AUDIO: “ESSENTIALS WITH MIKE NARDONE” (11/11/17) w/ special guest DIVINE STYLER!

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PART 2:

It is an honor to have the legendary LA Hip Hop Radio personality, Mike Nardone return to the airwaves on Beat Junkie Radio. He returns to his roots by debuting his new show called “Essentials” on Beat Junkie Radio.  If you’re not familiar with Mike Nardone, he was the first person to start up a college Hip Hop radio show in 1987 at KXLU (Loyola Marymount) in Los Angeles called “We Came From Beyond” as well as having a show on the defunct 92.3 The Beat called “Da Joint” with King Emz.  Mike is the West Coast counterpart of the legendary NY Radio Duo, Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Garcia. This particular episode, he has the legendary Divine Styler as a special guest! The audio is a 2 part link.

Essentials with Mike Nardone will NOW be airing every 2nd Saturdays of each month from 4-6pm on Beat Junkie Radio, exclusively on Dash. You can listen to Mike’s show by either downloading the FREE Dash Radio App from ITunes or Google Play or listen on the web: www.dashradio.com.

UPDATE!! AUDIO: SOUNDCHECK (11/14/17) w/ SPECIAL GUESTS DJ MUGGS, MEYHEM LAUREN, & DEFARI

(11/14/17) with Dj Muggs (Soul Assassins/Cypress Hill), Meyhem Lauren, & Defari

Meyhem Lauren & Dj Muggs – “Gems From The Equinox” & Defari – “Rare Poise” AVAILABLE NOW!

Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles
 7-10PM PST
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.

UPDATE! Due to Mixcloud‘s “Licensing Restrictions” in the US, we had to uploaded to Dropbox instead.  You can either listen or download the audio by clicking on the link.  Enjoy!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/qkp95wnz01s982b/BEAT%20JUNKIE%20RADIO%20-%2011.14.17%20-%20SOUNDCHECK.mp3?dl=0

 

AUDIO: “SOUNDCHECK” – HAPPY BIRTHDAY J.ROCC, MADLIB, PLANET ASIA, PHAROAHE MONCH, BISHOP LAMONT, THE ALCHEMIST, & OHNO!

Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles
 7-10PM PST
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.

Happy Birthday to J.Rocc, Madlib, Planet Asia, Pharoahe Monch, Bishop Lamont, The Alchemist, & OhNo!

AUDIO: “ESSENTIALS WITH MIKE NARDONE” (10/14/17): ‘COVERS’ EPISODE!


It is an honor to have the legendary LA Hip Hop Radio personality, Mike Nardone return to the airwaves on Beat Junkie Radio. He returns to his roots by debuting his new show called “Essentials” on Beat Junkie Radio.  If you’re not familiar with Mike Nardone, he was the first person to start up a college Hip Hop radio show in 1987 at KXLU (Loyola Marymount) in Los Angeles called “We Came From Beyond” as well as having a show on the defunct 92.3 The Beat called “Da Joint” with King Emz.  Mike is the West Coast counterpart of the legendary NY Radio Duo, Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Garcia.

Essentials with Mike Nardone will NOW be airing every 2nd Saturdays of each month from 4-6pm on Beat Junkie Radio, exclusively on Dash. You can listen to Mike’s show by either downloading the FREE Dash Radio App from ITunes or Google Play or listen on the web: www.dashradio.com.

AUDIO: “ASSORTED FLAVAS” w/ OJ, NIKOBEATS, & CAZAL ORGANISM – EP. 001 (BEAT JUNKIE RADIO)

It is our pleasure and honor to welcome aboard OJ, Nikobeats, & Cazal Organism and their new show “Assorted Flavas” on Beat Junkie Radio!

“For the very first episode, us, the creators and hosts of Assorted Flavas are providing sounds for the entire show with 3 sets full of heat.
Shout out to Rhettmatic for welcoming us to Beat Junkie Radio!
We’re back the last Friday of November from 3-5pm PST with a couple special guests.
Stay tuned!” – Assorted Flavas Crew

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https:://dashradio.com/beatjunkieradio

AUDIO: “A STABLE SOUND” w/ CUT CHEMIST – EPISODE 23: 1 YR ANNIVERSARY/BDAY & DJ LIVE FROM BJIOS!

The one & only Cut Chemist has his own radio show called “A Stable Sound” on Dublab Radio. On this particular episode is a special one:

“My Bday and one year anniversary show recorded live from the Beat Junkie Institute Of Sound featuring a round robbin scratch session with some of the students and teachers. Also celebrating some of our favorite rap songs about DJs including the late great Jam Master Jay of Run DMC!”Cut Chemist

SATURDAY (10/21/17): CUTFEST LA AT THE BEAT JUNKIE INSTITUTE OF SOUND!

Saturday October 21st, Cutfest LA will be happening from 4pm – 9pm held at The Beat Junkie Institute Of Sound in Glendale Ca.  Showcases by D-Styles, Dj IQ, Dj Traps, Dj Flip Flop, Dj Prolifix. Dj Shmeeze, & many more! Portable cutting area, and Beat Juggling and Scratching Battles. Please register on website to battle: www.cutfestla.com

SAT. (10/14/16): 2ND ANNUAL “SIP N SCRATCH” LADIES ONLY WORKSHOP w/ DJ SHORTEE at BJIOS!

Ladies, we’ve got another Sip n’ Scratch coming up, Saturday Oct.14th 6-10pm at The Beat Junkies Institute Of Sound! We’ve got the incredible Dj Shortee coming back to lead the way at this ladies only scratch workshop and Vino And Vibes coming through with the wine! RSVP IS A MUST! LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE!
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RSVP: beatjunkiesound.com/sipnscratch

Ladies, we’ve got another Sip n’ Scratch coming up, Saturday Oct.14th 6-10pm! If you’ve always wanted to learn how to scratch, bring your GF’s, drink some wine, and have a good time! We’ve got @djshortee coming back to lead the way at this ladies only scratch workshop and @vnoandvibes coming through with the wine and small bites! 🥂🍾👯💿🎚 ••• RSVP: beatjunkiesound.com/sipnscratch (Link in Bio) • Limited space • This is a 21 + over event. . #BJIOS #sipnscratch #bjiosworkshops #ladiesonlyworkshop #beatjunkies #vinoandvibes #BJIOS #glendale #losangeles #girlsnightout #beatjunkieinstituteofsound #thingstodoinla #ladowntowner #ladiesonthecut

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IN HONOR OF ROC RAIDA’S 8 YR ANNIVERSARY, “ROC4RAIDA” HAS LAUNCHED!

On this 8th year anniversary (September 19, 2017) of our dearly departed Anthony “Roc Raida” Williams, Dj Rob Swift & John Carluccio are happy to introduce #Roc4Raida (http://roc4raida.vhx.tv/), the official website for downloading & streaming rare DJ Roc Raida video titles. 100% of the proceeds go to Raida’s family.

AUDIO: “ESSENTIALS WITH MIKE NARDONE” ON BEAT JUNKIE RADIO (9/9/17)

It is an honor to have the legendary LA Hip Hop Radio personality, Mike Nardone return to the airwaves on Beat Junkie Radio. He returns to his roots by debuting his new show called “Essentials” on Beat Junkie Radio.  If you’re not familiar with Mike Nardone, he was the first person to start up a college Hip Hop radio show in 1987 at KXLU (Loyola Marymount) in Los Angeles called “We Came From Beyond” as well as having a show on the defunct 92.3 The Beat called “Da Joint” with King Emz.  Mike is the West Coast counterpart of the legendary NY Radio Duo, Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Garcia.

Essentials with Mike Nardone will NOW be airing every 2nd Saturdays of each month from 4-6pm on Beat Junkie Radio, exclusively on Dash. You can listen to Mike’s show by either downloading the FREE Dash Radio App from ITunes or Google Play or listen on the web: www.dashradio.com.

AUDIO: J.ROCC’S “ADVENTURES IN STEREO” w/ DAMIAN “JR GONG” MARLEY!

This is a past recording of “Adventures In Stereo” radio show few months ago.  The Funky President J.Rocc brings in the legendary Damien Marley.  J.Rocc’s radio show is now every Friday from 8-10pm on 90.7FM KPFK in Los Angeles or listen on the internet: www.kpfk.org.

BJIOS Premium Pack: Enroll Now!

If you are an intermediate to advance DJ and would like to sharpen up your skills, this is the course for you.

Upon enrollment, you will have access to five weekly classes which include; Intermediate + Advance Scratch Training, Beat Juggling, Creative Mixing and Serato.

Assessment Required Prior to Enrollment. The Premium Pack also includes a BJIOS Membership.

Sign Up: www.beatjunkiesound.com/signup

Registration Closes: Monday 9/4

AUDIO: J.ROCC’S “ADVENTURES IN STEREO” w/ special guest DJ QUIK!

This is a past recording of “Adventures In Stereo” radio show few months ago.  The Funky President J.Rocc brings in the legendary Dj Quik.  J.Rocc’s radio show is now every Friday from 8-10pm on 90.7FM KPFK in Los Angeles or listen on the internet: www.kpfk.org.

VIDEO POST: A TRIBUTE TO DJ AM BY DJ MELO-D!

On this day, August 28th 2009, we lost the incredible DJ AM. In rememberance of our brother and all of his contributions to the art form and the DJ community, here is a tribute from our very own DJ Melo-D in honor of one of the greatest to ever do it on the 2 turntables. Rest In Peace Adam Michael Goldstein aka DJ AM.

Recorded at the Beat Junkie Institute of Sound in Glendale, Ca. #DJAM #Turntablism #BeatJunkies #BJIOS #DJ #Serato #PioneerDJ #Mixars #QSCAudio #FluidAudio #Shure

AUDIO: “ESSENTIALS” w/ MIKE NARDONE (JULY 8, 2017) – R&B 1984-1986!

It is an honor to have the legendary LA Hip Hop Radio personality, Mike Nardone return to the airwaves on Beat Junkie Radio. He returns to his roots by debuting his new show called “Essentials” on Beat Junkie Radio.  If you’re not familiar with Mike Nardone, he was the first person to start up a college Hip Hop radio show in 1987 at KXLU (Loyola Marymount) in Los Angeles called “We Came From Beyond” as well as having a show on the defunct 92.3 The Beat called “Da Joint” with King Emz.  Mike is the West Coast counterpart of the legendary NY Radio Duo, Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Garcia. This particular episode, Mike is playing R&B soul from 1984-1986.

Essentials with Mike Nardone will be airing every 2nd Saturdays of each month from 4:30-6:30pm on Beat Junkie Radio, exclusively on Dash. You can listen to Mike’s show by either downloading the FREE Dash Radio App from ITunes or Google Play or listen on the web: www.dashradio.com.

AUDIO: SOULECTION RADIO EP. 312 feat. THE BEAT JUNKIES!


