Last weekend VJ recap (Sonic Beating, Together Festival, TedX Somerville)

Lots of things are rolling into motion from this weekend!

-We are planning to fully announce this soon, but I once again will be creating the Together Festival VJ Competition. Very excited about this and already we have a great team setting up for this unique event. More info to come with this, but I already know this will be a huge event!

-Started working on a project for TedX Somerville, and while it is still in the earliest stages, this may lead to a huge project. Already happy to be working with them!

-This last weekend was a private Sonic Beating party, “Eye Heart Brains”. It was a blast and I got to vj with my copatriot Dj Anya. We had a ball, packed the place and had an most unbelievable time! Some shots of it below.

 

All in all it was an amazing weekend and the next few months will be chock full of incredible projects and events. With the on rush of warmer weather I can only imagine it will get better and better!

sonic beatings "eye heart brains" with Vj bonk and DJ anya

sonic beatings “eye heart brains” with Vj bonk and DJ anya

sonic beatings "eye heart brains" with Vj bonk and DJ anya

sonic beatings “eye heart brains” with Vj bonk and DJ anya

Visualize Somerville Recap Video

We finally are releasing the recap from Visualize Somerville! This is a product of so much dedication and work from many talented teams of artists.
I came up with this idea almost 2 years ago, and since then it has been a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs. We almost didn’t have it happen….twice!
But becuase of the crew around me and a massive effort at the end, we came together and produced a unique event that I am truly proud of. The documentary team, Above Summit, really came

in and blew it away with the video capture. Time lapse rigs, drones shooting video, and a full crew to capture the moments. I am glad that the art show got some credit too, that was a part I didn’t know

would be so much work! The artists were very helpful and the work they put up was really breathtaking. All I can hope is people had fun and will want to do it again. I got the thumbs up from both venues, who know where we

will go with this now? Check out the video and stay tuned.

Visualize Somerville at BKB and Aeronaut from Above Summit on Vimeo.

Visualize Somerville projection mapping recap

The Visualize Somerville event was BLAST! The projections looked amazing, the art show was a huge hit and it looked like the night went into the history books. We spent quite a good amount of time working with the venues and making everything run so smoothly and we definetely had our ups and downs creating this event. I personally had some hard set backs that only were overcome by some seriously hard work from both the team and myself. In the end though, this created a most magic night. The art show next door, which will have its own photo album, was special as well, more on that in another post. This was a large event, with many hundreds of people coming to climb and just see the walls. I was bowled over by the sheer amount of people there!

So many people showed and I think everyone really enjoyed themselves. Here are but a few of the pictures, and some amazing videos and pictures are coming out later.  I would like to thank everyone that helped create this event, Brooklyn Boulders, Aeronaut Brewery, Above Summit, and all of the Vjs and Djs.

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We are in the last few days before this event, and everyone involved is very excited! We are working to make this event incredible, and pulling out all the stops.

The VJ team has been non-stop rendering new content specifically for the walls, and it is looking like something out of the future. The best part? You can climb it! Check out the Facebook event here and the presales page (only $6 purchased before, $10 at the door, $25 w/o gear to climb).

Of course, make sure to speed up your entry by filling out the waiver as well.

We are planning both the projection mapped event and next door we are working with Aeronaut Brewery to bring over 40 artists into the space. There will be installations, paintings, photography, and even live art. We are very excited to bring this into the Visualize Somerville fold, and feels it helps highlight the rich nature of the local area. Of course there will be Aeronauts delicious beer on tap as well (Keep in mind to climb next door at BKB before you drink, no drinking and climbing!). Aeronaut is free entry as well.

The team can’t wait, and we are excited to see you there!

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Blizzard fun

So Boston has had a bit of snow. As in the snowiest few weeks in history. At this point we are just bracing for the next one and struggling on. But having this much snow does come with benefits. Last night was the perfect time to kick back and play some N64, and since we have to the equipment, why not project it on the parking lot?

 

The view when the plow came.

The view when the plow came.

I was able to capture the beam, which I though looked pretty cool.

