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Slowpicks October 2014

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Brought to you by the Slowdjs crew, Slowpicks is a monthly selection of our favorite tracks. Each member has hand picked a song in this diverse list, representing some of the best Westcoast & Canadian artists in our community. If you are an artist that would like us to hear your music, please send us a SoundCloud link of your recent track to #slowpicks on Twitter.

 

Slow DJs Pick:
Ana Sia – “Imma Boss”
Los Angeles, CA

Mateo’s Pick:
Autem Sound – “Ring” ft. Night Work
Vancouver, BC

Ricco’s Pick:
Submerse x Spragga Benz & Sierra Leone (Barisone Blend) – “Pop It Off”
Portland, OR (Barisone)

Mr. Wu’s Pick:
AB-Life x Rebelution (Ells refix) – “Sleeps So High”
Bend, OR (Ells)

Rhia Wellbelove’s Pick:
Haakonsen – “Over The Ear” [Substation Recordings]
Calgary, AB

Slowdjs Pick:
Jason Burns – “Do Without”
Portland, OR

Myth’s Pick:
Kill Frenzy – “No panties” [Dirty Bird]
Los Angeles, CA

Slowdjs Pick:
Shiny Things – “Pick Ya Sides”
Nelson, BC

Slowdjs Pick:
TOKiMONSTA – “Realla” ft. Anderson Paak
Los Angeles, CA

Slowdjs Pick:
Metric (Vinnie the Squid Remix) – “Help Im Alive”
Vancouver, BC (Vinnie the Squid)

Little Myth’s Event Picks – Oct 2014

Another busy month filled with great music – Here’s a list of shows I’m looking forward to:

Weds Oct 8th – Hannah Wants, Kry Wolf, Jack Beats & AC Slater @ Celebrities
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Fri Oct 10th – Danny Corn, The Librarian & Micheal Red @ The Fox
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Fri Oct 10th – BOOTYFEST w/ Blondtron, Think Tank & Tank Gyal @ The Astoria
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Weds Oct 15th – Banks – Goddess Tour @ The Commodore Ballroom
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Sat Oct 18th – OM UNIT, Taal Mala & Frumlater @ Open Studios
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Weds Oct 22nd - Seth Troxler @ Fortune Sound Club
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Sat Oct 25th – J.Phlip & Monty Luke @ The Waldorf
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Thurs Oct 30th – SNAKEHIPS & STWO @ Fortune Sound Club
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Fri Oct 31st – TRILLER, Halloween Party w/ a Michael Jackson Twist @ Beaumont Studios
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Namsayn EP / Q&A with Tiger Fresh

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Portland’s Tiger Fresh has been tearing it up on the west coast, touring all the hot spots all winter long. Now, after a brief rest from all the slain dance floors, he’s ready to show you what he’s been up to all spring with a fat new summer EP. Ever forward thinking the NAMSAYN EP is an 808 fuelled ride through the techy side of Trap, bringing the ghetto sound of the future straight to your speakers. Creatively blending the some of the elements that made Trip-Hop great with that new bass culture sound that spawned all sorts of Twerk, Tiger Fresh will have you gettin’ down and chillin’ out with a variety of flavor.A few of his fellow beatsmiths also got down on these jams to bring you a new take on the goods. Boeboe took Slang Regression into video game land with a chill, tripped out mix. Chrome Wolves got the mad vibes in on Too Turnt Up with some dope Purple and Sleepyhead got down on the same with some old school Techno beats in a half time switch with his Slo Dub mix. Bedrock took the chill vibes to a new plateau with an exceptionally atmospheric mix of Changes, reminiscent of Groove Armada in their prime. Well, it’s summer time once again and y’all gonna need some hood rich tunes for chillin’ out on the block, namsayn?

We had a chance to catch up with him for a little Q&A:

Q: Dope EP! can you tell us a bit about it – What were some of your inspirations? How long has this one been in the works?

A: The ep is called “Namsayn” because i mine as well have turrets syndrome by always saying Namsayn so i thought it was well suited for the ep…namsayn? its main inspiration is simple as it is for anyone in the creative sphere, just representing the creative outlet and language reflecting what we are going through at the time and its transformation into a tangible, sonic or emotional outcome which is the cathartic fulfillment in which it provides. I’ve always been a chameleon, aesthetically, musically stylistically and the ep is nothing short of that, every song on the ep and that I make has a different formula (otherwise i would just get bored) yet still having a subtle thread of sonic familiarity to stay somewhat cohesive. Also, the EDM scene as a whole i feel like is overly reliant on formulaic sounds and hearing things really familiar and comfortable so i try to avoid putting myself in a box by just going with what I’m feeling at the time however random it may be. this quote from Lao tau if i can remember right said “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving” so i just wanted to stay open to my instincts and see where they took me without any expectations as with everything i do because Making music is a mystical process, it relies on a deep intuitive personal language fueled from instincts, reflections of our histories, tastes and cultural imprints.

