The 45 Sessions presents
DJ Shortkut (Beat Junkies), DJ Platurn (45 Sessions), DJ E DA BOSS, DJ Enki, DJ Saurus, Hosted by: Jern Eye & Fran Boogie
579 18th St
Oakland, CA, 94612
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Watch & Listen
Just Blaze worked closely with Roc-a-Fella Records in the early 2000s, producing hits like Cam'ron's "Oh Boy," Jay-Z's "Girls, Girls, Girls," and Beanie Sigel and Freeway's "Rock the Mic." He worked closely with Roc-a-Fella's other in-house producer, Kanye West, on the label's many albums released during this same period. And like West, he developed a trademark knack for using old-school soul samples in unique ways for his hooks. Besides the Roc-a-Fella stable of rappers, Just Blaze also produced tracks for big-name East Coast rappers such as Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, DMX, and Fabolous. By the turn of the century, he'd become one of the rap industry's leading producers, along with Timbaland, the Neptunes, and Swizz Beatz.
DJ Shortkut (Beat Junkies)
Shortkut is a founding member of 3 of the most iconic and influential DJ crews in history - Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Beat Junkie Sound and Triple Threat DJs. He is a numerous West Coast/USA DMC title holder and is responsible for creating some of the most influential dj routines of all time, literally bringing new techniques to the genre.
2012 was one of the most active years of Shortkut's career including a national tour for the Beat Junkies 20th year anniversary, co-headlining the Heavy Boogie produced adidas Originals Breathe & Stop tour throughout Asia alongside Maseo (De La Soul) and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest) in August and a 2x4 set with the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff at the Do-Over in San Francisco.
In November, he also co-headlined the adidas Originals Laced Up tour throughout Asia with his Triple Threat crew members Dj Apollo & DJ Vinroc alongside DJ Tony Touch and Heavy Boogie, finishing off the year with a stellar NYE party in Moscow.
A diverse selection in music combined with his turntabilist roots makes Shortkut one of the worlds most sought after party rockers on the planet.
DJ Platurn (45 Sessions)
If you don’t know, you’d better ask somebody: DJ Platurn lives music. An 18 year veteran of the DJ game, his career has seen him rock parties worldwide including engagements throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, Canada, South America, Scandinavia, and countless venues in his home base of Northern California. He is a DJ adamant on sharing the world’s music with the music lovers within, a mission he’s proudly been succeeding at since he first threw down as a teenager.
The 80‘s and 90’s brought him to Hip-Hop, Hip-Hop brought him to the samples, the samples brought him to love and appreciation, and he brings all of these to the table when he steps behind the decks. His selection skills and ability to turn any venue into a “OOOOHHH SNAP!” fest have earned him a devoted following with those who share his passions for the art form of spinning and great music. He’s bringing it to the people because he knows they deserve it.
In 2013 DJ Platurn will leave no party unrocked. You’ll want to be there to see it.
There's not too many of 'em left. It's a different game nowadays, and standards have left the building. DJ Enki is not one to buckle either. There's something to be said for standing your ground and leaving the arena with your reputation intact. With that something being said, let's welcome to the stage…
The man has been DJing for almost 15 years. He's shared the stage with the likes of Z-Trip, J-Rocc, Melo-D, Kid Koala, Rob Swift, Shortkut, Apollo, Jazzy Jay, Peanut Butter Wolf, Lyrics Born, Brother J (X-Clan), Zeph, Romanowski, Doc Fu and a host of others. He was the main resident for the infamous Money$hot weekly in San Francisco for two and a half years, during which it got named one of the top 5 Hip-Hop weeklies in the country by URB Magazine. How's that for starters?
Born and raised on the East Coast, Enki grew up listening to DJ Red Alert's show. Like most DJ's who started their obsession with the turntables in the late '80s to mid 90s, the local hip-hop show was church, hence the religious practice of sitting down and listening intently as soon as the clock struck. He attended college in North Carolina, where he connected with long time friends and music cohorts Faust & Shortee, with whom he now shares membership with as part of the renowned Citizenz collective.
But it's not just about playing shows, it's about what's in your musical arsenal, too. These days, the digging is more serious than ever, putting Enki in the big leagues when it comes to the elusive un-used breakbeat, especially with him being all about the sampling when it comes to producing — a take on the art form that is slowly heading toward nonexistence in the synth-heavy rap music world. Guess you just have to dig a little deeper. No problem. Enki's debut cut, "Kung Fu Kwaku," went pretty deep. And there's more where that came from.
Enki moved to Northern California, the Bay Area to be exact, 10 years ago. He's lasted more than 2. That makes him official. The fact that he's the newest member of the Oakland Faders doesn't hurt either. Catch him rockin' the party these days like a true master, making you nod to that joint that you had no idea was about to be your favorite. It's likely to be self-produced.