Monday, September 28, 2009

Eye of the Tiger : an interview with Tigerbeat

Josh "Tigerbeat" Saenz basically runs the B-More end of the club music scene here in Seattle. He is an active DJ/Promoter who brings in people like Scottie B & Dlake among other highly reputable artists. We figured it was due time to pry the layers of his brain and see what the man is up to, what he has in store, and share some of his tunes with you.
FJ: How long have you been DJing?

TB: Since 2006/2007

FJ: When did you first come to the conclusion that you wanted to pursue DJing as more than just a hobby? Any artists that inspired you?

TB: When I realized that selling drugs wasn't going to get me anywhere but jail. I had to do something for income and I couldn't and still cant handle having anyone telling me what to do. Thats when Risky Business Productions came into play. Thankfully for the first two years I was able to support myself with selling and just basically hover over the turntables from anywhere to 4 to 15 hours a day.
As for inspiration, I remember first seeing FourColorZack and DJ Curtis just doing these crazy hipster parties at the War Room and Egg Room. People just partying and losing their shit. And The Clipse. I was listening to ALOT of The Clipse.

FJ: Where were some of your first DJ gigs and who were you working with back then?

TB: My very first gig was at The Egg Room. The Egg Room was an afterparty spot above El Corazon that had crazy energy. I played that show with two ipods! Damaged Goods was basically my right hand girl in those days. Very good times.

FJ: We know Outsoured at Moe Bar has been is cracking off every Monday for well over the past year. Tell us a little of the history behind that night;
what were your initial ideas for the night and did that change at all as time passed? Who's has been involved in the night since its inception?

TB: I've been there since day one. Many people have had some influence on the night from a few weeks to several months over the past two years. I think that being a decent dj you should change and evolve with the music/people you identify most with. When Outsourced started, I was buying Ed Banger records, two years later Im making Baltimore tracks. So Im really open to whatever as long as it makes people go hard on the dancefloor and keeps me interested.

FJ: What other nights can people come check you out?

TB: Aside from "Outsourced" at MOE every Monday, you can find me at "HollyHood" at Havana Social Club every Tuesday. Every first Thursday of the month at Sole Repair Shop for "Young, Rich & Fabulous. 1st and 3rd Fridays at 9 Million in Unmarked Bills in Fremont. And every Saturday at The Loft in Edmonds.

FJ: What's your evaluation of the club music scene here in Seattle? Anything you want to see happen or things you are working towards changing?

TB: Decent. Some people need to let go and move on. They're just playing for themselves and the look of confusion or boredom on the dancefloor shows it. For the most part, people want to dance, not have some obscure b-side bestowed upon them at midnight. Another is predictability. If I hear Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam at Havana one more time Im going to fucking scream.

FJ: What are the Top 5 most played tracks in your iTunes Library?

TB: I'll tell you my 5 favorite tracks right now, but not the most played...
1. Obsessed by Mariah Carey feat. Gucci Mane
2. Tunnels by Burt Fox
3. Vader Rap by Fresh Espresso
4. DJ by Amanda Blank
5. Photoshoot by Gucci Mane

FJ: What do you use to produce your tracks?

TB: Ableton Live, My Korg Synthesizer. Samples. Lots of samples. I tried to use Reason but it might as well be in Japanese..

FJ: Do you prefer working on remixes over originals or vice versa? What do you find to be most gratifying while working in the studio?

TB: I really don't have a preference. If Im feeling it and it feels doable then I will give it a go. Acapellas give me a hard time.

FJ: We are really stoked that you have the ability to bring people like Scottie B to Seattle. How'd you establish that connection and who else can we expect to grace Seattle in the future?

TB: Simply Networking. As for future shows, I don't really know. Scottie B is coming in from Oz and he will be at Outsourced on Oct 12 for my pre birthday party and its a free show. Hows that?

FJ: Any last words / shout outs?

TB: Thanks to Baltimore. Blarely Legal. All the venues and people that have put up with my antics. Marty Mar, Dev From Above, the blogs, Seattle people and Djs for being supportive and helping me achieve my goals, Without you Id probably be working at Target. and last but not least, the HATERS.

FJ: Thanks for your time!
Tigerbeat on Myspace
Tigerbeat on Twitter
Tigerbeat on Facebook


Tigerbeat - Dirty Dancing (Swayze RIP)

Tigerbeat - New Jack Dreams

Tigerbeat - If I Ever Jaw In Love

Tigerbeat - Heads Will Roll
(I beefed up YYYs and cut it in half for the club)

Sunday, September 27, 2009

a gang of free Mishka mixtapes

its the man that you love to hate, coming out of washington state

Sir Mix-a-Lot - My Posse's on Broadway 12" zip

Props to Vintage Hip Hop Seattle for all of the HD hip hop music videos on Youtube

Seattle Club part 2

Seal-Crazy (Drunk Unkle SeaClub mix)
Astronomar-Mr.Postman (SeaClub Re-fix)
Astronomar-Rock the Boogie (SeaClub Re-fix)
Drunk Unkle-Whistle Song

Dont wear corduroys in the summer mayne

Vegas Paris brought home this mixtape one day from the Art Institute.. Its a no-brainer ghetto ass mixtape, but one track stood out hella. Track 2 is as far as you need to go here; so we trimmed off all of the fat and leave you with this amazing morsel of Central District charm.
Boss Mind - Im Not Feelin You Bro 320mp3

Boss Mind Records Myspace

We've Got the Cumbia

Darwin - We've Got the Cumbia EP
Darwin Live on KEXP Expansions w/ Kid Hops


This dude got mad swagger, yo! A co-founder of Seattle club, DRUNK UNKLE is sick wit' it on the dj/production tip.

Enough blah blah... click on these to find out about him.


DRUNK UNKLE on Soundcloud

DRUNK UNKLE on Twitter

DRUNK UNKLE is also a member/co-founder of

The Better Collective


I'll keep it short, since the flyer has everything you need to know..... this night will CRACK! Check out SHIFT recordings for more info and updates on all featured artists and releases.


Monday, September 14, 2009

Elmo's Song

this is off a K-Swift mixtape, so brace yourself for Mr. Postman to mix in at the end... you know how to use Serato right? just make a loop right before it comes in and you'll be fine
K-Swift - Elmo's Song

this is angoon

yes, it is angoon

Saturday, September 12, 2009


click here to make a poor choice


So Drunk Unkle and I where chattin while I was waiting in the cell lot at SEATAC for Shorthand to get back from Scottland, and I got the idea to take the baltimore club format but use the Amen break instead of (or along with) the SingSing or Think... not a overly sensational concept, but it introduces an interesting aesthetic to the heavily tapped baltimore format.. in addition to the Amen's sonic substance, it also lends a nod to the long-living Seattle Drum and Bass scene, which has remained a very prominent style in Seattle's electronic music culture. Im done explaining this just listen

FileJerks - Whats My Favorite Word
FileJerks - Champ World

these are only a few of the recent Seattle Club tracks, there are earlier tracks which I shall share next post,enjoy!


if we have post; fuck

we have been slackin super hard..
not sure when this came out..
dont care really; all I know its a great mix from Crookers

Fever Ray-Seven (Crookers Remix)


Wednesday, September 9, 2009


La' Chat is the baddest muthafuckin bitch Queen of the South whatever she da truth all ya'll hatin on Chat mayne ya'll ain't know, its the bad muthafuckin bitch out da Hypnotized camp and ya'll be damned fo sleepin on ya girl holla at her wit'out furtha adue,its ya gyrl Chat fall back bitches

La' Chat - Ghetto Ballin