DJ Zimmie is finally back with his latest episode of Extra Credit with Cutso. Nice WFGC shout out in this as well. Catch up with Zimmie, Cutso, Namm, & the DJ Documentary that Zimmie keeps telling us he's making.
Govia Radio (repping WFGC hard in this video with the black on black snapback on) recently caught up with Paper Diamond at Lollapalooza. They speak on everything you would expect. The current state of DJing, EDM, different cities. Watch it til the end though as Paper Diamond gives WFGC a shout out. Pretty much made my day.
Sort of a special edition of Mixtape Monday. Recently Clinton Sparks dropped his latest mixtape and spoke with our buddy Govia about what he does.
What do you look for when searching for club bangers?
There's many elements that can qualify a song to be a club banger. Anything from its melodies to lyrics that everybody sings to the energy. The best part is when one song has all of the above. When people sing out loud & then jump their asses off to the same song, that's a certified club banger.
What's your ideal work environment?
When Raging? Packed venue full of people who came to specifically Rage & have an Awesome time. When making music? Lots of tea.
What's your definition of a DJ?
Someone that understands people, emotion & they have a good sense of timing. They introduce music to people & are not afraid to play something unfamiliar but that falls under timing. The right time will get people to listen. Knowing a crowd & being able to be give them what they want & what they don't even know they want, seamlessly.
Being able to Evoke emotion even out of the one donkey that looks like he doesn't want to be there.. (Btw -Why do those people even exist? Or that person who keeps looking @ you & motioning to convince you the party won't be hot til u play that one song they want you to play, meanwhile the whole place is singing & wildin out. Tip: Stop the music, ask everyone if they are having fun & once the roar simmers down, say, well if u guys want to see what someone not having fun in here looks like, everyone look @ this girl & then point to her & drop "Move Bitch". U know, if ur into amusing yourself like I am.
Favorite venues/ markets? What town is more awesome than you would think?
So many places I have gone that I didn't expect much but I was pleasantly surprised. Toronto is a city that they just appreciates music. People of all different races just come together to Rage & enjoy themselves. I really like the people & vibe up there but of course, I LOVE my city of Boston & the party people there have become very open minded over the years & now understand what it means to Rage!
How many baby mommas do you have? Just kidding.
Man when I happen to see one of these reality shows that are just drama, fighting, yelling from these girls & makes me soo grateful that I am not a slut.
What are some Pre conceived notions about DJs that are false.
I'm not sure what any pre conceived notions are about DJs but I'm sure that some DJs definitely fulfill them. When I take pics & hang out w/ fellow ragers during or after the show, I do ooften hear people say thanks for being cool or taking the time out to chill & I think, I'm just as if not more thankful that you want to hang with me or take a picture & why would any DJ not want to do this & I've heard stories about some being very stuck up & wouldn't do this. Idk man, I love music, l love people, I love smiles & I love my life.... Now I'm curious. What are some pre conceived notions??
How do you feel about the new fad of becoming a DJ?
Well the DJ has become the lead singer of the band & most people want to be the lead singer of their band figuratively speaking so it makes sense. I'm happy because I technically have been a DJ since i was 10 yrs old so to see that people really appreciate the culture is exciting. I'm not worried or lose any sleep over say a celeb or a newbie becoming a DJ. If they want to join the party, the more the merrier. People know what they like so I focus on being & making what they will like. Its no different than a kid wantiing to be an athlete because its cool or a way to make a better life for yourself. Anyone bothered by something usually feels threatened by it & I don't just mean threatened that it may be better but that it may damage something that the person upset helped to build & if that's the case, then worry about building it better & stronger.
What equipmemt and software do you prefer to mix with?
I use Serato
What's your title on your business card?
What true rager has a business card? That's not punk rock. ClintonSparks.com
What else are you trying to add to your resume?
Well I was nominated for a grammy this year for producing on Lady Gagas album so, going from nominee to winner is one thing. I am currently writing tv shows & movies & just signed an agreement with a major production co. In hollywood. I pretty much have added everything I want on my resume @ some capacity but I, of course intend on making them all more prominent. I've produced & written platinum records, I am a host on E! News, I have a syndicated radio show in 22 cities, I have toured the world & performed from the Boston Garden stage to Wembley Arena, I have built million dollar companies, I've directed & starred in videos, I've worked with some of the biggest artist in the world, I went from living in my car to doing all this & most importantly, I make some people happy. Me asking for anything else would be pretty ignorant. In my mind, I have as close to a perfect life as I could make for myself.
