!!! This Thursday, William Bensussen's doing it again... The Gaslamp Killer & Friends at the Mayan in Los Angeles !!!
SPECIAL SURPRISE GUESTS ALL NIGHT
For more info, click here
Whatta weeek, I tell ya !!! A huge thank you to everybody involved in the planning and execution of the best trade week OBEY's ever had, ever. From the US and EU team that made it out, to the friends and family we enjoyed hanging and partying with... THANK YOU !!!
[ photos by Harry Brieffies ]
SPRING 2014 LIMITED SERIES ARTIST: FLOOR VAN HET NEDEREND
FIRST ANNUAL OBEY BBBBBQ !!! [ Unfortunately torrential down pour and the Germany World Cup game kept the homies away ... wamp wamp]
Yes yes, tonight's the night and the buzz around the turnip factor is looking mighty positive !!! Berlin, if you're interested in partaking, please head over to these shops now and snag one of these tickets before we're out. Below... The Info:::
** CIVILIST IS OUT OF TICKETS **
We'll also be giving away a few of these at the party as well. "OBEY Worldwide" Berlin one-offs... yipes !!! @flooor @brammiedammie
C. U. N. T.he Crossroadz !!!
Hey, we outchea !! For what, you ask? Our good friends at MAZE invited Tony and I to Brazil. Why? Well, we're still trying to figure that out...
And available at the grand opening of the new MAZE Augusta Store, we'll be releasing the Sao Paulo collection below !!! (Mid-June) Shouts to Persio for risking his life and running in the middle of the street during rush hour to get this photo...
Oi, see you soon!
For my EU Bredrens, we've got a special treat in Amsterdam next Saturday, April 19th @ Bar Ludwig. We've been fucking around with the idea of doing another global party, and after the success of OBEY Radio and the places we've been able to host them at, we're excited to bring a few more parties for us to all get together again. PLAYERS FIEND CLUB, an inside joke turnt party for mutants worldwide.
First up, we have our friends at SOULECTION bless our first PFC_AMSTERDAM show. Respect to FWDSLXSH, Jarreau Vandal, Vincent Paolo, L33 & Joe Kay for doing their thing!! If you're town, please don't sleep... we promise you'll walk home with something to hump !!!
Saturday, April 19th 10p-3a @ Bar Ludwig - Reguliersdwarsstraat 37 - No Cover
PLAYERS FIEND CLUB - AMSTERDAM
The Official SOULECTION EUROPE Showcase featuring:
JARREAU VANDAL (NL)
VINCENT PAOLO (NL)
!!! HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE !!!
We're very proud of our long time friend Mtendere Mandowa a.k.a. TEEBS. He's keeping busy early in the year, with three big releases in the next few months. First, An artshow featuring a new body of work with over 400 reworked 12" covers. Secondly, his long awaited sophomore album under Brainfeeder Records. And, finally, our OBEY Limited Series release set for this Summer. Troll below for more info !!!
This Friday, Feb 21st @ Space 15 Twenty !!!
Video by Theo Jemison / Strangeloop
Also… Mark your calendars... the pre-release party of OBEY's limited Tee Series featuring Teebs will be on Saturday March 8th from 7-10p (PST) at Space 15 Twenty. Don't miss Mixtape, Tote, Free Beers and Tunes from JOE KAY (Soulection), TEEBS, and some loner named ROAM.
Note: Firsties get the limited stuff we're giving out… details below. See you soon !!!
Here's some OBEY Art News for those in Europe... Our Friends at OBEY France curated a great show that will be touring all of 2014. They took 13 Artists based in Spain, France, and Portugal and had them give their take on OBEY and how it's influenced their work. Some wild shit coming out of the wood work.
First Stop, Bordeaux France FEB 04th !!! Please click here for more information - fb.event
More dates will be announced!!
Last Thursday, we celebrated with The Gaslamp Killer & Friends on his actual born day (congrats Scorpios!) and his triumphant return to the stage, presenting his new A/V show "The Gaslamp Killer Experience." The Mayan hit capacity at 9pm, with eager ears wanting to hear new shit and when the lights turned on at 1am, it was like a fatty exiting IHOP... they got what they came for.
Peace and Love to all the performers and everybody we ran into, and an extra special gout shout to my brother and colleague, Jonathang Furlo for taking these beautiful pictures throughout the night. Hopefully the rest of the world will be able see this show soon... Once the official video is online somewhere, we'll update this post !!!
- (L-R) Mono/Poly & Free The Robots -
- Daedelus -
- Dimlite -
- Adrian Younge & Venice Dawn -
- The "Experience" - ... also, Flying Lotus, ... chillin'.
... And this is when the Acid kicked in...
