4/24/17

My Friends Are Djs #106 - "Baa Block"





This was inspired by one concert....some girl was being an annoying bleep at the front, whipping her hair and whacking random people. Ja she was drunk most likely. So we have this drunk sheep blocking the stage with it's inflated wool while the bouncer Albatross is carrying a giant pair of shears. The fact she has those shears on hand means....she probably has done this many times. Picture was sketched in lighter then I wanted so tinkered around in the paint program to make it look better.

4/17/17

My Friends Are Djs #105 - "Across Worlds"


First of all yes, I know I misspelled "across" was just sketching around the really real idea....when you friends are djs it's good to have a strong connection social and communication wise especially the traveling-time issue nature of the dj life plus the fact they very much live faraway.

Didn't have anything super special in mind about Poco's and Breezey's rooms other then Breezey is an update of her room from a previous panel, sort of like another end of her room. Still stylized-minimalist interior design/decor but  with soothing colour motifs (The walls shifts through soothing colours alias an aurora. An Invention of her mom, Seagull) to suit/calm her unique, mildly-autistic nature. She even has a special cusion to sit on gifted from the Tv Heads (Poco has one too). Poco's room is a nailed together mess of sorts with a retro touch reflecting and the Italian+Martian flags up Poco's very old hackster/gadgeteer nature.

4/16/17

Prozzak in Vancouver 2017

Well the time-space fabric suffered a major rip, when Prozzak came to town as part of their "Forever 1999" Tour. Well as a rundown of who these guys are, Prozzak is a Canadian dance-pop with a touch of rock group from the 90's consisting of a pair of cartoons named Simon and Milo. Hugely popular especially here during the 90's. There are known for the tracks. "Omobolasire", "Sucks to Be You", and many more.

I loved these guys as a kid so I just had to go, knowing its a once in lifetime experience. This was the first time also I ever been to a concert where the headliner is not a friend/acquaintance of mine. So I was sort of nervous too. I wore my Yveltal the Pokemon outfit for this gig. Again I'm usually not the Pokemon of Death-Destruction but I thought it hilarious to wear at this concert. The horns were attracting stares, but I wasn't harassed or bothered by my outfit too much.


Well as usual, it was another insane and crazy hijink adventure with both it's good and bad points. First the bad. In the quickest nutshell and was expected no matter high tight security, etc was (and it was REALLY tight)....ok who is smoking weed in an INDOOR venue with fire sprinklers (thank goodness the fire alarms/sprinklers didn't go off), booze splashed on the dance floor (along WITH the glasses + bottles) and some got splashed on my shorts-leggings (thank goodness my body-paint wasn't hit), one girl got so drunk (and tiny bit suspected was on high) she was "aggressive pole dancing" with the railing near the stage, whacking random people (including me) as a result by accident. Thankfully a group of random people calmly confronted her to stop.

As for the good parts and it was awesome good! The opening acts were not bad, local female rock group with a violinist, not bad at all. Also saw my co-worker attending too..."What are you doing here?!" "What are YOU doing here?!" Hehehe. As for the main act....cue the opening story of Simon and Milo on the video screen, and the Milo and Simon heads inflating. Then.....BOOOM....the guys blaring "Strange Disease" at 11!!! Oh they can rock it good and still after how long!!! The guitar shredding...ooo la la awesome! The real musicians performed along side set dressings depicting their cartoon alter-egos.


Prozzak (real names Jay and James, Simon and Milo respectively) played their best old hits and in addition new stuff from their "Forever 1999" album. In comparison to the old stuff, the new stuff....yes you could very much tell it's Prozzak's dance-pop style yet it feels "updated" to modern tastes....it felt edgier and heavier in feel and tone. "Pussy Cat Pussy Cat" and "Hot" <-- (very nice solo on Milo's part with this track) would be the best examples I can think of. Out of all the new stuff, "Forever 1999" is my favorite track.....it's the Prozzak Dance-Pop style yet, it's a loving, upbeat tribute to those who grew up during the 90's. Well somewhere during the show, "Simon" comes over near the audience and looks at me, gesturing for the flag I was carrying with me. Then the flag got co-op for use during the show. Wow cool, I'm happy that happen, it's kind of like a part of me become part of the show. Don't worry I got my flag back after and lots of thanks to security guy who helped.

There's my flag!

