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Dataset and Big Up Document the Future Sounds of San Diego

In 1978, Brian Eno released a vinyl compilation of four bands from New York’s fringe No Wave movement.

Though it failed to chart and soon went obsolete until a 2005 re-release by Lilith Records, No New York is considered to be the definitive document of the short-lived and fiercely weird experimental/funk/punk/art/noise/avant garde scene which later influenced groups such as Sonic Youth, Swans, Helmet, Big Black, Blonde Redhead, Ex Models, and the Flying Luttenbachers.

In a similar way, musician and freelance graphic designer Miguel ‘Miguex’ Vega recently cataloged a glimpse of the local (and equally eclectic) forward-thinking electronic bass music scene in Future Sounds of San Diego, a joint release between Big Up Magazine and Vega’s Dataset Clothing line which is certain to be canonized by, uh, future San Diego musicians.

“I didn’t pick just beats or dubstep or whatever,” says Vega, a Buenos Aires native. “I went out of my way to reach out to artists. Living in San Diego, you hear that there is no scene here, that there is nothing going on. But I think this is proof that that idea is incorrect. I think the result speaks for itself. It’s a great album. I listen to it over and over.”

The compilation, which is free for download, features 20 progressive electronic music producers including Puppy Kicker, Nino Seneris, Elan, Mike Gao, DJ Pound, EshOne, HM.T DM.T, Austin Speed, and Illuminauts, most of whom can be found debuting new tracks at regular events such as Liquid Geometry Presents, Critical Beatdown, Ocean Beats, and Brokenbeat, San Diego’s longest running Electronic Dance Music monthly.

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“Brokenbeat or Liquid Geometry might not be as popular as what’s going on downtown where you pay a $20 cover and buy $10 drinks all night,” says Vega, “but I think there’s a lot more going on at these events. I’ve been on board with Brokenbeat [every first Saturday at Kadan] since about 2003. It’s been going on for over ten years. There’s a big focus on [video jockeys] now. Being a VJ myself, I can say that if you appreciate video art, Brokenbeat is the place to be. We try to have new video every month. It’s a great place to network with other artists. A lot of people who come out are performers just hanging out, having a drink.”

Drawing on his experience designing graphics for companies such as DC Shoes, Vans, K2, and Honda, Vega inaugurated Dataset Clothing in December of 2010.

“In the last couple of years, my entire clientele has been revolving around music,” says Vega. “That’s what I like. So I thought: make a clothing line that caters to electronic music enthusiasts. It’s gotten a lot of support, especially from Donnie [Valdez aka EshOne] and the Brokenbeat family. Katya [Guseva] at Big Up Magazine, who I designed the re-branding for, was very supportive of Dataset. She got me in touch with a lot of people and gave me space in the magazine. Right now, I rely on online sales, which are mostly in Europe – Holland, Portugal, places like that. I don’t even know how they found out about it. It’s great. I’m hoping to get some stuff in retail stores here and in L.A. soon.”

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Dataset will be producing their debut event this New Year’s Eve in collaboration with Liquid Geometry and Sublmnl Sound System at the Kava Lounge.

Timewave Zero will feature nine San Diego future bass musicians and headlining Bay Area luminary Eprom.

“I’m excited about that,” says Vega. “This is the first time I’ve gotten involved with promotion outside of Brokenbeat, so I thought the best way to do that was to bring Donnie back [he moved to Albuquerque several months ago], who is a good friend of mine. Everyone is going to be happy that he is back. The guys in Liquid Geometry [HM.T DM.T, Sleeve, and Mastah Syphe] are on the compilation and they’re going to be playing original tunes. We have three VJs [Owns1, Miguex, and Wind Spirit] and we are going to have something special to make it really pop off. It’s not just any night.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTBvHBVPoOU

What’s in the future for Dataset?

“We’ll see how it goes,” says Vega. “My dream is if Dataset ever takes off, I would like to bring talent from out of town, especially the artists I’m sponsoring, and support the guys who are supporting me. It’s like a family. That’s what I always liked about skateboard culture. It’s a family. You’re not just wearing a shirt or repping a product. It’s a place you belong. That’s what I want to achieve.”