What do you do to stay relevant?
Stay presistent & consistant. Worry about everything, Pay attention & never take anything for granted. Get Familiar.
1. Intro - Who Loves House,Electro,Hip Hop, Dubstep (Live from a Clinton Sparks Awesome Party) 2. Who Came to Mother F#ckin Rage - Clinton Sparks & Joker Inc. 3. Maximal Rattle - Tiesto, Rick Ross & Bingo Players 4. Who is Ready, Hell Yeah - DJ Chuckie, Tiesto & Showtek 5. All by Myself - Dubvision & Ludacris 6. Somebody Epic by Myself - Goyte, Sandro Silva, Quintino & Dubvision 7. Call me out of Control - Carly Rae Jepsen, Alesso, Sex Ray Vision & DJ Kue 8. If you're trying to Rage - LMFAO & Ralvero 9. Night out with your Girl - Martin Solveig, Ludacris, A-Trak & Dadalife 10. We Are Young so Let's have a good time & Rage - Fun., Pitbull, Dadalife, Hypercrush & Alvin Risk 11. Red Line (Got Me Started) Again - Wolfgang Gartner Feat: Clinton Sparks 12. Shooting for a Million Stars - Otto Knows & Rick Ross 13. Stars Come Out - Zedd & Heather Bright (Tim Mason Remix) 14. I'm Glad You Came In Time - The Wanted, Alvaro & Wale 15. Embrace Eyes on the Illest Chic Alive - Kaskade, Mindy Glenhill, Dirty South, John Dalhback & Wale 16. Watch You - Clinton Sparks (Clinton Sparks & Maestro Harrell Remix) 17. Where Have You Been - Rihanna (DJ Vice Remix) 18. You're Gonna Love me Again - Nervo & Roscoe Dash (John Castro & Zroq Remix) 19. This is Love - Will.I.Am & Eva Simons 20. Spectrum Dream - Zedd, Fabolous, Jodeci, Mathew Coma & DJ Chuckie 21. The Veldt - Deadmau5, Chris James & J. Cole (Tommy Trash Remix) 22. Language (Let's Drive) - Porter Robinson Feat: Clinton Sparks 23. Scream - Usher (Clinton Sparks Remix) 24. Rolling Stone T-Shirt - Dadalife, T-Pain & Cazzette 25. H8RS - AN21 & Max Vangeli Vs. Steve Angello 26. I Rave You - Basto 27. WTF - Nicky Romero, 50 Cent & Zroq 28. IDKurName - Clinton Sparks Feat: Mike Posner 29. In My Mind - Ivan Gough, Feenixpawl, Georgi Kay & Axwell 30. My Own Worst Enemy - Lit Vs. Clinton Sparks 31. She Hates Me - Puddle Of Mudd Vs. Clinton Sparks 32. Closing Time - Semisonic Vs. Clinton Sparks 33. Don't Wake Me Up - Chris Brown (Clinton Sparks Remix) 34. Hey Love - Clinton Sparks 35. Nothing - Sander Van Doorn 36. Outro - The Inevitable Outcome 37. Catch This Flight - Clinton Sparks (Produced By Tha Bizness)
Recently our homey homey, Troll, got to chat with our homey homey Crizzly. Here are the results...
So where did you come up with the name "Crizzly"? *Awkward silence*
What is crunkstep!? It's what’s for breakfast aka hip hop + dubstep
Dopest show of 2012 so far? Hard to say but I had a good time in ATL. Heard some real hood shit there. Florida was a fun trip. Met some awesome fans in Melbourne. Every date on the 12th Planet tour was dope too!
What can we expect to see of Crizzly in 2012? Loud noises, cool shit, nonsense, bass, & more free shit
What is or has been your biggest inspiration musicly? Good food and sleep
How did you come across White Folks Get Crunk? hypem.com
Yea its old and I've probably already posted it, but I had to include a track!
