Silent Frisco "King of the Island" DJ Battle

Lyrics Born (dj set)

Amongst the dusty records of UC Davis' KDVS college radio station, Tom Shimura, who currently makes records as Lyrics Born, found too much to love. Sandwiched between gatefold LPs, 12-inch singles, dub versions and white-labels was a reservoir of inspiration that he would draw on for the following decades. That was then. This is now. Since his college days, Bay Area-native Lyrics Born's raw, authentic talent has been polished to a gleaming beacon of originality in a time when it's needed most, and it's release marks a new era of label relations. "The old model is dead, you cant just put it out and expect people to get it", explains LB, and the statement could easily be applied to his sound or his approach to marketing the finished product.

Lyrics Born has gone about the creation of his latest effort, As U Were, in a less-than-conventional manner. One defining characteristic of his sound thus far has been that it can be described as unequivocally fun, and this remains true of As U Were. However, LB does routinely peel back the gregarious exterior to reveal a contemplative everyman, and it's times like this that his true artistry is apparent. "It's at the point in my career where I've been through a lot, fun and not so fun. I think I'm dealing with a lot issues that are more mature than the last few albums, from abandonment to betrayal to incredible joy". He voices these sentiments prominently on the lead single "Lies x 3", a driving, heartfelt plead for truth.

While touching on newer subjects, he also reached out to artists that he felt removed himself from his comfort zone. "The new record is more synth-oriented. I made an effort to work with younger artists: Trackademicks, Francis and The Lights, and Sam Sparro, namely". The bay-swagger is in full effect on "Funky Hit Records", and while the new guests add a new dimension to the sound, Tom Shimura isn't one to lose sight of his roots. Gift Of Gab drops a requisite, thought-provoking verse on the critical "Pills" and the classic Latyrx tag-team makes it look way too easy on "Pushed Aside, Pulled Apart", one of the album's standout cuts. As U Were may well be LB's greatest achievement, but it's been a long time coming.

Lyrics Born had been a music obsessive since his youth, and in 1993 freestyles among a group of UC Davis classmates that occupied the same cramped radio quarters began to find their way onto paper, and suddenly LB had written "Send Them". It became the first single on the newly minted Solesides Records, a collaborative venture between himself and his accomplices who would later go on to be known internationally as Blackalicious (comprised of MC Gift of Gab and producer Chief Xcel), DJ Shadow and Lateef The Truthspeaker, an East Oakland rapper with whom he found a shared affinity for the rapid-fire lyrical volleys that would define the next step. As Latyrx (a combination of their working names) the two MCs released The Album, in 1997. The LP would go on to become a certified classic, selling 100,000 copies, yet would prove to be the tip of an even larger iceberg.

Solesides was re-imagined as Quannum Projects in 1999. As co-owner, LB used Quannum as a conduit through which he delivered his most realized project to date, 2003's Later That Day. The album yielded his biggest commercial success to date, "Callin' Out", which charted nationally and was featured in several major motion pictures, EA Sports games as well as a Diet Coke spot featuring Adrian Brody. The remix LP, Same !@#$ Different Day was released shortly after, showcasing the talents of his closest associates and as well as new material. Meanwhile, Lyrics Born began to explore different means of engaging listeners. He kept fans abreast of his work by peppering the internet with The Lyrics Born Variety Show mixtape series whoch he released himself through his website. The mixtapes, as well as ceaseless touring and the creation of his own internet media outlets Lyrics Born TV and LBFM, were elements of a new formula.

Since the release of Later That Day, Lyrics Born has averaged over 150 shows a year, and his explosive live energy was captured on the disc Overnite Encore, a compilation of live performances with live musicians from the Australian leg of his 2006 world tour. He followed up in 2008 with Everywhere At Once, a varied studio disk that signaled a departure from the sample-based pieces he had become known for, supplementing the sound with a full band and a healthy does of synthesizers. Hence, he has arrived at well-rounded sound that is classic and yet futuristic. Tom Shimura hasn't forgotten how he got here, but he's never been afraid to look to the future, either.

Lyrics Born (dj set)

Amongst the dusty records of UC Davis' KDVS college radio station, Tom Shimura, who currently makes records as Lyrics Born, found too much to love. Sandwiched between gatefold LPs, 12-inch singles, dub versions and white-labels was a reservoir of inspiration that he would draw on for the following decades. That was then. This is now. Since his college days, Bay Area-native Lyrics Born's raw, authentic talent has been polished to a gleaming beacon of originality in a time when it's needed most, and it's release marks a new era of label relations. "The old model is dead, you cant just put it out and expect people to get it", explains LB, and the statement could easily be applied to his sound or his approach to marketing the finished product.

