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Trim Nashville Denim Shirts

Over here at Tucker and Bloom we're all about function and style. That's why we want to introduce you to our friends at Trim, makers of fine quality denim shirts. Also based in Nashville they truly make some of the best fitting and most comfortable shirts around. For a limited time, we are excited to be partnering with Trim to offer 3 specials:
Trim Nashville Denim Shirts
  1.  Good. Use coupon code TB10OFF at checkout to receive 10% off of your Trim order.  Click here
  2.  Better. A Trim shirt (retail value of $139) and a Tucker & Bloom wallet or belt (retail value of $70-$75) for just $144 total. That's a savings of over 30%! Click here to take advantage of this killer offer
  3.  Best.  Buy all three Trim shirts at just $99 each and receive a Tucker & Bloom wallet or belt for free! Total savings of up to $195. Click here to get it! 
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Tucker and Bloom X Third Man Record Store Day Give Away!

This year for Record Store Day we have teamed up with our friends at Third Man Records for a set of epic give aways! We have two of the limited edition Third Man Records X Tucker & Bloom Messenger bags packed with some Third Man RSD exclusives. The contest ends on Monday April 20th and you can enter below. Best of luck!!!

 

Here's a list of the prizes:

  • Third Man Records  X Tucker & Bloom Messenger Bag
  • Elvis "My Happiness" 10" Record (Facsimile of Elvis' first recording)
  • The White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan Reissue on red and white 180 gram vinyl
  • RSD-exclusive pin, sticker and White Stripes baseball card designed by Rob Jones

 

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Grand Opening of the Village Marketplace and Brewery Showroom

If you are in Nashville please join us this Tuesday (3/31/14) for the grand opening of our showroom in the Village Marketplace and Brewery. The space is located in Hillsburo Village in the old Boscos building. There will be craft beer available, lots of great shopping, and we'll be there from 6-8 selling bags! 

 

 

 

 

 

"Craft beer and shopping come together under one roof at Hillsboro Village's newest business, Village Brewhouse & Marketplace.The owners of Sam's Sports Grill purchased the brewing equipment and leased the former Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co. space at 1805 21st Ave. after Boscos closed in the fall. The new brewery serves about 10 craft beers, wines and appetizers, while the marketplace has room for 20 vendors to sell goods."It's a unique place to shop and drink. We have a little mix of everything in here," said Liz Waller, who is overseeing the Village Brewhouse & Marketplace project. The business has a small seating area surrounding the bar and big-screen televisions.

Four beers are being brewed on site: an English Pale Ale, a hybrid India Pale Ale, an Oatmeal Stout and an American Pale Ale. The appetizer menu includes chips served with various dips, including queso, salsa, pimiento cheese, smoked trout dip, white bean hummus and olive tapenade.

Vendors have rented the remainder of the space to sell a range of goods, from food products to women's clothing and men's messenger bags.Vendors at the marketplace include fashionABLE, Galena Garlic Company, Sweet Darling French macarons, Hollybelle home goods and antiques, Muse Boutique, C.London essential oils, Nola Granola, Star Art, Bee Attitude T-shirts, El Baul jewelry, Rosie Jayne, Tucker & Bloom messenger bags and Sweet Tea Candle Company. A space near the front of the building is reserved for vendors to rent by the day, Waller said."

- The Tennessean 

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How to Build a Second Act Business with your kid

We we're recently interviewed by Market Place Money's  for a piece he put together entitled "how to build a second act business with your millennial kid". The article touched on some interesting points and was featured on Time.com and Next Avenue.

 

Case and David Bloom

 

It’s awesome working with my dad,” says Case Bloom, 30. The feeling is mutual, says his father, David, 58: “We are good complements to one another.”

From ‘You’ to ‘We’

 

The Blooms, and their business manufacturing highly-crafted messenger bags targeted at the DJ market, are a prime example. Before opening shop, David had spent his career in bag design and was director of travel products for Coach in New York City before he lost that job. When Case was in college in Nashville, studying business, he’d offer pointers to help his dad’s venture. “His logo was so bad. Horrible,” laughs Case. “I’d tell him, ‘You’re doing it wrong. Do it like this.’”

Eventually, Case says, it became “We should do it this way. The business happened organically.” Today, father and son each own half of the company, which has seven employees. David handles design and product development; Case is in charge of anything to do with the brand image and online sales. He’s also the one making frequent runs to Home Depot for the business’s factory and to the Post Office for shipments. “I have a different set of skills than my father,” says Case, who is also a part-time DJ.

