Thursday, August 31, 2006

event photos aug.06

Flyers for events photographed in August 2006 appear below.

A link to the associated photo album appears beneath that.

Johnny Scott with residents DJoe, Fool & phocas
Kansas City, MO
photos by joe

26 bands and DJs
Westport District
Kansas City, MO

Crossroads Arts District
Kansas City, MO

J. Fortune, Nick Steady, Always 420, The Adept, Sir, Kieeree, cQuence, Just John
The Hangout
Kansas City, MO
photos by aaron

Mike Dileo, Brent Scholz, Paul DeMatteo, Bill Pile
Jilly's on Braodway
Kansas City, MO
photos by aaron

Dave Brock, Milo, J.Fortune, Ben Fuller, Candlewax, Keith Clark, Shadowrunner, Stormy, Clandestine, High Dollar Hooker, Alan Paul, Nipplz, Amjanda
Liquid Bar & Nightclub
Lawrence, KS
photos by todd & aaron

Horacio and Victor R
Chicago, IL
photos by shaun

Gary Mac
St Louis, MO
photos by brian

St Louis, MO
photos by brian

DJ Monk w/ Coldfront
Grand Emporium
Kansas City, MO
photos by todd, aaron, & joe

Anvil Chorus, grand Marquis, Leo Project, Ataxic & Sku
Uptown Theater
Kansas City, MO
photos by jason2

Nigel Richards and resident Jeff Hopkins
St Louis, MO
photos by brian

 Jon NuSkool & Soul Savant
The News Room
Kansas City, MO
photos by joe

DJoe & Fool
Kansas City, MO
photos by joe

Clockwerk with residents DJoe, Fool & phocas
Kansas City, MO
photos by joe

Kyle Pound, Control Freeks, Bucho, Amjanda, Manders
Grand Emporium
Kansas City, MO
photos by aaron

Steve Porter
Harrah's Casino Voodoo Lounge
Kansas City, MO

Kansas City, MO

Mike Dileo, Scott Barkes, Dan Greenamyre
Jilly's on Broadway
Kansas City, MO

Steve Thorell & Eric Sheridan
Grand Emporium
Kansas City, MO

DJ Liondub, Control Freeks, DJason vs Aether, Alan Paul & MasOne
Gaslight Tavern and Coffee House
Lawrence, KS
photos by aaron

Astro & Glyde, Bill Pile, Ataxic
Kansas City, MO
photos by todd & shaun

~ that's it for the month ~

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

cold front on decks

Rj Bass got his start djing in 1995 while in the army at Ft. Riley KS. It was there that he also became a rave promoter, throwing some of the larger and more popular raves of the Kansas City metro area in the mid to late 90¹s. Rj¹s style and taste in music stem from the influences of his upbringing in South Florida, where in the 90’s, breaks were king.

From the start Rj was all about playing the breaks, but when he hit the KC club circuit in 98 other styles such as house, trance and techno made their way into his sets. As Rj continued playing out and gained popularity, he opened up for dj¹s like Micro, Hyper, Kemek, Simply Jeff, and many more.

In 2001 Rj landed a job writing music reviews, posting charts, and writing scene reports for the Midwest USA on (a very popular Breaks website that was shut down in 2003) where his international popularity grew for a time and where Dj Prato would discover him.

Dj Prato was influenced at an early age by the east coast hip-hop and electro sounds from the likes of Newcleus, Grandmaster Flash, and Run DMC and started djing in 1990. A stint djing for a teen night in Columbia MO during college, led him to bigger and better clubs in the area gaining him a loyal following. Prato and his wife moved to the Kansas City area in the mid 90¹s so that he could pursue his career in advertising.

In Kansas City he met up with other local dj¹s and started playing one off events and clubs whenever he could. In 2001 Prato was browsing when he came across a scene report for Kansas City. It was then that he discovered the local breaks underground and contacted Rj. He passed on a demo to Rj who at the time was playing on a weekly basis at one of Kansas City¹s larger nightclubs. It wasn’t long before Rj was calling Dj Prato regularly to open shows with him and play out together.

