We sent embedded URB photo staffer Paulo Von Borries to roll with our friends and family at Stones Throw Records for their premiere event for label documentary Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton (This Is Stones Throw Records). Hitting us up via satellite phone (or Google Voice, whichever floats your boat), we caught up with Paulo after escaping Destro (see this article for that story) to get a man on the street report on the goings on at the event.
On approaching the venue and weaving his way through the mass of people that had pooled up at the Exchange LA, Paulo described the scene as ‘big’ and ‘full of anticipation.’ Despite some line logistics at the door, the venue quickly filled to capacity.
What was the crowd like with regards to the event and DJ’s as you maneuvered for coverage?
Paulo Von Borries:
You know, every time the DJ engaged the audience, the people would respond. They were just watching and waiting for something to happen, waiting for the next artist… People up front were energetic… Overall, the crowd was just chilling, mesmerized and fixed on the DJ’s and music in front of them. It was packed, a lot of fans knew the songs… fans of the label and the artists or just the scene… they [Stones Throw] pulled a lot of people… different kinds of people.
Where there any stand out artists or moments?
J Rocc is always good… always plays good music. People always like the video mix that Peanut Butter Wolf does. He mashed up a lot of 80′s shit and classic rap shit. Overall, Peanut Butter Wolf was definitely having a good time… he’d come up as a DJ was playing later putting his arm around the DJ and declaring the song as ‘the song of the night.’
He [PBW] was being silly and funny; he was clowning Madlib. He was clowning everybody… it’s his label… it was good… you could tell that they hang out and party and give each other shit, just like anyone else…
Dam Funk is always good… he was energetic and really enjoying himself. People saw and felt it. They reciprocated that feeling.
Gaslamp Killer fucked it up too… dropping in Egyptian music, really crazy jazz, classics, just dropping it on top of the crowd.
It felt to me, there’s such a huge roster that they have… they had two rooms of people, 20+ different artists, some live acts, all sorts of shit to see and hear… it’s hard to pinpoint just one thing, you really had to be there…
What was the craziest thing you saw?
Arabian Prince & Egyptian Lover… Giant 6 foot tall, 250 pound big dudes doing Egypt, Egypt… doing the dance and everything… super throwback… people loved it. They have longevity and are still rocking the crowd… <static… and the faint yell of Cobbbrraaaa… then the line goes dead.>
Hello?!? Paulo?!? You there?!? Oh well… guess we lost another one.
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Words by Phil Nacionales via call transcript with Paulo Von Borries.
Paulo Von Borries is an URB Photo Correspondent based in LA. You can reach him at email@example.com, but his internet access is limited while the Dreadnoks are watching him on Cobra Island.