Hands down one of the best weekends of the year was also one of the shortest trips anyone could take to Hawaii. On Friday, May 17, 2013, Andrew Brearley (Meaty Ogre) of Cherries Records arrived in Honolulu at 8pm by way of Chicago, Minneapolis and Los Angeles. He was tired, hungry, and here to spin an all-45 set at Mercury Bar the following night. "So, wait, how did this all come together?" Andrew asked after greeting me, Oliver Twist and Everybody Knows at the airport. We all laughed. Seriously though, how did we manage to fly down a veteran vinyl collector and newly minted record label owner from Chicago? None of us had actually met Andrew before, and neither had our other Chicago guests—DJ Ambideckstriks and CZR PRZ—even if they lived in the same city. It was definitely an Ocean's 11 vibe throughout the entire weekend, strangers who each had their own unique strengths coming together to form an alliance that would last only until the job is done. In this case, the job was Dig This Vibe. However it happened (and the people who know, know), Meaty Ogre was here in Hawaii and everyone was grateful for it.
Dig This Vibe Chicago Ohana. Photo by hypoetical.
Party 1 of 3: Oliver Twist and Meaty Ogre.If you're into the boogie funk genre, you'll know that there's an endless supply of considerably cheesy music that would turn off any run-of-the-mill funk-and-soul digger. It definitely turned me off when I first started digging, and it would ultimately take me hearing this podcast to pay closer attention to 80s supafunk music. About that cheese. Hawaii has its share, much of it engulfed in pidgin about merchandise being too expensive ("Oh wow wat dis? Wat dis? How mach dis ting cost? $250? Eh dass too mach! Oh wow, lau lau") or plagued by UFO sightings in the countryside. Or overly zealous of their reed player capable of bring the "Smooth Sax" on every level. Even worse: shirtless brown-skinned tween boy bands whose group name suggests anything but what you see. Though, as it turns out, that's precisely the kind of cheese Andrew's looking for. "Dude, I would play this at my party... and it would go off."
My kind of record.
Holding it down with vinyl. Photo by jamesbarrieWhen we got back to Jelly's around 1pm, Ambideckstriks set up his laptop and spun out a 30 minute funk-and-soul set. So far so good, and party 2 of 3 brought a handful of Hawaii's hip hop heads out to the well-known Honolulu record shop. Andrew followed Ambideckstriks with his Beat Set and subsequently blew minds. Or, to quote Dig This Vibe resident Shitzr: "meaty's out here in jelly's town playing his new beats. my face is melted on the floor right now."
Meaty Ogre Beat Set: "My face is melted on the floor right now." Photo by rentmoneyrecords
Meaty Ogre live at Dig This VibeThere's not much more I want to say about party 3 of 3 right now other than it was one of my favorite nights of the year thus far. Hopefully everyone who attended feels the same way!
South Shore Oahu 5 a.m. to decompress after three consecutive parties.