Words and photos: Britt Elyse Nelson
Created by music producers Rex Riot and Basscamp, #CRANKPARTY was launched to provide a space for D.C.’s music audience to be a part of electronic music’s rising popularity and foster a new environment for up-and-coming artists. Now, after three largely successful #CRANKPARTY events and a brief hiatus to focus on solo projects, the producers are bringing #CRANKPARTY back.
Known for their #CRANKPARTY with an exuberant and unique house-party vibe, it’s no surprise that the #Crank Team members Rex Riot, DJ BASSCAMP and Jonna Humphries all have a highly attuned sense of fashion. Ra-Jah of SHAMDC.com sat with the #Crank Team Above the Bike Shop to discuss personal style and fashion while they ransacked their hosts’ closet and had some fun with stamps, lights, and stickers.
We won’t say that this interview and photo shoot didn’t turn into a mini-house party.
BYT: How would you describe your personal style?
Rex Riot: I like to mix things up all the time. Colors, textures, cut, all of that. Lately I’ve been living in my leather jacket and some awesome cow print leather shoes I got in Colombia. I may change things up drastically off the random, but for now, this is what I’m into.
What do you plan to wear on stage this Saturday?
Rex Riot: Ha. You’ll have to wait and see.
How would you describe your personal style?
Basscamp: Clean cut with one piece to catch your eye. Lately I’ve been flexing earth tone v-necks with dark jeans and a custom Eye of Providence ring from Jerusalem. For shows, my look is all about transition. I’ll rock a leather jacket or suit on top, but I want to be able to shed as many layers as possible – It’s really visceral for the audience to see you settling into the vibe and putting in work.
What is Saturday going to be like? Any surprises in store? We hear there might be some awesome t-shirts available…
Basscamp: Saturday is going to be amazing. We’ve got plenty of surprises, which I won’t spoil, but expect flying sharks, unreleased original music, custom visuals, and yes, limited edition #CRANK t-shirts tediously manufactured in my backyard.
What’s your personal style?
Jonna: I like to stick to the classics —Jean jacket or leather jacket, button up top, pair of black jeans. I also try to strike some sort of balance in the contrast of colors, with a little bit of flavor here and there.
What is your role on the team? Why are you excited about this Saturday’s re-launch of #CRANKPARTY?
Jonna: I focus mainly on outreach, operational management, and getting the word out about the event. I’m most excited to see all of the great people that come out for #CRANKPARTY. We work really hard to make this event special, and I think we have a unique crowd that really appreciates that.
We do too and can’t wait. #CRANKPARTY returns on April 27th, featuring performances from hosts Rex Riot and Basscamp and special sets from artists Des McMahon and DJ Underdog. The event will take place at LIV Nightclub and include a first hour Jameson open bar, free rides exclusively provided by SideCar, and plenty of thrills to keep the night exciting (flying sharks are expected). #CRANKPARTY tickets are available here at $3 presale, $10 at the door, $10 open bar.