ampersand events and Disco Donnie presents
Sat, Nov 9
Sun, Nov 10
NeonTRAP feat. ALEX YOUNG @ Club Ampersand SAT 11.9
Beverly Skillz, DJ DIGITAL
1100 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA, 70112
Doors 10:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
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Most 16-year-olds are lucky enough to get props from their friends, parents, coaches, or teachers.
Meanwhile, Alex Young counts Skrillex, Diplo, Dillon Francis, Kill The Noise, Flosstradamus, 12th Planet, RL Grime, Baauer, and numerous other DJs as supporters, and he's barely old enough to have a driver's license. However, His blend of shimmering electro, house, and hip hop makes for an intoxicating cocktail bound to get even the savviest of electronic dance music connoisseurs moving. The dance floor is about to get "Young".
Residing in the suburbs of Washington D.C., the emerging artist and producer began making music in 2011. Initially, he studied the art of recording, and that opened the doorway for his personal discovery of EDM. "That sparked my desire to learn even more about production," he explains. "I also wanted to make my own style of music at that point because I realized it was possible."
His "own music" is built in a very organic manner. He'll bring an idea to life by initially writing on guitar or keyboard, and then he'll synthesize it, transposing it digitally and striking a delicate balance. In the process, he's landed on an amalgam unlike anything else out there.
"Honestly, my style is very hip hop-influenced, but I try to fuse that with electronic music," he goes on. "I'm trying to create the perfect balance between hard-hitting and melodic songs."
That mission is accomplished on original tracks such as "Boomerang" and "Outrage" as well as sizzling remixes for the likes of Cults. The music instantly exudes overpowering energy that's kinetic enough to get any club on its feet. The funny thing is, this wunderkind is too young to even to attend half of those places he's playing.
"Many people can't believe how old I am," he smiles. "However, that's not what's important. I want to make music that leaves a lasting impression and is remembered for years to come."
That impression begins with the release of his forthcoming EP in 2013, and the world will get a chance to formally meet this impresario.
The south’s most notorious dance floor assassin Beverly sKILLZ has developed a widespread reputation for murdering dance floors on a regular basis. Refusing to be tied down to any one genre, she has been known to throw down anything that will keep the crowd moving. She always keeps the crowd guessing blending electro, dubstep, hip hop, disco, house, pop, old school, rock, or whatever she feels like. Playing music that comes from within is just one of the reasons her sets are always killer. Another reason is her extensive background in battling. A gift for turntablism sets her apart from your average club deejay. She brings her craft to the club in a shock and awe style that won’t be easily forgotten. She’s thrown down some memorable sets with artists such as Skrillex, DJ AM, Jazzy Jeff, MSTRKRFT, Steve Aoki and Dayglow’s "Escape Reality" Tour. She also earned national acclaim by placing 3rd in DMC New Orleans 2011. She can be found most Saturday nights throwing down her signature style at Ampersand. Check out beverlyskillz.com for tour dates & music.
In a state notorious for renowned party capital New Orleans, LA, Brandon Journet, better known as DJ Digital resides in a place that is considered to some as the crowned jewel of the planet. Louisiana is a unique place in many ways, from it's food & hospitality to it's "anything goes" way of life. In the late 90's into the early millennium, Louisiana was seemingly an underground mecca for electronic music and everything that surrounded it with venues like Kingfish" & State Palace Theater. Respectively, the nightclub & after-hours circuit heavily reflected it with parties that would stretch from any given time on a Saturday night until 3pm the next afternoon. The party scene was heaven. The DJ was God. And the "Original LA" was the place.
Coming out of high school in the summer of 1999 as a mere "bedroom DJ" who's record collection consisted of mediocre to less than desirable selections from local thrift store visits throughout his prep school years Digital was introduced to this thriving nightclub circuit and soon his hobby (and record collection) went from "hobby" to "passion". He would have never guessed that within a year, his plan to embellish upon his audio/video interests by achieving a degree in Mass Comm. at the local university would drastically change.
