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Tag Archives: HEX

  • Ghost Writer: 12th Planet - Eight Years Of SMOG


    12th Planet is the electronic music pioneer who orbits on the forefront of global bass culture. Oh, and he also happens to be one of our good friends.  Named a “Los Angeles dubstep god” by Rolling Stone, 12th Planet, AKA John Dadzie, and his influential label SMOG Records are widely credited for bringing the British movement stateside, and continue to be a crucial force in the evolution of electronic music. 12th Planet’s DJ sets now include a myriad of styles that reflect the current, diverse landscape of EDM music and continue to display his role as an essential tastemaker in the dance music world.


    With these kind of credentials, how could we not have 12th pen a volume of our popular Ghost Writer series? Enjoy the exclusive images from our visit to his Los Angeles office and studio, and see what he has to say about music, anniversaries, and SMOG's new compilation, which just so happens to drop today.



    SMOG Recently hosted it's 8 year anniversary party in DTLA!! It's crazy to think about. We're so proud of what our roster has accomplished to date, we're stronger than ever and looking forward to a great year ahead! On January 13th we kick off our 9th year running with the 3rd volume of the SMOG City Compilation. These compilations are a great way for us to showcase the hottest new talent and trace the evolution of bass music. We're very excited about all of the artists that have contributed to it and we know you will be too!

    2th Planet With Danny United


    The compilation begins with a collaboration between myself and Tha Trickaz. "Bless That," and features one of my favorite emcee's, Armanni Reign. Following my collaboration are tracks by SPL, Dubloadz, Son Of Kick, Twine, Flinch, Jayceeoh & Woogie, Bleep Bloop, and another collab with Protohype and myself. Just like the current landscape of bass music, this compilation is diverse in style. It outlines some of the different kinds of bass music that, when compiled, reflect a common culture and aesthetic. It's a sign that this year will be a very big one for bass music and dance music in general.

    - 12th Planet




    SMOG City Vol.3
    1. 12th Planet & Tha Trickaz - Bless That ft Armanni Reign
    2. SPL - Confusion
    3. Dubloadz - Crunch Time
    4. HeroBust - Sheknowshebad "Grabbitz Remix"
    5. Son Of Kick - GitiT
    6. Twine - Killing Machine VIP
    7. Jayceeohh & Woogie - Drop it
    8. Flinch - Don't Give Up
    9. 12th Planet & Protohype - Bacon Psalm
    10. Bleep Bloop - Yep







  • Recap From Agenda Long Beach

    What a wake up call that was!  What to do first thing Monday after a nice holiday break? Dive right into Agenda Long Beach, of course.

    It was good to see friends and familiar faces again and the vibe was positive and easy all over the floor.  We were posted up in the premium Woods section and nestled in among friends like a regular progressive neighborhood.

    For the first time, The HEX Bus made an appearance in our Agenda booth and, as always, made its proper statement.

    We showed off our new collection and chatted with some of our favorite retail partners about a 2015 that looks bright for HEX.

    Our friends, Louis Songor from Reed Space and Jeff Staple from, well, you know who he is.

    It went fast, but it was good and it seemed like the right way to start into our grueling trade show circuit that will see us move on from Long Beach to Las Vegas, Berlin, Milan, Manila, and then back to Vegas - two more times - all by the middle of February!

    HEX Co-Founder Trent Valladares with Roark Revival Founder, Ryan Hitzel

    Roark was debuting a great looking new collection of bags... More on that later...

    Long-time friend DJ Vice from everywhere and CRSVR.

    So thanks to Aaron, Cody and the Agenda gang for a good show, a good time, and the best trade show food around!

    It was a frigid 85 degrees out in the food truck lot.  Gotta love January in SoCal!

    One of my personal favorites - Kogi.

    That's what I'm talking about!

    Staple Pigeon's booth

    Shwood - will whittle sunglasses for food.

    Mishka brought the art, day-glo style.

