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known by most as host mysterioso of KCRW's
Chocolate City. For 7 years he's shared a
most unique of black musical visions on air,
breaking artists like Jill Scott, Saul Williams,
King Britt, tasting worldwide exposure with
KCRW's growing internet audience [www.kcrw.com].
Awards and accolades from press and peers
have followed since the inception of his radio
program [currently counting 70,000 listeners]
and various live achievements, the most recent
of which was the honor of being host and curator
for an ongoing series of summer concerts at
The Getty Center. Read
the Artist: AIDS
is a mass murderer and Africa is it's holocaust.
Responding to it is joining the fight against
the wicked forces that would see it through
to further exploit Africa's abundant resources,
and exterminate the original man.
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Hardkiss - Hawke
Electronic composer and multi-instrumentalist
George Sarah has been a mainstay on the Los
Angeles music scene since 1985, Sarah performs
his original compositions from a bank of synthesizers
and drum machines accompanied by a live string
trio, bridging the normally discrete musical
worlds of electronica and classical music.
George Sarah has composed 28 episodes for
the Discovery Network and has garned him a
nomination in last year's American dance Music
Awards for Best song in a T.V. series. He's
appeared numerous times on t.v. including
several episodes "Buffy the vampire slayer"
and you can find his music on various tv show's
including the top rated "CSI", "Oprah
Winfrey" and in over eight motion pictures.
He has released eight independent cd's selling
over 20,000 cd's and has appeared on over
40 compilation. read
Bio: San Francisco resident and world-renowned DJ/producer J-Boogie has continued to challenge the boundaries of the music world across genres, styles, languages and borders throughout his 15-year career. This truly unique artist speaks to his listeners through a diverse musical language that he has created, integrating various techniques and musical genres including dub, soul, hip–hop, reggae, funk, Latin, afro-beat, bhangra, dancehall, disco, electro and house. Constantly revolutionizing the game, creating new sounds, and always keeping fans on their feet, J-boogie has and continues to lift music to its full potential through his distinct approach and one of a kind style.
J-Boogie has delivered his masterful mix up of culture, soul, rhythm and beats both at home in the Bay Area through his award winning radio program “Beatsauce” on KUSF, and around the globe spinning DJ sets in countries like Colombia, India, Japan, and Spain. J-Boogie’s local success has earned him awards such as “San Francisco’s Best Radio & Club DJ” by citysearch.com and “Best Hip–Hop Radio Show” by SF Bay Guardian. His global success has earned him acclaim and opportunities world wide, including spots on Japanese radio and television, sportswear sponsorships, and the opportunity to DJ the Tokyo Dome for an NFL football game.
By popular demand, J-boogie’s DJ skills have landed him bookings in top notch world class clubs around the globe such as APT, Turntables on the Hudson, ESL, Five, Halo, Temple Bar, Afro Funke, Root Down, Firecracker, The Do Over and Sonar. He has also graced the stage on tour with Widespread Panic, Bassnectar and Spearhead, and has opened for legends like Breakestra, RJD2, PPP, Nickodemus and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. Throughout the years, J-boogie has been providing musical ecstasy for millions, blowing it up on the festival circuit at Bumbershoot, SXSW, WMC, Harmony Fest, Earthdance, Power to the Peaceful, New Kingdom and Burning Man.
J-Boogie’s widespread success and longevity in the music industry can be attributed to his one of a kind style and ability to constantly revolutionize music. As one of the first DJ’s to incorporate musicians and vocalists into a live band /DJ fusion set, J-boogie has truly re-defined the concept of what it means to be a DJ. With this groundbreaking concept J-Boogie has been able to create a new realm of live performance and a new type of record. J-Boogie brings this exclusive style to life with his band “Dubtronic Science” in live sets as well as in their self titled debut album that dropped in 2003, featuring artists like Goapele, Gina Rene, People Under the Stairs, Capital A and Tony Moses.
For his new and highly anticipated sophomore album, Soul Vibrations, which drops September 23, 2008, J-boogie has put together a new “Dubtronic Science” band featuring a horn section, Latin percussionists and MC’s. Like its predecessor, J-Boogie’s second album features an impressive line up of artists including The Rebirth, Rich Medina, Lyrics Born, Ohmega Watts, Zion I, Crown City Rockers, Jennifer Johns, Deuce Eclipse, Capitol A, The Mamaz, Jazz Mafia, Lunar Heights, Jrod Indigo, Tony Moses and more.