In the spring of 2005 Rj and Prato came together to do a weekly online radio show, and decided to pair up to form Cold Front. Cold Front named their show Frosted Breaks, (where the best of new and old breakbeats are featured). The show began airing on Radio, where they were the first regular weekly show to incorporate special guest sets from well known producers and dj¹s from all over the world. Only 6 months into the show Cold Front was invited to begin broadcasting Frosted Breaks on the extremely popular internet radio station. They accepted the offer and now broadcast their show on NSB Radio, reaching an even bigger audience both locally and overseas in the UK and in Europe.

In May of 2006 Frosted Breaks celebrated its 1 year anniversary show. The success of the show over this first year, gave Cold Front great opportunities to work with popular aritists JDS, Friendly, Kemek The Dope Computer, Manual Neztic, Elite Force and many more. Today Frosted Breaks is a bonified hit across the globe. As the show continues to gain popularity, greater things from Cold Front are expected, including the creation of the first Kansas City based NuSkool breakbeat record label. Production for Cold Front is also on the rise with Prato churning out new tracks on almost a weekly basis. Cold Front continues to play out regularly and their live shows have never been better. 2 turntables, 2 cd players, Serato Scratch and tons of cutting and mixing have made Cold Front one of the best acts in the Midwest USA.

To get more information about Cold Front and Frosted Breaks including Frostcast the brand new Pod Cast, check out or!
  1. BT - Fibonacci Sequence (Dark Mix)
  2. Andy Page & Marescruiser feat. George Clinton - Elementalelectrofunk
  3. Plump DJs - Blackjack
  4. Joey Beltram - Energy Flash (Rennie Pilgrem Remix)
  5. Tom Real vs. Rouge Element - He's So Hot Right Now
  6. Krafty Kuts & Tim Deluxe - Bass Phenomenon
  7. Tom Real -vs- Rouge Element - Resistance
  8. Manual Neztic - Del Carmen Dub
  9. Vandal - Mad As Hell
  10. Boom Jinx - Suncast (Lee Coombs Mix) b/w Twista - Overnight Celebrity (Accapella)
  11. Doug Lazy - Let It Roll (Soul of Man remix)
  12. Santos - Electro
  13. Uberzone - The Freaks Beleive In Beats

solaris august 2006 techno reviews

Andreas Kremer - Meister Aller Klassen –Working Vinyl - WV024
Andreas pulls out another master work here. The first a scranz track that both defines and rocks dancfloors. Second is the more chill trax that begs of a sweet dreams rift blended in. The flip has more of a chill ambient tone then build to the second track that is the speaker killer we all love him for. Take it and enjoy. You wont be disappointed.

Unknown - Somebody's Watching Me – Schranz - SCHRANZ049

This single side is the same as sick as this label has been doing. I am not sure who did this but I love the man or woman for it. This remix beats it with both techno then going into a breaks breakdown to build it back to the floor stomping and groove that will leave people begging and trainspotting for sets to come.

Arkus P - Protonenpower EP – Abstract - ABSTRACT007

This man never rests. His grooves always hits light speed. The hardest Schranz out there. To spice it up the second track is more slow to start with a nice vocal weaved within then works its way back to the throat slashing that he is known for. Crash is a bit less hard but raw and dirty none the less. A must for those times where being uncivilized is the norm. With us when is it not?

Adam Beyer – Stereotypes – Cocoon Recordings - COCOON025

Adam breaks the mold with yet another killer album. Taking it down from the sound I am use to and moving
in to a more chill and progressive techno. The feeling is still nothing less than this master has shown in the past. The flips breakdown reminds me a bit of AFX in style. A must have for those times you are needing to make the ambiance just right.

Guy McAffer & Chris Liberator - Raw 35 – RAW - RAW035

Chris teamsup with the Geezer to make this floor rocker! Nothing less than spectacular rhythm and groove that will keep people shaking all night long. The flip takes a more acid approach that Raw has been known for. Don’t take it lightly. These things are too good to pass up. I wish I could say more, but things like this are better left heard. Trust me. . .

spree and adb

Spree & ADB ~ Love them or hate them, DJ Spree and MC ADB have been around a longtime and are still entertaining the dance thirsty party people of America. Spree is a name that evokes many feelings some of them can be described as innocence, happiness, and respect. As a DJ he started performing at events in the end of 1997 and has never looked back since. Adb joined him in 1999 after meeting in 1998 at a show called Migration in Lawrence Kansas, ever since they have been inseparable.

