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Local legend in the house. With recent shows in Indiana, San Francisco, Milwaukee and Seattle, she’s been staying quite busy. Well respected for her skills behind the decks for many many years now, it’s a pleasure to have this lively character on the site and at our monthly spot Thursday. Enjoy our little conversation!

DD Hey there Jimni! Welcome to Disco Droppings, how are you?

JC Heavenly, thank you.
 
DD You have this very fun, animated energy. Who or what has helped shape the way you carry yourself?
 
JC Self-awareness and self love give me the inspiration to be expressive.

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DD You’re known for your work with Happy Hardcore, but this week (3/19) you’ll be showing another side to yourself at our Disco Droppings Presents Kremwerk monthly, this interest in Jungle. What first sparked your attention with this kind of style, and when was the last time you did a set like this?

JC I am pretty sure I started collecting jungle records the same time as Happy Hardcore. My brother was DJ ERA with the Seattle Pressure crew in the 90’s. He would always give me his new mixtapes with all the newest jungle. In 1997 for Christmas he gave me Roni-Size-Reprazent-New-Forms which is still one of my favorite cds. That cd for sure made me a life time fan of dnb. I suppose Lucky was the last time I played dnb …..so last weekend. I will of course be a little more mindful about the happy hardcore at your event haha but only a little. I feel like variety is very important.

DD Where have been your most inspiring places to travel?

JC Burning Man has the most amazing art and is rather lovely. Also every time I go to LA to hang out with DJ Flap Jack, Audra and all my other alien friends I am so inspired by their creativity.

DD You’ve mentioned “The Last Unicorn” and “What Dreams May Come” in a past interview, what about these books sparks your interest?

JC I like the style of writing in “What Dreams May Come”.  It intentionally becomes confusing at parts, which I find to be a good way to set the mood of what is happening. The book uses good imagery. “The Last Unicorn” is inspiring due to its poetic nature, every word spoken in the book is like a song. It is very musical for something with no music. Every line is perfect. There is so much wisdom in this book.

“There never is a happy ending because nothing ever ends.”

Always was my favorite quote from the book.

*Photo credit: Jeremy Jones

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- Jimi Jaxon

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Catch this lovely lady tonight [3.13] at Kremwerk. Let’s jump into our conversation on dBfest 2014, late late nights and her return to Seattle..

 

DD Hello there Avalon! Welcome to Disco Droppings, how are ya?

AE Doing good, chilling in Arizona right now having some family time, gearing up for a big weekend.

DD Now I first saw you play at Decibel Festival 2014’s dB After Hours over at Kremwerk, which also featured Scratcha DVA (with a surprise Kode9 b2b set), Lincolnup and Ben Tactic. It takes a special feel to hold a crowd super late into the night, and I was totally captivated by your DJ set. You had a very strong focused presence, and it’s always a good sign when you forget where you are and how tired you might be and just get lost in the energy. How did you feel about that experience?

AE I absolutely love those kind of late nights where you’re not confined to time, the energy curves into an infinite amount. I had a great time, got to go in a lot of different directions. Plus the craziness of dB fest and all the out-of-towners added a lot of extra spice.

 

DD I haven’t gotten the chance to play much outside my home base in Seattle. I’m curious about how your travels affect your mindset with music? Compared to when you were more stationary.

AE It’s definitely a challenge to asses the crowd/club/scene in a new city you’ve never been to before. Got to be extra on your toes while still bringing a cohesive atmosphere and idea to the night. Especially in Europe where an hour flight means a completely different culture, language.

DD Cybernetic Edits is a nifty little site hosting these free new remixes of yours. What drew you to these artists for your reworks? My eyes widened when I saw Technotronic!

AE Thanks! I play a lot of edits, and often have people come up asking what some weird version of a track I played was. And on top of that I’m not the only DJ who does it! This one’s got a Bananarama edit from Derek Opperman, and I’ve got some great stuff in the pipeline from other artists coming up. Some of the best moments I’ve experienced in clubs are special crazy deep edits/remixes/versions of big tracks. We’ve already reached the virtual trainspotting singularity with discogs/youtube/forums/etc, might as well make it easy and fun for people to snag some different cuts.

 

DD Feelin’ the sass in “Pressure/Quoi!”. What was going through your head when these tracks came together?

AE Pretty straightforward, starting with a strange sample and a kick drum. I made “Pressure” in about a night, never second-guessed any of the voices or sounds, and “Quoi!” I thought no one would like because of the goofy vocal sample, but I still play both nearly every show.

