“Never will we Bounce so Heavy on New Years….”
“It feels a little biased writing about a friend who you also think is an incredible dj, but I digress….”
Before the dust settled on 2012’s Black and White Superball, we had a feeling that was our last party in the Cal Neva. There had been plenty of “almost sold” rumors about this fabled, haunted establishment that we just couldn’t imagine it would be another whole year of the historic monument being up for sale. Turns out, we were correct in our assumptions (mostly); our annual North Tahoe multi-room party was sent off in style featuring acts such as Tipper, Pimps of Joytime, Fort Knox Five, Love and Light, Vokab Kompany, Sabo and tons of our friends and family.
It’s a new era and many of us are now spread out around the west coast. An obvious decision was made to team up with our good friends and pull the party back to the one-room, one-vibe that this all started with. Granted, we didn’t have a huge selection in venues, but the Tahoe Biltmore has in the last year hosted a slew of awesome shows it seemed like a natural fit.
The combined effort of Bass Heavy, Fresh Bakin’ and The Bounce brings out a perfectly structured night of music to appease either the house head or bass head in us. We are bringing one of our favorite djs, SABO, to headline our NYE 2013: Bounce Heavy. Sabo was originally discovered by us when the moombahton genre emerged; as he was one of the originators along with Dave Nada, Matt Nordstrom (aka Nadastrom), and Munchi, to name a few. Sabo’s roots started in the skateboarding culture on the streets of NYC, where family, hip hop and the huge international community influenced his musical tastes. Currently he resides in Los Angeles, although his djing has been taking him across the US and internationally for many years. After booking him we discovered that Sabo, who is not only a master of tropical bass music, is one of the slickest, in the pocket house djs we’ve ever heard. Insanely tasteful music selection coupled with impeccable mixing has made this an easy choice for slots at last year’s Black and White Superball, 2013’s Bounce and NYE 2013: Bounce Heavy.
We asked Sabo some questions that he graciously responded to after shopping with his mom:
FB: You’ve been doing this awhile, did you set any specific goals that you’ve reached? Any particular goal you are still striving for?
SABO: I always set goals for myself both big and small, and many I have achieved already such as DJing in Brazil, DJing Fusion festival in Germany, playing the Robot Heart bus at Burning Man, and more kind of “dream Gigs” at certain clubs around the World. Right now my next big goal is to finish my album, and DJ more clubs around the world. I still haven’t been to Ibiza so that’s kind of at the top of the list for 2014 as well.
FB: Do you still buy vinyl?
SABO: Hell yea l love records! Most of the vinyl I buy these days is for sample digging, but I still love the act of going to record shops, especially in foreign cities, and disovering new gems or bootlegs that aren’t available in digital format.
FB: What do you think has been one of the important changes you’ve seen (scene, musical, gear) in your career?
SABO: Somehow I managed to skip the whole laptop DJing thing, so the creation of playing on USB sticks really changed things for me, and gave my back a nice break from lugging vinyl around back in the day, to carrying around 3 or 4 CD books up until recently. The other major change or development which had a huge impact on me was Moombahton, and its acceptance and popularity. At a time when I was a bit lost musically, Moombahton hit, and it immediately “spoke” to me as a sound and tempo I had always wanted to explore further. It opened up so many doors for me creatively and gave me so many new ideas with music.
FB: You’re a great skater…Where is your favorite skate park in the world? Do you still get enough time for skating?
SABO: Wow, I’ve been blessed to skate so many great parks in my years, but some of the most memorable for me have been the Marseilles bowl on the beach in France, FDR in Philly, Taj Mahal in Montreal, and of course my hometown park growing up as a kid was Cheap Skates in Pennsylvania. There are so many epic parks in California though, so I’m still trying to explore and skate them all. I try to skate at least once a week which is never enough, but my body and schedule cannot handle much more than that.
FB: Your style is described as: ‘Funky music to make you feel good’,- an irresistible, resonant, Balearic fusion that draws upon house, tropical bass, Latin, Brazilian, Afrobeat, disco, reggae, Cumbia, Dub, Miami bass, hip hop, funk, soul, and Moombahton.” Do you have a musical family or family member that turned you onto this myriad of international styles?
SABO: Both my parents were sort of “closet” musicians, and they listened to a lot of jazz when I was growing up as a kid. My favorite part was always the long drum solos in jazz music. My Dad used to play bongos, and my Mom was in a jazz quartet in high school where she played the vibes, so I know that its in my blood. My cousins used to be super into disco in the early 80s too. I think those influences definitely helped me to want to explore more international sounds as a DJ.
FB: What are your go-to studio snacks to keep you moving?
SABO: Espresso, dried seaweed, and those huge boexes of mixed nuts from Costco keep me going for sure.
FB: Anything else you want to add?
SABO: I really hope there is some good snow on New Year’s Eve, so if anyone wants to go take some runs on the slopes with me holler! Been way too long since I snowboarded haha…Other than that thanks for all the support and cannot wait to BOUNCE into 2014 with everyone!
NYE2013: Bounce Heavy takes place at the Tahoe Biltmore in North Lake Tahoe. Doors and music start at 9pm. Sabo, Subtropixx, micah j, Zeb Early, Coop da Loop, Zach Rawlinson, IJV and AUX support. Tickets are $20 adv/$25door and available at www.www.staging.freshbakin.flywheelsites.com, New Moon Natural Foods (Tahoe City and Truckee), Melting Pot World Emporium (Will Call only) and Biltmore Cage. 21+
THIS SET GOES FROM MELLOWNESS, TO TROPICAL BASS, TO MOOMBAHTON and BACK AGAIN