Joeski on Three Decades of Dance: "House and Techno Will Always Thrive"

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Joeski (AKA Joe Flores) just might be the busiest man in house music.

With something like 50 records released this year alone, including original cuts and remixes on top labels like Defected, Poker Flat, and his own Maya Records, Joeski's certainly as prolific as dance music producers get.

And the real kicker? This NYC underground legend has been doing it for close to three decades. Time doesn't seem to slow Joeski down, but invigorate him.

Ahead of a rare Miami headlining performance at Do Not Sit on the Furniture, we here at Crossfade spoke with Joeski about the NYC scene, the state of EDM, and his label.

See also: Five Signs You Might Be a Shitty DJ

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Mr. Entertainment Talks Book of Guinnesses and "Punk Rock 'Diarrhea'"

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Mr. Entertainment (born Steven Toth) and his Pookiesmacking punk pals.

If you like songs about cocaine, marijuana, liquor stores, tropical diseases, and booty shaking, then Last Testament: Book of Guinnesses by Mr. Entertainment and the Pookiesmackers is the rock album for you.

Making fun of life and politics since 1999, these South Florida miscreants are louder than ever, with a full-length 12-inch vinyl record coming out in 2015 on their own label.

They're also playing this Friday at Churchill's Pub, paying tribute to the life of the late Dan Hosker and raising money for spinal injury survivor Priya Ray from Kreamy 'Lectric Santa.

Here's what Mr. Entertainment had to say about independent records, stoner creations, and diarrhea.

See also: Churchill's Pub: An Oral History

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DJ Roliboy on Miami Bass: Disco Dave Played Slow-Down Music Before DJ Screw

Categories: Local Music, Q&A

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In the great traditions of DJ Uncle Al, Disco Dave, and Milton "Butterball" Smith, DJ Roliboy is a Miami street DJ known for dropping tremendo bass.

He was posted at the Graffé Cafe in Wynwood during Art Basel Miami Beach throwing his "Rollin Balls 7.8: Booty Monster" mix straight onto N. Miami Ave. off some old-school big-box speakers that were stopping traffic.

With 2015 almost here, Roliboy has a new album on deck. Here's what he had to say about Miami bass, the origins of slow-down music, and making Baja Panties tapes.

See also: Miami's Top Ten Hip-Hop DJs of All Time

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Gunplay: "I'm Not Scared of Success Now"

Categories: Local Music, Q&A

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Gunplay approaches a medium height Hispanic male who has jus taken a bump of coke. He disrespectfully places a finger in front of Gunplay's face suggesting for him to hold on. Not one to take the disrespect lightly, Gunplay pulls out a gun from his waist and shoots the man in the head.

Though Gunplay has a live wire, pop-off-at-any-time reputation, this night the rapper is just rehearsing scenes at Florida Film House for an upcoming movie entitled "RealGoons.com."

The last couple of years for the Maybach Music rapper has been a roller coaster to say the least. And even after tree successful singles, "Rollin'," "Bible On The Dash" and "Aiight," Gunplay's Living Legend album has yet to hit shelves.

Gunplay took sometime out of rehearsal to talk to Crossfade about 2014, the delay for Living Legend, "The Field: Miami" and why local acts can't get on Miami radio stations.

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Big Freedia Talks Bounce, Bad Twerkers, and All Things "Asstastic"

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Big Freedia: "Queen Diva, Late-Night Creepa."

Yeah, yeah, yeah, Miley Cyrus gets a lot of credit for bringing twerk to the masses. But Diplo told ladies to "Express Yourself" before pop's most ratchet princess ever cranked up that booty. And hell, the Ying Yang Twins sang "Whistle While You Twerk" in 2000. Still, no one's got a thang on bounce music's queen diva, NoLa's own Late-Night Creepa, Big Freedia.

A gay male born Freddie Ross who "answer[s] to either 'he' or 'she," Freedia may not be the original, but she and her raw dance crew have become global ambassadors of bounce, bringing the New Orleans-bred brand of party rap to clubs on every continent. And this week, she's returning to Miami for a real twerk throwdown.

Between writing a book, recording an album, and filming the fourth season of her successful reality show, Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, airing on the Fuse network, she's one busy gal. But Freedia did take the time to chat with us about all things "asstastic."

