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EDC Las Vegas 2015: An Old-Schooler’s Perspective

Let’s get it out of the way: Despite its multi-million dollar budget, Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas 2015 was an old school rave. As a writer, you really want to criticize SOMETHING about the festival, so you can seem like you are giving a balanced portrayal. But really this rave lived up to its hype.

Tiesto DJing on the Kinetic Field stage at EDC Las Vegas 2015
Tiesto DJing on the Kinetic Field stage at EDC Las Vegas 2015

The scope and attention to detail is beyond what any aspiring rave promoter “back in the day” (including Insomniac I’ll wager) even dreamed of, seriously. I should know. I was one. I threw my first rave in 1991, owned one of America’s first techno record shops, have written for rave fanzines and magazines on and off for decades, produced music, and I’ve DJed all over this fine country. So with a certain amount of credibility I can say that EDCLV 2015 was so over-the-top, so lavish from a classical rave perspective, that my mind boggled.

Basscon Wasteland area at EDC Las Vegas 2015
Basscon Wasteland area at EDC Las Vegas 2015

Despite the 450,000 people at over $300 a ticket, one might still marvel at how this event broke even—another old school rave trait. Not content with their last success, Insomniac went even bigger. Many an old-school rave promoter lost their shirts that way, but it didn’t stop Insomniac. First off, the fireworks were more intense than I’ve seen at Disneyland. It was a non-stop finale from beginning to end. The various dance areas were visually artistic. The sound-systems were kickin’ and clear. The DJ and live-act talent had a major representative from nearly every EDM sub-genre. They could’ve had a little more hardcore in my opinion but at least EDC had some, unlike a lot of mainstream raves today.

Circuit Garden Arena at EDC Las Vegas 2015
Circuit Garden Arena at EDC Las Vegas 2015
Crowd at the Bassrush Basspod area.
Crowd at the Bassrush Basspod area.

Amusement rides were at the ready for festival goers. Street performances, if not done to absolute perfection, were done with so much heart their enthusiasm was contagious. And, THERE WERE CHILL-OUT AREAS. So many raves today have forgotten about the importance of the “ambient chill room” so you can escape the sonic maelstrom and relax. It was back in full effect at EDCLV 2015. There was something even for the snobby ravers, such as VIP areas. But those were few and far between and didn’t interfere with the vast majority’s good time. In fact, they were kinda hard to find.

Chill Out Area at EDC Las Vegas 2015
Chill Out Area at EDC Las Vegas 2015

Over the years some things have changed. The fashion is far removed from the baggie pants and hoodies of the 90’s. Basically it was a lot of bikinis and anime-inspired costuming. It was however, 91 degrees just about every night, so the dress was arguably appropriate. I didn’t hear or see anyone selling drugs, amazingly. Obviously at any big event drugs and alcohol will be present but Insomniac seems to be taking the most forward-thinking, advanced steps in crowd safety. We will have to wait until our society finally demystifies, legalizes and stops glamorizing so-called “recreational drugs” if we want to truly solve America’s drug problems.

Crowd at Kinetic Field
Crowd at Kinetic Field

Two important words: FREE WATER. That’s an improvement on the old days. Imagine being in a sweaty warehouse where the promoter turns off the water faucets so you have to buy bottled water. That happened all the time back-in-the-day. Those shady cat promoters charged $5 for a bottled water back in the early ‘90s!

Another shot of the Basscon Wasteland stage
Another shot of the Basscon Wasteland stage

Corporate sponsorship. Yes, 7-Up had their own stage but 7-Up’s logo wasn’t plastered everywhere you looked. Practically every promoter back in the day would have loved corporate sponsorship and pursued it. So, I’m not crying “sell-out” by any means. Camel and Marlboro used to sponsor MayDay, Love Parade, all kinds of stuff. At least we didn’t have to rave around jittery chain-smokers this time around. An improvement, in my opinion.

Another Chill-Out area at EDCLV 2015
Another Chill-Out area at EDCLV 2015

So this might shock you—but I’ll lay it on the line. If you raved “back-in-the-day” I’m happy to say you would have found a lot to like at EDCLV this year. The same spirit and energy you might have remembered from your rave-days is present and noticeable in this new generation, and Insomniac obviously took great care to make that happen and even improve on it.

Monday Morning at EDCLV 2015
Monday Morning at EDCLV 2015

Deadly Buda Track Reviews March 3, 2015

Last January I got booked to play Techno Belligerent’s “Jason Takes Los Angeles” party in downtown LA. Once again I sent the call out to producers everywhere to clue me in on their latest and greatest so I could come out the box slaying. Well I got a lot of stuff that came in. It took a while to go through it all but I did. There were a lot of great tracks that unfortunately I couldn’t play, just because of the time I had for the set (about 50 minutes). So I didn’t get to play everything, but listed below is the stuff that made it into the set. At bottom I list some other stuff that was interesting as well, but didn’t quite fit in that night. Immediately below is the actual mix from the event.

Deadly Buda - Jason Takes Los Angeles February 13, 2015 Set by Dj Deadly Buda on Mixcloud

Skandal (aka slave maker) - Kill Him –

Ripping hardcore crossbreed from Belgium. For those of you struggling to keep up with the dizzying new array of hardcore sub-genres, “Crossbreed” is like a combination of 4-to-the-floor hardcore techno, and drum and bass rhythms. This track has a nice lead and really gets the crowd pumped when you play it. It’s about 175 BPM. I don’t have a direct link to the track, so get in touch with Geoffrey Raes on Facebook and he can tell you where to get the track.