Lyrics Born has gone about the creation of his latest effort, As U Were, in a less-than-conventional manner. One defining characteristic of his sound thus far has been that it can be described as unequivocally fun, and this remains true of As U Were. However, LB does routinely peel back the gregarious exterior to reveal a contemplative everyman, and it's times like this that his true artistry is apparent. "It's at the point in my career where I've been through a lot, fun and not so fun. I think I'm dealing with a lot issues that are more mature than the last few albums, from abandonment to betrayal to incredible joy". He voices these sentiments prominently on the lead single "Lies x 3", a driving, heartfelt plead for truth.

While touching on newer subjects, he also reached out to artists that he felt removed himself from his comfort zone. "The new record is more synth-oriented. I made an effort to work with younger artists: Trackademicks, Francis and The Lights, and Sam Sparro, namely". The bay-swagger is in full effect on "Funky Hit Records", and while the new guests add a new dimension to the sound, Tom Shimura isn't one to lose sight of his roots. Gift Of Gab drops a requisite, thought-provoking verse on the critical "Pills" and the classic Latyrx tag-team makes it look way too easy on "Pushed Aside, Pulled Apart", one of the album's standout cuts. As U Were may well be LB's greatest achievement, but it's been a long time coming.

Lyrics Born had been a music obsessive since his youth, and in 1993 freestyles among a group of UC Davis classmates that occupied the same cramped radio quarters began to find their way onto paper, and suddenly LB had written "Send Them". It became the first single on the newly minted Solesides Records, a collaborative venture between himself and his accomplices who would later go on to be known internationally as Blackalicious (comprised of MC Gift of Gab and producer Chief Xcel), DJ Shadow and Lateef The Truthspeaker, an East Oakland rapper with whom he found a shared affinity for the rapid-fire lyrical volleys that would define the next step. As Latyrx (a combination of their working names) the two MCs released The Album, in 1997. The LP would go on to become a certified classic, selling 100,000 copies, yet would prove to be the tip of an even larger iceberg.

Solesides was re-imagined as Quannum Projects in 1999. As co-owner, LB used Quannum as a conduit through which he delivered his most realized project to date, 2003's Later That Day. The album yielded his biggest commercial success to date, "Callin' Out", which charted nationally and was featured in several major motion pictures, EA Sports games as well as a Diet Coke spot featuring Adrian Brody. The remix LP, Same !@#$ Different Day was released shortly after, showcasing the talents of his closest associates and as well as new material. Meanwhile, Lyrics Born began to explore different means of engaging listeners. He kept fans abreast of his work by peppering the internet with The Lyrics Born Variety Show mixtape series whoch he released himself through his website. The mixtapes, as well as ceaseless touring and the creation of his own internet media outlets Lyrics Born TV and LBFM, were elements of a new formula.

Since the release of Later That Day, Lyrics Born has averaged over 150 shows a year, and his explosive live energy was captured on the disc Overnite Encore, a compilation of live performances with live musicians from the Australian leg of his 2006 world tour. He followed up in 2008 with Everywhere At Once, a varied studio disk that signaled a departure from the sample-based pieces he had become known for, supplementing the sound with a full band and a healthy does of synthesizers. Hence, he has arrived at well-rounded sound that is classic and yet futuristic. Tom Shimura hasn't forgotten how he got here, but he's never been afraid to look to the future, either.

Skins & Needles

Skins & Needles is a duo made up of Dj Zeph (Om Records, Oakland Faders) and Max MacVeety (drummer for Crown City Rockers). Both staples in the Bay Area Hip-Hop scene, this duo joins forces to bring a club-party vibe with the use of live drums, breaks, scratching + mixing that keeps the dance floor moving. With live drums and Dj Zeph's musicality, Skins & Needles catches the attention of musicians, producers, and Hip-Hop heads as well as people just wanting to party and dance.

Aaron Axelsen

Live 105 Music Director, DJ, host radio shows Soundcheck & Subsonic, throw parties at Popscene & Leisure San Francisco.

DJ Platurn

Don’t you just love music? That’s a rhetorical question, of course you love music. And that’s why you’ll love DJ Platurn. Duh. An 18 year veteran of the music industry, Platurn has traveled the world many times over bringing phenomenal music to phenomenal people. And with a client list that includes notables like Red Bull, Scion, Pandora, Adidas, Pixar, Monster Cable, MTV, Rane, the Golden State Warriors, Mixcrate, & the Hard Rock Cafe, he is clearly doing something right.