J-boogie has also contributed his genius sounds to a wide array of mix tapes, remixes, and albums. He has released several remixes for artists such as DJ Vadim, Miguel Migs, Karsh Kale, The Rebirth, Zeph & Azeem, Mark Farina, and Soulstice as well as being featured on Mark Farina’s Mushroom Jazz 5 & 6, Om Lounge series, Ubiquity compilations and remix projects.
J-boogie’s vast contributions to the music world and his ongoing commitment to his own projects as well as the projects of other artists, have allowed him to make fans and friends out of some of the most respected artists in the industry. The game’s most well respected DJs are already buzzing about J-Boogie’s newest creation, and always have nothing but the best to say about not only his creations, but his character as well.
DJ Sake one of PST/Fania said: "This [album, Soul Vibrations] is the West Coast wake up, deep vibes dipped dubwise and intelligently manifested as future soul music. Top shelf shit!!!"
DJ Sabo, Sol Selectas/Turntable Lab in NYC said: "You know I’m feelin’ these soulful buttery funky vibes! 'Inferno' and 'Que Pasa' [off the Soul Vibrations album] are already getting heavy, heavy rotation from me!! Can’t wait to hear and play out the rest of the album!"
DJ Nu-mark of Jurassic 5 said: "This [Soul Vibrations] record is like Easy listening performing a duet with updated Funk."
And finally, DJ Eleven sums up J-boogie’s career with these words: "J Boogie is one of my favorite people in the world & everyone should be jealous of him. He works harder than you, he is a nicer guy than you, and, ‘cause his album is dope, he’s going to go further in life than you!"
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as Americans and as human beings, must address
the AIDS problem in Africa because it is not
just a problem there, but a worldwide pandemic.
The United States, being such a powerful and
wealthy country, needs to take part in the
fight against AIDS. If we don't, the problem
will keep spreading and become an even bigger
problem. It is our duty to protect not only
our country but every country plagued by this
Bio: Joe DiPadova (de-PAH-de-vah) performs from coast to coast, frequently playing the very best events with the very best djs at his side. Quickly building a worldwide reputation as one of Global Soul's young rising stars, Joe's adept combination of DJ and music production talent, coupled with a kind, down-to-earth nature have allowed him to garner the respect and friendship not only of many deeply involved with the music, but of crowds across North America.
Apart from DJing and production, one of the largest manifestations of his musical vision has come through event promotion, including his ongoing event in Phoenix called ONE (One People, One Soul, One Love). At this gathering, DiPadova brings together people of all color and sexual orientation through a common spool of thread - expression through dance and love of music.
With eye on the forefathers of the past and an ear to the progression of the future, Joe DiPadova has become a disciple through music, serving to make positive change via rhythm & dance. Whether it's through his deep and introspective productions or his music selections in Disco, Funk, Soul, Jazz & Techno based dance music with African and Latin rhythms, DiPadova's vocabulary in music transcends generations, continents and consciousness while interweaving gatherings of people into one elevated symposium of dance.
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the yearlong It's You, It's Me World Tour
of 2003, celebrating his monumental debut
album of the same name, Kaskade comes home
to his Om Records family with his newest offering
to the beloved San Francisco Sessions Series,
"Soundtrack to the Soul". A lot
has been written, said, and felt about this
young man and his music in the past year.
The worldwide media, DJ's, radio stations
and music loving public adore him. He's been
praised as "The Best Up & Coming
Artist of 2003" from URB MAGAZINE...Read
Kristina Sky discovered Dance Music at the age of 16 when she began attending underground parties in Los Angeles. It wasn’t very long before she went from attending these events, to organizing and throwing them. Sky threw commercial and underground events from the ages of 17-22. Her events took her following all over Southern California from Santa Barbara to L.A. to San Bernardino to the Mojave Desert.
She is a rotating resident on Victor Dinaire's Lost Episode Radio show on XM Satellite (over 7 million subscribers) and is a regular featured artist on Dinaire’s Resident Nation on Music Choice/DirecTV (broadcast to over 30 million homes in America).
