Delicious Vinyl, HVW8, ommmmm soundsystem & the Echo Present
BATTLECAT + Friends
Georgia Anne Muldrow, Like (of Pac Div), Miss Jack Davey, Polyester The Saint, Jairus Mozee, Good Joon, Kinataro, Ryck Jane, Qwesscoast, Deejay.FM
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 18 and over
Kevin “DJ Battlecat” Gilliam is a legendary music producer, DJ, and musician, created from the landscape of Los Angeles, California. DJ Battlecat was an original member of Uncle Jam’s Army and the 1580 KDAY Mix Masters. He was key in developing the “West Coast” sound while working with artists such as Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Tha Dogg Pound, E-40, Tha Eastsidaz, WC, Nate Dogg, Xzibit, and music icon, Dr. Dre. DJ Battlecat also fused his sound with dynamic artists like Brian McKnight, Lucy Pearl, BJ the Chicago Kid, Talib Kweli, Kenny Lattimore, Deborah Cox, and Faith Evans.
Early in his career, DJ Battlecat quickly built his repertoire by producing songs such as Kurupt’s “We Can Freak It,” the majority of The Eastsidaz debut album Snoop Dogg Presents The Eastsidaz including the hit single “G’d Up,” and their follow up album Duces ‘n Trayz: The Old Fashioned Way including the hit single “I Luv It.” Add Tyrese’s “Just a Baby Boy” from the soundtrack to the hit movie Baby Boy and co-producing Xzibit’s “Get Your Walk On.” DJ Battlecat has a distinct sound derived from the early influences of funk, soul, R&B, Hip-Hop, and Jazz enhanced by his dedication to musical truth and frequencies. His signature sound remains in high demand but his versatility is always evolving.
Currently, DJ Battlecat is an elite member of Dr. Dre’s The Pharmacy on Apple Beats 1 collaborative team. He produced Game’s “Up On The Wall” featuring Problem, Ty Dolla $ign, and YG from The Documentary 2.5. DJ Battlecat continues to tour and support artists like Tha Eastsidaz and DJ Quik as a DJ with his cultured, crowd igniting style. He is working on the completion of his own untitled album which will have a powerful roster of impactful artists, producers, and musicians.
Georgia Anne Muldrow
Born in Los Angeles to acclaimed jazz musician Ronald Muldrow, known as an instrumentalist with Eddie Harris, and Rickie Byars-Beckwith, leader of the famed Agape Choir and a noted spiritual teacher with the New Thought movement, Georgia was exposed to music at an early age. Upon graduating, Georgia moved to New York for The New School’s jazz program and met fellow students Robert Glasper and Bilal. Connecting with the likes of Wajeed led to her works on the critically acclaimed Platinum Pied Pipers’ Triple P album, but being on the NYC Subway underneath the World Trade Center during the mayhem of that tragic event led her to abandon New York for Los Angeles. Working with local producers such as Ras G, Dibiase & Sa-Ra grew her buzz which attracted major artists Erykah Badu & Mos Def.
Like (of Pac Div)
Hip Hop artist, DJ, producer, lyricist
Polyester The Saint
Forget gangster rap. A new generation is leading L.A. hip-hop towards a brighter future defined more by the city's sunny skies than its criminal underbelly.
The Dr. Dre figure overseeing this transformation is Polyester the Saint. The producer, rapper, singer and multi-instrumentalist was the driving force (along with co-producer Lazy Lou) behind 2009's LAUSD Presents: Curly Tops & Nautica Jackets
, a scene-capturing, L.A.-artists-only mixtape that featured Pac Dic, U-N-I, Blu and Dom Kennedy, among others. Now Polyester, who's also produced for Too Short and E-40 and collaborates regularly with electro-soul duo J*DaVeY and Sa-Ra's Taz Arnold, is stepping out with his own solo album, Peace Love Unity Respect. Far from traditional hip-hop, his eclectic, leftfield sound borrows equally from jazz and funk—think Andre 3000's The Love Below, if it came from the West Coast in 2010.
Born Christian St. James Cleveland on October 10, 1982, Polyester the Saint (The unusual stage moniker comes from his preference for funky '70s gear, and his middle name) grew up knee deep in music. His grandfather was the late Rev. James Cleveland, the father of modern gospel music, and his uncle is Jeffrey Daniels of Shalamar and Soul Train fame. His own father, Andre Cleveland, was a producer and promoter whose parties in the 1990s gave a young Poly the opportunity to rub elbows with everyone from Snoop to Usher while still in his teens. A drummer since the age of 5, his plan initially was to become a touring musician. But his life changed when a close friend of his father's—none other than Stevie Wonder—gave him a Yamaha keyboard for Christmas at age 13.
"It was a super-expensive keyboard that somebody at that age probably wouldn't be able to have, and it allowed you to make your own songs because it had multiple tracks," Polyester (or Poly, for short) says. "When he did that, I said, 'I don't want to be somebody else's musician, I want to make my own music.' So from that point on, it led up to today."
After attending the Musicians' Institute, a music college in Hollywood, Poly landed a position as an engineer at Chaka Khan's studio, Vertex. He'd been making his own beats since Stevie gave him that keyboard, but holding a day job in a working studio gave him the opportunity to learn the ropes from established producers like T. Scott (Destiny's Child, B2K) and Universal recording artist (and Poly's close friend) B. Howard. That experience soon translated to a deal with independent Jaded Records, which brought him on to produce and help assemble the Board Bangers, a prefab skateboard-rap crew.
"The deal wound up not going so well so ended up leaving, but I was 23 or 24 at the time and had my own group I was producing," Poly recalls. "I don't know of too many people that have had that chance at that stage."
It was then that he and fellow producer Lazy Lou (a.k.a. Louis Brown IV) came together as L.A.U.S.D. (or Los Angeles Unified Sound District) and conceived of Curly Tops & Nautica Jackets, an overview of up-and-coming artists in the L.A. area.
"I said I'm getting away from this whole industry world, I'm about to just deal with all L.A. artists, all L.A. people," Poly says. "Because I want to see us start winning. We're losing right now."
The idea proved to be a prescient one, as Pac Div, U-N-I and Dom Kennedy have all built a major buzz since then, with Poly's help. Poly and Dom Kennedy have worked particularly close together since then, with Poly contributing beats to Kennedy's Future Street/Drug Sounds and From the Westside with Love mixtapes.
"People are like, 'How did you know that they were going to be this,' or, 'How did you know Dom was going to be what he is today?'" Poly says. "It wasn't that I knew that but that's what the plan was. That's what I went in to do, to make some noise. And we're making noise right now."
Now, Poly finds himself juggling a career as producer and an artist in his own right. He recently traveled to Paris twice to perform with J*Davey and Taz Arnold and oversaw the entirety of Little Light Of Mine, an E.P. by Marz Lovejoy, an up-and-coming female rapper from L.A. via Minnesota whom he discovered. All the while he's been working to complete his own masterpiece, Peace Love Unity Respect.
Poly's first single as a solo artist was called "Ask, Believe, Receive." Like The Secret, the popular self-help book that turned those exact words into a worldwide mantra, his message is all about thinking positively.
"My music is not gospel and it's not very preachy but the message is always positive," Poly says. "My motto is smile everyday. I don't do songs about anything negative. I don't think that way."
American producer, guitarist, bassist
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