The man’s resume speaks for itself, but don’t just take these words’s word for it, go check the schedule and get out to a show. Make sure you bring dancing shoes, cuz you like music, and the two go super well together.

DJ Enki

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.

DJ Omar

Recently DJing opening sets for La Roux, Danger, DJ Omar of Popscene fame has been keeping San Francisco on its dancing feet for the past decade. A DJ with an eclectic array of musical tastes and cultures, there’s no predicting what comes next — anything from disco electro to goth. Taking time from a jam-packed week of bookings, Omar gives SF Station some insight on his successful DJ career. Don’t forget to catch his set at Live 105’s Subsonic Spookfest on October 30th and Triple Cobra on Halloween!

SF Station (SFS): Are you originally from San Francisco?

DJ Omar (O): I grew up in Washington D.C, but did not start DJing until I moved to SF in the 90’s. D.C. provided me with a diverse musical education via Punk, Hip Hop, House and GoGo. It set the stage for the genre-mixing slant of my later DJ sets.

SFS: How long have you been DJing, and what got you started?

O: I started Djing when we started Popscene. I was collecting Britpop and Mod records at the time and there wasn't any place to dance to that type of music so we started a night that focused on that. The more I started spinning one type of music, the more I wanted to try my hand at playing other kinds. Things just sort off took off from there.

SFS: Popscene is a great party. How do you manage to keep it always excellent?

O: Popscene has been around for over a decade and it has always been about creating an exciting environment in which to celebrate the passion and diversity of new music and new people. The combination of the amazing talent that has graced our stage throughout the years, along with a passionate and exuberant audience, hungry to discover and dance to new music, is what keeps us going for so long.

SFS: Any fun or crazy stories to share?

O: When Kasabian performed at Popscene, they brought so much sound and lighting equipment that we had to rent generators to accommodate all the juice they were using in fear that they would blow up the building. Muse also had so much equipment that we had to set up the DJ booth in the kitchen. When The Horrors played, their singer Faris climbed across our ceiling, smashed our disco ball into two pieces, gave it to the crowd and then wore a piñata as a hat. Amy Winehouse's only performance in SF was at Popscene, and I can't even begin to describe all the memorable moments from that night.

SFS: Since you are a local staple, who are some of your favorite local acts?

O: Tamaryn, Hottub, Veil Veil Vanish, Girls, Zion I, The Limousines, Tenderlions, Rykarda Parasol, The Pack, Murder Of Lillies, anything on Tricycle records. There are many more amazing bands in the Bay Area but, sadly, I'm drawing a blank right now.

SFS: What do you like most about DJing in San Francisco?

O: The diversity and vitality of the people is unparalleled.

SFS: What keeps you inspired and motivated?

O: My friends, family and colleagues from around the world.

SFS: Who are some of your favorite artists to spin currently?

O: If there is an artist I like, I see what label they are on and check out the label's roster. Currently, my favorite labels are: Italians Do It Better, This Is Not An Exit Records, Wierd, Eskimo Recordings and Southern Lord.

SFS: What do you like to sing along to in the car?

O: Mostly soft rock from the 70's, all types of metal and Blondie.

SFS: Lastly, what are you dressing up as for Halloween?

O: I have four Halloween events so I have a couple of options planned for each night out: Edgar Allen Poe, Ned Flanders and a Smurf will likely be represented,
the other option will have to be a surprise!

Catch DJ Omar at various gigs around San Francisco, visit Popscene (http://www.popscene-sf.com) and DJ Omar’s Myspace page (http://www.myspace.com/clubmouthwash).

MoPo (aka Robbie Kowal) is one of America's most versatile,
experienced and flat-out joyous party rockers. His decade long mission is to 'put the party back into the party', and to connect the casual music fan with the hard core dance music mavens; proving that music is more than just beats. San Francisco's bootleg indie remix partypusher, is known for a rare ability to play exactly the right music for the moment and an expertise with a wide variety of genres that he seamlessly melds into a coherent blend. Since breaking out as a rare groove Dj in the 90's he has spent the 21st Century using eclectic club styles, break beat, trip hop and tech funk as a backdrop for his genrebending experiments. From a near religious love of funk and hip hop, to a lifetime study of rock and roll to a massive aptitude for latin, reggae and other outernational formats, MoPo incorporates bits and pieces of music culture into electronic edits that slam the dancefloor. As a backdrop, he creates, edits or chooses only the biggest baddest breaks, hooks and drops to create a sound that truly slams. To the dancer, MoPo is a breath of fresh air, often transforming a room into collective song or crowd chant that connect the audience to the DJ.