TechDiff – Eat Drink Fuck

Tight ripping breakcore from the legendary Peace Off Label. This track is taken from the Brothers in Blood 02 release. Already available digitally, this might be available on vinyl by the time you read this review. Clocking in at about 233 BPM, the beats are hyper chopped-up but still danceable and fun. A real crowd-pleaser.

Mindcontroller – Go! **Preview**

Blasting OG Hardcore from Mindcontroller with all the classic elements. Thundering kick, screaming hoovers, stabby stabs, cool samples, and even some high hats. Somewhere around 172 BPM, one of the things I like about this track is that it has some hi-hats and cymbals in it, and a snare that just doesn’t make a guest appearance. This track is a well-constructed song that doesn’t simplify itself to the point of ridiculousness just so that it sounds louder after being mastered.

Pink Abduction Ray - Roguelike

Periodically slicing through the Darkmatter Sound System is a shocking pink ray beam. Why? We don’t know. But this traction beam has a dope sound as evidenced by this track, “Roguelike.” 160 BPMs of quirky, in your face… hmmm techno? It’s honestly hard to classify a track like this now days, as there are elements of breakcore, hardcore, tekno, techno and acid. The classicist in me wants to label this techno or “tekno” as I could hear P.A.R.’s tracks going over big at teknivals. Check it out for yourself and see what you think.

Twin Braids - Baseck (featuring Joy Through Noise)

Baseck of Darkmatter Sound System and Joy Through Noise teamed up to create a new project called Twin Braids and this is one of their first tracks. Innovative, melodic 200 BPM hardcore techno made with all outboard analog instruments. This is one of those tracks you just sort of let play because there is so much cool stuff going on you just let the crowd get into it. The ending really picks up so be ready to mix in something high energy to follow it up. This track appears on the compilation PHOTON COLLISIONS (Curated By Somatic Responses) by Various Humans . There are plenty of other great tracks on this compilation so you might as well download the whole thing.

S L A C K E R Y O U T H 2 – Hinoi Team Night of Gabba

A fun 175 BPM Anime-inspired breakcore track that really is 350 BPM. The sample says “Nights on Fire” and quite frankly I’m not sure what the heck it is about, but it really picks the crowd up and is a lot of fun.

Mismasta – The T3rrorBass

200 BPM Frenchcore with some classic well-known samples. This well constructed track covers all the basics of hardcore, bringing to mind old Chosen Few tracks from the Mokum Label. A real nice kicking mix.

Monad – Influenced Bruv

Mad effects-laden breakcore from the Legs Akimbo Label. This 200 BPM break explosion is dense with synths and sweeps washing over a wall of bass.

DJ Filth – Revenge, Serve Cold

This 202 BPM Hardcore track has a nice hoover-groove to it and some cinema samples to jazz it up.

Ambivalence – Gyroscope + Ambivalence. =

A nice 170 BPM breakcore collaboration of Gyroscope and Ambivalence. And something about a chicken… see for yourself at the link above.

DJ Freak – 4 to the Floor 4 To The Floor (available on Amazon)

I ended my set at Jason Takes Los Angeles with this old classic from DJ Freak. Though released more than a decade ago, this track devastated the crowd. Mass distortion, super hard kicks, and if you think the tracks now are mastered loud, you ain’t heard this. 250 BPMs of super classic hardcore that rocks to this day and probably forever. It’s on iTunes too,

Johnny Sideways – Tales From the Darkside (Johnny Sideways RMX)

Johnny Sideways updates the classic Tango and Ratty hardcore drum and bass track. Clocking in at 175 BPM, it really pumps up the kick drum and gives it that rolling hardcore feel that Johnny Sideways is known for.

Paralysed Monch - D.I.E (Paralysed Monch Rmx)

Paralysed Monch does his take on the classic eRRe & Hardlogik vs. Syrinx track. Ball-busting Frenchcore that sounds more like pumped up breakcore or crossbreed to me. 177 BPM and cut loud. Watch your levels!

Deadly Buda & Seppuku – Wolf Love

I know it’s cheesy to review your own track, but no one else has it, and I did open my set with it that night. Right now it’s still unreleased while we finish mastering the track, but when it’s done you all are gonna like it. Super hard 4 to the floor Kicks and Synths and a touch of breaks and cool samples to jazz it up. It answers the question, “Where am I going?” Stay tuned for more info. I will post it on my Soundcloud page when it is ready.

Here are some of the other tracks that were sent in:

BAD MiND - If This Ain't Hell -

Unnatural Selection & Cik - Day Of Judgement

Cik & Cee-li - Salute (Cap Remix) - INNERCORE - NEW ISR COMPILATION OUT NOW!

