I Danced My Face Off
My night didn’t start until about 12:15 in the morning due to work, but for close to two hours at the first party promoted by The Beat Mpls I had a blast. This party was highly anticipated and turned out to be well worth the wait. Entering the venue, I caught the elevator to the appropriate floor and met the man with the plan, Alex Stahlmann, on the way up. Greetings were exchanged and the elevator doors opened. My first thought after getting my wristbands was, “They pulled this off BIG.” I had not heard Bass Violator previously, but I have to say his sound was welcome (to have my ears violated by bass, that is). As an old drum and bass head, it’s good to see “phat beats” progressing in the direction they are. I often yearn for the days of old, but seeing the energy set off by artists and listeners of current electronic music, I have absolutely no complaints. The sound system was on point and after greeting some friends and paying the bartender, the dance floor was calling.
And I danced my face off. It was just a really fun atmosphere. Everyone seemed to enjoy the vibe set off by this party. Showing up as late as I did, I know this vibe wasn’t birthed from thin air. T3: To the Trees and Pot Roast had something to do with it, and I look forward to checking out their sets in the near future. With a light show and vendors, who needs Bella? The room was spacious and there was a great turn out.
The headliner, Haywyre, eventually pulled off a great set to end the night, after some technical difficulties. His mix blended keys and some of the best parts of electronic music with some elements of house music. Even with the short intermission to fix the technical glitches, the vibe carried over from Bass Violator and previous acts right through Haywyre’s set to end the night.
Shouts outs to Antic Studios and 10K Lakes Entertainment, for their contributions to this successful production. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the next iteration.
Article by Kevin Parris
20 Steps to Throwing a Successful First Show*
- Have a vision.
- Have two friends believe and share in your vision.
- Have your girlfriend select a date for the show.
- Have connections to a venue, and secure the date of your show.
- Secure a headliner.
- Find supporting acts that will musically fit the bill.
- Have your headliner back out.
- Don’t panic. Secure a new headliner.
- Secure lighting for the show.
- Have a friend with mad artistic abilities draw you a promotional poster.
- Convince everyone involved of your vision, and let them convince others.
- Announce the show.
- Promote the fuck out of the show.
- Attack, and continue attacking your social media outlets with promotion.
- Work closely with the venue to smooth out the show’s details.
- Keep promoting the fuck out of the show.
- Have an incredibly supportive girlfriend, family, friends, and community,
- Make handbills rain.
- Cross your fingers.
- Open the doors.
*There are more than 20 steps to throwing a successful first show, but would you really read them?
Article by Alex Stahlmann
Roughly five months ago I was in the kitchen watching my personal chef, who also happens to be my sexy beast boyfriend, cook us a great meal. We were discussing our work days and Alex began to tell me about this fantastic idea he had. While reminiscing over all the awesome times we had the past summer at numerous festivals and shows, it occurred to him that we could use these experiences and produce a show of our own. Not only would it be an awesome show, but we could invite all of our friends and they would come because they would be forced to support us… or else! The idea sounded awesome! Of course I wanted to throw a sweet party for all of our friends so we could dance and jam to awesome tunes… who wouldn’t want to do that? With a low five we started brainstorming.
Even though I am not married I knew from the countless wedding planning articles I have read, the first thing you must do is pick a date. A few days later I was sitting in the Rainbow parking lot chatting on the phone with Alex, and that’s when we decided that the best party ever would happen on February 22nd 2014. BOOM! Date was set now the real planning was about to start. Soon after looking through tons and tons (realistically it was about four) of Minneapolis venues I found myself overwhelmed. Luckily for all of us Alex had two friends that were more than down to pick up my slack. Thanks Ross and Kevan!
I am so impressed with these three guys! It takes a lot of time, planning, and stress to put together a show all on your own, and they not only did it, but they did it well. After I gave up so easily, I became one of their many
cheerleaders. Always hoping they could pull this together. I stood on the sidelines while they booked the venue, booked the artists, lost artists, found new artists, found an artist to create the poster, booked vendors, and promoted the show wherever and whenever they possibly could. None of this was an easy task, but they stuck with it and thank baby yeezus they did!
