During the Colorado Mad Decent Block Party, we sat down with up-and-coming synth and rhythm master Djemba Djemba!
Arnette: What inspired you to start DJing?
Djemba Djemba: I’ve always been playing music since I was 10 or 11 and DJ’ing parties where I grew up since I was 13 or 14, so I’ve always done it, but I didn’t start taking it seriously until I started producing seriously. It just makes more sense to be a DJ and a producer- if you’re producing music most people are playing your music in clubs, so you might as well learn how to do it yourself. So I’d say I started producing first and then DJ’ing, but they both go together.
We’ve worked our way through some of the continent’s finest northern cities lately with the Mad Decent Block Party, hitting up Toronto, Detroit and Denver. Kicking things off in Canada, MDBP took over the historic Fort York Lawn that seemed to fill up the moment the gates opened, with the crowd highly anticipating the homecoming of Zed’s Dead. A quick trip past a Great Lake or two took us into Detroit, where Mad Decent had lined up an awesome hillside venue just outside of town. Rain began to fall but dampened no spirits, as the Midwest crowd danced in the rain, and gave big welcomes to both Keys & Krates and Flosstradamus.
Then came Colorado. A light rain here couldn’t keep away those seeking out a Sunday Funday with the likes of Outkast and Diplo on the bill. Those who showed up early were rewarded with a special appearance by the random white dude himself during the Mr. Carmack and Djemba Djemba opener. Killer Mike and El-P’s set flowed into Flosstradamus’ set, and before Floss was done they even brought out Waka Flocka! True family-style block party! Outkast finished off the night with a killer 90-minute set that was a straight-up throwback to middle school when you couldn’t find a friend’s iPod that didn’t have a little Stankonia on it. Looks fun doesn’t it? Sign up to win free tickets here!
Interviews with Run The Jewels and Djemba Djemba coming later this week! Video recaps here!
Arnette was very happy to be the presenting sponsor of the 14th annual O’Marisquiño action sports culture event in Vigo Spain, August 8-10. Despite a little bit of rain, the port city of Vigo was packed with visitors and fans of skateboarding, bmx, graffiti, b-boying and music. The highlights were definitely on the skate side of things where this year’s event was sanctioned by the World Cup of Skateboarding, and brought out heavyweights from Brazil to Japan. Arnette’s own Danny Leon and Scott Decenzo placed 5th and 6th respectively.
Mad Decent Block Party 2014 – East Coast Recap
It’s been a wild time working our way up the coast alongside Mad Decent Block Party 2014. Our journey on the right coast began in Florida, working our way north through the mid-atlantic and eventually into New England. The adventure continues this weekend in Toronto, Detroit and Las Vegas, but we wanted to take a moment and reflect on our time in the east.
Mad Decent Block Party kicked off the 2014 tour in Fort Lauderdale, and Arnette was there to partake in the party with a sold-out crowd of 12,000 people. The day began with a monsoon, but luckily the clouds parted in time for things to kick off with an early day lineup of Remedy, What So Not, Riff Raff and Action Bronson.