Cypress Junkies is a DJ / percussion duo made up of percussionist Eric Bobo (Cypress Hill & Beastie Boys) and DJ Rhettmatic (Beat Junkies), hence where we get the name Cypress Junkies. Over the weekend, I checked them out at the Stones Throw vs. Beat Junkies warehouse party thrown by the good folks of Art Don’t Sleep.
Man, I was quite impressed.
I’ve seen percussionist / DJ performances before that seemed more visual spectacle than some thing musical. Cypress Junkies just didn’t sound like dudes banging on top of beats. Eric Bobo and Rhett played with the right touch that added extra dopeness to the songs they jammed on. Quite intricate to my ears.
I got to talk to Rhett at the end of the night and asked him how they got started. Rhettmatic said about three to four years ago Eric Bobo asked him to lay some scratches on a solo project of his. They continued to experiment and jam, and eventually developed into the live show they have going on today.
Scratch and Response
I really enjoyed the orchestrated call and response moments or shall we call it scratch and response moments Eric Bobo and Rhettmatic pulled off. The clip below isn’t from the warehouse party but an earlier performance. You can get a taste of scratch and response.
On my last trip to the PI, I had the pleasure of opening up for Manila’s very own dynamic DJ duo The Diegos.
The venue was at this funky resto/bar/gallery/art space called Today x Future. The vibe of the place very much reminded me of spaces I use to work in the lower east side circa early 90s. Big shout out to bar owners, Chie and Sharon!
Below is a photo of The Diegos rocking an all vinyl set. The Diegos are Diego Mapa (Pedicab) and Diego Castillo (Sandwich) who work together as a Djing duo. You can check out one of their most recent remixes right here:
I played a cross-genre set that included mixing Toro Y Moi with Van Halen into some Soul Makousa. Surprisingly, everyone seemed to appreciate the musical taste and people actually danced. A DJ’s dream come true.
I was telling a friend at the night, when I need to find out what’s good these days, I ask folks in the Philippines cause they’re up on state side music but also on other sounds from around the world, which unfortunately never reach ‘Murica’s shores. So Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!
Below is a picture of me (post DJ set and several rides on the Red Horse later), Diego C. (The Diegos) and fellow LA based Filmmaker/DJ Joel Quizon. Joel and Maya (another friend from LA) were in town working on their documentary.
Take a listen to Joel’s latest mix: Beat Soul Funk: The Pinoy Groove Experience
And finally here’s a video of Sunday longboarding through the leaves at UP.
Camera by Sir Raims, thanks for lending me the board!