Thursday, July 1, 2010

Promoter/DJ von Badsville: a walking music encyclopedia who throws great parties (interview part 1)

Most promoters have gotten into their business because of an honest-to-goodness love of the music. It’s great that they’re doing their part to help people enjoy and discover music. But some promoters are so devoted to the music they love that they’ve forgotten how to also have fun hanging out with folks of all types. Von Badsville is the best of both types of promoters: he can talk your ear off about everything from garage to psychobilly to surf and more, but he’s also a people-person who has befriended musicians and fans all across the spectrum of rockabilly, punk, psychobilly, garage, 80s, and surf.

You can see Von Badsville out nearly every night of the week: he organizes, hosts, and/or DJ’s Rhythm ‘N Booze (a 50s Record Hop on Mondays at Spike’s in Rosemead), The Breakfast Klub (80’s every Wednesday at Spike’s in Rosemead), ShakN’ Bones (at The Bamboo Bar in Whittier), and Rev It Up (punk/garage/billy/rock n roll at locations all over Southern California).

Don’t miss his upcoming event, a post-Hootenanny party and birthday celebration for himself and Tommy D, at Tropics Lounge (1842 W. Commonwealth Ave, Fullerton) on July 3rd featuring Gamblers Mark, The Black Tibetans, Legendary Swagger, the Embalmers, and more.
Doors at 7 pm; car and bike show in the parking lot. $8 cover / $5 with Hoot wristband. 21 and over.

I got a chance to catch up with Von Badsville.  CLICK HERE for part 1 of this interview, which focuses on how he started his career, why he finds his job so satisfying, and why he respects rockabilly legends like Johnny Powers. Further excerpts will be posted in the future about his favorite records, being Link Wray’s bodyguard, learning how to parallel park with Eddie Nichols of Royal Crown Revue, and other favorite memories over 10 years of promoting.

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