Wow that one awesome night, and thank goodness it didn't insanely late, so I could take public transit back. I big time will not forget this night. Thank you Prozzak for one awesome show. A hole in the fabric of time was open in a very good way.



4/10/17

My Friends Are Djs #104 - "Back Home"


Just came up from a brainstorming session. For any dj, being at home is one of the best things in the world. The scenery used is the wharf in Steveston village which serves as the "Village District" home of a portion of the main characters in the comic universe.

4/3/17

My Friends Are Djs #103 - "Go Together"


Well just went to point with this one....gigs are usally more fun when you go together with friends. So here's best friends Breezey and Fortuna "carrying" books of major dj-happy sites like Ibiza, La, Boom (it's a real place in Belguim home to Tommorowland) and Fortuna carrying Vegas because she lives in Las Vegas.

4/1/17

Darude in Vancouver 2017

Well it was a night with the pride and joy of Finland when the legend and creator of "Sandstorm" rolled into Vancouver. The dude they called "Darude".

Now I grew up listening to Darude when I was a kid, when Sandstorm first came out and highly amused it returned later, which I'm also highly "O_O" by...dudes the guy has a bigger discography then "Sandstorm"!!!!! I was super excited to finely see this guy performing live but also very nervous at the same time, being terrified of crowds and considering the previous hi-jinks that occurred on missions. I expressed my concerns to Ville (aka Darude) himself, and much to my surprise he gave me pep-talk both live on his video stream and on twitter. Aww he cares and amused he "dress up whatever you want"....oh he knows about the cosplay.

Of course I dressed up in club cosplay. I was Yveltal...the pokemon of Death and Destruction. Bit of a stretch for me cause I'm not usually the persona of death. Went for a simple but effective getup. Made horns from a headband, pipe cleaners and felt. The shirt is tie-dyed and painted by hand to invoke, Yveltal's blood vessel-flesh like patterning.



The night itself...ok it got surreal-fantasy adventure akin to real fantasy story. When I show up at the club, the security said "I received a phone call about you", when I said "I'm nervous"....I'm thinking, "wait what?! is Ville up to something?". Hmmm in terms of crazy stuff....ok I expect people attracted to me because of my horns but usually the girl who tucked herself in the sideline doesn't want to talk...or give random shelf shots with random guys. (I obligated out of diplomacy...still weird)

While waiting in the sidelines....Darude slips by me into the dj booth...O_O?! He recognizes me and gives a pat on the back-hello. Awww...suddenly security asks to come in the dj booth area O_O!! Whoa! Ville invites me to sit on the couch with him then chat (actually if was me writing on a notepad cause my voice is too soft to hear) about various things like my home-turf -movie set village of Steveston, asking how to pronounce his real name of Ville (it's "Vi-la"), if I can call him "Vi-vi", thanked him for the pep-up, and gave me a reassuring hug when I said "I'm mildly autistic". Oh yeh I was allow to stay in the dj booth area/sheltered from the crowds for the entire Darude set. It was just me, Vi-vi, and his manager in the dj booth area. Everyone else was being kicked out. Because of that kind gesture...turn out to be the safest night ever.

Oh man Darude's set was awesome!!!! Vi-vi really rocked and it's quite obvious...he knows how to rock it and just went insane...he was just sweating! I helped abit but cheering with my flag every so often. I was careful not to interfere with the dj-ing....man the speakers near the booth were so loud, I couldn't approach/stay near them for too long. It was a break in the time-space continuity because Vi-vi dropped some his/general vintage tracks like Feel the Beat, Robert miles and yes he dropped Sandstorm....with some Angry Birds remix style! Angry Birds is Finnish too.
After the set, Darude greeted his fans and then we both left the venue together saying our goodbyes and best wishes. I told (in actual speech this time) that I love the nostalgia, and thats the second time I ever been in the dj booth. Vi-vi seem to surprise "oh really whose the first?" I replied "Oh Djs From Mars". Yep he knows them like casual basis and look surprised when I said "oh they're my friends". It was an unforgettable night and I am very thankful to one Finnish guy who gave me shelter and who made the start of Spring-Summer fun times on a very high note. Thank you.




3/28/17

My Friends Are Djs #102 - "Adviser"


Often when I get curious of the dj world etc...I ask my djs friends on advice-enlightenment. It's true I feel wiser about the EDM-DJ world. I meant for a rough ink lined approach to this piece.