Kristina continues to maintain a 4+ year-running residency on www.etn.fm, one of the largest and most respected Trance and Progressive online radio stations in the world, where regulars from all over the globe, tune in to hear the latest and greatest in trance and progressive, interpreted by Kristina Sky, during her current mix show series - “Kristina Sky Presents... Trancelate”
In 2006 Kristina finished off her first monster of a remix with Randy Boyer of EnMass [EnMass- CQ (Seek You) (Randy Boyer & Kristina Sky 2007 Remix)], which was signed to Armin Van Buuren’s own ‘A State of Trance’ record label, set to be released sometime in Jan ‘07. This first remix gained support by top talents like Paul Van Dyk, Armin Van Buuren, Markus Schulz, Solarstone, Agnelli & Nelson, Sander Van Doorn, and many more and is rocking dancefloors all over the world. For complete bio, go to http://www.kristinasky.com/bio.html
from the Artist: I have taken responsibility to respond to the AIDS catastrophe in Africa because I would like to make a contribution which would help prevent the needless deaths of countless women and children. People living with AIDS in Africa have a right to the life-saving anti-retroviral medication that will prolong their lives. I feel that if it is in my power to help, I should do whatever I can to make their lives healthier, productive, and more sustainable.
Bio: Liquid Todd is an award-winning radio and club DJ based in New York City. Over his long radio career he's launched acclaimed mixshows on major terrestrial radio outlets like K-Rock ("Solid State") and WKTU, New York and WBCN and WFNX in Boston. He currently be heard on no less than four Sirius Satellite Radio channels including Area 33, Left of Center, Chill and Boombox where he does everything from hosting, to programming and producing. An energetic and imaginative live performer LT has played all over the planet at clubs and festivals - never turning down an opportunity to donate his time for a good cause.
Quote from the Artist: Being involved in NextAid is my connection to the fight against disease very important and historic place in the world. If I can help NextAid by spreading the word about the devastation caused by the HIV/AIDS epidemic - a subject that many have little or no knowledge - then I feel like I've contributed what I do best to do something really important. That's a really good feeling and I want to do even more. Watching NextAid's very real progress over the years has been a joy.
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Vega (Masters at Work)
Louie" Vega is the Miles Davis of dance music.
Like the impossible to categorize Davis, Vega
is constantly reinventing himself and revolutionizing
music itself in the process. During his nearly
two-decade long career, Vega has crafted some
of the most innovative singles in dance music
history ("The Nervous Track", "It's Alright",
"I Feel It" and "You Can Do It"), kick started
genres like soulful house ("Beautiful People,"
"I Get Lifted"), and revitalized the careers
of legends like Roy Ayers, George Benson and
Quote from the Artist: It is our responsibility to help in anyway we can with the AIDS catastrophe in Africa. In our case, we can use the proceeds from our music to help build a multi-purpose center for teens orphaned by AIDS who live in Dennilton, South Africa. I have been to South Africa 3 times and have met many incredible talented artists and producers and the appreciation and love for music is one of a kind. I am here to do what I can to help, especially utilizing my talent as a producer and DJ to come through in the best way possible.
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the dance music community, where careers are
often measured in months, Mark Lewis has been
a leading figure in the industry for 16 years.
In addition to being a DJ who has spun throughout
Europe, Asia, North and South America and
Africa, he has earned an unchallenged reputation
for producing successful DJ sets worldwide.
He formalized his operations in the summer
of 2000 when he launched Mixology Inc. a Los-Angeles-based
multifaceted company encompassing a record
label and a production / events department
that offers lifestyle options for DJ's and
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now there are few things, if any, more important
for this generation to act on.
International DJ and producer Marques Wyatt
is an influential messenger of the deepest,
most soulful kind of house music. Beneath
his relaxed, spiritual and unknowingly suave
persona, therein lies a man partially responsible
for giving birth to the West Coast house scene
by bringing the fresh sounds of New York (a
la Frankie Knuckles, Tony Humphries and Larry
Levan) to Los Angeles beginning in the mid
‘80s. Carefully pointing out that he
has "always had a deep passion for music,"
you know that his adoration of house has been
a gateway into the lives of thousands and
thousands of people. Over the years promoting
and playing an enormous amount of parties
including BBC, Brass, MAC's Garage, Does Your
Mama Know? and currently LA’s biggest
house club DEEP, Marques has changed the face
of Southern California nightclubbing and the
presentation of its music, sound and scene.
