[Nov 15, 2011 Los Angeles El Rey Theatre ] Big ups to Jane for the hookups again at El Rey :] Always lovin’ the concerts. I’ve been waiting to hit this show for quite some time! Rockin’ w/ Frank Ocean for some time and I was glad to hit this SOLD OUT SHOW.
When I got there, it was packed house! Possibly every LA hypebeaster and hip hop industry head was there, including Tennis Champion Serena Williams who btw jacked my table…(i like venus better anyways.)
I’m not too sure what else to really write about. The dude sings as well as he does on records. He has a great voice. To be really really honest though, his performance was kinda dull. I wished he had a full band to accompany him (Maybe sometime in the future?). The thing that definitely made it worthwhile was that you know there was some hardcore frank ocean fans in the building. Thats what made this concert memorable. It was the first time him doing a show in LA off his Ultra Nostalgia Mixtape. Which is sucha amazing album, you couldn’t really help but to have a good time.
Of course he had to bring out the goblin.
Shout outs to the ricer girl blocking my view lol. (They gave out these hats for free to the fans)
Definitely the best part of the night was when he performed Acura Integurl (My favorite Frank Ocean song for like 5 months) & Then He performed American Wedding (which samples The Eagles’ Hotel California). When the awesome electric guitar solo came out he busted out ROCKBAND! LOL dude has humor and was definitely really cool to see.
Another FREE.99 concert review brought to you by the homie Jane :)
I hope people enjoy these posts! I’ll try to do more. I’m going to try to check out another concert again in Dec.
wow i really enjoyed reading your rant post =/ not sure why because i usually dont read long posts haha.But you;re very skilled in writing haha. Big fan Tom! keep up the good work! and i hope this guy didnt leave a bad impress of canada, im from toronto
Hey! Thanks for the compliment about my writing. LOL haha I actually think my writing sucks, hence why I’m trying to write more. I really appreciate the message though! Makes me want to keep up the blogging lol. And I love Canada dude. Even though the guy was wack, I still had an amazing time in Vancouver and met some great people!
I just got back from Vancouver, and I was debating on wheter or not to write this blogpost just because I don’t really like writing negative stuff on my page, and I want to try my best to keep it positive 100%. But sometimes you just got to do it.
This is more for myself, and if this is too much then don’t read because I’m just going to vent on this dude.
This past weekend I got to go out to Vancouver for a show with Joseph and I’ve never met a promoter that was as shady as this (I’m not going to drop his name just because theres no reason for him to get any shine.) I heard a lot of bad things about this guy from my contacts down in Vancouver but I really wanted to give the guy a chance.
I’m not going to go into details about my first incident with him before I left to Vancouver but it left a very bad taste in my mouth. All I know is that after the first night of staying out there I was already thinking that he didn’t know what he was doing but I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe we were just working with very professional people before hand and this is what would happen when we bump into someone who is still in the learning process. Myself and a fellow manager even went as far as helping him out by planning out the rides & itinerary that didn’t have. We set breakfast time & even soundcheck time. All he needed to do was pick us up. Next morning he leaves us hanging at the Hotel Lobby for an hour and half. When we get there for soundcheck I end up playing sound engineer and helping the acts w/ sound. I felt extra bad for the VIP guest he made wait an extra 2 hours in the cold. (Even though I know you vancouverians can handle that weather. Its messed up. )
The show goes late. He has no set schedule for the show. The other fellow manager ends up buying Pizza for the acts that he brought out for lunch. After the show ended we had to set up dinner for ourselves through him.
I’m not going to go into details with the rest of this kids hospitality skills because I’m going to just focus on the important details.
The icing on the top was that he kind of walked us into a club later that night and just left and said that he would be scheduling our rides for the next morning to the airport.
so the next morning…
this guy STOPS RESPONDING TO MY TEXT MESSAGES & I END UP CABBING IT TO THE AIRPORT w/ the group.
I’ve left out a lot of other details in this blog just because I want to refrain myself from sounding petty. What I’ve mentioned is what I feel that the least I can get is a text message back saying that he couldn’t give us a ride to the airport.
I know you’re probably going to read this dude, I wish you the best of luck. You’re lucky that you had a cast of very professional artists on your lineup and we handled that show for you. I would just like to tell you that everyone could have just not do the show after how you were treating them. We saved the show you semi-put together. That kind of business that you do will come haunting back to you man.