â–¶ Soulection ~ The Sound of Tomorrow
â–¶ facebook.com/soulection | twitter.com/soulection
âžś Show #312 Track List: bit.ly/Show312TrackList
~ Watch The Story of Soulection Radio: youtu.be/UjTbCD3coBk
â–¶ Discover: @world-famous-beat-junkies @rhettmatic @mrchoc @joekay

J.Rocc, Mr. Choc, & Rhettmatic of the Beat Junkies visit Soulection Radio & catch up with Joe Kay as they discuss the opening of the Beat Junkie Institute Of Sound as well as getting down on the decks. >>> www.beatjunkiesound.com

** Soulection Radio Shows on Beats 1 are archived here 6 days after they air live on Saturday from 7pm-9pm Pacific**

NEW VIDEO: INSIDE RHETTMATIC’S STUDIO! “RHETT GOT BEATS”

Dj Rhettmatic of the World Famous Beat Junkies has been DJing for well over 20 years. A Dj champion, member of The Visionaries, Crown Royale, the Cypress Junkies and the Dirty Disco Squares, Rhett has been producing for just about the same period of time, creating backdrops for artists from Aloe Blacc to Ras Kass on well over 50 releases.

And now it comes time for the OG staple of the West Coast to step out with his own full-length instrumental project. May 19th, 2017 you will find out, if you didn’t already know, that Rhett Got Beats. At 18 tracks beatin’ down the block, with a bonus feature from Hieroglyphics’ Opio and Pep Love, this will fit nicely in your Street Corner Music collection.

In this video footage, Rhettmatic is in his home studio, which he calls it the “Sound-O-Matic Lab”, playing beats (old & new) from all the various machines that he uses to produce with: the classic E-MU SP1200 & the Akai MPC2000 Drum Machine Samplers as well as his current production tool, Propellerhead’s Reason Software. You can actually hear the progression of his production throughout the years with each music equipment, even with some beats that he forgot that he made.

Video shot/edited by Dj Underkut of Open Format LA
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“Rhett Got Beats” presented by Houseshoes on Street Corner Music available NOW!
ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rhett-got-beats/id1230719640?app=music&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Bandcamp:
https://rhettmatic.bandcamp.com/album/rhett-got-beats

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VIDEO: NBC LA’S “LIFE CONNECTED” w/ DJ BABU & NIKOBEATS

Our very own Dj Babu & his son Nikobeats were featured on the NBC LA Channel 4‘s “Life Connected” series in honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month.  They were interviewed during the official Grand Opening of the Beat Junkie Institute Of Sound in Glendale this past April.  Thank you to Hetty Chang for the interview!

AUDIO: GANGSTARR – THE FINAL TRIBUTE! MIXED BY STARTING FROM SCRATCH & DJ GROUCH

The collaboration of T-Dot’s Finest repping for One of Hip Hop Duos of All Time, Gangstarr!
Dj Starting From Scratch takes you on the ultimate musical journey showcasing the greatest songs/features of Guru & Dj Premier & our very own Record Pool Ambassador, the legendary Dj Grouch gives you the ultimate retrspect by cutting up some of Gangstarr’s greatest Breaks/Breakbeats. All this combined gives you THE ABSOLUTE GREATEST TRIBUTE TO THE GANGSTARR. that you’ll ever get your hands/ears on!!! You know it’s also legit when Preemo himself drops an official drop for the mix.  Rest In Peace Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal aka The Guru!

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/dj-starting-from-scratch-podcast/id1188055478

VIDEO RECAP: BEAT JUNKIE INSTITUTE OF SOUND “GRAND OPENING”

On April 15th 2017 in Los Angeles, CA, we had the honor of having our grand opening of The Beat Junkies Institute Of Sound.  Located in Glendale, California, we offer fundamental and specialized DJ courses, workshops, private instruction, and an opportunity to join our community and learn the art form of DJ’ing “Beat Junkie Style” on state of the art equipment, in an intimate & professional environment. Whether you are new to DJ’ing or a seasoned vet, the Beat Junkie Institute of Sound has a curriculum & facility suited for everyone interested in learning the craft and it’s history.

Its was a packed house, with tons of Hip Hop enthusiasts, live performances, live DJ scratch sessions, workshops and plenty more things going on, with DJ sets with Peanut Butter Wolf, Breakbeat Lou, Mad Skillz, 14KT, Monalisa, Dj Manwell, Dj Flip Flop, Dj IQ, Dj Prolifix, Dj Eri, Nikobeats & of course The Beat Junkies.  Video provided by Vincent “Wackoe’ Enriquez of wackoefilms.com, courtesy of undergroundhiphopblog.com

For more info on how to book training classes starting May 1st, please visit beatjunkiesound.com

BONUS VIDEO #1: Michael Rapaport x Beat Junkies
Video by @underkut 
www.openformat.la

BONUS VIDEO #2: The Beat Junkies visit Big Boy’s Neighborhood:

VIDEO SERIES: “WATCH THE SOUND” Prolifix

Watch The Sound” is back! In this episode the one & only DJ Prolifix stops by BJIOS and shows you why he’s the 2016 USA IDA Scratch Champion. Check him out at @djprolifix

Filmed & edited by @underkut www.openformat.la

For all the latest 7″ scratch vinyl and portable turntable mods. Hit up https://openformat.la/

Peep our digital record pool and all things Beat Junkies at www.beatjunkies.com

Beat Junkie Institute of Sound coming in Spring 2017 for more info go to www.beatjunkiesound.com.

AUDIO: “THINK B.I.G. – THE FINAL TRIBUTE” MIX BY STARTING FROM SCRATCH & DJ GROUCH

The collaboration of T-Dot’s Finest repping for the Greatest Of All Time, The Notorious B.I.G.
Dj Starting From Scratch takes you on the ultimate musical journey showcasing the greatest songs/features of Biggie & our very own Record Pool Ambassador, the legendary Dj Grouch gives you the ultimate retrspect by cutting up some of Biggie’s greatest Breaks/Breakbeats. All this combined gives you THE ABSOLUTE GREATEST TRIBUTE TO THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G. that you’ll ever get your hands/ears on!!! This is also our final send off to the G.O.A.T.! Kick back, relax, & enjoy this Final Tribute to The Notorious B.I.G.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-grouchcast-by-dj-grouch/id1207346138?mt=2

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-dj-starting-from-scratch-podcast/id1188055478?mt=2

 

AUDIO: DJ BELLA FIASCO – “THE MESSAGE: A BEATJUNKIES.COM SOUNDTRACK”

One of our Beat Junkies Record Pool Ambassadors, the lovely & talented Dj Bella Fiasco put together a special mix called “The Message: A Beatjunkies.com Soundtrack”.

A soundtrack of songs to inspire and elevate love, peace, and the healing of music.” – Dj Bella Fiasco

Enjoy the mix & follow her on Twitter/Instagram: @djbellafiasco

For Djs that need these songs, make sure to go sign up for our Beat Junkies Digital Record Pool at www.beatjunkies.com

 

Tracklist:
Be Alright (Keep Ya Head Up) – Zapp
Keep Ya Head Up – 2Pac
Everybody Loves The Sunshine (Starting From Scratch Remix) – Roy Ayers
Peace and Love feat. Masego & Rommel Donald – Tall Black Guy
The World Is Yours vs Ukey vs Nas – Kon vs Ukey vs Nas
Kingdom feat. Vince Staples (Babu Edit) – Common
We The People – A Tribe Called Quest
Come Together (Daniel Crawford Remix) – The Beatles
Lean On Me – Club Noveau 
Love Is All We Need – Mary J Blige
Spread Love (45 King Remix) – Take 6
If You Got Love – Non Phixion
Me Against The World – 2Pac feat. Dramacydal
Change – J Cole
Soul Rebel – Bob Marley
Dis Generation – A Tribe Called Quest
I Can – Nas
People Make The World Go Round – O’Donel Levy
Music (Unwrapped Remix) – Erick Sermon feat. Marvin Gaye & Jeff Bradhshaw
Golden – Jill Scott
You Can Make The Change – Madcliff
I – Kendrick Lamar 

Audio: The Magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff Creates Chasing Goosebumps in 7 Days!

Our big brother The Magnificent DJ Jazzy Jeff recently collaborated with some of your favorite artist and producers to create an album at his house in 7 days!

When Jazzy Jeff hit’s your line, you make sure to answer the call. This was not your ordinary studio session where the artist has a few months to create and record and release. In the intro video, you hear Jazzy Jeff explaining that they are going to write, produce, record, mix and release a couple days after the completion of the project. R&B artist Glenn Lewis is the albums lead vocalist and will add his flavor to each track!

Jazzy Jeff said that some of the music that is out these days doesn’t give you goosebumps when you hear the track, so the idea of this project is to chase those goosebumps.

Chasing Goosebumps is available now and ready for you to listen and feel those goosebumps.

Chasing Goosebumps (feat. Glenn Lewis)The PLAYlist on Bandcamp

Chasing Goosebumps (feat. Glenn Lewis) The PLAYlist on iTunes

VIDEO SERIES: “WATCH THE SOUND” featuring IQ

What’s Good family, “Watch The Sound” is back! In this episode we feature the 4 X IDA World Champion, DJ IQ of the Handroids & Scratch Function LA. Check him out @djiqhandroidz.

Filmed & edited by @underkut www.openformat.la

Peep our digital record pool and all things Beat Junkies at www.beatjunkies.com

Beat Junkie Institute of Sound coming in Spring 2017 for more info go to www.beatjunkiesound.com

AUDIO: BIG PUN 2017 TRIBUTE MIX BY DJ CYBERKID

In honor of the 17th Year Anniversary of the legendary Big Pun‘s passing, Dj/Remix Editor Dj Cyberkid did a special 2017 tribute of the late great MC. A lot of the songs in the mix are Cyberkid’s own special edits & can be found on our Beat Junkies Record Pool. Sign up & get them at www.beatjunkies.com

 

 

AUDIO: DJ NU-MARK ZODIAC TRACKS | AQUARIUS

Dj Nu-Mark is back with his dope Zodiac Tracks Mix, and for this star sign he drops an extra lengthy one for all the amazing artist that are Aquarius!

In the words of Dj Nu-Mark “They put 100% feel into their work and you can hear it in their music.”

Download and listen to the Aquarius mix below on Dj Nu-Mark’s Soundcloud.

Watch as Dj Nu-Mark live needle drop technique on this mix as well! To view the video of this mix on Dj Nu-Mark’s site follow this link!

VIDEO SERIES: “WATCH THE SOUND” featuring DJ DOPEZ!

“Watch The Sound” is back! This time, straight outta Texas we have the one & only DJ Dopez!  Make sure to check him out @dopez1200

Filmed & edited by @swiftstyle

Co-produced by @underkut www.openformat.la

Peep our digital record pool and all things Beat Junkies at www.beatjunkies.com

Beat Junkie Institute of Sound coming in Spring 2017 for more info go to www.beatjunkiesound.com

Dj Melo-D In the Mix on the new Roland DJ 808

Last summer the Beat Junkies were honored with an invitation to DJ Jazzy Jeff’s 2nd annual Playlist Retreat – a private invitational hosted by the Magnificent himself at his home in Deleware. Man. As you can imagine it was a beyond amazing week of collaboration and inspiration, all in the company of wonderful, talented people. One of the many highlights at Jeff’s retreat were the exclusive first looks at the newest DJ hardware from the music industry’s leading companies, which is where Roland  officially introduced the new DJ 808 controller.