I was able to capture the beam, which I though looked pretty cool.

rainbow road on a snowy night

rainbow road on a snowy night

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view from the ground

view from the ground

Unsurprisingly, sometimes the snow was more a hinderance than a help.

Unsurprisingly, sometimes the snow was more a hinderance than a help.

Trying to keep the snow out of the projection was tough.

Trying to keep the snow out of the projection was tough.

Snow was blowing into the window, but the projector seemed safe

Snow was blowing into the window, but the projector seemed safe

playing out the window

playing out the window

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A loft mate decided to try to play and use his own car.

A loft mate decided to try to play and use his own car.

Modem video out

I was lucky enough to be part of a truly amazing festival this summer, MoDem in Croatia. I worked the amazing Italian based Deltaprocess VJ team to light up the massive main stage and chill areas for a solid week. The mapped stage was huge and, along with the other incredible deco, made for a most mind shattering week of psychedelic trance.

The recap video for the festival has finally come out today, and of course the VJ team is highlighted! If you want to skip to it, after the 8 minute mark is when they start to focus on the visual content, I even have a cameo.

Check it out, it is one thing telling people about an event like this, but it is another to show them. Later when I have the time I will update with my own videos, pictures and stories. Until then enjoy the recap!

 

(and as always, check out my whole travel blog as I update it through the countries I went through this summer!)

Final days to submit for the VJ competition!

It went so fast! Once again, this years VJ competition is in full swing. The last day to submit an entry is Sunday at midnight!

We already have some great entries, but I hope to get a few more in. This event is a celebration of VJ culture in the USA, which sometimes I feel is under represented. Live visual creation is an art, and there are many of us that perform this art for our own enjoyment.

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Now is the time to come out from the back of the venue and show the world what you can do! We have some great prizes this year, a QuNeo midi  controller for starters, Nueromixer, Resolume, and TouchDesigner (Derivitive) have all graciously provided software as well. I can’t just wait to give out this stuff to the winners, always makes me feel good to help out my fellow visual artists.

The deadline is Sunday at Midnight as I said, and all entries will be taken and reviewed by the judges. What a group we have right the judging panel, Ghostdad (best known for the visual artist behind the Porter Robinson shows), Shawn Flaherty, a local vj and CEMI favorite and winner of the NIN video contest a few years back. Of course we cannot forget about Brian Kane, VJ legend in his own right!

I can’t wait to see who will be chosen to come out to this event. I can only get more excited.

 

Of course, come out and see the show! Show really be some amazing content being displayed.

May 13th, 7pm

Wonderbar, Alston, MA

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See you there!

Fractaltribes Subculture this Saturday!

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Subculture holds a special place in my heart. That is why I just had to get down there to do some visuals for this momentous event! The venue is a giant old industrial warehouse and they do it up proper, especially on the video mapping side of things. I am very excited to make my visuals light up the revelers as they dance under the amazing deco that goes up at every event they do!

 

Check them out at fractaltribe.net

 

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Vj Submissions open for the VJ competition!

VJ Submissions are now open! We have a whole bunch of sponsors with some incredible prize packs this year, Resolume, Modul8, and Motionloops are among them! Very exciting. We just got confirmation that VJ Ghostdad will be a judge!

We also are excited to have 3 tracks that VJ s can mix to this year:

Check out more info here, including VJ submissions!

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Vj Competition starting to take shape

We are just about to blast out the info about this years VJ competition, and I could not be more excited on where we are going with it. New Venue, more sponsors (and prizes!), huge new game plan and a lot more time to get down.

Flyer and major info blast to come out soon. Prepare you demo sets!

Anime Boston 2014

 

This weekend is Anime Boston, which is a huge deal in that subculture. I was honored to play a visual set there a few years ago and I have NEVER seen a crowd be as excited as they were! Should be a fun time to drop by on, and of course I will be wearing my Banksy flower thrower costume for this event. See you there.

Loadstar at Elements this week!

