DeKam vs Steve Nalepa
Johnny has had several fruitful collaborations with Los Angeles based music producer Steve Nalepa. Most notable was the 2009 twin video releases for the song "4th of July". The video mix published on Nalepa's Flatlands Remixes DVD on 1320Records [available here]
In December, 2007 we created a temporary site-specific performance in downtown Houston, TX. DeKam vs Nalepa was a live outdoor AV performance commissioned by The Mitchell Center for the Arts and The Buffalo Bayou Partnership for inclusion in the CITY SOUNDSCAPES series of public art events along a newly restored section of the Bayou. Steve Nalepa, created & performed a deep dub bass set for the performance. Johnny DeKam activated the underside of the Sabine Street Bridge by using the VMS- Video Moving System. This hardware innovation enabled DeKam to act as lighting designer, taking the video out of the frontal viewed box shaped screen, allowing him to move the video around the beams, girders and trusses of the bridge and onto the audience. DeKam's VJ set was inspired by the industrial nature of the bridge and urban bayou.