No Requests

Five reasons EDM shows are better than rock concerts.

Because it's a short life. But fortunately, we get enough entertainment along the way to not be preoccupied with that.

RO: You've played Houston many times. Do you have any great stories from Houston?

KK: You know something? Now that my memory's getting real bad, I'm brain-damaged from my football and boxing days, it's getting so I don't remember a whole lot. I always feel like Houston is the place I play that's closest to my favorite place on Earth. Brownsville, Texas.

EDM fans such as these usually seem to be in a better mood than their counterparts at rock shows.
Marco Torres
EDM fans such as these usually seem to be in a better mood than their counterparts at rock shows.
Kris Kristofferson: "Life is a beautiful thing."
Ash Newell
Kris Kristofferson: "Life is a beautiful thing."

Growing up in Brownsville was the best thing I remember of my life. In fact, where I live today reminds me a lot of Brownsville. It's a real small town and they've got stuff growing everywhere. And perhaps people today will be surprised that I liked it, but to me it was bare feet and dirt roads and good people.

That's one of the reasons I settled here [in Hawaii]; it reminds me of Brownsville with the weather and the people.

Feeling Mortal (KK Records) is in stores now.

The Rocks Off 100

The Trill Life
Bombon Beatmaker OG Bobby Trill joins the Rocks Off 100.

Marco Torres

Who?: Saturday, January 19, DJ OG Bobby Trill triumphed over four of his peers — Elroy Boogie, Dayta, Rockwell and Kyle Berg — to win the Houston qualifying round of the Red Bull Thre3Style DJ tournament, advancing to the regional finals in Dallas next month. He is also one of the hosts of Bombon, a night where Trill and a few other DJs mix all manner of tropical beats (cumbia, moombahton, 3ball, baile funk and lots more) into arguably Houston's hottest monthly dance party.

The 30-year-old Mexican-American and native Houstonian was born Rosbel Hinojosa ("It doesn't sound as bad in Spanish") and raised by his "crazy, fun-loving, anything-goes kind of mother who surrounded us with music, dancing and good vibes." Trill, who also goes by OGT, says he was surrounded by music growing up, from cumbias and norteño to disco and hip-hop, and eventually began exploring funk, electro and house music.

We'll let Trill tell you a little more himself.

"I also had a lot of friends from different parts of the city from different backgrounds that exposed me to a lot of new stuff," he says. "I also learned a lot of new music when I lived in Monterrey, Mexico, [and] I'm extremely thankful that I've got to meet and work with some of the most talented musicians, OG DJs and music nerds in Houston."

Why Do You Stay in Houston?: "I love this city!" exclaims Trill. "I've visited a lot of other places, but there is nowhere like Houston. We live in one of the most diverse cities in America. My group of friends look like a commercial for world peace or something.

"I mean, where else in the world can you have a Latin dance party and the crowd is completely mixed?" he adds. "Also, we have by far the best Mexican food in America! Actually, I think we just have the best food in America, and I love to eat! Plus I like the weather. It rains a lot, but we get more days of bike riding than a lot of places, especially in the winter."

Music Scene Pet Peeve: "EASY!" OGT replies. "If you read this, please stop telling DJs what they should play. Some of us handle it better than others, but I'd have to say 99 percent of DJs hate that. We know what we are doing, people, but you can't please everyone."

Bombon returns to Fox Hollow (4617 Nett) Saturday, February 2.

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After reading through this article, I am more convinced that "EDM" has absolutely gone down the toilet.  First of all, I absolutely hate that abbreviation.  You are part of the problem.  This article doesn't offer a shred of knowledge or evidence, yet somehow it got published.  Basically, your editor told you to "write an article about EDM so we can get some page views."  You've only been following the scene for a year and somehow you believe that you have the right to write about something you barely have scratched the surface on.  I would urge you to attend something outside the festival scene, whatever is at Stereo Live, or a dayglow.  If somehow you ever get the chance to write another article, and I sincerely hope you don't, please add some substance to the article and teach people about the scene.  What you have written offers nothing.  As a writer, you should push yourself to do better.  This is trash.

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