So how did it all begin? It all started when Al Gore invented the internet. After that, a bunch of inconsequential stuff happened. Steve (DJ STV SLV) and I (ABX) were playing in a band together and decided to start throwing up some mashups were making on a website so our friends could check them out. Pretty soon a bunch of people who were not our friends were downloading them and we've just been building from there.
Where did the name come from? The Hood Internet is a term used in the Cam'ron movie "Killa Season" to describe a minor character. (ed. note: I’ve actually never seen Killa Season by Cam’ron, but please believe I will be checking Netflix when I get home for it)
What gave you that initial push? A love of messing around with beat making programs. Having MP3 blogs and other total internet strangers spreading our stuff gave us the push to keep making more mixes.
Who's throwing the best parties at the moment? At this moment it is 3:30 in the afternoon and I am stuck in an airport. There are no parties being thrown here, but there is a woman kind of getting into what ever she is listening to on her iPod. So at this moment, she would be throwing the best party.
What's the best event you've played at/put on? We've done a lot of different festivals in Chicago, and that's always a great crowd and a fun a time. But I would have to say playing Lollapalooza a few years back is definitely a highlight.
Out of all the tunes you have, which one 'never fails?' We have a track mixing R. Kelly's "Ignition (Remix)" with Major Lazer's "Keep It Goin' Louder" that is usually a crowd pleaser. People love singing along to part where Kels explains what happens after the show, after the party, and the hotel lobby. Though people tend to not know the third line to it. The sing along line is "clear the lobby," in case you are at a Hood show and need to sing it.
When all the partying is over how do you like to chill out? Watching cat videos on YouTube.
What advice would you give to up and coming DJs/Promoters? If you're going to refer to a song as a banger, try not to overdo it. The same goes to making requests to a DJ. Don't request that we play should play some bangers right now, that's kind of in the eye of the beholder. I guess this is advice for everyone, not just DJs.
If you could stage a rave anywhere, where would you choose? The Moon!
What's you favorite tune of all time? It changes for me, but Queen and David Bowie "Under Pressure" is always in my top 5.
What are your favorite pair of sneakers? Back in the early 90s I had a pair of the Nike Air Force 180 David Robinsons shoes which were the ones that had the pump on the side. Those will always be my favorite pair of sneakers.
You know we have been highlighting DJ Whatt's work under DOSVEC for a while now. He recently finished up Glimpses, his latest un-mixed mashup album. We asked him a few words on himself and the release. Peep game. How long have you been doing the mashup thing? Have always created mashups for my own personal use but as DOSVEC since 2009.
What gear are you using now and how have your processes changed, if any, from when you first started and were first learning how to create mashups. I am loyal to Acid as the sequencer & Sound Forge to edit & master the tunes - over a decade with the same always just upgrade.
Whats your favorite non-mashup style music right now and do you incorporate that style into your music? I really enjoy some silky smooth jazz with a red wine glass filled with SCOTCH.
What can I expect at a Dosvec/DJ Whatt show? Do you play all mashups when you DJ? And if you are they all your own mashups? A DOSVEC show consists of all DOSVEC Mashups but the great thing is since i have the mastered files i create live mashups that will only be heard that night ;-)
How long have you been working on your latest full length release, Glimpses? Glimpses took me 5months to create & the story behind it is a true on.
Favorite pair of sneakers? Currently Adidas Marathon 10 - Ze Germans make some dope ISH
Whether you realize it or not you have heard a few tunes produced by Play-N-Skillz. These cats are Grammy winners after all. Recently I had the chance to get in their ears a bit about some tough subjects such as production equipment, sneakers, etc. Check out the interview below.
1. What was the first piece of gear you guys used to make a beat? Don't front. The very first, no matter how cheesy or corny it sounded. Mine was a Casio Rapman! OUR FIRST PIECE OF GEAR WAS A DR 202 DRUM MACHINE.
