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Voodoo Farm / Artist Spotlight

time May 14th by Dj EA authorTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Voodoo Farm is the music project of NYC-based producer/DJ/filmmaker Liam Dirlam. The sound is described as “Electronic Dancerock” and infuses styles of Electro House, Dubstep, and Hip-Hop using live instruments, vocalists, and machines. Voodoo Farm’s first single, “Bangers & Cash” was placed on rotation on at MTV, VH1 and SpikeTV… also considered for mtvU’s “Best Freshman Video Award” in September 2010. They have a bunch of dope remixes that they’ve done recently that are up for free download at soundcloud.com/liamdirlam. Without fail, every time I drop one of their tracks live, there is always someone who will run behind the DJ booth to see what I’m playing, haha.  Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for their awesomeness. Check out the remixes below and grab the free downloads (alternative download links posted within the descriptions of the tracks on soundcloud). Also, each of the songs has a fun video to go along with them and you can check them all out at www.youtube.com/user/voodoofarmmusic.

Wiz Khalifa ft. 2Pac- Roll Up (VOODOO FARM Remix)

Outkast ft Lady Gaga – Wheelz of Steel (VOODOO FARM Remix)

The Doors – People Are Strange (VOODOO FARM Remix)

Download (right-click save as): Adele vs. Jay Z vs. Biggie – Rolling in the Deep (Voodoo Farm Remix)

Dirlam and Robert E. Corrigan JR (Muscle Car Chronicles) are now working on a REMIX/B-SIDE album that will drop this summer for free.   Their second full-length album will be finished in September. I’m stoked to be sharing the stage with them this summer in Dewey Beach on July 29th! If you’re on the east coast, you should def check out this event: Dewey Beach EDM Fest

Make sure to like Voodoo Farm on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/voodoofarm

Much love and respect!

-EA (EA@afromonk.com)

soundcloud.com/djeamusic

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Scott Nyce / The Obscene Gardener of Filth

time May 6th by Dj EA authorTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

This week’s Fire Friday Mix comes from the one and only Scott Nyce out of Dover, Delaware. Scott is a DJ legend of sorts around here and it has been a pleasure to get to know him and share the stage with him recently. He has a lot of passion for music and helping build the scene around here. Like myself (and prob just about every other DJ), he doesn’t seem to get much sleep, so you can catch him doing online ustream sets in the middle of the night at least once a week lately. This double-genre studio mix of dubstep and dnb goes hard and will surely help you kick your day in the face!

You can catch Scott Nyce live this summer along with myself, Drivepilot, Minnesota, Dirty Talk, Voodoo Farm, Bassdread, and HMAZZ at Dewey Beach Delaware’s first ever Electronic Dance Music Festival on Friday July 29, 2011. All of the details here: Dewey Beach EDM Fest.  So stoked about this show! Can’t go wrong with a rave at the beach :p

Bio:

Scott Nyce was born in Newark, NJ and later moved to Delaware as a child. He has been a Drum and Bass DJ since 1997 and continues to be highly regarded as an institution in “The Delaware Underground.” As a small child, he was attracted to almost all things underground, obscure, and dark. Scott has been driven by a plethora of musical influences and discovered EDM shortly before turning 15. As he spent the next two years quietly jumping from party to party, trainspotting DJs and observing EDM culture, he became saturated in electronic music. At 16, he discovered the early sounds of Breakbeat Hardcore; the earliest form of Drum and Bass/Jungle. At 17, he decided to buy a pair of turntables, teach himself how to spin, and eventually throw his own parties locally. In about a year and half, Scott was being booked for shows in the Tri-State area and Canada. He has opened up and performed next to artists such as Ray Keith, DJ SS, Dieselboy, Storm(UK), and many others.
In the early part of 2000, Scott began producing everything from EDM to Ambient film scores. He continues to do so today. As a DJ, Scott has performed at events both big and small. He’s played everything from house parties to rental halls, beach parties and parking garages to major music and arts festivals. To date, he has branched out into other genres such as Dubstep, Glitch-Hop/Crunk, Electro, and Tribal House.