3p - A World Without You (work in progress)

Akuma (Official) Bessie feat. DJ Virus & Jules (Original Mix)

C-POLOCK - Jason Returns & Minimal Horror Techno Begins (Original Mix)

Shyft Vs. K.H.D. - The Projekt

Hawawa - Over the Roof


CATDOG – This guy has a lot of cool breakcore tracks and you can check them out on his soundcloud

TimShopp - AHHHHH

Breakforce One - Virgin By Choice

DJ Pano

Dark Angel

Martin Poison

Mr. Looter - Did I Do That

Algorhythm 2 Rave Halloween-Somewhere in Pittsburgh

Here's a re-print of a fanzine article about Algorythm 2, my favorite part is, "Then there was this gorgeous (even better than the -skinny brunette at the copy place) girl with black or brown curly short hair. She had a shirt that was black with a star on it. She was SO beautiful and so into it and so together. If you know her, PLEASE lead her to me and the ‘zine cause she Just rules beyond compare. Plus, she has the’ cutest little nose." Total early 90's rave scene -Deadly Buda

Ephedrine - an early rave fanzine from about 1993.Technobeat

by Nitro ’93

Ephedrine Fanzine Issue 1, (published approximately 1993)

In the beginning, this rave was really - on the down side. The music was great, don’t get me wrong. I don’t know who the early dj’s were, but they were good. What sucked was the absense of people that were really into the whole thing. Usually that’s okay because the drugs that these drones come for cause a really cool scene, as well as converting non-ravers into the digiboy that I’ve managed to become over the years. But, there-weren’t even any drugs there which made these people rather angry and there were even some stupid jock assholes keeping with their Jock image by trying to start fights.

Another problem was the location. It was held in a dusty warehouse that was used as a paintball course and that paintball shit was everywhere which made it impossible to lean on anything when I got tired of dancing due to lack of drugs. Even the kick-ass smart drinks (at $4 a pop) and equally overpriced nitrous ballons (5 bucks!What the fuck?!?) had absolutely no evident effect on me. But then- DEADLY BUDA ‘came on and tore it up with the techno-insanity that causes cancer in laboratory rats. It was if the ecstacy were in the music and I didn’t ‘need any drugs cause he just rules. I couldn’t control my feet so I started skankin’ like I was at a Circle Jerks show in 1980 or something. Then there was this gorgeous (even better than the -skinny brunette at the copy place) girl with black or brown curly short hair. She had a shirt that was black with a star on it. She was SO beautiful and so into it and so together. If you know her, PLEASE lead her to me and the ‘zine cause she Just rules beyond compare. Plus, she has the’ cutest little nose.

TeChNobEaT by Nitro '93 articleOkay, enuff of that silliness back to the rave. BUDA was spinning some evil shit... and that great girl and everything ... Nothing” could go wrong. The time change made it 3am instead of four... the one and only LENNY DEE was going to pick up the-sounds next...THAT.. FUCKING GIRL ... then ... the cops raided the shit!!! What a mindfuck.

We then proceeded to a 24hr. diner around the corner and almost got kicked out for making noise. Two of my friends were on acid that they brought with them so they were sorta trippin’ and just fuckin’ things up even worse But, the good thing is that we met some people and turned them on to the zine and I should be hearing from them soon (HI Baby Jessica!). The worst part is, I’ll probably never meet the girl of my dreams again, and, here’s the kicker-on the way home from dropping everyone off I flipped my fucking car. Man. That truly sucks.-N193

Soul Pittsburgh Scene Report Mid-October 1993

"Soul" Scene Report by DJ Deadly Buda Mid October 1993SLURP! Newsletter

“Pittsburgh” Scene Report

(Mid-October 1993) (USA) by Deadly Buda

Beats breaking down. every split second Bass tumbling through the air - wash after wash of synth waves climbing, climbing. dancing in mid-air richocheted from wall to wall so hard YOU can almost see them - Your body, a crumbling whirling dervish of DNA, repeating as if your vertical hold is on the fritz disintegrating into black nothingness...

Thus, was “Soul”-Turbo-Zen’s year-end underground jam. “Soul” went without a hitch and lived up to it’s name. Incredible amounts of Hardcore... While many claim tribal intentions - Our real tribal is right in front of us. or a part of us - this is music made by the participants and ravers, THAT is what hardcore truly is.

Whirling noises that sound like hammers are nice, but not necessarily “Hardcore”. Music made for the NOW, with a vision to the future - that is hardcore. Experimenting, trying, thinking, pushing the envelope - Hardcore.

Here a peculiar thing: while I was playing Urban Primitivism’s ‘Fuck” mixing It with T-Bone Castro’s “Bitches”. Unbeknowenst to me, there was some guy with his shorts pulled down, standing in a puddle, playing with himself. while about a crowd of 80 people cheered him on from an adjacent hilltop. As the beat pumped harder and faster you can well imagine what started to happen - the crowd built with wide-eyed anticipation - finally in one dramatic gesture - he CAME! Thunderous applause sprang forth from the crowd! At which, he promptly passed out. Now, before I go any further let me say that TZ does not condone this sort of behavior and/or encourage it - and I mean this isn’t by any means a usual thing. In fact. the reason I am even mentioning it is because, rather than people getting upset, and beating this person up, which would happen at any other function in America, people rushed to his aid in order to revive him gently. There was a genuine concern for his well being. If it wasn’t for Hardcore ravers and people who care, - this situation could have been disastrous. Someone went to the edge, and was helped back.

I honestly was debating whether to write about this - I mean. what if the wrong person read this and used it as an excuse to fuck with our parties? For days I wrangled with it. It was funny, touching, but also something that could be used against TZ in the future. I wiped out the information on the disk and felt like a real wuss. Fortunately, that night I received a call from DJ ESP in Minneapolis. Our conversation was candid and touching. We didn’t even talk about said situation. What we did talk about was how linear the rave scene had gotten. Where had the spirit gone? New Age High School Dances are all well and good, but the hardcore mission is much more complex. If you are not honest, how can you be creative? How creative had the scene been lately?

