Shameless Social/Flea Market reunion headliners Tactic/Flea Market DJ Brent Tactic

21 Oct

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TACTIC = BEN TACTIC + BRENT TACTIC (Think 2wice, Bubblin – KC/PDX)
www.soundcloud.com/tactic
www.soundcloud.com/think-2wice

The spirit of Flea Market is perhaps best personified in Brent Tactic. A force to be reckoned with as a DJ, producer, and promoter, Brent’s time in Seattle was never wasted, as he made a considerable impression on the electronic music community while in the 206. The risks he took on the decks sound so good thinking back to his sets. In one instant, he’d mix out of CSS into Slim Thug then into Modeselektor and finally resting at Three 6 Mafia. Or Lil’ Wayne. Or Audion. Perhaps Ciara. And he made it all sound like it all made sense. This is all pre-Girl Talk genre bending, by the way. The difference between Girl Talk and Brent is that the latter allowed the grooves of the different tracks to ride considerably longer than the former – and the impact was phenomenal.

Obviously, Brent’s move back to Kansas City after nearly three years in Seattle and as part of Flea Market was less than ideal. Once back in KC, he certainly didn’t slow down his incessant promotion of multiple parties and growth of his Think 2wice imprint he shares with Ben Tactic (Bubblin – PDX). Brent also continued to wave the proverbial Flea Market genre-bending flag, albeit in a slightly different form. “The concept of a free for all is still there in more ways than one,” he says, speaking recently from Kansas City. “I think it’s incredibly relevant and has no limits to its potential.” He still uses the freeform concept at his Kansas City monthly Superb.

Brent has worked with his business and DJ partner Ben as Tactic for nearly ten years. As with his own unique approach, Tactic DJ sets largely ignore reliance on just one genre and instead blur the lines that would typically restrict DJs – to wildly fun effect. Their remixes and original productions have garnered international attention with plays on NYC’s East Village Radio and London’s prestigious KISS FM and BBC Radio1 as well as getting in rotation in the DJ sets of Diplo, Sinden, Tittsworth, Starkey, Jackmaster, Dave Nada, Cosmo Baker and Eli Escobar.

Lately, Brent and Ben have celebrated the burgeoning moombahton genre both in their DJ sets, productions, and label signees such as DJ Melo, who just released a solid EP on Think 2wice:

www.soundcloud.com/think-2wice/sets/dj-melo-star-time-ep/

Brent loved moombahton right from the start. “I got the promo email back in early 2010 from T & A for the first Dave Nada ep and loved it immediately. I gathered some catalog, figured out what I liked and how to play it right. I started rocking it on the regular about this time last year.”

Like many genres, Brent believes that, in the right hands, moombahton can catch fire just about anywhere in any setting. “Here’s one thing I think people don’t take into consideration when talking about a genre going over well or whatever. I honestly think you can make any style pop if you play it right. With moombahton being still fairly new to so many crowds and so many big records coming out, it’s going over huge [in Kansas City] and everywhere else I’ve been able to drop it. I really think I’ve been extremely lucky to be able to express myself through it so much over this whole year.”

While Tactic will for certain be feasting on moombahton tracks during their Flea Market set, they’ll drift into other genres as well. “There’s a lot of things impressing us these days and plan on running through a bunch of styles Saturday.”

As his label Think 2wice gains more notoriety and Tactic’s productions increasing, Brent feels good about the future. “Honestly I feel busier than I’ve ever been and having more fun with music than I have in a long time.”

The Shameless Social & Flea Market presents

FLEA MARKET REUNION
Tactic (Think 2wice, Bubblin – KC/PDX)
Scratchmaster Joe (Famous Players)
Kadeejah Streets (Innerflight)
Greg Skidmore (Oscillate)
Verse (Show & Tell, Flea Market)
Recess (Shameless)

Saturday, October 22, 2011
10pm-4am

Electric Tea Garden
1402 E. Pike St.

