Kelowna DJ Thistle

DJs set their decks for Audio Beats

Okanagan DJs and hip hop MCs headline show at Vernon's Army Navy Air Force Hangar Friday.

Turntables will spin wildly while MCs will take the mic for what one young entrepreneur is hoping will become a monthly party for those who love tribal beats, hip hop and lots of sweat.

Audio Beats, a.k.a  Audio Beatz if you’re searching Facebook, takes place Friday at the Army Navy Air Force Hangar, and will feature five DJs and three hip hop artists, said show producer Deven Rooney of AXIOM Industries, who has already hosted two similar events in the local vicinity.

“We’ve got an epic lineup this time,” said Rooney. “Music ranges from dance hall, jungle, electro house, electro funk, DnB, garage and funky electro. We really want this to be a monthly event starting in January, and we have an opportunity to shine a positive light on the rave culture. We have nothing to hide and run a professional operation with a no alcohol policy… We have a great rapport with the Army Navy Air Force veterans association.”

Headlining the wall of sound will be Kelowna  turntablist Thistle, one of the top DJs hailing from the Okanagan, as well as Wreklace.

Spinning since 1997, Thistle, a.k.a Matthew Reed, is a pioneer of the West Coast DnB (drum and bass) jungle movement.

“He has partially mentored or instructed most Okanagan-based broken beat artists/DJs that began between 1997 to 2007,” said Rooney

A former promoter and record producer, Reed is the first valley artist to produce original DnB, breaks, and dubstep, and has been invited to Salmo’s notorious Shambhala Music Festival six times, most notably the massive 2004 midnight set in the festival’s village.

In addition, he won the Red Bull DJ Thre3style  competition in 2006, was a selected artist to showcase at the New Music West Festival in 2004, and has toured across Canada, playing sets with the likes of Mat The Alien, Slip n Slide, and Audited Beats.

Hailing from the same scene as well-known DJs as Datsik, Excision, Chaosphere, Spinalshift and Mode, Wreklace shows great potential and is quickly making a name for himself, said Rooney.

“He has an emotional connection with the crowd and an innovative style,” he said. “Wreklace throws down some of the freshest, flyest tracks from all areas of dubstep, crunk, electro, house, DnB, bassline, drumstep, hip hop, and club mix.”

Joining them at Friday’s Audio Beats will be a number of artists hailing from Vernon, including DJs Electro Funkers, Lakeshore Drive, Mexy Fry El Salvador, and hip hop MCs Ill Cipher, KO.d, with Kamloops’ Tyler Logic.

There will also be henna art and body painting, fire spinning poi, massage therapy, and a full concession. No alcohol will be allowed on the premises. The show starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 available in advance at Shambhala Clothing in Vernon and the Ticket Seller (549-7469, or at the door. The Army Navy Air Force Hangar is located at 2500-46th Ave.


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