For those that claim that raves are dead, blah. blah, blah the joke’s an you. The mere fact that you are reading this right now is proof positive that the system has been set up, the virus is in order - If you think the lights and sounds are ruff at raves be prepared for the next innovation - truth. I didn’t help set up raves in my area just to have a bunch of back-stabbing dishonest bullshit float more freely - I set out to promote unity and caring for one another.

Black, white, yellow, straight, gay, male. female, house, techno. trance, tribal - these classifications are stupid and boring. Made up to divide us into little easily classified and manipulated groups. I will say what I see and feel and if it angers people, so be it, Maybe a little controversy about something other that who’s cool and who isn’t would do the scene some good The road to reconciliation within and re-acceptance of one another is going to be long and tough. All of us will be fucked over again in the process, but we must continue through it - change may be brutal - but unavailable if we do not dare to take the next step, what do we go back to? Look at how far we have come already. To throw it all away now is stupid!

It appears as if my soapbox here is straining from the weight of my convictions, soooo...... here is what else is happening in P-Burgh....

Turbo-Zen retail is in limbo right now as our lease ran out and I just don’t know if we could find a cheap enough space where we could just do about whatever we wanted to like before -having a normal old record store to support is not appealing to either me or Lisa. Now, if you think that is the end of TZ - HAI You must be some kind of weird owner of some bullshit club trying to peacefully lull yourself to sleep. TZ is now at double power! Despite a temporary lull in music service, we will be making it easier than ever for the local ravers to get music. Our weekly night will be called “Lizard Groove” and will start mid-Sept. Furthermore. we have already set up 3 events:: ALGORYTHM 1-2-3 on Oct. 9th (with Grandpa Techno. Scott Forbush) which is designed to bring us together with our sister city, Cleveland. Oct. 30th (The Halloween Coup! LENNY DEE, I mean what scarier DJ IS THERE?) and DEC. 4 - the most rock-shocking DJ possesion trance get-down of hardcore shamanic intensity - Adam X, myself. and DJ ESP. Woody McBride. This one you will not want to miss!

Three new rave crews have sprung up recently - all dope ministers of wicked vibes: Jolly Folk. ANA, and Little Good Vibe. Jolly Folk and ANA pulled out a real surprise last weekend “Simplicity” - while looking for a small space for about 100 people - they accidently found a massive skating rink. Most of Pittsburgh Hardcore was there along With the proprietors. They talked us into spinning some wicked polka tunes which I swear to God, got a really good response - Go Figure! If that isn’t Hardcore, I don’t know what is! Our little crew has now spawned 3 more that know the. score! Shouts Out to Lisa, Finger. Side 2. +FX. Terry Kicks, Stickman, Hannibal, Kay, Mariah, Controlled Weirdness, Automation, Bourbonese Qualk. Brooklyn. Cleveland. Cincinatti, Pawn, Drop Bass Network, the entire state of Wisconsin, Baltimore, Philly-Rock the House!

Pittsburgh Scene Report July 1993

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Pittsburgh Scene Report

written by Deadly Buda of Turbo Zen

(July 1993) (USA)

I’m beginning to wonder about this word “scene”. When I hear the word “scene” in a social context (like, say, a large gathering of people) it brings to mind a bunch of people dressed alike and their mostly contrived patterns of social interaction. When I think about the word “scene” in a larger context, I think about visions- horizons, skylines, rivers, playgrounds, schools, highways, actions taking place within settings.

Pittsburgh is a fairly scenic place. three rivers, lots of cool bridges and highways, and hills so you can look all around you. The skyline is pleasant and there’ are many trees all over town. It is very inexpensive to live here and for the artistically inclined, lots of raw materials to work with. As far as raw rave potential goes, this town is sweet. Because the city is divided by many hills, each it’s own distinct community, the populace has an overall rural mentality House music was never big in Pittsburgh. Led Zeppelin is (and probably will be forever). Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Steve Miller, Lynrd Skynrd and AC/DC rule the airwaves, generally mystical dreamy rock stuff. Any dance music on the radio is of the sickest most commercial variety.

Here lies an interesting roadblock. The radio programmers monopolize their formats, never changing their rotations. When they do it is for BIG payola (provided by record companies, who have totally lost touch with what is happening musically) “The Electric Slide’ is still in heavy rotation for God’ sake! Because no one hears new songs, record stores can’t sell new music. Most “alternative” record stores in town are successful at selling what WAS alternative 5 years ago. Consequently, the “underground” is just discovering Industrial Music. The punks hate the hippies, the artists complain, shitty bands get booked, no one makes any money at what they want to do blah, blah, blah...

This makes the town a unique challenge for inspired airwave shakers - How do you get new dope sounds pumped out to people who are drummed into submission by the same stupid 100 songs almost 2 hours a day? Or, how do you get bombastically blasting bad-assest beats bounced in the ‘Burgh? It appears as if the strategy of playing “safe” trax like the mostly domestic commercial crud (like some labels I won’t name) because, ‘that’s what the crowd likes’ (says who? - a mistimed advertising campaign that cost thousands of dollars?) is a road to nowhere. Trying to explain this to people is - a road to nowhere also You are just required to constantly reassert the fact that the underground music will always move the crowd to more alarming degrees.