I’ve been DJ’ing since 1988 and have always played on turntables throughout my enitre career. That being said, I have for years been reluctant to step outside of my comfort zone where digital technology is concerned. I’ve never played a set on CDJs nor been the least bit interested in making an attempt to perform on anything other than turntables, if for no better reason than sticking to what I know. However, thanks to the good folks at Roland, the Beat Junkies were gifted the new DJ 808 controller and were asked to choreograph a performance showcase on their behalf. As an artist, the last position you ever want to be in is unprepared for a live performance, so it was imperative that I learn the DJ 808 and had a thorough understanding of at least the very basic functions, for starters… Essentially this meant I would need to reprogram myself as a DJ in a few ways, probably the most significant of which was to acquire a feel for 2 jog wheels that do not move (as opposed to a motorized turntable). As with any new instrument, the DJ 808 can be intimidating at first glance – 4 channels, multiple effects, faders and buttons everywhere, a drum machine sequencer that syncs with your tracks.. It’s certainly a lot to make sense of all at once. However, after dedicating a few days of practice I was able to get comfortable with the general functions and overall feel of the unit, and within less than a week I was able to exercise all of my turntable techniques on the DJ 808 and felt confident I could compose a “Beat Junkie Style” set that would include both creative mixing and scratching.

I have since had a few opportunities to showcase the Roland DJ 808 at various events, and other than “how do you like it?”, the question I get asked the most is about digital latency. To be completely transparent, there is a very slight adjustment that we as DJs need to make where hand control is concerned. Apart from that, the DJ 808 responds very well and is extremely accurate in translating DJ techniques. In fact, to all DJs worldwide, I can say with 100% certainty that the new DJ-808 is without a doubt worth consideration for everyone. Roland has created something special and is truly an organization that respects and appreciates the art of DJ’ing. Special thanks once again to DJ Descry and the entire team at Roland for continually creating new ways for us to play and make music. Let’s all keep an open mind where technology is concerned and keep pushing the art.

 

by DJ Melo-D

 

NEW VIDEO: “WATCH THE SOUND” Video Series feat. DJ DAY!

Once again we are back with another installment of “Watch The Sound”. This time we are blessed with some FUNKY cuts by DJ, producer & Musician, the homie, DJ Day. Make sure to check him out at www.djday.net | Filmed by @underkut | www.openformat.la

Peep our digital record pool and all things Beat Junkies at www.beatjunkies.com

Beat Junkie Institute of Sound coming in Spring 2017 for more info go to www.beatjunkiesound.com

It’s My Party & I’ll Cry If I Want To

 It’s My Party & I’ll Cry If I Want To
3 Short Stories Of Nightlife Nightmares (Hollywood Edition)

1. The Real Slim Shady :  So a few years ago, my girlfriend at the time and I decided we wanted to throw an event in WeHo for our LGBT friends in a venue that was pretty much the perfect fit and vibe for what we were looking for in the party we wanted to produce. At this time pretty much all of the events we were attached to or producing were because of our networks, following and mailing list. You wouldn’t really catch us at something that was wack and didn’t have a diverse crowd of people dancing and having a good time. I can’t quite remember how we met with this guy who was advertising the space but we decided to roll the dice and check it out. Most new venues in LA don’t last long, I’d say a 3-5 year shelf life if they’re lucky, Hollywood/WeHo being even more difficult to maintain. So we go and meet up with this guy, he seems legit. Introduces us to the security, bar manager, bartenders, and proceeds to give us a complete walkthrough of every nook and cranny of the place. We were asking the right questions to assess the situation while given the tour and he seemed to answer everything with the typical responses and expectations. Now at this time, we already had 1 or 2 other events going on in the following month or so, the majority of our funds were in the hands of others for deposits, almost like escrow on a house. So we were pretty tapped out, but we still wanted to do this party as the space was ideal and fit the criteria for our needs. Being that we were pretty much out of our own funds, it was a matter of getting sponsors who have been in bed with us for awhile with other functions, or asking one of our investors. We figured it was too short notice to hit up our typical partners and sponsors, so we got the money from 2 investors. She got 1 half of the bread together, while I obtained the other in lieu of them making a 10-15% on their investments. Having the money ready to go for the deposit on the space, we asked for a contract. The fact that we received the investment from 2 friends put more pressure and emphasis on us having a successful event. Saying as all of our other parties were very lucrative, we didn’t have any doubts about this one being anything but equal if not greater, and honestly we were really fucking excited to do something different. We get the contract for the space, negotiate the terms, kick it back and forth a bit until everything is correct and in order for us to feel comfortable with doing business with the space. After signing the contract, we send off the check as you typically would. At this point we’re ready to go, and start putting together the pieces of making the flyer, booking talent, setting up our marketing and promotional efforts, and generally getting all of our ducks in a row. About 3 weeks out from the event, we need some additional amendments made and we spend about 2 days of not being able to get a hold of the guy. His social media is active, so I hit him up online to no response, a day after messaging him that we couldn’t get a hold of him. All of his social media accounts magically vanish, not responding to emails, phone is disconnected. Oh and keep in mind, we already gave him the $$$ to lock in the date. So at this point we start to sweat a little bit for obvious reasons, let’s not forget the fact that the $ came from (2) people who trusted us greatly adding more fuel to the fire of this whole scenario. I call the venue, apparently in the timeframe of our contract and now, the ownership of the club has changed hands, there’s completely new operators, and nobody seems to know the guy who wrote up a contract and put names of former owners ( who hadn’t been attached to the venue in months ). We look at their calendar, the night that we were looking at is booked with some other event. At this point, I kinda fall into private investigator mode. I type in his name to google, see some old flyers in google images that have his logo on them. I start to look up the other companies/logos I see on the flyers beside his and begin reaching out to all of these random strangers with this whole story. The calls and messages generally started like ” Hello, I know this is going to sound really weird, but do you happen to know of anyone by the name of xxxxxxxx? with a promotional company called xyz?” the first three people I contacted literally had responses like “Wow, that guy again? yeah I know of him, he owes my brother xyz amount of money, if you see him to fuck off ” another answer was like ” Yeah, I’ve got a restraining order against him, he owes my sister a ton of money ” the calls just kept getting more and more hostile as I dug deeper and deeper. At this point, the event is essentially paused til we get to the bottom of the situation, but more importantly was us retrieving this money, otherwise we’d be on the hook for it. I keep going through these old event flyers and looking at the talent, the logos, the hosts, the clubs, and keep contacting more and more people to hear more of the same stories of essentially this guy ripping off about a dozen people, not paying back a cent and getting away with it. Now, I didn’t grow up with money, I’ve worked hard my entire life for everything that I have and I’ve never been the type to just “charge it to the game” or “let someone off the hook” because “it’s Hollywood” or “I mean what do you expect with people in nightlife or promotion”.  I have to admit, I was pretty intrigued to hear all of the different people and stories of how they all managed to get taken advantage of by the same guy, and how nobody really gave a damn about catching the guy. Meanwhile I was hot on the case and building a pretty hefty story, logging these conversations, saving everyone in my phone as (Scammed) – Which mindfully, they still are in my phone if you’d like to see next time you’re around 🙂  even some of these people I’ve since built friendships with! Anyways, back on track – so he still is off social media and hiding, we don’t really have to cancel the event with the venue because they don’t know who this guy is and there’s nothing on the calendar or contract anyways besides forged signatures and other phony information. After about a week his phone is back on, so my girl and I took it upon ourselves to call him every night between the hours of 10pm til 5am about 30x anyways because we were already up and it was no skin off our back. Eventually he said he’d meet up with us with the money after hearing countless voicemails and text. We literally filled his inbox to the point that it couldn’t take anymore messages. We agree to meet at The Falcon in Hollywood to get our money back. I end up waiting in the cold for this fool for almost 3 hours, eventually I see him show up in his pickup, drive by slowly, he sees me and bolts off. You could imagine how frustrating this is to be chasing your money like this. At this point, I start calling up the big homies infuriated explaining the situations, and seeing who’s interested in handling this shit in a not so polite manner. I look back at emails we exchanged, check the source and I’m able to find the IP address he was corresponding from. I plugged in that IP address and managed to find his place on Googlemaps! Low & behold, in the google street view screenshot, the same truck he rolled by The Falcon with and originally picked up the cash from and met us in was there, blocked in by 2 other vehicles in front of the garage on the driveway. At this point, we had already been more than patient. I did reverse phone lookups and more and managed to get a hold of his sister and mother. At this point, I sent over a cropped image of the google street view of his place, said we had already spoken to both his mother, sister and ex-girlfriend with the restraining order and he’ll either get us our money and some extra for the effort or we’ll be by his place to …take what we need to in order to make up for the wasted time, money and recover the balance. Surprise surprise, dude calls us back almost immediately and asks us to meet him in downtown Whittier at some sushi spot. I explain the severity of the issues at hand and state that if he’s not there this time and we don’t get our money returned in this attempt, we will be taking it into our own hands to solve the problem. Fast forward, we’re sitting at the sushi place eating, dude shows up in a brand new tux, gives us our money and then some… says maybe two words. neither of which were my bad or I’m sorry and then just disappears. Annnnnnnnd that’s all folks 🙂 so the bottom line, be very careful who you do business with, keep records, and cross-reference people. It never hurts to research the business and people you are intending on doing business with before actually doing business, that’s just being smart. plain and simple. Don’t Trust Anyone.

 

2. And For My Next Trick! Ugh, so this was like 2011 or 12 I think? I launched a series called Westside Wednesdays at Dim Mak Studios in Hollywood with some kids I was helping with parties, we featured Warm Brew, Andre Nickatina, YG, Casey Veggies, and Pac Div alongside several other acts. Also had my homies from HamOnEverything on a bill or two – crazy to see how far we’ve all come. I’m only going to focus on one of those shows, because there was just all kinds of fuckery throughout this whole place. Let’s start at the beginning, so let’s imagine you just drove across town to catch YG who was a buzzing artist and blowing up right before your eyes. Now I can talk further about the bullshit I had to go through to even “make the show go on” … like calling my friend Nocando who had a connection to a guy named Brandon who was managing him at the time with Stampede, but we’re just gonna skip over that part and focus on the stupid club shit. Right, so imagine you drove across town to see this artist, you wait in line for 30-45mins while nobody is inside, you finally get to the front. They ask you for ID, then take it it from you, while simultaneously pushing you forward into the venue, so by the time you got upstairs and the bartender asks you for your ID – you realize that you somehow have managed to lose it between the doorman who asked for it prior, and the bar. Sounds like the start to a good night, right? So imagine getting back downstairs and the head / lead guard has your ID, and says they found it on the ground. Furthermore, they say you’re not allowed inside the venue (after paying) without an ID. Then they say if you want to get your ID back, you’ll have to pay them $40 and if you don’t have it, you’re going to have to leave because you cannot be inside the venue without a valid ID.  Fun right? Well beyond that shady shit, so there was a moment where my homegirl Ashley who was working the door caught these guards running side deals all night, basically slip a guard anything from a 20 to a 100 under your ID in line, and he’ll have you step out, and enter through the alternative entry OR just walk you in past the door. Some people would pay in line, get the lineskip, then have to pay again at the door, but would be complaining at that point about having just paid someone (a guard) for entrance. This shit happened at least 5x in the night to the point that it was brought to my attention by Ashley who I then rounded up all the guards with and said stop fucking cutting side deals. We will take care of you guys at the end of the night, just please do your jobs right. Between holding the line in order to get impatient people buying into this garbage technique of a hustle. To the ID thing, to YG’s entourage of 40 bloods then all the people who went in behind them it was just a shit show from start to finish. His set was good, people who got in without the bullshit enjoyed themselves despite the discomfort of the room being packed with people who were there for more security/support than anything. The 30-50 people who got fucked with that night proceeded to write me and sound off. The owner said he’d talk to his crew the next day and take some action (yeah right) – long story short, nothing was done. Our series ended and we got the fuck out to never return.  Again, just a moment of trust, and being on your p’s and q’s, this shit killed the customer experience and definitely ruined some peoples night, and it also cost us quite a bit of money at the door. Some people were leaving after seeing those in front of them just being whisked right in for an additional surcharge.

