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SFC SPOTLIGHT: Smile for Camera Artist, BIG MAKK

Smile for Camera Artist, BIG MAKK

BIG MAKK

Here’s one to watch. Really. And it’s not just us who are saying it.

Check out his link on www.sfcartists.com to find out the latest.

“Hennessy & Chicken” – THE QUANTUM THEORY Interview + Mix

QUANTUM THEORY | 01.08.13 @ takeovr

 

THE QUANTUM THEORY INTERVIEW

Recently, over a bottle of Hennessy & a whole Publix Roasted Chicken (Lemon Pepper), we caught up with Smile for Camera Artist QUANTUM THEORY. Here’s how that convo went:

 

SFC: Yo.

QT: Please don’t talk with your mouth full.

 

SFC: So what project is open on your Mac right now? What kind of vibe is coming up for some of your future releases?

QT: Right now I have an electro project open that I’m putting the finishing touches on. I’ve never been one to pigeonhole myself with genres, so you can never know what to expect from me.

 

SFC: Why the name QUANTUM THEORY? Any other aliases you care to tell the world about?

QT: Quantum theory is all about the interaction of energy and matter, which I’ve always been fascinated by. Plus it sounds cool. Quantum Theory is my most recent moniker. I’ve been putting out music for a while, and have used many different aliases for many different genres. Just Jason, Latenight Society, Soulpatch and Atmosphere are some of them.

 

SFC: Seems like the “cool genres” recently went from electro to dubstep to moombahton to trvp. 
So what’s next?

QT: I hate music classification. When it’s good, it’s good. I like that I’m seeing a lot of boundary pushing, a lot of producers are taking sounds from one genre and putting them into another. I think that’s cool.

 

SFC: Please feel free to rant on the seemingly non-stop tirade from a few cliques of people (most non-producers) that claim that “real DJs don’t use computers live”.

QT: Please pass me the Hennessey. I used to have a purist standpoint to djing until I started showing up to gigs, after lugging a huge case of records, sometimes completely across the country, and there would be no turntables. Or the needles would be missing. What a mind fuck! I switched to CDs and now I use Ableton with a controller most of the time. People are afraid of change. I embrace the advent of new technology and feel it only opens up new avenues for a good dj to be better. I do, however, think it’s important to learn how to DJ traditionally.

 

SFC: Other than EDM, what are your musical influences.

QT: I listen to almost all types of music. Kraftwerk, The Cure, Daft Punk, Led Zeppelin, Phoenix, De La Soul, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Bjork, Foo Fighters… I really could go on all day.

 

SFC: What is your favorite show you ever headlined or supported. Why?

QT: Probably an underground, after-hours party in a basement in San Francisco. Crazy vibe, great guy to girl ratio, and everybody being themselves completely tuned in to what I was playing. That, or a party in Belgium called “What’s Cookin”. There was a huge glass skylight over the dance floor and you could see all the stars while you were getting down. Those Europeans sure know how to get down. Takeovr is also, hands down, one of the funnest parties to play. I’ve never seen a Tuesday go off like that anywhere in the world.

 

SFC: Weirdest thing you ever saw at a club. Go!

QT: Pregnant women. That always freaks me out.

 

SFC: So, do you ACTUALLY know the QUANTUM THEORY?

QT: Yes. Yes I do.

 

SFC: There was a console video game released in 2010 for both the PS3 & XBOX called “Quantum Theory”. To date, how much have you made on the royalties?

QT: There was?!?!? I’ll have my lawyer get on that!

 

SFC: What’s your opinion on Tiesto?

QT: Not my cup of tea. To each his own.

 

SFC: Dillon Francis seems to like cats. What’s your favorite animal.

QT: I’m an animal lover. I keep an aquarium of African Cichlids and have a boxer named Jack. He’s the bees knees.

 

SFC: Excited for your upcoming gig @ Smile for Camera’s takeovr in Orlando @ Roxy? 
(you better fucking say YES!)

QT: This will be my 5th time headlining takeovr and I’m extremely excited. The crowd is awesome and I feed off of their incredible energy.

 

SFC: What’s the last song you played for yourself before this interview?

QT: Bauhaus – Bela Lagosi’s Dead

 

SFC: Tell us about Sweet & Low. Go ahead. No shame with self-promotion.

QT: Sweet&Low is my second record label. I started it as a way to release the new style of music I was creating. I’m also surrounded by amazing talent and wanted to give them a voice to be heard. Last year I only put out 2 EPs on S&L, but plan to have a more aggressive release schedule for 2013.

 

SFC: Which do you prefer and why: mega-festivals like EDC & Ultra, or giant one night indoor events like the Sensation parties?

QT: I like them both, but prefer one night indoor events for the sense of intimacy they provide.

