Team Supreme - La Cita - 7/10/12
Better than... any dubstep show in this galaxy
The concept of Team Supreme, like most good ideas, is simple. Once a week a member of the electronic collective selects two different samples and a particular BPM, and sends them off to the other producers in the group. Then everyone makes a track. There are a few rules: 1. The song has to be about a minute long 2. The beat must begin and end with the provided transition sample 3. You're supposed (on the honor system) to finish your track in about an hour. And on Mondays they release the entire playlist, called a "cypher," on YouTube.
There are now 13 installments of this crew's mix-tape of sorts, and there are usually about a dozen producers involved, mostly a recurring cast of Low End Theory young-guns (DJ Nobody), but also artists like Boreta of The Glitch Mob. Team Supreme began as an unofficial collaboration between Dane Morris, aka Great Dane, and Preston James, one half of Virtual Boy. Morris and James both made a beat in a single sitting using the "Mo Money Mo Problems" sample: my team supreme stay clean. Thus the moniker was born.
These efforts were encouraged by Steve Nalepa, an electronic music guru and one time professor of music at Chapman. Both Morris and James are former students of his and he's been involved with the project since its inception. He's a hands-on mentor -- last night he was grooving with the best of them as Team Supreme played a live set at La Cita.
It's the second time they've hosted a live show, incorporating the tracks from the weekly cipher. Around a dozen producers each get to play a twenty-minute set --the rule is you're supposed to play at least one Team Supreme track but they often play more. There are plans to make it a monthly event.
Suffice it to say that it wasn't your typical EDM show, the closest point of comparison being seeing someone like Teebs at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts. Instead, it was a small group of talented producers showing off for one another, a sort of friendly competition. All the producers there were fresh-faced pupils who exuded that paradoxical mixture of eagerness and apathy only found in the young.