 

3. Cruisin For A Bruising –  I feel like I’ll end this one on a high note as this story is kinda funny with some twists and turns. This happened on a Thursday night when LA has a residency called Respect, a dope gathering for people into Drum & Bass, Jungle and similar sounds. The regulars here are/were as consistency as Low End Theory’s crowd is for electronic instrumental production. Always a good time, community vibes featuring emcees, producers and dj’s alike. This event happened at The Dragonfly, a place I’ve blown the roof off of with a few events, and was happy to have a good relationship with. Bear their head guard was always there to greet people and his crew was solid and ethical. Anyways, so I was out doing my rounds, dropping on events that friends were producing and performing at, and was on santa monica blvd passing by and decided to drop in. I grab a drink at the bar, get on the dance floor a little, step outside for some air and to smoke some trees. This girl comes out of the hallway and walks up to me, asks for my name, introduces herself. She’s cute so I talk it up with her for a bit, meet her friend briefly who then disappears and leaves me to chat with this girl further. I ask if she wants to smoke, she says no, I go inside. At this point I felt like I had already been here too long, I normally don’t spend more than an hour or so in a spot unless it’s really jumping, I have friends with me or I just don’t have anymore stops for the night. So I end up going inside by the entry near the photobooth. She walks up and grabs me and begins to start kissing me. Now I’m not mad, again she was cute – I didn’t think she was drunk or on anything at the time so I was like, this is different, let’s see where this goes. back against the photobooth, we go inside of the booth and continue making out a bit. She starts taking off my belt, pants, etc, turns around and before you know it, we’re fucking in the photobooth. Irony here is this isn’t the first, or second time I’ve handled biz in a photobooth, but I had mixed feelings here because I literally just did an event a month or so prior and I genuinely respect the spaces that treat event coordinators/promoters and nightlife pros right. Plus I knew a handful of people there, and really just wasn’t completely sold. Too fast, too soon? Who knows. Anyways, a guard comes to the booth… he opens it up with me pants down. Of course it’s a guard I fucking know, and he’s like “awww it’s you bro? I don’t even know what to do at this point, do you wanna finish? want me to stand outside? I was like nah man, I’m good here it’s cool – I don’t wanna disrespect the spot. So I exchange info with the girl ( which I guess would’ve been smart to do beforehand ) – she says she’s gonna go outside and smoke, I say I’ve gotta bounce to Echo Park. She asks me to come back to her place, says she’s only in town for a few days from the bay. I say I live here, I’ll be around tomorrow if she wants to get together. I promptly go out front ready to leave and Bear calls me out saying “that was you? damn man, with xyz girl? yeah, she’s cute” so he convinces me that the girl is worth going after, verifies her ID wasn’t from LA, and was military. Said her friend was already in the car waiting for her…I tell him I’ve never in my life chased pussy and really just let things kinda take shape on their own. Somehow he convinces me to go with her. She comes out shortly after this convo and then asks me to follow her to her hotel in studio city. At this point, I figured you know, why not – I was already past the point of no return with her so I may as well just go further. I follow her up wilcox, she pulls into 7-11. I pull in behind her, grab some condoms, a gatorade and smartwater and ask if she wants anything. She already has her starburst and whatever the fuck else. I hop back into my car and lower the window, saying “so we’re good, I’ll meet you over there – it’s only about 13minutes away right” and she says yeah, closes the door. Friend is still asleep in the passenger seat. She moves her car into reverse and then slams into the front bumper of a BMW m6, smashing the front lights and grill. Then she immediately pulls into drive and jets out of the 7-11 parking lot and north into the freeway. The dude runs out of the store and chases her car on foot after cursing a bit then hops in his car and speeds out of the lot and up the freeway too. At this point her phones dead, I’m following him and I don’t see her car in front, but I’m assuming that he does with the way he’s driving. Eventually my GPS tells me to get off as the hotel is down the street, I take the exit, sit at the light and then just go to the hotel and wait… Her phones dead, my phones dying. So I wait in the parking garage of the hotel for 15minutes or so. At this point, I’m just like is it even worth it? This is such a crazy night, and now she’s committed a crime. I should just bounce. I express the story to my homie who was the guard by text and then head start heading to echo park keeping in mind that this is exactly why I don’t chase women haha. I get to the gas station before the freeway and think, maybe I should go back and just at the very least see if her and her friend are alright. I go back to the parking garage, the cars there – all fucked up, looking like she backed into the fist of the incredible hulk. I call her phone, dead. I ask the hotel manager/cashier person if he could tell me what room the two girls just went into, he said without a police escort he’s not permitted. I took that as a hint as I should definitely just leave and not come back. I go on with my night, drop by short stop, say hi to some friends, tell the story, shoot some pool, then head home. The next day she hits me up with paragraphs of apologies by text, tells me she’s got another day in town til she goes to Vegas. Adds me on social media, I see she’s got a kid… It was all too much for me. Haven’t seen or spoken to her since. Dragonfly is now closed, Respect DNB has moved. Haven’t seen Bear since (sadly), The End.

🙂 So I hope you enjoyed these stories, with over 7 years of events I’ve got some pretty funny, sad, interesting, cool and exciting memories to tell. Since these are all Hollywood, I’ll probably jump to DTLA next then maybe Westside or EchoPark/Silverlake/EagleRock… Even got some crazy SXSW and 6th street stuff from when I lived in Austin, and a few from when I lived in New York.

RECOMMENDED AUDIO: “A DIRTY SCIENCE CHRISTMAS TO YOU – FROM EXILE & SIRPLUS”

Producer Extraordinaire Dj Exile of the mighty Dirty Science crew & his cohort, producer Sirplus, brings to you a special Christmas gift!

“In the Spirit of Christmas I decided to make this gift to you, 9 Original Christmas Beats From me and Co Host Sirplus. We Cooked up this beat and this mix in only 10 days. Also Enjoy a Free Stream of my new album with long time partner in Crime Aloe Blacc, but hes rapping & killing it.”

Happy Holidays!
Exile & Sirplus
@ExileRadio
@Sirplus.D_Rojo
@TheDirtyScience

 

VIDEO: “A MOMENT W/ D-STYLES” – AN INTERVIEW BY ‘DJS ARE NOT JUKEBOXES’

For the next installment of “A Moment With” we spoke with D-Styles. His involvement with the seminal music collectives Invisibl Skratch Piklz + The Beat Junkies progressed DJ culture in the 90s + 00s, and he continues to pave the way for Turntablist / Beat heads as a resident of the long-running “Low End Theory” event based in Los Angeles.

VIDEO: “BEAT DISCOVERY” – WATCH RUCKAZOID & TEEKO FLIP 15 BEATS IN 20 MINUTES!

We the Beat Junkies are always looking for new ways to make music as well appreciating new techniques and this is something we think you should check out if you want expand on your repetoire.  Ladies & Gentleman…..Beat Discovery!

“If you make beats, then you’ve probably sifted through hundreds of sounds, loading them individually, only to program the same pattern you’ve made a thousand times.  It’s extremely tedious, and can take the fun out of making a beat.  Beat Discovery is the first drum sequencer of it’s kind, and was designed to solve this problem. It makes programming sounds fun, creative, and super easy. It’s easy for beginners & made for and by professionals.

Beat Discovery was conceived and designed by RUCKAZOID and programmed with love by Leo Olivers of Mucoder.

The idea was to merge the ease of analog drum machines together with the digital world of unlimited sounds. After the initial user interface was designed, they both partnered up to bring something new to the world of electronic music.”

Check out Ruckazoid & Teeko make 15 beats in 20 minutes!

Download BeatDiscovery Presents: The Findings Vol 1:  http://bit.ly/thefindingsvol1

For more info on BeatDiscovery & download the progrom, go to https://www.beatdiscovery.com/

 

AUDIO: RHETTMATIC’S 45 PRACTICE MIX FOR SOUL SUMMIT (11/18/16)

Our very own Rhettmatic did a special 45 set at the Soul Summit Dance Party in Chicago this past weekend. Before his gig, he recorded a couple of practice sets to help him prep up for the gig:

“This past Sat. (11/19/16), I had the pleasure of spinning a special 45 set at the Soul Summit Dance Party – the Double Door in Chicago. To tell you the truth, I was kinda nervous because of the high caliber of talent that spun at this event that I had to live up to: my Beat Junkie brother J.Rocc, Breakbeat Lou, Peanut Butter Wolf, Prince Paul, Ali Shaheed Muhaamad (ATCQ), Dj Maseo (De La Soul), Adrian Younge, Rich Medina, Dj Spinna; you get the picture. So the whole week before my gig, I literally went thru all my 45 vinyl records to prepare for my set, & I tell ya, I was kinda overwhelmed….hahah!
Anyways, after changing my set a couple of times & get some practice in, I recorded a couple of practice runs with all the skips, spinbacks, & record burns included. This is the best recorded take out of all of them. I ended up not playing exactly what I did at Soul Summit but this mix is gives you an idea what I tried to do. Thank you to Dave Mata, Scott Williams, & the rest of the crew. Hope you like it!”

RECOMMENDED VIDEO: DJ NU-MARK – “ZODIAC TRACKS”: SCORPIO

Our good friend Dj Nu-Mark does a monthly video showcase in honor of the characters of Horoscope.

This episode of Zodiac tracks pays homage to: Pharoahe Monch, Scarface, Lou Donaldson, Diddy, Prodigy, Mobb Deep, Alchemist, Buckshot, Madlib, Oh No, EVE, Warren G, Monica, JRocc of The Beat Junkies, Bootie Brown of The Pharcyde, Phife Dawg and Minnie Riperton. The FB video will be up for a limited time so please share with the ones that count!

Click on the link to watch video: https://www.facebook.com/djnumark/videos/10154770967534390/

 

VIDEO: DJ TREXX INTERVIEWS DJ BABU, RHETTMATIC, & MR. CHOC

Members from the legendary Beat Junkie Crew (DJ Babu, DJ Rhetmattic and Mr. Choc.) talk with DJ Trexxx aka Yung Dean about the future of turntablism and how the internet generation has affected DJ’s. Dash Radio Exclusive. You can listen to the Beat Junkies’ station, “Beat Junkie Radio” on the Dash Radio app.  www.dashradio.com

AUDIO – SOUNDCHECK EP. 36 (8/23/16) w/ special guest: 9TH WONDER on BEAT JUNKIE RADIO

Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles
 7-10PM PST
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.

