But this effort was marked by life in homeless shelters and hardship, which prompted the family’s retreat to Las Vegas. Orb and his folks stayed in that city until he graduated from high school in 1995. After graduation, Orb relocated to Seattle to attend art school and build a new life. Orb found inspiration in Seattle’s mid-nineties Hip-Hop community, especially connecting with the b-boy element, and he became one of the founding members of the legendary crews Circle of Fire and SoulShifters. Through his hard work and love for Hip-Hop culture, Orb emerged as one of Seattle’s most celebrated b-boys enjoying opportunities to travel the world representing the 206.
Orb has enjoyed international acclaim as a b-boy and freestyle dancer appearing in numerous international events including Lords of the Floor (Seattle), Battle of the Year 2000 (Germany), Dance Delight 2001 (Japan), Armory Cup 2006 (Korea), Juste de bout 2007 (Paris), B-Boy Summit and Freestyle Sessions. Orbitron the emcee had been patiently building his skills releasing several small underground projects highlighted by the most recent Dirty Scientifix in 2005. For his first solo LP, Orb chose to work with upstart Seattle music producer Alonzo a.k.a. “Big Zo” and veteran 206 Dj Tecumseh forming the foundation for BeaconSkillz. With Zo’s Beacon Hill home as the inspirational base for production, recording and mixing, the BeaconSkillz team set out to create a record that was an authentic reflection of Orb’s passion for Hip-Hop culture.
Orbitron’s debut LP entitled B-Boy Universal is an example of an authentic voice in Seattle’s growing Hip-Hop movement. His music is a true reflection of the creativity, hard work and warm smile that Orb brings with him to every hip-hop event throughout the world. Orbitron is the real deal, no artificial additives or preservatives necessary. Orbitron is B-Boy Universal. Since dropping his B-Boy Universal LP, Orbitron has grown a reputation as one of Seattle's most outstanding Hip-Hop performers blazing the stage with the same energy he's brought to countless dance floors.
Some of his highlight performances include opening for the Coup at the sold-out Nectar Lounge in Seattle's Fremont neighborhood and rockin' the Mighty 4 at the University of Washington. Orbitron also performed at the Zulu Jam as part of Seattle's Northwest Folklife Festival and represented at the Renegades Crew 25th Anniversary jam in San Francisco, California. Orbitron has also enjoyed strong support from hundreds of college radio DJ's across the country including Mike Nardone at KXLU Los Angeles and DJ B-Mello at KEXP Seattle. In early June, Orbitron climbed to #2 on the RapAttack DJ's Top 30 chart and #3 on the Rap Network Record Breakers top 30 chart with his first single entitled "Freedom Song" featuring Geologic from the Blue Scholars. Critics have praised the B-Boy Universal LP including Okayplayer.com, arguably the most respected Hip Hop website, awarding Orbitron 4/5 Questies. Larry Mizell Jr., columnist for The Stranger wrote, "Abstract, optimistic and spiritual, Orbitron evokes the (up)lifted vibe of Fresh Coast underground..." Will Johnsen from the Seattle PI proclaims, "...throw any track from this album on at the next park jam..." Mike Nardone, the legendary Los Angeles DJ and underground Hip-Hop taste-maker and host of KXLU's We Came From Beyond, celebrated the arrival Orbitron's B-Boy Universal LP proclaiming, "Go Get It...
Fantastic Record! (4/6/08)" Orbitron's music has begun to reach international recognition as evidenced by the recent addition of his music as the exclusive soundtrack for the R-16 Korea website (www.r16korea.com). The R-16 is Korea's premier B-Boy/Hip Hop event that attracts thousands of B-Boys, Hip Hop artists and promoters from all over the world. Look for Orbitron to continue pushing his independently released LP B-Boy Universal in 2008. There are no boundaries when you speak the international language that is Hip-Hop, so look for Orbitron in your town, city and throughout the world. Read more on Last.fm.
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