 

SFC: Mmmmmmmm. How’s this chicken?

QT: Free, so I like it a lot.

 

SFC: Who is your favorite artist with which to collaborate?

QT: I love to collaborate. It offers an amazing opportunity to create something that doesn’t exist in one person. The whole push and pull of it all is fantastic.
I really enjoy working with a few people lately. My friend Miguel from DC, My partner with Latenight Society, Romano, and also Winston Wolfe and I have been spending a decent amount of time in the studio lately.

 

SFC: Colorado & Washington recently legalized recreational marijuana use. To which state will you be moving?

QT: I have summer homes in each.

 

SFC: Favorite craft beer?

QT: Stone – Ruination

 

SFC: That one song that gets overplayed – which is it for you?

QT: Express Yourself… great song, but it needs to go away.

 

SFC: You have a forthcoming release on Smile for Camera, “XTC”. It not clear AT ALL where you got the inspiration for that title. Care to elaborate?

QT: Come to takeovr.

 

SFC: Please pass that bottle of Henny over here. Wait. That’s wasn’t a question.

QT: Wait your turn.

 

SFC: If you HAD to go to a trance show, who would you want to see?

QT: Let’s not and say we did?

 

SFC: What’s your favorite new release right now?

QT: Borgore and Carnage – Turn Up

SFC: Any last words for all your adoring fans, Mr. Theory?

QT: Laugh more. Hate less.

 

Lucky for you, QUANTUM THEORY was nice enough to put together a mix for us – getting everyone hyped for his headlining spot this Tuesday (01.08.13) @ Smile for Camera’s takeovr.  Take a listen.

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New in Orlando – Smile for Camera’s subterra – GRAND OPENING @ Backroom | 12.13.12

We are at it again here at SFC HQ. Locally In Orlando we have been producing 2 weekly events; takeovr @ Roxy – every Tuesday since 2009 (electro/moombah/trvp/dubstep/HARD BIG ROOM SHIT/all things house) & Mondaze @ Backbooth – every Monday since Summer 2012 (old school electro/nu disco/dreamwave/anything dancey).

It’s now time we gave Orlando an outlet for something tech house/minimal + underground trvp & heavy BASS music.

Introducing Smile for Camera‘s subterra: Understand Underground – every Thursday @ Backroom.

Subterra is anchored by Smile for Camera Artist WINSTON WOLFE w/ frequent guests. Check out some subterra music here:

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We’ll see your happy asses Thursday, 12.13.12 for Smile for Camera’s Subterra @ Backroom.

Smile for Camera's Subterra | GRAND OPENING 12.13.12 @ Backroom

NEWS! EDC 2-night Afterparty: BASSJET w/ Tittsworth, Mayham, Fei Fei, Team Jaguar + more!

Smile for Camera would like to inform you of a 2-night afterparty during EDC weekend brought you by d&b diety, AK1200! Basic info and ticket links are below! SFC Artists Meaux Green and Winston Wolfe open each night respectively.

BASSJET – Friday Nov 9th, 2012 @ Showalter Hangar (Orlando Executive Airport)
FB Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/442648752464399/
Get tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/182281
Details: Tittsworth, Fei-Fei, Mayhem, + Meaux Green.

BASSJET – Saturday Nov 10th, 2012 @ Showalter Hangar (Orlando Executive Airport)
GB Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/408284559244275/
Get tickets: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/182285
Details: Dank , Mantis, Team Jaguar, + Winston Wolfe

Like BASSJET on Facebook!

The Showalter Hanger is located here, BTW:

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KEY AND PEELE are secretly TEAM JAGUAR FANS!

Check out the not so subtle shout out to friends of Smile for Camera, TEAM JAGUAR on the recent episode of KEY AND PEELE on Comedy Central:

KEY AND PEELE

“I was a Bat Whisperer”: Smile for Camera’s DROP THE LIME Interview + Exclusive Mix!

Over here @ Smile for Camera we have had the opportunity to interview some of the best talent in music, (particularly “EDM” or what ever the hell you want to call it). In honor of our flagship weekly event in Orlando, takeovr – celebrating 3 years this Tuesday @ Roxy, we caught up with TROUBLE & BASS founder DROP THE LIME for an interview.

Lucky us, he also gave us an exclusive Smile for Camera mix:

Drop the Lime – SFC Exclusive Mix 

All hail DROP THE LIME.

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“I was a Bat Whisperer”: Smile for Camera’s DROP THE LIME INTERVIEW

 

 

SFC:
First things first: Obama or Romney? Just Kidding! Let’s talk about music.

DTL:
Alec Baldwin.

 

SFC:
Trouble & Bass recently went thru a metamorphosis of sorts. It’s always been a source of dark dancey-ness, but what lies ahead now that the label has died and come back to life?