** FREE BEFORE 11PM **
$5 11pm-1am
$10 1am-???

www.simplyshameless.com

Flea Market reunion/Shameless Social host Recess

21 Oct

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www.soundcloud.com/itsrecess

Recess is *the* reason I’m a DJ today. He and I met way back in 1994 after meeting through an ex-girlfriend of his I was dating at the time. We bonded over music, sharing mixtapes, talking about our favorite bands and DJs, and took crazy road trips up to Vancouver to the infamous Twilight Zone club in Gastown. Around 1998, Recess picked up a set of belt-drive turntables and started crate-digging. I remember him getting very good very quickly, and before you knew it he was recording one fun mixtape after another, all one-take recordings, all one of a kind (and I’m threatening to convert them to mp3, if I have the blessings from Recess to do so). When I moved out of town for work for a year, Recess was kind enough to send a monthly mixtape to keep me from getting terribly homesick (and would provide a sweet soundtrack for those 13-hour driving sessions from Salt Lake City to Seattle, which I did often).

Not long after I moved back in the early 00s, Recess started Shameless in the bunker party space of the Alibi Room. Those were crazy nights – people dancing on the table, sweat dripping off the walls. Details from those nights are hazy at best, but I was intensely inspired to DJ from those Alibi Room sessions. The excitement of discovering new underground techno and electro house tracks played out by Recess and his cohorts at the time The Perfect Cyn, Derek Fisher, Kristina Childs, and Misha was profound. I kept telling myself at the time “where have I been all these years without electronic dance music in my life?” Now there’s no turning back.

Obviously, Recess and the Shameless crew has enjoyed tremendous success for the past eight years, throwing countless parties at Decibel and around town, hosting the likes of James Holden, Smash TV, Drop The Lime, J. Phlip, Modeselektor, Solvent, among many, many others.

Perhaps my favorite all-time Recess mixes – and I’ve heard dozens – are these two fine gems:

Recess – Live at Photosynthesis 2011
www.soundcloud.com/itsrecess/recess-photosynthesis-2011

Recess – Assid Test 2005 Mix
www.soundcloud.com/itsrecess/assid-test-all-vinyl-mixed-live-by-recess-2005

And now we come to the very origins of Flea Market, sparked by a fateful meeting between Recess, Brent Tactic, and myself. I met Brent for the first time at this meeting & we had the same attitude about playing multiple genres in our DJ sets, keeping things constantly interesting, taking some risks without being too self-indulgent, tag-teaming playing 2-3 records in quick sequence. Being on the same page, we decided to get Flea Market off the ground at Chapel – and we have Recess to thank for getting the proverbial ball moving. As far as I’m concerned, he’s part of Flea Market as well.

The Shameless Social & Flea Market presents

FLEA MARKET REUNION
Tactic (Think 2wice, Bubblin – KC/PDX)
Scratchmaster Joe (Famous Players)
Kadeejah Streets (Innerflight)
Greg Skidmore (Oscillate)
Verse (Show & Tell, Flea Market)
Recess (Shameless)

Saturday, October 22, 2011
10pm-4am

Electric Tea Garden
1402 E. Pike St.

** FREE BEFORE 11PM **
$5 11pm-1am
$10 1am-??

www.fleamarketmusic.wordpress.com
www.soundcloud.com/flea-market

Flea Market DJ Kadeejah Streets

20 Oct

KADEEJAH STREETS (Innerflight)
www.soundcloud.com/kadeejah-streets

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Oh Baby!! One of the most infamous DJs around, Kadeejah Streets is quite the enigma in the Northwest electronic music scene. While he’s made a name for himself through his affiliation with the Innerflight crew, KDJ made a solid impression on the Flea Market crew – and we absolutely had to add him as a resident. He kinda had us at hello.

