Funk, punk, indie, electro, pop, house, hip-hop, mainstream are only some of the types of music being played at Lucy’s on Wednesday nights. While typically referred to as “Hip-Hop Night” by the local scensters and hipsters in San Marcos, Lucy’s General Manager Brian Scofield says he dislikes the term because it doesn’t really describe the encompassing theme or agenda. “I don’t really like the term ‘hip-hop night’ because I think it is too narrow a description of what Electric Mayhem play.”When one thinks Electric Mayhem, instantly an image of the Muppets house band comes to mind, unless you’re a college student at Texas State University. Electric Mayhem, made up of resident deejays Chief and Dj Crown real names Greg Williams and John Crownover have played a significant role in San Marcos nightlife for the past six and a half years. The duo who adapted their name from Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem grew out of former musical venture Liquid Stereo Project, a seven piece hip-hop group. On the eve of one of Liquid Stereo Project’s performances at Lucy’s, one of the members had a family emergency which resulted in the show’s cancellation. In an attempt to fill in last minute, Williams and Crownover volunteered to deejay and Electric Mayhem was born. Despite a slow start, the duo began to gain steady popularity through word of mouth by the end of the summer in 2002. By 2005, Lucy’s was hitting max capacity every Wednesday which continues to date. Texas State Junior Veronica Sanchez says she’s been going to see Electric Mayhem every Wednesday since last year. “I started coming because I used to see the advertising for ‘Electric Mayhem at Lucy’s’ around town and friends just kept telling me how much fun it was,” says Sanchez.
Both Williams and Crownover, who hold other jobs during the day, sample all types of music which include rock, old funk, soul, and reggae. “We play a variety of music. About 75% are personal tastes and maybe 25% is what we think people want to hear. We try to be an alternative, we play what we feel comfortable playing,” says Crownover. Williams says the duo find their music through the use of XM-radio, Myspace, music blogs, and magazines. “We get our music from sources that most people get their music, we use music that an open-minded crowd appreciates,” says Williams. Philosophy major Hannah Jordan enjoys the varied genres Electric Mayhem play throughout the evening. “They keep it real diverse. I never know if I’m going to hear James Brown or M.I.A.,” says Jordan.
The duo is incredibly appreciative to all of the members of the crowd who come out and enjoy themselves. “This is our ‘bread and butter, we just have a blast when we’re up there,” says Williams. Crownover reiterates his and Williams’ gratitude to the people who attend and says that he wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.
by: Ashley Cass
Dj Chief (Greg Williams) in forefront, Dj Crown (John Crownover)
Photo Credit – Ashley Cass