Bio: After reintroducing the hip-hop world to intricately-layered jazz chords with Colossus’ West Oaktown, ushering in a post-neo-soul era with Strange Fruit Project’s The Healing, and showcasing the non-hyphy side of Bay Area rap with Zion-I & the Grouch’s Heroes in the City of Dope, Om Hip Hop unleashes its most visionary, groundbreaking and (quite possibly) controversial release to date.
Rise Up, the long-awaited album from veteran underground emissaries Zeph and Azeem, offers thirteen tracks (and two interludes) worth of consciousness-lifting metaphors, party-rocking beats, and undiluted, 100% rebel music. In the tradition of classic pairings like Guru & Premier, the D.O.C. and Dr. Dre, Eric B. & Rakim (and, more recently, Aceyalone and RJD2), Rise Up matches one DJ/producer with one MC, with suitably stellar results. Read full write up at www.om-records.com
Quote: "If this problem is not solved, humanity will watch the death of love itself."
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Over the past
decade, Mei-Lwun has established himself as
one of the most respected DJs from the DJ-rich
San Francisco Bay Area. An ambassador of Soulstice
Music's future-forward sound Mei-Lwun continues
to write and produce along side Gina René,
Andy Caldwell and Gabriel René as well
as working with countless other international
producers and DJs. In last year he flexed
beats and cuts with such artists as Mix Master
Morris, Spearhead, Jonah Sharp and Bill Laswell.
Beyond affiliations and parenthetic associations
Mei-Lwun is a DJ's DJ and is most at home
behind the decks rocking out in front of a
crowded dance floor. Read
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is a wonderful opportunity for artists to
do what they love in support of a greater
good. there is not much in life which is more
Bio: Michele Bass has been involved in the electronic music industry for the past 15 years as a performer, music producer, events producer, record store owner and DJ. Michele had a music video that circulated on MTV's AMP show, along with producing music for a few spots and independant movies. Michele Bass was one the initial co-founders and producers of the BANTU Mystic Family Circus www.mystikfamilycircus.com. Through her events company Mystik Alchemy www.mystikalchemy.com, Michele helped to set a new precedent of events in Los Angeles in uniting the performance art and burning man community to blend together with multimedia and various performance and music communities along the west coast and beyond. Mystik Alchemy has also been commissioned by Cirque du Soleil and the Los Angeles Weekly. In 2004, she was initiated into the Los Angeles Breakbeat Association www.labadj.com, and has traveled globally to drop her big bass love beats all over the planet!
Quote from the Artist: "I believe it is every person’s responsibility on the planet to face the state of emergency that earth is in right now. The issues of Africa are severe and Next Aid has a conscious approach in which how the children of Africa can begin to endure a better future that is in balance with environmental sustainability."
"AIDS has been a growing epidemic for many years now. Unless it is addressed and people are given the education and supplies they need to keep it from spreading and infecting, it will continue to grow, as it has, out of control and give little to no hope for future generations. Education is the key."
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Selector and the BUD BROTHERS
Immigrating from London England to L.A. in
1987 Mick is the original SOL!D Selector and
as one half of the Bud Brothers Dj duo he
has produced the legendary Monday Social event
every week with partner Freddy Be for over
9 years. The Monday Social has been a staple
event responsible for breaking and introducing
many electronic artists into the US dance
music markets. He has also produced weekly
events for the Viper Room where he programmed
music and booked talent for Johnny Depp’s
electronic music night Atmosphere and was
also hired to create the musical sound track
to Woody Harlsen’s Oxygen Bar. He plays
his signature eclectic sets all over the world
and has been chosen to open the stage for
some the worlds finest Dj’s and artists.
The Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Moby, Orbital
and Coldcut are some of the most memorable.
Mick currently runs his SOL!D Events company
where he produces events and books talent
for many of L.A.’s top night clubs and
restaurants. Each week you can find him holding
down his weekly residencies at the Nacional
, Moonshadows, Viper Room and Avaland.
Francisco’s Miguel ‘Migs’
has become a top-tier DJ and remixer in the
house scene, largely due to his Petalpusher
releases on Naked. Thick, chunky drums, rich
basslines and a pronounced dub sensibility
are hallmarks of the Petalpusher sound, all
wrapped together and injected with a serious
dose of dancefloor fever. Miguels' debut album
for Naked is due in 2002 and features plenty
more of the infectious, unforgettable Petalpusher
tracks like "Breaking It Down" and
"Rely on Me". Always on the road,
keep an eye out for Miguel bringing the Naked
vibe to a club near you!