After months of watching Alex, Ross, and Kevan plan, and hearing 2/22 over and over and over again and again, 2/22/14 finally arrived! The morning was super busy and anxiety was sky high. Though the Spyhouse coffee I had consumed earlier was delicious, it was also extremely unnecessary – like whoa just call me jitterbug! I dropped Alex off at Ross’s around 4:30; I wished him good luck and was off to finish what I needed to do to get ready. I got to The Loft a little after DappaDan ,the opening artist, had started, the crowd was spread out and seemingly small, but the jams were heavy. I quickly took to the dance floor and started to dance. DappaDan’s set was awesome, super dancy, and started the night off with good vibes. The Antic Studio boys were producing a great light show already – I was impressed.
Soon all my close girls were there and we were dancing up a storm to the 2nd artist – DJ Slayer. The night was still young and we were already having a blast. Slayer took it up a notch with some trap driven tracks, but also laid down some of that funk that I love so much. My girls and I loved it and the dance floor was starting to fill up. I began to look around and realize that though a lot of my friends were present there were also a lot of unfamiliar faces. I couldn’t of been happier, I knew the boys needed to sell a lot of tickets to break even on their investment, and at that point I knew they would.
Every time I walked off the dance floor I was surprised by another friendly face. It was so awesome to see so many friends had come out to support the event. Most of all it was fantastic to see that everyone was having a stellar time. It was a huge melting pot of friends and fans. T3: to the Trees is comprised of three close friends of mine: Kevan, Dan and Jeremy, so I made a point to be up front and center to catch their set. I found myself surrounded by a huge group of other close friends all excited to see T3’s debut. T3: To the Trees is a live electronic band that includes drums, sax, and keys. They have that jazzy funk sound that I find myself gravitating towards these days. It was also really cool to see them bring up guests to play guitar and additional keys. Their set was fun, funky, and had everyone dancing.
By the time Pot Roast was on The Loft was full, and the party we had imagined was actually happening. I ran into Alex here and there and even though he was busy I could tell he was excited and satisfied with the turn out. Pot Roast did a 180 from jazzy funk time to hip-hop, bass droppin, booty poppin, twerk time – which the crowd and myself had no problem with. At one point my I turned around to find my sister twerking all over my best friend… so that happened. Pot Roast blends an awesome array of hip-hop and bass heavy beats that can make even your great aunt Edith start to act a little like Miley. You could tell the dj duo was having a blast up behind the decks, which always makes a show more enjoyable in my opinion.
The bass was turnt up and it was time for Bass Violator to come show the crowd what was up. Bass Violator produces his own tracks and blends bass heavy dubstep with a hip-hop. The crowd had been prepped by Pot Roast and was ready to keep on turnin’ up. Crazy kids were jumping and bustin’ along to the beat as the lights flashed bright colors erratically. The beats were heavy and dirtier than Pot Roast, but like all the acts, it mixed it up. Bass Violator continued a half hour over his scheduled set time because of the headliner’s technical difficulties, but he and the crowd didn’t seem to mind or notice.
The night was a success and the headliner hadn’t even went on yet, but myself and the large crowd that had turned up and turnt up couldn’t wait to see what Haywyre was going to bring to the party. After some technical difficulties, Haywyre took the stage with force. Haywyre, aka Martin Vogt has been practicing music since he was a child, but in the past 6 years he has been producing electronic music. He has begun to make a name for himself, and Alex, Ross, and Kevan were lucky enough to get him to have the 2/22 party be his first headlining show in Minneapolis… and he killed it! His jazzy electronic vibe fit in perfectly with the night. Like I said, I gravitate towards the jazzier side of electronic music, so I found myself dancing around with a huge smile across my face loving every minute of it.
All of the artists did a fantastic job even amid the technical difficulties the show still turned out to be that sweet party we had hoped for. My favorite parts of the show were the diverse music and the diversity of people in the crowd. Alex, Ross and Kevan managed to provide an array of artists that were all within the electronic genre but all had very diverse techniques and who reached out to a multitude of tastes. The crowd was comprised of friends of Alex, Ross and Kevan’s, friends of the artists, friends of the vendors, and friends of The Loft all combined together to create one huge group of friends. I met so many people that night that knew someone that had helped plan the party, or someone performing or were just there to have fun. One of the main reasons I love festivals is because of the friendships you create while there and this show had that essence to it, which was exactly what we had hoped for.
