La Cave Wednesdays

MDA Alumni Taking the Stage at EDC Las Vegas 2018

BY: KAGAN RICHARDSON

With Modern Disco Ambassadors celebrating its 10th anniversary in August, it is only natural for us to take a look back at the artists who have taken the stage for MDA over the years. Many of these artists were on the rise when they played an MDA show and some are now international superstars.


With Insomniac’s EDC Las Vegas 2018 in just a few days, we want to highlight the MDA alumni who have played at La Cave and will be taking the stage in Sin City. Without further adieu, here they are in no particular order.

Detlef

Detlef played at La Cave on March 14th, 2018 and it was easily one of the craziest nights of the year so far. This weekend he will be playing a couple of sets kicking off with his 8:00pm-9:10pm set at Neon Garden, hosted by Factory 93, on Saturday night. Later that night he will be going back to back with not just Gorgon City but Green Velvet as well. All three will close out Neon Garden together from 4:30am-5:30am on the same night.

Fantom Freq

Josh Miranda AKA Fantom Freq is currently a resident DJ with Modern Disco Ambassadors and has releases on labels such as 3000 Bass, House of Hustle, OKNF Collective, and Up Club Records. Fantom Freq played at Bass Cave on April 19th and will be going back to back with Eric Mark on Monday morning from 3:00am-4:00am. He will also be supporting BOT at La Cave on June 20th so don’t miss it!

Josh Billings

Josh Billings is a living legend in the Orange County house music scene having founded Focus OC which has been going strong since 2003. Josh is no stranger to La Cave having taken over on October 15th of 2014 with Nonfiction and Wobs of the Focus crew supporting. This Saturday  he will be serving top shelf house music on the Boombox Art Car from 10:00pm-11:00pm.

Morelia

Morelia played as his bass music alter ego, Mannequin, at Bass Cave on May 10th, 2018 and is supporting Wongo on May 16th, 2018 for MDA Wednesdays. His wonky and sub heavy brand of house music has found homes on Box of Cats, My Techno Weighs a Ton, and Perfect Driver. He will be going closing the night on Friday with a back to back set with Sang Froyd from 4:30am-5:30am.

Nonfiction

As part of the original Focus OC crew, Nonfiction has played alongside some of the top names in house music over the years. Most recently, he opened for Doorly and Felix Da Housecat on Tuesday nights at Focus. He headlined on October 4th of 2017 at La Cave and supported Josh Billings in 2015, as previously mentioned. This Sunday night, he will be taking control of the Boombox Art Car from 1:00am-2:00am.

Sinden B2B LO’99

With Sinden and LO’99 releasing the stellar 2-track Burner EP on Tchami’s Confession label, it’s only natural that promoters around the world would consider booking them together. Insomniac did just this as the two will be joining forces with some back to back action from 9:00pm-10:15pm at Stereo Bloom. Sinden played on September 20th, 2017 at La Cave and LO’99 played on January 10th, 2017, and they were both packed nights.

Speaker Honey B2B Roswell

MDA’s own Kirsty Parker AKA Speaker Honey and Kevin Mullen AKA Roswell are leaders in the growing house music scene in Las Vegas. Their commitment to growing the community has earned them support from Insomniac and a back to back set on the Boombox Art Car to kick of EDC at 7:00pm on Friday.

Sage Armstrong

Sage Armstrong’s unique brand of underground beats coupled with his original vocals have been making waves ever since he burst onto the scene in 2015 with What’s Yo Temptcha? on Dirtybird Records. Sage played on April 5th, 2017 at La Cave and recently played at Focus OC. Those who will be under the electric sky this weekend can catch him on Saturday night from 8:00pm-9:15pm at Stereo Bloom.

Thomas Garcia

Thomas Garcia supported Nonfiction at La Cave on October 4th of last year and will be playing the Wide Awake Art Car on Saturday at 7:00pm. He has releases on Deep Sounds, Nite Records, and House of Hustle, to name a few. I recently saw him close out the night at the House of Hustle takeover at Que Sera in Long Beach, CA where he had the crowd in the palm of his hand.

Volac

The boys from Volac have been some of my favorite artists over the past couple of years. Their Volacast mix series curates some of the best underground house music around the world. They have become mainstays on Night Bass with their amazing originals and remixes. They can be found on the decks at Stereo Bloom on Sunday morning from 3:30am-4:30am.

Wongo

Box of Cats label boss, Wongo, is also playing at StereoBloom on Saturday morning from 3:15am-4:15am and headlined at La Cave on May 16th, 2018. He has remixed Beyoncé in the past and has collaborated with the likes of Sinden, Jace Mek, and Billy Kenny. He is known to have a penchant for taking off his clothes during his set, and I would say it’s pretty likely with Vegas being hot even at night. With Box of Cats being supported by DJs around the world, Wongo is definitely on track to do some big things.

Wood Holly

Wood Holly has been a constant figure in the west coast house music scene over the last few years. His steady stream of remixes, bootlegs, and originals keep his sets fresh and exciting, you never know what he’ll throw in! Ass Out, his collaboration with Sage Armstrong, was one of the most popular Dirtybird tracks of 2015. He played in 2012 at La Cave and will be playing on the Boombox Art Car on Friday night from 1:00am-2:00am.

