Today I am deeply sadden by the news on the passing of a great friend, teacher, pioneer, and a long time contributor in Breakbeat music. On Saturday, September 29th, 2013 the FL Dj community found out Dj Rick West (Painted Puppys, Afterdark Records, Flavor Beats) has passed away. Leaving behind his wonderful parents, friends, tons of fans and fellow DJ’s who have been inspired by his countless contributions, performance, music, teachings, and guidance in the Florida Breakbeats Movement. In the late 90’s you could catch Rick West at Painted Puppys, a Tampa Bay hotspot for local Dj’s to go to if they wanted the latest vinyl release, or if there was a special vinyl that needed to be tracked down Rick would try his best. Humble to the core, Rick West would chat with all the new djs coming into the lifestyle, giving wisdom to all who would listen on recording, mastering, djing, and so on. If you wanted to know where was the latest hottest nightclub to attend or see him djing, he would point you in the right direction.
There were times I would come into Painted Puppys, and be able to pick up where we left off in the last conversation, or he would tell me some crazy story that happened at a gig, or bust my chops for bringing back a giant stack of vinyl for him to restock. I will miss your sarcasm, your jokes, your passion every time seeing you dj, you are a Legend, a Pioneer, Innovator, a Great Friend, Teacher. Rest In Piece Rick West. Godfather of the Breakbeats Movement.
Thank You Bro.
Rick West Memorial Gathering on Oct 5th 2013
There will be gathering at Luna Lounge Patio to celebrate the life, memories, and music that Rick West shared with us during his time with us. We will be playing his old Vinyl, Tapes, and CDs and we will have a short tribute by his friends, fans, and peers.
The location is Luna Lounge Patio next door to Carmine’s in Ybor city. 1802 7th Avenue Ybor City. The time will be 4pm until 9pm on Sat October 5. This is an outside patio… it will be free to attend and we will have $1 beers. Carmine’s has excellent Cuban sandwiches and devil crabs as well as other food. I’d like to thank Dave Seaburn for helping set this up. We will be playing Rick’s mixes.
The Official Tribute Show on Nov 9th 2013
In remembrance of Rick West, his friends will be throwing a memorial party in his honor. This event will be held at Hogan’s Beach in Tampa, FL on Saturday, November 9, 2013. 9pm to 3am.
Entry will be $5, all of the proceeds generated at this event from door, cd, record, and t-shirt sales will go directly to his parents.
NO GUEST LIST!!!!
Here is the final line up for Rick’s Memorial..
Baby Anne + Tony Faline (Tag Set)
Agent K & Bella
Mike Nice of Mike & Charlie
CLRH2O + MC Cles-One
DJ Rose & Malicious Mike
Supa Fly Jeff
Aaron Sigmon & Swirl
Rob E & Security
A lot of people are asking how they can donate to Rick West’s family. His parents, Howard & Lisa West, have set up a PayPal account where you can send a gift. You can send all your donations to RickWestFlavor@gmail.com. Rick was their primary caregiver and supporter in his adult years until the day he passed. This effort is going to help them exactly in the way Rick would have.