DJ Spree is from Minneapolis Minnesota and MC ADB originates from England but now lives in Lincoln Nebraska. The boys felt there was a void in the American rave scene that needed to be filled. At the time countless events were taking place all over the country, but it was virtually impossible to hear a set of Hardcore (Happycore Stateside) let alone with an MC. Out of this notion came the concept of Spree&Adb, the first and only true live hardcore double act with DJ and MC to compliment each other. This same tradition was the staple of the early UK rave scene and gave a new interesting option to ravers and promoters alike.

So, seven years on the duo are still headlining shows all over the states, Canada, and the UK with no end in sight. The two have a near fanatical fan base that follows them loyally to every show. It does not matter if the event is held in a barn in Iowa, or an abandoned warehouse in Los Angeles, the crowd always turns into a mad frenzy. This is the main reason why the boys love to still perform, because of the people on the dance floor and the smile on their faces. It may sound cheesy, but it’s true!

2007 was another massive year for the dynamic duo featuring events in Seattle, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Chicago, and more in between. The highlight of the summer had to be performing at the ‘Underground Sounds-Back2theFreak’ event in Murphysboro, IL. Immediately upon arriving we knew this show as going to be special. You can never beat the atmosphere of outdoor festivals in the dark of night.

It was a perfect warm summer evening with a light breeze carrying the sound of beating drums in the air. The only light in the sky was the distant shimmer of bright laser lights flickering and gentle glimmer of glow sticks. The set went brilliantly and the boys left with ears ringing and many happy memories of smiling faces and hands reaching high into the night sky.

For additional information, live sets and/or booking information please visit the official website, (sponsored by Esjdco Clothing).

with roland the bastard

Tim Yoder ~ interview with Rowland the Bastard ~ He’s been called the techno terrorist and his straight to the jugular style of mixing have captivated audiences and rocked dance floors since 1993. The rock star with no guitar is known for playing an eclectic blend of hard percussion, jacking beats, heavy bass lines and acid riffs in his DJ sets. He also punishes his follower’s on vinyl releasing under numerous guises with a few of his monikers as Distek, Rowland the Bastard, RTB, and Tarball and Lungbutter. He has appeared on MTV in three continents and various magazines throughout the planet. Today he stops in for a chat with those of us on

How was your recent North American Tour?

It was ok, not as good as the past ones, but an experience anyway, I had a lot of promoters pull out last minute for various reasons which put stress on the whole thing cause we weren’t sure about the cash flow etc, but I had a couple of adventures plus my girl friend came on part of this tour which was a first also, so it was all good.

Any Adventures you care to share?

No... I'm a bit long in the tooth to have wild adventures anymore, it was a bit of a struggle to get to Toronto from Pittsburgh though, and I made it from Pittsburgh to Toronto then to Toronto airport using public transport and wits and managed to only spend $30

What have you been doing with yourself lately?

Well, lots and nothing really. I moved back to Devon at the end of last year, I now have a nice studio out in the middle of no where, and I’m still DJing and writing music, I guess the biggest thing to happen to me this year was playing on the main stage at the glade festival, it was pretty big and my music went down well so everyone was happy.

So, are you planning any more renegade field parties now that you’re back in Devon?

Have a disused army base at my disposal so maybe...who knows.

You are a very busy man, how do you find time to mix, produce, travel, and relax? Or do you relax?
I don’t really relax, I’m always thinking of new stuff then doing it, I don’t rush around anymore like a nutter though, so I guess what I do is everything a bit slower, lol

Don’t tell me you are getting old?

I’m 35 been partying for as long as I can remember and feeling it! lol

I saw that you plan on Invading Asia…any luck with that lately?

um, yes and no, I have someone in London who has contacts in Japan and she is working on getting the Kinetec DJ's ( or which I’m apart of) regular bookings over there, I cant mention anything else about that cause its a bit political if you know what I mean.

