INPUT | Mixpak Presents Toddla T / Samo Sound Boy / Dre Skull / Jubilee at Output JDH & Dave P in the Panther Room

In 2007 Toddla T (aka Tom Bell) was working in a shoe shop in his hometown of Sheffield, then just 19 and living at home with his parents, he DJ'ed at weekends and was producing beats and tracks as Small Arms Fiya.

Five years on and Toddla T has a weekly Radio 1 show, (allowing him to explore the depths of his influences and beyond,) is making the finishing touches to his second album to be released on the legendary Ninja Tune label, (an edit based release of the critically received 'Watch Me Dance' LP from 2011,) and has just completed a sold out tour with his new 'live' project 'The Toddla T Sound,' supporting Major Lazer. As a show The Toddla T Sound allows Toddla to bridge the gap between his two albums 'Skanky Skanky,' and 'Watch Me Dance,' via influential tracks and straight up classics with guest vocalists including Shola Ama, Serocee and host MC DRS live on stage.

As a DJ he has toured the globe, has a slew of remixes under his belt, (Hot Chip, Gyptian, Gorillaz, Major Lazer for starters) is a star of his own Toddla TV channel online and has worked in studios from Kingston Jamaica to Kingston upon Hull. Not to mention the recent launch of his Girls Music Label which, after only 3 releases has already featured productions by British dance music heroes Sticky

Samo Sound Boy

Samo Sound Boy is a Los Angeles-based producer and DJ whose powerful live sets and original productions have brought him to the forefront of today's forward-minded club scene. Having earned his chops DJing at Fugees 99, a Nigerian-owned dancehall in the south end of Buenos Aires, Samo compounded influences picked up there with a love of crunk, club, and Chicago house. The result remains a uniquely rugged but soulful sound of his own. In addition to having released an array of highly acclaimed remixes and original material, Samo started his own label, Body High, with Jerome Potter in 2011. Furthermore, the two partnered together to produce a side project under the name DJ Dodger Stadium. Moving full speed ahead as a producer, DJ, and label head, Samo is only getting started spreading his club aesthetic that Chicago journalist Dave Quam described as: "Weird, banging, and beautiful. Like a shortwave radio recording of all the best stations at once."

In the past year, Brooklyn DJ/producer Dre Skull has done an incredible amount. He executed and produced an entire album with dancehall superstar Vybz Kartel; called Kingston Story, the record shot to the top of dancehall charts from iTunes to island radio. He was tapped by Major Lazer to help produce the upcoming Snoop Dogg album, recorded in Jamaica, Los Angeles and New York. Somewhere in the midst of this madness, Dre Skull found time to release singles with dancehall heavy-hitters Beenie Man and Popcaan, and soca chart-topper Machel Montano. The next few months will see the release of another Dre Skull riddim featuring some of dancehall's biggest names, followed by a single with rapper-of-the-moment Pusha T.

Few producers so effortlessly travel between the worlds of hip-hop, dancehall, and electronic dance music, but Dre Skull creatively connects the dots between various elements of urban underground music and culture. In the tradition of Rick Rubin and Don Was, he's a producer who sees beyond categories, creating clever combinations that push musical boundaries while also moving the dancefloor. Raised in the East Coast's underground freakout punk scene (alongside the likes of Lightning Bolt and Paper Rad), Dre Skull has developed a unique aesthetic that mixes high conceptualism with pop accessibility – it's a vibe that has made the world's tastemakers sit up and take notice.

Dre Skull has been featured by magazines such as XLR8R, Clark, Fader, Tsugi, and Vanity Fair, and his music has been championed by DJs including Annie Mac, Sinden, Switch, Drop the Lime, Diplo, Stretch Armstrong, Max Glazer and Hot 97's DJ Enuff. He continues to hone his craft and up the ante, whether traveling to Kingston to work with the hottest up-and-coming reggae stars, jetting to Japan to play the latest super-club, or working with the industry's hottest top-liners in New York and L.A.

The perfect realization of Dre Skull's singular vision is his Mixpak Records label. Founded in 2009, Mixpak is an outpost for Dre's original productions and the work of respected artists from a variety of scenes. Just a short sampling of Mixpak's roster includes Dirty South rappers Lil' Scrappy and Sissy Nobby; Japanese all-girl punk band Hard Nips; tropical bass producers Poirier and Schlachthofbronx; and cutting-edge house dudes Dubbel Dutch and Mele. With a legion of projects planned until the end of the year and exciting new signings and remixes in the works, the mysterious Mr. Skull has many more surprises up his sleeve. Tune into the magic.

From Miami to Brooklyn!

JDH & Dave P

JDH and Dave P, hailing from New York and Philadelphia respectively, are the duo behind the FIXED parties, which have been running for nearly nine years. The duo have toured numerous times with Simian Mobile Disco and Soulwax and have recently played Coachella, PS1, Camp Bisco, FYF Fest, and at Pacha Ibiza. In addition, Dave throws the Making Time and Snacks parties in Philly as well as helping run the RVNG record label. You can catch his “Making Time RADio” show once a month on XPN.

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