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!
Banner Photo: Concert Socks
Photo: BeeDee“[Shambhala] is inspiring at every level. Artistically, socially, and musically world class.” – Smalltown Pete
What were your favourite moments from the festival this year?
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.
What part has Shambhala Music Festival played in your journey as an artist?
I think we have played at 15 Shambhalas!? It’s been such a huge part of our growth it would be impossible to measure.
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?
That is impossible to answer.
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?
It’s much heavier on the magic.
Photo: Concert Socks
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