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With Beek aka Anthonyy Badon, we connected on a personal level as well as a musical one. I was first drawn to his sassed up productions, and after having a few long conversations online, I saw someone on a similar wavelength. I think this dude is wise way beyond his years, and Disco Droppings is happy to give its full support. So if you like attitude, give it up for the fierce entity known as Beek..

DD You’re younger than I expected, and I say that in the best way. There’s so much maturity in your voice, the productions and the overall execution. I was like “whaaat this dude is only 19?!” What inspires all this energy? You’re projecting so much in a very strong way, it commands attention. 

B Well, it may sound a bit cliché, but all of the energy comes from me being so introverted as a child. I was always “the fat kid!” Nobody really paid me any attention. Once I started loosing weight and started loving myself more, I felt unstoppable. The energy and personality was always there. I just finally gained the confidence I needed to unleash it on the world.

 

 

 
DD There’s a large gay community over here in Seattle. I see people with style, I see attitude, but nothing as fierce as these ballroom videos. This to me, is real attitude. Dancing for their lives; ready to break their legs, ankles and whatever else to be the best. What does all this stuff mean to you? 

B Oh my goodness, without the ballroom scene I don’t even know where I would be as far as producing music goes. Amongst all other genres, Ballroom really stood out to me. The raw sound and the passion that the voguers brought to the floor gave me chills. I had never seen anything like it. Before then, I had never seen so many gay people in one room. It made me feel like I could actually fit in somewhere, and I wanted to be a part of it.

 

DD What would you say Beek is all about? 

B Well, Beek is a very loud and outspoken person. He’s also, all about being sexy. He says all the things that Anthonyy would be too afraid to say.

 

 

DD Would you describe yourself as a loner in your hometown? You mentioned that you never play shows there, and that people don’t really care about the kind of music you do. You also mentioned being a bit of a misfit and not connecting with a lot of the other gay dudes in your area, which I can relate to.

B Yes, I would consider myself a loner. I don’t really have many local friends at all. I could probably count them all on one hand. The gay guys in my area are all pretty much one in the same. They don’t really like anything, or anyone for that matter that’s different. And, as far as my music goes, the majority of the people here don’t understand it. And that’s okay. It’ll take some time for them to grasp it, but by then I hope to be where I need to be.

DD What’s in the works for you in 2014? 

B You should def be on the lookout for the official Qween Beat release coming very soon! As well as my own personal EP titled “Naked.”

 

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– Jimi Jaxon

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I am all over Sugur Shane. I first heard “Buddah Vs Sugur” through the Qween Beat Soundcloud, and thought “DAMN”. So I emailed MikeQ, head of this savage label and asked about Sugur. He hooked us up and here we are. As someone who loves attitude, Sugur Shane’s music is exactly the kind of stuff I can’t get enough of. I am 100% behind his My Night With Peter & Junior release (digital or CD) and I’m so excited to chat with him today. In addition to this interview, he’s given Disco Droppings an exclusive download of  “Sexy Heels Freestyle”. 

 

DD First off, I get so hyped on your music! The attitude, the energy and the power you showcase really gets my goin’. Could you talk about your influences on “My Night With Peter & Junior”? There’s a combination of Peter Rauhofer, Junior Vasquez, ballroom culture, house classics, and rap battling all melded into one. I’m interested in what these various things mean to you?

SS Thank you, I’m glad you enjoy it. Well Peter & Junior are the reasons I fell in love with house music. When I was 18 first stepping into the legendary Roxy nightclub of NYC, it totally changed me. I went religiously every Saturday; sometimes I would just sit on a speaker and feel the bass. As far as ballroom culture, a couple tracks of course have that theme and then the infamous “ha” we used. Rap Battling is my style for rapping. I have a huge love for house music but also hip-hop. I hate when people make the mistake of calling me a commentator or ballroom artist. It just shows you how much research they have done on me, NONE. At the end of day, I’m not commentating on my songs, I’m rapping. I always wanted to do a mixtape with house music classics. When I became a part of Qween Beat, I thought this would be the perfect time to do it. So I took all of my influences and merged them into one project.

 

DD To follow up, how do you feel your music distinguishes itself from your influences? I would say you have your own thing going on.

SS I’m glad you said that! I feel the same exact way. You can definitely hear the influences, but I know how to make it my own. Also I’m always evolving, and learning to make sure my music remains fresh.

DD Did you collaborate with a producer on this release? You’ve mentioned the producer Get Em..

SS I mainly worked with my producer Get Em on this release. I included some older tracks of mine which were produced by Jay R (Qween Beat), DJ Exclusive(PKE), and DJ Nakaifma (Bamabounce). B. Lee of Hustler Records mixed and mastered two of those tracks. The feature info and production credits can be found on the tracklisting artwork.

 

DD The execution of your voice in these tracks is phenomenal. How long have you been at this, both as a rapper and producer? At this point, it sounds very realized.

SS I’ve been recording and releasing music since late 2004-05. My first release on a record label was in 2010 on E0N5/Kult Records.

DD What does a Sugur Shane show look like? Take us into the environment you aim to create.

