The Yung Mars Project, DJ Teeko
1710 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94103
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Bayonics are a 10-piece powerhouse combining hip hop, funk and r&b with elements of Latin music and reggae to create a soundscape that reflects the emerging face of urban music and culture on the West Coast and abroad. Bayonics have performed for packed houses from San Francisco to Miami, including The House of Blues, The Mezzanine, Yoshi’s, The Independent and The Roxy, and have also rocked the crowd at many music festivals and outdoor stages across the country.
Bayonics have shared the stage with international touring acts ranging from Ozomatli, Katchafire and J-Boog to Wu-Tang Clan, N.E.R.D., Mos Def, Common and The Black Keys. They have also performed as a backing-band for R&B and soul singers such as Jaguar Wright, Lady Alma, Al B. Sure and Eric Roberson.
For those used to watching rappers posture onstage by themselves, or backed by a DJ, experiencing a group like Bayonics is a real eye-opener. As Jairo later explains, hip-hop is "definitely the easiest way" to reach young people these days. However, "when you see a live band playing hip-hop, it kinda blows your wig back."
Some call it a movement. Others say it's a revival. But there's no denying that the blending of hip-hop with live instrumentation and a variety of other genres -- including funk, jazz, salsa, reggaeton and rock -- is one of the freshest, most happening things going in the Bay Area's multicultural music scene.
The idea of a band fusing hip-hop with live instrumentation is far from an anomaly in the Bay Area -- it's part of local tradition. During the mid-'90s heyday of the acid-jazz era, groups like Alphabet Soup, the Mo'fessionals, the Broun Fellinis, Mingus Amungus and Jungle Biskit enthralled hipster crowds at such San Francisco venues as the Up & Down Club and the Elbo Room. For these artists, soul, jazz and hip-hop were all interchangeable elements of the musical mix. But though acid jazz eventually fell out of fashion, the music never stopped -- it's just taken on new forms.
Bayonics' multifaceted sound could be seen as the hip-hop generation's answer to the Latin fusion of the '70s -- think Malo and Santana, minus the guitar pyrotechnics and with a more street-wise style. Getting that sound has been an evolutionary process. The band started six years ago as a traditional salsa group, Mala Fama, that emerged out of the Loco Bloco drum ensemble.
The Yung Mars Project
Performing in and around the Bay Area for years as the front-man for a variety live Hip-Hop projects. I pretty much stay in the studio, either working on my projects, or helping other local artists make/mix their records. I have released two full length albums. My new album/mixtape, "Santa Cruz or Bust" is a record inspired by a trip I took down the coast. I was lucky enough to work with some of my favorite Bay Area vocalists, emcees, DJ's, and musicians, and producers, and I am really proud of what we came up with.
Teeko is a master turntablist, composer, producer, and co-founder of 4onefunk, groundbreaking turntable funk bands The Dollar Bin Quintet, 4onePhonics, 4onefunk Band and F.A.M.E. (Fresh Analog Music Experience)
After receiving recognition and championship awards in worldwide DJ competitions (uncluding DMC, ITF and Guitar Center Championships), he toured from coast to coast and collaborated with some of jazz's finest musicians: members of the Charlie Hunter Quartet and John Scofield Trio. Following an energetic performance in a San Francisco jazz club, audience member and legendary saxophonist Ravi Coltrane requested an encore performance. Teeko's performances are frequently met with such requests as his style is often described as truly original and refreshing.
Teeko exhibits his mastery of turntable production in his debut album, "My SoundStation," which exposes his eclectic musical style and creativity as a composer. The widely anticipated album ranked number one on several of the College Music Journal's Top 10 lists for months after its release in fall 2006. He was recognized soon after the album's debut for his excellence in production with the Milestones Innovative Producer's Award given by the world-renowned Berklee School of Music in Boston.
He has most recently displayed his innovation and creativity as a collaborator on the development of the new Vestax turntable, the Controller One—the first turntable engineered to be a musical instrument. Teeko was a co-creator in the development of this revolutionary instrument, alongside a select few of the world's top turntable musicians, to ensure its proper creation. Recognized by the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival, he and 4onefunk were invited to take the stage for the summer 2008 festival, being the first turntable group ever invited. This pioneering experience pushes his production level to new heights.
In 2010 we can look forward to Teeko raising the bar once more with his soon to be released second solo album "Light Up The Darkness", where he introduces some amazing collaborations all within a finely tuned concept. He has also recently received the honor of being invited to be a featured artist on Grammy Award winning producer Mark Ronson's next album, after being discovered by Ronson on YouTube. Teeko and F.A.M.E. are also planning to release their highly anticipated debut album "Come With Us" which is sure to please music lovers across the globe and welcome all to the Fresh Analog Music Experience.
"The most insane/creative turntablist I have ever worked with."
- Mark Ronson
"TEEKO is the funkiest most soulful turntablist I have ever seen...from the cuts to the records he chooses...I had the opportunity to hang and dj with him in the Bay Area...It was definitely my pleasure."
- Dj Jazzy Jeff
" Someone I hope the rest of the world recognizes in the near future is TEEKO from the 4OneFunk crew from San Francisco. He's one of a few people that's doing what I envisioned what the next step in turntable music would be. A true musician on the turntables as well as being a dope dj. YouTube him and see what I'm talking about."
- Dj SHORTKUT (from interview with DJ TIMES MAGAZINE)