These abilities have seen him preceding, following or tagging with a
who's who of breakbeat heroes like Afrika Bambaataa, DJ Icey, Cut
Chemist, Grandmaster Flash, James Lavelle, Bassnectar, DJ Vadim, Tipper, Kraak & Smaak, Aquasky, Fort Knox 5, Z-trip. He's also been among the first DJs to play many a rock festival including an unprecedented 6-year run at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and the first DJ sets ever at Gathering of the Vibes, High Sierra, Berkfest, Caribbean Holidaze, Mid Atlantic Music Experience, and Rothbury festival. He even played at Govt Mule's legendary "Deepest End" show, called one of the Top 10 shows of the Decade by Jambase. A live turntablist for the indie techno circus The Mutaytor, MoPo has sat in with Parliament-Funkadelic, Galactic, Rebirth Brass Band and BLVD. He has opened for live music legends like James Brown, Maceo Parker, Widespread Panic, String Cheese Incident, Femi Kuti, Sheryl Crow,
Spearhead, Jurassic 5, Isaac Hayes, Blackalicious, and Pendulum.

Honey Soundsystem

If you examined a San Francisco dance floor, you would find many layers of rich history stamped into the wood grain. It would tell you tales of the 80's discotheques like the Trocadero Transfer or of Sylvester playing acetates at the End Up. Look closer and you will find imprints of endless nights sweating to the sounds of the DJ Harvey and the Wicked Crew or Mark Farina and the naked sounds of Miguel Migs. But, if you were to look up and into the DJ booth, you would find some new faces fanning the flames of a heavy torch passed on.

Honey Soundsystem, a DJ group created in the spirit of the legendary bay area crews, have been making their own scuff marks on todays dancefloors while spreading the gospel of SF's rich dance music history. A couple of years ago discaires, Ken Vulsion, Pee Play, Robot Hustle, Jason Kendig, and Josh Cheon, came together seeking to fill a void they saw in current gay nightlife. Each member, with many years of experience under his belt, watched as a revival of gay disco legends and queer house music producers were being celebrated by a new generation of dancers. Honey Soundsystem started throwing events bringing those old records and the excitement of new underground sounds back to a gay/mixed dancefloor. Honey started turning heads with their cunning ad campeigns, decadent themes, international guests, private warehouse parties and ofcourse their floor stomping DJ sets. The Mineshaft party was an evening dedicated to SF's high energy disco label Megatone Records of which Honey has been hard at work to release never before heard music from frisco disco legend Patrick Cowley.

They have hosted DJ's from around the world, including Todd Terje, Hawke aka Gavin Hardkiss, Horse Meat Disco London, Part Time Punks, Stefan Goldmann, Hercules & Love Affair, Discodromo, Cosmo Vitelli, DJ Spun, Shits & Giggles, Derek Plaslaiko, Ben Aqua, MVSCLZ, DJ Garth, Club Tubway NYC, Anthony Mansfield, Party Effects, House of Stank, Pilooski, Teengirl Fantasy, Lovefingers,and A Club Called Rhonda

2009 has been an exciting year for the crew. With a European tour under their belt, a mix featured on Tim Sweeny's Beats in Space, a successfull Sunday weekly residency in SF, and countless other dates all over, the bees are buzzing. The coming months will find Honey with original 12" releases and edits, the launch of Josh Cheon's new label Dark Entries, and the release of their collaboration with Macro of Catholic, a never before heard album by Patrick Cowley.

DJ Mancub

DJ Mancub is an underground legend. The lead ringer from the legendary West Coast breakbeat crew The Space Cowboys, Mancub is a skilled Turntablist and outright electronic party rocker. Known for breakbeat turntablism and electro and tech-house, he has also been known to rock hip hop, hyphy and funk.

Kapt'n Kirk

Space Cowboys

Matt Haze

Matt Haze began his DJ career in the Bronx as a husky 10 year-old, cutting up the dopest Paula Abdul and MC Hammer cassingles at his little sister’s birthday party. In high school, he took a fervent interest underground music and started attending basement shows and warehouse raves. To share his newfound passion, Haze founded NYC a pirate radio station with two tape decks, a mail-order transmitter kit and a ratty pair of old headphones that doubled as the studio mic.

Today, after logging thousands of frequent flyer miles and hundreds of gigs, Haze brings an eclectic flavor and sophisticated sonic palette to the turntables. Don’t be surprised to hear Israeli dancehall, Brazilian funk, Ukrainian hip-hop or German oompahtronics in the mix alongside the latest heavy bass cuts and always a few dusties from his deep crates!

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