Scott Nyce – The Obscene Gardener Of Filth

TRACKLISTING:
1.The Headunit’s Shadow – Building Bass With A Grain Of Mash(intro)
2.Broken Note- Zound
3.Broken Note vs. Machine Code – Knuckle Dust
4.Kane Dubstep – Always Will(The Psychotic Murmur)
5.Addergebroed – Out Of Control
6.Triage – Pitbull
7.Bong – Nosnam
8.Doctor P – Big Boss (H3 Refix)
9.Rrrump – Chubby Decker(J. Rabbit Remix)
10.Jogo – Bunny Rabbit
11.Point Blank – West Side
12.Ajapai feat.Adroa – Decimation
13.Lonestar – Counter
14.Yohanne Simon feat.Nyree – Scream My Name(Balkansky Remix)
15. DZ- Untitled Facemelter
16.Dieselboy – Invid(Hulk VIP)
17.Encode&Davip-Vamonos
18.Encode-Magic Points
19.Fourward-Stuck
20.The Sect – Cyberman
21.Break Feat.Calyx&TeeBee – Don’t Look Down
22.Commix – Satellite Type 2(NRanges&Uberman Remix)
23.Flame – Ghostpunk
24.Hedj&Blokhe4d – Spirit
25.Xilent – Outer Inside
26.Telekenesis – Hate
27.Noisia – Friendly Intentions
28. Xilent – Step One
29.Hybris – Keeping Me
30.Alcrani – Earthbound

Make sure to follow Scott on Facebook so you don’t miss out on all of the late night u-stream sets: Facebook – Scott Nyce

Much love and respect!

-EA (EA@afromonk.com)

soundcloud.com/djeamusic

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BASSDREAD / The Story About Us

time April 22nd by Dj EA authorTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

This week’s Fire Friday mix comes from BASSDREAD, out of Baltimore, MD.  I had the privelage of meeting and hanging out with these guys at Big Dub Candy Mountain Festival last year and they’re two of the coolest, down to earth people I’ve ever met. I brought them in for a guest DJ spot at my weekly event recently and the crowd went bonkers for them. They’re stage presence and energy are awesome and their track selections are on point. I’m glad to see that they’re doing well and I’m really digging their latest mix. Grab the free download on this one fo sho!

Make sure to like Bassdread on facebook and def make your way out to one of their upcoming shows.  You won’t be dissapointed!

Stoked to be sharing the stage with BASSDREAD again soon along with DrivepilotMinnesotaDirty TalkVoodoo FarmScott Nyce, and HMAZZ at Dewey Beach Delaware’s first ever Electronic Dance Music Festival on Friday July 29, 2011. All of the details here: Dewey Beach EDM Fest.

BASSDREAD- The Story About Us

Track Listing:
01. Wax, CLS – Gonzales Theme (Bassdread Edit)
02. Alex Malheiros& Banda Utopia – 4 Eyed Viper (Danny Wheeler Remix)
03. Danny Byrd -Discovery
04. Ben Westbeech & Die – Get Closer (Second)
05. Danny Byrd – Failsafe (Ft. London Elektricity)
06. London Elektricity – The Great Drum Bass Swindle (Logistics Remix)
07. Danny Byrd -Tonight (Ft. Netsky)
08. Danny Byrd – Amen Alley
09. SHRUST – Goodbye
10. Intelligent Manners – Black Tea
11. Big Timers – Still Fly (Wick-it Drumstep Remix)
12. HirsheeFt. Sue Cho – Always Tomorrow (Figure Drumstep Remix)
13. Urban Assault – In The Groove (Drumstep Mix)
14. Dodge & Fuski – No Love Lost
15. Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Freak
16. Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Freak (Dubstep Mix)
17. SkisM – Elixir
18. Dodge & Fuski – Minus One
19. Dodge &Fuski – Filth
20. Matta – Mind Control
21. Genetix – Keep It Gutter
22. Hoax – Side Gammon
23. Genetix- Squid Attack
24. Pixel Fist – Clean Slate
25. Muse – Knights of Cydonia (Nostalgia Remix)
26. Melamin & Wicked Sway – Black Jack
27. Melamin & Wicked Sway – Archangel
28. Vexare – Breathe (Vexare Remix)
29. Robzords & Flinch – My Name Is The Lord
30. Obsidian ft. Meliss FX – Far From Home (J.Rabbit Remix)
31. Will Bailey, Figure – Bass Powa
32. Helicopter Showdown – Beat Down
33. Whisker Twister – We Are Your Friends VIP
34. Minnesota – Bass Power
35. D1 Ft. Jenna G – Flood Of Emotions (Subscape Remix)
36. Jamiroquai – Nothing But Blue Skies (Flux Pavilion Remix)
37. Dream Ft. Misty Miller – FairyTale (Dream Remix)
38. Selah – Woman’s World (Stinkahbell Remix)
39. Helicopter Showdown – Dramatron
40. Trypt – All I Ask Of You (Trypt Remix)
41. Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Fu Manchu (Dubstep Mix)
42. Davr – Checkmate
43. Nirvana – Smells Like Team Spirit (Dual Remix)
44. Flux Pavilion – Bass Cannon
45. Flux Pavilion – Bass Cannon (Filth Collins Bootleg)
46. Caspa – Back to the First Time (Extended Club Mix)
47. Flux Pavilion – Got 2 Know (DubChef Remix)
48. Wickaman & Sylo – Get Mad (Dubstep Mix)
49. Performance – The Living (Drumsound & Bassline Smith Dubstep Mix)
50. Performance – The Living (Drumsound & Bassline Smith DnB Mix)
51. Bassnectar – Bass Head (Bassdread Proppa Edit)
Much love and respect!
-EA (EA@afromonk.com)
soundcloud.com/djeamusic