On a fateful night back in March 2006, Kadeejah Streets was our special guest DJ at Flea Market, and it became crystal clear during his first set that he fit right into the Flea Market aesthetic: able to play in and out of any dance music genre and still retain his own uniquely festive and bright sound. With a subtle bop in his signature side-step dance behind the decks, KDJ rocked our world with one irresistible electro & tech house track after another, all party-starters and burners, never a dull moment. At the end of the night, we had our fourth Flea Market resident.

www.soundcloud.com/flea-market/flea-market-and-innerflight-03

We also competed together at the 2010 Battle of the Mega-mixes competition. He narrowly knocked me out of the contest, but I completely understand why…

KDJ – Battle of the Mega-mixes (Round One)

KDJ – Battle of the Mega-mixes (Round Two)

Perhaps a fitting example of the distinctive KDJ sound is his early 2011 mix for the annual Shameless My Bloody Valentine Is Shameless party, where he dropped another series of amazing tracks from the likes of D.I.M., Justin Martin, Walter Jones, among others.

www.soundcloud.com/kadeejah-streets/your-bloody-valentine

One of my best experiences as a DJ was traveling with KDJ to Austin for the 2010 South By Southwest music conference and playing no less than three showcases together. Playing an hour tag-team set with KDJ on the patio of the Elysian bar right on a busy Red River Road with hundreds of attendees constantly walking by, with plenty of Lone Star beer at the ready, we recaptured much of the Flea Market spirit that sunny afternoon deep in the heart of Texas.

www.soundcloud.com/verse/kadeejah-streets-vs-verse-elysium-sxsw-march-18-2010

You know what to do this Saturday…

The Shameless Social & Flea Market presents

FLEA MARKET REUNION
Tactic (Think 2wice, Bubblin – KC/PDX)
Scratchmaster Joe (Famous Players)
Kadeejah Streets (Innerflight)
Greg Skidmore (Oscillate)
Verse (Show & Tell, Flea Market)
Recess (Shameless)

Saturday, October 22, 2011
10pm-4am

Electric Tea Garden
1402 E. Pike St.

** FREE BEFORE 11PM **

www.fleamarketmusic.wordpress.com
www.soundcloud.com/flea-market

Flea Market DJ Scratchmaster Joe

19 Oct

SCRATCHMASTER JOE
www.famouswebsite.net

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A little over a year after Flea Market got moving at Chapel in 2005-6, a few changes in the lineup occurred: Brent Tactic moved back to Kansas City with his family, while Greg Skidmore decided to focus on other pursuits besides DJing. At this point, we had both Kadeejah Streets and Scratchmaster Joe up in the booth as regular special guests, both fitting right into the multi-genre, tag-team format that defined the Flea Market approach. While each of their styles are drastically different from any of ours, they were also perfect choices to step into the shoes of Brent and Greg in the lineup.

As many already know, Scratchmaster Joe is perhaps the best turntablist in the Northwest. Inspired by scratching icons such as Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Craze, and Waystyles, Joe trained himself with laser precision to be a world-class scratchmaster, competing in multiple DMC competitions around the country for nearly a decade. As he told Trent Moorman of The Stranger in 2010, Joe’s approach to practice on the decks is hardcore:

“I compile records in my DMC crate year round. I begin working with records that feel right for battling. I start by jamming long hours with a couple records, then I video record myself, watch and edit, watch and edit and watch and edit. Eventually, I start to time sections into tight one and a half to two minute routines. Then, I stitch short routines together to make longer routines. I practice in short spurts, thirty minutes here, thirty minutes there, and over the course of a day, I rack up some hours on the decks. I always record a clean version of the current rendition of a routine before bedtime, that way I don’t forget what I’ve done prior. At some point, I have my two minute set and my six minute set, and then I practice them sequentially over and over. Usually, I schedule a live performance before the battle to help me work my nerves up and figure out where I’m likely to fuck up during the competition, and make adjustments.

I avoid doing things that hurt or exhaust my hands, like lifting weights and surfing the net and riding my bike. I do a lot of cardiovascular exercise to keep my energy level up. And I neglect all other areas of my life so that I can focus intently on winning DMC World Championships” (The Stranger, May 20, 2010).