Soundcheck Ep. 36 (8/23/16) with special guest: 9th Wonder

NEW PRODUCTS! SCRATCHERS DELIGHT LOOPER APP & DJ BABU’S MINI DUCK BREAKS 45!

The Beat Junkies are proud to present 2 NEW Products for all the Scratch DJ’s out there: The Official Beat Junkies “Scratchers Delight” Looper App and Dj Babu‘s “Mini Duck Breaks” Skipless 45 Vinyl!!

The Scratchers Delight Loopers our first official app for the iOS IPhone/IPad that Scratchers can use. 36 Looped Beats by D-Styles, Dj Babu, Dj Melo-D, J.Rocc & Rhettmatic, with -50/+50 Pitch Control.  You can download the app for $1.99 at ITunes.

Our 2nd Skipless 45 is the one & only Dj Babu‘s Mini Duck Breaks Skipless 7″ Vinyl just dropped today! All the classic locked scratch loops from the legendary Super Duck Breaks series that you come to love.  Only for a limited time; get them at www.beatjunkies.com right NOW!

CONGRATULATIONS TO SHORKUT AS THE NEW SERATO ARTIST!

Our very own Shortkut has been selected to be the newest artist for Serato!

Peep out his new DJ Showcase using the new Tropkillaz track “One Time” that he helped produced!

“Seminal turntablist, selector and longstanding central force of DJing ‑ Shortkut has long-surpassed icon status. And so should the only member of not one, but three of the world’s eminent DJ crews: The Invisibl Skratch Picklz, the World Famous Beat Junkies and Triple Threat DJs.

Though his technical skills are legendary, what sets Shortkut apart is his versatility. Growing up in 1980s Bay Area, Shortkut (born Jon Cruz) drew from a rich array of musical influences, in particular the mobile soundsystem culture that was coming to a head at that time in the States. His sets are never dull or predictable, bringing in everything from hip hop, funk and soul to deep house, reggae and dancehall. He keeps both the turntable fanatics happy and the dancefloors heaving. And, as Shortkut understands better than anyone, that’s why the DJ’s there.”

Peep his Serato interview here: https://www.facebook.com/Serato/posts/10153715953333016

AUDIO: J.ROCC’S “ADVENTURES IN STEREO” (7/10/16) w/ special guest: RHETTMATIC – “SOUNDTRACK FOR THE STREETS)

This last night’s episode (July 10th) of “Adventures In Stereo” radio show.  The Funky President J.Rocc along with his “Dynamic Duo” partner Rhettmatic did a special episode in honor of what’s going on this past week…we’re living in crazy times right now. Soundtrack For The Streets! Rest In Peace: Alton Steerling, Anthony Nunez, Dylan Noble, Pedro Villanueve, Philando Castile, & the officers in Dallas, TX.  J.Rocc’s radio show is every Sunday from 10p-12a on 90.7FM KPFK in Los Angeles or listen on the internet: www.kpfk.org.

AUDIO: “ESSENTIALS WITH MIKE NARDONE” EP. 4 (6/11/16) ON BEAT JUNKIE RADIO

It is an honor to have the legendary LA Hip Hop Radio personality, Mike Nardone return to the airwaves on Beat Junkie Radio. He returns to his roots by debuting his new show called “Essentials” on Beat Junkie Radio.  If you’re not familiar with Mike Nardone, he was the first person to start up a college Hip Hop radio show in 1987 at KXLU (Loyola Marymount) in Los Angeles called “We Came From Beyond” as well as having a show on the defunct 92.3 The Beat called “Da Joint” with King Emz.  Mike is the West Coast counterpart of the legendary NY Radio Duo, Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Garcia. This particular audio is from Mike’s 2nd show (June 11th); Our very own Babu & Rhettmatic are Mike’s assistants.

Essentials with Mike Nardone will be airing every 2nd Saturdays of each month from 4:30-6:30pm on Beat Junkie Radio, exclusively on Dash. You can listen to Mike’s show by either downloading the FREE Dash Radio App from ITunes or Google Play or listen on the web: www.dashradio.com.

NEW MUSIC: THIRD SIGHT (ROUGHNECK JIHAD, D-STYLES, & DU-FUNK) – “TRIFE 1”

New music by West Coast Underground Hip Hop legends, Third Sight (Roughneck Jihad, Dj Du-Funk, & our very own D-Styles).  They have a new album coming out called “Third Sight IV” and the lead single is called “Trife 1”. With a menacing beat by D-Styles & Sharp Lyrics by Jihad, this is for fans of some of that classic beats & rhymes with an dark edge!

VIDEO: “WATCH THE SOUND” SERIES feat. KODACVISUALZ

We continue with another special edition of our Turntablist DJ series “Watch The Sound”, featuring Bay Area’s KODACVISUALZ representing Born Cinnaz & AsthmaFunk. For more info on KODAC VISUALZ, follow him on IG and Twitter at @kodacvisualz. For all things Beat Junkies, visit us at www.beatjunkies.com

MUSIC VIDEO: “TBH” – COOKBOOK & EVIDENCE feat. DJ BABU

“TBH” is the third single off the collaborative project “A Whole New Cook” by CookBook of L.A. Symphony & Evidence of Dilated Peoples. With Cook is on the vocals and Ev on the production, the project features DJ Babu of Dilated Peoples/Beat Junkies. Watch this dope video directed by Original Knockoff.

“A Whole New Cook” dropped on March 4 and has been on the CMJ Hip Hop chart for 10 weeks, 4 of which it spent at #1. It also went to #1 on Canada’s earshot chart.

This is CookBook’s 3rd release in his CBEP series, where he teams up with 1 producer for each project. 1st one produced by DJ Rhettmatic (Beat Junkies) the 2nd by Blu (Blu & Exile) & of course this 3rd one produced by Evidence.

AUDIO: SOUNDCHECK EP. 30 (5/10/16) & 31 (5/24/16) – BEAT JUNKIE CREW ONLY!

The Beat Junkies present:
 Soundcheck
Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles
 7-10PM PST
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.

Soundcheck Ep. 30 (5/10/16) – Rhettmatic’s Birthday

Soundcheck Ep. 31 (5/24/16) – Beat Junkie Crew Only!

5 Artists You Need To Know – Vol 11.

Artist – AISE BOURNE

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You can find more work by him at instagram.com/aiseborn/

DJ / Producer – SWISHA


You can catch him tearing up clubs from West to East Coast & beyond. Holla @djswishasweet

Vocalist/Singer-Songwriter – Joyce Wrice



You can reach out to her at: @joycewrice


Producer – Swarvy


You can get a hold of him at @Swrvy

Emcee – Waju


 

Holla at Waju via @EyyWaju
Hopefully some if not all are artists that you can check out, follow and support in the future. If they are published here, it’s because I’ve caught their live shows, older projects and newer ones and feel they’ve put in the work to deserve some shine much like the prior 10 Artists You Should Know posts. Thanks for listening.

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ARE YOU LISTENING? 10 MARKETING TRICKS FOR GETTING HEARD

So as I’m doing more artist consulting this month, I’ve noticed that a few of these guys and girls are really struggling on trying to get true feedback and readings on their music. Getting that response is extremely important in the direction you may take an incomplete project, or maybe start a new one. People’s first impressions are generally their rawest, then a second listen or look yields different results ( the “sleep on it” and revise the next day, approach ). Regardless of if you want either of these reactions, you first need to have places to get an unsuspecting listen. So below I’ve made a list of a few ways that have worked for me, and others I work with, hopefully they work for you!

Aux Cords – I know it may sound stupid, or maybe even like a no brainer, but if you think about coffee shops, cafes, diners, uber, lyft, house parties, and so many other places that an aux cord can come in handy, if you get creative with you can literally replace the world around you with your own soundtrack (tactfully) — Note: I say please use this one at your discretion, your music may suck and your taste in music could also suck. I wouldn’t want a room full of people to

CD-R’s turned Data Discs – So I go to anywhere from 3 – 8 events per week here in Los Angeles, it’s not as exhausting, expensive or time consuming as you may think. Infact most of it’s paid for but I will say one thing that really gets my friends is when I’ve got 2-3 in the car and I have my mixes on. I constantly get asked “What is this track, my shazam won’t work” and other similar questions as they look at my LED dash that says SPIV_Untitled28. So I started distributing my mixes and music I intended on mixing or playing out at gigs to the friends who’d roll with me. It’s also great economically because these data discs can hold upward to 80mb (which depending on the size of the songs, could be upward to 150 tracks). Also in 2016′ they play in most systems. So at the start and middle of each month I burn about a dozen new cd’s and when I interact with Bartenders, Security Guards, Event Coordinators, or just have friends in the car or make new ones at functions and I can give them my music. Note: I generally also include a prerolled joint and preface them listening to smoking and ask them to give me their thoughts on it after.

USB – Similar to the above, except smaller and easier to get preloaded with music. You can get bulk orders of usbs pretty in expensively these days. They also have a larger capacity. Get innovative with customization aspects and you can really get your music far in these little babies. I give them out like candy on Halloween, and if I don’t get custom designs, I’ll put a small sticker that correlates back to my social media and just leave them at various unique spots around the city. Taped to bathroom stalls to sticky notes, I’ve put them in envelopes that say “Listen To Me!” and gone around parking lots and garages outside of events that have a demographic I’m trying to reach, and dropping them in any window that’s left cracked open or putting them on sideview mirrors. Get Creative. Your distribution techniques should be unorthodox and untraditional. Be unique in your approach and you’ll go far.

Shortcut Links – Long web addresses are hard to type, and remember. Keep it short and simple, using a site like www.bit.ly or other ‘link shorteners’ help people reach your music more easily and faster. You can press these on yellow manila envelopes, but them on USPS stickers, even pull tab signs. The shorter the better. It should either go directly to a download/autoplay link or a place giving people very minimal options of what they can do, and if they like what they see or hear — they should have a way of reaching you.

Digital – Distribution through digital channels is easier than ever with things like Tunecore, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, etc. Me doing guerrilla and viral marketing alongside business development and growth hacking. I choose to again, go a think differently approach. If you have 5,000 friends on facebook, export your friends list, alphabetize it, organize it, and highlight people who’d likely be down to share your product. Whether it’s a campaign, a service, a product, whatever you have, you know who’s down to ride for you, and there may be some people you don’t know who are also down to ride for you. If the quality of what you have to offer is good, people will naturally share it. I’ve done the angle of having multiple people change their profile pictures across 3 networks all at the same time, as well as create a share/RT/RP campaign that was very effective. There’s also a few other tips and tricks to the digital marketing game to explore, but I had to work for this knowledge, and you shall have to as well 🙂 — Think about the avenues of video channels, live streaming, podcasts and more. You’re smart, I believe in you.

Crowdsource Campaigns – Similar to my mentions above in the retweet/share/repost campaigns. Crowdsourcing is a great way to get yourself heard (and get paid). A very strategic and savvy campaign that showcases creativity, authenticity and ingenuity will definitely help get you heard by peers. Not to mention it allows you to generate revenue if the product is good or they believe in you. I think about having 5,000+ friends on facebook, and then my other social networks then my 25,000 person email list and I think. If each of these people were to share 1 hit song or 1 dope clothing article or just something that has the potential to spread — there’s just so many opportunities that can come from that. $5 x 5,000 people = $25,000 | Most people spend more than $5 daily on stupid shit they don’t need. They don’t need your music either. Make your music that stupid shit they spend their $5 on. Except, make it extraordinary and special, and actually worth much more than $5 so it doesn’t feel, look or sound like a stupid purchase.

