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Let’s Get Deep: 88’s Forward Festival 2010 and Interview with Dave Fogel

From March 17-21, 88’s Forward Festival will be in full effect, a 5 day event that has gained momentum from its past two installations and is looking to be stronger this year.  What stands out about Forward is its ability to become a more interactive experience for its participants.  With live music, live art, and workshops that distribute practical skills, it bodes well with a more intellectual crowd.

88 has reached out to some of the other groups in the area, such as Everybody Loves Music, District Ignition, and Just Quality Music, to implement different facets of electronic music.  The headline DJs are a bit more prominent than last year with Barem, Theo Parrish, Trus’me, and Eric Johnston.  The live paintings will feature an intriguing lineup with Arijit Das, Jeremy Arn, and 2Stimuli.

As the past 2 years have shown, Forward Festival should be a stimulating experience for all of your senses.  It’s a must-see, must-hear event for anyone interested in the state of the DC art and music community.

For interviews and mixes with the DJs, visit: www.eightyeightdc.com/88blog

Interview with David Fogel (88 Founder) by Scott Ahn

SA:  Last year’s Forward Festival was quite successful as there was a good turnout and infused much of the talent that’s in the DC area and out. Is there increasing pressure to make this third installment as successful, if not more?

DF:  Success is an interesting word isn’t it? In the context of a party/festival/event it can be interpreted on multiple levels: Turnout, Economics, Vibe, Programming, Retention, Environmental Impact, Profile…I’m glad you saw last year as a Success. We were very proud of what we were able to accomplish and certainly hope this year is better!

As an event organizer and especially in the case of FORWARD we always put pressure on ourselves to provide a unique, special experience. On the other hand, there’s always pressure from the community to do the same. We all want to grow, while at the same time provide an intimate, community based experience. I think this year will definitely be an evolution and progression on last year and event goers will feel that. At the same time, it’s going to be great to hear feedback from folks about what worked and didn’t work for them so we can continue to improve. We take positive and negative feedback very seriously. While we’re doing what we love, at the end of the day this is all really about providing something for the community that they love, appreciate, support and get excited about.

SA:  What was the initial idea behind the Forward Festival?

DF:  First and foremost, building community. There’s nothing like spending several days with the same faces, expanding your horizons and perspectives in kick-ass environments. Most of us get that on the weekend, or at specific events/nights that we look forward to – but spending multiple days with folks is where the real connective magic happens.

We also felt that the timing was right. After bringing National and International talent to DC for years, along with a slew of other awesome crews, noticing that a lot of good music was also being produced in the DC Met we simply felt that the time was right to continue to increase our community’s profile on the global map through a multi-day festival format. We always wanted the festival to be about more than just electronic music, because inspiration is drawn from so many places. So it was crucial for us to have a component that cultivated the understanding and skill set of electronic creative culture. That’s why we have workshops, partner with galleries and other digitally inclined folks. We knew that we wanted to do it around the Spring equinox b/c that’s our favorite season in DC and a really energizing time of year for us.

We’ve always prided ourselves on bringing new talent to DC as well. Not only to show off to them a city that we truly love, but to give folks the opportunity to experience something different. The notion of one DJ being the same as another is a bunch of crap. Everyone has a special vibe and style and you don’t mature as an artist, listener or event goer by hearing the same person/act over and over again. To that end, we’re proud to be hosting 5 DC debuts during the festival.

One of the other things that’s also always been really important for us, has been making our events accessible and affordable. All of the events are 18+ and a pass for the entire festival is a mere $45. We truly hope that people continue to buy passes. It helps us do what we do and embodies the essence of what a festival experience is in terms of having multiple options and expanding your horizons. Attending a festival is undoubtedly one of the best ways to discover.

SA:  In what ways do you believe it will progress from last year?

DF:  Progress and evolution are CRUCIAL! First and foremost, we’re adding an additional day to the event – kicking things off with our premier multi-media event X on a Wed. as a happy-hour type of affair. Second, we’re partnering with The Fridge and The Curator’s Office gallery’s to showcase some profound and bad ass digital art. We really hope to expand on this aspect of the festival next year. We’re also partnering with some other great local crews that are doing a lot for the scene. This year we’re hosting nights that address specific aspects, sounds of the broader scene. This is a bit of a catch 22 for us, b/c on the one hand we strongly believe that good music is good music and genre’s are lame – but we also recognize and respect that people are into specific styles and appreciate it when we take the time and effort to showcase it. We will also be creating a FORWARD compilation CD that people can buy. Finally, we’re not using a single venue this year that we used last year – which is exciting for us as organizers, but for our community as well.

SA:  It’s nice to see some of the other groups like ELM, District Ignition, and JQM collaborating with 88, is this something you guys hope to continue beyond Forward?

DF:  We certainly hope so! We need all the help we can get! It’s an honor to be working with each of the above mentioned crews as well as The Sonic Circuits guys and all of the venues, galleries and associated artists. Hopefully next year we’ll have more side events as part of the fest. One of the things I’m really looking forward to is people walking up and down U St. on Friday night between the events at U Hall and Station 9. We hope that there’s a lot more of that next year.

SA:  Tell us about some of the new performers we’ll see this year.

DF:  There are several great interviews up on our blog from several of this year’s participating artists: Barem, Noah Pred, KiloWatts, Aligning Minds and soon Trus’me, Mike Slott and MRK1 so visit: www.eightyeightdc.com/88blog for more detailed, in-depth stuff as well as mixes!

First of all, let me just say that we love our locals and without them our scene would straight suck. They get mad props and folks should definitely show up and show them some support.

