Feb
15

If you know me at all, you know that I love me some West Coast G Funk.  This year I’m paying homage to a man, born on February 18th, who helped shape my life.  While both of those are true of my actual father, I’m speaking more specifically about Andre Young aka Dr. Dre.  Dr. Dre has been at the forefront of every important era of Hip-Hop since the late 80s.  N.W.A.  Dre & Snoop.  Eminem.  50 Cent.  Kendrick.  Not to mention a grip of classic club bangers from other artists and even soundtracks.

 

To celebrate Dre, myself and Dev From Above are going to be spinning Dre anthems, Dre productions, remixes of Dre songs, songs that Dre sampled and more.  It’s basically going to be the best night of music in your entire life.  Oh yeah, we’ve also got gin & juice on special. Polish your 100 spokes, throw on your dookie rope and put a fresh crease in those khakis…  Errybody’s celebratin’.

 

Dre Day 2014

DJ Zimmie & Dev From Above

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Holocene – 1001 SE Morrison St.  //  21+  //  $5  //  9pm

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1380910835503137/

 



Nov
17

2013 marks the 7th year for the Pathfinder of West Virginia’s “Motown Throwdown”.  Every year around Halloween, Pathfinder blocks off High Street, the main street on WVU’s campus and throws a massive party.  The park team from 7 Springs Resort trucks in snow and builds ramps for a ski and snowboard competition.  No party would be complete without amazing music so in addition to my DJing, past musical guests include Mix Master Mike and Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest.  (video HERE)  This year’s throwdown was big as ever and I decided to hit the record button.

 

Click on the picture below to view the full gallery and download the live mix for FREE.

 

 

Photos by Josh Soberdash.  Original artwork by Show Deer.

 

 

DJ Zimmie – Live at the 2013 Motown Throwdown (Clean)

 



Aug
13

We’re about to wrap up the Summer with our last All Good Sunday of 2013 so we thought we’d go out with a bang.  We got the homie DJ Excel from LA coming through to rock and we decided to make the party a crawfish boil!  The party gets better every month and I look forward to seeing your smiling face next month…

 

Sunday 9.8.2013

All Good Sundays

w/ DJ Zimmie & Dev From Above

Special Guest: DJ Excel

East Burn – 1800 East Burnside

3p-9p / 21+ / No Cover

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/223495387803825/

 



Feb
28

This weekend I went to Seattle for the Red Bull 3Style West Coast finals.  I got to hear some inspiring DJ sets, including a face melting routine from Red Bull 3Style World Champion Four Color Zack and a headlining set from A-Trak.  I also got to catch up with the big homies DJ Jazzy Jeff and Z-Trip over some steaks.  It was DJ heaven.  Luckily schedules allowed time for me to record an interview with Jeff for my Extra Credit podcast series and it’s pure gold.  Get your learn on!
 
Extra Credit – Episode 3 w/ DJ Jazzy Jeff
(learn how to subscribe HERE)

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/extra-credit-with-dj-zimmie/id592076875

 



Feb
21

East Coast vs. West Coast Hip-Hop Party

DJ Zimmie (East) vs. Dev From Above (West)

JONES – 107 NW Couch – Portland, OR

Friday 3.1.2013 – 10pm – 21+

 

http://www.facebook.com/events/156316664524361/?ref=notif&notif_t=plan_user_joined

 



Feb
12

I heard your iPod was running low so this email blast is full of fresh tunes for you.  Next month’s email blast will have some juicy gig news but for now let’s get to the music…

 

FOOTNOTES

 

Sample-based Hip-Hop, to me, is the essence of Hip-Hop. Taking what’s available to you and adding a creative spark to make it your own is how break records in NYC parks turned into the most influential genre of music on Earth. Footnotes is an encyclopedic mix series of sample-based Hip-Hop by year. Mixes will be released chronologically, multiple editions per year when necessary, to educate listeners on the ingredients of Hip-Hop. Digging for samples is constantly expanding my musical horizons by introducing me to artists and tracks that become new favorites while giving me insight into what producers grew up listening to.

 

Note:  This first edition covers 1979-1981. I won’t cover every single song that used a sample.  If I did, I’d never finish.  I’ll be highlighting important songs, unique sample flips and influential artists or producers.  Some samples were used by multiple artists and I’ll be showcasing what I think was the best or most popular usage.

 

Stay in school!  Thank you to LRG for the support!

 

FOOTNOTES VOL. 1 (1979-1981)

http://soundcloud.com/djzimmie/footnotes-vol-1-1979-1981

 

 

BACKRUB

 

The “BACKRUB” series is all about making love and keeping things sexy.  This installment is heavy on the soul music with a touch of heartbreak.  Enjoy it with someone…

 

Backrub Vol. 4

Click to download   http://bit.ly/X0MtGc

 

Past Volumes (click to download)

 

Backrub Vol. 3         Backrub Vol. 2

 

(SoundCloud rejected this mix for copyright infringement so no fancy streaming, just download links.)