See also: Rap's Ten Best Songs About Big Butts

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#Yoppin Wednesdays: Niko Javan and 18 Projectors "Turn Club Into a Giant Hamburger"

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Welcome to #Yoppin Wednesdays... Money stacks on burger stacks on stacks on stacks.

"Yop = Your Own Path."

This maxim is the essential tenet of the simple, self-empowering philosophy practiced and preached by Niko Javan, the Miami music producer, member of rap duo O'Grime, and eternal optimist whose "non-stop yoppin'" has led to festival slots at Bonnaroo and TomorrowWorld, as well as shoutouts from record labels like Diplo's Mad Decent and Skrillex's OWSLA.

Now Niko is expanding his inspirational life program to include a weekly South Beach party. And naturally, it's called #Yoppin Wednesdays.

See also: Miami's 25 Best Electronic Music Acts

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Novy Græy of {in-boxes} on Spirituality and the Creation of a Personal Musical Mythos

Categories: Local Music, Q&A

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Sean Banton, compliments of Novy Græy

Novy Græy is an enthusiastic young man, talented and spiritual. While emerging with Quarter Horses as an intricate, self-described "Gospel Noir" outfit, he's also been the main driving force behind the technical and experimental project {in-boxes}.

We had a chance for a lengthy discussion about spirituality, music and the creation of a personal mythology with the former Bear Nine member and the result was a layered and rich conversation that mirrors his musicality.

See also: Miami's Five Best Music Venues for Local Acts

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Telekinetic Walrus on Little Haiti's Moksha Art Fair: "Home of All Super-Psychedelic Weirdos"

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The entire Telekinetic Walrus and The Pride of Ions crew... Minus the eminent and bearded Buffalo Brown.

Telekinetic Walrus looks like a gang of interdimensional beings on a concert tour across space-time.

This Miami band's stellar live shows are a tripped-out electronic circus of operatic vocals, rhythmic tidal waves of bass, and uplifting sonic landscapes that weave their way around your chakra like a wireless connection to a higher power. The crew's stage wear visually approximates a 1965 acid quest, and its audiences are known to follow suit.

Catch this wild band of funk droppers during Art Basel Miami Beach 2014, headlining the sixth annual Moksha Art Fair at 7th Circuit Studios in Little Haiti.

Here's what producer Y Diz had to say about Basel money, internationalism, and being called a "tropical GWAR."

See also: Basel 2014's Seven Best Local Music Shows

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Gloria Estefan Talks Miami Marine Stadium, Preserving Miami's History: "This Is Our Home"

Categories: Local Music, Q&A

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Gloria at Miami Marine Stadium this summer.

Gloria Estefan is passionate about many things. One of those things is the 305.

No matter how many shiny awards the "Get On Your Feet" singer may stack on her shelf, or the number of successful businesses she runs with hubby Emilio, Miami remains, and always will, at the center of la cantante's heart.

La Cubanita has donated well over $1 million to the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and many other local organizations through the Gloria Estefan Foundation. And her latest contribution to the Magic City has been her fight to save Miami Marine Stadium.

See also: Gloria Estefan: La Cantante de Miami from Miami New Times' People Issue

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Yung Lean, the 18-Year-Old Swedish Rap Star: "I Saw This Shit Coming"

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Yung Lean, inspired by sadness and Arizona Iced Tea.

Your kid drops out of high school to start an Internet-driven music career, rapping about video games, hard drugs, sadness, and Arizona Iced Tea. As a parent, you may raise an eyebrow.

Lucky for Yung Lean, he doesn't have any parents.

That's obviously not true, but the 18-year-old Swedish stream-of-conscious MC likes to keep his cards close to his chest. He and his producer friends Yung Sherman and Yung Gud bring their talents together as the Sadboys. They got the Internet going nuts with 2013's Lavender EP and Unknown Death mixtape. This year's full-length Unknown Memory benefits from more money and better production, but it still has the same dreamy style.

Depending who you ask, Sadboys are either the future of music and fashion, or everything that's wrong with the world. Prepping for his Basel Castle 2014 gig, we here at Crossfade chatted with Lean about the Swedish hip-hop scene, speaking three languages, being "a '90s child," predicting the future, and making "music just for myself."

See also: Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 Party Guide

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