Stickers – Not just “stickers” but window decals, murals, wheat paste, billboards, skywriting. whatever it takes. Take into consideration how long these things last, and how inexpensive they are. If they are designed well, they garner a lot of attention and can spread like wildfire in photos and videos. Much like several coveted locations in LA that people use for backdrops for their ” look at me, I’m basic” IG photos.: Much like stickers, stencils are also a valid route, but also more risky – Look into Post No Bills and other signage issues to make sure you don’t get in trouble placing stuff where it doesn’t belong or on other people’s property that it will have a negative result or impact on you. I have some stickers that are in nightclubs and bars that have hung on for 10 years and they STILL to this day get me new eyes/ears that occasionally reach out to me to compliment my music.

Business Cards – The less permanent route. So business cards are inexpensive, they don’t have to be used as “business cards” they can be used as promotional cards. Due to the cost vs quantity situation with this, you can easily throw hashtags, websites, catchy quotes or art and literally give these out EVERYWHERE YOU GO. I used to drop them in checkbooks when I was bartending and waiting tables to every single guest of mine, I’d also leave them on the busses and subways, inside friends cars, bathroom mirrors, literally everywhere imaginable. You wouldn’t believe me if I told you the return on investment with these. I do a lot of things in this manner, what is the easiest or least expensive way to make the longest, biggest and best impact. — My only downside to these is environmentally, it’s waste. In general, I am conscious of these things so I do actually use this approach a little less often these days. I suggest making it reusable or plastic like a membership card instead of temporary paper promo.

Brand Alignment – What does your sound invoke? How do people feel when it’s on in the background, or if they’re working out? Is there any feeling in your music? I hope there is. Match the vibe of your style, content, and sound with like-minded people and businesses to get better results. If my music is very uptempo and fast paced like Styles Of Beyond, or maybe some Jungle/Drum&Bass/Breakbeat sounds. I’m probably better off trying to get it to people in the hands of people into active lifestyles, as opposed to couch potatoes or cubicle slaves, who probably prefer something more mellow and downbeat. If you’re loud and flashy, don’t pitch yourself to reserved, closed-minded suits. Find your niche and go for it. I look toward start-ups and publications to offer commissioned original music, production, writing, and songs to, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but it definitely has benefits once placed to get you heard.

Collaborations – This is how you bridge an audience. Got a singer/songerwriter who’s really dope? get her acapellas remixed by a producer that’s equally matched and let them play with each others sounds to create something new and fresh. Collaboration over competition any day, every day. I’ve teamed up with Skating, Fixie/BMX brands, Shoe Companies, Clothing Lines, and much more in regards to creating collabs that extend beyond music. Once you get the hang of pitching yourself and your brand/product/service you really gain perspective on how businesses operate, who their markets are, and you can come up with ways of intertwining yourself with them in a mutually beneficial manner that allows you to reach their crowd and vice verse.
That’s it for today’s lessons, I hope you gained something from this and continue to create new and unique ways of getting yourself out there. Feel free to leave a comment below or drop me a line at any of the places below 🙂 If you need help with marketing, promotions, pr, design, etc. I can also help with that.  Please repost this article as it doesn’t just pertain to music and have a wonderful day full of good music and vibes~

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FREE ALBUM DOWNLOAD: ALOE BLACC & RHETTMATIC – “CIRCA 2004: BLACCMATIC”

Peace Everyone….
For the last couple of years, in honor of my birthday (May 10), I’ve been releasing some music (whether mixes or unreleased projects) to the public as a thank you to everyone who’ve been supporting my musical endeavors throughout the years, & just being grateful for able to live another day/week/month/year. Today is no exception.

Everyone by now should be familiar with the talented soul singer, the man called Aloe Blacc. Unless you are not into Underground Independent Hip Hop or didn’t grow up in the Southern California Music Scene during the 90’s, you might not know that Aloe Blacc is also an incredible Emcee and is part of a group called “Emanon” with producer extraordinaire, Exile.

What a lot of people may not also know that Aloe & myself recorded a whole album together back in 2004. “2004?!”….yup, 13 years ago….can you believe that?? This is around the time when Aloe was attending USC & I was living in Long Beach and was still working at Fat Beats LA. You’re probably also asking the question “Why is there an image of a Quarter on the front cover?”. I’m glad you asked that….Aloe suggested we do something like this: “Maybe an image that depicts something about 2004, like a pair of shoes that came out that year or a big news item. In 2004, I turned 25, maybe an image of a 1979 quarter”….hence, the reason why we have a Quarter on the album cover.

How this project came about is basically, both Aloe & myself were at some type of crossroad in terms of what we wanted to do as artists, individually. Aloe was taking a break from Emanon in terms of exploring, recording solo projects & working with different artists….Exile was in the process of becoming the producer he is known today by working on his own solo projects as well as crafting an album with a young, talented MC by the name of “Blu”. As for me, I was also trying to expand my horizons as a producer. Everyone knows me mostly for being a DJ/Turntablist from the Beat Junkies & the only production work that I did that people are aware of is with the Visionaries. I wanted to branch out & work with different artists as well to see what else I can do that I can’t normally do with my own group. I was luckily enough to have Aloe open to the idea in working with me. Around this time period, I was solely using the Akai MPC2000 for my main production equipment, & made a few beats on EMU SP1200 Drum Machine Sampler (Listen to the album & guess which machine I used). We recorded 14 songs but had really 11 strong songs. I just remember listening to our project & saying “Wow…Aloe is incredible!”. The plan was to shop the project but it never got a chance to materialized because we both went on to other things: Aloe got signed as solo artist on Stones Throw & I went to work on the 4th Visionaries’ album “We Are The Ones”.

On a side note, the song “Find A Way” was made originally for this project, that later became the B-Side single to Aloe’s “I’m Beautiful” off his Stones Throw solo debut album “Shine Through”. I had no idea that Aloe can sing and was really good. When I heard this song, I knew Aloe was destined to do bigger things. And this song also led to Aloe working with my good friend, the incredible DJ Khalil of Self Scientific and future Grammy Award Winning Producer. I played “Find A Way” for Khalil and the first thing he said to me was “Who is this person, I got to work with him”. When he found out who it was, & he was shocked. Many years later, they crafted together the successful hit song “I’m The Man”, which were backdrops for a series of Beats By Dre commercials as well for the 2014 NFL Draft & 2014 MLB All Star Game ads.

Fast forward to 2016….I had a chance to revisit the album and I totally forgot that Aloe & myself recorded a whole project that was made 13 years ago. I reached out to Aloe to remind him about our project. Even as busy as Aloe is now, he took the time to listen back to the album & said it would be dope if people could here our progression. He suggested that we release this album as a FREE project & gave me the idea concept of the album title & cover artwork. I am very lucky that Aloe gave me his blessing to release this project that you are about to listen now. We hope you enjoy this time capsule & this little nostalgia from our musical past. And the saying goes…the rest is history.

To everyone that’s taking the time to listen to this piece of history, as well as those who’ve been supporting me & musical endeavors from the get go, thank you very much. To my man wiz1der for helping me with the mixdowns. To my man FWMJ of RappersIKnow for the artwork. And to my brother Aloe….thank you for always being a friend & a musical comrade. Everything you’ve worked hard for, you deserved!

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Rest In Peace: Nestor Nirza, Jordan Cofinco, J Dilla, Roc Raida, James Brown, Dj Dusk, Rob One, Sean Price, Pumpkinhead, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Maurice White, Phife Dawg, Billy Paul, Prince, & Afeni Shakur.

A big special shout out to my fellow Visionaries brother 2Mex! Speedy recovery Alex…you got this! #GetWellSoon2Mex

Aloe Blacc & Rhettmatic

 Aloe Blacc & Rhettmatic
Circa 2004: Blaccmatic
1. Introducing….
2. AKA Aloe Blacc
3. Situations feat. CashUs King fka Co$$
4. Make It Happen
5. Find Your Way
6. Where I’m From
7. California 
8. The Window
9. The Plight
10. We Shine feat. Blu 
11. My Time To Shine*
Produced by DJ Rhettmatic for Beat Junkie Sound
Lyrics/Raps/Vocals by Aloe Blacc
Additional Lyrics/Raps by Co$$ & Blu
Beats & Scratches by Dj Rhettmatic
*Trumpet by Aloe Blacc
Recorded in Los Angeles & Long Beach, Ca in 2004.
Mixed by wiz1der at The Panic Room
Artwork by FWMJ for RappersIKnow

TONIGHT (4/24/16): J.ROCC’S ADVENTURES IN STEREO – “THANK YOU PRINCE” ON KPFK 90.7FM

Tonight (April 24th) is another episode of Adventures In Stereo, hosted by J.Rocc on KPFK 90.7FM. Tonight’s episode is a special tribute to the late great Prince, simply titled “Thank You Prince”. The Funky President is the biggest Prince fan so it’s only right he does a special tribute, his way.

Listen to Adventures In Stereo every Sunday on KPFK 90.7FM
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AUDIO: GARTH TRINIDAD & J.ROCC’S PRINCE TRIBUTE ON KCRW

This past Thursday, April 21st, the world lost an icon, a legend, a great musician, a social activist….the man known as Prince. Prince Rogers Nelson is someone that the Junkies grew up listening to his music & was totally influenced by his style of Funk & Soul.  And everyone knows that our very own Funky President, J.Rocc is the biggest Prince fan.

Music Tastemaker & KCRW’s DJ/Personality Garth Trinidad hosted a special tribute to Prince.
In customary fashion, Garth invited friend and president of the World Famous Beat Junkies, J.Rocc, to share an exclusive, spontaneous tribute mix in honor of his purple majesty. Hits, b-sides, rarities, mash-ups, and live out takes color a seamless celebration of the life, legacy, and music of Prince Rogers Nelson.

Rest In Peace Prince….we love you!

Listen to tribute here: http://kcrw.co/1QsWvbZ

AUDIO: ESSENTIALS WITH MIKE NARDONE (4/9/16) EP. 2 ON BEAT JUNKIE RADIO

It is an honor to have the legendary LA Hip Hop Radio personality, Mike Nardone return to the airwaves onBeat Junkie Radio. He returns to his roots by debuting his new show called “Essentials” on Beat Junkie Radio.  If you’re not familiar with Mike Nardone, he was the first person to start up a college Hip Hop radio show in 1987 at KXLU (Loyola Marymount) in Los Angeles called “We Came From Beyond” as well as having a show on the defunct 92.3 The Beat called “Da Joint” with King Emz.  Mike is the West Coast counterpart of the legendary NY Radio Duo, Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Garcia. This particular audio is from Mike’s 2nd show (April 9th); Our very own Rhettmatic is Mike’s assistant.

