Ok, we just released this mad compilation of mad mad moombahton tunes in association with mid-west’s finest eclectic music crew aka Think 2wice Records, and their head-honco Brent Tactic (alongside his partner Ben Tactic) sat down to give us some knowledge about music and other fun stuff. This is a dope Q&A, make sure to get to know this fam. We’re got nothing but love for this crew. And don’t let those diamond eyes fool you, they’re the window to the future.
1) Go ahead, represent.
Brent Tactic, Co Owner at Think 2wice Records, 1/2 of Tactic with Ben Tactic, 1/3 of Secret Sauce with B-Stee & Archi.
2) Lay down some early influences.
DJ and party influences they actually completely coincide. I was living in Lawrence, KS, running a hip-hop label and dealing with rappers and producers all the freaking time. I got to a point where I needed to experience something a little different and help me feed my dance party needs. Not too long after I moved there after graduating from college, there was a weekly party started there called NEON and one of the resident DJ’s was this dude DJ Konsept. It mainly started out as an 80′s party, but Konsept was a techno and dance kid at heart. Once this party started to hit capacity every single Thursday (and basically ran at capacity for the total 8 years of existence of the party…even after Konsept moved to Chicago), he started to run through current tunes of all genres (dance rock, rap, house, etc) mixed in with 80′s tunes and totally molded the party into this freshest thing I’d ever experienced in my life. This was before Serato, before Hollertronix, before anything like this that I knew of anyways. I had all these different genres on wax and didn’t really know how to bridge the gap of playing them all together. Konsept and NEON were the two things that taught me what was truly possible and sure enough…the whole cross genre thing blew up and has become such a standard of today’s club going experience all over the world.
Artists… this list is so endless…Fugazi, DJ Shadow, Outkast, Tricky, Michael Jackson, Neptunes, Timbaland, Daft Punk, Roni Size, Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Dilla, El-P, Trent Reznor, Dr. Dre, Rage Against The Machine, Beastie Boys, Faith No More, Helmet, Radiohead, The Beta Band, Amon Tobin, The Roots, New Kingdom, Prince Paul, Kid Koala, Cassius…I could go on for days really.
3) How about today then.
DJ’s that are super influential to me about embracing technology and staying true to who they are as DJ’s…Craze and A-Trak are forever the trailblazers. Nobody can touch them and rightfully so. They stay so current and relevant with their music and integrate their top shelf skills with each new movement in music and fully embrace the possibilities of technology. And watching/hearing them play is either going to motivate the hell out of you or make you want to quit!
So much good music coming out nowadays in my eyes. Rustie, Frank Ocean, Ryan Hemsworth, Disclosure, Munchi, TNGHT, Jai Paul, Astronomar, DJ Sliink, Girl Unit, Murlo, Salva, French Fries, So Shifty, etc. Super excited about the forthcoming releases from my camp too. B-Stee, Archi, Andrew Sinclair, Chromatic, and Flarelight.
What’s going on party wise that is really blowing my mind is the whole Boiler Room series. The way they’ve tied in the web to stream all these parties all over the world and create a party atmosphere on your laptop is insane. And the level of talent they maintain with it is second to none. All the newcomers that matter to every legend that deserves a featured spot. It’s just SO DOPE. Just watch the archive from the recent tag team with Disclosure and Skream to see exactly what I’m talking about. Epic levels of feathers and pillow fights and an hour of classics, new VIPs and a party that you’d kill to be at…but if you caught the live stream, you’re basically taken there anyways.
4) How did you hook up with Top Billin.
Pretty organically seems like. Sir Nenis hit me up about the moombahton compilation idea out of respect for the work my camp and I were putting in for the genre. I put out the feelers on who might be interested in contributing and it’s all snowballed from there. Even got a Secret Sauce remix in on a My Techno Weighs A Ton project out of the whole deal. I hope there’s even more to come!
5) Everybody has a turning point, what was yours.
Always loved music and was mainly da punk and rock dude through middle school and most of high school…but I started to get into other sounds. And upfront, I’ll even share that I got the U.N.K.L.E “Psyence Fiction” album first. But on the real…the first time I completely and fully listened to DJ Shadow’s “Entroducing” album…it hit me that getting deep into music is exactly what I wanted to do. Initial desire was to DJ and produce, which thankfully have both ultimately come to fruition, and I just knew this music thing was for me. I ended up going to college because of it and graduated with a degree in music business, and have been neck deep ever since…going on 13 years strong now.
6) Name a shame track.
Just one? Lol. Toto “Rosanna” is a good one. I’ll meet you all the way girl. Haha. All that any one thinks Toto is good for is “Africa”, which I absolutely love that tune too. But this cheesy love song aims right at the goober hopeless romantic in me. And the recording of the tune with the 80′s ballad elements, huge horn section, the snaps and swing of a doo wop record…it’s just really freaking underrated in my eyes.
7) Do you ou like em Brown, Yellow, Puerto-Rican or Hatian.
So not biased in any way. My “type” transcends colors and backgrounds. If she’s fly on that space shuttle level…that’s all that matters.
8] My precious 12″
I have to say that it’s my personally autographed Egyptian Lover “Freak-A-Holic” 12″. To me, that’s pretty freaking next level in addition to smashing a ton of world famous Kansas City BBQ with him and Jamie Jupiter the same day. Tecinically, I’ve got older and more rare stuff but the memories etched in this one are way more real.
9) Your chance to promote what you got coming up next / in the future.
Think 2wice wise…3 fantastic releases are immediately on deck for 2013 coming from Flarelight, Chromatic and Andrew Sinclair. All going more the future bass/garage house route. And all 3 on the deeper side of the spectrum. But all 3 releases are incredible to me. My dude Ben Tactic is breaking out on some solo bizness and he’s about to kill the game with what he’s been working on. And I’ve been putting in a lot of time with my Secret Sauce dudes. Remixes, original productions and even working on some tunes for some vocalists and MC’s right now. A lot of it in early stages but I’ve always wanted to be involved on the beginning stages of song creation with vocalists and it looks like that might finally be happening soon and on into 2013.
10) Shout outs?
Shout out to everyone who’s ever supported me, Tactic and Secret Sauce. Big shout out to all the artists who’ve made music for Think 2wice over the years. Definitely appreciate you all for believing in our vision. Even bigger shout out to all the folks who’ve purchased and/or played out any of our tunes from my projects and the label catalog. Without you…we’re pretty much irrelevant. And a super big shout out to Top Billin for sticking their nose in our business and helping us spread the word about what we do.