Much as 59 cent facsimiles of hamburgers are designed and produced to maximize profit, so are many facsimiles of something called techno-rave-house-tribal-trance. That is all many of these records do - maximize profit. It is truly disheartening to see d.j.s careers zapped into oblivion by playing this Shit. Another roadblock is that many of the people who say they are “ravers” in Pittsburgh (and many other places) are always attempting to imitate other people and other “scenes’. Rather than looking to harness their own energy and come face to face with their own potential, they subconsciously sabotage themselves by telling themselves the grass is greener elsewhere.

Turbo-Zen was accused of going “commercial” recently. Supposedly. there were too many big-hair chicks and jocks at our last event. Well, I guess this person thinks that intella-beams grow on trees, and that the only people who deserve to be unified in this unity movement are the ones just like him. This person was also espousing the values of “club” techno. Yes-music made for places that people get paid to pretend they are having fun to trick people out of their money Perhaps there is some kind of vitamin deficiency going on here. someone get a 9.000,000 liter recyclable bottle of choline shake shit! Ouick!

Our last rave “Hiqh-Voltage” was designed to bring together a totally mixed crowd, every prevalent style was integrated into a sonic 8 hour wave of ascending and descending BPM’s drawing on as much local talent as possible. Passing out flyers in places untouched by flyers before drawing a really diverse crowd, much of whom were exposed for the first time to the more extreme side of the music. Most people totally dug it! Noticeably absent were ‘the ‘scenesters” Who I guess were at home seperating themselves from the riff -raff. Rumor has it they were jamming to proressive house so that they could be more progressive than everybody else.

Everybody knows that homogenizing fat grooves and re-packaging them for people who truly emulate Crest and Tide advertising aesthetic is progressive. But alas, I’m getting testy here. “Zoom” and “Babylon” have opened and have techno or rave nights. I have to admit, Zoom plays some good trax but no one has been coming. Yet. Babylon plays awful music, and no one comes. People are coming to the Underground Raves.

The mixing styles of D.J.s like Side 2, Finger. +FX. Digital Jesus and myself have been getting wilder and more individual. Personal style on the turntables is tantamount. playing the grooves of the records as if some weird twisted ghost of an ancient blues musician has become trapped inside the mixer. For some reason Pittsburgh has always bred strange D.J.s like Porky Chadwick - this guy from the 50’s who still throws massive sock-hops today + soaks the labels off of his records so other local 50’s jocks can’t find out what he s playing! He’s still breaking “new’ tunes from the 50’s! Pittsburgh has always just secretly loved bizarre offshoots of musical movements and hoarded these vinyl treasures as it they were powerful magic spells.

So, all in all, Pittsburgh is going through interesting growing phases, and I truly think that something very special will blossom from this area. I want to encourage everybody, wherever they are to stay true to what they believe in. Do not listen to what other people say other people said. Cherish your deepest thoughts’ Schmegda-Magnus!

P.S. Does anyone out there know where I can get a copy of *P.S.K. What does it mean?”

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DJ Deadly Buda Top 10. December 12, 2014

Here's my current Top 10. Check these out when you want to rock out. All tracks listed are in the mix embedded below the Top 10.

1. Johnny Sideways – Systema

2. Paralysed Monch – Aneurysm

3. Fiend – Collide

4. Beat Rapist – Coming up Cold

5. Remote Viewer – Quadkore Defile

6. Meanstreak – Dirty Biz

7. Arcid – Hardcore Pride (Resurrector Remix)

8. Teknoaidi – Siskkáldas Ohcan

9. Dread Mechanic – Rise of the Machine

10. Ruffneck – Wraith (Nu type Remix)

Deadly-Buda-Headstrong-Pre-Mix by Dj Deadly Buda on Mixcloud

Review: Henry Chalfant’s Graffiti Archive Volume 4: The Art of UA Featuring Seen

The book is available here: Graffiti History Volume 4: The Art of UA Featuring Seen - Chalfant, Henry & Hergenrother, Max

Cover for HCGA 4, UA featuring Seen
Cover for HCGA 4, UA featuring Seen

The latest iteration of Henry Chalfant’s Graffiti Archive can be summed up in one word: SEEN. Decades after he was introduced to the world via Style Wars (available now on blu-ray, of course, don’t-you-know?), graffiti legend “Seen” is back again to make the haters hate. Like the previous three volumes of the series, volume 4 has its own share of surprises for even the most jaded graffiti train-spotters. And for those just getting interested in graffiti art, there is probably no better volume to start with due Continue reading Review: Henry Chalfant’s Graffiti Archive Volume 4: The Art of UA Featuring Seen

Deadly Buda Mix & Track Reviews November 19, 2014

Deadly-Buda-Headstrong-Pre-Mix by Dj Deadly Buda on MixcloudThe tracklist for this mix is located further down this post, after the track reviews.

I’m a different kind of DJ. Most DJ’s only goal is to play music at an event so people dance. Whereas this is my main goal while I’m playing, my ultimate goal is to introduce the general public to new music. I like breaking new tunes and telling people about them. That’s my bag.

