Ventura Theater Presents
A-Trak, DANNY BROWN
26 S. Chestnut St.
Ventura, CA, 93001
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
No longer is it a crime to mash a hip-hop acappella into a techno track. In this arena, A-Trak, aka Alain Macklovitch, leads the pack. The 27 year-old Montreal native rides the line between hip-hop and electronic beats in a refreshing hybrid of everything ass-shaking." (BPM Magazine, issue 86)
Very few DJs can jump from club sets to high-profile festival performances, to Kanye West's larger-than-life stadium shows with ease. In today's DJ culture, A-Trak holds a truly unique place. He and partner Nick Catchdubs founded America's most trendsetting new label, Fool's Gold, launching the careers of artists such as Kid Sister and Kid Cudi. Fool's Gold's mission to merge all aspects of club music was already outlined in Trizzy's original mix tape manifesto, Dirty South Dance (2007), which set the tone for his own production. He is now one of the most sought-after remixers in electronic music, and his remixes for the likes of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Boys Noize have become undeniable mainstays in DJ sets the world over. 2009 saw the release of two critically acclaimed DJ mixes, Infinity +1 and Fabriclive 45, as well as the birth of Duck Sauce, his collaboration with Armand Van Helden. The duo's radio smash "aNYway" cemented itself as the dance anthem of the year, A-Trak's first true chart-topper with two videos in international rotation and across-the-board support from Pete Tong to Busy P, David Guetta to 2manydjs.
Not bad for a kid whom many viewed as a 90's turntablism prodigy. Indeed, Alain's career began at age 15 when he won the 1997 DMC World Championships and proceeded to take home every other DJ title known to man. He then toured the globe, first alongside Q-Bert's Invisibl Skratch Piklz and then with Craze and the Allies. In 2004, he was handpicked by Kanye to be his tour DJ. A near decade of youthful meanderings was captured on his acclaimed DVD Sunglasses Is A Must.
Somewhere along the line, A-Trak also became a streetwear culture icon, collaborating with Nike, New Era, Kidrobot, Zoo York and pretty much every designer worth his salt. And all the while, his brother morphed into the lead singing lothario in the acclaimed electro-pop sensation Chromeo. The last couple of years have seen Trizzy headlining tours and festival stages the world over. Add to that scratching on Common's classic Be, Kanye's Late Registration and Graduation, and Kid Cudi's Man On The Moon, as well as producing Kid Sister's debut album Ultraviolet, songs with Lupe Fiasco, and original releases with Stones Throw and Kitsune.
After years of schlepping vinyl, accumulating air miles and dressing smart, A-Trak has finally become the man to call to make the kids dance. Ask him and he'll tell you that this is the moment he's been waiting for his whole career.
In an era of industry-obsessed MCs, interchangeable hashtag raps, and "viral" everything, it has become increasingly difficult to find a true original in the rap game, an artist able to ignite a buzz without calculatedly chasing it down. Yet ask anyone who's been paying attention and they'll tell you: Danny Brown is that dude.
Recording since his teens, 2010 was Danny's breakout year, with his self-released The Hybrid showcasing a hypnotic, unique flow that Pitchfork called "the most peculiarly infectious voice since Dizzee Rascal," while the LA Times praised it for "punch lines like Conan O'Brien if he'd come up selling crack." He built a rabid online fanbase, stole the show on collaborations with everyone from Tony Yayo to Das Racist to the late J Dilla, and covered the Metro Times as the most acclaimed underground Detroit MC since a certain blonde fellow named Marshall. When it came time for Danny to take the next step and find a real home for his new music, it was only right that he would find a perfect fit with Fool's Gold.
"When we first met, we really didn't talk about doing business; we talked about music the whole time," says Danny of what endeared him to Fool's Gold. "That was the illest thing to me, because I sat down with a lot of labels and all we were talking about was, 'How can we make this project work?' and this and that. Fool's Gold was all about being fans of music, and 'How can we make Danny Brown better?' I didn't know they were such huge hip-hop nerds. A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs, you think of dance music, but they're real knowledgeable with everything."
"Fool's Gold is thrilled to bring Danny Brown into our family," says A-Trak. "We've been supporting his music on our blog for a long time, so we're fans of his before anything else. Danny Brown represents a return to raw, gritty rap. His skills can't be questioned. He sounds and looks like no one out there, and that's something that appeals to us. We share the same grassroots values, and we can't wait to get behind his new album!"
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