King Britt, DJ Damage with DJ Frosty, DJ Ferno, DJ JJ "The Outlaw" Booker

King by name, King by nature; King Britt is a truly pioneering musician who is widely recognized a member of the royal elite of the Dance Music world. Based in Philadelphia, King Britt has been breaking the traditional boundaries and forging a unique path as a producer, musician, DJ, label boss and media revolutionary for over 20 years.

Taking influence from a wide spectrum of musical genres, as well as a number of seminal producers such as Trevor Horn, Quincy Jones and Arif Marden, King has always found a way to escape the strictures of any single category of music by working across genres such deep house, hip-hop, broken beat, nu-jazz, funk and afro-tech. Releasing his first record (E-Culture – ʻTribal Confusionʼ) through Strictly Rhythm in 1990, King went onto tour worldwide with Digable Planets –
the Grammy award winning hip-hop fusion band – whilst continuing to develop his love of Dance Music culture and laying the foundations for his prodigal solo career.

In 1994, alongside Josh Wink he launched Ovum Recordings and also formed Sylk130 – a collective of Philadelphiaʼs finest musical talent including Lady Alma, Alison Crockette and Ursula Rucker. He produced Sylk130_s first album (ʻWhen
The Funk Hits The Fanʼ) and licensed it to Sony through his own Ovum label. ʻWhen The Funk Hits The Fanʼ went onto sell over 500,000 copies and essentially provided the blueprint for the Philly Neo-Soul resurgence. King also produced Sylk130 second album (ʻRe-Members Onlyʼ) – which featured the likes
of Alison Moyet (Yazoo), Martin Fry (ABC), Grover Washington Jr., De La Soul and Kathy Sledge – and also the ʻLets Make A Recordʼ LP for Sister Gertrude Morgan.

In addition to these achievements, King is one of the worldʼs most respected remixers. He has added his unique touch to hugely diverse range of artists such from Miles Davis, The OʼJays and Curtis Mayfield through to Macy Gray, Solange, Femi Kuti and Everything But The Girl. King Brittʼs remix of
ʻContemplationʼ (Josh One) was nominated for the Dancestar Remix Of The Year Award and maintains its killer status upon the most discerning dance floors. King has also scored and underscored music for films, TV series and commercials
(Miami Vice, Rolex, Mini, and True Blood) while in 2007 he became the first DJ to be awarded The Pew Fellowship – one of the most prestigious grants for creative arts in U.S. King is also a Creative Cultural Ambassador for his hometown of
Philadelphia.

As a DJ, King Britt is hugely versatile – a chameleon behind the decks. Taking inspirations from the likes of David Mancuso, Frankie Knuckles, David Morales and Francois K, King plays right across a broad range of genres, using his
experience and creativity to fit the demands of any dance floor. He has toured extensively across and throughout Europe, the U.S. and the Far East as well as rocking premier night spots throughout the world.

Most recently King Britt has just released Yesterdayʼs Machine by Saturn Never Sleeps, a collaboration with science fiction singer Rucyl Mill. The Saturn Never Sleeps project which incorporates, primarily, a unique live show fusing audio and
visuals into a thought provoking world of sight and sound, and is also an independent record label. King has also recently produced the new Bedouin Soundclash LP, a track for the new King Sunny Ade album and a number of remixes for the likes of Preservation Hall Jazz Ensemble feat. Mos Def, Glitch Mobb, Jay Haze and Dilouya.

Aspiring DJs, pay attention: DJ Damage is setting the bar extremely high. After receiving his first set of turntables from his mother at the age of twelve, the unstoppable go-getter has hit the ground running ever since. At twenty one years old, DJ Damage has already accomplished what many people twice his age could only dream of.

Having started on the student run radio station W.H.I.P of Temple University’s the “Friday Knockout Show,” DJ Damage currently is the youngest on-air mixer in the nation, spinning live week nights on 100.3 the Beat. Fans can also witness him holding down the hottest parties on college campuses and clubs throughout the country. He’s been cosigned by legendary DJs: Drama, Omega, Jay-Ski, Touchtone among others, pegged the “Hottest DJ in the Hood” and is self-proclaimed “King of Temple University.”

With his growing popularity, DJ Damage’s success thus far is remarkable due to the challenges he’s been able to overcome along the way. Adopted at three months by his lovely mother, Adrienne Stokes, DJ Damage (born Abdul-Quddas Muhammad) was raised in the rough environment of North Philadelphia. Growing up, Damage and his brother FESE were inspired by the work of Will Smith (the Fresh Prince) and DJ Jazzy Jeff. But while FESE set-out to be a rapper, Damage struggled to find his way at first. In 2004, when his family underwent financial hardship, he resorted to selling drugs to help make ends meet. He quickly learned it was not the route for him and began honing his skills on the one’s and two’s.
In middle school Damage linked up with classmate DJ Young Shizz who helped teach him the basics of DJing. Soon after– at only thirteen– Damage was creating quite a buzz throughout the city; winning over skeptical high-school crowds, packing basement parties on weekends and all the while making considerable amounts of money. Today, he prides himself on being an original. Unlike many of his peers, he does not rely on pre-mixed songs and mp3 players, but uses his sharp musical ear, great song selection and timing to keep the crowd moving.