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Bass From Above / Glitchdrop / Subsynthesis

time March 20th by Dj EA authorTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Subsynthesis.com and Glitchdrop.com, two of our fave blog friends, released their debut compilation album today, “Bass From Above.” The album features new and unreleased tracks from some of our favorite artists in the glitch/bass scene. In order to make the album as high quality as possible they recruited the professional mastering services of Bil Bless (Bless Records) who did a fantastic job in making the album sound full, vibrant and cohesive. Bass From Above is a must have for your collection. You can stream and download all of the tracks for free from Bass From Above BandCamp. PLEASE consider donating for the download, as all proceeds will be given directly to the Japanese Red Cross to support our disaster relief efforts there and to benefit those affected by the earthquake and tsunami throughout the Pacific. This is an extraordinarily charitable and generous cause and I hope everyone that enjoys the album will consider helping with the dire situation in Japan!

Track Listing

1. Protohype – Tetra Disaster
2. Pairadimez (iONik + r.e.g.) – Chinatown
3. The Candyman – Blue Dream (Feat. Chron Paul)
4. Elfkowitz – Candy Man
5. Wyatt Lamond – While Away
6. Billy Blacklight – Drop Synthesis
7. iONik – Droid
8. Robotic Pirate Monkey– Fritty
9. Richard Sweat – Fut The Wank
10. Omega– Bedtime Stories
11. Frequent C– Give a Little Back (Feat. Matty C.)
12. Sugarpill– Heart of Gold (Voc. Trina Ft. Ludacris)
13. Cloud-D – Paper Bass
14. Slim Thugz(Frequent C + The CandyMan) – Primitive
15. Stephan Jacobs – Look Into My Eyes
16. Freddy Todd– Lazer Tag
17. Unlimited Gravity– 2000ml
18. Project Aspect– Rage Til Ya Face Gone (Feat. Kruza Kid)
19. +Verb – Skyward Flying Beetle
20. GriZ (Formerly GK) – Taz-Bandana
21. Mimi Page – Black Valentine
22. Gladkill– In Two

And here’s a promo mix of tracks from the album mixed by Cory O.  Make sure to pick up his latest release, SpaceWork EP, via addictech.com on March 28th.

Much love and respect!

-EA (EA@afromonk.com)

soundcloud.com/djeamusic

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New Glitch and Bass Tracks / EA’s Picks

time March 15th by Dj EA authorTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

We get a ton of quality submissions to the website and unfortunately we often don’t have time to give them all a proper a write up with our full time day jobs, DJing gigs, and other various projects. I wanted to take the time to share just a few of the tracks that have come through that I’ve been enjoying as of late.  Make sure to check out their other sick tracks on soundcloud.com too!

