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DJ Michael 5000 Watts

The transition from provincial celebrity DJ to renowned record label founder has been rewarding in more ways than one for Houston, Texas native Michael “5000” Watts. Known primarily for his chopped and screwed Swisha House remixes, Watts has successfully turned regional mix tape distribution into a record label empire. However, Watts did not get to VIP status overnight. A mountain of diligence and unsurpassed talent catapulted this music icon in the making to mogul standing.
2005 brought about a national notoriety for Michael “5000” Watts. His company, Swisha House, celebrated with the chart topping victories of Houston hip-hop rookies turned luminaries Paul Wall (The People’s Champ, 2005) and Mike Jones (Who Is Mike Jones, 2005) as well as a number of highly acclaimed independent releases featuring a gifted mass of up and coming artists including the unforgettable The Day Hell Broke Loose: Parts 1 & 2 (1999, 2003).
“Over the past five years we worked hard on developing our fan base by releasing a steady stream of independent releases,” says the award winning founder and DJ. “When we signed our deal with Warner Music Group through Asylum , it was that foundation that allowed achieve the levels of success we enjoyed last year with Warner Bros and Atlantic Records.” In an unprecedented power move, Watts secured venture partnerships with the aforementioned major record labels for Mike Jones and Paul Wall respectively. Despite having the push of key companies behind him, the accomplishments of Swisha House have been its ability to continue to function as a major label while still considered an independent. “It’s an experience,” Watts admits. “We’re learning a lot right now, a lot of positive things.”
An unpretentious executive, Watts attributes the expansion of Swisha House to having a tight team. “T Farris (President, A&R) discovered Mike Jones. I had met him (Jones) before and I heard his stuff play in the club but T actually took the initiative to sign him.” Meanwhile, Paul Wall, who previously worked at the Swisha House as a promoter, had maintained a friendship with Watts and co-CEO G Dash from the early days. “He was rapping back then and we used to let him rap in the club. He did some freestyles for our mix tapes and we’ve been cool ever since,” says Watts.
Clearly Watts’ foresight to recruit the best players in the industry has helped to curry favor among fans with hit records like Jones’ “Still Tippin’,” “Back Then,” Wall’s “Sittin’ Sideways” and countless guest appearances by the Swisha House affiliates Slim Thug, Archie Lee and Big Tiger. But it is Watts’ forte as a DJ that set the momentum for Swisha House as a record label.
“I started making mix tapes for my friends in school to get lunch money. That’s where I started to get my reputation,” says the humble Houstonian about his teenage years. As a youthful spin doctor, Watts tried his hand at various gigs before settling for his natural skill. “I was listening to one of my mix tapes and I thought there are a lot of people living off this in the music industry and it isn’t even as good as mine,” Watts remembers. “I was on a lunch break at the time and I never returned to the job. I said I’m going to make the music thing work.”
Watts instantly took control of his own market, Houston, and then proceeded to conquer the entire Lone Star state. He quickly moved on to become a household name on the streets of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Next he spread his signature sound – the Swisha House remix - to Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee. The rest of the nation has officially adopted the sound of a genre in itself, chopped and screwed music. Also to his accomplishments, Watts adds being the first DJ to have a screwed and chopped major label CD when he remixed Eightball & MJG’s Space Age 4 Eva in 2001. He followed this feat with the release of David Banner’s Mississippi: The Album. “I got Michael Watts for the chopped and screwed album because I am a fan of his work,” proclaims David Banner. “He is the number one DJ for chopped and screwed and he's part of the reason that a person can not only buy a chopped and screwed album in Houston, but in Germany. It's that big and he's that big.”
In addition to overseeing Swisha House, Watts continues to work as a DJ with shows on a plethora of radio stations throughout the nation further promoting his Swisha House remix brand. “I have a mix show that I’m doing on KBXX 97.9 The Box in Houston, Tx. every Sunday 9:00pm-11:00pm and we do straight Swisha House mixes, screwed and chopped. I’m dedicated to doing those shows every week. I try to make sure I stay in the streets and in touch with what’s going on.”
As an ambassador of Houston hip-hop, Swisha House branded chopped and screwed remixes and the south’s clout in the music industry, Watts is a featured guest on the BET It’s My Thing television campaign. Alongside other prominent entertainment movers and shakers, Watts’ spots appeared periodically and repetitively throughout the day highlighting his distinguished success as Swisha House CEO, founder and DJ.
Now he’s starting a new venture in his career by teaming up with Tx electronic music master Badbowy BMC Trill Step. Trill Step is a southern version of Dub Step created by Badbowy BMC. The first mix Return 2 Trill Step is available on line now.