Essentials with Mike Nardone will be airing every 2nd Saturdays of each month from 4:30-6:30pm on Beat Junkie Radio, exclusively on Dash. You can listen to Mike’s show by either downloading the FREE Dash Radio App from ITunes or Google Play or listen on the web: www.dashradio.com.

5 ARTISTS YOU SHOULD KNOW — VOL 10

1. Martin Ron: @martinronmural
You can find more work here: http://martinron.caseroscitystudio.com.ar/
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2. Greg Grease: @greazygreg
You can find more of his stuff here: https://soundcloud.com/greg-grease

3. Gavlyn: @gavluvsyou
Check Her New Project Here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/why-wait/id1093284693


4. Madeintyo: @madeintyo
You can find more from him here: https://soundcloud.com/madeintyo 




5. Anna Wise: @annathewise
You can find more from Anna at https://soundcloud.com/annathewise or http://www.annathewise.com/


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25 Albums To Revisit Or Listen To For The First Time

So these aren’t in any particular order, but I was going through archives of old music at my mom’s place last weekend and it reminded me of how much I’ve been craving just really solid start-to-finish records or ones with replay value. Twice this week I’ve also been tagged in posts wanting my contributions to lists of albums people fell in love with. So below is a part of that, I’m sure you’ve got plenty that you could contribute and add as well. In the next few years I think I’m going to rip everything that I own and let you guys have a field day. In the meantime, revisit these greats.

  • Raekwon – only built for cuban links
  • Dr. Dre – The Chronic
  • The Roots – Iladelph Halflife
  • Murs – F’real
  • Mac Dre – Genie of the Lamp
  • OC – Jewelz
  • Funkmaster Flex – Vol 1
  • The World Famous Beat Junkies – vol 1. Dj Babu
  • Oukast – Atliens
  • Company Flow – Funcrusher Plus
  • Aesop Rock – Labor Days
  • Anticon – Music for the advancement of Hip Hop
  • Atmosphere – Overcast
  • ATCQ – Midnight Marauders
  • Mobb Deep – The Infamous
  • Capone-N-Noreaga – The War Report
  • Redman – What? The Album
  • Cypress Hill III – Temples of Boom
  • The Beatnuts – Stone Crazy
  • Busta Rhymes – Extinction Level Event
  • Wu’Tang – 36 chambers
  • Slug – God Loves Ugly
  • Eminem – Slim Shady LP
  • The Pharcyde – bazaar ride
  • N.W.A. – straight outta compton

Thankfully technology has allowed us to actually reacquire all of these full albums or just individual tracks we want at high quality on several websites, and some people have also uploaded them to youtube in their entirety. Enjoy 🙂

Also, since I’m not just a biased hip-hop head – If you’re interested in a handful of killer jungle/acid house/trance/techno/dnb tapes, demos and live recordings from the 90’s check this out: http://artmeetsscience.co.uk/tapes/    #nostalgia.

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The value of a hater and why it doesn’t hurt to have a few.

 

Adversity in business, relationships and friendships has always been something I’ve paid attention to. I actually have quite good memories of people watching in many environments. When you’re producing events you get to interact with hundreds of people for very short periods of time for a few hours. Behavioral habits and human nature have always been interesting to me. Luckily, over time my curiosity in this matter has actually paid off by making me a good judge of character, and very rapidly.    So this article comes from a near and dear place. Regularly I see friends in art, music, and various lines of business have their ups and downs, highs and lows, get taken advantage of, beaten up, broken down, ripped to shreds, chewed up and spit out. By peers, friends, enemies, frenemies, and any other variation of the sort. The internet has definitely made it easy for people to sound off when they dislike something and want to get their opinion heard (social media, yelp/google+ etc)

We all have them, we know what they are, but here’s a reminder:

“TOP DEFINITION:  Hater
A person that simply cannot be happy for another person’s success. So rather than be happy they make a point of exposing a flaw in that person.

Hating, the result of being a hater, is not exactly jealousy. The hater doesn’t really want to be the person he or she hates, rather the hater wants to knock someone down a notch.

Susan: You know, Kevin from accounting is doing very well. He just bought a house in a very nice part of town.
Jane (hater): If he is doing so well why does he drive that ’89 Taurus?”
Now it doesn’t matter what world you are living in, what you do for a living, what you’ve done in the past or where you’re going. The one constant besides change, is having haters. You probably don’t have enough of them to be honest. I know that may sound ridiculous, but there is several theories out there proving that how many people are speaking negatively about you, can directly convert to how successful you become. A lot of this has to do with if someone is repurposing the negative energy into positive. To many who don’t take things personally, they understand this kinda bad mouthing or negative critique can be rerouted and serve positive purpose. It’s a lot like PR where someone will take a bad story, and spin it into something good, striking while the hammer is hot and all eyes are on a subject. Most of the industry leading top dogs have their critics. If you’ve ever worked in food service, you understand that you simply can’t please everybody, regardless of how much you want to.

So let’s speed this up and put it into more of a perspective, do you see ‘nobodies’ on the TMZ, Ellen or Jimmy Kimmel reading damaging blows against themselves? No. These people have reached a level of success to a point that their name is on display for the masses, which comes with a lot of positive and negative responses. In business, we’ve got online review platforms like Yelp, TripAdvisor, Google+ encouraging people to sound off on the good, bad and ugly. Which then allows for Reputation Management jobs to come in and do damage control, much like a Manager/PR to a Musician. I’ve made moves in my past that have gotten me ridiculed, in the spot light, and my name and credibility tarnished all over the internet, including being blacklisted by certain people because of them seeing such negative things about me in the headlines. Did that stop me from reaching my goals? starting my own businesses? continuing to follow passion projects and creative projects? Hell, fucking no.  It just further emphasized the power of PR, it showed me that if I don’t respond and essentially ignore or let it roll off my back, that eventually it’ll subside. It made me realize that while all the attention is on me, I can do really good things that win back my audience. Luckily, I learned this life lesson at an early age and allowed it to again, teach me the benefits of having people try to create road blocks and obstacles that otherwise wouldn’t be produced, had it not been for the moves I was making.  Consumer Reports, Amazon, Rotten Tomatoes, Countless Music Blogs.

We’re constantly regurgitating hate spew. My only qualm is the lack of consistency in the haters. What an incredible waste of time and energy it is to just follow people achieving? Let alone the flipflopping hate where people play both sides of the fence.    So here’s where the value in haters lies, outside of being motivational, sometimes they point out flaws or things you may have missed. If someone is clowning on your style, or an outfit – perhaps that ‘hate’ is actually an observation vocalized and pin pointing something you missed? Haters can also help give perspective and insight on weak points of things. I remember a guy was hating on a friend of mine’s music for years through online channels and in person. He made it a point to constantly talk shit, to the point that one time he got his jaw broken, but that’s beside the point. Some of the things this guy was saying while funny or made for satire were actually fucking valid points, imagine that? This hater was mentioning how my friends music wasn’t transparent or aligning with his character. Regardless of being portrayed through lyrical content in albums and songs, certain messages could be received or twisted to show my friend in a poor light, and make him seem to lack authenticity, not be genuine and essentially leave himself open to be called “fake”.

After I brought it up to him in a “maybe he’s right” approach, my friend broke down his past work to current and realized it was true. So, in this example his use of the negative energy, allowed for a positive change to come from something intended to destroy, but instead, allowed him to reroute or detour to greener pastures. A lot of us look at haters as envious, insecure, weak, and fearful. A lot of it stems from a lack of not being able to do the same thing deep down. That means you’re doing something they can’t, or perhaps are scared to even attempt to do. Haters, can also turn into supporters. I used to send my own personal work to people who used to talk shit, over and over til I won them over and the hate turned into love. These people are already attracted or interested in what you do at some capacity, why not challenge them and yourself, and try to convert a hater to a fan/admirer? The difference between the two is really just you going from good to great. Haters also help you gain visibility you otherwise wouldn’t get. See who’s paying attention, and instead of defending yourself or enabling the behavior, talk to some of the people who chime in on a real level and give them alternatives? Maybe they are bandwagon riders and agree in the moment, but that’s because they don’t know of anything else you’ve done or have in the bag. The only way to avoid these people is not doing anything that grabs their attention, sounds fun right? You play it safe and tread lightly on eggshells and thin ice with a cloud above you and behind your back at all times. OR you soar to new heights and make them see you, hear you, and love you. To hate on your music, your art, or your event. They have to actually invest some form of interest, time, and maybe money in order to access it. People buy tickets to Dave Chapelle’s standup so they can hate on Dave Chapelle’s standup, and heckle from the audience. Do you care about a little bump in the road, or making money and having a packed house?

So between the valuable feedback, opinions and critique. To the increased awareness and visibility of your brand (free press), to the potential monetary gain from their interest in you. To even discovering weak parts you didn’t even know existed. I say, bring on the haters.  They allow you to learn and grow as an artist and as a person. Just be sure if you are going to ‘hate’ it’s for a just cause and actually valid. Even explain or break down why you are saying what you are saying to further justify and “help” the opposing person or company… That my friends, has lead to me getting paid 250/hr as a consultant, a few thousand a month as a Creative Strategist and Marketing Professional, and much more.
1. They talk a LOT
2. They’re often passionate
3. They tend to be in your market
4. They give you an open invitation to share
5. It’s WAY cheaper than advertising
6. They can make you look good
7. They might be highlighting a grievous error
This list comes from an article by: Matt Cumming which lead to me creating this article you’ve read.

Hate it or love it,  Don’t let anyone stop you from achieving your dreams.

Wanna send me some hate mail?
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AUDIO: “GOD LIVES THROUGH” – A PHIFE DAWG TRIBUTE MIX BY DJ MELO-D

Rest In Peace to legendary Phife Dawg, 1/4 of one of the greatest Hip Hop groups of all time, A Tribe Called Quest. Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor passed away on March 22, 2016 due to complications to Diabeties.  Our very own Dj Melo-D does a special Phife Dawg tribute mix in honor of the fallen MC.  Shoutouts & deepest condolences to Qtip, Ali Shaheed Muhammed & Jarobi White.  Phife Dawg, we will miss you….!

5 Albums You Slept On And Shouldn’t Have

Now as usual, I know some of you have heard these ( it may have been awhile ) but I feel like the current and future generation of readers don’t get enough of this kinda content, so it’s a great opportunity to bridge the gap in this social media age. Share the wealth 🙂

(can’t find the full album of this, but a very very solid project: Grey Matter: Grey Matter)

TODAY (3.26.16) – REBROADCAST: ESSENTIALS W/ MIKE NARDONE (1ST SHOW) ON BEAT JUNKIE RADIO

Today (March 26th), we will be rebroadcasting “Essentials With Mike Nardone” 1st Show on our Beat Junkie Radio channel on Dash Radio from 2-4pm PST.  You can listen to the re-broadcast by downloading the FREE Dash Radio app from ITunes or Google Play or listen on the web: www.dashradio.com. Then search for “Beat Junkie Radio” & click!

Mike Nardone‘s show will be airing live every 2nd Saturdays of each month from 4:30-6:30pm PST starting April 9th!

“Taking Back The Airwaves!”