- Souls of Mischief -
- The Gaslamp Killer Experience -
Before we head off on a DMT quest to solve worldly problems, Pubes and I wanted to let you know that we're doing OBEY Radio on Red Light Radio Tomorrow, Wednesday June 26th @ 21:00 (Amsterdam Time) or @ 12 Noon (Pacific Standard Time). Open Format, Open Minds, Open Legs...
Listen Live on redlightradio.net
I'm honored to have one of my favorite DJ's and good homie Dave "D-Styles" Cuasito contribute to the blog for a few sessions. Since the early 90's, he's been apart of the underground scratch scene, affiliated with crews such as The Invisibl Scratch Piklz, The Beat Junkies, and now an official Low End Theory Resident. To me, Dave is that low key dude with the funniest sense of humor I know. Left Field Smut!!! Maybe some of you remember his Scratch Record Cover Art or maybe you follow him on Facebook or Vine, you might know what I'm talking about. For those that still don't E.N.O., watch these... (old and new...)
A few weeks ago, we released the Low End x OBEY Tees for their Japan Tour and I asked Dave to take some photos and report back on how everything was... Here's what he said:
Thanks ROAM !! Myself, DJ Nobody, Nocando & Daddy Kev arrive at LAX, getting ready to board the new Airbus double decker. You gotta fly SINGAPORE AIR on your next trip to Tokyo. It's so worth it...
Just landed in Narita! We were greeted by our tour's special guest, Taurus Scott of the Hellfyre Club and G-Unit Family. We are tired as fuck man... Just wanna hit the hotel to crash out real quick.
Japan has the funniest signs ever. I had my bag stolen here a few years ago when everybody said that Japan was safe and not to worry. Now all these new signs are all around town.
And this one's straight perverted...
Just checked into the hotel... Gotta get some sleep... More soon homie !!!
:: D-Styles ::
On May 25th, Low End Theory hits Japan once again. The itinerary: A big show on Saturday in Tokyo with DJ Krush + Residents, and on Sunday, Osaka. If you're far out East, we suggest you head to a smart shop, buy a few viles, ingest, then mozey on over to the party. To celebrate the festivities, we've released another official Low End Theory Logo tee in three new color ways. Most of the inventory was boxed and shipped to Japan, but we were able to hold back a few units for our US friends. Available now in our shop while supplies last. (click here)
Nobu, our OBEY Japan Head Hunk, has helped coordinate these parties for 5 years now and has grown close to the Low End Theory Japan crew. The leader of the LET Japan team is journalist, label owner, event/party organizer, and DJ/Artist, Masaaki Hara, who holds many titles and has long been a fixture in Japan's music scene. He and his close comrades are considered to be the leading force responsible for introducing the sounds of the underground to an "almost-established" scene and his contributions are frequently demanded by Japan's most reputable music-related publications. His company, "Disques Corde" (formerly "Soup-Disk"), has been running for over a decade. They not only act as a record label to put out music, but also as a hub to invite international artists to Japan and coordinate events. Recently, his focus is introducing the "Los Angeles beat scene" and it's artists to Japan, but is also involved in various endeavors as the founder of the Japanese broadcast chapter of the internet radio station "Dublab," producer of Creative Commons hosted art project "Into Infinity," and Red Bull Music Academy's "Play, Japan!" programs.
While he and his team are prepping for the upcoming Low End Theory parties with his recent return from attending the Red Bull Music Academy in NYC, Masa was gracious enough to sit down with Nobu and give some insight for our blog. Thank you Masa !! (あなたにマサに感謝)
Nobu: It's been 5 years since you've brought Low End Theory to Japan, and the reception has been great. Can you tell us how it all started, how people feel about the party, and where the electronic music scene in Japan is heading?
Masa: I first heard about Low End Theory from Hashim Bharoocha who moved to LA. Afterwards in 2007, I was out in LA for a meeting, had a chance to actually go to Low End, and was very fascinated by their fresh approach. I think the party was still somewhat under-the-radar back then but I was very impressed by the ways the party put focus on performances of beat-makers and producers.
I've always felt like beat-makers were kind of like stagehands, and even though many made great beats, there were hardly any venues or parties where those beats could be heard on a grand scale. The big parties almost always played fast 4/4 beats instead of slow and heavy. That is why I was intrigued by Low End Theory and wanted to have it in Japan, in hopes of revitalizing the scene here.
Although we postponed the party in 2011 because of the disaster and it's effects, the reason why the party has been received so well since 2009 is primarily due to the fact that the state of LA's music scene was very stimulating to Japanese ears. Although there is no doubt that the popularity of the LA sound has been overwhelmingly growing, I think it has more to do with the ethics of LA's music community and artists.