I got booked for the Audiophile Family’s Headstrong party and it was coming up fast. I wanted some fresh tracks to blow minds at the gig. So, earlier this month I sent a shout-out via Facebook. I asked for tracks in the general hardcore rave arena. Hardcore, hardstyle, breakcore, dub-step, whatever you want to call it, if it was fresh I wanted to hear it. Sure enough, I got a grip of ripping tunes. A LOT. It took me quite some time to get through them all! So without further ado here are some tracks to blast out your box…

Dread Mechanic – Rise of the Machine

Atmospheric Hardcore that basically sounds like you were on that battlefield in Terminator where the robots are just blasting the heck out of the humans. There are blown up robots everywhere, and ones flying around reigning death… the humans have to band together to survive…you get the picture right? Clocking in at 120 or 240 bpm depending how you are counting, this is a good addition to any hardcore set because of the tight rhythms and original background sounds.

Johnny Sideways – Systema

This is one of my favorite tracks right now. It has all the elements of a classic morph beat hardcore track: Cool samples, atmosphere, rocking halfbeats, hardcore kicks… it’s all there and then some! This guy started tearing up the dancefloor during my lengthy mid-2000’s hiatus and I’m sorry I missed it. Thankfully he’s still making dope tracks and tearing it up live so I appears the best is yet to come!

Remote Viewer – Quadkore Defile

From straight outta Pittsburgh, PA, my birthplace and spiritual home, Remote Viewer releases this wicked breakcore blaster. If you were ever a fan of Panacea, you will love this track. All the i’s are dotted and all the t’s are crossed on this production, tight and hard hitting like a 1-2 punch.

Subterranean - Drop The Bass On It!

While we are still in the Western Pennsylvania area, we move up to the Northern suburbs, home of the North Allegheny Tigers (and my old high school believe it or not), where John Hanson a.k.a. Subterranean has been pumping out crazy tracks left and right. This 176 BPM track has a bunch of dub-steppy bits that morph into some synth breakdowns and 4/4 kicks to change it up, then turns it all on its head with some breaks sprinkled on top.

Arcid – Hardcore Pride (Resurrector Remix)

Kicking, super-fast, banging Los Angeles Hardcore Techno. A huge distorted kick drum jackhammers the speakers at roughly 270 beats-per-minute. That’s about four times the normal human heart rate I think. Not to name-drop too much, but if you were ever a fan of DJ Freak (the hardcore techno DJ Freak that is). This is right up your alley, and if you aren’t careful, right up something else!

Meanstreak – Dirty Biz

You would swear this guy was from Frankfurt FFM, but no, he’s from LA. A heavy pounding track that fills the speakers with bass and breaks. This thing just grinds through the speakers, giving you a brief break to listen to someone spray painting. I sorta have to name drop here. Sorry if some of you don’t know what I’m referring to but those that do will appreciate it. This track sort of combines the sounds of classic Overdrive Records C-Tank, The Bullet Proof Split EP on PCP’s Super Special label, and a sort of feel like what would happen if Frankfurt’s old PCP label made some broken beats. Get this!

Paralysed Monch – Where is Your Head (CBHC Reedit)

Do I dare call this morph-beat? An original atmospheric half-step hardcore head-banging stomper out of Germany. Technically it’s about 191 beats per minute, but it’s just got a totally cool pounding half-beat rhythm interspaced with tiny bits of breaks. This guy’s other tracks are rippin’ too, check them out:

Eddy Geheim & Wanorde – Analog Session 01

This track sounds like it was made live in the early afternoon at some Teknival in Southern Europe. Which is weird because I think these guys are Dutch. But no matter, this sounds like some good old analog knob twisting. Mellow, clean, outer-spacey and fun. This track makes you want to spend a couple grand on getting some old synths so you can try to do this too. Save the money and listen to Eddy Geheim and Wanorde!

davidfodel – brown

Ok kids, let me break the bad news: If you play hardcore non-stop for hours on end it won’t sound hard anymore. So what do you do if you are a tricky DJ? Play something slow in between so that when you bring the kick in, it slams! Now I know you all want to play silly Hobbit sounding cheesy synth-pad music for this, but I have a better idea… use davidfodel’s brown track clocking in at 120 bpm. This original sounding gem spaced between your speedcore tracks gives the crowd a chance to recuperate in a way that is less obvious and cheesy.

Fiend – Collide

Another fine Los Angeles Hardcore Production, this one from Fiend of the Darkmatter Soundsystem. This is a nice danceable hardcore, “morph-beat” style track. Basically it switches from a funky industrial half-beat clocking in at 125 beats-per-minute, and then morphs into a pounding 250 BPM hardcore jackhammer, then switches back. Nice production and another great release from Praxis Records.

Ruffneck – Wraith (Nu type Remix)

Patrick van Kerckhoven is DJ Ruffneck, and he has a long history in hardcore. Breathe… Breathe… Breathe… that’s the main sample in this driving gabber track. Basically a mellow voice tells you to breathe, then the distorted 909 kick we all know and love comes thundering in. I think technically this track is considered in the genre “ArtCore” and the Nu Type mix is my favorite of them all.

The CyberDemon – Hypnotic

This fine example of LA hardcore techno is courtesy of the Cenobite Records. All the classic elements are here. Do I dare call it “Art Core” or “Dark Core?” I’m not sure but whatever you call it, Hypnotic hits heavy on the sound system.

