booking agency, Gary Gitlin works hard and makes it happen, I'm proud to be a part of the family.

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Geo, we are all excited for you! ] It is great to learn your history, present and future in the music industry. I look forward to the track, Miami and getting down with you on a dance floor/DJ booth again soon.  Geo&KellyAll the <3. 

Related links: [G$Montana: Twitter] [Geo Lopez: Facebook] [G$Montana: Soundcloud] [Gigabeat: Facebook] [Juice Recordings : Website] [Wes Smith : Soundcloud]

Rob Analyze of Jamvana hits Wiggle 9/19 with Wes Smith, Omega Squad and SpeakerGhost

BOOM! Thought it was over after Burning Man? Nope, Agent 137 continues her missions to talk with industry leaders to gather important intelligence. This intelligence is meant to bridge Wes Smith's audiences together with knowledge of what other promoters/labels/artists are doing in other parts of the country and around the world. This particular mission was to speak with Robert E. Leigh (Rob Analyze), owner of Jamvana, to hear what he is doing with this project and hype up this weekend's Wiggle in San Diego: Wiggle - Analyze

Who is Rob Analyze?

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What is Jamvana?

Jamvana started as a music retailer in 2008 and in 2011 we began to focus on becoming a content platform to deliver content to music retailers. We have about 400 labels and 1000 artists that we do artist & label branding focus. Our focus is on marketing in motion and revenue and we are always going toward the cutting edge of what is next.

What is next for Jamvana?

We are focusing on development, creating apps, VST Plugins and also becoming a leader in the sample pack world.

jamvana3Tell me why streaming is the future:

It's changed from 10 years ago. You used to be able to throw a tune on Beatport and sell 1000 units. It's become over saturated with producers and it's just not as easy to find good music as it was before plus attention spans are shorter so the life of a tune is much shorter. Also apps like Spotify and being able to DJ off a stream has changed the game. We want to push good artists on a quality stream to both monetize for us/them and give the music consumer a better product. We can also then move to app growth, license it out and then offer quality customer support.

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How did Jamvana and Wes start working together?

We love what Wes is doing and want to help him succeed. Juice Recordings is one of our first labels and Wes as an artist that is on point with every aspect of his game right now. Juice is doing everything a label should be doing and more . It's hard for an artist to accomplish what he has (and continues to do so) and it's what we look for as a company and ally in the industry.

Robert is the owner of Jamvana and is also known as the artist Rob Analyze. He has been a part of the scene for years and is heavily involved in several projects in addition to Jamvana. You can check him out at Wiggle this weekend in San Diego and if you are not in the area, click below and check out his Soundcloud.

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Thank you for your input, Robert- we appreciate what you do for our scene to make it better and look forward to what you bring to is in the future.

Related links:  [Wiggle Facebook Event] [Soundcloud: Rob Analyze]  [Juice Recordings Website: Free Stuff] [Jamvana Website] [Facebook: Jamvana]

Wiggle It Just a Little Bit - San Diego Does It Big

It's time to Wiggle it once more while Juice Recordings and Wobble present the grooves to make you jiggle it...and then schwiggle it. Wiggle

Who doesn't love a dance party in the summer? Get ready to Wiggle again in July with G$ Montana from Miami, Fl. Mr. Montana runs Project Mayhem in the Sunshine State and we are super excited to have him out for his first West Coast show.

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As always we also have your Wiggle residents, international recording artists Wes Smith and Omega Squad ready to shell out some original and cutting edge breakbeat tunes for your collective booties...

Wes Smith

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Omega Squad

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Our special guest this time around is none other than San Diego's very own the Messenger.

The Messenger

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RELATED LINKS: [Facebook : Event]

Wiggle It Just a Little Bit - San Diego Does It Big

It's time to Wiggle it once more while Juice Recordings and Wobble present the grooves to make you jiggle it...and then schwiggle it. Wiggle

Who doesn't love a dance party in the summer? Get ready to Wiggle again in July with G$ Montana from Miami, Fl. Mr. Montana runs Project Mayhem in the Sunshine State and we are super excited to have him out for his first West Coast show.

G$Montana

Geo Lopez

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As always we also have your Wiggle residents, international recording artists Wes Smith and Omega Squad ready to shell out some original and cutting edge breakbeat tunes for your collective booties...

Wes Smith

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Omega Squad

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Our special guest this time around is none other than San Diego's very own the Messenger.

The Messenger

Messenger

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RELATED LINKS: [Facebook : Event]

Artist Spotlight: Omega Squad

Who is Omega Squad and how did you became the "Squad" -  Skandar Rassas and myself (Brian Millar) make up Omega Squad, we met 11 years ago at a house party and became best friends instantly.

Skandar: Brian was into UK hard house back in 2008 when the digital format was coming up. Since he had built a reputation and played guitar in hardcore bands it was hard for him to abandon his brand and the reputation he'd build in the hard house scene where he was already producing hit tracks with Jon Bishop. We started playing parties together, each of us playing our own styles, and after many years of playing & producing events we finally decided to come together as a duo. Now we have spent 3 years as Omega Squad and each of us brings something different to the table. We manage to go all around the world of breakbeat and it works really well.

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How do you choose your DJ sets?

What works for us is variety and a flow that makes sense to the dance floor. In every genre you have the heads but then there are people who are just out to have a good time and not think too much about it. We play for people who don’t necessarily know exactly what they are listening to, but know they really like it. We range from booty to techy to electro to trancey anthems, which has even worked well in Mexico at an all techno party. Omega Squad logo

Tell me a little about Wiggle - your bimonthly residency:

We are trying to concentrate on a local event and to bring in quality talent. The focus is exclusively breakbeat which is unique to San Diego. Wes Smith (of Juice Recordings) and myself have lunch every week and discuss the logistics. We have each had a series of events and successes so we all bring experience to the table. We usually have 4 acts per night starting with someone local that deserves the chance and then add guests from out-of-town with Omega Squad and Wes Smith as the residents.  We market to all the different scenes and when it is show time, both the crowd and ourselves get loose and have a good time.

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Tell me about the production side of Omega Squad:

Brian is the writer and Skandar sits in on sessions and gives input, then we perform together as a team. We have had 5 releases on both Diablo Loco & Juice Recordings, all of them making it into the Beatport Breaks top 100, and our first original track “Shake" went all the way to #16.

What about breaks production from the production side?

As the entire EDM scene has come up Breaks has gained a much wider audience along with it. The scene is not going anywhere anytime soon, people will always want to go out and have a good a time.

Tell me about your newest release:

“Get It On Up” on Juice Recordings - it’s the one Keith Mackenzie and Wes Smith both played when we were in Miami for Winter Music Conference. We also have releases coming out in July and August.

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Details below:

Get It On Up, the third single from San Diego’s Omega Squad is available now at Beatport!

“The third effort from Omega Squad on the Juice imprint is a fast forward trip into the San Diego based duo’s sonic versatility. “Get It On Up” leads off the breakbeat assault with a booty shaking 808 and set of twisted trap influenced synths. Wes Smith keeps the vibe smooth like butter hitting pancakes after a trip through the Mexican desert with his Short Stack Rebump. Cover art elements delivered with care by Sumo Fish.”

Thank you, Omega Squad - it was a pleasure. Good luck on your latest releases, I look forward to hearing and playing them on a dance floor nearest me soon.  All the <3!

-Agent137ReportingForJuiceRecordings