Well, Steve Rush aka funky49 reminded me I hadn’t blogged in over 4 months so I decided to do a recent events update to say what’s been going on during this time period. So here goes:
I started a new electronica group called Static Grooves that consists of myself, Glen Carter aka Thee DJ Q, and Jason Filipini aka Thee Joker. The live performance aspect of the group is based around all 3 of us running an Ableton Live rig with controllerism interfaces, and doing some other live performance type work as well leaning toward the improvisational.
So for me, the task is playing jazz trombone improv over the Liquid D&B and deep-house grooves, and for Thee Joker, it is his chance to do vinyl turntablistics, and for Glen it is throwing dub delayed samples via midi controller locked to the clock of the current main groove DJ which is a job that rotates between the 3 of us, while the others do their improv performance bit. We started out on a lark by doing a frat party and just improvising while the others dropped grooves, and so we came up with the name, and immediately got a monthly residency at The Improv comedy club in Ybor City in the front bar after the comedy show lets out, which quickly turned into a bimonthly residency, which led to us being featured as the TBT “Artist of the Day” featuring photos of us in downtown from our recent photo shoot by alignbetween, and being mentioned by Wired Blogger HipsterPlease on his blog, and we also posted up a MySpace page and a Twitter stream. On the MySpace page, we posted a 3 part audio demo called “Live @ The Improv Parts I-III”. Most recently we did a show for the Sig Ep fraternity of USF with a “School Boys & School Girls” theme which was at Skate Park Tampa, and was off the chain.
We also are all 3 DJs that promote the Rhino Cubes mobile DJ Attack booth, or as we like to call it, “the DJ Mech Suit” which has its own built in lighting and sound rig, so you can bring big club sound to any location via a trailer hitch. Rhino Cubes featured us spinning at the Grand Re-Opening of the Sam Ash at the historic Kapok Tree location in Clearwater, FL, and the Sam Ash owners got to witness our performance and were impressed, and gave positive feedback. Thee DJ Q of Static Grooves was also featured with the Rhino Cube on News Channel 8 being interviewed by local news celebrity Gayle Guyardo. He was also called the “world reknowned DJ” by Kirsten of the reality series “Bridezilla” in an upcoming episode trailer now available on the web. I was also featured in a new Rhino Cubes promotional video of some of my past performances in the cube.
Nerdcore rapper funky49, asked me to drop some musical parts on a new track for FermiLab in Chicago he was working on that was the US response to the Swiss CERN, nerdcore rap about their large haldron colliders studied by particle physicists to test string theory concepts, quantum mechanics, and astrophysics theorums. He was also invited to visit the facility where he got the grand tour, performed for the physicists, shot a music video, and was featured in the Chicago newspapers Daily Herald and Beacon News as well as being interviewed on WBIG AM1280 out of Chicago. I also performed as funky49′s DJ at Nerdapalooza 2009 and ended up in the highlight reel from the event too probably because I was rocking the Ableton Live, Korg Zero-8, MacBook Pro computer science rig at the event.
As for me, I DJ’ed a chillout set at Arts on 8th Art Gallery in Ybor City, for the celebration on Pulitzer Prize Award Winning Photo Jounalist to China in the 1970s shortly after Nixon got it opened to the West for the first time. I headlined a Fusion Thursday night at GBar in Ybor City Tampa, and dropped an electro-house, fidget, Indie Dance Nu-Disco set with my ugliest material for the darkside crowd that turns up there, perfomed an electro-house set at Full Moon Saloon in Ybor, and I spun on WMNF 88.5FM Community Radio in Tampa twice on 5/8 and 8/1 on their electronica show called Zentripziteez, and I posted a new electro-house and fidget mix CD to my SoundCloud.
The Future is Now
I have upcoming gigs, at Oasis Sushi Bar & Lounge in St Pete Fri Oct 2, Sat Oct 3, and Sat Oct 17 at The Improv in Ybor with Static Grooves. I also started a weekly digest of my Twitter Stream which should begin this Sunday morning, and we’ll see how it goes from there.