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

(full schedule in sidebar)

 

Mardi Gras @ Jones

http://www.facebook.com/events/466083933459385/?fref=ts

 



Feb
1

Sample-based Hip-Hop, to me, is the essence of Hip-Hop. Taking what’s available to you and adding a creative spark to make it your own is how break records in NYC parks turned into the most influential genre of music on Earth. Footnotes is an encyclopedic mix series of sample-based Hip-Hop by year. Mixes will be released chronologically, multiple editions per year when necessary, to educate listeners on the ingredients of Hip-Hop. Digging for samples is constantly expanding my musical horizons by introducing me to artists and tracks that become new favorites while giving me insight into what producers grew up listening to.

 

Note:  This first edition covers 1979-1981. I won’t cover every single song that used a sample.  If I did, I’d never finish.  I’ll be highlighting important songs, unique sample flips and influential artists or producers.  Some samples were used by multiple artists and I’ll be showcasing what I think was the best or most popular usage.

 

Stay in school!  Thank you to LRG for the support!

 

 

Backup download link:

If you repost this mix, please include this link as well.

http://www.mediafire.com/?s3tg9o226zbdk4b

 



Nov
19

My bucket list of artists to see live is short and last night I got the privilege to see one of favorite hip-hop groups perform for the first time.

 

I’ve been a fan of People Under The Stairs since I heard “Suite For Beaver Pt. 1” on Mark Farina’s “Mushroom Jazz 4″ mix.  I was immediately hooked by their golden-era sounding beats and back-and-forth wordplay but most importantly by the easy-going fun attitude of their music.  As time went on and hip-hop (I’m using that term lightly) became more about braggadocio and being a club commodity, PUTS maintained their commitment to quality boom-bap and having a good time.  I continued to follow their discography and was never disappointed.  Always evolving, their music never ceased to pay homage to its old-school roots and have an “educational” value to new younger audiences.  You’ll find a track from PUTS on every edition of my “You Gots To Grill” Summertime mix series as tradition.

 

 

I’d be surprised if I haven’t been to over 1,000 concerts in my lifetime.  I started when I was 11 and even though I’ve slowed down recently, there were times in my youth where I was going to 3-5 shows a week.  At this point I rarely stay for an entire show and I’m probably the harshest critic I know, especially for hip-hop.  The PUTS show last night at Hawthorne Theater was one of the most refreshing shows I’ve been to in years and maybe the best hip-hop show I’ve ever seen.  I stayed until the very end.

 

Walking on stage with local beers and a red solo cup in  their hands, it was immediately apparent that Thes One and Double K were there to party with the crowd.  Their levels of crowd interaction, showmanship presence and hype-men skills were the kind that can only be attained through countless gigs and a genuine desire to give back the love that they receive from fans.

 

In stark contrast to most boring, disorganized hip-hop stage shows, PUTS flipped the script for every song in their hour set in a manner too improvised to be rehearsed and too tight not to be the mark of veterans.  Some tracks showcased Double K on the cut while some had the duo backing each other up in classic Run-DMC fashion.  There were interludes of freestyle rhyming and song outros that turned into beatboxing transitions.  I especially lost my shit when Thes One strapped on a drum machine and started sequencing on the spot while Double K cut up “SGT. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.  Their nod to their roots was seamless, subtle and unconscious to most but appreciated by the heads.

 

 

The most surprising part of the show was the commitment from the younger fans.  PUTS performing in Portland last year on the Mac Miller tour, which coupled with their unabashed love for the sticky green, definitely helped to cultivate a younger audience.  However, under 21 fans knowing words to songs from 2004 and before in that abundance blew me away.  PUTS spoke to the fans from the stage about their love for Portland and their appreciation of support in an authentic manner that I haven’t experienced in a show since my teens.  They shouted out local friends Rev Shines and the Lifesavas.  It was grass roots fan base expansion of the best kind.

 

After the show they hung at the merch table, talked to fans and signed not only purchased items but also posters stolen from the walls and whatever else the crowd could produce to get Sharpied.  They thanked me for my continued support and hit me off with a vinyl copy of their newest album, “Highlighter”.  I can’t wait to drop the needle on it this week.

 

 

 

The amount of PUTS on my iPod is ridiculous but here’s a tasty treat to get you started on your journey.  In the words of Thes at the show, “Nothing in this life matters if it isn’t fun.”

 



Jun
4

6.6.2012

C.R.E.A.M.

DJ Zimmie & DJ Sassy Mouff

First Wednesdays at John Henry’s – Eugene, OR

Classic Hip-Hop vs. New Hip-Hop // Ladies free before 11 // 21+

 

http://www.facebook.com/events/340241676047636/

 



Aug
19

This mix is a collaboration between me and www.KixNLidz.blogspot.com.These are some of my favorite tracks that make you nod your head and they needed to all be put into one mix.  Turn it up, stretch out that neck and take some Aleve if you need to…


DJ Zimmie – Headnod (DJ Zimmie X Kix & Lidz)
http://soundcloud.com/djzimmie/dj-zimmie-headnod/download


DJ Zimmie – Headnod (DJ Zimmie X Kix & Lidz) by DJ Zimmie