About every time this year, an influx of Hmong make their way to Minnesota for the annual 4th of July Sports Tournament. Some come for the sports, some for family, and some for the chance to party. There were parties a plenty this year, but I chose to go with what I know and I what I know is, if it’s a Kind Beats party, then that’s the place to be.
For the past six years I have been attending the Kind Beats (KB) 4th of July party. The first one I can recall was held in the now defunct Club 2000 in Saint Paul. They used to be booked to party and now they are throwing their own. They’ve come along way since their basement parties.
I talked to one of KB’s founding members, Johnny Plastik and asked about the inspiration for this annual 4th of July party. JP’s reply was, “We used to come here as kids when it was the Quest with fake ID’s. We used to be apart of the crowd until we started spinning records on our own. Our main goal was to rock this stage at least once and we’ve been able to do so much more.”
If you aren’t familiar with Kinds Beats, then I have to ask, where have you been? Whether it’s July 4th, Hmong New Year, or a Saturday night, the question often asked is, where’s the KB party at? So where did this all start?
“Illegal MP3 downloading—I was supposed to be in class, but I would be downloading music from like three or four different sites. I just found a love for music.” JP went on to say, “A group called Mile High was running the shows back then. I would watch how the DJ could manipulate the crowd and it was insane. So I gave it a try, just to have fun. I hooked up with Ville, who was already spinning. I learned a lot from him.”
Ever since then you couldn’t go to a party in the Twin Cities area without seeing someone from KB there spinning records. Their music has grown and so has their popularity. With a new wave of club goers comes the responsibility of knowing what the crowd wants to hear.
“We’ve go lots of friends with younger siblings who are interested in what we do….Its good to have these younger DJ’s because they may be more in tuned to what the crowd wants to hear. With Ville and I getting older, it’s good to see new faces.”
JP went on to explain the evolving music scene, “I started with Trance. It was just me spinning in front of a group of twenty people or so. But now it depends on the music you like to hear. I like the beats that make the people want to move. I consider myself a house DJ now. I am sure my taste in music will keep evolving.”
Their only expectations for the weekend of partying was to see new faces mixed in with the old faces from yesterday. Whether it was family from out of town, or that friend who hasn’t been out for awhile, the Kind Beats party weekend was to be a big reunion.
Kind Beats presented their annual United party on that Thursday prior to July 4th. That’s the night where you can really let loose, since there is no tournament to attend the next day. The music was great and so was the company. It wasn’t a packed house, but plenty enough people and new faces to have a great time.
On Friday, July 4th, Kind Beats had their Black Themed party where wearing black attire wasn’t necessary, but could have won you a free IPOD. This was a twenty- one plus party which I for one, liked a lot. Sometimes as an older adult, you want to party with people your age. Oh yeah, there was no cover charge.
There had to be twice as many people attending this event (if not more) versus the night before. When I mentioned early about J4th being a big reunion, I meant it. I was able to reunite with so many people I hadn’t seen for what seemed to be years.
Kind Beats mixed up tonight with a crazy light show that blew myself and others away. They also had a huge smoked filled balloon above the dance floor where inside, was a light show in itself. Very cool looking. They also had very beautiful dancers on stage along with the DJ’s spinning. A little bit of everything for everyone.
Kind Beats would once again be present at Epic on Saturday, but we here at Hmoodle made our way to Myth Nightclub and I thought I better touch on that. The line at Myth was pretty long, but we were able to make our way in pretty quickly. The dance floor was packed and if you like that kind of thing, I am sure you had a good time. We stayed upstairs and have some beverages and hung out with old friends, which was just as fun to us. Plus, we were all pretty beat from the two previous night’s events. I was pretty intrigued with the in house text messaging screen they had going. We tried to make fun of Teng all we could, but not all our messages went through.
Kind Beats is a key player in the music scene here in Minnesota and everywhere else they have made their presence known. They have been laying down some of the sickest tracks for nearly a decade and their parties, well if you haven’t been, then you don’t know what you’re missing.
Its one thing to make it, but to continue to be relevant, is another. With the ever changing music scene, with new clubs opening and closing, and an evolving fan base, Kind Beats has remained the one constant in all of that. Here’s hoping they remain that way for a very, very long time.
I want to thank Kind Beats for their participation with this article. I wish I would have gotten to talk to more of the guys, but everyone was enjoying themselves and I didn’t want to interrupt them. I also need to thank Epic for first class treatment the whole weekend. Lastly, I need to thank Victor from Kind Beats….he knows why!!
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