What is this Speed Racer movie? How has that panned out?

nothing happened, I was asked to submit a portfolio to see if I could get the soundtrack contract but at the time I was far to busy pretending I was a rock star and flying around the world DJing so nothing came of it, a chance lost but a 1000 memories gained, john gallop from Cicada Rhythm sorted it out.

And while I am at it, best trance DJ in Canada? I thought you were strictly techno.  

In 1999 acid techno was still widely known as acid trance.

What are your plans for the future? Anything we can look forward to?

I have a few thoughts but nothing really solid, I would like to move away from techno a bit in my production, well not move away just want to do some electronic stuff that isn't in some category.

DO you still plan on putting out techno; are there any Releases we can look forward to coming out soon?

Yes! I have some releases out this year: infected-023, bionic orange-023, corporate-062 and drumsheenz-001 all coming soon! You can check them out on my website (listed below)

How is the tour for this fall coming? Any places people can come see you perform?

So far I a playing NYC 13th Oct. and possibly Chicago 14th and Toronto 28
For more information, check out or MySpace

sky lounge proton sessions

Nathan McWaters ~ Austin, TX - July 21, 2006 - Sky Lounge - It could be argued that the EDM scene in Texas tries too hard sometimes. More often than not, the clubs in the major metropolitan cities of Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio not only war amongst themselves, but between themselves as well.

Multiple clubs in a city mean multiple headlining acts; multiple cities with multiple clubs mean multiple road trips to make. The weekend of 21 July was no exception, as Dallas’ Lizard Lounge booked Christopher Lawrence and Photek on the same weekend as Sky in Austin was hosting the final Proton Sessions Texas for the year 2006. I’d given my word to make it to Sky for the finale in spite of what Dallas was throwing, so I knew my path; Austin, however, was very much divided in loyalty.

Proton Sessions had been such a success in Texas that they brought in three DJs whose ranges cover everything from progressive house to tech-house. Austin dedicated Toddy B to represent the local talent; Dallas dispatched Lance Cashion to unload another Sessions’ worth of “durty, durty beats” into the mix; and Denver house monster Little Mike was summoned from his mountain hold to display his on-deck prowess to whomever in Austin deigned themselves worthy enough to try to handle his style of deep, dark house.

Toddy B opened up at about 2200 hours to a much larger crowd than I had originally anticipated being there. As popular as Proton has become, my reckoning was that Dallas would lure in and consume the crowds with the huge headlining act, and that Sky’s three-story volume of space would find itself woefully intimate and hollow, making this more of a chill lounge-y sort of night with an Afterhours feel. I was mistaken, in a way: while Toddy was dropping a nicely dirty house-y set and schmoozing to the scattered but loyal EDMers dancing on an almost-empty floor, the bar was doing booming business. It was packed with the Austin socialite drinkers club, and the bartenders were working harder than Toddy was.

As Toddy kept spinning, more souls trickled in for the dance floor. It was safe to assume that they were Barcelona-goers and therefore already Toddy’s thralls, but they injected some much-needed life onto the dance floor and drew some attention away from the bar. The horde arrived on the heels of Lance Cashion, who strolled in around 2300 and seemed inordinately pleased at how much crowd there was. When I commented they were there to drink, not for the music, he shrugged it off and said he’d work with it. I stopped stressing about it after that.

Lance had an almost-comfortable dance floor by the time he stepped up to the plate; Toddy had done his work well, and everyone was amped for Lance to drop a bunch of tracks no one had ever heard of before. He did. The set he unleashed on Sky was better than the one I’d been present for when he spun The Sound out of Barcelona. I could only partially-ID one track out of the set (a D.A.R.Y.L. piece, which seemed to be the crowd pleaser), but it was deep, “durty”, and definitely Lance. The bar-goers gravitated towards the floor as his set continued, and some of Proton’s big names came rolling through as well. Even the five-minute donning of the “minimal scarf” a’ la Berlin’s recent trend in hype didn’t break the mood he brought to the house. Lance was out to have a good time and make sure everyone else did too, even if it involved a little minimal mockery.