The mighty Loadstar brings the pressure in the third week of an intense February (seriously we already had TeeBee and Calyx)! A powerhouse in the studio, when not making their own tracks, Loadstar also does quite a bit of ghost writing and producing for various music industry big cats. This will be their 3rd visit to Elements and we know by now they’re guaranteed to tear_it_down!

I will be dropping the video HARD for this show, show up! 19+ 10$

Calyx and Teebee

Thursday is yet another HUGE night.

Calyx & Teebee are back for the first time at Elements since 2007!

These two not only put out some of our favorite music like clockwork, but they are masters behind the wheels too.

Do not sleep! Opening set by Fox. New visual set by Yours Truly.

15 years of Elements Boston

…server was down for a bit there, sorry folks.

 

-Last week played with Siouxside and Positron at Elements, very fun locals night and had a great time mixing some new content.

 

THIS WEEK!

 

This week at Elements is big! Elements is Celebrating 15 YEARS of Drum and Bass music. What a time! This also marks 6 years as a resident Vj as well, which bowls me over. 6 years of mastering my craft and countless artists coming through. Both Czargb and I will be playing that night, and I am in the works to make some custom 15 year content just for this historic night! Don’t sleep, come out and get down!

Then Elements founders Crook and Lenore take the reins along with co-resident Fox for the ritual anniversary tag. And did I mention it’s the night of a rare black moon/supermoon? Do try and stay calm. There will be several giveaways, including Zakim Recordings 12″s courtesy of BBD, and as always we will unveil brand new Elements tees!

(After) New years throw down!

 

This Thursday at Elements will be fun, it is a throwdown with many of the talented Boston Djs coming to light up the decks!

Come celebrate our entry into 2014 with some sassy new djs (new to Elements, that is) along with some vets for a sure-to-be killer throwdown!

FDOT (Point 9 Audio | MIA) aka Shawn Conte
Fes (EC Army)
Positron (Elemental Productions) aka Adam Karpf
Prez (Reset from Start)
Twist of Fate (The Mutiny)
Veloci Oscillator (Op Breakbeat | EC Army)

 

I will be on the visuals, and (if I get up in time on new years day) I will have an all new set to put on the screens! This set will be crowd interaction heavy, so come play with the video!

Om Unit at Elements

 

BIG NIGHT!

The timing couldn’t be better for a visit from the mighty Om Unit, who has taken dnb in an exciting direction this year! Among his astounding output are tunes featured on the long-awaited Metalheadz Platinum Breaks 4 LP which, according to rumors, is maybe hopefully about to drop any week now. Fasten your seatbelts! This night is going to be no joke! Opening set by Lenore.

 

This should be a great set, I am very excited to be playing for him!

AK 1200 this week!

The Legend himself is back at Elements!

It’s been a minute since AK1200 slayed Elements with one of his incomparable journey sets. Get excited!!
Opening set by Fox. Cover $10

I will be on the visuals with some all new material. This is not a night to be missed.

Performing in NYC for RobotHeart 10/25-10/26

 

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I am very excited to announce I will be heading down to NYCthis coming weekend to perform at a RobotHeart party.For those that do not know this legendary group, they throw massive Burningman parties from their bus. I was actually asked this year to come perform for them at Burningman, but the timing just did not work out. But luckily they reside mostly in NYC, and are throwing one closer to home.

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The projection screens alone will be massive, and there is at least 5 Vjs all performing at once in the various rooms. I would highly suggest coming to check this out! Check out the event details here. Its a huge 5000+ person party and goes on for 2 full days! Let me know if you am coming down so we can meet up, the more friends, the better!

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Cyantific this Thursday, Elements

This Thursday at Elements is Cyantific, and I have some sick new stuff to throw on the screens!

Cyantific is not only a beast in the studio, with an ever-growing arsenal of chart toppers on Hospital, Ram, and his own Cyantific imprint, but the man puts it down behind the decks too! No one was surprised when he was crowned “Best Breakthrough DJ” by BBC 1Xtra in ’07. Don’t miss out on the fun! Opening set by Fox. Visuals by me.

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