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In 1978, Brian Eno released a vinyl compilation of four bands from New York’s fringe No Wave movement.

Though it failed to chart and soon went obsolete until a 2005 re-release by Lilith Records, No New York is considered to be the definitive document of the short-lived and fiercely weird experimental/funk/punk/art/noise/avant garde scene which later influenced groups such as Sonic Youth, Swans, Helmet, Big Black, Blonde Redhead, Ex Models, and the Flying Luttenbachers.

In a similar way, musician and freelance graphic designer Miguel ‘Miguex’ Vega recently cataloged a glimpse of the local (and equally eclectic) forward-thinking electronic bass music scene in Future Sounds of San Diego, a joint release between Big Up Magazine and Vega’s Dataset Clothing line which is certain to be canonized by, uh, future San Diego musicians.

“I didn’t pick just beats or dubstep or whatever,” says Vega, a Buenos Aires native. “I went out of my way to reach out to artists. Living in San Diego, you hear that there is no scene here, that there is nothing going on. But I think this is proof that that idea is incorrect. I think the result speaks for itself. It’s a great album. I listen to it over and over.”

The compilation, which is free for download, features 20 progressive electronic music producers including Puppy Kicker, Nino Seneris, Elan, Mike Gao, DJ Pound, EshOne, HM.T DM.T, Austin Speed, and Illuminauts, most of whom can be found debuting new tracks at regular events such as Liquid Geometry Presents, Critical Beatdown, Ocean Beats, and Brokenbeat, San Diego’s longest running Electronic Dance Music monthly.

Image

“Brokenbeat or Liquid Geometry might not be as popular as what’s going on downtown where you pay a $20 cover and buy $10 drinks all night,” says Vega, “but I think there’s a lot more going on at these events. I’ve been on board with Brokenbeat [every first Saturday at Kadan] since about 2003. It’s been going on for over ten years. There’s a big focus on [video jockeys] now. Being a VJ myself, I can say that if you appreciate video art, Brokenbeat is the place to be. We try to have new video every month. It’s a great place to network with other artists. A lot of people who come out are performers just hanging out, having a drink.”

Drawing on his experience designing graphics for companies such as DC Shoes, Vans, K2, and Honda, Vega inaugurated Dataset Clothing in December of 2010.

“In the last couple of years, my entire clientele has been revolving around music,” says Vega. “That’s what I like. So I thought: make a clothing line that caters to electronic music enthusiasts. It’s gotten a lot of support, especially from Donnie [Valdez aka EshOne] and the Brokenbeat family. Katya [Guseva] at Big Up Magazine, who I designed the re-branding for, was very supportive of Dataset. She got me in touch with a lot of people and gave me space in the magazine. Right now, I rely on online sales, which are mostly in Europe – Holland, Portugal, places like that. I don’t even know how they found out about it. It’s great. I’m hoping to get some stuff in retail stores here and in L.A. soon.”

Image

Dataset will be producing their debut event this New Year’s Eve in collaboration with Liquid Geometry and Sublmnl Sound System at the Kava Lounge.

Timewave Zero will feature nine San Diego future bass musicians and headlining Bay Area luminary Eprom.

“I’m excited about that,” says Vega. “This is the first time I’ve gotten involved with promotion outside of Brokenbeat, so I thought the best way to do that was to bring Donnie back [he moved to Albuquerque several months ago], who is a good friend of mine. Everyone is going to be happy that he is back. The guys in Liquid Geometry [HM.T DM.T, Sleeve, and Mastah Syphe] are on the compilation and they’re going to be playing original tunes. We have three VJs [Owns1, Miguex, and Wind Spirit] and we are going to have something special to make it really pop off. It’s not just any night.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTBvHBVPoOU

What’s in the future for Dataset?

“We’ll see how it goes,” says Vega. “My dream is if Dataset ever takes off, I would like to bring talent from out of town, especially the artists I’m sponsoring, and support the guys who are supporting me. It’s like a family. That’s what I always liked about skateboard culture. It’s a family. You’re not just wearing a shirt or repping a product. It’s a place you belong. That’s what I want to achieve.”

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