“An interaction between artist and guest where you leave your ego at the door and strap up your dancing shoes tight.”
Big Boss Experience are bringing their second ego-free, vibes heavy Big Boss Party to Buenos Aires on Thursday. They’ll be laying on a warm-up from DJ Nonamz, resident at Club Severino and hip-hop night at Makena, plus an appearance from of the UK’s first female battle rappers Sigourney Phizzle.
DJ Cinara flies in from Sao Paolo to Maluco Beleza to grace the floor with a two hour freestyle live scratch DJ set- that thing some jerk who ends up at your party tries to do and fucks up your vinyl player- mixing funk, old school hip hop, rock, with Brazilian and favela beats. She’s building her international credentials, representing Brazil in the 2014 Threestyle World Championship and Boiler Room.
For the Palermo pack and the pre-gamers, Big Boss will be hosting a previa at Magdalena’s Party for people who buy their early-bird tickets ($100 ARS, on the door is $120ARS), available (on a limited basis) from Magdalena’s until it closes on Wednesday night (around 3AM). They’re offering a free ride for all on the Big-Boss-Mobile to the main event, plus free tequila for the Lady-Bosses until midnight, and a free beer for the first 20 Boss-Boiz, and a bunch of other drinks promos.
Slaying it. DJ Cinara. Via: misturaurbana.com
We talked to the guys bringing you the reason you need to duck out of that little get-together you were planning for Thursday night. .
THE BUBBLE: How did Big Boss start? What was it that made you guys realize there was a space in the nightlife here for this event?
BIG BOSS: Big boss started about 6 months ago when we first started throwing hip hop house parties in Palermo and San Telmo. The plan was simple, we wanted to make parties that could be summed up three words..well four…music, art, party hard. We realized there was a huge population of expats/extranjeros that were looking to lace up their dancing shoes, get their grind on, and jump around to music that we all were brought up on. We weren´t sure how the public would react to a strictly old and new school hip hop funk party, meaning no cumbia, house, or reggaeton. When Dead Prez´ “Hip Hop” came blasting out of the speakers at one of our first parties, we watched the crowd of Argentines, study abroad students, Palermo Expats, and international transplants explode and start screaming¨ hip hop¨at the same time. This is when we knew we had something special.
Our next official event, we had to go bigger and bring some international flavor to BA. We flew down DJ Añao from Florionopolis, who is blowing up the scene in Brazil and toured with the likes of Snoop Dogg; we rolled the dice and had an expat head up and lay down some in the moment, off the top of the head freestyles, and saw the crowd erupt. We knew that BA was ready for an event that provides an experience, a show, a real performance, not just a DJ doing minimal mixing and playing the same popular rap songs of the last few years.
TB: What do you see the hip-hop/rap/funk/dubstep scene as being like over here? Having both the foreigner and inside take, what can people expect to be familiar, or new?
BB: Well a lot of the ¨international parties¨ stick to their Top 40 (song of the week) guns to appeal to everyone, and you might not hear the hip hop that you grew up bobbin’ your head to. You can expect to see a lot of fifty-nine/fifty hats cocked to the side, fresh Nike´s being rocked, and many following in the footsteps of the rap/hip hop fashion of the month, so that will make you feel a bit at home.
Dancing is always interesting, because back in the US for example we are used to bumpin´, grindin´, and backin’ it up throughout the whole night, throughout the whole club. Dancing to hip hop and funk has its own flavor, onda, and moves that if you weren´t brought up around the movement, it´s a bit hard to tap into. If there are lots of Argentine´s at one of these events, you might get a few more sneering ¨ojos¨from a lady that you are trying to impress with your C-walk or Funky Chicken, than you had originally hoped for.
TB: Big Boss is a party that seems to be bringing in international influence, and also working on the profile of the genre here in the city- you’re helping to shape the scene. Where would you like to see it go?
BB: We see the Argentine hip hop movement growing exponentially. The movement is still fairly young, and quite niche, but more independent rappers are making their own music videos and recording their own tracks each month. I hope to see BA become a hip hop hub for South America, inviting internationally renowned hip hop DJs and artists to come and turn heads, while providing the platform and exposure needed to put the local artists on a national and international stage.
Big Boss´ vision is to be one of the facilitators of this movement, to create an environment where international lovers of hip hop can mesh, dance to the classic rap bangers from our childhood , feel the funk flowing through their fingers and bring big international players in the game to help kick-start the local hip hop scene.
TB: And you’re working on keeping the live element in performances from these genres, which is pretty unique- what’s the attraction?
BB: There are loads of hip hop parties with DJ´s that have a stack of rap songs uploaded to their Mac, they might be Top 40, they might not, and they only focus on the transition between songs. That’s all good for your average party, but we want to host events that add an extra dynamic to the normal songs and beats you are used to. We have seen a shift in rap/hip hop/funk performances in the US and abroad that include live instruments that pulls the crowd in, creating a special, intangible relationship that occurs between crowd and artist.
For example, one of the reason´s we are excited to have Cinara spin is because of her internationally acclaimed live scratching and “in the moment” finesse that adds an element of, well, legitimacy, to the show. This time we also have DJ Nonamz spinning alongside a live drummer, where they both feed off one another to use a familiar song/beat, but transform it into their own. Last Big Boss Experience, we had an expat from the US head up and kick freestyles over some of DJ Añao´s beats in the moment, this time one of the first female rap battle MC´s (Sigourney Phizzle) from the UK will be doing the same.
TB: Any artists from BA you want to shout out for people who want to get see what the local flavor is like?
BB: Yup yup, for MC´s we´ll have to go with El Guapo, Lucas Alvarez, Jose Ross, Mambito Rap, Orion XL, Kodigo, Christian, and definitely check out DJ Lautaro Palenque who took home last year´s Redbull Thre3style Argentina title.
Big Boss Experience events is freshening up the BA hip hop scene with national and international spins on new and old-school tangents.
Big Boss Experience #2, Thursday 21st May.
Maluco Beleza, Sarmiento 1728.
$100ARS early-bird, $120ARS on the door (including free drink).