Sick drumstep track from Hirshee! I haven’t heard a bad song from this producer yet:

New Remix from Eskmo:

New glitch-hop track from Cory O from the upcoming SpaceWork EP:

Every track that “A Girl and a Gun” is featured on is straight up fire!

New track from Profesher (Billy Blacklight):

Massive dubstep remix from Hot Mess:

If you’re into chill electronic music, def grab the new ep from Stumbleine featuring this beautiful track:

This new remix from Quartus Saul is a banger!

NastyNasty just released this face melter for free download:

This track from Shower Beer Graveyard is def a baby making remix, ha!

The Polish Ambassador has been bangin out sick glitch-hop remixes left and right!

Sick new track from Fractal Sky!

New one from Robokop!

The drop on this FEED ME  remix is redonculous!

Funky new track from the one and only Jobot:

Grab this new free track from Goldrush featuring the vocal stylings of Anneka:

Love this downtempo/glitch “Radiohead” remix from The Polish Ambassador:

Some dope futuristic luvstep right here courtesy of Nicoluminous:

Nice melodic dubstep remix from Carly-D:

This track is bonkers! The samples they used are clutch!

Some sexy spanish vocals on this one!

New track from Minnesota!

Another nice melodic dubstep remix from Akira Kiteshi:

Here’s a nice melodic glitchy track from producer, 1990:

Much love and respect!

-EA (EA@afromonk.com)

soundcloud.com/djeamusic

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DJ Unkut / World Champion / Exclusive Mix

time February 27th by Dj EA authorTags: , , , , , , ,

It’s super cool to know that even world DJ champions are big fans of our music blog. With 10 years DJing and 12 champion titles under his belt, this innovative scratcher and upcoming producer from Germany, DJ Unkut, is an inherent part of of the scene and a huge inspiration to DJs all over the world. I won a lil DJ battle myself this past week which I’m super stoked about, but I’m no where near as good as Unkut. He def gives me something to aspire for! Unkut put together this special glitch mix exclusively for our readers.  Enjoy :)

Download: DJ Unkut Afro Monk Exclusive Minimix

Track Listing:

Blue Orchid ( LethMoJoe Rmx) - White Stripes
Joker- Do it
Robot Koch vs Cerebral Vortex- Aftershocks
Level Attack ( Samples Rmx) – Stephen Jacobs, Sugarpill
Monkey Crunk ( Ill Gates & Samples) -Opiuo
Know us ( Sugrarpill Rmx) Jillian Ann and Love & Light
Drop Bombs vs Eazy E ( Unkut Mashup Chris B Rmx)- Samples
Who’s That? Brooown – Das Racist
Broken Fix – Freddy Todd feat. Black Mic
No Diggity Remix – Ill Esha

Also, check out this fun vid from his 2009 Champion Routine:

DJ Unkut – Beware of ze Average man. 6 min. Routine prod by Le jad & Unkut

Make sure to follow this talented DJ on soundcloud: soundcloud.com/unkut

Thanks again Unkut! Much respect and best of luck with producing!

-EA (EA@afromonk.com)

soundcloud.com/djeamusic

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Stylust Beats / Afro Monk Exclusive

time February 16th by Dj EA authorTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Stylust Beats is a producer out of Vancouver BC that has absolutely been crushing it lately. He noticed my post the other day about my fave tracks of the month which included his remix of “Mattafix-Big City Life” and he has decided to offer it up as an exclusive track for the readers of Afromonk.com. Seriously, you need to grab this track while it’s hot.

DOWNLOAD:

Mattafix – Big City Life (Stylust Beats Remix) AfroMonk.com Exclusive!

His lookout ep was released in August which includes this dynamite track:

And most recently, his remix of the track “Know Us by Love & Light Featuring Jillian Ann” was featured on their remix ep.  No doubt you’ve heard this ep already as it’s one of the hottest releases of 2011.

Here’s a few other tracks of his you need to check out:

He’s also working on a new “Thugstep” mixtape and his 2nd ep which he hopes will be released in March.

Check out his soundcloud for a bunch of other killer tracks, his upcoming shows, and links to buy his releases: Stylust Beats Soundcloud.

Make sure to follow him on facebook too: Stylust Beats Facebook

Much respect!  Keep the sick tracks comin!

