Welcome to “Spotlight” where we highlight awesome events in different cities. This month we set our sights on San Diego and “Through Being Cool” the brain child of Derek Hubbard and Steven Perez Oira. Through Being Cool is a 21+ event that features emo and alt rock songs played with live DJ’s Derek Hubbard and Steven Perez spinning the tracks. This month they’re at Blonde Bar in San Diego. I was lucky enough to have Derek answer a few questions about Through Being Cool.
Dinosuar Spaceship: How did Through Being Cool come about? Who’s idea was it and how did you get involved?
Derek Hubbard: It was interesting actually, Steven approached me knowing I had done some DJ’ing before and asked if I wanted to help him set up a night at a bar where we could hear the songs we listened to when we were younger. And I said sure sounds fun, thinking we were gonna be setting up a playlist and sorta let it play as background music at a bar. However both Steven and I have previous music experience so we decided to take a different approach to it and set it up as a stage. The response we got from the first night was bananas so we decided to keep doing it.
DS: Who came up with using the name “Through Being Cool”? Did someone just really like “Saves the Day” or what was the inspiration behind it?
DH: So we definitely brainstormed on this for a while, we went through many variations for the name, and when that name came up on the list it just made sense with the image we were trying to create. Because our nights are not about whether a song is “emo” or not or whether your taste in music is better than mine. We are sort of whatever dudes and wanted the night to be about that, a place where people can just be themselves and not be judged. I believe Through Being Cool speaks to that.
DS: Where are you currently playing?
DH: We are currently at “The Office” in North Park, and we will have our first night at San Diego’s hot new joint “Bar Blonde” this weekend.
DS: Who chooses the music?
DH: Both Steven and I get together and discuss a list of songs that we must play before the show, we split the set to where we can each take breaks and we tend to feed of the crowd and change accordingly. We also had our boy Sean Coyne play an intro set during our last event and it was fire.
DS: What are the goals for Through Being Cool?
DH: We would just like to keep it going, and make sure it continues to be fun. We have some ideas lined up that will change up the night in fun ways. This is a night for our friends and people who love these genres.
DS: How can fans contact you and or suggest songs?
DS: How often is Through Being Cool performing? Monthly? Bi-monthly?
DH: Right now since I am away from San Diego and can only fly back a limited amount of times we are doing monthly. We have plans in the future to perhaps move to bi monthly.
DS: Ok so one more question, and it’s kind of deep so prepare yourself. Do you think the revival of emo music in the past years has helped fuel your own nostalgia for the genre and contributed to its following and do you see this type of music sticking around like The Beatles and other classics?
DH: I don’t know about The Beatles, but I do know that our generation will never forget this music. This is music that we relate to, it hit us at the right moment in our lives. It brings back memories of being in love or heartbroken, or just hating everything. As for favorite band that’s a hard question but I’m going to have to say that this was either Taking Back Sunday or Paramore. These were the two bands that were there for me on a personal level when I was younger. Now I’m mostly all about pop punk and you can find me listening to The Story So Far and Neck Deep.
DS: Anything cool about this upcoming show or anything else you want to mention?
DH: Yes, we have an awesome act, Pop Punk Mayhem opening up the set and it’s at a brand new bar for us to party at. We are also raffling the album “Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge” by My Chemical Romance on vinyl, so make sure you arrive before 10pm for your chance to win.
I also wanted to shout out Desiree Perez @PaperAnchorCo for designing a dope flyer for us, Sean Coyne, Liam Lawlor, Jonas Bautista and Allen at Bar Blonde. </3