In the past year, Brooklyn DJ/producer Dre Skull has done an incredible amount. He executed and produced an entire album with dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel; called Kingston Story, the record shot to the top of dancehall charts from iTunes to island radio. He was tapped by Major Lazer to help produce the upcoming Snoop Dogg album, recorded in Jamaica, Los Angeles and New York. Somewhere in the midst of this madness, Dre Skull found time to release singles with dancehall heavy-hitters Beenie Man and Popcaan, and soca chart-topper Machel Montano. The next few months will see the release of another Dre Skull riddim featuring some of dancehall's biggest names, followed by a single with rapper-of-the-moment Pusha T.

Few producers so effortlessly travel between the worlds of hip-hop, dancehall, and electronic dance music, but Dre Skull creatively connects the dots between various elements of urban underground music and culture. In the tradition of Rick Rubin and Don Was, he's a producer who sees beyond categories, creating clever combinations that push musical boundaries while also moving the dancefloor. Raised in the East Coast's underground freakout punk scene (alongside the likes of Lightning Bolt and Paper Rad), Dre Skull has developed a unique aesthetic that mixes high conceptualism with pop accessibility – it's a vibe that has made the world's tastemakers sit up and take notice.

Dre Skull has been featured by magazines such as XLR8R, Clark, Fader, Tsugi, and Vanity Fair, and his music has been championed by DJs including Annie Mac, Sinden, Switch, Drop the Lime, Diplo, Stretch Armstrong, Max Glazer and Hot 97's DJ Enuff. He continues to hone his craft and up the ante, whether traveling to Kingston to work with the hottest up-and-coming reggae stars, jetting to Japan to play the latest super-club, or working with the industry's hottest top-liners in New York and L.A.

The perfect realization of Dre Skull's singular vision is his Mixpak Records label. Founded in 2009, Mixpak is an outpost for Dre's original productions and the work of respected artists from a variety of scenes. Just a short sampling of Mixpak's roster includes Dirty South rappers Lil' Scrappy and Sissy Nobby; Japanese all-girl punk band Hard Nips; tropical bass producers Poirier and Schlachthofbronx; and cutting-edge house dudes Dubbel Dutch and Mele. With a legion of projects planned until the end of the year and exciting new signings and remixes in the works, the mysterious Mr. Skull has many more surprises up his sleeve. Tune into the magic.

Although his unique sound sees no boundaries, New Jersey's Nadus truly excels at creating and producing fast-paced Juke, hard-hitting hip-hop, and energetic Jersey Club under the umbrella of East Coast Club music.

Nadus has come a long way since Dirty South Joe, Tim Dolla, Mike V, and the Brick Bandits family put him on the map when he was only fifteen years old. Now at twenty years old, Nadus' signature sound and masterful performances behind the decks have taken him as far as Sydney, Australia. His original productions and remixes have been released on labels like Ninjatune, Palms Out Sounds, Ghettophiles, and Kingdom's Fade To Mind Imprint. He has produced music for the Seattle rapper, Eighty4Fly and is the official DJ and producer for the rap group, NJ Rebels. Nadus is also the co-founder of the "Thread" party with Exrahk, DJ Reck, and Elete of St. Joe Louis.

Ever since he's been on the scene, Nadus has racked up a mile-long list of supporters amongst his peers of DJs and producers, including his mentor DJ Steel, Dave Nada, David Heartbreak, Munchi, DJ Sega, Nick Hook, Cobra Krames, DirtyFingers, DJ Ayres, DJ Tameil, WCKids, Luny P, Sinden, and Diplo, who even wrote a college recommendation for him.

Everyone loves Jubilee. How could they not? The girl is full of positive vibes, from her bubbly DJ sets to her smiley demeanor. She's long been known as "Brooklyn's bass sweetheart," but she's also an ace DJ, one who can capably move between upfront bass music, sweaty tropical jams, party rap, UK grime, house, techno, R&B, dancehall, and more.

Stylistically, Jubilee may be hard to pin down, but she's always been a girl on the move, both literally and figuratively. Growing up in South Florida, she immersed herself in the region's rave culture, dancing the night away at underground breaks parties while spending her days soaking up Miami bass on the radio. Eventually she made the move to NYC, where she quickly infiltrated the DJ circuit with her sticky grooves and comprehensive knowledge of all things bass.