Q: Your first track on the EP, “Changes” definitely has some more chillin melodic vibes then a lot of your other production. How’d you end up going down that road on that tune and what does the title of the track represent for you?

A: I was gong through a lot of changes at the time i made it, re-locating to california, relationships and career realizations which can sometimes be a lot to juggle so I think that drove me to throw something into existence which was hypnotic, comforting and graceful to level out and ground me with. I think it may have worked, hahaha. So i think it just represents chilling out, taking a deep breath and staying hopeful no matter what life throws at you.

Q: “Namsayin EP” features (4) remixes by other artists. Did you work with them at all on those tunes or did you just send them the parts? Do you collaborate much with other artists?

A: Sleepyhead is in New York, BoeBoe lives in Europe and Chrome wolves in portland so as much as i wanted to take a custom leer jet to kick it with all of them in the studio i just sent over the stems. . One of the best advice my favorite art teacher gave me back in the day was to always strive to consistently *collaborate with fellow artists, especially ones who are of equal or greater than yourself at your craft sharing the same vision. Ive tried to take that to heart by grinding with homies on whatever creative endeavor it may be as much as possible and if it wasnt for that i wouldn’t be anywhere without those experiences and its been a hella fun ride. With that said, colaaaaaaborate.

Q: You are a producer/DJ and artist/graphic designer. How do those two worlds influence or inspire each other?

A: Those two worlds go hand and hand for me, music inspires art and art inspires music. I would think and hope that it does for everyone universally. A sonic frequency can trigger a multi prismatic breathing landscape in my head equally as a the architecture and color palate of a dope piece of graffiti i may happen to walk by one day can trigger the rhythms of a kick and a snare.

Q: How did you become a tiger or were you born one?

A: Well to get hippy dippy with the subject I’m a firm believer in past lives so maybe i was some trippy tiger percussionist in a punk band and its ancient waves blew in to my mind the morning i crafted my moniker handle over breakfast with some homies.

 https://soundcloud.com/tigerfresh
http://www.beatport.com/release/namsayn/1350271
http://wegotthiscrew.com/

Shambhala on a Shoestring – The Relevant Costs of Raving

Being an active participant of raving since the summer of grade 8 (June -1998), I have attended my fair share of summer festivals. This being my fifth Shambhala Music Festival, after hearing the news that myself and girlfriend would be attending, fond memories of absolute ridiculousness slowly washed over me. In my giddiness, I began to contact friends at work and with whom I went to University who I thought could use a good summer party; aware of the enlightening experiences that only Shambhala provides. To my dismay in the weeks leading up to the event, a common theme began to resonate from most of the potential posse that I reached out to: “I can’t afford it.”

As a recent graduate of UBC business (with student loans) and articling accountant at a large public accounting firm, I can certainly share sentiment with those who are trying to manage their money at the beginning of their career. With rent, food, loans, and life expenses moved to the front of my decision making after University, there have been many times where I thought and/or uttered the dreaded four word phrase: “I can’t afford it.” This haunted me during the lead up to Shambhala as I began to think whether or not I could actually afford it myself. Having gained a better understanding of the relevant costs involved in short-term decision making for businesses over the last few years, I began to think about how much it actually costs to attend a summer festival, namely Shambhala. I was not convinced that those claiming they couldn’t afford it actually couldn’t, and so I made it my objective to experience Shambhala 2014 on a shoestring; that is, to try to experience all the greatness of the festival with as little spending as possible relative to what I would/may spend in the city for a weekend.

This article explores the relevant costs of raving at Shambhala Music Festival. It will provide the reader with a high-level breakdown of money spent and saved during this four day excursion as an early ticket buyer ($290 early bird price).  The analysis is not exhaustive by any means, and I invite all of those who read it to counter argue or provide any constructive feedback; in all honesty, I was just curious what I would come up with after a little analysis. Some may argue that this takes away from the spirit of Shambhala and to those I say, on the contrary, it actually provides objective reasoning to encourage others to experience the festival in all its glory.

Factoring all relevant costs, the total cost of raving is $154.70.

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Analysis Breakdown

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Concepts
As mentioned before, this article factors in the relevant costs of a decision. Google reveals the definition as, “a managerial accounting term that is used to describe costs that are specific to management decisions.” I don’t know about you, but that definition makes no sense to me, so in a nutshell a relevant cost is a cost that a decision maker would consider for a decision … that’s literally it. These costs can be costs incurred or avoided. A simple example would be if you bought a used car compared to a new car. The cost of the new car is relevant, the money saved on future mechanical maintenance of the old car (more regularly) is relevant, and the difference in price between the new car and old car is relevant (put simply). There are slightly more costs to consider, like re-sale value at the end of the useful life of the vehicles factoring in the time value of money, gas, insurance, but I wanted to keep it simple.

