Next month we’re launching an amazing weekly dance party in Portland. The Motown on Mondays brand is going strong in cities all over the US with some of the country’s best DJs playing “originals, heavy remixes and close relatives of your favorite Motown songs”. I’ve previously played the San Fran chapter and I can’t wait to unleash this party on the good people of Portland every Sunday night.
Motown on Sundays Portland Launch Party!
w/ DJ Zimmie, DJ ATM, Rev Shines & DJ Gordo
Sunday 11/2 – The Good Foot
2845 SE Start / 21+ / No Cover!
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NYC Peeps! I’m heading to the big apple to shoot some interviews for Soundtrack: The Story of the DJ. If you’re in BK and want to hear some fresh music, come check me and my Australian sidekick DJ Cam Run.
The Bionic Boogie BK Sessions
w/ Cam Run & DJ Zimmie
Funk / Soul / Reggae / Hip-Hop
437 Graham Ave / Brooklyn, NY
10pm / No Cover
Maaaaan listen… I’m super late on this but at least I have a good reason. I’ve been working like a mad man on Soundtrack: The DJ Documentary so some things have been on the back burner for a second. It will all be worth it in the end though.
In May I went on tour to support Pete Rock & DJ Premier for a tour of Australia and New Zealand. Basically the day after the tour ended, if I died, I would have been totally fine with my life. Bucket list shit. 109 photos HERE.
The tour was amazing. Pete & Preem were playing not only their productions but also hip-hop classics of all kinds. There were sample sets, Wu-Tang sets, sets to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, sets for James Brown‘s AND Stevie Wonder‘s birthdays and so much more.
Just being on the road wasn’t too shabby either. Nothing makes breakfast extra special like 2 hip-hop legends telling the stories behind some of your favorite music. Don’t think I didn’t ask 2 million questions.
One of my favorite parts of each show was seeing Pete & Preem take the time to sign every single piece of merch & memorabilia that people brought and bought. Not only were people copping tour shirts and posters, they were bringing records, shirts and crazy pieces of hip-hop history to the shows. No matter how long it took, the guys signed everything and took countless photos.
For more behind-the-scenes content with your favorite DJs, don’t forget to check out Soundtrack: The Story of the DJ. Big things coming!
Whenever I make a mixtape, I usually end up with some new edits and remixes. This little gem here ended up on my Wizard of AUS mix for my recent Australian tour with Pete Rock & DJ Premier. Sister Nancy over some Kanye To The. BOOYAKASHA!
DJ Zimmie – “Jamaican Power” – Download HERE.
I always feel honored when someone trusts my musical spidey sense enough to pick the soundtrack for something other than a DJ gig. I guess that’s the essence of DJing, right?! One of my snowboarder friends from back East, Kevin Kobasa, recently asked me to handle the music for his most new video demo. Check the technique below…
At the beginning of 2014 I took over booking responsibilities at Saucebox in Portland. Looking at the schedule for September, I’m super pleased with the momentum we’ve gained. This week alone features an after party for the First Thursday art gallery crawls and the 89/90/91 New Zealand DMC champion, DJ Ned Roy. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday we’ve got some of Portland’s best music selectors as well as guests from out of town sprinkled in. If you haven’t already or maybe haven’t visited in a while, stop through, grab a cocktail and some grub off our late night menu and treat your ears.
w/ DJ Excel (Los Angeles) at Saucebox
214 SW Broadway / 21+ / No Cover / 9pm
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Chris Rock once said, “I love rap music but it’s getting harder to defend it as art”. I myself also love rap music and I agree that it’s constantly getting harder to defend it as art (or rather trying to defend the pieces that are art as such). Lately, I feel like I’m taking crazy pills when people talk to me about hip-hop producers that they think are making good beats / music. (Mike Will, Mustard, etc.) The possibility exists that the people big-upping these producers aren’t familiar with the catalogs of Dr. Dre, DJ Premier, Kanye West, DJ Quik, The Bomb Squad, Diamond D, The Beatnuts, Pete Rock and pretty much anyone from the Native Tongues. (Trust me boo boo, I could make this list a lot longer but I have shit to do and I’m sure I just started an argument right there.)
Regardless of your level of hip-hop production knowledge, I invite you to go behind the scenes on Kid Ink’s “Show Me” as DJ Mustard explains how he masterfully crafted it’s complexities. For those unfamiliar, DJ Mustard is one of the most in-demand rap producers working today and has “produced” a handful of Top 10 hits. (flex that Google muscle) Watch the video, form your own conclusions.
I’ll sign off by saying that most rap I hear today sounds moronic from a content AND production standpoint. (Notice how I didn’t use the term “hip-hop”.) It’s really sad to me how far things have fallen.
(This video was shown to me by the homie Sat-One. I remember his name because he’s actually the homie and you should remember your homie’s name.)