I am so proud of Alex, Ross & Kevan for all their hard work. I am so thankful to the artists for agreeing to be part of this and giving it their all while they performed, you all did amazing! Thank you to everyone that was involved cause there’s a bunch of you and you all rock! I am also so very thankful to everyone that came out and supported the show, hope you all come to the next one!!!
Article by Anna Britta
Did That Really Happen?
February 22, 2014 will be a day that I never forget. Not just because 2/22 is ridiculously easy to remember (yea, we did that on purpose), but also because it marks the first event ever thrown by The Beat Mpls (in conjunction with 10K Lakes Entertainment). The Haywyre event has seriously been on my mind every single day for the past four months. Was it a spectacular show? Yes. Was it the best party I’ve ever had a hand in throwing? Yes. Can I write an objective review? No. So, instead of a review, here are a few of my night’s highlighted moments:
- Running over to Starbucks to buy Martin Vogt a traveler. If you read the interview we ran with Haywyre, you know the dude loves his caffeine – I needed him on point.
- Greeting Martin at the front door of Maruso’s. He had ridden the light rail to the venue, equipment in tow.
- Sitting down for a beer and some snacks with some of my Iowa peoples. Back on New Year’s I owed my boi Kraig $50. Instead of giving cash I gave him six Haywyre tickets and told him, “Dude. That’s like a $60 value; you’re making money off this deal! Greasy, but effective – he came!
- Helping my boi Mike load in his Brims and Tongues gear. Dude peaked in The Barfly and said, “Dang. I could probably make some money selling my shit down here tonight.” My response: “Na man. You’re going to want to be at my party.”
- Watching the homie and Beat Mpls contributor, Dan Crittenden, take the stage as DappaDan.
- DJ Slayer’s air horns.
- Sitting down in the greenroom with all the homies that helped bring the night into reality. Our own green room. Crazy…
- Watching T3: To the Trees take the stage for the first time… ever.
- Having so many friends fill The Loft. Honestly, this was amazing. As the night continued I had trouble walking more than ten feet without running into another person I truly cared about. Many hugs were exchanged.
- Having my younger siblings roll up with their respective peoples in support of the big venture… and to get their party on.
- Witnessing the hype and excitement that is Pot Roast. They were probably having the most fun of everyone in the room, and the crowd fed off it.
- Sneaking away to check out Cosby Sweater downstairs. Really wish we could have combined shows.
- Sitting in the green room watching Bass Violator pace and listening to him talk about how he was worried about his computer. I asked him if he was going to be able to play his set, he responded with “Definitely man. I’m just nervous.” Dude ended up killing it and played for almost an extra 20 minutes.
- Antic Studio’s dope ass visuals. They did it big, and the high-powered lights were SICK!
- Haywyre opening his set with “Back and Forth.”
- Kickin’ it with the Pot Roast crew to the side of the stage. Dudes have been throwing down in Saint Paul for the past 16 weeks. Technical difficulties and crowd control come second nature, and they helped me keep my cool when Haywyre’s computer wouldn’t turn on. In fact, they actually deserve a majority of the credit for getting it up and running again. I’ll never forget Aaron and Jeremy aka Big Poppa and MVNIV aka Pot Roast hungry to take back the stage and save the night. Seriously, these dudes were ready to throw down. They wanted to, and they almost did.
- Haywyre’s computer coming on, and staying on, after the second crash.
- The entire scene. I’ve never witnessed such an eclectic crowd at The Skyway, and it was fun to see everyone interact.
- All of the people taking interest in the merch tables and painters that were set up in the back half of the room.
- The crowd screaming for more after the show had ended.
Article by Alex Stahlmann
Thanks for coming to the show! Thanks for reading this post! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We can’t wait to throw down again!
Photos by Dana Kim and Kale Fischer