I factored in relevant costs pertaining to the Shambhala experience that I directly incurred as well as those costs I avoided by not staying in the city, Vancouver (one of the most expensive cities in the world according to Bloomberg). In reality I would get off work on Friday or Thursday and do a number of things (most of which might include the use of money – cost). As such, I kept in mind what my weekend would look like if I stayed put and simply searched the #shambhala2014 hashtags while going about my weekend in the city.

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Tickets
We begin with tickets. Now to those that know they will be attending the festival, they have an opportunity to purchase early bird tickets at a cost of $290.00 plus service charges. Firstly, kudos to you for having managed your year schedule so far in advance! Secondly, I measured the ticket price against the price of three tickets purchased in the city over the weekend. For conservatism, you can imagine the analysis under two or even one ticket if that is more realistic for you. When measured against three equal caliber shows, the actual ticket for Shambhala came to $205 ($290 – $25 -$25 – $35). Of course it’s hard to predict what one might do during a weekend and whether or not they would actually go to three shows. Also, I saw several world class artists at Shambhala (Mark Farina, Mr. Scruff, Ryan Wells, Griz, Datsik, Z-Trip, The Funk Hunters, Smalltown Djs to name a few). To keep it simple, I’ll leave that up to the reader to distinguish based on their lifestyle. I know that at one point in my life, before University while deeply saturated in the music scene, I would have gone to three to four shows a week! Thankfully for my deteriorating body, those days are behind me ;).

Ride
A ride to Shambhala can be stressful and expensive, however, not really. Flying to Nelson B.C from Vancouver is roughly $600-$800 so that is out of the picture; on a side note the festival must spend a lot to get world class artists to the middle of B.C! My research over a Greyhound bus ride yielded similarly depressing results as a bus ride to Salmo B.C and back (from Vancouver) will run passengers $235.96 plus tax and service fees and take almost 10 hours. Armed with this depressing news, we decided to drive.

We drove an SUV from Vancouver to Salmo which cost roughly $200 in gas there and back. Knowing the length of the ride and cost, we decided to turn to ride-share for two additional passengers to: (a) spread the cost of gas and travel (b) meet new people (c) stay awake on the ride back with chats of experiences at the festival. After a couple of emails back and forth and a few dead-end texts, we finally found two awesome people from Vancouver Island who were full of energy and super funny; with similar knowledge of The Simpson’s quotes that never got old. Our patrons pitched in for gas which cost them only 55% of the cost of the bus ($120/$235.96 + service and tax) and 17% of the cost of flying ($120/$700). Ride share was win-win for everyone. Gas was distributed between four people, rather than two, which made our trip just a little bit more economical and enjoyable.

I have to note that I did not factor in the cost of depreciation (using the car) and mechanical and maintenance. This may be more relevant to those of you who experienced car troubles on the way up. Our car made it there and back fine and it gets a little complicated when factoring in depreciation (because one could argue that you would experience depreciation anyway via straight-line methodology).

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Food
Food costs can add up while enjoying any festival, however, if given the opportunity to camp and bring your own food the costs can be significantly reduced. In the past, I would long for the yummy food that Shambhala boasts (particularly the Curry Corner where on some days I would enjoy three meals … soooo yummy). This year we decided to bring our own food (noted in the analysis as groceries). Now we’re not talking Mr. Noodles and water here, we actually brought wholesome food (minus the hotdogs as our camping vice) that we thought would be easy to prepare and keep us energized for artists like Bassnectar, Falcons, or Figgy. Simple fruit salad, some carbs, and easy to make dinners made the trip a lot cheaper than buying meals at the festival and also provided a unique way to offer food to friends and stimulate hanging and conversation. It does take time, but to those who are on the fence about costs, think about the food you would normally eat at home and how much you would spend. As part of the analysis I included the removal of costs from the festival by two breakfasts, one dinner, café purchases, and weekend booze. This added up to roughly $88 ($12 + $15 + $50 +$10) which is not entirely unrealistic for some people. I’m not saying we throw our food budgeting out the window when the weekend arrives, however, I can attest to some weekends where I ate out for a majority of it and enjoyed a few patios here and there. This quickly adds up, and when measured against bringing your own food to the festival, you’d be surprised and even shocked that you actually save money – $23 ($88 – $64.28).

