I've been in bands since 14. Djing and producing beats for over 10 years. I've toured the country with a funk rock jazz outfit called "The X-periment " where we played on the Smoking Grooves tour and have shared the bill with Public Enemy, Outkast, Lauren Hill, Cypress Hill, Gangstarr, Isaac Hayes, The Time, Bio Ritmo, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rare Essence, and many others. We've also backed up llve Philadelphia spoken word heavyweights Ursula Rucker and Rich Medina, as well as lyricists such as J-Live, And Asheru of the Unspoken Heard. Describe the music: The music I produce is a perfect storm of found samples, live drums and other instruments all with a hip hop back bone but plays in the world of funk, soul, jazz, fusion, afro beat, and downtempo flavors. What are some influences: I gain inspiration in a lot of different music most of which is old.
60's - 70's Funk, Soul, Rock, Fusion and Jazz and 80's - 90's Hip Hop. Some of my favorite artists include, Dilla, Madlib, Flying Lotus. I'm real big on listening to instrumental beats and I get the bug when I hear some dope beats. Name some of your favorite projects: Over the past 10-15 years I've put together dozens of albums and beat tapes that have made their way around the world. Including CD-R classics like "Beatmusic" in 2003 and "The Blakey Album" in 2004 which was my answer to the "Jay-Z Black Album re-mix thing" putting Jay-z's lyrics over beats comprised and inspired by Art Blakey & Jazz messengers.
That got a great response and is still one of my favorite projects. I had did it in about 3-4 days while I was super sick with the flu. In 2005 I spent some quality time in the studio putting together "Dirty's Mobile Beat Shack" and brought in some old friends like J. Scienide and Supastition for a contribution. When the album was originally released it garnered a great buzz in the States and abroad.
I sold a lot of records and gained good airtime exposure on the some of the more respected radio stations in Europe, Japan, and Australia. How did you get signed to Ropeadope: In 2006 I started doing some dub podcasts for the Ropedaope podcast network. In 2007 I passed "Dirty's Mobile Beat Shack" along to Andy Blackman Hurwitz at Ropedope Records and he signed me to the label. I have alway been a fan of the label and have picked up a good number of releases from Jazzanova, the Philadelphia Experiment, DJ Logic, etc....
so putting an album out on Ropadope is dream come true. What do you have coming up: The first project is to re-release a digitally re-mastered version of "Dirty's Mobile Beat Shack" on April 20, 2009 After that I have a lot of things I'm working on. I'm half way finished with a new beat disc called "Dirty's Mobile Dub Sack" inspired by classic dub / reggae. I am almost finished with a collaboration called "Harmon & Coulwood" with Brooklyn based producer Mike Coxen of Wax poetics magazine. Read more on Last.fm.
User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
show me more