  • Announcing HEX x Fool's Gold Records iPhone 6 Cases


    HEX and Fool’s Gold Records are pleased to announce the release of their iPhone 6 case collaboration, available today at,, and select authorized retailers.

    The genuine leather snap case comes in two colorways: a black and yellow Fool’s Gold print, and a tonal black embossed version of the same pattern.

    “From surprise remixes to special guests at our shows, Fool's Gold is a place where collaborations thrive,” explains Nick Catchdubs, Co-Founder of Fool’s Gold Records.  “HEX is an independent company just like us, so we jumped at the chance to team up with them again and put our own flip on their iPhone 6 case, using an all-over print logo pattern inspired by the FG sticker takeover of New York City."

    “Fool’s Gold Records is a New York institution for progressive thinking and creativity in music”, said Dan Maravilla, Co-Founder of HEX.  “Their work and reputation speak for themselves.   We have been fans of Fool’s Gold for a long time, so we were excited to work with them to bring these great new products to market.”

    About Fool’s Gold Records

    Brooklyn-based record label Fool’s Gold was founded in 2007 by DJs A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs and quickly established itself with a non-stop series of releases bridging the worlds of hip-hop and electronic music, introducing artists like Danny Brown, Kid Cudi and Duck Sauce to the world while being dubbed an “indie innovator” by Billboard, a “tastemaker label” by the New York Times, and “one of the most influential indies in the music business” by Pitchfork. With a clever and constantly evolving aesthetic for all Fool’s Gold visuals and merchandise, the company has become more than an independent music powerhouse, but a trendsetting lifestyle brand.

    For seven years running, Fool’s Gold has continued to find new ways to excite and surprise their fans beyond records. For those in the know, a Fool’s Gold party is THE place to be – the kind of night where DJ Premier spins disco records, Kanye shows up unannounced to try out new music, and Drake gets on the mic to wish everyone a happy Chanukah. The label connects with their fans daily via a flagship retail store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (home to everything from tie dye logo tees and FG x Members Only leather jackets to bimonthly art exhibitions), Fool’s Gold Clubhouse stages at festivals around the world, a premium digital subscription service dubbed “The Goldmine,” and much more.

    Having put their unique stamp on music, events, retail, and beyond, there’s no telling what Fool’s Gold will lend their midas touch to next.  More information can be found at, Instagram, and Twitter.




  • HEX x Staple Pigeon Cases For iPhone 6 Now Available



    HEX and Jeff Staple are pleased to announce the release of their collaborative line of wallets and cases for iPhone 6, available today at,, and Reed Space, New York, as well as select authorized retailers.

    There are three products in the collection, all of which are constructed in genuine leather printed in a custom Staple graphic:  The Icon Wallet, which incorporates 3 internal card slots and an internal cash pocket in a journal-style case; The Solo Wallet, which has 2 external card slots directly on the back of the case; and the Focus Case, which is a classic snap case design.

    “Staple never really has dabbled in the iPhone protection game. I’ve always wanted to, but we have so much on our plate it made sense to collaborate with experts in the field. Hex has long been a well-represented brand in @ReedSpace, so it made sense to work with them on it. We took reference cues from our Holiday Collection so that the cases can hook up to our @staplepigeon collection—but rocked alone—they also make a visual impact”, says Jeff Staple, Owner.

    “We have enjoyed a great relationship working with Jeff’s store over the years”, said Dan Maravilla, Co-Founder of HEX.  “Our respect for Jeff, Reed Space and Staple Design over the years made our choice to collaborate an easy one.”





  • Minus The Bear At The Troubador

    DSCN6168The Troubadour is hands down my favorite venue in LA.  It is a smaller, 350-person capacity venue that showcases all types of music and is booked year round.  This Iconic venue has hosted and helped the careers of so many great musicians, and it is amazing to see some of the biggest bands play this tiny room.  This Fall, I was lucky to see two of my favorite punk bands play sold-out shows within weeks of each other.  The icing on the cake was when another of my favorites, Minus The Bear, added one last show here at the end of November.  This would be the last show on their Fall "Lost Loves" Tour in support of lost songs from the bands career that finally made it onto an album.


