Bobby C Sound TV on drinking too much tequila in Mexico and why Britney Spears is the last thing any DJ should play
Every Friday we spotlight the hottest cats (and kittens) behind the decks in the MHC, grilling them to gain some insight on what it takes, exactly, to get the party rocking, to find out about their most treasured crate digging experiences and what they really think when we stumble up to them half cocked and ask them to play that new song by such and such -- you know, the one that goes... This week: Bobby C Sound TV (the "Sound TV" part of his moniker will make total sense when you watch the clip of him spinning after the jump). In addition to putting together some stellar audio/video mixes, Bobby C is also the mastermind behind Spaceflight Orchestra, whose latest album, An Orchestra Of One, is out now on the Blackbridge Records imprint.
Name: Bobby C Sound TV
Club night(s): I prefer not to play weeklies -- so I can be in different spots every week -- but I've played in just about every club and venue in the state at one time or another, including the Grand Opening VIP Party at the First Bank Center recently.
Style(s) of music you spin: Anything and everything except cheesy Top 40, trance and that crossover pop-country stuff. Aside from that, lots of live mash-ups throwing everything together.
So what's your story, in 100 words or less? Started playing instruments at a young age. Played in bands; worked at some venues. Decided to start deejaying about ten years ago. Developed my style. Really wanted to play and hang out with some of the artists I dig, so I began promoting some shows. Promoting got to be a grind, so I re-focused on deejaying and writing music. Started playing a lot more often.
Saw one of my buddies mess around with a DJ video plug-in and started playing audio/visual DJ sets which is completely and utterly my focus these days. My video sets have opened whole new realms for me and create an entirely new club experience that gets some insane reactions from the crowd. Pretty excited about it to say the least.
Name of a track you can't get out of your head: For today, I will say "Akama" by Tom Central. Such lovely bass.
Name of an artist you're currently championing in your DJ sets: I'd have to say Hexstatic for all their amazing songs and more amazing videos.
What's been your best crate digging experience in another country (if you've had a good one)? Haven't had one, but I have skulked around in some amazing records stores in a bunch of different cities. My best friend and I spent a day finding some ridiculous 45s in a store in New Orleans a couple years back.
Best club experience in another country (again, if you've had a good one)? One of my favorite all time shows was playing an adobe mansion in Tulum, Mexico. There was jungle on one side and the gulf on the other. I had to fly all my gear in with me, including turntables, which were in these rickety cases my man Josh Ivy gave to me.
People there were giving me a shot of tequila every twenty minutes, and since I was in Mexico, I figured, "Why the hell not?" Everyone there was dancing so hard, I thought they were gonna go into cardiac arrest. Epic to say the least. That is until I woke up on the beach at 5 a.m. not knowing where I was.
Musical mantra: I promise to always beat match, even if so many other DJ's refuse to.
Favorite DJ experience: That's really hard to narrow down, but I'd say my first time flying into New York -- looking out the window at the Statue of Liberty, and realizing I was being flown into one of the greatest cities on Earth to do what I love the most. I got a little misty, and was very thankful that I had kept after my dreams. Later that night I rocked the spot inside out, and felt that if my stuff could go over that well in New York, it should do well anywhere. I'd like to think anyway.
Worst request: Only happened once, but a girl actually requested Britney Spears. I didn't even get a chance to reply before a different girl pulled her gently aside and said, "That's the last thing you're ever supposed to request." On a related note, I walked past a club not too long ago and the DJ inside was actually playing Britney Spears. I thought about going in and pulling him gently aside to say, "That's the last thing you ever should play."
Worst club faux pas you've committed: Probably every time I attempt to breakdance during one of my sets.
Most treasured vinyl score: Found a first edition pressing of Eric B and Rakim's Paid In Full, with the seven-minutes of madness remix. It was pricey, but I got it. I also found a 45 with "Follow The Leader" by Rakim, including the a capella on the b-side.
What other music-related projects are you currently working on? I'm keeping busier than ever lately, which is nice. I write music under the moniker Spaceflight Orchestra for Black Bridge Records. They released my first album last year entitled, An Orchestra Of One (by the way, you can find that on iTunes or anywhere else on the web that music is sold). I'm currently writing tracks for the next album.
I recently got tapped to remix tracks by Gramatik and Vitamin D for Cold Busted records. I also started dropping beats, scratches and keys with Mr. Anonymous, when they play live, and I'm about to start a remix of a Murder Ranks track, which I will hopefully have ready in time for their album release show May 15th at the Oriental.
What's something happening in the local music scene that should be getting more attention? Not that I think they're lacking attention, but Black Bridge Records is putting out some ridiculously solid electronica. I think they will do amazing things for the respect of producers in our fair state, and I look forward to them broadening the scene, and am thankful to be a part of it.
What elements would your fantasy club night entail? I think it would be in the middle of the Rockies somewhere. The sound would be piped through the atmosphere by ultra-sonic, nuclear-powered quantum speaker subs. My video send would be projected (via multiple particle lasers) onto the side of a snow-covered fourteener, and I would battle the Norse god Odin for turntable supremacy. That, or I just look forward to throwing down in the First Bank Center again.
Question we didn't ask you but you often ask yourself: Where should i eat today?
Next time we can see you spin: This Saturday I will be throwing down a four-hour AV set at Tooey's, which I am quite looking forward to.