OUTPOST1 Mix and Interview: Doctor Jeep

Doctor Jeep is Andre Lira from Boston, and is playing at Outpost1 this Friday. We hang out with him on Facebook or Ustream or Turrbotax or wherever else, and he’s a fun-loving young man with some murderous productions. I heard his track ‘Level II’ on XLR8R a few months ago and have played it in most of my DJ sets since then, cause it’s the bomb. Andre did us a tight lil partytime mix below, way to revive Missy Elliot ‘Lose Control’ from the vaults! KC‘s interview after the jump. Before the party on Friday, tune in 6-10pm on WCDB 90.9 fm for the usual OUTPOST1 Takeover. Cause you know there’s fun to be had.

photo © Dave Tschiegg

Outpost1 Minimix by doctor jeep

In the game since: 2008

How did you first get into the good business of DJing and making music? Do you identify more with being considered a producer or a DJ? I’ve written some form of music since like middle school, but started making dance music freshman year in college and DJing at parties we had in my apartment around the same time. I like both titles equally, but there’s something way more rewarding about producing a song that I think will only appeal to me and my weird tastes and hearing that other DJs are playing it out in France or Russia or pretty much anywhere other than my bedroom. Don’t get me wrong, hanging out and mixing with my friends is probably my favorite pastime, but in Boston I’d say I’m more well known for producing than DJing.

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Interview: Brenmar

This past weekend, I hopped a bus down to NYC to reunite with Contakt (who, lest you dare forget, absolutely slayed it in the club during the June edition of OUTPOST1 with Cunei4m) to finally make it to a TURRBOTAX® affair at the Cove in Brooklyn. Between the crowd and the line-up alike, the venue, (aptly dubbed the rave cave), respectfully, was absolutely bursting with copious amounts of good people and pure, incomprehensible talent. While experiencing immaculate sets from UK badman DJs Ben UFO and Oneman, I ran into the good Doctor Jeep (playing next month’s Outpost!), the Orator from Mushpost (look up our new friends in VT!), DJ Far East and some other friends, I also happened to cross paths with Brenmar, who is headlining the next Heady Pro party this Saturday, alongside Brother Suarez, Far East, Just the Sauce, Mr. Kissner, and Deep Children’s Mycon on the rooftop of Pagliacci’s.

Brenmar is making a stop in our fair city between getting back from a tour in Europe and an upcoming trek to Tokyo, as well as running on boundless momentum from dropping his second EP, “Let Me Know (Tasting)” on the Grizzly imprint, making a music video for “Taking Out Down,” doing a nasty mix of his house, R&B, hip-hop and various club sounds for The FADER, as well as frequenting features on the web such as on xlr8r and FACT.

He’s up to some good things and has serious plans for the present-day and near future. Brenmar is a straight-up hustler in the best sense of the word and there’s no better time than now to catch him live. Until Saturday rolls through, scope the nice ‘n quick Q+A behind the jump!

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OUTPOST1 interview: Contakt

The June edition of Outpost1 is packing a doubleheader and both DJs agreed to let me pester them with questions in continuing the mixtape + interview series we’ve been happily curating. On Monday, we released the beast of a mixtape from Cunei4m (which, btw, is available for download), as well as the Q&A. Open it up in a new tab and re-familiarize yourself before Friday if you fancy. Anyhow, to bring the interviews twofold, I am pleased to present to you all the second of the pair with Contakt.

Here’s Scott with the on-point introduction: Contakt has been running the TURRBOTAX® parties in NYC for the past few years, booking the most cutting edge DJs in America, London, and beyond. Many of those DJs make their NY debut at TURRBOTAX®. Contakt’s debut EP on Local Action explores golden-age Detroit techno through the lens of modern UK Bass.

photo © Francesca Tamse

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Keep Albany Boring Guide To Partying

It’s unreal that SUNY Albany’s “party school” reputation still is going strong, even more so recently with the riots, but there’s a sizeable amount of people that I know that simply can’t hang. I have fun all the time, regardless of anything. I walked home on New Years from a party near the Port of Albany, and I had fun doing it.

So here it is, the Keep Albany Boring guide to partying. Written by someone who has been drinking for barely a year. Before I even drank, I knew how to party. The first time I got drunk was off of a blue-raspberry Four Loko. Get on my level.

Fuck your friends. Trust me. They don’t give a shit about you, and you shouldn’t give a shit about that one dude that now hangs out that you don’t even really know anything about. The primary goal here is to have fun. Not to make sure everyone’s needs are coddled. If my goal was to always cater to assholes I’d have never quit my job at Crossgates. It’s about you, having fun. If you have friends with the same mindset, you can roll with a group of them; remember you didn’t sign a binding contract that you have to stay by their sides at all moments of every night. If where you’re at sucks, and something might be more fun, go there. You’re mentally capable of eating when you’re hungry, correct?

Do things. Is some club dropping a grand from the ceiling in the most fucked up promotion ever? Is there a burlesque show going on that you know of? Go do things. You will get comfortable with this level of awkward and learn to use it to your advantage. I went to a young professionals networking event and got drunk enough to not close my tab before leaving. You’re dooming yourself to a boring, repetitive schedule of having fun, which is actually fun. Get out of your comfort zone, get off Facebook, and go do shit. Bands have massive fun touring because it puts them in situations they wouldn’t normally find themselves in. You can do this in your own city. Or be a loser, your call.

That’s it. Using those two steps to success you will be in different places, causing ruckus and getting into levels of shenanigans unknown. Roll deep with a good group of your dudes and you will eventually “get it” and understand that you were being the college town version of a bridge troll, except deep in a shitty cave of boringness littered with mediocrity.

You’ve got all day to learn the ropes. Come put them into practice tonight at Fuze Box, 10pm.

OUTPOST1 Interview: Ghosts On Tape

We’re only a day away from the next Outpost1!  For those locked in, take a minute and get to know this month’s guest DJ – Ghosts On Tape.

There’s a plethora of reasons to be excited about the fact he’s flying into Albany all the way from SF and this interview just reinforces the awesome. Be stoked as hell for what’s beneath the jump!

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photo daiana feuer

In the game since: been making tracks since 1998. did my first live PA at a rave in 2000. been producing and performing under the Ghosts On Tape moniker since 2005.

What are some of your recent favorites (or aged guilty pleasure) tracks that you consistently enjoy? Do you have any “never fail” or “go-to” tracks? really been feeling Tony Lionni’s tracks, Lone, a lot of UR stuff, almost anything on Rush Hour, the new Lando Kal joints are really blowing my mind lately too. “go-to” tracks would be “Work That Motherfucker” by Steve Poindexter, “This is Acid” by Maurice Joshua, and some other ones that i can’t reveal. don’t wanna give away my secrets and ruin any surprises!

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