Q&A With DJ collaborative The Bangerz
Six DJs, 12 turntables and one heck of a good time for the ears and the soul—That is what DJs Nick Ngo, G-Wrex, Squareweezy, Cutso, Goldenchyld and Replay of The Bangerz are gunning for when they're making their beats. Their newly released album, "Robot Remains," is a collaboration with season one "American Best Dance Crew" winners, the Jabbawockeez. All from the Bay Area, The Bangerz formed in 2006 after the DJs challenged each other to see who was the best, but decided they would be even better if they collaborated.
I got a chance to chat with Bangerz members Nick Ngo and G-Wrex (Germel Boado) and here's what they had to say:
Mochi: What got The Bangerz together? G-Wrex: We recognized we were from the same town—we could join forces. We all became friends and we all had an attachment to turntableism. From that, we grew. There was this progression from turntableism to production. Nick could make beats and he turned us onto it. It was like a virus.
Mochi: Tell me about one of your earlier albums, ViRUs (2005). Ngo: When it first came out, it wasn't very popular. It was a big disappointment for The Bangerz, but it turned out to be something great because the Jabbawockeez heard it. It was a completely new sound.
Mochi: What interested you in the Jabbawockeez? Ngo: They were completely different. They went to dance parties and wore masks so nobody would know them. Every time there was a change [in the music], they would change their mood. If you put their dancing into a musical sound, it would sound like us. They're our boys.
Mochi: What does production look like for music created by The Bangerz, but danced to by the Jabbawockeez? G-Wrex: [Our beats] aren't made specifically for the Jabbawockeez. We're focused in our beat; we're making our music. We're not thinking about the dancers, but they're in the back of our minds. Ngo: We usually make the music first and then they choreograph it.
Mochi: What would you be doing if you weren't working with the Jabbawockeez? G-Wrex: We would've continued to make music. The music world knows us. The spotlight is definitely on us right now about production. They're using our music, our mixtapes. We're changing the way people look at music and dance to music.
Mochi: You're famous. What's your reaction to your popularity? Ngo: I feel strong. I can't believe seeing our beats play on TV, seeing our commercials on TV. G-Wrex: One of the things that shocked me was when we first advertised with the Jabbawockeez. I saw kids dancing to our songs, making YouTube videos. I could sit all day, watch all those videos and not finish. I know it's weird to watch these kids, but to think these people feel what we feel (we put up our heart and soul to our world)—it doesn't matter.
Mochi: What's next for The Bangerz? G-Wrex: Production for movies and commercials. Ngo: We're probably going to make a few things for the club—for DJs who play Top 40s every night who want to play our stuff.
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