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Rough Love, Slo Joh to perform a different DJ vibe at Back Alley Pub show on Friday

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Progressive Great Falls DJs Rough Love and Slo Joh play a set inspired by the new summer season that features intellectual, warm and romantic music on Friday night at the Back Alley Pub. The event starts at 10 until close.

Rough Love, real name Tyler Valley, said this show is what he hopes to be a regular set of DJ shows featuring music that he’s hoping people come to notice more as a real element to the atmosphere opposed to just background noise behind dancing and talking.

“I want to try and entice people to tune in a little more deeply with the music,” he said. “There will still be cues to dance and whatever, but I want it to be more observant into what they’re hearing.”

Valley said he knew that Slo Joh, real name Joey Walker, would be just the person to invite to play with him for this first show because of the high level of musical mastery he brings to his DJ sets.

DJ Rough Love
DJ Rough Love

“Joey, his music I guess I would categorize it as trap music but with a little faster tempo and more clean and less using of a minor key,” Valley said. “His work is a little more soft and more durable. He’s not going for the aggressive, hard aesthetic.”

Valley said he first heard Walker’s sound at Machinery Row several years ago. He said he went to the show not really paying attention to the DJ, but once he heard him play, he had to find out more about who it was creating this sound. He and Walker later worked together at Pizza Baron and started conversing in music regularly.

“Working that job it was hard to find people to relate to, but I knew Joey was cool and we were both delivery drivers. In between deliveries we did dishes and he’d tell me, ‘Oh Dude I got a new song I’m working on’ so we’d go out to the car and listen to it and it was a a cool dynamic. When you constantly have someone to bounce ideas off of and plus when you hear someone else making awesome shit, it keeps you motivated. I’d have to go home and come up with something awesome, too.”

As for how his sound differs from Walker, Valley said his music is more dirty, less reliant on instrumentals whereas Walker is more instrumental and laid back.

DJ Slo Joh
DJ Slo Joh

“Lately I’ve been trying to get my music to be less computer sounding so I’d record it a few times on tape and then send the track back to the computer so it’d get all that texture of the tape…basically dirtying it up and making it sound less new. I think there’s something pretty about white noise but I also love modern dynamics. You have things stand out so much and be so dynamic and sonicly intense so much more than it used to be,” he said.

Valley said in the future he wants to keep doing these kinds of shows with other local DJs and bring in some people from around the state, both DJs and bands that can fit the feel he’s going for.

“In the future I’d love to bring more people from around Montana, like producers and stuff along with some bands too,” he said. “But, I want bands that bring a little more ethereal shit. That’s where music is headed right now.”

For more information about the show, check out the Facebook page here. You can find both Rough Love and Slo Joh on Facebook, also.

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