So wrapping up. Great City! Great times with the crew! Great Supporters! Great club! BLVD22. Wack Event Promoters.
I really hope I don’t get attacked by any EDM heads. Just for reference. For the people who care about electronic music, I have never been quite the TRANCE person, but i love house music. I love heavy bass. I love dubstep. For me, and this is just for personal preference. Its lost that underground edge that it once had for me. And it hurts me to write this because I’m so happy that House music is being shared around the world. But seriously its kind of OVERKILL. Even for me, and I throw parties for a living. Its just OVERKILL.
Back then (2-3 years ago) massives were a big deal because some of the best DJS would show up. I’m talking about never being able to see LAIDBACK LUKE EVER, and when he showed up at NOCTURNAL, everybody who heard about him had to go to NOCTURNAL, cuz they weren’t sure if he would show up again. When Banana Splits SUnday at LAX was being runned by AOKI & DJ AM, and you knew that if some HUGE DJ was making a stop by Los Angeles, he was going to stop by to do a quick intimiate set at LAX. And that was the cool factor of it! If you were a house head you had to really dig and figure out where your next favorite dj was playing at and you HAD TO CATCH IT or else you wouldn’t see him/them for a while.
Now, You can catch ANY of these headlining DJS in VEGAS/SD/LA ( I mean Deadmau5 is now a resident dj at VEGAS!) And I hate to say that its a negative thing because it should never be when a DUDE is GETTING PAPER for doing what he loves.
I’m not saying I hate it, it just sucks.
And this isn’t a complaint, this is just me making a statement.
But I got to experience it. It was cool.
- My hardhalloween 09 experience where I got to see Deadmau5 for the first time. I got to see ATRAK my favorite DJ perform for the first time. BloodyBeetroots blew my socks off.
- Hard Summer 09 where the whole massive got shut down, and swat police came out.
- When we saw Kid Cudi blew a gasket at Cinespace because everybody wanted to hear “DAY&NIGHT”
- Watching Lady Gaga perform at LAX doing JUST DANCE before anybody knew who she was.
- The Last Los Angeles EDC where i saw LIL JON, MC a RAVE. lol.
Maybe I’ve seen all the DJs that I’ve wanted to see already (I haven’t seen Tiesto yet.).
I just dont feel that hype that I once felt before, but don’t second guess and say i won’t rock my face off when I hear some dope edm. But will I go out of my way to see somebody? Not likely.
Unless its Daftpunk.
Thats another story.
God, do I sound like one of those cynical people.
FUN FACT : Check below for the video that got me hooked into Electronic Music. I remember it was 2008, and my friends Daisy & Jenn had just got back from there, and they were so HYPED about DEADMAU5. This was when Deadmau5 barely came out w/ GhostNStuff. He probably had 50,000 views on this. This video made me want to go to Hard Mansion.
i manage joseph vincent & toestah. I’ve probably said that over 100x this year, in emails, in person, etc.
Hi, I’m Tom Ngo and I manage yada & yada. He sings and he raps.
lol. Why? Cuz my work is pretty much my life. Hahah and thats cool, because I really enjoy it. I love music. Thats my passion 100 percent. I’m a big fan of music. My LIFE is MUSIC. I’ll go from Ducksauce to Bun. B to Sinatra. Throw in some Jason Mraz. Joseph Vincent (shameless plug), Wolfgang Gartner and mix it in a bowl with some Childish Gambino. You get it. So when I’m really into something, I’ll be on it non stop.
Lately I’ve been bumping this Drake album. Man its something. Dude definitely lived up to hype. Drake has every guy thinking he’s an R&B singer. Me and my friend likes quoting lyrics. Drake got mad quotables.
I called it on early with my friends.
People are gonna think i’m extra EMO if i quote all this drake shit on my facebook
fuck it! HAHA.
We live in a generation of not being in love. - drizzy
So simple. Dude I like that line. haha
Hahah so today while having some tea with my friends
Tom i get a crapload of your sad status updates on facebook. You don’t seem sad though.
Cuz i’m not!
I just like quoting music! Ahaha Im even talking about choppers sometime! (Thats a gun for you people that is illiterate of the ghetto talk.)
So no worries! If anything…Life is good! Everyones should be. If you can read this, count your blessings. Be thankful for all the GOOD things in your life. Be proud of your accomplishment. Thank goodness for great friends and family.
And if you got anything in life thats not making you feel good. That makes you sad. Wheter its your job, a person, a thing, a habit. Try your best to seperate yourself from that.