The music scene in Japan is very diverse and there wouldn't be a way to forecast where the electronic and beat music scene will be going but the crowd at Low End Theory Japan has been constantly growing. I hope Low End Theory Japan is, or becomes, an open platform for the people that come to the party.
N: You're in charge of booking the Japanese artists for the party. Is there a criteria in order for you to choose the local talent to participate in LETJ and Beat Invitational?
M: When we first planned to hold the Beat Invitational in Japan, I wanted not only the fresh up-and-coming beat-makers and performers to participate but the veterans as well. As the name states, it's an "Beat" Invitational, so there are certain guidelines to follow in regards to playing "Beats", but I think of it as more of a platform for free expression and try to book artists extensively.
N: The special guest of this year's party is DJ Krush whom we all know is a legendary artist. How did this come about?
M: Kev and the residents have been booking artist they respect to play at Low End Theory in LA and SF. DJ Shadow being one of them. I was also informed that DJ Krush was on the top of their list. I interviewed Gaslamp Killer for a publication while he was in Japan last year and remember him speaking very highly of DJ Krush. That's how influential DJ Krush was to them. The time is ripe, the stars have aligned, and it's finally about to happen. Back in the 90's, I put together a event with DJ Krush, DJ Cam, and DJ Vadim and hadn't been reunited with DJ Krush since. I feel like he's come full circle and to see that his existence has had such a deep influence on Low End Theory is very emotive for me as well.
N: How does OBEY fit into all of this?
M: First of all, I'd like to thank you and OBEY for believing in Low End Theory Japan and supporting the party since it's initial stages when we were still groping our ways through the unpredictable . It's great that the connection OBEY has with the artists in LA has transcended over to Japan and our parties so organically. To me, OBEY is not just a fashion brand, and I feel that you guys are vital members of the International music community. What you guys put out musically and the OBEY RADIO parties are of great interest. Whatever you guys put out is steps ahead of the game and we're very proud to have you guys involved.
N: Any future projects we should know about? Closing comments?
M: My friends and I have started dublab.jp this year and although it is still only an once-a-week two-hour-show, we hope to expand our broadcast to a more expansive and public radio station in the near future. Music radio has been relatively conservative in Japan, as compared to the U.S., but I feel it's starting to show signs of change. I look forward to dublab.jp and Low End Theory Japan to play an attractive role in the developmental stages of the musical community here. I'm also excited about the release of a series of music from Japanese artists under my label, disques corde. The project will commence with Coffee&Cigarettes Band (DJ Kensei & Sagaraxx). As a writer, I'm getting ready to publish my second book.
LOW END THEORY JAPAN [Summer 2013 Edition]
May 25, 2013 (Sat)
at UNIT(03-5459-8630) www.unit-tokyo.com
OPEN / START : 23:00
TICKETS: ADV.3,500yen / DOOR 4,000yen
Beat Invitational: TBA
For more info, please visit these related links:
Low End Theory USA Podcasts:
- NOBU via ROAM
PARIS, FR - Last year, I had the opportunity to throw our first OBEY Radio in Paris along side our French Connection, OBEY FR a.k.a. The Greendog Hoodlums. Thanks to the new friends of Coteaux Suisse, I met a young whipper-snapper named Dream Koala (DK) who controlled the crowd during his live set. Since then, he's been doing shit, grinding and what-have-you. Next week in Paris, he throws his #5 installment of ZuluZulu (brought to you by OBEY FR) at The Social Club in Paris. Through FB, I asked him to get me info on the event, so I'll cut and paste what he wrote me, just so it's coming straight from the Koala's mouth...
DK: "If you could just write something to explain that ZuluZulu is Dream Koala's residency at The Social Club in Paris and it is to promote the beat scene in France."
R: "Sure Bud. Who's playing?"
DK: "Torus - With his "Torus EP" released last year on Sonic Router, the young dutch Joeri Woudstra comes back with the "Yard Sale EP". He is the kind of guy who takes his sampler and record noises in the nature. His music can start with field recordings and ambiances, then transform into some incredibly heavy beat music full of bass! This is the beatmusic of the future, for sure.
"Ssaliva - François Boulanger (aka Ssaliva/Cupp Cave/Kingfisherg) is that kind of artists, the kind we do love at ZuluZulu, who release audio cassettes. His music is like a time travel, we found ourselves in an retro-futuristic universe, somewhere between Board Of Canada, Flying Lotus and some 80's tv-show opening music. He already released a cassette on the L.A label "Leaving Records" through Alpha Pup."
"Dream Koala & Andrea - They (We.. kinda weird talking about myself) are the two rising parisian beat producers at the moment. Usually only doing live-set, they will join to do a Dj Set and make The Social Club shake their booty."
Hus - He is the dude behind the french best new blog, Utopie Tangible. Officially member of the ZuluZulu Team, he's going to share his musical culture in actual electronic music and make discover unknown talents."