 

When Kinship Is Friendship

 

One reason for the growing second-act-plus-child trend: surveys repeatedly show that today’s young adults generally get along well with their parents—and vice versa. “The key is an attitudinal shift in the relations between generations,” says Steve King, founder of Emergent Research, a consulting firm focused on the small business economy. “Boomers are close to their kids and the kids are close to their parents.”

Take Amanda Bates, a Gen X’er, and her mother Kit Seay, co-owners of Tiny Pies in Austin, Texas. “We’ve always had a close relationship, feeding off one another, finishing each other’s sentences,” says Kit, 73. They’d long wanted to do something together.

Several years ago, Amanda got the idea for making handheld pies from her son’s desire to take pie to school. So she and her mother began selling small pies, based on family recipes, in local farmers markets. They now sell them throughout the state, mostly through specialty stores, and opened a retail storefront at their wholesale facility in March 2014. Kit focuses on the creative and catering side of the business; Amanda’s in charge of the basics of running an enterprise. “The trust is there,” says Kit. Amanda agrees. “Yes, the trust is there. If she says something will get done, it will.”

 

Teaching Your Child Trust

 

Trust and complementary skills are also themes for Lee Lipton, 59, and his son Max, 25, and their Benny’s On the Beachrestaurant in Lake Worth, Fla.

Lee, the restaurant’s principal owner, came out of the clothing manufacturing business, moving to Florida after the Calvin Klein outerwear line he ran with a few partners was sold. He bought Benny’s a year ago. Max, who’d wanted to get into the food business, is one partner; the other is chef Jeremy Hanlon. Lee’s the deal maker, Max manages the restaurant and executive chef Hanlon handles the kitchen. “The three of us trust each other incredibly and when one person feels strongly about something we tend to do it that way,” Lee says. “Very rarely after talking do we disagree, and that format was identical to my past partners. I want to teach Max and Jeremy that closeness.”

For second-act family businesses, creating boundaries between work and home is advisable, but easier to say than do. Speaking about her current relationship with her mom, Amanda Bates says: “We used to go out together and have fun, go to garage sales, that kind of thing. Now, when we get together, the business always come up. Even at family dinners, we end up talking business.”

 

The Win-Win of Multigenerational Businesses

 

But in the end, it’s family that makes these businesses succeed.

Bianca Alicea, 26, and her mom Alana, 46, started tchotchke-maker Chubby Chico Charms. in North Providence, R.I. with $500 and less than 100 charm designs at their dining room table in 2005. They now have roughly 25 full-time employees and sell several thousand handmade charms. Alana is the designer; Bianca deals more with payroll and other aspects of the business. “It’s important to remember you are family,” says Bianca. “Things don’t always go according to plan, but at the end of the day you have to see one another as family.”

Intergenerational entrepreneurship, it turns out, can be a win-win for boomers and their kids. For the parents, it’s the answer to the question: What will I do in my Unretirement? For their adult children, working with mom and dad provides them with greater meaning than just picking up a paycheck.

 

Chris Farrell is senior economics contributor for American Public Media’s Marketplace and author of the new bookUnretirement: How Baby Boomers Are Changing the Way We Think About Work, Community, and The Good Life. He writes twice a month about the personal finance and entrepreneurial start-up implications of Unretirement, and the lessons people learn as they search for meaning and income. Send your queries to him at cfarrell@mpr.org or @cfarrellecon on Twitter.

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Interview with DJ King Most

In the digital age songs are easy to come by. Any and every DJ has access to the same music available on iTunes and Beatport. For the DJ's who want to stand out, the edit is king, and good edits are hard to come by...unless you know about King Most. Armed with a record collection and tastes that span genre and style King Most has made a name for himself in the DJ world through paying dues in the Bay Area and skilled production work. His signature edits, aptly named "Redirections", push classics into new territory and can be heard in DJ sets the world over. If you are interested in Soul, Disco, or Hip Hop this is the guy is for you. 

 

 

Where are you from?

 

Born and raised in and around San Francisco, California. I feel I'm more of West Coast dude in general though. Coffee, sunshine, and distinct jams.

 

When did you begin your re-editing work? 

 

The serious re-editing work started in 2010/2011. At that point I was already making hip-hop and soul beats, but finally bought my own computer and started using Audacity. My friend DJ B-Cause already had a few years underneath his belt of putting out killer edits and I just had to try it myself. Prior to those years I had a few things finished, but that was when I was when I far less dedicated. I now work on music every day.