And if theres anything/anyone/activity/job that makes you happy. Keep doing that. Keep yourself happy.
I mean thats what life should be about right? Of course, its never going to be a happy trip to your destination. You’re going to have to go through things to get to where you want to be. Thats life. You learn from those mistakes. You endure the pain. You have faith! And you don’t stop till you get what you want.
So just to clear things. Hahah. I’m a happy dude. I’m thankful for my family, my friends. I have a cool gig, I get to be working with two great dudes that are really really really talented.
Works been great. I’m really excited for the year with Joseph. We had a really good talk today after he called me to play me a new hook that he wrote for his album. (Yes he randomly calls me and sings me love songs over my cell. Ladies be jello. FM plug). After that we just were talking bullshit and planning over the next couple months. After we hung up, i was like wtf did I really just talk to this dude for 30 minutes on the phone. Haha. It was work & hanging out w/ a friend at the same time.
Later I get this facebook message from the homie Jennifer Chung saying that she was working on this single for her new mixtape with Toestah. I was like wth! (I’m tripping out cuz Toest was out in North Hollywood earlier recording with JV and Mandy Rain, and now he’s in downtown LA doing another recording session with Jenn. This is after a late late recording session the night before on this #DANGERZONE original he has for you guys. shameless plug.) Hearing that makes me happy cuz I know this kid is really grinding, and I’m excited for you guys to hear these 2 mixtapes he’s working on for you guys. Yes I said 2!!
So to wrap up this a.d.d inspired blog post. Enjoy life. Be Happy. Get away from sad things. Don’t take facebook too seriously. Go out and enjoy life.
When I got back from Australia I was real quick to get back into concert mode. The Tuesday I got back I took out one of my oldest homie to the YELAWOLF concert in downtown at the world famous El Rey Theatre. I’ve never really been to a concert there but damn was it a treat!
check out these flix from my blackberry
It was pretty crazy! And definitely got the VIP treatment when we rolled up there. We missed DJ CRAZED’s set (DMC CHAMPION) but its cool. When we got there the place was PACKED w/ WHITE BOYS. (Me and the homie had a running bet on what the ethnicity was gonna be there).
Yelawolf definitely tore it up, and he rocks that WHITE BOY HICK shit like crazy. I didn’t expect that at all. He had the crowd moshing and dude actually JUMPED 10 ft off the stage and landed on somebody and I think dude started punching yelawolf. It was pretty wild and something I would like to call #WHITEBOYCRAZY
All in all though, YELAWOLF has a long way to go but I definitely think he’s talent. Dude has some bangers and definitely got the creativity juices flowing for TOESTAH :)
Right before I left to Australia, my wonderful lil sis Jessica Yahya from back in my fraternity days called me up and said she had a extra ticket for the Jcole concert. How can you say no to that! I was already bumping this dudes album and definitely was one of those rappers I was really into at the time.
We headed out early and grabbed dinner & headed on over
He had a couple openers and his DJ was actually really amazing. Dude definitely knew how to drop a track in. Anyways. Coleworld came out and definitely rockked the crowd from his mixtape classics to some amazing new songs off his new album.
I definitely see a bright future for this guy. He was a great performer and fun to watch.
Its been a week since I’ve gotten back from Australia! JETLAG has never effected me before but this tour was quite strenuous and no lie, I’m pretty beat. I’m glad to be back though. After a rough start for this week. I’m definitely trying to get back into the swing of things.
I’m blessed to have a job that will send me halfway across the world and see some of the amazing things in this world and I get to meet so many different people from different walks of life. I think thats what I enjoy most. The people. Before deciding to become a “Manager”, I was studying psychology & communications. I love learning about what makes people tick, and why they are the way they are. This trip wasn’t just a chance for me to meet different people, but also a chance for me to meet myself.
On behalf of Joseph Vincent & Catch Adventures, I want to thank all the amazing fans for supporting Joe and myself in our journey through this music thing. I definitely realize that I am in a place that a lot of people would die to be in. I just hope that I can continue doing a good job and hopefully big things come in the future.
This tour was amazing. We did 4 cities in 4days! Visiting Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne & Sydney. After the tour me and Joseph stayed another week to film a music video and do 2 more shows! (I helped produce & was in this music video!)
