Following worldwide tour stops, a strong showing at Burning Man and an incident that involved getting kicked out of a hotel lobby with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, Skrillex and Cypress Hill, Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza has had a big year when it comes to 2012 happenings.

Since moving to San Francisco from the nation's capitol in 2010, the man who makes up one half of Thievery Corporation has been hitting up Humboldt regularly, working on new Thievery material, remixing a wide variety of top-notch artists, having fun, traveling, finding time for family and simply loving life.

After recent performances in Argentina and Chile, the downtempo and electro-world-fusion producer will headline the Fifth annual Scorpio Shindig at HumBrews on Friday night along with Russia-born indie-rapper Ivan Ives and LA-based indie-rapper Abstract Rude. Maddhatta & Moon of the Fire & Isis Dance Collective will also perform and there will be some fun lighting designs. Advance passes are available online at humbrews.com for the 21-and-over show.

Q: Thanks for your time, Rob. How's South America treating you?

A: So far so good, I love it down here. The music from this part of the world has always been inspirational to our own music.

Q: Well, we're excited to have you back once again for the fifth Scorpio Shindig in Arcata -- how was the fourth?

A: I had such a great time. To be honest I didn't know what to expect having never been to Humboldt or Arcata. The audience was great -- so responsive and open minded. It was a blast.

Q: Friday's show will feature your beats and then rhymes from a couple talented fellas. What's your history like with Ivan Ives and Abstract Rude?

A: I only met them heading up to Humboldt last time. They gave me a lift, so we're like road-trip buddies. They're solid dudes, and really talented.

Q: What's going on for the Thievery Corporation follow-up to your 2011 LP “Culture of Fear”?

A: We're finishing a new album called “Saudade.” We're in the last stretch recording-wise and hope to have it out early next year. It's more influenced by bossanova, jazz and cinematic music.

Q: When it comes to Thievery, your 2005 LP “The Cosmic Game” had some incredible collaborations -- Jane's Addiction's Perry Farrell, Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips and David Byrne of Talking Heads fame to name a few. Do you still keep in touch with any of those three?

A: I run into them from time to time. It seems like I'm always crossing paths with Perry and Wayne somewhere. Last time I saw Wayne it was funny because we were getting kicked out of a hotel lobby and it was a crazy cast of characters like Bjork, Skrillex, Cypress Hill, TV on the Radio and a bunch of others. It was a surreal and funny situation -- we had to make our own party in a conference room.

Q: With Thievery in 2009 you played a gig with Paul McCartney in Maryland. What was your most euphoria-inducing moment from that experience?

A: Meeting him was crazy and having him say that he liked our music...that is very weird. I could never even imagine meeting a Beatle much less being complimented by one and opening for him. He was such a cool cat, super down to earth and a brilliant performer.

Q: You moved from Washington D.C. to Northern California in 2010. What were the most influential factors in your decision to move to San Francisco?

A: Having a son and spending more time down there with my wife. There was a certain point where the city really grabbed me and I felt like it would be such a nice change from the East Coast political capitol that I came from. I feel it is a very creative place and I really appreciate the open mindedness.

Q: What's going on next for you release-wise as a solo artist?

A: I'm putting out a release of remixes with everyone from Tycho to Blondie.

Q: Is there anything else you'd like folks to know before the show in Arcata?

A: Not really, other than I'm really looking forward to coming back!

If you go

What: Rob Garza, Ivan Ives, Abstract Rude

When: 9:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Humboldt Brews, 856 10th St., Arcata

Admission: $30 in advance, $35 at the door, 21+