These days, she's still a regular behind the decks at various clubs and warehouse parties around the globe, but she also teams up with Mixpak label boss and serious badman Dre Skull to put on a banging party of their own called Mixpak Extended Play. Beyond that, she's even managed to take her talents to the airwaves, hosting her own weekly show called Fireworks on Brooklyn Radio in addition to Mixpak's new show on Radio Lily.
As if she wasn't busy enough already, Jubilee has somehow found the time to steadily increase her workload as a producer. Last year saw the release of her Pop It! EP via Mixpak, and she just recently dropped a collaborative record with frequent partner-in-crime Star Eyes via the white-hot Unknown to the Unknown imprint. Throw in remixes of Canblaster, Hydraulix, Creep, and Zuzuka Poderosa, and it's easy to say the Jubilee is quickly becoming a go-to producer, particularly when artists need to inject their tunes with some infectious energy and dancefloor flavor.

Much like X-Men character from whom she takes her name, Jubilee has got fireworks up her sleeve. We're just lucky that she's elected to use her powers for the good of dance parties everywhere.

Dubbel Dutch

Dubbel Dutch is impervious to the crutches of genres, though a student of many of them. An accomplished producer of cosmic tone poems and club anthems from the abyss, many claim his now-classic Throwback 12" on Palms Out Sounds saved their lives–or at least taught them a lesson in modern retrofitting. A chemistry of pre-hispanic shaman cries, YouTube videos of American microcosms, and 90s UK rave flyers make up his aesthetic, one which is not often associated with the Lone Star State. On Hymn, his debut EP for Mixpak, his methods havenʼt changed, but rather have become more refined. --- Dave Quam

THREAD co-founder and resident DJ

DJ Reck

Born in Jersey City and raised in Union City, NJ, a predominately Latino community in the outskirts of New York City, his surroundings have been a major influence in the style and music that he plays. With tropical latin sounds mixed in with hard urban beats, from old to new he plays it all.

At a young age, DJ Reck was taught by his cousin DJ Vlad Vera on how to mix and blend. Later on he taught himself how to scratch and has honed his skills throughout the years. As the technology evolved so did Reck, with the skill to be able to play on vinyl, cd or computer. Diversity is his middle name.

Playing everything is an understatement. Hip Hop, House, Club, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, Reggaeton, Freestyle, Kuduro, Baile Funk, Reggae, Soca, Moombahton, Dub Step, Zouk, Juke, Rock, Pop etc. Armed with a huge library, a keen knowledge of music and the ability to read crowds, DJ Reck always aims to please and rock out parties where ever he goes.

DJ Reck has played throughout New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, and as far out as Texas with the likes of Mad Decent DJ's, DJ Tameil, Tim Dolla, DJ Sega, Dirty South Joe, Munchi, Uproot Andy, Geko Jones, Sabo, DJ Ayres, Mike B, A-Mac, DJ Camilo and opened up for acts such as Tito Rojas, Toby Love, Oro Solido and more.

He's a part of Brick Bandits, New Jersey's biggest family of Producers and DJ's spanning from Jersey to Chicago and Philly, as well as part of the collective called Danger Room with such members as Wu-Tang Clans Cappadonna, Chedda Bang and VDJ Roc Star. DJ Reck also participates in charity events, fundraisers and toy drives that help in uplifting and enlightening various organizations such as New York's AID's Walkathon, City of Roselle, ULP and more. He also is the co-founder of the first official Moombahton party in NYC called Moombahton Maxxin along with Phi Unit, Cousin Cole and Monica Sharp. A Latin Party in the Lower East Side at The SKINnY Bar and Lounge and Thread in collaboration with fellow Brick Bandit's Elete, Ezrakh, Nadus and DJ Slink.

As always he is working on more edits and remixes as well as original production. Find him at various venues from bars, lounges, clubs and concert events

$10.00 - $15.00

Off Sale

Expect a dancefloor full of "foreplay and champagne spray" as we bring the originators of the Jersey Club sound, #THREAD to the streets of Brooklyn once again. It's only fair to pair them up with the dance music/bass loving/reggae cross-over/internationally acclaimed label crew Mixpak to add to the sweaty dance floor. And since this is such a "Special Occasion" we went to one of our most respected DJs, who had a hand in curating his own sound, label and artists that influenced all of us -- MICHAEL 5000 WATTS of Swishahouse will be our headliner and very special guest gracing the tables after midnight. The party is ALL AGES and we've got an Uber hook up for new UBER users to get you to the party - sign up and use the code: THREADBK and get a $20 credit - a ride on us!

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