 

Around 2011 was still the period where putting out your own material took a little more effort, the pre-Soundcloud era. You had sites like The Hollerboard or labels like GAMM, Money Studies, and countless great disco edit "labels" that aren't really around anymore. The majority of this music was made by DJs for DJs so it caught my ears.

 

 

 

What do you look for in a song that needs a re-edit or "redirection"? Are you just beefing up certain elements in the track, or taking things away? 

 

It has to catch my ear. From there I sort of mentally categorize all the things I can do with it. My mind starts thinking, "Oh, this a capella is in the same key as this," or, "That sample would sound great with some keys or bass added to it."

 

Where I'm at now with edits it's more about adding musicianship to tracks. Nothing wrong with just cutting and pasting parts and adding some low end, because I did that for a while and sometimes that's all you need. But, to keep myself and hopefully fans excited too, I'm pushing them further than what I did previously—almost to where they could be heard as an original track as opposed to a "redirection". 

 

 

Has doing re-edits helped your career? 

 

100% yes: residencies, remixes for other people, and DJ gigs. The little tracks I put out there have put me on radars that I would have never thought I would be on. I want to keep at it so I can be seen as much as a musician as I am a DJ.

 

What interests you musically these days?

 

This might be a good thing or a bad thing, but I'm seriously all over the place. Right now I've been listening to a lot of hip-hop, but also more club-centric sounds that you find all over Soundcloud. It's that nebulous style that incorporates bass, house, uptempo soul, 90's R&B, etc.

 

Give me like three weeks though and I'll probably all into Cumbia with Indie Dance.

 

What is your production set up looking like? 

 

My production set-up has always been pretty bare. I occasionally break out the MPC for fun, but Abelton is at the heart. Great homies like G Koop and Jon Reyes lend their musicianship to my edits and I love those guys. There's a lot of records involved too.

 

You seem to be doing a fair amount of travel these days and you now have a weekly in Vegas. How is the residency working out for you? 

 

I have never done anything like it before, so it's pretty damn exciting. I'm glad I have a seriously dope DJ partner, Anthony Valadez, riding with me as well as lot of great musically-minded people involved. Just traveling every week is an adventure in and of itself with all the random people you meet and things you see. The DJ travel life is really something else you can only learn and experience firsthand. It's exhausting one moment then hilarious the next.

 

 

 

Where are you most comfortable playing? 

 

I try not to get too comfortable in any situation. Once you start being comfortable, you start slacking with your craft and ultimately it shows. You're basically dead creatively and just going through the motions.

 

How do you handle requests? 

 

I stopped fighting it to be honest. Let them ask, and if it makes sense, I give it to them. They go away happy and I'm glad I can get back to DJing. There's no need to have a meltdown, and that goes for the people on both sides of the DJ booth. I'm lucky since I don't get too many requests these days.

 

What is the weirdest thing you've seen in the club?

Nudity, heavy groping, Taco Bell, dogs, very pregnant women dancing to Wocka Flocka, but really the weirdest thing is GIRLS GOING BAREFOOT. 

 

What excites you in a DJ set? What makes a good DJ great?

What makes a DJ set great is really that sweet combination of technical prowess, party pleasing, and hearing music that I need to get my hands on. Even if a DJ hits two out of the three I'm all for it. 

 

I'm a huge fan of going to see DJs play and well as hearing their mixes. I don't get DJs who don't go out to parties. That's almost like the athlete who doesn't train and eats terribly.

 

What's next for you?  

 

Finishing college, releasing a lot of edits (some of which are coming out on vinyl), and original music with both rappers and singers.

 

 

 

Keep up with King Most on Twitter, Facebook, and most importantly on Soundcloud

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Seven Steps For Better Listening Part 2 by DJs Sebo Sellout and Flow One

Two of Germanys finest record diggers Sebo Sellout and Flow One have put together a funky 7" break mix! Highly recommended listening for those of you into the more obscure end of the record spectrum. Streaming and free download below. Enjoy! 