Blackgummy


The mysterious Blackgummy played at La Cave for his Mesophase Tour on February 28th, 2018 and will be closing the night Circuit Grounds on Sunday from 4:15am-5:30am. With personal training from deadmau5 and Steve Duda, he’s sure to impress.

Bijou


Bijou has been releasing a slew of tracks on labels like Night Bass, Fool’s Gold, and Prep School Recordings over the years which has earned him the support of the world’s top DJs. He’ll be lighting up the dancefloor with his unique brand of G House at Stereo Bloom from 9:15pm-10:30pm on Saturday night.

Born Dirty


Born Dirty burst on the scene with a vengeance with songs being released on Dirtybird, featured on BBC Radio 1, and even used in Apple commercials. He destroyed the dancefloor at La Cave on December 6th, 2017 and is sure to do the same thing at Cosmic Meadow on Sunday from 7:00pm-8:00pm.

Bones


Bones is a fixture in the electronic dance music community as the founder of Gotta Dance Dirty and as a part of Night Bass Records with AC Slater. He is set to play the Corona Electric Beach from 10:00pm-12:00am on Friday. If you went to HARD Fest last summer then you probably know how much fun Corona Electric Beach can be!

Dateless

Dateless’s sound knows no bounds as he has released tracks on Snatch!, Confession, and Toolroom to name a few. His versatility has earned him spots on mainstages as well as underground venues around the world. He will be landing at Corona Electric Beach on Friday night from 2:00am-3:00am.

ETC!ETC!

With productions ranging from moombahton to trap to electro house and everything in between, ETC!ETC! Has proven himself as a very versatile artist. It’s been a big year so far as he joined Valentino Khan on Bro Safari’s Pretty Good Tour, and he will be taking over the Wench Art Car on Friday night from 2:00am-3:00am.

Mister Blaqk


Mister Blaqk supported Wongo alongside Morelia on May 16th, 2018 and will be kicking off EDC at Stereo Bloom on Friday from 7:00pm-8:00pm. The Los Angeles based DJ has been crafting infectious mixes over the years which has caught the eye of Insomniac.

Missy B

Missy B has been making waves in the Orange County electronic dance music scene as one of Disneyland’s resident DJs and as an opening DJ at the legendary House of Blues. On November 2nd, 2016, she supported Eli & Fur at La Cave and will be taking over the Boombox Art Car on Sunday from 9:00pm-10:00pm.

Shiba San

With roots in the French hip-hop scene, Shiba San’s unique take on G House has been taking the world by storm ever since Dirtybird released Okay in 2014. He has since started his own label, Basement Leak, so he is sure to curate a set filled with amazing music. He will be getting some mainstage action in at Cosmic Meadow on Sunday from 9:00pm-10:00pm.

As you can see, some star power has made its way through La Cave over the last decade. If you’ll be attending EDC this weekend, be sure to check some of them out!

I can’t wait to share what we have in store for you in the coming months.

Until next time Ambassadors.

Kagan Richardson

AKA DJ Moose Trax

Fritz Carlton Interview @ MDA Wednesdays

Fritz Carlton Turned La Cave Upside Down!

EXPERIENCE BY: KAGAN RICHARDSON

It has been an amazing year so far at MDA Wednesday’s and we are thankful for all of our Ambassadors. So far we’ve seen the likes of Eli & Fur, Detlef, Chus & Ceballos, to name a few, and we can look forward to hosting amazing DJs such as Maximono, Wongo, and Amtrac.

This past week continued the trend of excellence with Fritz Carlton taking over the night. Coming from Desert Hearts the weekend before, Max Huseby AKA Fritz Carlton had nearly lost his voice but that didn’t stop him from yelling and screaming along with the crowd. He worked the crowd to a fervor the moment he stepped behind the decks and curated his self-proclaimed “weirdo house” sounds. Credit is definitely due to Z_Ro and Mary Droppinz who took opening duties and played some stellar sets. Mary Droppinz also took the opportunity to honor MDA’s Jarin Love during her set which directly supported Fritz.

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Shazam failed me throughout the night but especially during Fritz’s set, so I am left to believe that he featured unreleased tracks from both Fritz Carlton and his altar ego, Houseboy. Just before he started, I had the opportunity to sit down with the mastermind behind the two identities.

