Snow Globe: its coming up whether you are ready or not. Among some of the insane talent we have blasting off at the official afterparties at the Horizon Casino, we present to you Timothy Rugo AKA HipHobbit.
I had a chance to do a short Q and A with this Tahoe local about his upcoming performance and the Tahoe bass scene.
Be Sure to save some steam for his set which will be on the final night of the afterparties.
Who is inspiring you at the moment?
oh man, such a large list. musically – the beatles, hanson, nastynasty, opiuo, led zeppelin, wick-it the instigator, allanis morrissette, thievery corporation, straight punch to the crotch, mashup germany, girl talk, and milkman. just to name a few.
The electronic scene has really blown up in 2011, are you stoked to see it being pushed into the mainstream?
I have always loved the underground aspect of electronic music. terrible hole in the wall bars, renegades in the woods, and intimate festivals where the talent is not seperate from the fans. This is something they will never take away from us. However, if it sounds good, and people dance to it, there is no reason us to seperate ourselves from the “top 40”. People are people, and people love to dance. The main difference i see are the dj’s and producers who are truly involved and love the scene and aren’t just in it to produce gold records and reap massive profits. poor kids have soul
What was your favorite show of the year
my favorite show in 2011 was EOTO’s set at the temple of boom at ze burn. i was super bummed to hear jason tell the awaiting crowd the night before that they had to cancel their show, and was forced to listen to electro and house all night. But my dreams came true when Jason and Michael threw down mighty!!! The guys are true musical pioneers in my eyes, completley original and live, bringing electronic music to a new level.
What are your thoughts on Skrillex and the emergence of so called Bro-step
ehhhh. chainsaws and metal have never been my scene. i live for dance music, especially corny dance music. But, congratulations to him, grammy nominations! Different strokes for different folks; The world would be very bland without diversity.
Walk us through a HipHobbit Set
Basically, I love every genre of music. I love to dance as much as laugh. I take samples from just about every musical influence in my life. Whether its top40, corny, dubstep, house, electro, folk, punk, or polka. Live sets are all live mashups, blending whatever gets the crowd going. I usually stick to mid tempo (80-120 BPM)I’ll link a few random mashers to give you a taste!
Whats your go-2 song to get the crowd up and jumping
My favorite song that really seems to get people going is a Mac Dre/Edward Sharpe/Opiuo masher called “ThizzleHome”. Real Opiuo bass heavy and just a good feeling track. Listening to it makes me think of my home – Black Rock City!
Gnarliest Tahoe Party moment?
Opening with my good friends the Community Pro-Jeckt for EOTO at Club Blue at the casinos. This was the first time i was inducted to the ninja cutthroat game. (when someone fake slices your neck you have to fall on the floor no matter what you are doing, what you are holding, and who you talking to. Then you must play dead for a minimum of 10 seconds NO MATTER WHAT!) I got my throat slit while double fisting drinks and fell immediatley on the dancefloor. Security picked me up because they thought i was OD’ing or something, and i couldn’t explain myself until the 10 seconds were up and they had already almost drug me out of the place. Luckily, they understood and i raged the rest of the night.
What makes Tahoe a fun place to party?
we live in a postcard. We party all night, and wake up by 9 to go shred powpow. Mountain lifestyle. People are laid back, eager to have a good time, and there is a fast growing bass community!
What will you be sipping on to keep warm at the festival?
BACON BOMBS! whiskey, redbull, chardonayy, and sizzling bacon.
Whose prettier, John Stamos or Mario Lopez?
stamos. no further explanation needed.
Whats the Last Favor You had to call in?
airport pick ups, and soup when i was sick in bed.
Last time you fist pumped?
last night at opal. MINDFUL MASSIVE KILLING IT! (i double fist pump on the daily)
What do you think was the Biggest Tune of 2011
Hypha & Bleep Bloop – FutureFleshFucktastic
amazing amazing kids. making big tunes. but honestly, there are way too many good songs being made every day. but hypha is my final answer.
Where would you like to see electronic music go in 2012?
More innovation. Less boundaries. Don’t play to fads, do your own thing. Producers like Heyoka and NastyNasty are really doing their thang. Keeping it sexy, danceable, and more importantly unique. I want to hear artists that i recognize from hearing the first 10 seconds of a track. DONT FALL VICTIM TO FADS!
Thanks a ton, getting real pumped to play the SnowGlobe Afterparty. Loved the interview questions. Can’t wait to see you all there!
and here’s a taste of what i do. Love it or Hate it – this is hiphobbit.
all of my tracks are free for download. enjoy!!!!!