 

 

7 steps for better listening - "7 steps on top!" by Sebo Sellout & Flowone on Mixcloud

 

"Ladies and Gentleman,
after more than two years, hundreds of bottles of red wine and kilos of medium rare beef we are proud to present you the second part of our mixtape series “seven steps for better listening” - “seven steps on top”
More than 180 obscure, rare, not so rare, funny, crazy, weird and strange old records from all over the world, mixed with dozens of cuts, skits and sound effects combined in more than 75 minutes of straight multitrack mixing and editing madness. Funk, Soul, Jazz, Psychedelic rock and rare grooves for days! 100% original first press vinyl only (apart from the pointers sisters track in the intro)!
Come with us on a trip to psychedelic wonderland and enjoy the soundtrack to your worst nightmares." - Sebo Sellout and Flow One


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Agent 45 | Welcome To Atlanta

Welcome to Atlanta, a mix by Agent 45, is the second in a new series of DJ mixes curated by Tucker & Bloom. Focusing on regional music, each mix will feature a DJ and record collector who specializes in the musical history of their town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since 1999, Agent 45 (Brian Poust) has been researching and documenting the rich history of Funk and Soul from the state of Georgia. While its capital city of Atlanta entered the greater consciousness of the world through its burgeoning Hip Hop scene of the late 1980s and beyond, this was built on a solid foundation of R&B music going back to the earliest days of the Top Hat ( renamed The Royal Peacock), Builders Club and Waluhaje Night Clubs of the 1940s. While much of this music has since become widely known to DJs and collectors, Agent 45 has chosen to spotlight the often overlooked sounds of Atlanta Funk and Boogie artists of the 1970s and 80s, just before the capital of the "Dirty South" earned it's Hip Hop stripes. We begin with the sounds of one of Atlanta's most influential R&B stations of the 1980s, WIGO-AM, before jumping off into an hour of sounds from influential studios run by Calvin Arnold and Haywood Tucker, arrangements by legends such as Tommy Stewart. You'll also find a host of Atlanta artists who put out independent records on obscure, fly by night labels that couldn't last beyond their first release yet hiding their own unique treasure waiting to be discovered decades later. 

 

Tommy Stewart - Atlanta Get Down (Abraxas)
The Chapparrals - Jam Around the World (Maximillion)
Atlanta System - Falcon Fever (King Ro Productions)
The Now Gang - Wanna Make You Dance (EGM)
Anthony Lockett - Decisions (McTrax, V103)
Vickie McKisic - Burnin Hot (HoMark)
Maggabrain - New Wavin' (Now)
King Juan - We Just Want To Dance (Castle City)
Elans - Private Love Affair (Budweiser Showdown, WIGO)
Joan Ashe - My Life (Gold Mine)
Gripp Band - We Got Something Funky For You (Midtown)
Punchy & Early Warning System - Whole Lotta Jammin' (EWS)
Roubaix - Ain't Nobody Better (Libracorn)
Symbol 8 - I Thought You Wanted To Dance (Midtown)
Cosmic Force - Humanoids Get Up (E.F. Records)
Andrea Hammond & J.T.'s Connection - Let the Music Turn You On (Golden Magic)
Khayree Ramadan and Horace Henry - Atlanta (Big City Records)

 

 

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Tucker & Bloom Presents: Welcome to Atlanta by Agent45 on Mixcloud

 

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Fall/Winter 2014 Bag Collection

Fall Bag Collection

Fall is in the air and we've got a new line of bags to assist in your leaf tromping, sweater wearing adventures! Check out some of our new offerings below and take a look at our look book while you're at it! 

 

Waxed Canvas and Leather Ranger Market Tote

 

Ranger Market Tote


Tucker & Bloom designed the Ranger Market Tote to take you through a trip to the farmer’s market or weekend cottage getaway. Deep and roomy, it has space enough for all your necessities and more. The Ranger Market Tote is constructed from durable, water-resistant 18-ounce waxed canvas made in the USA by the Martin Dying and Finishing Co. of Bridgeton, New Jersey. Locally sourced, supple pull up veg tanned leather comprises its edges, pull-up straps, and embossed patch. The older this bag gets, the better it looks. Inside, a back panel lined with bright, four-ply Taslan Nylon is subdivided into a sleeve for a tablet and smaller pockets for a cell phone, keys, and more. A voluminous, unstructured main compartment can handle a stack of records as easily as a weekend’s worth of clothing. Just like all Tucker & Bloom products, the Ranger Market Tote includes our lifetime warranty.Whether you’re looking for a bag to get you through your whole day or a traveling companion for a long weekend, the Tucker & Bloom Ranger Market Tote has the durability and craftsmanship to last a lifetime.