Here is what he had to say:

Kagan: What is it like to be a part of the Desert Hearts family?
Max: Dude, it’s incredible. I’m from Seattle originally so I’m a transplant to the whole Southern California house and techno scene. I didn’t really have any sort of inclination as to what the whole desert party vibe was before I started going to Burning Man when I went to college a while back in SoCal.
Desert Hearts opened up my mind to an entirely different platform that I didn’t even conceive as being a possibility. The whole one family, one stage, one vibe, one love, it’s everything I loved about Burning Man. I’m eternally grateful for what they’ve provided to me.
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Kagan: When did you first get into DJing and producing?
Max: It was my freshman year of college, so I was 18. I discovered VirtualDJ and moombahton and Calvin Harris and all of that. I was a metal drummer from Seattle so I didn’t know about electronic music, it wasn’t my thing. So then when I discovered all of that in college and people weren’t down with me playing screamo in my dorm room, I had to switch it up. Then it was sophomore year when I dropped out of college and moved to San Francisco and I paved my own way teaching myself on Youtube.
Kagan: Can you tell us more about your background as a drummer?
Max: Since I was in third or fourth grade, I had been playing the drums. I loved rock n roll, I loved metal, and I played in multiple bands growing up. I did a couple supporting shows and tours up in the city when I was younger. At the end of the day, the first electronic music I ever fell in love with was Skrillex and that half-time vibe because it’s similar to metal.
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Kagan: How does it feel to have one of the best mustaches in dance music?
Max: I’ll tell you this, I don’t know what it feels like to have the best mustache in dance music, but this mustache on my face hasn’t been shaved in over 10 years. It’s been varied in shape and form, but I haven’t been clean shaven fully in over a decade. If you really want to see an amazing stache though, check out Joe Kleinman. Shout out Joe!
Kagan: What can you tell us about Houseboy?
Max: Oh man, Houseboy is my love. My last name is actually Huseby, a lot of people think that it’s McGee but that’s my middle name and I prefer to let people know that’s my last name for some reason. My real last name is Huseby and if you just add two o’s it makes Houseboy.
It’s what I love to make because when I started Fritz Carlton it was unabashed sonic exploration and now Fritz Carlton has an expected sound. Houseboy doesn’t, it’s all fair game. I sample vinyl, I get weird, disco, funky, it’s me. I’ve got an album in the works right now and I’m working on when I’m gonna release it, but it’s gonna be really special.
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Kagan: If you weren’t a DJ and producer, what do you think you would be doing today?
Max: Professional video gamer for sure. Twitch streaming, World of Warcraft, Counterstrike, all of those computer games. I wanted to be a video gamer, I mean, that’s all I had going for me before I discovered music. Straight up.

Max is certainly one of the most down-to-earth DJ’s I’ve met to date. You can tell just by being around him that his love for music and creativity knows no bounds. It was a pleasure to sit down with him and pick his brain!

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We have a lot to look forward to from Fritz Carlton and Houseboy, so stay tuned Ambassadors.

Until next time.

Kagan Richardson

AKA DJ Moose Trax

Thanks to Modern Paparazzo Photography for the photos. 

RECAP: BLACKGUMMY @ MDA WEDNESDAYS

BlackGummy Made La Cave His Lair for a Night

Experience By: Kagan Richardson

Mau5trap’s own BlackGummy visited our home at La Cave on February 28, for the fourth stop on his Mesophase Tour. I was chomping at the bit to have an opportunity to see BlackGummy -who played EDC Mexico just a few days before, play in such an intimate venue. His heavy-hitting progressive style was sure to tear up the dance floor. For those who are unfamiliar with the artist, here’s a little background about BlackGummy - no ordinary DJ/producer.

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California native, Iman Marouf took a trip abroad in 2013 to the Middle East and Asia where he discovered the idol, BlackGummy. Next to BlackGummy was the Latin quote, “In perpetuum, salutem in omnibus locis; in omni loco, in omni tempore,” which translates to: “To be perpetually, a prey in all places. Are in every place, at all times.”

The idol and quote struck a chord with Iman as according to the story, he instantly formed a bond with BlackGummy and the two fused into one, becoming inseparable. The idol itself became the symbol which can be seen across all of BlackGummy’s content.

BlackGummy attended Icon Collective music production school in Los Angeles, known for educating and inspiring renown artists such as Jauz and Kayzo. There he was mentored by Steve Duda and became a beta tester for his VST, Serum. He is listed in the credits along with deadmau5.

From then on his obsession with production flourished and he devoted his time to improving his craft. His work paid off in 2015 when mau5trap, deadmau5’s record label, discovered BlackGummy and released his first song, Lullaby, and the We Are Friends compilation. Since then he has released three EPs and several singles and remixes, including SuperHuman featuring Colleen D’agostino.

In 2017 BlackGummy took that stage for his Monolith Tour. 2018 BlackGummy is back at it with  the Mesophase Tour. Other artists at mau5trap are set to support BlackGummy on different legs of the tour. They include Attlas, electrocado, monstergetdown, Notaker and Rinzen.

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On February 28, Orange County DJ duo, Double D’s, took the stage when doors opened and warmed up the dance floor perfectly with their progressive house beats. Rinzen, who had opening duties for the night, built off of their energy for an hour and a half set before BlackGummy took control at 12:30 p.m.

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BlackGummy mostly showcased his taste in music during the first hour and a half, then unleashed an onslaught of originals and remixes until the end of the night. The highlight for me was when he mixed in Iconoclast off his most recent EP, Monolith. The crowd went absolutely nuts and kept begging for more and more. BlackGummy obliged!

 

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BlackGummy was one of the first of many amazing artists joining us at La Cave this year. Check out the lineup for upcoming shows.

Until next time Ambassadors.

Kagan Richardson

AKA DJ Moose Trax

Photos courtesy of Joseph Paparazzo and Modern Disco Ambassadors.