-EA (EA@afromonk.com)

Soundcloud.com/djeamusic

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Dirty South Joe / Flufftronix – Luvstep 2

time February 14th by Dj EA authorTags: , , , , , , , , ,

Check out the brand new luvstep mix from Philly’s own Dirty South Joe & Flufftronix. I’m really feeling the vibe of this one. Hope to meet these guys soon since they’re round my neck of the woods and are into spinning similar music as me. You can get the lowdown on these two talented DJs and details about their upcoming tour and what not at luvstep.com.

And exclusive to the mix is this track by Mad Decent’s Derek ‘DJA’ Allen & Top Billin song “Suspiria” which features vocals by Derek Allen and produced by Top Billin and Derek Allen.  Grab the dl here:

Derek Allen and Top Billin – Suspiria

-EA

EA@afromonk.com

soundcloud.com/djeamusic

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Fire Friday Mix / Asa

time February 11th by Dj EA authorTags: , , , , , , , ,

Asa is a dj and producer out of Southampton, UK. His style of sound is similar to that of Burial and explores the chill side of dubstep and glitch music. I definitely recommend listening to this mix with your headphones on and just appreciate how beautiful the composition is. Check out his other tunes and grab a free download of this mix at soundcloud.com/asadubstep. His upcoming 6 track “Sweeter Things ep” will be out March 14 and I’ll have a review of that album up very soon.

Make sure to keep up to date with what Asa is up to on his facebook.

-EA

EA@afromonk.com

soundcloud.com/djeamusic

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B.A.D.ASS Raves / Production Company Spotlight

time January 8th by Dj EA authorTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2010 was probably one of the most fun years of my life and my ever growing love of electronic music and attending “raves” played a big part in that. It was of course the music that brought me in at first but it became so much more than that. I attended several events that were thrown by various production companies over the past year but I want to take a moment to really give props to one in particular, B.A.D.ASS Raves. I am just so impressed with the amount of time, energy, and heart they put into their events. And, they’re in it for the right reasons, not the money. They take their party themes to the next level and really just create a whole alternate universe where you can be and do whatever you want. It feels like one big family at their events where everyone looks out for each other. I’m sure that the people I’ve met and the bonds created at their events will last a life time.

Chad (DJ 2Rip) one of the founding members of B.A.D.ASS agreed to share some his stories and experiences with our readers. I sincerely hope that if you’re a DJ, production company, club, record label, promoter, electronic music event attendee, or anyone involved with this scene in anyway, that you take the time to read the interview below and show your appreciation and hopefully lend a hand in helping them achieve their goals and vision for 2011. My hope is that as the electronic music scene grows, there will be more honest, passionate, and dedicated production companies out there like B.A.D.ASS. It’s important to be passionate about whatever it is that you do, because you’ll work a million times harder at making your dreams and goals a reality! Don’t forget….P.L.U.R.

How, when, and why did B.A.D.ASS get started?

B.A.D.ASS was formed in 2004 when a small group of dj’s in Pittsburgh came together to form a dj collective called “Broke Ass DJ’s Association,” which was headed up by DVS. They had asked me to join the crew for upwards of 4 years since I was tight with all of them but I was focusing on building up the District Ignition name in DC while running Glow at both Fur & Ibiza. In 2008, DVS told me about a very lofty goal he had come up with for the Broke Ass DJ’s Association which involved uniting the best promoters & underground dj’s around the country to form a network which would allow the crew to grow nationwide. I gladly accepted the challenge and started “B.A.D.ASS” in the DC/Baltimore region before shortly expanding our reach to 8 other states.

I understand that B.A.D.ASS is now comprised of several affiliated production companies and DJs all working towards the same goal. One in particular that I always see involved with your events is “Slow Kids.” Tell us a little bit about your relationship with them.

Various local production companies had talked about working together or developing the communication process between crews for years. As far back as I could remember, each crew was trying to monopolize their regions and competition was running high.  When I brought B.A.D.ASS to the DC area I reached out to crews like 3D Productions, Buzzlife, Good Vibes, and Steez Promo to align our goals and find ways to help each other. My promise to them was that I would include them in my decision-making processes. Some were more receptive than others but we received support for everything that we had done and I made sure to reciprocate by assisting them with their promotional efforts.