DTL:
We are expanding our musical releases beyond strictly club/ dj oriented sounds. Doing a lot of collaborations with live acts in NYC – Hussle Club, CREEP, Jail Bait to name a few. We are also expanding our merchandise into shirts, Jackets, and T-shirts with prints that revolve beyond our logo. Everything is still dark and dangerous of course.

 

SFC:
Any new artists coming to the roster or big projects on the horizon for the core crew?

DTL:
Besides the collaborations, we are releasing a lot of new up and coming guys like DAMN KIDS, TONY QUATTRO, and a cinematic space soundtrack by this young kid, LAST DEFENDER. Star Eyes has a new EP dropping end of the next month which is also something creepy yet romantically strong.

 

SFC:
This is your 2nd time in Orlando, the first as Drop The Lime. What do you want us to know about the set you’re about to drop?

DTL:
Last time I played I DJ’d as Curses! with the Institubes french house crew. So this time around Expect me to go all over the place genre wise. My dj sets are always a mixture of everything bass heavy, techy, housy, trappy, and then even some rockabilly. just a rowdy time.

 

SFC:
You’ve exposed some great music and artists thru TROUBLE & BASS, as well as put out a bunch of your own great tracks. What are you most proud of?

DTL:
We have always caught an early ear on talent.. did boy 8 bit’s first US release with a Jack Beats remix, Samo Sound Boy, Zombies For Money… all great acts that have grown to do big things now.

 

SFC:
You’ll be strictly DJing at Takeovr here in Orlando Tuesday, but you have an extensive live show now as well. What was it like getting all that together?

DTL:
The full live band is a lot to bring on the road, but so much fun. We have been getting local burlesque and go-go dancers in each city worldwide to keep a different and exciting pace. The full live band show is still evolving, and probably still will continue to through to the next album.

 

SFC:
What was the most interesting job you had before you became a DJ/artist?

DTL:
I was a Bat Whisperer.

 

SFC:
Everyone’s a DJ now, we’re sure you got the memo. Any sage advice for those just getting into it?

DTL:
Don’t imitate whats popular. find a path thats original and stick to your guns. timeless is key if youre truly passionate about being in music. a flash in the pan can only last so long.

 

SFC:
What are your thoughts on music blogs and the free promo game? It seems to be becoming standard for a lot of artists to just give away their tunes and try to get gigs based on those.

DTL:
I’m all for sharing. more exposure means more appreciation, which leads to rowdier partying.

 

SFC:
What are the three most messed up things you’ve seen from behind the decks during your illustrious DJing career?

DTL:
Sex, Drugs, and Rock n Roll.

 

SFC:
The dance festival scene has really exploded in America in the past year. Who would play mainstage for your own, fantasy dance festival?

DTL:
Aphex Twin vs John Carpenter.

 

SFC:
They only serve one alcoholic drink at the festival, what is it?

DTL:
Rye Whiskey.

 

SFC:
Thoughts on the button-pushing debate?

DTL:
Obama or Romney?

 

SFC:
You’re in the electric chair, about to be executed for a crime you may or may not have commited. Any final words?

DTL:
See you soon.

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Smile for Camera’s takeovr:  The 3 Year Anniversary w/ DROP THE LIME | 09.18.12 @ Roxy

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3 Years of Smile for Camera's takeovr w/ DROP THE LIME

3 Years of Smile for Camera's takeovr w/ DROP THE LIME

A Special Message from DROP THE LIME (Trouble & Bass)

The “Moombah Mafia” headlines takeovr TONIGHT in Orlando!

Well, one of the most anticipated TAKEOVR’s to date is this week on Tuesday August 7th. Dubbed the “Mooombah Mafia” by fans, Smile for Camera Artists BIG MAKK, DR. KHAN, & MA-LESS join residents WINSTON WOLFE, JOEY PARANOIA, & CLIFF TANGREDI for one hell of a night full of Moombahton. More info on Smile for Camera Artists can be found at: www.sfcartists.com. Check out the Facebook event page for full details: Event Page.

Here is the cover info and a chance to extend the before-11pm prices!

BEFORE 11PM Pricing

FREE: 21+ Ladies
$5: 18-20 Girls
$5: 21+ Guys
$15: 18-20 Dudes

AFTER 11PM Pricing

$5: 21+ Ladies
$10: 18-20 Girls
$10: 21+ Guys
$15: 18-20 Dudes

***The before-11pm prices will be extended until MIDNIGHT if you wear one of these masks at the door! Choose your own member of the Moombah Mafia!

Simply click on of the masks below to download a PDF version of it.
Follow instructions and be safe with those scissors!

You may also paint your face like a sugar skull to receive the discount until MIDNIGHT! See examples here: http://goo.gl/66p23