Waxed Canvas and Leather London Duffel Bag

 

 London Duffel Bag



Bring everything, including the kitchen sink, in the Tucker & Bloom London Duffel Bag. Updated with the season’s most durable fabrics, the bag has the space to get you through your longest trips. The London Duffel Bag begins with durable, water-resistant 18-ounce waxed canvas made in the USA by the Martin Dying and Finishing Co. of Bridgeton, New Jersey. We then went to Kentucky for the locally sourced, supple pull up veg tanned leather that makes up the bag’s thick shoulder straps, rounded grab straps, and
bottom panel. Finally, we finished with matte nickel-cast brass hardware and a Riri zipper for a bag that can withstand the test of time. Inside, a bright four-ply Taslan Nylon lining lets you quickly find what you’re looking for, even in low light. A sturdy, removable shoulder strap with shearling pad makes the heaviest loads comfortable during commute. Just like all Tucker & Bloom products, the London Duffel Bag includes our lifetime warranty. Whether it’s for a weekend, week, or longer, the Tucker & Bloom London Duffel Bag, updated with durable materials made in America, has space enough to spare.

 

 

Waxed Canvas and Leather Saddle Messenger Bag

 

Waxed Canvas and Leather Saddle Messenger Bag



When you only have the time and space for one bag, Tucker & Bloom designed the Saddle Bag to fill a wide range of day-to-day uses. Grab it and get on with it. The Saddle Messenger Bag is a messenger-style bag smaller than our famous North to South. It’s perfect for women looking for function without the overpowering size. Made from durable, water-resistant 18-ounce waxed canvas made in the USA by the Martin Dying and Finishing Co., the edges pop with locally sourced pull up veg tanned leather. A removable cross-body strap secures your stuff on the go. One main chamber provides ample room for a clutch or wallet, while the pockets of the back panel organizer house keys, cosmetics, a cell phone, and more. The bright, four-panel Taslan Nylon lets you find items even when the lights are turned down low. Just like all Tucker & Bloom products, the Saddle Messenger Bag includes our lifetime warranty. The Tucker & Bloom Saddle Messenger Bag is designed as a step up from the everyday purse. Elegant, refined, and yet oh-so-simple, experience the blending American craftsmanship, function, and fashion.

 

Waxed Canvas and Leather North to South Messenger Bag

 

Waxed Canvas and Leather North to South Messenger


Tucker & Bloom’s best-selling North to South Messenger Bag gets a fresh update with this year’s hottest materials paired with our world-renown craftsmanship. The North to South Messenger Bag begins with durable, water-resistant 18-ounce waxed canvas made in the USA by the Martin Dying and Finishing Co. of Bridgeton, New Jersey. We then went to Kentucky for locally sourced, supple pull up veg tanned leather for the bag’s trim, security straps, and embossed patch. We finished with matte nickel-cast brass hardware for a bag the only gets better with age. Inside, four-ply Taslan Nylon lines the back, including a zippered pocket to secure a wallet, phone, or other valuables. A wide-open main compartment can handle a stack of records or a laptop, and the front pocket further divides into smaller pockets for change, airline tickets, and whatever else you need access to on the go. A slip pocket on the back and two side pockets offer even more storage options. An optional, removable cross-strap lets you secure the bag while biking, and a sturdy shoulder strap with shearling pad makes the heaviest loads comfortable during commute. Just like all Tucker & Bloom products, the North to South Messenger Bag includes our lifetime warranty. Find out why so many people have gotten hooked by the Tucker & Bloom North to South Messenger Bag, now in fresh seasonal materials.

 

Churchill Leather Belt

 

Churchill Leather Belt



Tucker & Bloom loves the feel and smell of good leather, but mostly we love how long it lasts. That’s why we created the Churchill Leather Belt, designed to last you a lifetime and then be passed down to the next generation.
Our thick and supple Latigo Leather, sourced locally from Kentucky, is designed for years of use. As it ages, it develops striking patina unique to each piece. Edge painting provides a smooth, finished look. The warmth of the belt’s leather is offset by the nickel-
plated brass buckle, which is made to take a beating and keep on ticking. Cast brass rivets, hand-tooled punches, and contrasting stitching all complete the package.
Just like all Tucker & Bloom products, the Churchill Leather Belt includes our lifetime warranty. Like a good wine or classic song, the Tucker & Bloom Churchill Leather Belt is designed to only get better with each passing day.