Fast Forward to a decade later and Digital has rocked crowds from the golden coast all the way down to Miami playing close to 200 nights out of the year. This was no easy task. After making the bold move of becoming a college dropout at the turn of the millennium, he dove right into his establishment as a DJ. Rapidly gaining popularity, he soon began producing numerous remixes and originals alongside his peers.. some of which introduced him to the craft that he would soon call a career. Pressing his work to wax and being featured on many other compilations as well as his own personal mix CD releases allowed Digital to catapult his name and signature sound to music fans and fellow DJs alike from all over the globe. You could make thousands off of a track that took you all of a week to create. Sometimes with the right idea and sample an all nighter would even do the trick. And from the producer popularity the gigs instantly followed. Some producers didn't even have to know much beyond "matching" beats and pressing play. The parties were packed and the promoters were paying big. Peer to Peer sharing was at it's peak, and this was a DJ's best friend because of how fast it allowed people you may have never even met to serve as your own personal promoter with every respective track shared. What no one realized soon enough was that this double edged sword was simultaneously killing record sales as well as the popularity of "dance music" with many DJs and label owners folding to seek other forms of income.
Digital watched as artists and DJs who he once looked up to as idols waived the white flag and gave up on the industry. Luckily, even though electronica was his stronghold, he was very well seasoned and able as a DJ, regardless of the genre. Often this eclectic taste was heard thru his music and when DJs who could "play everything" became the new demand, he slid right into place.
"It is crucial to be able to adapt and adjust as a dj .. because no matter what your scene may be .. tomorrow, your scene won't be your scene anymore."
Digital's surplus of musical knowledge spans through rock, soul, electronica, hip hop, pop & underground, from classics to currents in each respective genre and 10 times out of 9 he's probably got it on wax… in doubles. Being an avid digger Digital sees every new city as an untapped gold mine of used wax and he's probably bought more records AFTER the introduction of Serato than some DJs bought BEFORE it existed. He often jokes that he probably has more music on wax than most DJs have on their hard drives.
His appreciation for creativity and art in any way shape or form has allowed him to network with brands and individuals that directly influence and ultimately inspire him to continue to open up his own creativity to break down walls between genres and introduce new methods and ideas within his sets. A self proclaimed "hustler", he often refers to himself as a "student of the game" which keeps him grounded and constantly working to "never sound the same".
A broad range and appreciation of music is clearly reflected with versatility and high octane delivery. A fusion of precision and advanced skill level seem to come as second nature as he is most comfortable when creating on-the-fly with a combination of turntablism and a "did he just do that" level of improvisation.
Acknowledged and respected as one of the most dedicated working DJ's in his industry, for the past decade Digital has also managed to balance a radio career amidst his hectic schedule touting a Music Director position at Rhythmic Powerhouse Hot 107.9 [KHXT] in Lafayette, LA. With daily and weekend mixshow commitments as well as a full-time afternoon timeslot on the frequency known as "The Hottest Music Station" in his market, Digital is engulfed 24/7 in what he loves most. Music.
Performing with and alongside artists such as N.E.R.D., George Clinton, A-Trak, Jazzy Jeff, Paul Van Dyk, Curren$y, Egyptian Lover, 2 Live Crew, Tittsworth, Lil Wayne, Craze & many more as well as being networked and directly involved with respected brands such as Serato, Politics, Red Bull & others.
Always satisfying and dazzling audiences. Never will you see Dj Digital giving anything less than 100% in front of a crowd. Whether 10 or 10,000, his promise is to leave it all on the tables with each and every set. He has earned genuine respect through his performance and his professionalism. With technicality, personality and undying passion combined his reputation is highly regarded and has also given him the fortunate opportunity to be one of the most sought after DJs in the industry. Forever appreciative that his passion has allowed him to make a living, from venue to venue. No matter the genre; mixing, scratching, and rocking crowds is second nature, and what Digital does best.
With a relentless schedule behind the decks coupled with his radio obligations DJ Digital splits time working and residing between Lafayette & New Orleans, LA.
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