JE Media & DopeOnly Presents: Monday Soul
London, Jay McCoy, Takiyah Suhail, Featuring Resident DJ D-Sharp
579 18th St
Oakland, CA, 94612
This event is 18 and over
“There's no leaving the Bay Area, no matter how far away you might move, if you grew up in Oakland, you take it with you,” says Adrian Marcel. The city boasts a proud musical legacy including Sly Stone, MC Hammer, En Vogue, Toni Tony Tone, Too $hort Tupac Shakur, Pete Escovito, Sheila E and countless others. Adrian Marcel picks up the torch for Oakland and timeless R&B on his debut mixtape, 7 Days of Weak. Executive produced and hosted by fellow East Oakland native, modern soul trailblazer and multiplatinum producer Raphael Saadiq. 7 Days of Weak is a true urban contemporary collective of songs. A fusion of traditional R&B, hip-hop, turf and soul music blended together with beautiful melodies and detailed storylines that paint a vivid picture of young man in his early 20's overwhelmed by the realities of love.
Marcel knew he wanted to sing at a young age. He studied music incessantly, learning as much as he could while receiving formal training as a child. His career started to take off as he started to perform locally. With his impressive vocal range and stage swagger, he was immediately compared to Chico DeBarge and Al B! Sure. Marcel accepts the comparisons while remaining true to his own lane. El Seven Recordings and Republic Records saw the talent and truth in his music, which led to his signing in early 2013.
On his debut single Waiting, he slides from a fluttering falsetto into a bluesy hook as synths pulsate below. It's a formidable introduction into 7 Days of Weak and Marcel’s musical gifts. Currently residing in Atlanta, Marcel is bringing the spotlight back to his beloved Oakland and R&B music.
I just happen to give a damn about what's going on in the world and I sing.
Featuring Resident DJ D-Sharp
A skilled entertainer and triple threat, D Sharp can produce, DJ and rock his own mic. His passion for music coupled with diligence, has gained him attention from industry professionals, and to move with the best of the best. Whether touring the world with acclaimed artists, producing albums and orchestrating mixtapes, or DJing for hungry party-goers, his love for music shines through all his projects and has awarded him success on all fronts.
D Sharp is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, but his music has echoed across the world. As a DJ, he has toured with the likes of Jay Z, Kanye West, Outkast, Common, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Pharrell, Wu Tang Clan, and Jurassic 5. He started DJing professionally at the ambitious age of 15 and kept focused through the late 90’s having played in almost every venue in the Bay Area. In ’99 he connected with an old friend, Lateef Daumont, with Quannum Projects, who brought D Sharp’s awaiting talent into the spotlight, and since he has DJed for almost every Quannum act, including Blackalicious, Gift of Gab, Lifesavas, Latyrx and Lyrics Born. His experience with Quannum Projects allowed him to tour the world and become the primary tour DJ for Lauryn Hill, Clyde Carson, Mike Patton (Peeping Tom), Planet Asia, and Goapele. He also played as an integral member of the group Flipsyde. Flipsyde, is a Bay Area based group, whom came together in 2003 and shortly after released their major-label debut, “We the People,” which received positive reviews. To add kudos, Flipsyde’s first single, “Someday,” was chosen as NBC’s theme song for the 2006 Winter Olympics. The Band has appeared on Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and The Soul Train as well as toured with the Black Eyed Peas and the Pussycat Dolls.
As a producer, D Sharp’s trained ear and experience lends invaluable insight. His latest stint is collaborating with Bay Area artists Mr. Town, Tony Vic, and Nerve, all honing their unique style, testifying D sharp can morph and support different project needs. He has also worked on mixtapes with singer, Jennifer Johns and Grammy nominated MC Lateef the Truth Speaker with Quannum Projects.