If they say there’s no such thing as [cough] bad publicity [cough] then it appears we’ve finally arrived. Big shout to the haters for investing time and money into our promotional efforts! Nice doo doo guys, way to keep it clean and classy.
NOW, to all you wonderful folks who came to D.O.T.C. on 8/23: THANK YOU! You’re probably tired of hearing us always say that we can’t do it without you, but it’s so damn true. It makes us so psyched to have these crazy outdoor dance parties (in Boston/Cambridge no less) that we have to keep saying it over and over again so you know how serious we are. Last Saturday couldn’t have been a more beautiful summer night and despite some technical difficulties with the sound (sorry for that) the recordings of the sets finally came out right. Thanks again to all and especially these guys, some of Boston’s best DJs for holding it down just right. Enjoy!
12a-1a – Caseroc rocks, listen for special treats at end of the night!
The FINAL DOTC of 2008 takes place on Saturday, September 20th. Tanner Ross, Soul Clap, Sergio Santos, Randy Deshaies, Matty Dimond and Mr. Techno himself Pat Fontes will all rock a seemingly endless 4 turntable 2 mixer house/techno barrage to keep you moving. Hope to see everyone there and believe: we WILL BE BACK in 2009!
If you checked the Chuck’s interview of Chuck a couple days back then you knew to expect future beats and old school party vibes last night. And if you were there then you got exactly what was expected and more. The original Phx Wdnsds resident brought the super housey dancefloor niceness that had everyone shaking around like crazy and now you can too when you download this podcast and play it on your soundsystem.
Anyone out and about in Boston tonight consider this… 1 Stage, 2 Chucks, 4 hours of House and Techno bliss! Stop by Wednesdays @ Phoenix Landing where Soul Clap’s own Chuck Cnyce rocks out with Boston electronic music pioneer Chuck Caseroc. For those who dont know, Caseroc along with fellow resident Shannon Shalako started the original Wednesdays night party at Phoenix Landing in 1997.
On Wednesday, January 23rd 2008 a Cambridge first will take place at Wednesdays @ Phoenix Landing. Go Chuck Yourself! – 2 Chucks, 1 Stage, 4 Hours of House and Techno BLISS! If you dont get it, get this Charlie aka Chuck aka DJ Cnyce of Soul Clap will perform with Boston legend Chuck Caseroc. In anticipation of this monumentally dope and hilarious affair, we asked Chuck if he’d interview Chuck to find out exactly what makes him Chuck… er… tick!
Chuck – When/Why did you start DJing? Describe your sound…
Chuck – I started DJing around 1992. I had been going to The Loft with some friends and heard Nightcrawlers “Push The Feeling On”. I kind of became obsessed with that track and tracked it down at Boston Beat [closed], which had just moved to Boylston Street from East Boston. I started collecting House records and Break records around that time. I wanted to learn how to mix records together. I consider my sound to be House. I’ve always played House
and variants of it but the majority of stuff I played at the Phoenix [Landing] would be considered Chicago/West coast style. Even though I’ve always been into the techier stuff as well, I hesitate calling my sound Tech House because I hear a lot of Tech House that I don’t think is that good. I like a good deep mental atmosphere in my tech stuff not just some banging for the sake of banging shit, ya know?
Chuck – What was Boston like then? Where did you used to get your music?
Chuck – For me, Boston was insane back then. There were illegal break in warehouse partyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s way down Massachusetts Ave, a bunch of club nights going on and of course the mega raves if you were able to travel out of the city. I was also meeting all these DJs that I heard and thought were amazing like DJ Overload, DJ Bruno, John Debo, Dale Charles and 333 & Mgee. I always thought it was cool that these guys took the time out to talk to me about music and some of them I became good friends with.
I got most of my music from used places like Looney Tunes, In Your Ear, Nuggets and Planet Records [all these stores are still open, perhaps Chuck is good luck!!!]. I would also go to Newbury Comics for the sale bin. I didn’t really have the loot for brand new records but I would be in Boston Beat and Beat Non-Stop [closed] all the time listening to new stuff and maybe buying a new track here and there.
Chuck – How did the original Phoenix Wednesdays first start?
Chuck – The first dance night at the Phoenix Landing was a night called Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sunday ServiceÃ¢â‚¬Â with these Irish DJ’s Peter Bailey and Foxy John. This night was crazy. It was all these Irish ex-pats going absolutely apeshit to Techno and Trance. Shannon [Shalako] got a gig at that night, rocked it, and was invited by the owner Kevin Trainor to start a Wednesday. I was returning from an 8 month “vacation” in Denver and was asked by Shannon [Shalako] if I wanted to do the night with him. We had our first night in March of 1997.
Chuck – Who was responsible for making the party happen?
Chuck – Kevin Trainor, Peter Bailey, Foxy John, Shane, Dolores, Blake Courtney, Shannon [Shalako] and myself [Caseroc].
Chuck – What were some highlights (crazy nights, great guests etc…)?
Chuck – Every Wednesday was pretty fuckin crazy. Some highlights were:
Chuck Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Best PHX Wednesday moment ever?
Chuck – One of the best phoenix moments to me was a New Years Eve, early on, when it fell on a Wednesday night. The place was rammed. It was definitely capacity. Shannon [Shalako]and I had a bagpipe player up on stage with us and when the clock struck 12 it was all over. The guy was blasting away on the bagpipes and we were rocking out. It was extremely intense.
Chuck – If you could have the career of any DJ who would it be? Why?
Chuck – I have spent an enormous amount of time and energy (and money) building my own career. I am finally at the point where I can balance working 50 hours a week at my day job and being able to still play gigs a couple times a month. It wasn’t easy, and I have a sacrificed a lot and am still in it. I wouldn’t want any other DJ’s career because i am proud of my own accomplishments. There was one point where Shannon [Shalako] and I had been at the Phoenix for 333 consecutive Wednesdays. I have also held residencies at Hibernia (now defunct), the Wonderbar, and now the Goodlife one Friday a month with Judea Stonez, and one friday a month with Scott Bliss.
-Besides raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, what are a few of your favorite things?
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ My wife Sally
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ My cats Tiger and Bella
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Designing flyers
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Learning a new computer program
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Anna’s Taquiera
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ House of Siam
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The chicken fingers from AK’s by my house
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Beach days/lake days
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Cooking outside
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Travelling to new places
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Good friends
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ My family
Chuck – All Chucks/Charlies have nicknames, growing up what was yours? What is the best thing about being a Chuck?
Chuck – My real name is William[WTF!!!!]. I was named Chuck by my Aunt Liz who passed when she was real young. People have called me Chuck from before I could even recognize my own name. I also was called B by my friends in the neighborhood in Malden where I grew up. I think the best thing about being a chuck is just straight raw potential… the world is ours!
Chuck Caseroc is a member of the infamous Redlight Music collective and Formula 409 Crew that has been around Boston since the early days of electronic music. He will be performing on Wednesday, January 23rd @ Phoenix Landing w/ Cnyce of Soul Clap. WORD!