The Sound of the Fox – Border of the Stylez

Straight outta Barcelona. The Sound of the Fox has been pawing up the digital audio workstation and coming out with some hyper-crazy style blends like “Border of the Stylez.” This is 200 bpms of madness put into a blender and set on “high.”

Beat Rapist – Coming up Cold

I didn’t think there was a more politically incorrect DJ name than Deadly Buda, but then along comes the Beat Rapsist. I love all the tracks by this guy. Basically his tracks take all the old classic jungle samples, and then makes new tracks that sound like how the tracks sounded in the raves. I’m not sure if I’m explaining this correctly… you know how the rave sounds more reverby or echoey than the nice pristine mix tape you listen to? That’s what his tracks sound like. Like your tape played in a big fat warehouse. They definitely sound more hardcore too. The closest thing to these tracks were the “White Breaks” E.P.s that were put out by Planet Core Productions back in the mid 90’s. Those records were great, but the Beat Rapist’s tracks sound just as good, and in many cases, better.

Special Section: Finland Hardcore and Shamancore!

One of the greatest things that happened this month is that I got introduced to hardcore from Finland. I got a heads up from the members of the HardCore Gabbers Finland group on Facebook.

First they let me know about a good site all about Finnish Hardcore: as well as letting me know about some of their favorite artists. Now, one of mine is Waily. Apparently he’s been around a long time in Finnish Hardcore preaching the hardcore word, and his tracks are dope.

Waily – Fucked Up

I always like a good hoover sound on top of my four-to-the-floor hardcore tracks, and this one delivers the goods.

Waily – Kullii

Waily takes Stigg Dog and Edu’s “Kullii” and adds a dose of hardcore. Basically a joke song, but it’s got a good beat and you can dance to it. Kind of that morph beat style of a gabber kick drum behind a hip hop beat. By the way, don’t read the translated lyrics. If the ones I read online are accurate, you don’t want to know what they are rapping about! You can check out more Waily here:

Shamancore: Hardcore Gabbers Finland also told me about a fairly new development in Finnish hardcore, “Shamancore.” Strangely, after all these years no one had really ever zeroed in on “Shamancore” as a name for a hardcore sub-genre. This is surprising because many rave DJs I’ve met over the years have considered themselves shamans of some sort. Much dance music, and especially the Trance and Teknival scenes aspire to create altered states through the repetitive music. I have always been interested in this too, and some of you might remember I would sometimes play recordings of Native American pow-wows and such during my DJ sets. The interesting thing about Finnish Shamancore is that it seems to stick very close to the ancient concepts I am somewhat familiar with. First, it’s usually in the fast BPM range, usually around 220 beats per minute. Believe it or not, this is the speed many ancient traditions play the drums for the actual point of trance induction. Sorry candy kids, 140 to 180 bpm just ain’t the real deal. Second, the general structure and instrumentation used sounds quite authentic as well. Obviously they are doing their homework. Third, the general length of the tracks is long, which you of course need to really induce the trance. Here are a couple of my favorite Shamancore tracks:

Hiiden Virren Vinguttajat - Suohonvingutus 1

This is a long, 14 minute track that if you listen to it long enough, it can definitely take you to the outer regions of your mind. Lots of techno sounds, but all organized in a classical shamanistic manner.

Teknoaidi – Siskkáldas Ohcan

This track is shorter, about 5 minutes, but uses a nice interplay between shamanic ceremony samples and hardcore techno kicks. Highly recommended.

Whew! So there are some of November’s goodies. I can’t name all the tracks or artists that came my way this month, but other notable tracks came from Natefrogg, pom Deter and SabreWulf, Techno Belligerent, Parasonic, Polyplectron, Norrland Gabber Crew, RoyalCore, Shatterling & Insectoid In Isolation, and Tektonic. If you want to get your tracks to me, get in touch via the contact form on this website, or through my Facebook page:

The rhythm is life and death!

DJ Deadly Buda

Mix Track List:
Deadly Buda - Esto Es Los Angeles
Beat Rapist - Coming Up Cold
Johnny Sideways – Supply Route
Ruffneck – Wraith (Nu type Remix)
Remote Viewer – Quadkore Defile
Eddy Geheim & Wanorde – Analog Session 01
Beat Rapist - Window Panes
Waily – Fucked Up
Subterranean - Drop The Bass On It!
Meanstreak – Dirty Biz
The CyberDemon – Hypnotic
Paralysed Monch – WIP
Paralysed Monch – Where is Your Head (CBHC Reedit)
Waily – Kullii
The Sound of the Fox – Border of the Stylez
Hiiden Virren Vinguttajat - Suohonvingutus 1
Johnny Sideways – Systema
Deadly Buda - Speaker Creature
Fiend – Collide
Dread Mechanic – Rise of the Machine
Teknoaidi – Siskkáldas Ohcan
davidfodel – brown
Zomboy - Here to Stay (Subterranean Remix)
Arcid – Hardcore Pride (Resurrector Remix)

Graffiti: Bigger than the Renaissance

A critique and review of Henry Chalfant’s Graffiti Archive Volume 3: TC5 Featuring Blade

“The graffiti movement has become a greater thing than the Renaissance.” – Lady Pink

Graffiti versus the Renaissance
Has Graffiti surpassed the Renaissance Art movement in size and importance?