R: "thanks... I'll post soon."
DK: " :))) . oh yeah... click here for the event page on FB. "
(Qui? or Weee? I pick "Weee.")
Happy Febru-any, you meatball sub with jalapeños. Hope you're staying warm and feeling good. Been on the road for a bit so I'm kind of out of it, what's new intranet?
Our French Squad threw a party this week at the famous Paris Social Club called "ZULU ZULU" headed by Dream Koala, a teenage musical prodigy who's coming up the ranks in the Parisienne Beat/Electronic scene. Watching this kid live will make you a fan and I'm proud we jumped him into the gang a few months ago. For the music heads, please scroll to the bottom for soundcloud links and info on billed artists. We'll be doing these parties every few months, so be sure to stay tuned for #5.
Music Music Music Music Music
DREAM KOALA (DJ Set)
Here's a great video of our man Justin Van Hoy who passed away last month. He told us that he was doing an interview with MTV, but House of Style? Holy Shit. Again, I'm continually proud of this dude right here. Please watch... it talks about the release of his book, his life and more all wrapped into a 12 min segment. Yay!
Our friend, Justin Van Hoy passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer. He had been through multiple rounds of chemotherapy and then a bone marrow transplant in 2009. At the time, his friends held fundraisers and donor drives around the country in his support. People came out by the hundreds to support him and his wife, Holly, through a difficult time. Justin certainly didn't have a lack of supporters and friends willing to give anything to help him, which strengthened his bond with everybody he knew. He had a way about him, soft spoken and unassuming, he was genuine in a town where that is a rarity.
He was selfless in his contributions to the art community. Not only was he a talented artist, illustrator and art director, he had a natural ability in networking within the right circles and connected artists to collaborate. This was his thing, he finally found his calling in curating, and with the help of his partners, opened THIS GALLERY in Los Angeles in 2010. The time he spent working with Roger Gastman a R.Rock opened his eyes to the world of publishing, adding yet another skill set within his portfolio. He often worked on book layouts with Gastman, but eventually ventured out on his own to culminate his last and final release, Milk and Honey: Contemporary Art In California which was released on November 3rd, 2012. Please support and buy his book here.
Since the early days of OBEY Clothing, he's always been an art contributor. His style was a lot more organic and vintage-ish which was a great contrast to Shepard's signature style, diversifying our T-shirt collection every season. In 2007, we brought him into the Clothing office to help out with catalog design. It took a few drafts, but after a couple days, he nailed it. To this day, we still use elements he designed for us in our catalogs, look books, and website. He was such an integral part of our growth here, and we can't thank him enough on the work he blessed us with.
Please visit his site, he would love the increase in Web Traffic !!!
Some words from US here at OBEY Clothing...
"The last time I saw Justin was at his book release at the Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills. It was such a monumental night for him. Hundreds of people had come out to support the event. It was a sort of homecoming and in retrospect I'm so happy so many friends were there. Justin was hitting a new level in his career and this book basically curates so many of the relationships he had built since moving to California.
Justin, I'll never forget you kindness, your ability to always be so uplifting even in your most challenging times. You deserved the best in the world and you are an inspiration to people in your approach to life, you certainly made the most of your time with us."
"I randomly met Justin on a lurking mission at Shepard's office when I started interning at OBEY Clothing. At the time, I was kind of thrown back at his appearance (no disrespect). Here's this dude, sitting at a normal sized desk with his arms and legs so awkwardly angled, he reminded me of a daddy-long-leg in front of a matchbox. Memory, correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the very first time we even said a word to each other ended up being an hour long conversation. It was like we were childhood friends, catching up as adults, explaining what we did professionally, what was going on personally, what we liked, what we hated, and all that in between. He listened to my bullshit, and I listened to his... Thinking back, we had some great banter back and forth, me being the fucked-up, negative smut-peddler, and him as the positive, rational bloke. Together, we schemed on projects and made an effort to see each other if we were in the neighborhood.
Throughout his battle with cancer, we spoke about it, but it was never a bum out like you'd expect it to be. It was just something that he had to deal with, and being that positive dude, he just wanted to hang out and enjoy life. We loved eating at the Oinkster together, I kept him up-to-date with the L.A. Beat Scene & Rap Mixtapes, he kept me in the loop with the Gallery and all his Artist friends, and most of all, our ladies got along.... A flawless formula of friendship, if you ask me.
The thought of Justin gone brings me to tears I can't hold back. Justin, I will always remember our chat and hug at your book release, I am (and have always been) so proud of you, my friend. You'll forever be missed."
- PUBES & ROAM (MIKE T, Jon Furlong, Chris Broders, and everybody at OBEY Clothing)