Little Mike snuck onto the decks while I was occupied at the bar, so his arrival was similar to the lightning bolt in the middle of the night that just happens to wake you up before the thunder actually hits. He transitioned straight out of Lance’s set and into as filthy a house mix as we had been told he was master of. A flawless mix set, punctuated by casual chain smoking, being invaded by Proton executive-types, camera-wielding groupies, the other DJs, and an Austin crowd that was definitely liking what he was presenting to them on the tables. I couldn’t ID a single track, and didn’t care. He owns his own record shop in Denver, so I didn’t expect to know any of them in any event. He kicked it until about 0300.

In spite of the progression of the night, the crowd never even filled Sky’s first floor to capacity. Nevertheless, the quality of music did not suffer for the lack of those to hear it. Will Proton Sessions return to Texas in 2007? Lips are mum, but odds are I’ll be streaming it in Baghdad.

Check out these links!  Little Mike - Denver - Lance Cashion - Dallas - Toddy B - Austin

superman returns

Nathan McWaters ~ Dallas, TX - 06.30.06 - After a month stuck in the Mojave Desert for NTC Rotation 06-07, which extended from mid-May up through mid-June, it could be pretty well said that a good portion of the Texas club scene for this summer was thoroughly wasted by my being absent for it. Having known in advance of some of the acts that would be rolling through the Lone Star State prior to my departure, it caused me no inconsiderable amount of grief to have to bid them all adieu and farewell before I ever got to start calculating ticket costs and fuel prices. Digweed, Gabriel & Dresden, Tiesto, Second Sun, D:Fuse, BT, and James Lavelle all rolled through one club or another during that four-week span of forever, and I was painfully aware of all of them the entire time. By the time it was announced that we would be returning a week sooner than originally planned, I had written off June as being a done deal, with no more delights to behold to wash away the interior slimes of discontent and disappointment even as I scrubbed the sand and salt off of my exterior. Texas, on the other hand, had one more ace up its sleeve before the month closed out, when my beloved Dallas-based Lizard Lounge unleashed its Superman Returns Electronic Motion Picture Premiere Party, featuring one of Germany’s biggest trance/tech-house duos, Cosmic Gate, tag-teamed as headliners with England’s drum & bass dynamo Adam F, and local boy on the durty beats Lance Cashion, all for the last day of the month. June was not a goner for me after all.

Lizard Lounge went into this loaded for bear. FIRE would host both Adam F and Cosmic Gate as the headlining acts, with local support from residents Dylan StClair and Frankieboy; the Video Bar would cater to the industrial tech crowd with Greenwave, DJ Titan, Jeff Spock, and Pollux Rockstar on its dark decks; and the oft-closed rooftop open-air venue would be kicked open and helmed by Nodafunk, James Nao, Jayson Gold, and Lance Cashion. Made perfect sense to me, except for the part where the trance act is immediately followed by the DnB act on FIRE. I had faith it would work itself out in the end, as Lizard Lounge had already sold more presales for this event than they had even for Above & Beyond, and that was no small crowd. The club was packing itself grotesquely as I arrived, and I knew then that this would be truly huge. I also knew that covering this was going to be a pain in the ass, having to devote attention to all three sectors of Lizard Lounge. I eased up the pressure by mostly avoiding the Video Bar’s gothic offerings, leaving only the rooftop and FIRE to keep eyes and ears on.

FIRE was cooking as soon as I walked through the door. Dylan StClair and Frankieboy were trading time on the decks, and trading it well. Their set was a nice blend of progressive house and tech-house, perfect for warming up the expanding crowd for Cosmic Gate. If all of the stage props set up to make the DJ booth look like Metropolis bothered either of their comfort zones, I couldn’t tell, but they definitely bothered me as my favorite area of photography was roped off with police tape and orange road cones. The FIRE residents had the crowd well in hand and on the dance floor before the main push for Cosmic Gate got there about half an hour after I did, and it was fairly safe to say that FIRE reached capacity crowd nearly an hour before Cosmic Gate was supposed to start. I went upstairs to see how things were going on the roof, and encountered Nodafunk spinning a pretty hard house set as an opener for Lance Cashion, but there was definitely something twiggy about the whole thing and how it was sounding. I had never heard Nodafunk spin before, but I knew his name by reputation and logic suggested that he did know how to beatmatch, so I remained stumped as to why everywhere except the staircase sounded like it was off-beat with the rest of the set. He seemed a little frustrated by it as well but kept right on rolling in spite of whatever was ailing the set.

