Smalltown DJs and SkiiTour Artist Interview

Smalltown DJs & SkiiTour Artist Interview

Smalltown DJs and the SkiiTour fellas always know how to get the party started. SkiiTour made the transition from attendees to resident performers long ago, and since have brought the snowstorm to the Amphitheatre for the last 7 years. This year, joined by Cosmic Co-Motion, Def3, Ray Black, Rumpus & Frase, their set was one not to be missed. Smalltown DJs always get the funky, feel good vibes going and have performed at Shambhala Music Festival for 15 years. This year, they played at the Living Room Stage for the first time, delivering a live “Best Of” set with Shad K and Lisa Lobsinger (Broken Social Scene), this set was wildly different from their regular shows.

Watch the interview to hear about what they’ve been cookin’ up in the studio, why the Shambhala crowd is their favourite and more!


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Photo: BeeDee
“[Shambhala] is inspiring at every level. Artistically, socially, and musically world class.” – Smalltown Pete
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“There are so many homie’s (both local and international) that we only get to hang out with once a year so it is kind of like a family reunion. That is the reason that it is the only festival that we stay at for the whole weekend.  Every year the production keeps levelling up & even though we have been many times, it seems we are always discovering new little corners we have never seen before and every year just seems better.” – SkiiTour

What were your favourite moments from the festival this year?
Smalltown DJs
Performing with Shad & Lisa Lobsinger, & making tacos with Skiitour.  Favourite sets:  Mark Farina, Fisher, The Allergies

Photos: BeeDee 

 
SkiiTour

Getting the opportunity to make Nacho Libres at Taco Justice with the Smalltown DJs was some bucket-list stuff. We are still rocking our staff shirts. Seeing Kyle Watson play for the first time was magic as was Mark Farina‘s 3 hour set at The Living Room. Also it was rad watching homegrown Defunk smash the Pagoda & Dizzee Rascal crush The Village. Our Thursday set at The AMPhitheatre was once again extremely hype for us with the Cosmic Co-Motion dance team blowing our minds, while the cameos by Def3, Ray Black, Rumpus, & Frase really pushed things to the next level. Being invited back to The Fractal Forest was another memorable moment and it felt great dropping a vibey set in our favourite forest. Speaking of forests, this year we were in the shadiest campsite to date S/O Christine Hunter. 

Photos: BeeDee
 
What part has Shambhala Music Festival played in your journey as an artist?

Smalltown DJs
I think we have played at 15 Shambhalas!? It’s been such a huge part of our growth it would be impossible to measure.  

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SkiiTour

We have independently attended 2-3 times and then performed every year for the last 7 years. Shambhala is a special festival to us both because it is a place were we have made the transition from wide-eyed attendees to resident performers.  A huge part of our early drive to produce & hone our dj skills was the hopes that someday we would be good enough to be invited to play this festival.  

Photos: Caspian Kai

What is your favourite stage? 

Smalltown DJs
That is impossible to answer.

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SkiiTour

That is like asking a parent which child is their favourite. We can only say that we love them all and the have all been our favourite at different moments because we have caught amazing sets at each and every one of them.

Photo: Reichert Photography

How does Shambhala compare to other festivals that you’ve played at?

Smalltown DJs
It’s much heavier on the magic.

Photo: Concert Socks

SkiiTour

It feels like it is Christmas for the electronic dance community. The whole year builds to that weekend with people wondering what present Santa is going to bring to the line-up. When we are on the road the constant refrain we hear repeated over and over is “See you at Shambhala”. Once the lineup drops and the hype builds and builds until it is finally Christmas Eve. Then that massive family reunion finally happens and we all get have the best time for 4 days while we enjoy amazing music. Those few days rush by way to quick in a frantic blur but the moment it is over everyone just starts counting down the weeks until next year. (Shambhala puts the ‘festive’ in festival™️)

Photo: Nik Molson

We can’t wait for the farmily reunion with SkiiTour and Smalltown DJs next year! In the meantime, check out their latest collab!

 

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