Bianca Oblivion is a mover in a lot of musical innovation going on in Los Angeles right now, which to me is having a kind of resurgence in dance music, including dance music that involves a lot of women at the controls. And Bianca is involved in a lot of it - the Culosangeles parties, the Broad Bassed LA and the Club Aerobics crew (a label/radio show and general ferment of creativity also including Ducky and Suspect Bitch - check out this great interview with them) are really inspiring! So we played together at The Lash with some other bass luminaries and it was a blast :)
While in LA I also got to meet up with and guest on the Culture Remixed radio show and see the location in person - Espacio 1839 in Boyle Heights is a great little locus of activity and art and right-on politics and cute political clothes too :) I was especially excited to be able to bring in the awesome DJ Izla, a super talented artist and organizer, mostly on hiatus and rebuilding at the moment, but luckily for us all game for a little radio teaser! There was already a guest scheduled, the incredible and mind-bending Gothic Cholo, who as soon as I saw I thought "this cat must know my old breakcore compadre Baseck" --and of course he did. Bizzart (his other name) also spoke beautifully about the healing aspects of the music he does. Here's a taste:
On Monday I linked up with a crew of dj/producer/scholars at Cal State Northridge for Groove Is In The Heart: a symposium on research and djing.
In Vancouver, I was there for other reasons, but I managed to squeeze a radio set and catch up with my an old friend, Dj Kuma! He and Motomasa
|motomasa on the left, kuma on the right|
The archived set is here, in its bass-heavy glory: https://soundcloud.com/ripley/artofbeatzradiomarch312016djripley
Next I headed to Detroit to link with the awesome Mother Cyborg and also the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, who are doing super important work. I came in town just in time to play Temple of Cyborg alongside producer/singer/dj Mother Cyborg and the Detroit Godmother of house Stacey Hottwaxx Hale. Literally just in time, snow (!!) having delayed my flight I basically came in and headed straight to the club on 3 hours of sleep (although I did have a chance to eat some tasty food courtesy of my awesome host). Now this party is the jam, and having the three of us rocking out behind the decks, sometimes simultaneously, was definitely a treat. We had a beautiful crowd at Temple Bar and it all basically flowed in beauty and bounce.
One of the other highlights of the Detroit trip (there were many tbh) was getting to meet up with the driving force behind the Detroit Sound Conservancy, a nonprofit run by a returned Detroit native who is trying to archive as much as possible Detroit's musical history.
|here's me with a fragment of the archives, repping them on my t-shirt|
After a week in Detroit seeings sights and meeting lovely people, it was time to return to NY, just in time to get rolling for this month's HEAVY.. which is a doozy! more on that in a few.