 

Waxed Accessory Pouch

 

Waxed Accessory Pouch


The Tucker & Bloom Waxed Accessory Pouch was designed for a life on the road. Whether you’re switching bags or just looking to keep track of a wallet, lighter, or antique totem, find just what you’re looking when you want it. Made from durable, water-resistant 18-ounce waxed canvas from by the Martin Dying and Finishing Co. of Bridgeton, New Jersey, the Accessory Pouch will last longer than your iPhone earbuds. Unlined and minimalistic, this is a no-frills organizer within your favorite bag. Just like all Tucker & Bloom products, the Accessory Pouch includes our lifetime warranty.Whether you’re switching bags in a pinch or just looking to add a little structure to a tote or duffel, Tucker & Bloom Waxed Accessory Pouch is your home base for where things live.

 

 

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Interview With DJ Mr Supreme aka Supreme La Rock

Seattle's DJ Mr Supreme (also known as Supreme La Rock or Preme for short) has been involved in DJ culture and collecting for well over twenty years. His encyclopedic knowledge proceeds him in collectors circles where he is know to regularly drop the phrase "got it" in reference the rarest of rare records. The elusive CTI briefcase? He's "got it". The uber rare Alabama funk LP by the Brief Encounter? He's "got it". The list goes on and on, but beyond his rep as a collector Preme is one hell of a DJ, rocking parties the world over, and holding the title as the official DJ for the Seattle Sea Hawks. We caught up with Mr Supreme to chat about what what he's got going on and what else he's "got" up his sleeves. 

 

 

Where did you grow up? What was it like?

Born in Los Angeles but grew up in Seattle. It was fun as I was growing up in the 80's just doing kid stuff riding my bike, playing Atari, breakdancing and hitting the record store

Were you raised in a musical house hold? Did your parents play music around the house?

Not a musical household but my dad played Miles Davis & Curtis Mayfield records and lots of free jazz while my mom played Elvis & Neil Sedaka. My brother rocked Elton John and my sister played the Bay City Rollers, Boston & Peter Frampton. However what I remember liking and listening to the most was Heatwave & Boz Scaggs that my other brother from out of town played when he moved to Seattle when I was around 8 years old.

When did hip hop enter your life?

1981 when I took a summer vacation to NYC. I witnessed breakdancing for the very time and was hooked

At what point did you decide you wanted to be a DJ?

August 10th 1984. I went to see the Treacherous 3 and DJ Ez Lee was cutting up doubles of some record, spinning around and scratching etc. I was floored. I had to learn that!

What was the Seattle scene like in those days?

It was a lot of fun we were just kids running a muck. Skipping school meeting downtown to battle each other breakdancing, carrying boom boxes around, tagging up etc.


How did Conception Records come about? What was your involvement?

It came about after me and Sureshot got our record deal with instinct. Being a producer I wanted my own label to release the stuff I was doing. I owned the label and was the in house producer. I started the label together with SureShot & Strath Sheppard.

 

DJ Supreme La Rock CTI Suitcase

Photo credit Dust and Grooves



When did you first start collecting records?

I've always liked and bought records since the age of 4. I used to use my allowance to hit the record store. I used to ride my bike to the record store in my teens to buy records and when I got my drivers license I got a job delivering pizzas and at nights end had a pocket full of cash from all my tips. I'd go to Tower records every single night because they were opened until midnight and i'd spend my money I had made on records. There was no rap section then you had to dig to find it in the soul section. I always bought anything I seen on the Profile & Def jam label even if I didn't know what it was because I knew it had to be good. Mind you at this point I was just another consumer not a record collector. I recall one day I came home and could barely walk into my room because of the the record collection I had built over the years. I was still not a collector I just bought what I liked. I've always done such. I really wouldn't consider or call my self a collector until the early 90s. I noticed certain records i'd see everyday starting to dry up like all the Blue Note and CTI stuff. Stores would tell me how some Japanese and British customers had just left and bought them all. At that point I thought I better start buying stuff up if I want it or it's not going to be around any longer. It was then I had to break my $8 a record spending budget and started buying $15 to $20 records. The first record I paid a grip for and was sick about it was a mint og Skull Snaps lp for $75 around '93 and I thought i'd lost my mind.

How many records are in your collection at this point? How are they organized?

I don't count them but I keep adding to it and get rid of some from time to time as well but i'd say around the 50,000 mark. They were in perfect immaculate alphabetical order until my friend Gene Brown came to stay with me over ten years ago. I woke up one morning and he had them out all over the place going through them. Then I moved a few times and forget about it. There's no rhyme or reason to the order and it's kaos.

What other sorts of things do you collect?

