PeteRocc Interview - GamerTagRadio.com Presents Community Vibes IV
Here's the E-Mail interview I did with PeteRocc, co-host of GamerTagRadio.
1. What is Community Vibes all about and what role does Gamertag Radio play in uniting music and gaming?
Community Vibes IV is Gamertag Radio's (GTR) 4 year anniversary celebration. It's our way of giving back to the gaming & hip hop commnity. Since day 1, GTR has always been about our 1st loves, Video Games and Hip Hop. Our weekly podcast features interviews with gaming industry execs and/or hip hop artists. We recently featured an interview with Hip Hop legend B-Real (Cypress Hill) on our show!
2. How much traffic does your site get and how much of that is from the local community?
The numbers change daily, but we've done so well that MTV extended an offer recently for us to join their Generation Tribes network and will soon feature our content on the MTV front page. Of course we said yes. but we never forget where we came from. Miami is where the site was born and we'll always be representing the 305!
3.How'd you come up with the gaming party concept and how do you get girls to go?
A few years ago we had a small party at a family members office. The party was promoted via the Gamertag Radio site and had about 50-60 people show up. After that we talked to our staff and were discussing ideas for 2008. We came up with an idea of throwing a birthday celebration for the site in February. We got tons of support from the gaming community and the video game developers. We got over 600 people to show up at PS14 last February for the event with attendees from as far as Seattle and Canada!
We try not to discriminate against who shows up but obviously guys will go to where the girls are. That's why we're reaching out to the growing female gaming population as well as the local college scene here in South Florida.
4. What's your affiliation with Garcia and Mayday and why's the underground/local movement important to what you do?
Like last year we're featuring live performances from local hip hop artists Mayday! and Garcia as well as a special DJ set by Miami's own DJ Sharpsound. Garcia was unable to attend last year due to the recent birth of his child but is looking forward to rocking the stage this year. Garcia has been doing this for a long time and well known in Miami, FL. He has been on MTV, Miami Ink, Magazines and many other places. Sharpsound was nuts last year spinning underground and old school hip hop joints that had everybody's head nodding. But it was Mayday! that stole the show last year. Last year's attendees can attest to their ability to bring the funk! Mayday released a video a few years ago featuring Cee-Low (Gnarls Barkley & Goodie Mob) & DJ Craze (3 time DMC World Champion) and got over 2 Million views within 48hrs at Youtube for their track, Groundhog Day (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uzgt1FuDR-w)
The members of Mayday! are also good friends of the Gamertag Radio crew. Wrekonize, the newest member of the group and Sharpsound are the ones that produced the different intro's of our weekly podcast and have helped in the past with music related projects.
Make sure to support them and get their new albums coming out early this year. We try and feature local artists and help get them the needed exposure they need to succeed.
5. What sponsors do you have for the event and how much money worth of stuff are you giving away?
We've got about $5000 in prizes and giveaways this year, including Xbox 360 Elites and a Playstation 3 to giveaway to 2 lucky attendees.
Our main sponsor is Tritton Technologies this year. Tritton is a manufacturer of high end multimedia products from California and is known in the gaming industry for its amazing AX series gaming headphones. The headphones are mid-priced but feature 4 speakers in each cup (8 total) and utilize True Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound technology. They sound amazing regardless of whether you're playing video games or watching a movie. For more information on their products, you can go to http://www.trittonusa.com.
Other sponsors of the event include gaming industry giants Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Activision, Midway, Namco Bandai and more.
6. Is there alcohol?
Yes, and plenty of it! The event is being held at Ecco Lounge in Downtown Miami. Ecco Lounge is a 2 story, 4,500 square foot Italian Restaurant and Lounge located in the heart of Downtown Miami. This is a blessing in disguise for not only us, but the party goers as last year we didn't account for food and PS-14 isn't located close to any food spots. At Ecco Lounge, you can take the stairs or elevator down to the first floor. The restaurant downstairs features a menu developed by three-time award winning pizza chef champion Chef Massimo Fabio Bruni from Italy. Aside from delectable pizzas, Ecco Pizzateca® will also offer a special menu serving vegetarian meals with organic vegetables, whole-wheat options and a selection of signature salads. Those interested in learning more about Ecco Lounge, can go http://www.eccomiami.com.
7. Are you expecting people to travel to come down for this event?
Absolutely! Just like last year, we expecting people from all over the country. Just off the top of my head, we have people coming from Canada, Seattle, San Francisco, NYC, Philadelphia & Michigan. We're expecting around over a 1000 people to show up at the event and hope to be able to get everyone into the venue without overcrowding it.
8. How many people are involved with putting on the event?
Internally, most of the event coordination is done by myself and the site's founder, Danny Peña (aka Godfree). Godfree and I usually start planning the event around August and September. Planning the theme or concept is sometimes the hardest part. Last year was the first time we'd thrown an event together and we were lucky to have the support of our friends, family and especially our staff members. Their input is key as they are gamers just like ourselves. Then we start reaching out to the gaming companies and music artists to see if there's anything we can collaborate with them and go from there. Around December through February, its just non-stop. Big shout out to Tritton, SFX-360, Destructoid, R3y's Gameday & Game Wars for all of their help in planning and making it happen.
9. What's your message to the local gaming community, and just people that are into free shit and or hip hop in general and shit like that.
There have been some major changes in the gaming industry recently due to the economic climate, but the gaming community is getting stronger as a result. The gaming community is going to have some tough challenges in the months to come but we all need to work together to make things happen. This is a business first and foremost and people shouldn't take things personal. You just have to come up with a plan B if things are not working for you.
That's why were so happy about Community Vibes IV. It's because we have so many people helping us out from the gaming community. Thats the only way good things can come for all of us. Unity is the key to success.
WHAT: "Community Vibes IV"
WHEN: Saturday, February 21th, 2009 3pm - 10pm
WHERE: Club Ecco: 168 SE 1st St. Unit 1A, Miami, FL 33131
WHO: GamertagRadio.com and You
COST TO ENTER: None, zip, zero!
Peter (aka Peterocc)
CoHost | Gamertag Radio