DD You make your return to Kremwerk on Friday, March 13th, how’s the energy gonna’ be this time around?

AE I’m so pumped to come back! I love Seattle, it was actually the first non-SF DJ gig I played back on Valentine’s Day 2014 I believe. As always, I make no assumptions and take every show individually, but I have good vibes in store <3

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- Jimi Jaxon

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There was a time years ago when I ignored the news. Overwhelmed, confused and full of fear, I’d just focus on my music. Abby Martin brought me back with her show Breaking The Set. She was a guest on Disco Droppings in 2013, and researching for that interview exposed me to so many issues around the world, from a perspective I wasn’t used to hearing. It was draining enough for me to just watch episode after episode and reflect. I was so impressed with her ability to soak in mountains of information, gather up all these people and organizations from many sides of the political spectrum, often voices rarely heard on a news program, and give them a platform to share their thoughts and energy.

It’s so clear to me that Abby has a huge heart for the world. Underneath all that frustration is a desire to see people truly come together. We are one human family, more similar than we are different, and that theme was reflected all throughout her show.

I don’t fully understand everything that was talked about on BTS. I’m no expert. Refusing to blindly follow anyone, and questioning more was another major part of her series. This is more about an individual taking their passions and doing something with it. Cheers to Abby for walking down her own unique path, traveling wherever she feels led. It’s not one person’s job to save the world. She’s made her waves, and I will continue to search for my ways to do the same.

 

- Jimi Jaxon

 

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For my first interview of 2015, I talk with Newaxeyes. We’ve become friends recently, and I wanted to share their mindset and energy both on the site, and at our monthly “Disco Droppings Presents” where they will headline this week. The band has donated some gif previews of their visuals, which you’ll see spread throughout the feature. Alright, let’s drop in..

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DD Whatsup Newaxeyes. I feel we have been drawn together for a reason. I connected with your diverse style, and willingness to push things. Happy to have you headlining “Disco Droppings Presents” at Kremwerk on the 19th.

NWXYS Thanks very much for having us. We’re thrilled to be a part of it.

 

DD It’s definitely been a trip for me, spending more time with your music. You guys have mentioned trances, how do altered perceptions play a role in your art?

NWXYS We generally seek to create sounds that reach the listener at a sort of pre-intellectual level, so that there’s less interference going on and the music can be taken in more directly. When we are at our best is when we feel more or less “entranced” and when we are letting the music happen in its own way, without the constant real-time analysis that can be poisonous to a piece.

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DD We’ve both been placed on a variety of music bills, where have been your favorite environments so far?

NWXYS We love to play with hip-hop beats people, psychedelic rock bands, modern composition types, performance art groups, harsh noisers, you name it. From the outset, we have always wanted to fluidly interact with a broad spectrum of styles and genres to carve our own chameleonic sound, so we’ve been happy to be invited to very disparate sorts of bills. Even better is that we tend to be received well by diverse audiences, maybe offering something atypical and challenging to the environment.

 

DD In addition to the music, I’m intrigued by your visual element. Tyler’s Instagram for example, definitely see an eye for catching things. And the logos and artwork you use work super well. Is this a group effort or do certain members of the band focus here?

NWXYS We all met more or less through our time at Cornish College of the Arts (Bret wasn’t a student but it sometimes felt like he might as well have been). Will was the only music student – Tyler was a photo/video art major and Jordan was in for graphic design. So it’s very natural for us to shape a visual aesthetic concurrently with the music. We’re lucky in that between the four of us we have the skill set to handle pretty much every aspect of the project. Tyler creates the majority of the photography and makes our videos. Jordan makes the logos, website, and most posters.

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DD Where have your most impactful inspirations for Newaxeyes come from?

NWXYS It’s all over the place. When we started out, we were listening to a lot of Oneohtrix Point Never, Death Grips and Demdike Stare – electronic-oriented stuff that tends to be simultaneously physical and cerebral. But we all have such eclectic tastes and personal influences that it would be difficult to answer generally. From a non-musical standpoint, we are all fascinated by data, the societal effects of the Internet, and forces of power and influence hidden from public view.

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DD Lastly, how would you describe your upcoming live set alongside Sphyramid, Raveghost, Dream Beat, David Comito and I?

NWXYS We have this super inconvenient habit of writing new material and reshaping old stuff until pretty much the day of the show, so that’s a bit hard to answer. We’ll be playing some bangers though. Being that it’s Kremwerk and Disco Droppings, we’ll possibly lean more heavily on dirty dark dance vibes.

 

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