Crossing back downstairs and through the Video Bar’s almost frenetic industrial-tech being laid on by Jeff Spock, it became clear that the Cosmic Gate crowd had arrived in force, as movement became a serious liability between the bars and the FIRE floor. There was also somebody laying on the smoke dispenser button pretty hard, rendering much photo footage impossible with a flash. Lance arrived at about 2230, grabbed beer and groupies, and headed upstairs to relieve Nodafunk from his trials with the equipment. Having already been up there recently, I decided to wait it out downstairs skulking on one of the side staircases for Cosmic Gate’s arrival. At 2300, Dylan and Frankieboy turned over the decks to the Dynamic Duo from Deutschland, who promptly unleashed their tech-trance repertoire on the assembled masses.
The floor of FIRE was packed to the brim, as was the VIP deck upstairs, and Cosmic Gate was obviously on a high from Germany beating Argentina in that afternoon’s World Cup match, because they pulled no punches. They didn’t throw down the happy Ferry Corsten-esque trance set; this was deep trance blended with that spook-harsh dark tech that German DJs seem to flock towards; Rammstein meets Paul van Dyk. No upbeat melodics, just hard tech. The Lounge reached capacity before the first twenty minutes were up, and everyone was on the floor that could fit there. Room to maneuver became scarce, so it was a while before I was able to struggle through the throng to head upstairs to check on Lance.

Upstairs were the calmer crowd. Lance Cashion tends for deep trance sets punctuated by the occasional obscure European prog track or three, so those not interested in European tech-trance or industrial/electro went to the rooftop. As it turns out, the equipment no more loved Lance than it did Nodafunk. After some troubleshooting, it was determined that the culprit was a blown amp inside one of the rooftop speakers, forcing the mixer to compensate for the time delay. It sounded fine on the stairs, as it had earlier, but beside the DJ booth, it was pretty ugly. Lance took it in stride and dropped his set through it anyway, though it seemed strange to have a DJ of his caliber lay down a deep trance set that sweet and have the crowd twenty feet away by the stairs because that’s where the good speakers were. Fun was being had, even if the DJ looked a little lonely.

Greenwave had taken over for Jeff Spock in the Video Bar by this point. A casual notation as I passed through it to try and fight my way back onto Cosmic Gate’s packed dance floor crossed my mind that the BPMs for the Video Bar had become fairly extreme; Greenwave was mixing drum & bass with their electro. There was no end to the crowd by this point; even the bars were filled. The darkness in FIRE combined with the overuse of the smoke machine forced me to move locations to try for pictures over and over again, all while battling glowsticks and LED light candy ravers. Life became a little easier after it became clear that no one was stopping me from getting right into the DJ’s zone of control, even if it required getting through the props. I suppose they just assumed I worked there. I took as many shots for Cosmic Gate as I did for Above & Beyond, and Adam F was still to come.

Cosmic Gate dropped tracks until 0130, and the floor stayed packed the whole run. While they never seemed to develop that personable rapport with the crowd that Above & Beyond did for their gig (neither Nic Chagall nor DJ Bossi went up and boogied with the go-go dancers, for example), Cosmic Gate still threw down a set that Dallas seemed to consume wholesale. A traffic problem delayed Adam F’s arrival on-site by about half an hour, and Cosmic Gate covered down and kept spinning, but it still seemed as they were turning it over that there was so much more they could have given that we weren’t going to get to hear. It did give them the opportunity to drop a couple of their classic tracks that we hadn’t expected to hear for a first-time Texas gig: “Fire Wire” turned out to be quite the hit in spite of its dance floor age, as was their remix of Ferry Corsten’s “Punk”.