Scratchmaster Joe @ DMC Southern Finals – New Orleans, 2009:

Scratchmaster Joe @ DMC Finals, 2005:

Scratchmaster Joe w/Drumsicle:

Lately, Scratchmaster Joe has been busy with new original productions and live sets and active in many other creative realms: graffiti art installation manager, educator, promoter. As one half of Famous Players (with ex-Seattle resident Sam Kirkland), Joe released the acclaimed bass mixtape Scratchmaster Joe and freakdat! Are Famous Players (2005) on their Famous label (www.famouswebsite.net).

Scratchmaster Joe – From Classroom To Curbs:

Here are some of the many admirable quotes about this local legend:

“Musically, he’s an egotistical showman, a championship-level turntablist that shows off the results of years planted in front of a pair of decks.” Donte Parks, The Stranger

“The rhythms and tones Joe derives and wields are unendingly danceable. It was completely spell binding to watch him work. True vinyl genius.” Trent Moornman, The Stranger

Join us this Saturday and watch a true turntable master work the decks over!

Shameless Presents:

***THE SOCIAL***

FLEA MARKET REUNION
Tactic (Think 2wice, Bubblin – KC/PDX)
Scratchmaster Joe (Famous Players)
Kadeejah Streets (Innerflight)
Greg Skidmore (Oscillate)
Verse (Show & Tell, Flea Market)
Recess (Shameless)

Saturday, October 22
10pm-4am

Electric Tea Garden
1402 E. Pike St.

www.fleamarketmusic.wordpress.com
www.soundcloud.com/flea-market

Flea Market DJs Kadeejah Streets & Verse – Live at SXSW

18 Oct

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Nearly two years ago, Kadeejah Streets and I had a golden opportunity in the form of an invitation to play the South By Southwest festival in 2010. With plenty of Lone Star suds at the ready, we rocked Red River for a good hour on a sweet n sunny afternoon on the porch of the Elysian bar. Good times, as evidenced in the recording we captured…

http://soundcloud.com/verse/kadeejah-streets-vs-verse-elysium-sxsw-march-18-2010

The Shameless Social & Flea Market presents

FLEA MARKET REUNION
Tactic (Think 2wice, Bubblin – KC/PDX)
Scratchmaster Joe (Famous Players)
Kadeejah Streets (Innerflight)
Greg Skidmore (Oscillate)
Verse (Show & Tell, Flea Market)
Recess (Shameless)

Saturday, October 22, 2011
10pm-4am

Electric Tea Garden
1402 E. Pike St.

** FREE BEFORE 11PM **

Flea Market DJ Greg Skidmore

18 Oct

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When Brent Tactic and I were about 3-4 months into our Flea Market residency in 2004, we wanted to bring on a third resident DJ who brought a certain type of edge and intellect that complimented our penchant for more party-centric, groove-minded music. It didn’t take us long to figure out that Greg Skidmore fit the bill. His DJ sets at Oscillate @ Baltic Room were magisterial and proved, in my humble opinion, that he is by far the most technically proficient DJ in the Northwest. Greg has so much control over his mixing abilities – anyone who has seen him behind the decks knows how much knob-twisting he does to make the sound so pristine and crisp. He primarily plays dark and sexy IDM and techno tracks in his sets, dripping with sinister basslines, otherworldly synths, and punchy percussion. Nowadays, he’s establishing a career in massage therapy and doesn’t play out as often these days, so this Saturday’s Flea Market reunion is a rare treat to catch Greg Skidmore in action.

Greg has other talents as well. Standing five people deep in line at the Chop Suey bar, I thought it would be a great idea to throw a maraschino cherry at him (I may have had a few frosty beverages that night) just for fun. From 10-15 feet away, he effortlessly caught it in his mouth.

I also drive Greg crazy when I play Judas Priest and Loverboy. Guess what I’ll be packing for this Saturday?!?!