I met the Slow Kids when I was asked to help promote a renegade party they were hosting with LowViz called End Of The Maze.  The three companies joined forces shortly after to host a 4th of July renegade party called Fiyah Works. After that night, the Slow Kids & B.A.D.ASS team decided to join forces on one final renegade of the summer known as Divine Moment of Truth. There was so much that happened at Divine Moment of Truth on an emotional & spiritual level that the two crews became inseperable. We each occasionally do our own thing, but we will always have each other’s back.

Some of your events in the past year have been “ Big Dub Candy Mountain ,”  “DMT,” “Psychedelic Dreamscape,” and “Mushroom Kingdom .”  How do you come up with the themes and ideas for your events?

Our goal since bringing B.A.D.ASS to DC/Baltimore was to give people out-of-this-world experiences. The plan started off with us booking events in venues that have been used for other parties, but showcasing our own artistic ideas. Psychedelic Dreamscape was a play on awakening the conscious mind, which had gone hand in hand with some spiritual progressions some members of B.A.D.ASS had made around that time. We had become very interested in the processes that took places in the subconscious which led to conscious reactions – a lot of this can be discovered in dreams, hence Dreamscape. So we decorated the party to have representations of various dreams sequences. This idea took a turn toward the darker side when we hosted Psychedelic Nightmare for Halloween.

Mushroom Kingdom was simply an idea of throwing a Mario Bros rave, which has become quite popular lately around the country as other companies are throwing their own versions. Mushroom Kingdom was our spin on the video game, obviously making some stabs at what might have been the magical ingredient in those mushrooms.

Finally, the Big Dub name came from an old song called Big Rock Candy Mountain but we made a play on the name. We then combined it with the twisted YouTube adventure video of Charlie the Unicorn who was taken to Candy Mountain.

On average, how many people and hours go into putting on events like “ Big Dub Candy Mountain ” and “Psychedelic Nightmare?”

Those were two of our largest events and required a lot of set-up. We generally work with a crew of anything from 20 to 40 people. Our average light, sound & decor installations takes about 24 hours but we spend at least 2 months making the decorations for each event. The conceptual phase for Psychedelic Nightmare was 5 months.

What kind of issues do you run into when putting on events like this?

The issues can be limit-less. We’ve had major delays on installations, one of which was at Psychedelic Nightmare which caused us to open 30 minutes later than we had advertised. We had run equipment tests all day long and everything was working perfectly but just as we were ready to open the doors, we had a major malfunction. We also ran into a lot of issues leading up to Big Dub Candy Mountain when one of our promoters, who meant well, leaked the location information to the public. A malicious outsider used the information to contact the police and scare the venue, which led to us losing our location.

I think our most notable issues that we’ve run into was with Divine Moment of Truth. We ran into problems with our original location and had to change to a new venue 2 weeks before the event was to take place. The new location was a clearing down a path in the woods that was full of debris scattered around 6 foot high weeds & thorns. We spent the entire 2 weeks, including the day of the party mowing the land and pulling weeds up with our bare hands. Since we had 2 weeks to promote the new location we were positive that only 150 people were going to show up. Out of nowhere we had 600 people in the venue by 8pm on the night of the party with the parking lot crammed nearly 100 cars over capacity and not enough staff to maintain order or fix the chaotic situation. By midnight we reached nearly 1000 people and people were parking on the streets. What almost cost us the event was when a patron shined a laser pointer at an airplane and the pilot took aerial photos of the rave and sent them to the FAA. We were honestly lucky that Divine Moment of Truth turned out the way it did. Despite the issues I mentioned, it was one of the best raves I have ever seen take place and the positive vibes were the most intense that I’ve ever felt in my life.

What is the most memorable or craziest thing that has ever happened at one of your events?

At Divine Moment of Truth, the police entered the party with drug dogs with a clear intent of shutting us down and clearing everyone out. I ran to the main stage to make an announcement that the police had entered the venue and that we were going to close the dance stages & clear the parking lot. At this moment, huge groups of our partygoers began barking at the dogs. The dogs sat down and wouldn’t move until the police took them back to the cars. The entire party then erupted into song, singing “Lean On Me” while the officer I was standing next to dropped his jaw to the ground, looked at me and said, “This was one hell of a party, wasn’t it?” The officer then started to walk away, turned around again and said, “It looks like everything is okay here. Just don’t turn the dance stages back on and everyone can stay.” This led to a massive drum circle that lasted until late the next day, completely saving the event and turning our rave into our very own magical, tribal gathering.

