URB HD and the team behind Society Theory mobilized to cover the annual Kiss N Grind tribute to Michael Jackson held during his birthday weekend. The Los Angeles space, Bay Salone bore witness to a special video set provided by Peanut Butter Wolf and tribute sets by Vikter Duplaix (one of the show organizers) and ?uestlove. A who's who of the DJ elite and the industry and LA's best and brightest (DJ Scratch, Samantha Ronson, and Bilal, to name a few) were on hand to lend a wave of energy that in one space paid tribute to the artist, MJ and in another pushed the communal vibe and appreciate for music and art in general.
Our field team, Society Theory, got a chance to catch Peanut Butter Wolf and Vikter Duplaix during a few quiet moments to bring this special two part Grand Master Citizen's crossover. Both men have reached acclaim across a number of music milestones, PBW as the head of Stones Throw and Duplaix as a Grammy nominated Singer/Producer. Their seemingly disparate backgrounds and the genre bending resume of the two artists made for an interesting juxtaposition during our conversation about music, Michael Jackson, and all things in between.
The second of a two part look at these two men of musical distinction comes from the view point of Vikter Duplaix. A modern day Renaissance Man, Vikter takes us through the event and speaks on the music with respect to its people and their influences, as well as his own evolution as an artist who is able to stay progressive and relevant through the years.
Words by Phil Nacionales for URB
URB HD Presents a Society Theory Original
Grand Master Citizens Crossover (Part 1 of 2)
Peanut Butter Wolf x Vikter Duplaix
@ The Kiss & Grind Michael Jackson Tribute ft ?uestlove
Jackson 5 - 'Darling Dear' (Muro Revisited Refix)
Jackson 5 - 'Take Me Back' (Parker's Regroove)
Executive Producer: URB
Producer: Matt Carvalho for Society Theory
Director: Phil Nacionales
Camera: Phil Nacionales, Ramon Valdez Jr., Geoff Malit, Vince Villanueva
Edit/Post/Color: Phil Nacionales
Audio: Ramon Valdez Jr.
Special Thanks: Kiss & Grind, Vikter Duplaix, Peanut Butter Wolf, Craig Bowers, Stones Throw Records, ?uestlove, Samantha Ronson, Bilal, DJ Scratch, DJ Rashida, Bay Salone