The Shameless Social & Flea Market presents

FLEA MARKET REUNION
Tactic (Think 2wice, Bubblin – KC/PDX)
Scratchmaster Joe (Famous Players)
Kadeejah Streets (Innerflight)
Greg Skidmore (Oscillate)
Verse (Show & Tell, Flea Market)
Recess (Shameless)

Saturday, October 22, 2011
10pm-4am

Electric Tea Garden
1402 E. Pike St.

** FREE BEFORE 11PM **

www.fleamarketmusic.wordpress.com

The Shameless Social presents the FLEA MARKET Reunion – Saturday, October 22 @ Electric Tea Garden!!

26 Sep

The Shameless Social presents

FLEA MARKET REUNION
Tactic (Think 2wice, Bubblin – KC/PDX)
Scratchmaster Joe (Famous Players)
Kadeejah Streets (Innerflight)
Greg Skidmore (Oscillate)
Verse (Show & Tell, Flea Market)
Recess (Shameless)

Saturday, October 22
10pm-4am

Electric Tea Garden
1402 E. Pike St.

The Shameless Social welcomes the reunion of the infamous DJ collective FLEA MARKET to Electric Tea Garden! Formed in 2004 by Brent Tactic & Verse (aka Josh Roberts), Flea Market was a DJ collective dedicated to blending a multitude of genres ranging from electro, IDM, hip-hop and techno to deep house, glitch, tech-house and ghetto-tech. The idea was not to simply play one genre all night, but to cross-pollinate multiple genres into DJ set and make it the end result sound fun and exciting. Resident DJs Kadeejah Streets, Greg Skidmore, and Scratchmaster Joe joined Flea Market during its 2 ½ year residency at Chapel, where crazy nights of mad tag-teaming DJ sets ensued. Curious? Listen to a recording from a Flea Market party back in 2006: soundcloud.com/flea-market

Five years later, Flea Market reunites for one special night with Shameless Social resident Recess. Expect lots of crazy tag-team sets from the Flea Market DJs all night long! Tactic headlines with what promises to be a fierce set largely focused on the growing moonbahton movement.
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TACTIC = BEN TACTIC + BRENT TACTIC (Think 2wice, Bubblin – KC/PDX)


Tactic is a dj & production team made up of Ben Tactic and Brent Tactic. The pair started working together in 2002 and immediately began to build on the success of their individual music careers. Ben’s background is based in electronic dance music and he cut his teeth playing warehouses, lofts and clubs all over the Midwest. Brent experienced great success in the hip-hop scene and split his time between djing and running an independent hip-hop label.

The two found common creative ground with the burgeoning music scene that ignored genre boundaries. Their focus became the best possible music from a broad cross section of club culture. Their 4 turntable dj sets blur the line between hip-hop, electronic and club music to get everyone’s asses shaking.

Tactic has proven just as productive in the studio as they are in the club. Their remixes and original productions have garnered international attention with plays on NYC’s East Village Radio and London’s prestigious KISS FM and BBC Radio1 as well as getting in rotation in the dj sets of Diplo, Sinden, Tittsworth, Starkey, Jackmaster, Dave Nada, Cosmo Baker and Eli Escobar. To date they have had remixes and original tracks released on labels such as Mad Decent, Dress 2 Sweat (Numbers), Starkey’s label Slit Jockey, Palms Out Sounds, Datura Records and their own label Think 2wice. With Ben now living in PDX running the groundbreaking night Bubblin and Brent residing in KC, this is a rare chance to see them perform together.

SCRATCHMASTER JOE
www.famouswebsite.net
www.handsomemobiledj.com

KADEEJAH STREETS
www.soundcloud.com/kadeejah-streets

GREG SKIDMORE
www.soundcloud.com/gregskidmore

VERSE
www.soundcloud.com/verse

RECESS (Shameless)
www.simplyshameless.com

www.fleamarketmusic.wordpress.com
www.soundcloud.com/flea-market

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