The tables turned upon the arrival of Adam F. Without hesitation or transition, the hard trance veered into the realm of the loud and fast drum & bass that Adam F is known for; had it not been expected, it would have been quite a shock to the system. Adam must have taken it as some kind of affront for another sector of Lizard Lounge to be throwing down DnB alongside him, because he turned up FIRE’s sound set to about as high as the legal audio limit could go, and pushed the envelope to see just how many beats could be stuffed into a 60-second block of time. It’s safe to say that he out-DnB’d the Video Bar’s DnB after about three tracks. I took some photos, but I’m not a hardcore drum & bass kind of guy, so I didn’t linger there long; it was obvious that he knew what he was doing, and that was seeing how long it would take to shiver the legs right off of every DnB fan that was in Lizard Lounge. I fled back upstairs, unable to maintain with that level of frenzied beats, just in time to see Lance packing things up and Jayson Gold taking over, having been pre-warned by Nodafunk that the system up there was jacked up. He didn’t seem to mind a bit, but he’s one of those DJs that is a jack-of-all-genres, so he started out with a nice prog set that was probably going to warm up nicely into a harder trance, and ignored the blown speaker with as much disdain as a 6’6” man can.

I chatted with Lance for a bit as we made our way back downstairs; he was on his way south to Lake Travis to play a set on a boat for some pre-July 4th hoodoo and wasn’t going to stay long. Adam F was throwing down a drum & bass remix of Coldplay’s “Talk”, accelerated to about twice its normal speed, which could be felt through the stairs and up through my shoes. The floor was lightening quickly, though; it was pushing 0230 by then and the lateness was taking its toll on the crowd, not to mention that only the hardest-core DnB fanatics could keep up with what he was giving them without suffering from rickets or crowns in their teeth splitting from the resonance. I thought I knew how DnB could be, but I had never heard anything like that before. Pendulum was high on his playlist, I recognized that much; Breakbeat Kaos was being well-represented throughout. I rolled out about the same time Lance did, having fulfilled my mission to the best of my ability. In all, quite the wild ride for FIRE; not the most seamless of transitions from EDM genre to genre on the same floor, and there were several impromptu opinions about the quality of Adam F’s set, but when it’s 0300 and the floor is still covered in DnB ‘heads, all trying to shake their limbs off even though they’ve been exhausted from dancing all night, I doubt there were any serious complaints lodged.

I’m inclined to say that all objectives were met and exceeded by all, in spite of obstacles to perfection.

dj monk of rabbit in the moon in kansas city

Kansas City, MO - August 11, 2006 - in cooperation with Disco Productions, proudly present the second installment in our concert series that features some of the biggest names in the Dance Music Industry.

August's edition features the infamous DJ Monk. Best known for his early work and collaboration with Confucius in the music collective "Rabbit in the Moon". This will be a rare appearance by one with such a solid a reputation as one of the most innovative artists in the industry.

Hallucination Recordings
Premier Artist Management
Tampa, FL

Establishing his solo career and running Hallucination Records full time, Monk stays busy remixing world renowned artists like Sting, Limp Bizkit and even Britney Spears. Coupled with his newest audio-visual project "Hallucination on Film", it is easy to see why DJ Monk is in demand all over the world.

In fact, his remixes are taking the Billboard Dance / Club Play charts by storm and charting in Billboard's Top Ten most recently with Cooler Kids "Punk Debutante", Boomkat's "The Wreckoning" and T.A.T.U.'s "All The Things She Said."

As one of the most versatile DJs around, Monk is known for his unique DJ sets ranging from traditional hard bangin' house vs funky breaks style with a touch of drum and bass and Hip Hop to a deeper "Dark Side of The Monk" set that leans toward a darker tech-house meets tribal & disco house style. If Monk can't make yo' booty move, yo' booty must be dead.

Voted in BPM magazine as receiving the "most fan eMail nominations" in the country and one of America's forefather of the Hallucination-Generation, orginator, innovator, guaranteed to rock tha party, Monk continues to freak the funk week in and week out headling shows across the nation, at times appearing with dancer "Skandalous" and MC "Cles One" rockin the house with him side by side.

With a brand new DJ Monk mix CD, original 12" tracks in the not to distant future and the custom live visual "Hallucination on Film", we are very much looking forward to this very special appearance in Kansas City, MO at the Grand Emporium on Friday, August 11, 2006!