What is your favorite event (B.A.D.ASS event or other) that you’ve ever attended and why?

I really feel like all of our 2010 events had their own personality & story. My favorite event that I have ever attended was a cross between Big Adventure and Intergalactic Adventure – both were held in Pittsburgh and were just absolutely magical. These two events inspired some of the ideas that come out in our B.A.D.ASS events, like the balloon drop at Nightmare to the bubbles at Dreamscape.

What is the whole “Party.” thing about?


PARTY started as an inside joke between myself & Steve Bugbee. He was shocked that B.A.D.ASS would only release limited information like date & city but not announce venue or lineup and still get over 1000 RSVPs on Facebook. I laughed and said “I wonder if people would RSVP if we just showed them a blank piece of paper that said PARTY on it.” We wanted to see if the idea would catch on so we tested it by getting the B.A.D.ASS & Slow Kids teams to set their default photo on Facebook to a picture of them holding up a blank piece of paper that had “PARTY” written in arial font. The idea started spreading virally as Steve & I found ourselves looking around the internet and people we didn’t even know had made similar default photos. That was when I decided we would make that my birthday rave….the main flyer was also a blank piece of paper with PARTY on the front and then we released the lineup & RSVP info on the back.

I saw that you’re looking to expand outside of this region and already have some plans in place. What cities are you planning on going to next and how can other inquiring promo companies join the cause?

Great question! We are actively looking to add Minneapolis, Phoenix, San Diego, Boston, Chicago & NYC but we would never limit ourselves. We currently have chapters in San Francisco, Florida, Ohio, Pittsburgh, and obviously Virginia/Maryland/DC.

We are open to any promotional crew provided they meet the following criteria: They are in the business for the right reasons, they throw reputable events, respect their contracts, and throw enough events in one year that they can be considered “active.” I handle the majority of all expansion inquiries so anyone can message me at badassraves@yahoo.com to discuss their plans or ideas.

What advice do you have for individuals or groups looking to start their own promo/event companies?

I’ve been through the best & the worst and have witnessed the same for others. Be creative & push the envelope, don’t over-saturate the market, and leave the ego behind. The best advice I can give too is that the world can sense how much passion you put into an event. If you half-ass it, then you will see a half-ass result.

What do you think makes this scene so great?

There is the potential to change lives from a promoter standpoint. Each production team has the capability to be the underlying source for a lot of friendships as well as amazing memories. Sometimes it goes past just throwing a party.

What events do you have planned for 2011 and how can those interested get more info and an invite?

We have a fan page on Facebook if you search “B.A.D.A.S.S. RAVES” but all of the real information is kept secret for our email list subscribers. You can subscribe by emailing me at badassraves@yahoo.com

And lastly, anybody you want to give a shout out and/or thanks to?

I want to thank everyone we’ve come in contact with this past year.  A lot went into making our events what they were this year and a good portion of that was the people that attended or lent a hand in even the slightest way.

Join the B.A.D.ASS Facebook group hereB.A.D.A.S.S. RAVES . Make sure to check out all the fun pics from their past events!

I want to thank Chad for taking the time to share his stories with us and for everything they are doing for the scene. I can’t wait to see what B.A.D.ASS Raves has in store for the future! Much love and respect!

As you can imagine, Chad (DJ 2Rip) brings the same passion to the table when he DJS. He’s not afraid to switch things up and cross through several different genres and emotions while taking his crowds higher and higher, annihilating the dance floor with every transition. Make sure to catch him on his Annihilating Rhythm 3.0 tour. Below is a flyer with just a few of the confirmed dates for the tour.

Here’s a link to his summer mix and keep an eye out for Vol. 3 coming soon: Annihilating Rhythm Vol. 2

DJ 2Rip’s Facebook Fan Page

B.A.D.ASS Facebook Fan Page


-EA (EA@afromonk.com)


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