The Echo, Footlong Development, and LA Weekly Present
Flavors 90's party with DJ Spinna, J.Rocc and Evil Dee
House Shoes, Hosted by Cognito
1822 W. Sunset Blvd
The Echoplex is located below The Echo, enter through the alley at 1154 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90026
This event is 21 and over
DJ Spinna is something of an anomaly in music. A humbling example of what it takes to truly succeed within the framework of multiple fields. A steadfast work ethic, an obsessively extensive vinyl library and the willingness to pursue the full extents of his roots (Funk, Soul and Jazz), foundation (Hip-Hop) and future (Electronic/Dance music) with no restraints.
Regarded as one of the most versatile and talented producers/remixers/DJs in today's musical arena. he has produced numerous tracks and remixes for notable artists such as Michael Jackson, De La Soul, Mary J. Blige, Mos Def, Eminem, George Michael & Stevie Wonder.
Also performing/working along side Spike Lee, Q-Tip, Stevie Wonder and many other world talents.
J.rocc (Stones Throw, Beat Junkies)
Hailed as the world's best club DJ, J.ROCC continues to capture music enthusiasts around the globe. In 1992, Jason Jackson, internationally known as J.Rocc, launched his vision of forming a DJ crew comprised of talented musicians, by introducing to the world Southern California's first turntable band - the Beat Junkies. A prized accomplishment enthusiastically received by worldwide audiences, J.Rocc continues to invent musical styles that display his creative expertise. Highly recognized for his funky showcases and original arrangements, J.Rocc has clearly distinguished his place in music history.
In addition to numerous mixtapes and his own production for Stones Throw releases, J. Rocc has been the DJ for Madlib's live shows since the early 2000's, was the 3rd member of Jaylib (Madlib & J Dilla) during the group's live events, collaborated with Madlib on Beat Konducta Vol. 5-6: A Tribute to J Dilla and can seen around the world as DJ for Mos Def & Talib Kweli's Blackstar.
Co- motivator of the 90’s Timberland boots and army fatigues movement, Evil Dee sealed his fate in hip hop history beginning with one of the most noted classic hip hop albums, Black Moon’s Enta Da Stage.
Thirty one years prior to today’s success Brooklyn, New York native Ewart Dewgarde initially started exploring music through the influence of his mother, who was a pianist. After perfecting the piano, he realized he had a hunger for music. He went on to study the violin, guitar, bass, organ and the drums. At the age of seven he moved on to the turntables. What began as a fight for some of the attention Mr. Walt, his teenaged brother received as the neighborhood DJ, would soon solidified into a craft and major career of his own.
While in high school, Evil Dee made a name for himself as a DJ by way of college radio. Student jocks would invite him for guest performances, however, he earned the title of co-host on each show, sneaking onto college grounds weekly.
Although he was maturing in his craft he stayed on his brother’s coattails, who had graduated from spinning to producing. Evil naturally gravitated into production as well. He would creep into his brother’s record collection to make beats using two tape decks. “It is inevitable. If you are a DJ, you are automatically a producer. When you scratch and slow down music you are making your own beat,” admits Evil Dee.
By the end of the 80’s Evil Dee was working off of a full plate. From being booked for parties, playing for college radio and Tokyo Radio’s BAYFM, to promoting himself as a producer he had definitely come into his own name. It was at the end of the decade that Evil found himself turning down work, once he became one of the founding members of the legendary group, Black Moon. Largely focused on the achievement of the group he passed on a radio show to ink a deal with rhyming partners 5ft and Buckshot to Nervous Records by 1992. Determined to bring more to the table than the obvious, Evil Dee laid the foundation for most of the group’s songs by producing their albums with his brother, turned business partner for Da Beatminerz Inc.
The production for Enta Da Stage, the group’s mainstream album, catapulted his career beyond what he figured it could ever take him. He went on to produce another classic album for hip hop peers; Smif & Wessun’s Dah Shining. A wave of hits for other artists fol- lowed, ranging from Busta Rhymes to Eminem. By the end of the 90’s the members of Black Moon started making individual career moves, which led to Evil Dee’s return back to radio. After he was invited by WQHT’s program director Steve Smith to perform at the first Hot 97 Summer Jam in 1994, he was immediately hired by Smith for the Monday Night Flava Mix. Always thinking out of the box, he became a producer for an online station 88HipHop.com in time, starting Beatminerz Radio, which was an on and offline show.
By 2000, Evil Dee was playing for two different stations on Canadian Radio, and was a featured DJ on WWPR’s Future Flavas with Marley Marl. While dominating the field of broadcasting, Da Beatminerz signed with Rawkus Records in 2000, releasing Brace 4 Impak and later they recorded independent albums Fully Loaded w/ Static in 2004 and Unmarked Music Vol. 1 the following year.
Today, Evil Dee remains a model of consistency. He tours globally with Black Moon and as a Beatminerz DJ, his production work remains in high demand and Beatminerz Radio can be found online as the home page for their social networking site created a year ago.
Detroit Hip-Hop’s Ambassador to the World, Michael “House Shoes” Buchanan has been an integral part of the long burgeoning Motown resurgence. Just ask anyone coming out of Detroit to confirm this.
House Shoes, a resident DJ at the hip-hop staple St. Andrews Hall, Detroit MI, from 1994-2004 has had personal influence over a full generation of well respected emcees, producers, and then-future DJs. Four-time winner of the “Best Hip Hop DJ” in Detroit, he has used his platform to expose some of the best and brightest talent his city has had to offer.
As a DJ, ‘Shoes has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Europe, and Australia with artists Guilty Simpson, Illa J, Exile, Aloe Blacc, Percee P, Phat Kat, Slum Village and Elzhi, to name a few, as well as on his own, gaining the respect of acts far outside the scope of Detroit hip-hop. House Shoes also performed as tour DJ on Mayer Hawthorne & The County’s Spring 2010 16-city headlining U.S. tour.
As a producer, ‘Shoes has worked with the late and revered J Dilla and Big Proof, Black Milk, Danny Brown, Guilty Simpson, Roc Marciano, Chino XL, Invincible, Finale, MED, Nottz, Alchemist, Big Tone, Oh No, Elzhi, El Da Sensai(Artifacts), Black Spade, Now On(Mayer Hawthorne), and Moe Dirdee, among others.
Two self-produced 10” limited vinyl issues have also been released on Do-Over Records, backed by Flying Lotus, and All-City Records, respectively, and are already rare pieces. Most recently, he produced tracks on Danny Brown’s ‘XXX’ and Quelle’s ‘Shotgun and Sleek Rifle’ albums. His debut long-player “Let It Go”, and its pre-cursor “The Time EP”, are now available worldwide on Tres Records.
Currently he lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Constantly Dj’ing at events and parties from LA to Europe to Australia, Shoes’ is revered as a world class producer and DJ.
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