In rare instances, an archive strengthens its subject’s history. This is the case with the third installment of Henry Chalfant’s Graffiti Archive. In particular, graffiti artist Lady Pink makes the wild and inflammatory assertion that graffiti art spawned from the New York Subways transcends the Renaissance art movement (as in like, Michelagelo, Da Vinci, Raphael, etc.) in size and importance.

Even though I am a graffiti artist, I have issues with this statement.  Even though graffiti art style has proliferated around the world, so has Renaissance Art. In fact, Renaissance art has touched people for centuries, whereas graffiti art as we know it today hasn’t yet reached its fiftieth anniversary. Graffiti’s reach has been primarily through modern means of communication, and Renaissance art not only rides the same wave of communication to a comparable degree, but also was reproduced in print form going back centuries.

Having said that, I think Lady Pink correctly puts graffiti art in the same arena. What other art form do we know of that has touched as many lives as the Renaissance? We can’t say the same for Cubism, Dada, Surrealism, not even Pop Art. For me, this is where it gets tricky. HCGA Volume 3 once again betrays the schism between graffiti’s early promoters and the art itself – most notably in Chalfant’s introduction and Lady Pink’s interview. Chalfant describes how many early graffiti promoters saw graffiti as a great neo-leftist rising of the people against their oppressors. Lady Pink essentially asserts that all art is political, and that an artist has a responsibility to know history.

Blade Walking photo
Famous Blade "walking" whole car.

I have swooned to this siren song in the past, but upon reflection I am astounded that neither approach really addresses what graffiti is or why I think it spread. First, graffiti historically has been “writing on a wall.” Graffiti by definition is about the words, the letters. It was often political, particularly in ancient Rome where the rich would paint political messages on the wall surrounding their homes. But graffiti isn’t always political. In fact, the most virulent graffiti that has spread across the globe is only political when considering the overall social phenomenon of its creation rather than the artwork created. The average graffiti writer that makes up the wide mass of adherents that Lady Pink counts as overwhelming the Renaissance, simply wants to make a dope style, or just “get up.” Strangely in all these years of graffiti books, magazines, tv shows, and movies the examination of why “lettering” caught on is strangely missing. I mean, it’s kinda weird that adolescents are maniacally obsessed with this new age calligraphy.

The Lady Pink interview in this volume is one of the many great interviews in this volume. One golden moment is when Pink describes the John Lennon double whole card her and Iz the Wiz did. Basically, the workers at the train yards refused to buff the piece for 4 years, and the cars ran in tandem during that time. I have to admit this part of the book brought tears to my eyes.

You would think from this review that the Lady Pink interview was the main event in this iBook. Not so, the volume is PACKED with amazing photos, history and interviews. In fact, Blade is supposed to be the star of this show, and he certainly delivers, but the Seen (TC5) interview, Doze, Comet, and Doc interviews are all mind blowers in their own way.

The Blade interview precisely described what, even today, I might consider the closest thing to heaven. He describes painting trains in the 70’s and what it was like: Hanging out in the train yard with your friends, girlfriend, a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, beer and spray paint. I mean, there it is. I challenge even vegan graffiti writers to dispute this. Blade also talks about his bombing competition with Lee, his influences, and the controversial history of TC5’s evolution. One interesting thing is that he mentions how there was absolutely no beef amongst writers in the early days, 1972-1976. It’s interesting to reflect how the effect of outside forces eventually caused the writers to fight amongst themselves.

The Comet interview cements the history of one of graffiti history’s most notorious bombers. The Seen TC5 interview has another doozy of a statement regarding who has better style, Seen TC5, or Seen UA. You’ll have to watch it yourself for Seen TC5’s answer though, I’m not going to be a spoiler. The Doze interview has an amazing time lapse of him tagging and his description of the cafeteria scene at the School of Art and Design and what it meant to graffiti at the time. It’s interesting to note that the City’s taxpayers were funding the evolution of graffiti at the same time they were buffing it!

Finally something special has to be said about the Doc TC5 interview. Though not as famous as Blade or Pink, Doc had awesome style, often writing “Arab”. His interview sheds tons of new light on the graffiti we know and love. Most notably he points out that many of the iconic subway pieces we know today were done during the New York Transit Strike. His interview also dovetails with Seen TC5 wherein they describe TC5’s transformation from “The Crazy Five” to “The Cool Five.” It seems that at some point TC5 grew so large it became a joke. Comet controversially handed the leadership over to Seen, who holding court at Rock Steady Park, subsequently ejected members if their graffiti blackbooks weren’t to his liking. Thus overseeing the crew’s ruthless transformation from “crazy” to “cool.”

Blade Maze Window Down Burner
Blade Maze Window Down Burner

My main complaints about this volume are some of my usual. The series really could use more meticulous documentation and footnotes. This problem is especially apparent with a writer like Seen TC5 who often utilized different aliases. The navigation, though overall pretty good, has a glitch at the end where you could miss a couple legendary Blade whole cars if you aren’t paying attention. Lastly, I would love to seen a “zoom and hold” control for looking at the cars. Currently the zoom snaps back to original size if you let go. A small matter but hopefully in an update they can add this feature.

Cover art for the iPad Book.

The pictures of the trains are truly the main event in these volumes, and there are all the iconic Blade pieces one would expect, and then a ton of lesser known but excellent pieces as well. Whereas I don’t one hundred percent subscribe to the idea that Graffiti is bigger than the Renaissance, this volume is the first to my mind that broaches the subject, and in this writer’s opinion, should.