SensOne on Idolizing the Bombshelter DJs and How He Earned His Nickname "Power Surge"
Greg Voeller, better known as both SensOne...and Power Surge.
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It's a fact of life that everyone has a pratfall or accident now and again. Just ask Greg "SensOne" Voeller, who pulled a gaffe not once, but twice, during his DJ sets. Besides embarrassing the crap outta the local selector, it caused a few of his cohorts to give him a second nickname: PowerSurge.
Find out the full details about his gaffe after the jump, as well as the reasons why legendary Valley crew The Bombshelter DJs have helped inspire the 21-year-old's career.
Name: Greg Voeller
AKA: Sen-1, DJ Greg, Power Surge
Regular Gigs: Stuff at Bar Smith and UK Thursdays. I do a couple of one-offs here and there. I've spun at [Club] Congress in Tucson. Once in awhile I'll go play out in California at Church. I've played at I Love L.A./Low End Theory.
Genres: I spin anything from drum 'n' bass, hip-hop, breaks, dubstep, trip-hop, [and] freakin' rock.
Why are you also have "Power Surge" as a nickname? Oh, man. The very first time I DJ'd UK Thursdays, I was running a little hot, I was in the reds, and the power went completely out. And then the second time I DJ'd, they asked me to come to Bar Smith and I was getting my laptop out of my backpack or something and I must've hit a switch or something. The whole power went out. So yea, ever since then they call me "Power Surge."
How did you get into the DJ game? I got into DJing at very young age, I'd say about 12 or 13 when my brother bought me the Beastie Boys' Hello Nasty for Christmas. And I listened to that CD for months, really, and I kept hearing them say over and over "Mix Master Mike...Mix Master Mike." It made me curious, "Who the fuck is this guy?" Because these are the Beastie Boys, the top of the line guys for hip-hop, especially for that generation and they kept saying his name. So I looked him up.
My brother grew up basically in the underground grafitti scene in the '90s, like from '97 through probably like 2004. That's basically how I got involved with this shit was him getting involved with grafitti and hip-hop and them spreading off the Beastie Boys and Mix Master Mike and hip-hop to me.
What equipment do you use? I use turntables, but I'm not biased or anything. I also use CD-Js sometimes too, and Traktor off my computer.
Do you cut and scratch when you perform? I do live cuts when I can. I'm not an expert and I'm not comfortable yet, but I'm getting there. I wanna get to a point where I'm better before I start doing that regularly.
What's your favorite track of the moment? Man, that is so tough for a DJ. Why do you have to ask these questions? Okay, right now would have to be a song by Wickaman called "Rage." Its an older drum 'n' bass track.
What's the craziest shit you've ever seen at a gig? That's a tough one. I'd have to say when Radar, Z-Trip, Shortee, and Faust all jumped on four tables and they were beat-juggling, and they were just going at it. they were going nuts. It was at the end of one of the UK Thursdays around last Thanksgiving. Z-Trip wasn't supposed to be there and he just showed up randomly because I'd told Radar to come because Shortee and Faust were already spinning there. There were like 20 people there but you could tell they were in it. There was no set or anything, they just did a 15-minute tear-out, freestyle session. I think that was the sickest shit I've ever seen thus far.
So you are a huge fan of the Bombshelter DJs? Definitely. 100 percent. One of the first hip-hop shows I ever went to was a Z-Trip show in 2001. I think that was the PlayStation Tour with Black Sheep, and I think, Chali 2na from Jurassic 5. I was young as fuck but that show got me into DJing for sure. I try to get that same vibe that Z-Trip, Radar, and Emile did and try to implement that into my tracks when need be, especially in a public performance.
How did they influence you? I'd have to say through the whole DJ art form. I stumbled across bombshelter djs off the internet, just how i found mix master mike. And I found out that Z-Trip was a well-known DJ and he was from AZ. And two years later I saw the movie scratch. And then I thought, these guys are it. It was a little past my time but I learned it through those videos. I want to build from that.
What do you dig about the them? I like the funkiness. I like the drum patterns. I like how they implement other genres using certain instuments with each song to kinda blend and mix and make a new song while keeping the vibe alive. there's something about the multiplicity of it and the variety.
What's your philosophy when it comes to DJing? I know technology is ever-growing and stuff but I gotta go say, it all goes back to the turntables, just because that's where I started from and I know that's where a lot of the people who are famous now started with. And I know people like A-Trak, Z-Trip, and Cut Chemist, they each did something that was beyond belief and they're still doing it.
They're taking music that is popular today and they're using turntables to manipulate it and make it sound a billion times better. And that, to me, is special. That is not something that just anybody can do. Anyone can go up to an Ableton set or learn how to use Serato, but to learn how to manipulate an instrument like a turntable and use it well, better than anyone else, is rare.
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