Drop in on his web site, for more information! You can also check out some of his most recent tracks on MySpace at, or

Cold Front
Frosted Breaks
NuSkool Breaks
Kansas City

Opening the night will be one of the best BreakBeat acts in the Kansas City area, Cold Front ! This tag-team duo (RJ Bass and DJ Prato) formed with the ambition of bringing a new era of BreakBeat music to Kansas City has been changing minds and attitudes. Helping accomplish this is their weekly radio show on, which has recently begun to receive international attention!

For a little taste, have a listen to them in this month's "on decks" or

Grand Emporium3832 Main Street
Kansas City, MO
Recognizable as Kansas City's most important landmarks of music, it's history goes back as far as most people in Kansas City can remember. Over this time, it has always maintained a solid reputation for showcasing some of the best talent seen in the music industry across nearly every genre. It has only been in the last year, after a complete remodeling, that Dance Music stepped up to the plate at The Grand Emporium, easily complimenting it's already diverse lineup. With good sound, a clean sleek appearance, as well as a bar and lounge area that are out of the way of the dance floor, this is the kind of evolution that has allowed The Grand Emporium to be passed from one generation of dancers to another. Whether it be Blues, Soul or Dance, it has always been the place to get your groove on. More information about the Grand Emporium can be found at their website,

w/ warm up set by Cold Front
@ The Grand Emporium
3832 Main Street
Kansas City, MO
10 pm to 3 am
$10 at the door
21 to enter *
(18+ w/ advance tix)

august 2006 editor note

So, for the cover this month, you get my art work. The person that usually does our flyers was running out of town and didn't have a chance to do it, so I jumped in there and remixed a photo I found of him on his MySpace account.. I don't think it turned out too badly and it was good to do some flyer design again.

The shot here was one that Shaun took of Joe and I, with Nigel Richards at his show last month at the Grand Emporium. I think that everyone had a really great time. I know I did, even though I was runnin all over the place most of the night. Lucky for me, Nigel even allowed us to record his set and has give us the ok to share it on here with everyone! Just click here to download the zip file (110 mb)!! (As of Sept 1, this is no longer available.)

Speaking of downloads, don't forget to check out the download from the opening act for the DJ Monk show. Cold Front definitely has mixed up quite a selection for us and you can download it in the "on decks" column. I'm listening to it right now and totally lovin it. I knew that those guys were the perfect choice to warm the dance floor up for DJ Monk on August 11. Be sure to come out see them live, starting at 10 pm!
Besides our show, there were a lot of other great events this past month. It kicked off with Underground Sound: Back 2 tha Freak in Murphysboro. It looks like Brian had a blast out there and it looked like the party was even bigger than last year's.

After that, there really was not much of anything until Nigel came to town, except the 230th birthday of our country. That weekend was kind of slow in Kansas City, until Monday when The Empire Room exploded with people out and about and partyin hard!

There was finally another rave in Kansas City the very night after our event with Nigel Richards. Held at Balanca's and put together by a collective of asipring talent from the area, it looked to be a pretty good time for short while that Joe could stop in. As well, Aaron came back in to phocas with some great shots of the Grand Emporium and the final night of Fourmation.

From other parts of the country, Brian sent us a lot of stuff from St Louis, including nights with Gene Farris and just yesterday, Donald Glaude at Dante's. Mike

As well, Nathan sent us some shot of what looks and sounds like a couple of really great events in Austin. Be sure to check out the stories that go with the photos; Superman Fire and Proton Sessions!

I'm still waiting on my photographer to get back from New Orleans with shots from Caffeine Hand Cream, but topping the month of photos off from Kansas City was a great show by Pharcyde, as well as a last minute trip to Club NV for dj P. We had great time and it was good hangin out with someone who is most certainly a master of his craft. This is one DJ that you can never get tired of. He always comes to town with more records than he can carry to show off new and interesting mixes and shake the dance floor up with some of his signature work. I always look forward to his return to KC!

Obvsiouly though, I am very much looking forward to the return of another master of the the craft, DJ Monk! This man's reputation precedes him. For most people all you have to say is "Rabbit in the Moon" and they instantly know, but for the rest... check out the event profile this month. There's links to his site and his Myspace, where you can check out his latest work. Get ready to be blown away! You will NOT want to miss this!
I will see you There!

august 2006 issue