OUR FIRST JOINT ON THE RADIO WAS A REMIX TO AN AALIYAH AND TIMBALAND RECORD WE DID AND WE WERE STILL IN OUR POPS CAR GETTING DRIVEN TO A STUDIO CUZ WE WERE TOO YOUNG TO DRIVE
3. Who was the first artist you worked with that really came as a surprise? Either because of who they were, outside of your typical sound, etc. THE FIRST ARTIST WE WORKED WITH THAT CAME AS A SURPRISE WAS BUN B BECAUSE HES A LIVING LEGEND AND SECOND HE WAS PERSONALLY PART OUR FAVORITE GROUP OF ALL TIME UGK WHO WE GREW UP TOO AND HE WAS THE MOST HUMBLE AND INTELLIGENT ARTIST EVER AND AT THE TIME WE HAD NO HITS UNDER OUR BELT AND HE WANTED US TO PRODUCE FOR HIM AND TREATED US WITH THE HOSPITATLITY OF WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU ARE AN A-LIST PRODUCER FROM TRAVEL TO FOOD AND TO JUST LETTING US BE AS CREATIVE AS WE WANTED TO BE..BUN IS AND WAS TRULY A BLESSING AND WE HAVE REMAINED GREAT FRIENDS AND STILL WORK TOGETHER
OUR LAST PIECE OF GEAR WAS LOGIC BECUASE IT JUST BASICALLY MADE OUR WHOLE SETUP EASIER NO MORE HARDWARE AND CARRYING KEYBOARDS AND MPCS AROUND NOW ITS ALL ONE LAPTOP
5. Last but not least, what is your favorite pair of sneakers either in your closet or the ones you are still trying to hunt down?
If you're in the Chicago area, hopefully you know about the show going down this Friday at the House of Blues. Should be epic. Zebo, Tittsworth, Dani Deahl, Willy Joy and Mike Relm. Check out the facebook event here. We have a pair of tickets to give away for this show as well.
To Enter! 1. Get on facebook and like WFGC 2. Use the cool @ feature including @White Folks Get Crunk and something about wanting Mike Relm tickets and you have entered for your chance to win a pair. It has to become a link for us to know you've entered, so make sure you do it the right way!
How do you describe what you do when people ask? I’m sure people ask all the time what it is exactly you do. I always have a tough time giving good answers to that question, mostly because I can’t just summarize what in one or two buzzwords. DJing and music production is part of what I do, just like directing, and editing video is.
It seems you have grown into a sort of new media creative renaissance man. Where do you find your roots. Music/Djing? or Film/Video-editing? I always thought of music in a visual way, and vice versa. I guess you can say my roots are a hybrid of both, I just excelled at DJing first.
What sort of a balance do you have in your work routine between video and audio? Or has the line between audio and video pretty much blurred for you since you finished Spectacle? The line’s been completely blurred, especially since my work includes my live show, commercials, and YouTube channel. They’re all related to each other in one way or another, so it keeps my mind focused.
I have never been to one of your live shows. I’ve seen a few quick clips on youtube. What exactly should I expect seeing you live for the first time? My live show is very different from what you see on YouTube. I’ve seen a lot of those clips and most of them really don’t capture what’s going on as a whole. It’s like that with any live show, seeing a recording of it just isn’t the same. Plus, my shows are a great place to meet people. I’ve met quite a few happy couples who told me they met each other at one of my shows. I met one awesome couple who’s actually getting married. I think they had fun at my show.
Where did the suit come from? H&M
On average what kind of hours do you put into one of your videos, for instance the Iron Man trailer? It’s tough to tell, I just kept working on it until I finished.
Speaking of the Iron Man trailer how did the official project come about? What kind of gap was there between you finishing the original trailer and the studio contacting you about creating the official version? I had uploaded the original to YouTube on a Tuesday, Jon Favreau hit me up that Friday. Things moved quickly with Paramount/Marvel since the film was going to be released within weeks. It was awesome collaborating with them.
Not sure I have seen a photo of your feet yet. I’m sure you probably have a few pairs of sneakers lying around. What is your favorite pair? Or better yet, what pair are you looking for? I’m all about red sneakers. I keep it simple with some red suede Pumas or Nike Air Force One lows.
Check out these tracks from The Pitch.
MP3: Mike Relm, “Everytime (feat. Del the Funky Homosapien and Adrian Hartley),” Spectacle (Radio Fried Recordings)
MP3: Mike Relm, “Body Rock (feat. Morningwood and Gift of Gab),” Spectacle (Radio Fried Recordings)
MP3: Mike Relm, “Hot to Trot (feat. Alfredo Ortiz),” Spectacle, (Radio Fried Recordings)
MP3: Mike Relm, “Tron,” Spectacle, (Radio Fried Recordings)