Fort Knox Recordings Presents: THE BIG BOOM 2013
Afrika Bambaataa and A Skillz
Pumpkin, Fort Knox Five on 4 Turntables (DJ Set), Nappy Riddem (DJ Set), Proxxy & Lantern
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009
This event is 18 and over
Known as the pioneer of hip hop and electro funk, Afrika Bambaataa represents decades of talent and creativity; from being the leader of the New York street gang Black Spades to creating the global, ground-breaking Universal Zulu Nation in the 70s and spreading the hip hop culture as the Grandfather of hip hop.
Pumpkin is not like other DJs. He isn't bound by genre, tempo or playing the latest and hottest tracks. Instead, he finds a familiar thread in songs from multiple genres, styles, and eras, and weaves them into a sound that is all his own.
After starting his first band in 5th grade, and playing on the Sunset strip before he was old enough to drive, it wasn't until 2004 that he discovered house music and began the process of transitioning from musician to DJ. In 2006 he was asked to join the LA based DJ and underground event crew Pocket Underground, and since then has become a mainstay at some of the largest, most innovative festivals in the country, including Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, Art Outside & EDC.
Pumpkin's quirky remixes of familiar classics create a sense of dance floor sentimentality that crowds revel in. From Peter Gabriel to The Muppets, Blind Melon to folk songstress Tina Dico, Pumpkin digs deep when selecting a song to remix and reinterpret.
Equally at home in a dark warehouse, a packed nightclub, or sunrise at an outdoor festival, Pumpkin is a master at reading the crowd and adjusting his unique selection to turn any dance floor into a big ol' puddle of lovesauce.
Proxxy & Lantern
The past few years for Proxxy & Lantern have been strong. Together they formed Essential Bass a local DC crew who develops and throws electronic music events in the DC / Baltimore Area. They recently have booked acts like Krafty Kuts, Deekline, Keith Mackenzie, Lady Waks, The Freestylers, Marten Horger, Stanton Warriors and DJ Icey. They've been pushing the break beat sound hard in the Washington, DC metro area. DJ Proxxy is fresh back from a gig in London and is set to return again this summer. From Seattle to New York, London to Miami, Proxxy & Lantern have put in their dues over the years. They’ve played the iconic Ultra Music Festival in Miami for over 10 years and were residents at the legendary Starscape festival in Baltimore. DJ Lantern, along with Bradley Drop, topped the beatport breaks charts with a #1 hit in 2015 and a #2 hit in 2016. Lantern currently is the behind the scenes man at Transit (Give Productions), one of the longest running weeklies in the Washington, DC metro area - 13 years and counting. In the last 12 months they were blessed with the opportunity to create an exclusive mini mix on Crystal Method's Community Service on SiriusXm Satellite Radio. Keep an eye out for more choons, edits and mixes from Proxxy & Lantern in the near future! Much like electric avenue, they always bring an old-school vibe and keep the dance-floor current using a diverse track selection. Known for their energetic, booty bouncing sets, be sure not to miss these breakbeat US legends!