Introducing the 2012 Pitch Music Showcase artists.

Talking with the 2012 Pitch Music Award Nominees 

Introducing the 2012 Pitch Music Showcase artists.

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Friends and family. We gave up a long time ago on the delusion of monetary success in this business. We've redefined success as loving our scene and always having fun.

Also nominated: The Rumblejetts


DJ

Brent Tactic

What's new?

A number of things, really. There's a new release on my label, Think 2wice Records, from an L.A. artist, Cy Kosis, that dropped July 31. Tacticwise, we have a tune in the can for an August release on Top Billin records. Secret Sauce has a tune coming out on a Think 2wice free release in August. There's a bunch more in the works across the board coming soon as well.

In a perfect world, how would critics describe your music?

They'd describe me as a music lover before anything else.

What are some other nominated acts you're a fan of?

Morri$ in my category is killing it. Making Movies, Hearts of Darkness. There's a number of local artists who weren't nominated who are fantastic as well.

What's your favorite KC venue?

I'd say Westport in general is my favorite. Gusto, Union, Riot Room.

What do you like about KC as a music town?

As a music town, we're in an infancy stage with a lot of potential. Anyone will tell you it's been that way for a long time. But there's a wave here right now. And your readers and music fans in KC in general should get on the wave if they haven't already. It's a very exciting time.

Sheppa

What's new?

I will release an end-of-summer mixtape, a few remixes and an EP this fall. Look for them at soundcloud.com/sheppa and soundcloud.com/nomathmatics. I am still involved in two monthly parties: Beauty Magic and BODY2BODY. Beauty Magic is a collaboration with my fellow Botnet Hive DJs, consisting of a beauty bar, cotton candy, and a J-Rave environment. BODY2BODY is a moombahtrap-disco-bass party that has been going strong for over a year at various KC Clubs including the Union and the Riot Room. It's a collaboration with VJs Goonpox, Marvin Gardens, Trey Bryan, and special guests. And I am also involved in parties on Wednesdays at the Gusto, rotating between Life 3D and MidWeek Moombah.

In a perfect world, how would critics describe your music?

A combination of moombahtrap, blind disco, tropical bass, and Oprah's sensibility

What do you like about KC as a music town?

The people who come to my shows are always open to what I have to play, which keeps me inspired and pushes my boundaries of the music I mix at each show.

Also nominated: Andrew Northern, Morri$, Paul DeMatteo


ELECTRONIC

18 Carat Affair

What's new?

I just finished a compilation album from the first six releases titled

Pure Gold. It's sort of a greatest-hits album with 30 tracks. It can be heard at sunsetcorp.org.

In a perfect world, how would critics describe your music?

Predictably unpredictable, exotic VHS-sound paintings.

Who are some other nominated acts you're a fan of?

I really dig CVLTS and other artists from KC's "Beer on the Rug." New soundscapes.

What keeps you in KC rather than moving to a bigger music city?

It's not overpopulated, the people here are great, and it's affordable to dream.

Motorboater

What's new?

Nothing. Music is mostly fun, but it's a raw challenge to make something that is fresh and unique to yourself, much less others. There is a lot of shitty music in the world — why add to it? When Motorboater does have new tracks, you'll know all about it because it will be fantastic.

Any recent releases or anything on the horizon?

SPORT came out last summer. It's still good. The plan is to start collaborating with some other local artists I deeply respect, hopefully producing some tracks.  

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