Mar
19

3.20.2014

Red Bull Curates

20 Local Artists / 3 Dope DJs / Open Bar

Portland Art Museum / 21+ / 8p-11m

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1473367102879248/

 



Jan
29

I’ve been hitting the promo tour full force trying to raise awareness and raise funds for my documentary about DJing.  (Donate to the #DJMovie Kickstarter HERE.)  One recent stop was 90.7 FM KBOO Portland Radio to talk to my man DJ ATM and spin some tunes.  We hit the record button and now you’ve got a tasty little mixtape off the top of my head.  Share it, donate to the cause and spread the good word.

 

Mix Link:

http://soundcloud.com/djzimmie/live-on-kboo

 

Movie Link:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/956775497/soundtrack-the-story-of-the-dj

 



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.”

 



Sep
3

Friday 9.7.2012

Holy Trinity Party

(Prince vs. Michael Jackson vs. Madonna)

Jones – 107 NW Couch – Portland, OR

$5  (Prince / MJ / Madonna costumes get in free)

Photo booth provided by Da Booth

 

http://www.facebook.com/events/463705256997494/

 



Sep
1

DJ Zimmie September 2012 Newsletter

 

This Summer has been amazing so far.  I’ll be writing up a post in the next couple of weeks with pictures recapping all the fun.  There were great parties, trips to the Goonies house, Jazzy Jeff at the Do-Over and tons of amazing food.  Speaking of Summer…

 

You probably need some party ammunition for Labor Day weekend.  I’ve created a set in SoundCloud of my “You Gots To Grill” series.  If you don’t have them all, fill up the iPod and have a safe weekend!

 

You Gots To Grill by DJ Zimmie

 
 

Upcoming Events

 
 

Saturday 9.1.2012

Sip & Shine

Manifesto 2 Year Anniversary

Manifesto Shoes – Portland, OR

3806 N Mississippi // 4pm – 7 pm

 

http://www.facebook.com/events/258751660909942/

 

 

Friday 9.7.2012

Holy Trinity Party

Prince vs. Michael Jackson vs. Madonna

Jones – 107 NW Couch – Portland, OR

$5  (Prince / MJ / Madonna costumes get in free)

Photo booth provided by Da Booth

 

http://www.facebook.com/events/463705256997494/

 

 

Full schedule HERE.

 

Event Recaps

 

Pittsburgh Promise 6.14.2012

 



Feb
8

Last month I got to compete for the 3rd time in Red Bull’s annual international DJ battle, THRE3STYLE.  If you’re not familiar, it’s a battle where DJs perform a 15-minute set consisting of at least 3 genres of music.  It’s a great concept and it really brings out some super creative talent from around the world.  For more info check out the THRE3STYLE site or watch my video from 2011.


There was some serious competition this year and it was great to see sets from Portland’s best, most of which I haven’t had the chance to see live yet.  In the end, I brought home the silver, but I had a great time doing it.  Thanks to Red Bull for putting on a great event, everyone that competed, all the fans in attendance and Aaron Rogosin and Matthew Kort for the photos.




Feb
5

Last month I played SNAP! 90s party.  It’s been poppin’ for over 3 years now and it’s always a good time.  Thanks to CoCo, Doc Adam and Colin for putting me on.  Peep the pics below.  Full set at Jim Yeager’s site



Jan
11



It’s that time again.  Red Bull is holding the regional qualifiers for their annual THRE3STYLE international DJ battle.  If you’re not familiar, it’s a battle where DJs perform a 15-minute set consisting of at least 3 genres of music.  It’s a great concept and it really brings out some super creative talent from around the world.  For more info check out the THRE3STYLE site or watch my video below from 2011.  I’ll be battling against 7 of Portland’s top DJs to move on to the next round in San Francisco.  If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll come support me and the event!



2012 Red Bull THRE3STYLE

Saturday, January 21st – 9:00 – 21+ Free with RSVP

Fez Ballroom – 316 SW 11th Ave – Portland, OR

Headlining set by DJ EXCEL


Facebook Event

http://www.facebook.com/events/320966627936414/




Jan
8



Saturday, January 14th

Keith Murray

w/ DJ Zimmie, DJ Gumba & Love Loungers

Crown Room – 205 NW 4th – Portland, OR

9:30 pm – $5 – 21+ – 1 hour open bar!


http://www.facebook.com/events/278122532245287/?ref=ts





Jan
3

Sorry it took me a second to get this up, I’ve been hella busy and didn’t find the pics until right meow. 

New Year’s Eve was out of control!

Crown Room opened the doors at 9 and were packed to the brim by 10.  There was a line around the entire building of people that didn’t buy the presale tickets all night long.  The Love Loungers set the mood and when I went on at 11 people were dancing like maniacs.  It was a great vibe all night and probably the most fun I’ve had DJing for NYE yet.  Enough about all that, check the pics…




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