In this installment of my blog, I recall my amazing 4th of July weekend, taking part in San Antonio-area’s massive music festival, the 11th Tonyc Summer Jam. I talk about the highs, the lows, and the mids as well as share my thoughts from the heart about my birthday weekend.
Ok, so there isn’t really this big tournament (except for maybe the DJ contest and probably gaming/e-sports) leading to the big San Japan weekend on July 31st, but over a thousand fans here in San Antonio got ready to get it on to express and celebrate their pop-culture fandoms, listen to some amazing tunes, purchase swag from the artist tables, dealer’s room, and Nine-Tails (a primary sponsor of Mini-Mini Con), attend panels, and amass in the massive cosplay contest at the close of the event. On May 16th, the Hau5 of Hakubi came down to show support of the event and our DJ friends while for the first time selling our official merch and promoting our next club event: Progression Thursday 002 @ Ivory Lounge, taking place July 9th.
Not sure if I talked about Hau5 of Hakubi already but here’s the skinny of it and excuse me if I get a bit real here. Sometime back in the fall, I expressed some frustration of San Antonio’s current EDM and nightlife scene and decided that I will not let things decay the way it’s doing anymore. Most of last year, I’ve been in the epicenter of shady event companies and drama that indeed goes against the PLUR ideologies that I have grown to learn and practice and it has hurt a lot of the scene. It stopped being about having a good time and more about a bunch of scrubs ruining the quality of the events taking place and the music being played, that’s when I say, “No More!”. I spoke with my wife Ame and let her know that if we are going to effect change, we have to do it ourselves, so as soon as we got back from Florida, we officially started up Hau5 of Hakubi Productions, LLC and did our first ever event, Progression Thursday 001.
I was sifting through my hard drive figuring out Throwback Thursday and found a pretty monumental interview, which never got released until today. This is my never-before seen shoot interview that took place hours before the 2nd Summerscape pre-party in 2012. Here I talk to Josh Newell, who was known as DJ Signs but now is known as JNewell, about who I am, what I am about, and the things that happened in 2012 that ended up shaping my career forever. Interesting enough, this was the day that I first met JNewell and ended up performing together at my first own underground massive, Ultima Nightkid.