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Thursday, January 5, 2012

DJ Theory on the Success of Moombahton, Its Burgeoning Subgenres, and the INTL Party

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You also do remixes of artists like The O'Jays. How do you choose which songs to remix? The O'Jays - Now That We Found Love (Theory re-chunk) by DJ THEORY

It's more like they choose me. I'll be listening to something and it will hit me that there's a part of it that just needs to get touched. Sometimes it's an entire song that I'll edit for myself and other DJ's sets, or sometimes just a small piece of a melody or vocal sample. I have notes on notes of songs that I'd like to flip; it's just a matter of getting around to them. Plus, I plan to continue doing as many official remixes as possible. I'll stay making bootlegs though. I come from a sample-based hip-hop background, so I'll always be chopping and sampling.

Are you planning on releasing any EPs in 2012?

I'm afraid that's on a "need-to-know basis" [laughs]. No, I am for sure, you can expect to see a ton of new material from me this year. Right now there's more moombahsoul originals and edits on deck, as well as new mixtapes, collaborations, and surprises.

Tell us a little about The INTL party. What gave you this idea to start this type of party?

Public Works is an awesome venue and very up on underground and cutting edge music, so when they hit me up to get involved with a new party there, it was a no-brainer. S.F. needed a home for moombahton and global bass music on a regular basis, and The INTL has become exactly that.

How does name The INTL represent your party?

There's a ton of good music in the world, and if it will make you shake your ass, we want it on our dancefloor. Our goal is to include dance music from different regions of the world that you wouldn't normally hear in the club. Although the party is heavily moombahton-based, we're also aiming to include bits of U.K. funky, kuduro, bashment, Afro, cumbia, baile funk and anything else that strikes our interest in global bass music.

How has its reception been? Does it fit in with S.F.'s palette of parties?

Most definitely. S.F. has a very wide palette when it comes to parties -- we're just a very small city, so it can be a challenge to get the folks out sometimes, because there's just not that many people here! Folks have been riding with us thus far and showing a lot of love, so being that this is still a new party, we're all stoked on the support. We have Jillionaire coming up on Feb. 9, so that should help get this year moving in fine style.

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