Thanks to all the supporters that rocked out with us. The amazing acts that we got to hang out with Poreotics, Just Kidding Films, ArchiTeks, YoMaMa Crew, and JR AQUINO. Big up to the homie Thai & SUPAFAME TOURING for putting together a great show and of course a special THANK YOU to our CREW HOLDING #TEAMJV down in Aussie [ RITCHIE & URBANAGENT] Thanks for treating us like family and taking care of us while we were out in Australia. Definitely feels good to know we got peeps out there looking after our team! — Also want to thank all the amazing promoters/friends/people that we met in the 2 weeks we were there. Its cool to know that there are so many amazing people and thanks for being a part of my life!
Definitely glad to be back….
So I leave you w/ this amazing photo from the VIP CO-ED RESTROOM AT NEVERLAND in MELBOURNE —-
Hey Tom. I'm from the sgv, alhambra, and just wanted to say that you are an inspiration. I recently began managing a group of my friends who dj. The amount of success that you have gained is incredible and I'm sure you'll only progress further. I hope that one day our paths will cross. I'd love to meet with you sometime over and drink. no homo -Donavan Chau
yo man i really appreciate that dude! I haven’t really checked my messages as of late…but I really want to Thank you for sending me this msg. Its stuff like this that keeps me inspired bro! Lovin’ that ur from the SGV, if ya see me around the neighborhood just hit me up and we can chop it up!! cheers!
Going to try a new column for my blog called “NEEZY’S NEIGHBORHOOD”. One of the things I can’t ever forget is that I have been blessed with great friends. Friends that do great things with their lives, and keep pushing me to do better. Friends that I’ve been able to meet because of my crazy job! So here we go!
Made a trip down to Orange County for this first entry of NEEZY’S NEIGHBORHOOD.
I’m not usually a fan of “THE OC” but this trip was long overdue.
So meet Wallace Vu aka WhatsupWally. I’ve mentioned Wally a good amount of times on my twitters/tumblr. He’s the guy behind me laughing at me while I make a fool of myself on my 25th birthday at ECCO. Its a old picture, and we’ve done a lot more since then but I think this captures our friendship pretty well. One of us does something stupid, and the other one is there to laugh and capture it and remind us of it the next day. And although he’s laughing his ass off here, he’s standing on the table too, to make sure I don’t fall (Wow, so deep right? Lol.)
So who’s Wally? Wally is one of the Senior Marketing guys at ORISUE. A men’s line based out in Orange County, a clothing line that have clothed the majority of the youth in Southern California and the rest of the world. Wally was there from the start and told me that this was something he really believed in and ever since I’ve always supported him anyway that I could. Fast forward a couple years and they have been gearing up some of the biggest artists in the world from Rick Ross to Far East Movement. They started off as a streetwear company but have really evolved into something that so much more. A lot of it is due to this guy here. He’s been putting a lot of work into making sure that the visiblity of ORISUE was really out there.
So when I got there I had mentioned that I’ve never had Wingstop and we decided to go there and try it out! I was very much excited.
So I’ve known Wally since my early early days of promoting. I think I was like 20? I’m not sure. All I remember is that we first met at one of the most historic nightclubs in Los Angeles (Century Club in Century City). Big ups if you’re old enough to remember Century Club. He was with Spots, I was with Proof positive. A lot has changed since then (companies, job titles, parties, people.) But the one thing thats stayed pretty constant was our friendship. If anything the past 2 years or so we’ve actually got a lot closer, and through that we’ve actually grown a lot as business men learning from each other.
Since we hadn’t seen each other in a long time, we caught each other up on our personal lives, work, music, and just bullshit. After that headed back to the ORISUE HQ.
When I got back there I got into a 1 hour conversation with Richard Vaughn (Head of the Marketing dept) for ORISUE. One hour isn’t even that long since most of our marketing convos last for at least 3 hours at average. lol. Richard has also been a big influence on my work life, but that’ll be another story on another day.
So thats my entry for NEEZY’S NEIGHBORHOOD : WHATSUPWALLY
Stay tuned to my tumblr because I’ll be working on a project with ORISUE that i’m really excited about! #MOREpicturesMOREadventures
Went out to the mad decent block party this past saturday. Free concert :) Got to catch Mr. Diplo play for like 10-15 minutes! and got to see this dope new dj that i am kind of a fan now. (LUNICE). Dude was wildin’ out.
Major Food truck Actions!
Of course no block party would not be w/o a DODGEBALL tournament
Hipster galore. Bigups to the wacky inflatable tubes :)
Right after the blockparty headed over to BIGMANBAKES and got myself a cupcake! :)