A graduate of Temple University with a degree Broadcasting Telecommunications and Mass Media, Damage managed to maintain a 3.0 GPA while keeping up with his demanding career. “I never thought success would come easy,” he says, crediting his hard-working mother for instilling a strong work ethic in him. When he’s not putting it down on the turntables, the business-minded DJ is building his brand online. He communicates with fans through blogging, videos and his web series “The Damage Report.” He is also CEO of entertainment group Stay-Wit-It Ent and recently started a crew called Da Skratch Addictz with local DJs Amir and Macky.
One of Damage’s notable tours was that for “Kollateral Damage” where he DJ’d live at over twenty colleges; with performances from artist such as Meek Millz, Wiz Khalifa and Wale. Damage continues to broaden his career, he hopes to expand his work as a radio show host as well as to give back by starting a non-profit after school program teaching young people media technology.

Humble, yet hungry, the young DJ stays grounded despite his many achievements and constantly strives to take his career to the next level. Armed with a winning personality, driven nature and poised for greatness, it’s safe to assume the best is yet to come for DJ Damage, just stay tuned!

DJ Frosty

DJ Ferno

Musically capable, intelligent. Positively influential due to his musical ability to mix and mingle with crowds that differ by age and ethnicity. With an ear for detail and the ability to deliver musical pleasure, DJ Ferno is able to conquer the emotional connections people have with music by simply being good at what he does.

At the age of thirteen, Chez Bingham became a co-host for the “YoungBul” show at 103.9 FM a Philadelphia radio station, which is now 100.3 The Beat. There he began his career as a host with local TV show Urban X-Pressions in 2001. With Urban X-Pressions being one the hottest and most recognized television shows in the Tri-state area, Ferno began to accumulate an accredited fan base that ranged from age groups to networking groups. He spent several years dedicating his time, charisma, and intellect to making Urban Expressions exciting and worth watching. There he was able to build a network, learn how to properly promote and host parties, and build a brand for himself, which is now prominent and strong. Although Ferno affiliated himself with radio hosting and promotion, he maintained a connection with music by becoming interested in deejaying at the age of sixteen. He immediately gravitated towards the turn-tables, which then, became the beginning of a new and indulging musical era by an individual who found meaning of life through music. No genre is off limits. It is his sole purpose to introduce musical differentiation to anyone willing to listen. Most will find themselves engulfed in his presence whenever there is a turn- table in his possession.

His inspiration stemmed from the works of DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Touch Tone and DJ Excel. Most importantly DJ Ferno pays homage to the legendary DJ AM in which he uses AM’s “AHH Yeah” slogan to continue and promote AM’s success as a DJ.

With gigs lined up ranging from weddings to night clubs, DJ Ferno is also focused on Dosage, an upcoming artist whose positive lyrics and vibrant personality caught the attention of Lupe Fiasco back in 2010. Although he continues to deejay for a variety of clients and venues, his biggest projects focus on producing and traveling alongside the aspiring twenty-one year old rapper. In April of this year, they took the stage and opened up twice for Lupe Fiasco in New York and once at Penn State’s spring fling. Since then, the duo has been booking shows all over the city in places like The Blockley, The Arts Garage, TLA, and the Arts Museum. He has produced Dosage’s hit song “Get Better,” which was released in 2010.

He maintains serenity through all his hard work by practicing and making music his number one priority. The distribution of music rest in his hands and is witnessed every time he walks up on stage. Once the tables begin to turn all eyes are on him. With the belief that any true talent takes ten thousand hours to perfect, DJ Ferno does just that every chance he gets. While constantly on a musical rampage, DJ Ferno continues to master his craft and has once again, produced a masterpiece, which will be on Dosage’s next album titled Blood and Sand.

In August 2011, alongside DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Ferno toured the country with Grammy winning soul artist Jill Scott. The Jill Scot Block Party Tour included additional performances from Doug E. Fresh, Anthony Hamilton, and Mint Condition. While on tour, DJ Ferno was able to receive a first hand experience of what life is like, on the road, as a prominent and highly recognized DJ.

Now, enlightened by years of practice and personal musical fulfillment, DJ Ferno manages his time by spinning in different cities marking his territory with a precise yet recognizable style, which promotes his personal connection with music

Professor Slim

Some call him "The Outlaw." Others JJ. Either way he knows what to play!

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King Britt, DJ Damage with DJ Frosty, DJ Ferno, DJ JJ "The Outlaw" Booker with DJ Frosty, DJ Ferno, Professor Slim

Tuesday, February 14 · 8:00 PM at The Blockley