JANUARY 17, 2008 PARTY BEN MAKES (MOSTLY) SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION TO VISUAL MEDIA Also, robot. I know, it's only like 7 years after everybody else started DJing with videos (er, "VJ-ing") but I've always been a bit of a curmudgeon, preferring to focus on audio, and also I didn't know how to do it. Well, after some wrestling around with Adobe Premier (and the help of a couple more-experienced video types) I managed to put together an hour-long set featuring videos for 19 new and not-so-new Party Ben mashups at Bootie on Saturday night. Despite our best efforts we had a bit of a technical issue from about the 4-minute to the 6-minute mark (loose cords!) but everything else went off without a hitch.
Many thanks to everybody who helped out with the production: VJs Jaren, Brewski and Flipboitamidles for videos, DJ Tripp for the DVJs, The Indra for supplying umbrellas and the Boylesque boys (or is that "bois"?) for dancing around with them, Kristi for sewing the extra screens and for taking pictures, Barry, Jeremy and especially Devon at DNA for the extra help setting up all the crazy crap, Avista rentals for the equipment, and A plus D for letting me do it. Plus, of course, thanks to the 1000+ peeps who came out and danced around, although the troop of ladies on stage who were pulling down my pants while I was trying to DJ were really taking flirtation a bit too far.
If you couldn't make it, your next chance to see the exciting multimedia show will be at the newly re-Echoed Bootie LA on Saturday March 1st; and perhaps I'll do something similar again sometime soon at Bootie SF as well, we'll see...
Anyway, there were a couple new things I played during the set, as well as some new mixes of old things, and not only did I use other VJs' videos, I actually made some of my own. Here's a couple samples.
Led Snooppelin - "Drop It Like It's A Whole Lotta Love" 2008 Remix
Hey look, it's that thing I made like four years ago that I was never that happy with but Mysterious D kept insisting would "kill" when she'd play it out. I always thought it was too slow and the production was really tough so it came out kind of sloppy-sounding. Well, this is a little faster and dancier thanks to a new groove and some re-editing.
Justice vs. Dead or Alive - D.A.N.C.E. (Like a Record)
DJ Zebra was playing the MSTRKRFT mix of "D.A.N.C.E." all over France when we were on tour, and so I got it stuck in my head. Turns out Pete Burns can go over it. Whee.
Brief section of the intro track "Robot Ben"
Yeah I can't post the whole thing here, you have to come out and see me live for that. Anybody have a giant light-up LED pyramid they'd let me borrow?
Saturday, January 26th, 2008 Private event, Foreign Cinema, SF
Sunday, February 3, 2008
FRENCH KISS Electro/discopunk/
tunes, with residents
MyKill & Forever 21.
2925 16th St.
@ Van Ness, SF 10pm / 21+ / $4
Saturday, February 9, 2008
BOOTIE SF NOW TWICE A MONTH! Featuring Lobsterdust all the way from NYC, plus Frankenboot with Freddy King of Pants in the upstairs lounge, and a midnight mashup show from Ana Conda. Also good old regulars
Smash-Up Derby, Adrian & Mysterious D, DJ Dada and myself.
375 11th @ Harrison, SF 9pm-after hours / 21+
$12 / $8 before 10:30
Thursday, February 14th, 2008 GOOD VIBRATIONS QUEEN OF HEARTS BALL
Featuring Dr. Carol Queen, Peaches Christ, King Jay Walker, and, you know, sex toys and stuff