As far as out of town talent is concerned and personal highlights, I don’t know if Theo Parrish has ever played DC before and he is a straight up legend and genius. MRK1 is a pioneer of Dubstep and Kraddy helped define they hyphy west-coast sound that while picking up overseas started in the US. Shen just came out with a new release on Muti music so expect to hear a new style from him, Jeremy Ellis is one of the best live performers you will ever see and Mike Slott released an album that struck a chord with electronic music producers across multiple genres. The guy is incredible.

SA:  What are some of the subtle elements that we should look out for?

DF:  Enjoy and take in the mission of The Fridge, that place is truly special. We’re going to be creating a “techno environment” on Thursday night with some of the freshest minds in the business – experience that. Listen for the differences and similarities in MRK1, Kraddy and Aligning Minds sound on Friday. Notice how the walls are wet at TNT on Saturday – that’s what a house party is all about. When was the last time 6 live electronic acts played DC at one time? Never, but it’s happening Sunday and many believe it’s the future of EDM.

SA:  What do you hope people take away from the 5-day event?

DF:  Love, inspiration, appreciation, smiles and more Love.

Forward Festival 2010 Schedule

Wednesday – 3/17

‘X’ FORWARD Kickoff

The Fridge | Rear Alley 516 8th St SE
7PM – 12AM
Cost: $5

Featuring: The Vantastic Teleportour
The Great Mundane – LIVE
KiloWatts – LIVE
City Rain – LIVE
Live Design by: 2Stimuli/Brokengrind, Arijiit Das/Graham Jackson
Live Divergencuy: David London & Decoy
Live Sculpture: Jeramie Bellamy
Featured Art Exhibit: Mikal Hameed (mikalhameed.com)
+ MORE!

PRESALE FORWARD PASSES AVAILABLE FOR THE ENTIRE FESTIVAL – ONLY $45: http://forward3.eventbrite.com/

Thursday – 3/18

This Is How We Do

BAREM
(Minus, Argentina)

NOAH PRED
(Thoughtless, Toronto)

MEASAX+DOCINDO
(88, Stirsound, DC)

2RIP vs RAMZ
(District Ignition, mnmlife, B.A.D.ASS, DC)

MORE OR LESS
(MOL, Baltimore)

CHRISTAUFF
(District Ignition)

PRESALE FORWARD PASSES AVAILABLE FOR THE ENTIRE FESTIVAL – ONLY $45: http://forward3.eventbrite.com/

Friday – 3/19

Future Bass Showcase

MRK1
(Planet Mu, Contagious, UK)

KRADDY
(Refiner, Muti, Venice)

ALIGNING MINDS LIVE
(Transistor, 88, Aleph Zero, DC)

BORN INFINITE
(bornimusic.com, DC)

HARRY RANSOM
(EXBC, Apple Juice, DC)

PRESALE FORWARD PASSES AVAILABLE FOR THE ENTIRE FESTIVAL – ONLY $45: http://forward3.eventbrite.com/

Friday, March 19th | 9PM – ???
U St. Music Hall | 1115 U St. NW DC
$15 Before 11PM | $20 After

JQM Presents:  Eric Johnston

ERIC JOHNSTON
( W + L, Archipel, Esperanza, Leftroom.. – DETROIT )

STEVE BUGBEE
( District Ignition, mnmlife, Pseudo Society – DETROIT/DC )

ASSOCIATE
( JQM, – DETROIT/DC )

PETEONE
( JQM – CHICAGO/DC )

LOCATION: 1438 U ST NW – SECOND FLOOR

$10 / FREE WITH FORWARD FESTIVAL PASSES***

*** AVAILABLE AT http://forward3.eventbrite.com/

OPEN BAR 9PM – 10 PM

DOOR 9PM we go till 3AM+

Saturday – 3/20

Everybody Loves Music & 88 host “The DIG”

A special installment that’s part of the FORWARD FESTIVAL

Featuring on the mainfloor:

THEO PARRISH

TRUS’ME

SOLOMON SANCHEZ

The basement:

KC of FATBACK and NITEKRAWLER of MONEYTOWN.

10pm – 4am

18+ to dance | 21+ to drink
15 dollars all night or FREE w/ purchase of the Forward Pass
http://forward3.eventbrite.com/

T&T Clubhouse
5123 Georgia Ave NW
Washington DC

Sunday – 3/21

SHEN LIVE
(Muti, Native State Records, Toronto)

MIKE SLOTT LIVE
(LuckyMe, All City, NYC/Glasgow)

JEREMY ELLIS LIVE
(Ubiquity, Transmat, Detroit)

ROBERT MANOS LIVE
(Soul:r, Metalheadz, NYC)

JOHN HENRY DALE LIVE
(Cheeseless Bitefunk, Portland)

ALVIN RISK LIVE
(alvinrisk.com, DC)

WHALEFISH
(whalefish.org, DC)

SALT & PEPPER
(cLinC + Joel Chandler)

LIVE PAINTING/GRAFFITI: JEREMY ARN & 2STIMULI

PRESALE FORWARD PASSES AVAILABLE FOR THE ENTIRE FESTIVAL – ONLY $45: http://forward3.eventbrite.com/

Sunday, March 21st | 1PM – 10PM
Lost & Found | 1240 9th St. NW DC
Cost: $10

Fore More Info Please Visit: www.eightyeightdc.com

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Mar 12, 2010
9:36 am
#1 Deyv :

CRUCIAL! Thanks Scott

Mar 12, 2010
10:19 am

wow – what a great feature…
thanks for the support Scott!!!
just wish you could be here with us for the fest – miss you man.

Mar 12, 2010
10:34 am
#3 PeteOne :

werd! nice write up, thanks Scott!

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