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What do you think you sound like? "Hopefully, the future. I like to sound versatile more than anything."
Anything else? "Pretty sure you will keep seeing me grinding for KC as long as I can keep breathing."
What's good? "Lumberjack Soul LP is out now. Currently on tour in Germany and Austria, where I am known for my singing."
Sheppa of Nomathmatics
What's good? "Three mixtapes and two new remixes will be released before August 14. I'm involved in two monthly parties: Beauty Magic, which consists of a beauty bar, cotton candy and a J-rave environment, making this party always crazy fun; and BODY2BODY, my moombahton/discoton party."
What do you think you sound like? "A combination of moombahton, blind disco, tropical bass and Papa Smurf."
Anything else? "Rumor has it that Sheppa of Nomathmatics will be part of Oprah's Favorite Things this year!"
What's good? "Recently dropped a long-awaited monster hit with MC Zulu called "Badman Bounce." Also, recently dropped the third installment of my Global Bounce mix series, which you can find on my SoundCloud page. Watch out for Trimangle, a new group consisting of myself and the homies from Barbaric Merits."
What do you think you sound like? "An eclectic Persian conga riddim made from spare robot parts, modulated through my sub-bass atom smasher. Oh, and it's danceable."
Inside at the Foundry: MORRI$
One of the main dudes behind Lawrence party collective Team Bear Club, Phil Canty (also known as Morri$) is a consistent DJ presence locally. He also makes his own beats and is working on a record with Greg Enemy. But while the music Canty personally creates is dreamy and ethereal, he spins less heady music behind the decks: Waka Flocka Flame, Lil B, Spice Girls. In the next month, you can catch him at the Eighth Street Tap Room, Gusto Lounge and the Union of Westport.
The Pitch: How long have you been doing what you've been doing?
Canty: Bear Club started in 2008, and we've been building since. I started DJing really hard around 2008, 2009. I'd always been DJing before, but not nearly as often or as focused. I've been making beats for about six years.
What are some sounds you've been feeling lately?
I've been working to add some more juke influences. I went to New Orleans a couple weeks ago, and apparently they're doing this fusion of yacht rock, which is undoubtedly the whitest music, like Michael McDonald, mixed with bounce music, which is just gutter-ass, hood-ass New Orleans music. It's really crazy. But when I heard that, it fucked me up, so I guess we're going to try to use some of those influences. At least bounce. I mean, I love yacht rock, but I don't know if I'm going to be able to put that into my sound.
What's new with Team Bear Club? Talk about the way you approach those parties.
The vibe of Bear Club parties is hedonistic. And I think people connect with us on this level where we don't play anything we play for pretension. I happen to really enjoy a lot of pop music, so we do a lot of that. So I think the combination of that, along with all of our personalities, really lends itself to people being a bit more free than they are at other parties. I'll tell you this much: When people hear the combination of music we play, they know what to do. There's never that moment where people are standing around and they're not really sure how to dance to the music. People are bent the fuck over, sweating, taking their clothes off — doing what they should be doing almost immediately.