Blaxploitation posters & memorabilia, board games, lunch boxes, acton figures, art, boom boxes, sneakers, hats, jackets, bicycles, toys, movies, tape reels, magazines, trading cards, sunglasses, turntables, mixers, anything funky

 

DJ Mr Supreme

Has Serato changed the way you play records out?

No.

Whats the worst thing to happen to you at a gig?

I got vertigo really bad one night. I was trying to hold my self up with my hands on the wall while dj'n and vomitting all at the same time. It felt like the club was on a wave and spinning in circles.

How do you deal with requests?

I just say yes to get them to go away. If they continue to come back I tell them I played it you didn't hear it?!

Have you been involved in any reissue projects?


Yes Lialeh, Dolemite, Wayne McGhie, T.L. Barrett, Wheedles Groove, Status Breaks, and others I don't recall off the top of my head.

How did the Weedles Groove compilations come about?

I met with the owner of the Light in the Attic label for lunch one day and he asked me if I could re release anything what would it be. I said all these Seattle funk 45s I have

We're the artists you reached out to receptive to the project?

9 out of ten were. LOL

 

Supreme La Rock and Skeme Richards Hot Peas and Butta



How is the scene in Seattle now?

I think it's great and it's highlight. A lot of the funk guys have reunited and are playing out again, rappers are winning grammys, producers are doing major label stuff, there's some real talent here right now the best it's ever been.

Where do you see DJ culture headed?

Lots of new technology so you'd think that people would get very creative but most are getting lazier. I think the og culture as we know it will always be around as long as long as true djs preserve it. I've got three out of town bookings just today to play VINYL only parties. I love and embrace technology but at days end it's how creative you can get with it. Some djs kill it with the stuff they can do with controllers but with that being said most don't. The culture is very popular right now and i'm sure will birth some new super star djs and I support that to the fullest.

What are you listening to these days? Does current music appeal to you?

I listen to the same stuff now I did 10-20 years ago. Classics never die and there is no expiration date on good music. If you find a record from the 70s that you've never heard before it's new to you no matter the date it was released. I don't like new popular music. Mind you I didn't say new I said new and popular. Pop (ular) music is awful. There's tons of new music I love.


What makes a good DJ great?

When all's said and done the art of selection trumps anything else

What's next for you?

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DJ Supreme La Rock with the Rich Medina 45 Bag

Supreme La Rock posing with five of our Rich Medina 45 bags. Keep up with him on twitter, facebook, on his website, and on Hot Peas and Butta 

 

 

 

 

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Interview With DJ Nu-Mark

As a veteran in the west coast underground scene, taste maker DJ and a member of the beloved hip hop group Jurassic 5, DJ Nu-Mark needs very little introduction amongst those in the know. His DJ "toy sets" are a thing of legend in the community and he continues to push the boundaries of live performance. We recently caught up with Uncle Nu about his development as a DJ and life on the road. Enjoy 
 
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What was growing up in LA like? What part of the city are you from? 
 
I grew up in North Hollywood, CA.  I enjoyed Los Angeles growing up because they took music, art and culture very serious especially during the birth of Hip Hop, New Wave and the Electro / Freestyle era. 
 
When did you first get involved in music? Did your folks play music around the house?
 
I don't really come from a musical family.  I heard my that my grandfather played the concertina but aside from that there wasn't much music in my family.  My mother was also a belly dancer....but traditional Persian music didn't appeal to me as a kid.  I started playing drums seriously around 12 years old in Junior High.   At that age I was trying to mimic rock drums from AC/DC and Rush etc.. 
 
When did you discover hip hop? At what point did you decide you wanted to be a DJ?
 
When I was in my jazz band class in junior high, my best friend Chris Cooke was a bassist.  We use to go back to his house after school and watch his uncle DJ.  His uncle would bring all the records from New York and make us mix tapes to break to.  Once I saw his uncle dj, I was officially hooked.  From that point I started collecting records, bought turntables and when High School rolled around I was doing 2-3 house parties a weekend while working at Carvel Ice Cream. 
 
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When did you first meet the guys from Jurassic 5? How you first get involved in the group? 
 
I met the majority of the group at a club called Rat Race in Los Angeles.  It was a night set up to let Mc's freestyle over a live band.  I was the resident DJ.  Cut Chemist, Chali 2na and Marc 7 came through to perform and I hit it off with them right away.  They were a group called Unity Committee. Rebels of Rhythm was Akil and Soup who had already met Unity Committee at The Good Life.  So J5 is two groups formed as one plus me.
 
