Shambhala fave JPOD and a group of local DJs are Thanksgivin’er Saturday at Vernon’s Club 2929.
Formerly of Vernon, one of the country’s hottest spin meisters JPOD the beat chef is back home for the holidays and ready to throw down.
“After major appearances at Canada’s premier electronic music festival, better known as Shambhala, and Nevada’s infamous Burning Man, JPOD is hotter than ever and ready to bring that same energy right here to 2929,” said Josh Brazier, with 13th Floor Entertainment, who along with Bassbong Records are promoters of the show.
“We are also celebrating Jay Dyck’s (of the ElectroFunkers) birthday so come for that and Dee Bass is also on the decks to make it one heck of a party.”
Known for his precise musical and technical skills, JPOD plays many styles including glitch-hop, nu-funk, hip-hop, dancehall, world fusion and breaks, all live-mashed together with samples and a cappellas.
JPOD started producing at the age of 15 and was then inspired by turntables. He taught himself the movements of scratching before even touching a crossfader. At 19, he began DJing and instantly adapted his musical ear to mixing. He held a residency at Kelowna’s Higher Ground, and has played shows and festivals all over western Canada. He has been a staple in the Fractal Forest at Salmo’s Shambhala Music Festival, performing both solo and in a duo called the StickyPod Connection.
JPOD also runs a digital label/tool shop called Swing Set Sounds. This project is based on the belief that the future of DJing is edits, remixes and live remixing and that the necessary tools should be more readily available.
JPOD has released several EPs through Swing Set, a remix album of gospel and bluegrass favourites and his debut all-original album, Halfsteppin, which was released earlier this year.
He also has made remixes for various labels such as ESL, Fort Knox Recordings, Bombastic Jam and others and is known to frequently create signature-sounding bootleg remixes that are always free downloads.
13th Floor and Bassbong have also announced that they have booked Whistler-turned-international DJ Mat the Alien for a Halloween show, Oct. 27.
Called Nightmare on 29th Street, the event is scheduled to be held at Club 2929, which is located at the corner of 29th Street and 29th Avenue in downtown Vernon.
“It’s going to be a massive Halloween party,” said Brazier. “This guy is an absolute legend in the electronic music scene and we can’t believe we’re able to bring him to little old Vernon.”
Tickets are $10 for Saturday’s Thanksgivin’er show at Club 2929 and are available in advance at the Downtown Internet Lounge on 30th Avenue, next to the Towne Cinema.