I will be honest, not eating one of the delicious fish tacos, dragon bowls, or breakfasts at any of the vendors was hard (I caved once and bought a delicious chai tea at the Curry Corner), but sticking to my goal felt particularly good when arriving home from the festival on Monday and looking at my wallet.

*For the record you should at least have one meal while at Shambhala as the food is amazing!

At the festival
Shambhala provides people with ample opportunities to partake in a wide variety of activities that were included in the price of your ticket. As an example there was three different Yoga classes that festival goers could attend, one music production class (with Moby mind you), and 11 other health and awareness classes to learn a great deal of information from. For those of you living in the city, we all know how expensive Yoga can be as drop in classes usually run $20 a class. Shambhala gave festival goers the opportunity to attend three classes which, conservatively, translates to roughly $60 in value (not to mention the health and physical benefits). I think you see where I am going with this and when you review the above analysis you can see that I included one Yoga class and one Workshop class that one could assume a person who stayed in the city would attend and/or participate in.

For conservatism, I also included one purchase of one thing (clothes, music, shoes etc.) that one might buy during the weekend. For those of you with 9-5 jobs or jobs that never give you time to shop during the week, the weekend is really your only outlet to get your retail fix. The cost I included was $30 and this may or may not relate to you. To spice up the conversation (and to create the illusion that I, in-fact, have $30 to expend on random purchases) I kept it in.

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Overall
The cost of raving, when broken down, isn’t really that much. Given the presented analysis above, it almost seems cheaper to go to Shambhala with all the value and opportunities for cost avoidance that attending the festival provides. Many of you might have issues with this analysis as it may or may not connect directly to your lifestyle and weekend choices. My suggestion is to take the overall $154 figure and plus or minus +/- it by 30% ($108 – $200). For those of you subtracting 30%, this means you may spend more over your weekend if you stayed at home, for those of you adding 30% this means you spend less in the city on the weekend. I also invite you all to play with the budget I have created here (Shambhala Expenses Sheet) as a Google doc. Simply input in the numbers that relate to you and see how much, including the relevant costs of your weekend, you spent during your trip to Shambhala!

In all honesty though, the experience you get at Shambhala is priceless and it really is impossible to put a number on it. Taking off the accountant hat, I can say in my five years of raving at the festival that I have never regretted going (from a financial and experiential viewpoint). No price can be put on the shenanigans that you and your friends get up to at the beach stage and river during the day. No price can be put on the connection that you make with artists as they pour their energy into amazing sets on the most interactive staging platforms I have ever experienced in all my years of raving. Most importantly, no price can be put on the small (or large) epiphanies you experience throughout your time at the festival. Perhaps this is why people keep coming back year-after-year regardless of the cost, as a way to experience connection that seldom occurs in our hometowns and cities. I sure appreciate the connection that happens up at the ranch, and find my experiences there invaluable.

As I write this, there are roughly 340 days until the next Shambhala Music Festival and after reading this article my hope is that you are better equipped to disprove the naysayers who claim that they can’t afford to rave. In fact it seems now that they can’t afford not to ;)

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~ricco, SlowDjs

Slowpicks Shambhala 2014 Edition

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“Brought to you by the Slowdjs team, the Slowpicks are a monthly selection of our favourite tunes. Each of us have picked a song in this diverse list representing some of the best West Coast & Canadian Music. If you’ve got music, we want to hear it! Drop us a line in the comments, our Facebook page, or tweet us @slowdjswith a SoundCloud link and we may feature you next month!”

This month – in the spirit of Shambhala Music Festival, we decided to ask a handful of performing artists what their favourite festival tracks were this summer. Big thanks to all the artists that contributed to this months Slowpicks playlist!

*Pumpkin‘s Pick –
Feed Me feat. Crystal Fighters – Love Is All I Got (Larse Remix)

*Sam Demoe‘s Pick –
Tiga vs Audien – Lets go Dancing ( Maya Jane Coles Remix )

*Ryan Wells Pick –
Simian Mobile Disco & Roman Flugel – Hachinoko

*Christian Martin‘s Pick –
Christian Martin – Martian Landing

*Sweet Pickle‘s Pick –
Harry Romero & Joeski – Choose One

*Max Ulis‘s Pick –
Literon – Freak Funktion

*Wax Romeo‘s Pick –
D’Marc Cantu – Acid Test

*Blondtron‘s Pick –
Jubilee JMZ Riddim x Four Color Zack – 2 ON

*Smalltown Dj’s Pick –
Watermat – Bullit

*Neon Steve‘s Pick –
Don’t Call Me Baby – Just a Gent Remix

*Dj Dubconscious‘s Pick –
Jillionaire – Fresh (My Nu Leng Remix)

*Hxdb‘s Pick –
HxdB – Skool Dayz (KRUSHA Remix)

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