DJ Q/A: B’UGO

January 24, 2014 in DJs, Events, Words by Mark Vicente

B’Ugo will be spinning this Saturday along side heavy hitters Jojo Flores and JaBig for the 15th Anniversary of Therapy at Peopl featuring Julie McKnight. This party is going to bring much needed heat to these cold Montreal nights. Check out what the prolific DJ has to say about his craft.

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B’Ugo: I was lucky enough to start directly at the club without much practice. That was over 15 years. it kinda just happened. I was able to practice on the job and perfect my technique with each live gig. I then started investing in a set up at home so I could make my own mixes. Back then it was a little harder to get live recordings of yourself at the club… I would give them out in cassettes! Remember those?? LOL

Mark Vicente: Montreal has a vibrant electronic music scene. What do you love about it and what, in your opinion, still needs improvement?
B’Ugo: I love the people. We’re all a little crazy and probably wouldn’t hang out in the daylight. But at night anything goes right? I’ve always been attracted to things that are outside of the norm so the dance music scene was perfect for me. I’ve been lucky enough in my 15 years in the biz to be able to cross the different sub-scenes : 1 week I can be doing a aggressive electro party like Gaybash at Cabaret Underworld and the next a deep house gig with Julie McKnight at Peopl. Throughout that I’ve managed to keep my own signature B’UGO Sound. Everything always needs improvement, but I’m not one to be nostalgic about how things used to me. IMHO when you start talking in the past too much it might be time to think about retiring.

Mark Vicente: Who are the DJs/Producers that inspire you?
B’Ugo: I’m a Danny Tenaglia groupie. He has and continues to inspire me musically to this day. I try never to miss his marathons when he’s in town. I like many others like Carl Cox, Frankie Knuckles, Manny Ward, Junior Vasquez. I also dig more newschool jocks like Nathan Barrato, Carlo Lio and the techno queen herself Nicole Moudaber. I’m into deep and dark shit when I’m on the dancefloor.

Mark Vicente: Describe your perfect Party/Club experience
B’Ugo: I love marathon parties where you stay in at the club for over 12h. Stereo is the best place to do that in Montreal. For it to be perfect there need to be a lil production and not too many Djs playing. some seating is a must and a bar with Alcohol can be a bonus! :D I also dig Beach parties which I’ve been doing latley in Turks and Caicos. Going back this summer for another one.

Mark Vicente: What are you most proud of as a DJ?
B’Ugo: I’m still here doing what I live. I’m obsessed with it and very lucky I get to play out as much as I do.

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Follow B’Ugo:

www.bugo.dj
www.twitter.com/djbugo
instagram @djbugo
www.facebook.com/djbugo
www.soundcloud.com/djbugo
www.mixcloud.com/bugomusic

Dj Q/A Jojo Flores

January 21, 2014 in DJs, Words by Mark Vicente

I have such respect for this DJ. He’s hard working, passionate, dedicated to his craft and is just an all around cool person. His party Therapy, celebrates it’s 15th Anniversary at Peopl this Saturday. Check out what the Montreal Ambassador for all things House had to say about his Art.

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Mark Vicente: What was the moment you knew DJing and Producing would be your career?
Jojo Flores: The moment was when I realized I was able to buy records, pay rent, and put food on the table with my DJ salary. I started DJing as a hobby in 1983. In 1993 I decided to make djing a full time project. I had a Thursday & Saturday night residency at Montreal’s legendary Di Salvio’s. 5 years later I started traveling the world.

Mark Vicente: Why is Club Culture a vital part of society?
Jojo Flores: It’s still a great way to meet socially, and an important way to discover new music and artists.

Mark Vicente: What are your thoughts on the Montreal Electronic Scene/Community?
Jojo Flores: The scene in Montreal is vibrant and I think it’s definitely one of the best in North America. Montreal produces amazing international artists (DJs, Producers, and Vocalists). Not to mention Montreal hosts respected festivals such as Mutek, Piknic Electronik, and Igloofest.

Mark Vicente: What kind of experience can people expect from a night with Jojo Flores?
Jojo Flores: Strictly positive vibes. A journey through different shades of electronic music, with different shades of Peopl.

Mark Vicente: What kind of advice would you give to a new DJ looking to graduate from the bedroom into the clubs?
Jojo Flores: Respect the art of DJing, respect the music you play, keep your sound consistent, and promote yourself to the fullest (social media, mix tapes, business cards, etc…)

Mark Vicente: Share one of your proudest moments as a DJ
Jojo Flores: One of the proudest moments is when I played in the Philippines. A major TV network booked me for a festival in Boracay. It was my first time back home since I moved to Canada; 28 years later.

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Fifteen Years of Therapy this Saturday
https://www.facebook.com/events/423185517784059/

Listen to Jojo Flores:
https://soundcloud.com/jojoflores

Follow Jojo Flores:
http://www.jojoflores.com
http://facebook.com/jojo.flores
http://twitter.com/djjojoflores