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In the Spotlight: Javelin

By Amber Robertson posted Nov 17, 2010 at 12:11 AM

After all the planning, promotion, and anticipation, Javelin graced the Awarehouse with their presence this past Saturday. Along with DJs Entresol, Benton, and our own Laura, they put on a great show into which Amber provides an exclusive look.


WVUM brought down the Brooklyn duo known as Javelin on November 13 to play at the Awarehouse for a performance after the Wynwood Art Walk. Brainstorming/planning for this started waaaaaay back over the summer, so when the day came I was relieved/excited/about to shit my pants. Nightdrive, Vitamin Water, and Fabrika were all sponsors. I spent the week before planning last minute promotions details, figuring out which staff members were doing what, and creating run downs, coordinating meetings, etc.

Saturday rolls around and I wake up at noon. This is very uncharacteristic of me, since I’m usually up very early on weekends. Whatever. I clean my room (which is always a mess come Saturday) and drive to Ft. Lauderdale to pick up Javelin, who are the sweetest guys on the planet! We chat and I take them straight to the Awarehouse for sound check at 4 p.m. It went so well! The guys were really digging the space. This ends around 5:30 p.m. I take them to their hotel on the beach from where I'll pick them up later around 8:30 p.m. I race home to change and I’m back at school to pick up some staffers who didn’t have a ride. We jam five of us into my Toyota Corolla with WVUM merch, towels, a table, and boomboxes in my truck.

The story on the boomboxes: Javelin performs with these sick spraypainted boomboxes on stage during their shows. Sometimes, they have the audience bring boomboxes to the performances and they broadcast the show through a transmitter so everyone is playing it live. But since they were travelling from Boston to Miami and heading straight to Ohio after the show, they obviously couldn’t bring 10 boomboxes; instead, we decided to recreate them. I was a bit skeptical about this but Johnny assured me all would be well. So last Saturday we went thrifting and found one boombox and that’s it! All we could find otherwise was speakers. We bought all we could anyway. Friday we made it a fun project and spraypainted them. I thought spraypaint would be $15 a can, but they were only, like, three bucks! Anyway, they turned out really nice and Javelin was stoked. They said no one had ever done that before.

Back to the story: we all get to the Awarehouse. I set up a few tables and make sure everyone knows what they're doing. Then the Gastropod gets there. If you don’t know what that is, stop reading this now and never come back. The Gastropod is everything you will ever want out of life in the form of a portable food stand that looks like a silver bullet. All I had eaten was breakfast and it was 8 p.m. I order the tacos and they were beyond.

Above: WVUM staff enjoying Gastropod goodness.

The event starts to fill up and I get excited. Benton DJs and Entresol does a great job, followed by Laura and Javelin, whose shout out I miss because I'm trying to figure something out with the Awarehouse staff. Oh, well.

After the show, we don’t want to leave but have to because the music stops - ha! We take Javelin back to the beach and Johnny and I go to the Electric Pickle. Then I realize I should probably sleep. I have to be back at the beach at 8 a.m. to take Javelin to the Ft. Lauderdale airport. 

Note: They made the flight.

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