What was the underground scene like in LA around that time? 
 
Truly thriving!  There were endless possibilities for groups and solo acts.  At one point it seemed like all the local heroes were getting major label deals around us.  The Good Life was one of the many catalyst helping artist here in L.A.  That era encouraged skill, vocabulary, music selection, crate digging, fashion and over all crews that embodied a good show. 
 
How was it going from an indy underground background to getting signed to a major label (Interscope Records)? 
 
Well, that was also the era of "keep it real" and "no sell out".  Some people got those theories twisted and thought that being signed meant selling out.  Was always confusing for me....If I open a store full of records, my dream is to sell out of my records.  The jump to Interscope was detrimental to J5's career because we had already sold 200,000 records independently so it was time to nurture our brand with music videos, distribution, publicity and promotion.  We weren't hell bent on "keeping it real"....we were set on being ourselves.  Grass don't try to grow. 
 
You just got off tour with J5, how long were you on the road? How often are you on the road solo? 
 
J5 just did a European tour and a U.S. tour back to back (a little over 2 months straight).  We toured before that in Australia as well for a month.  I DJ a lot but I prefer to do spot dates here and there to keep it fresh.  The Toy Set has kept me busy when I'm not with J5.
 
 
Do you guys live on the bus? What is the key to packing for a tour like that?
 
Yeah, we live on the bus and get hotels from time to time depending on off days.  We have a room every night to shower in or we can shower at the venue since we're playing bigger rooms lately.  The key to packing is filling the suitcase with as many socks and underwear as possible. A large suitcase and smaller day bag is really important too. 
 
Can you describe how some of the turntable instruments you and Cut Chemist use on the road became a part of the show?
 
Once the toy set came alive, I wanted to bring a large visual DJ element to the stage since prior to that the elements we used were always small.  I thought it would be dope for Cut and I to perform with necklace based instruments like the drum machine, record chain 808 and portable turntable.  Some of this we performed in 2003 and now we're kind of remixing these ideas.  One major part of our DJ routine is a 5 Foot Diameter Turntable that is operational.  It took about 3 months for the set designer to finish it but my vision is here and operational finally!!
 
When did you first start using toys in a DJ set? How has that evolved over the years?
 
I started using a toy called music blocks in our old DJ routine around 2004.  After the group disbanded in 2006, I was a bit confused as to what I wanted to do as an artist.  It was at that point that I decided to fill the entire stage with children's musical toys and wire them into my DJ rig. 
 
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Are you still looking for records? Craziest record find? 
 
I'm always looking for records but I don't always look for the most collectable records.  The records I choose are chosen because I know that I can make use of them in my production or on stage.  I don't really have a craziest find....I was pretty happy to find my 45 of Eddie Bo "We're Doing It"...but now I think nothing of it, I liked finding my 45 of Kourosh Yaghamaei....but since I've sampled it....I'm looking for something else. Don't know, I'm mostly happy when I'm hunting for something new. 
 
What interests you musically these days?
 
I'm getting more and more into Middle Eastern, Latin and South American music. So much to learn and the instrumentation shows no compromise. 
 
What is your production set up looking like? 
 
Working with Maschine, Ableton Live and my Technics Turntables.  Seems to be the weapons of choice. I love Protools for mixing my finished songs. 
 
Where do you see the music industry headed?  
 
Well, I feel like its already gone? There's no real budgets for any genre outside of Pop?? I just feel like the only way to fly is through an indie. 
 
What excites you in a DJ set? What makes a good DJ great?
 
Energy....all selected songs should have a certain energy embedded in them. Tempo doesn't mean anything anymore to me. I like watching DJ's transition in key and on time with the energy of the entire set building as the set progresses. Doesn't matter the genre of music for me now. 
 
Any advice for the next generation of DJ's?
 
Yeah, DJs. Stop following these other douche bags that press a button that automatically beat matches the songs, use your brain and be yourself. Express something from YOUR SOUL not the next man's. 
 
What's next for you?  
 
I just finished the Slimkid3 (of Pharcyde) & DJ Nu-Mark album set to drop September 9th on Delicious Vinyl. Our first single is called "Bouillon" and features Del (Hieroglyphics) and Murs (Living Legends). Here's the free download link.
Our latest single is called "Bom Bom Fiya." Please support us on our new adventure and thanks for having me!!  Album comes out September 9th!!!!
 
 
Keep up with Nu-Mark on his website, twitter, and soundcloud. 
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