SS A Sugur Shane show is FUN! I like to have a lot of fun and engage in my audience. I want them to have the time of their life, so after I’m done they are asking when the next show is. So far so good, I’m happy that I have succeeded with that so far. The response has been overwhelming. To give you a little insight, I like to have a theme for my show. Different segments etc. I’m also big on shock value, so I like to have some performances & remixes handy for my show.

 

DD There’s a music video for your “Qween Beat Attack Intro” track. What was the process like getting that together, and how involved are you in the direction and style of the video?

SS The process of that is draining but fun. I’m an independent artist, which means I’m also a walking record label. Everything you see from the photo shoots, music videos, marketing even down to booking shows is all me. One of my partners in my company Got Rush Ent helped me shoot that music video. We did the shooting together as well as for all my videos. I’m very hands on when it comes to everything. I control the direction I want to take and so forth. I have a recording studio and also photography studio equipped with a green screen. By time we were done, all it needed was editing.

 

DD What do plan on accomplishing next? I truly wish you all the best, know that your tracks will be getting support from me in Seattle!

SS I’m glad to hear that. What’s next? I have many projects in the works right now. I worked with quite a few producers on some tracks. I have a remix EP in the works with a crazy roster for production. Two bitchy house music tracks sitting to be released later this year. OH! And the mixtape is not going away. I’m doing several other music videos for the mixtape. I feel I still have much more ground to cover, the mixtape is way to good to let sit.

 

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– Jimi Jaxon

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If you’re unaware, I have joined the Bottom Forty DJ collective, based in Seattle. Run by Nark, this crew acts as a resource for lovers of underground music. Via the newly released Bottom Forty site, each of the members (Nark, Riff-Raff, Spaceotter, Pavone, Tony Radovich and myself) will post about music every week. In addition, we have a podcast series, featuring exclusive mixes and interviews. Each B40 member is requesting mixes from people we like, and working on mixes ourselves to debut. I’ve asked some of my friends to create podcast mixes, so keep an eye out for those, along with mine which will hopefully be up in the next few weeks. 

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You’ll notice my Bottom Forty posts often piggybacking Disco Droppings features, giving additional support to artists I’m fond of. So far I’ve written about Rubix, Misun, Dreams, Sleepyhead, Karma Kid, Velour, Boston Bun, Qween Beat, Nacey and most recently, Mirror State. Almost all of those have links to free downloads. 

“Bottom Forty is a mirror ball in New York, a basement in Chicago, a cruise in L.A. and a night in the desert.”

– Jimi Jaxon

 

For those of you that haven’t heard this nasty track from MikeQ, here’s “Let It All Out” (Purchase on Beatport). This guy is traveling the world, sharing his high energy sounds. These are centered around the ballroom scene, which you can learn more about in this RBMA feature. Catch him at his headlining Seattle show this Saturday at Lo-Fi 

DD It’s a pleasure to talk with you MikeQ, where are you at right now in your travels?

MQ EVERYWHERE! This year alone I’ve been in a pretty good amount of different places throughout the US, UK & EU. Pretty amazing to me. 

 

DD I first heard your name through Fade To Mind with your “Let It All Out” release, that track popped off! More recently, I started reading past interviews with you, listening to your many Soundcloud tracks and watching the film “Paris Is Burning”. Now I am hooked on this ballroom/vogue culture. What about all this connects with you most? 

MQ What initially attracted me to the scene was a combination of the dancing and music that existed at that time (2003), but now it’s just so much more than that, good and bad.

 

DD The newest track to surface on your Soundcloud is a brilliant rework of Madonna’s “Vogue”. I snatched up a free download, very hyped to play this out, sassy. How would you describe Madonna’s role in your scene? What’s your favorite track of hers?

MQ Lol… Madonna’s role In the Ballroom scene from my opinion is basically just someone famous who grasped the culture and helped put it out the the world on a mainstream level, and “Vogue” would be my favorite track of hers with “Holiday” next & then more recently “The Beat Goes On”.  

 

DD I feel that you have a unique mindset with music production. Knowing the ballroom scene, the people that make it up and the dance styles that revolve around it, is essential to your style. You are completely connected with the dancers and nightlife, it fuels your ideas for tracks. Which tracks of yours embody this idea most? Which ones have you seen audiences expecially go off to?

MQ Well your right about that! lol… Lets see.. I would have to say my “Ebony Ha 2009”, “The Master Blaster”, “10’s Across The Board” …They really go off to “Feels Like”, “The Ha Dub ReWerk’d” and an older track of mine which is pretty much unnamed but its a mix of 50 Cent’s “Disco Inferno” but that was back In 2005 and when I played that people came to the booth like WTF!? lol.

 

DD I will definetely be at your show March 3 @ Lo-Fi (Seattle). I’m a big fan of Car Crash Set, and feel that your presence will be refreshing and a total thrill. How would you describe your upcoming set, for those thinking about attending?

MQ My upcoming set… I would have to say is going to most likely be random. But definitely full of energy, lots of Ballroom, House & Jersey Club And just energetic. I’m not one of those gimmicky DJ’s thats jumping up and down as I play, but its all in what you will hear.. I only play music that I myself enjoy so im sure everyone else will as well.

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– Jimi Jaxon