    One of my good friends, Ryan, has been a guitar tech for Minus The Bear for years.  He got his brother, Kiefer, a drum tech gig with them, and for this tour Kiefer became the fill in drummer.  While Ryan wasn't on the last leg of this run, I was stoked to see Kiefer again and they were just as stoked to get some fresh HEX gear.  I guess I shouldn't have been surprised that the guys all knew about HEX and were pumped to get some bags and cases for their new iPhone 6's.  As mellow as Minus The Bear may sound, they are very technical.  From technique and composition to instruments and gadgets, a technical band needs technical gear and we were happy to outfit them in HEX style!


    The show had been sold-out for some time and The Troubador seemed extra packed.  The guys were very generous in offering us food and drinks before their set.  On top of that they gave us the best spot in the house to watch from, right on stage!  They started off with some of their "Lost Loves" to get the crowd going and quickly warmed up to fan favorites like "My Time" and "Pachuca Sunrise" (videos below). A mix of fast and slow songs kept the crowds attention and the diverse set was full of faves from their impressive catalog.  An hour-and-a-half seems like a long time, but when you are enjoying it as much as any true Minus The Bear fan, it's not enough.



    To me, lead guitar and drums would be the hardest instruments in this band.  Dave holds it down with his shreddy riffs, technical tapping and pedal wizardry and, as you can tell, Kiefer was killing it for being a fill-in drummer!  The band played perfect tonight and you could tell they were stoked about it.  After a month of sold-out shows this was the perfect ending to send them back home on a high.


    Now that is some gear!  At the end of the night we are left with ringing ears, great times and fans that still can't get enough.  Minus The Bear heads back to Seattle for a much needed break and to start working on a new album.  Stoked to hear some new jams from them next year.  If you haven't seen them live yet, keep an eye out for them next year and you won't be disappointed.  If you haven't heard them yet, welcome to your new favorite band!

  • Ghost Writer: Eric Jackson - Fly Fishing In La-La Land


    Our relationship with Eric Jackson goes way back almost to the beginning of HEX.  It could be mutual admiration, or something much deeper that we share.  In any case, Eric is not only one of the baddest, most respected snowboarders on the planet, he is also an avid fly-fisherman and naturalist.  So when we heard that he was on his way to British Columbia to camp, fish, and play his banjo, we knew we wanted to hear all about it.  So, we hope you enjoy this edition of our Ghost Writer series with exclusive words and images from Eric and Darcy Bacha, respectively.




    Fly fishing and snowboarding are my two favorite things to do in life, but snowboarding is how I make a living so Its safe to say I like Fly fishing more.... Recently my Buddy Darcy and I packed up all our fishing gear and drove to Northern British Columbia for a 5 week camping trip to the Holy Grail of fly fishing for Steelhead. In my opinion, catching and then releasing a wild Steelhead is the pinnacle of fly fishing.  They are the baddest fish in the rivers. Born in fresh water, where they stay for up to 4 years, then head out to the big blue, where food is abundant. They live in the ocean until its time to spawn, then miraculously navigate their way back to the same river where they were born, but unlike the the salmon, which die after spawning, a steelhead has the ability to go back to the ocean and return to their spawning grounds multiple times. This is truly amazing!




    So many people ask me why I don't eat the fish I catch.  Don't get me wrong, I eat fish. When backpacking in the high country, there is nothing better than a freshly caught trout. But Steelhead are different. Their numbers are at a massive decline, due to netting and commercial operations heavily overfishing the waters. When it comes down to it, I just like catching them.  I like the environment where they live.  And I'd rather just take a moment to admire their beauty, shake hands, and send them on their way to continue such an epic journey in life. These experiences have taught me to not only respect the fish, but to respect all aspects of mother nature, because one way or another, man is out to destroy the wild and natural way of life and I'm thankful to have witnessed nature in such a pristine state. The Journey is the Treasure.

    -Eric Jackson




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