Brooklyn, NY — 2011
Butter Interview —
—What was the most fun part of creating your video playlist?
Many of these videos depict the flava of dirtyblackdisco. It is crazy but I have a nostalgia for a past time, these 80’s and 90’s dance parties, which I never experienced. No cell phones, no cameras. No shame. Just dancing. And was fun to finally see videos for some of my old favorites, like the Snoop and Outkast videos.
—Where are you from, and where are you now?
Born and raised in San Jose, CA. Survived 5.5 years in LA. Enjoyed 4 solid years in NYC.
Now living in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil since Jan 2012.
—Did Pharrell inspire your move to Rio?
Not Pharrell… but was inspired by Brasil in the same way he was.
—What is dirtyblackdisco and The Mixtape Club? Why did you start these projects? What is your role in their development?
The Mixtape Club is a project for music enthusiasts to share and discover good music. I am also a designer by trade and many designers have strong musical tastes. It started as a project for designers to curate mixtapes but has expanded to accept anyone who has an individual taste in good tunes regardless of the genre.
dirtyblackdisco was a project I created as an outlet for my house taste. The name was inspired by my attempt to describe the scene in the 80’s (i.e.: Royal House & Chicago Damn in the YouTube playlist) and this new sound I was hearing from the homies Voices of Black. There is a lot of respect due to them and their video for the track RIDE. It is growing into a label and series of parties which will continue here in Rio.
—How do you find contributors for The Mixtape Club?
Many of them are friends, friends of friends, or people doing their thang whom I admire. It all keeps me on my toes.
—What is the ‘art of the mixtape’? What was your process for creating your playlist? How did you apply this to your video playlist, if you did?
I wanted to share some of my more hood taste, mainly Outkast, 2Pac and Snoop, and connect it with more contemporary jams. I wanted to keep the same artists/vibe for the youtube playlists. If the song didn’t exist with video by the artist, I chose another.
—Mix or video playlist first? Why?
Mix first. I thought the videos would be limiting.
—Why ‘Big Money Swag’?
Shout to my mate Dave Oscroft in NYC. I gave him a special preview of the mix. He suggested. I agreed.
—Name a video we should watch.
—Did you watch MTV growing up?
Not a lot. Probably more BET.
—How do you use YouTube?
Mostly to share weekly music playlists with a good friend of mine currently living in Sweden.
—Tell us about the ON AIR: Pirate Radio aspect of The Mixtape Club. How does doing radio differ from making mixes to be posted online?
It’s another outlet to share music. There is always something special about hearing music live. A connection, regardless of how distant. We as a culture appreciate this. It is probably why infinite connectivity via Facebook and Twitter and so on nearly rules the modern world.
—What’s next for you?
First, playing at FOSFOBOX here in Rio de Janeiro on Friday. SONAR SP next weekend. Then bringing the series of parties by both The Mixtape Club and dirtyblackdisco here to Rio. Maybe a few teaser self-production releases via soundcloud.
Thanks for contributing !!