BEASTMODE Pulls Together Local DJs and Electronic Musicians

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A poster advertises the artists slated to perform at BEASTMODE at Wax Club on June 28. Courtesy image.

A Saturday concert will showccase some of San Antonio’s local talent with BEASTMODE, a nine-artist show at Wax Club.

BEASTMODE was organized by Chris Smith, known by his stage name, DJ Crias (pronounced Cree – ahs), a San Antonio DJ for more than 10 years. Back then, DJs still used vinyl; Smith uses Serato now. He has opened for, and shared the stage with, some of the biggest names in dance music, like Mat Zo, Cazzette, Boregous, and Bad Boy Bill. You can catch DJ Crias regularly on Wednesdays at Greenhouse Rooftop and on Thursdays at The Falls. Crias will be also be DJing at the Tonyc Summer Jam at La Villita on July 3, alongside Alex Peace, Bad Boy Bill and Heavygrinder.

Other names on the BEASTMODE lineup include DJ Seven, who DJs at UTSA football games and events, and Fantastic Dan, Hivemind, and Mighty Monkz, who have all DJ’ed for large crowds of their own. Matt Ramos, also known as DJ SiaKo or just Siako (pronounced “See-Ache-O”), is a trained percussionist and the former drummer of the Austin ska band Young Costello. He does it all: he can play drums, steel drum, xylophones with double mallets, and has performed at Euphoria Fest. He also DJs and is an awesome electronic music producer.

DJ SaiKo during a concert.  Courtesy photo.

DJ SiaKo during a concert. Courtesy photo.

My band, Mixed Use Media, will also perform. Mixed Use Media has opened for people like Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Pinker Tones, MSTRKRFT, Friends, and Twin Shadow. After we performed at 2012 Luminaria, Bill Werde, editorial director for Billboard, even tweeted about enjoying our music. Our C3 Presents show, which saw the debut of our first EP, sold out.
Ramos and I will be performing a set that includes our solo material and other songs we’ve had laying around. We’ll be mashing and remixing our tracks together using live electronic instruments, which will give us the opportunity to improvise and have fun without restrictions of note-for-note reconstruction of songs. I use a keyboard connected to an iPad as a synthesizer and an MPC controller with a Kaoss Pad processor for effects. Ramos will be using Ableton sequencer with a controller and a synthesizer.
A collage of local band Mixed Use Media. Courtesy image.

A collage of local band Mixed Use Media. Courtesy image.

BEASTMODE will start at 9 p.m. on Saturday at Wax Club.
*Top/featured image: A poster advertises the artists slated to perform at BEASTMODE at Wax Club on June 28. Courtesy image.

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