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can do something to help. Being in a position
like many artists no matter how big or small,
they have more power than they realize to
make a statement. Contributions to this situation
can come in many forms; participating in events
and other things that NextAid is doing are
essential for us to bring people together
for awareness and fundraising to actually
help the cause.... I support that completely
and hope others do as well because it's a
serious situation and needs attention..."
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Monty Luke aka ML Tronik
Monty Luke comes with a long history of bringing a funky, raw eclectic sound to the west coast underground. Dubbed a favorite amongst local DJ's and 'those that know' for years, Monty has continued to set the bar high for himself and his listeners, melding his upfront, cut-up DJ mix style and electrifying presence to dancefloors worldwide.
In 2002, Monty released "What U Feel," a collaboration between himself and reclusive producer extraordinaire L. Ray Robinson under the moniker Loopwreckas on the Imperial Dub label. Monty also has recorded with Stompy Hi-Fi resident DJ Tasho and they have completed a two-track e.p. for Claude Von Stroke's Mothership label entitled "Paranoid," Be on the lookout for more solo productions as ML Tronik, in particular "The Diamond Boxx e.p." which was co-produced in Detroit in 2006 with the help of legendary producer Carl Craig. A follow up to 'Paranoid' called "Personal Problems" will be out on Mothership by the end of 2007.
He currently is resident DJ at Demon Days, a nationwide event which features DJ sets by Detroit legend and producer Carl Craig. The party takes place in San Francisco 4 times each year and has had guests such as Lindstrom and Lazy Fat People.
In 2007, Monty remains focused on bringing that raw, eclectic electronic disco to the world through both his DJ sets, and original productions. The future of house is now. Go get some No-Doze!
Quote from the Artist: "We need to inform people of the political, social and economic issues affecting Africa as well as increase awareness about the global spread of AIDS."
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Bio: Experiencing Mr. V’s DJ sets, original productions, or remixes is like taking a trip back in time to dance music’s golden age. Before superstar DJs took over the spotlight, dance music was a cultural phenomenon that did what no other form of music could do – bring people together. It didn’t matter what race or sexual orientation you came from because dance music was all about embracing our differences and creating a homogeneous vibe. The music was built heavily on traditional song structures and lots of heart and soul. DJs played whatever it took to get the party going and the music was never predictable. It is with this classic spirit and enthusiasm that New York City’s Mr. V targets today’s dance music world. Mr. V is a throwback in the purest sense.
Growing up in the 1980’s the open-minded Mr. V was heavily influenced by House, Hip-Hop, Latin, Garage and Disco classics, Rhythm & Blues and Jazz. Mr. V was enamored by the role a DJ commanded over a crowd and was taken by the talents of his friend Lord G., who had a weekly Thursday night party in New York City. Despite wanting to be a professional DJ, it wasn’t until he met the legendary Louie Vega that he found his calling. "Louie used to have his party called "Underground Network," and that’s where I discovered a deeper taste for house music. I always wanted to be a DJ, but Louie’s type of music – that whole soulful sound – is what I wanted to play," says Mr. V. Louie Vega saw the drive and potential in Mr. V and hired the young Nuyorican DJ / producer as his assistant at the world famous Masters At Work label. In this position Mr. V was given a rare glimpse into the global dance scene and before long was taking to the decks alongside his mentor.
Stylistically, Mr. V has a wildly eclectic sound that brings spontaneity back to the art of DJing. "Sometimes I just pull stuff [out of the DJ bag] out of the blue. I like to keep people guessing. I play things that I don’t think other people are playing – I’ll play a house-rock record or some classic stuff. It’s always different and depends on the vibe," he says.
In 2001, along with partner Alix Alvarez, Mr. V launched his own label Sole Channel Music as a way to release music with complete control and artistic freedom. 2006 was a breakout year for Mr. V as we saw the release of his much anticipated debut album, Welcome Home. Combining his multifaceted skills as a Dj / producer / remixer, and with an ear towards dance music’s roots, Mr. V is a name to watch out for!
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