AUDIO: “ESSENTIALS” w/ MIKE NARDONE (3.12.16) – BEAT JUNKIE RADIO

It is an honor to have the legendary LA Hip Hop Radio personality, Mike Nardone return to the airwaves on Beat Junkie Radio. He returns to his roots by debuting his new show called “Essentials” on Beat Junkie Radio.  If you’re not familiar with Mike Nardone, he was the first person to start up a college Hip Hop radio show in 1987 at KXLU (Loyola Marymount) in Los Angeles called “We Came From Beyond” as well as having a show on the defunct 92.3 The Beat called “Da Joint” with King Emz.  Mike is the West Coast counterpart of the legendary NY Radio Duo, Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Garcia. This particular audio is from Mike’s 1st show (March 12th); Our very own Rhettmatic was Mike’s assistant that day.

Essentials with Mike Nardone will be airing every 2nd Saturdays of each month from 4:30-6:30pm on Beat Junkie Radio, exclusively on Dash. You can listen to Mike’s show by either downloading the FREE Dash Radio App from ITunes or Google Play or listen on the web: www.dashradio.com.

THE STARVING ARTIST – 15 WAYS TO EAT OFF YOUR WORK

Alright, so you’ve managed to buy some gear, learn some software and hardware, crank out some beats, memorize some lyrics you wrote, get together the band without interruption or excuses, maybe even released your first song or a handful of projects, Great?… What’s next?

In this Beat Junkies article I’m going to give you 15 ways you can convert — what you know, who you know, and what you’ve learned into something tangible.

1. Street Performing – While this may sound cheesy and the idea is old as dirt, it works. I actually have a few friends who are full-time musicians and get paid quite a bit per shows, have agents, managers, publicists and make anywhere from $2500-5,000 per release who *STILL* do this on occasion for a few hours for entertainment, promotion, networking and more.

2. Streaming Shows – When I lived in New York, I used to do streaming shows through voice chat programs like Ventrilo and Teamspeak where I’d freestyle off the words listed in the chat and charge $1.00 per person via paypal to join the shows that I’d promote through AOL & Yahoo Chat Rooms. It didn’t take long before I created a schedule where once a week I’d do a show from home, with friends, broadcasted to a few hundred all over the globe and make a little under $500 in a few hours. We’d then go hit Fat Beats, End Of The Weak, Club SinSin, Nuyorican and other spots around the city. With streaming technology getting better and more accessible these days, I wouldn’t be surprised if you could make a few g’s pulling together the right people and charging for an online series/show in a similar manner.

3. Booking Websites – There’s plenty of websites out there that give you the accessibility and visibility for bookings all over the globe. Try to list yourself on these websites for the obvious reasons of it’s just an additional opportunity for you to be seen and heard. Although, these sites actually specialize in fulfilling a need for someone who’s looking for XYZ. Google “music booking websites” and you’ll have some options in this realm.

4. Merchandising & Apparel – Digital & Physical : This is an area that a lot of musicians really miss the mark. I don’t care if there is 10 people or 10,000 people every show you should have merchandise and product for your supporters. It’s income outside of your booking, and you have the flexibility to negotiate because you know what the products cost to make and how much you’re looking to get as a return on that. Plus fans are a lot more interested in purchasing something face to face, rather then online behind a screen. With Shopify, Etsy, Bigcartel, Bandcamp, and a million other outlets online – there’s really no excuse to not have digital merch sales rolling along with your physical stuff at events. Having all of this stuff listed on your own personal website is the best approach.

5. Sponsorship –  If you’ve got a really unique product or a growing / established fan base, there’s a lot of businesses out there looking to align themselves with people who can be ‘ambassadors’ or faces of their brands. Not only can you get free products, services, and special discounts out of this. You can also get a cash donation or stipend for just doing what you do, and having their sticker on your laptop or you name dropping the company a few times a month. There’s actually a very very wide range of structures you can create for opportunities with potential sponsors. websites like angellist.com even do the legwork of organizing the startups for you so you can see what the companies are about that you’re reaching out to, instead of blindly sling shotting yourself to all these businesses

6. Crowdfunding  While this is a newer concept that’s been adopted and successfully worked into the mainstream. Creating a a crowdfunding campaign is a great way to give your fans what they want, and get what you need, to successfully continue to live off of your art. As you know people purchase things for a wide variety of reasons… convenience, basic needs, replacement, it being limited rare or scarce, a great value, and because it directly supports a person or cause they are already invested in. What I like about crowdfunding is it’s an absolute Customized Solution for your supporters & you to both meet in the middle. I helped a friend of mine with his last 2, $10,000 kickstarter campaigns, both of which he hit his goals (Kosha Dillz). It’s a great way to test your audience and push yourself, as well as build a deeper connection with your fans.

7. Hired Gun  If you’re a good writer or producer, sometimes to take a step back and create ‘ghost production’ or stems and sounds or writings for other rising talent can do collateral damage and bring you into areas where you wouldn’t otherwise be. Over the years I’ve seen a handful of veterans who don’t really care for the spotlight so much, make great careers in composing and songwriting. If creating for others to hand off as their own in exchange for credits and money, you also have the opportunity here to write for film, tv & games. With the way technology has gone in Apps and Mobile, there’s a huge pocket of opportunity here. Take your shelved productions and writings of yesterday, polish them up and try to repurpose them. 

8. Licensing – Typically licensing departments were attached to publishing companies, but now with more and more content being self-published, and an increased interest in indie music several companies have been popping up all around. Photographers, Film Makers, Producers of all sorts. If you get placement in a video game, film, tv show or commercial, this is the mode of payment.

9. Music Supervisors / DJ’s – The people who pick the music that goes out into the radio, tv, podcasts, mixes etc  can create the runoff effect of new listeners discovering you, and digging deeper which hopefully translates into them becoming fans or supporters. One method I’ve done in the past with a PR campaign I worked on was making a list of all the DJ’s I would see pretty regularly in the city on flyers and events, and get all of their emails – create my own little marketing kit and then approach each with a unique message sharing links to music. Sometimes I’d get no response, sometimes I’d get rave reviews, and sometimes they’d take the music and throw it into mixes which lead to me gaining followers and supporters.

10. Brand Alignment & Collaboration – Similar to sponsorships, if you can find brands, influencers, and other ways of attaching yourself to a larger entity. This is also a great way to get a bump in revenue, as well as strengthen your bonds with companies or people that will be growing with or without you. I choose collaboration over competition any day. Just make sure it makes sense to the conceptual integrity on both ends.

11. Agents x Managers – These people are working for themselves, by working for you. They don’t get paid, unless you get paid, so they have to make sure you get paid. Long story short, while both serve two completely different roles. They also work together in a similar manner. You also don’t need either of these unless you reach a bit of a peak where you can’t handle the inbound requests or demand for you and it’d make sense to give up a little piece of a pie in exchange for having more pies to eat more often.

12. Music Publicist – People often come to me with questions about what a publicist can do for them in regards to their music, and I have to remind them how publicity doesn’t sell records. If you see a jump in sudden jump in sales or interest in you after taking on a publicist, that doesn’t necessarily coincide with having great PR. A publicist is brought in to your team to be a bridge to the media. The media is typically your editors/writers/content & segment producers etc.. competent publicists know what to do with a talented artist or musician. Before looking into one, be sure to create a list of ‘minimum’ results to be expected for the amount of pay x work hired and consider anything ‘beyond’ that a gift 🙂 —  A publicist isn’t around to get you record deals, marketing situations, agents, management, gigs or anything else in relation to those things. That’s what your management is for. A solid Publicist should be able to hook you up with any and all of the above “but” that’s the “gift” part I just mentioned.  This article is about eating off of your work,  and not so much defining each part of this industry, so to cut to the chase on how a music publicist can help you do this. Look at various “music pr and publicist campaigns” and check out the lead times vs costs and results for various article placements, reviews, interviews online and off. You’ll be surprised to see how much juice they can add to your career.

13. Session Work – If you’re a producer or an engineer, there is a lot of ‘session work’ out there if you’re hungry enough to look for it and get it. As a session musician, you can be a background vocalist, guitarist, drummer, do adlibs, work on other people’s work, and be a ‘subtitute’ of sorts. It’s cool and unique, brings you in quite a few different areas of work and also allows you to network with others in the industry whom may have interest in what you’re working on yourself.

14. Cover Gigs – A lot of people kinda ignore this whole little pocket but it’s actually a nice cushy area, with lots of opportunity, that is if you don’t mind making your art into a novelty temporarily. The good part about these types of gigs is they take a unique talent, interested in learning other people’s material and sound in order to imitate it in a proper or original way. In the same way that a stylist may take a page from a magazine, and remake that look but swap the one or two things out they think should be different. Cover gigs can bring you corporate parties, birthdays, weddings and more. You can also always use these as a platform for pushing your original material to the attentive audience if you’re good. I feel like the last cover band I saw was a Beastie Boy Cover Group… They were dope, and I would’ve paid to see them again with friends. Covers are also ‘safe songs’ because they are generally popular already and with that, you can potentially get a residency gig. Build familiarity with the crew at your residency, you may get your own night, which then you’ve got your own stage, sound, bar, lighting, and money coming in!

15. Teaching – Now obviously this isn’t one for everyone, but several musicians share their knowledge and experience by teaching it to others, as a service which costs money, because nobody works for free ( or at least, you shouldn’t ). This is a great way to supplement your income and you’re practicing, as well as refreshing yourself and your skills at the same time.

I didn’t mention Promotions, Marketing, and PR much because those are things that are reinforcement to whatever you’re currently doing.   The article here: How To Book Better Gigs More Often   OR this one: 10 Sureshot Ways To Get Heard By Who You Want or maybe even this one: What Makes Good Artist Great.  At the end of the day, I think we all know that talent and hard work should always reign supreme so don’t give up on your dreams if they don’t immediately convert. In Closing, “Dont get high all day and try to survive on snacks, alone. Put in the effort. Eat a meal, my nigga… Love y’all!!” – William Redd Thedford IV

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SAT. MARCH 11: The Debut of “ESSENTIALS” w/ MIKE NARDONE on Beat Junkie Radio

Ladies & Gentleman, The Beat Junkies are proudly to present the return of one of LA’s respected Hip Hop radio personality to Beat Junkie Radio…the legendary Mike Nardone! This man has helped break Hip Hop artists on college radio & championed Underground/Independent Hip Hop for many of years on classic radio shows such as “We Came From Beyond” on KXLU (Loyola Marymount) & “Da Joint” with @operatoremz on the defunct 92.3 The Beat in Los Angeles during the late 80’s & throughout the 90’s; Mike is the West Coast counterpart of Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Garcia.
Make sure to tune in to “ESSENTIALS” this SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2016, LIVE from 4-6pm PST by either downloading the FREE Dash Radio app from ITunes or Google Play to your smart phone/tablet or listen on the web: www.dashradio.com, search for “Beat Junkie Radio”. It is an honor to have Mike Nardone rocking with the Beat Junkies. Welcome back Mike!

5 ARTISTS YOU SHOULD KNOW — VOL 9.

James Jirat Patradoon
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http://cargocollective.com/jirat_
www.jirat.jp 

Suzi Analogue

DJ Morse Code ( 1/2 of POOLS )




Kadhja Bonet


Faimkills


Since wordpress makes it difficult to create space in postings sometimes. The people featured above are pretty easy to find online and shouldn’t be slept on:

James Jirat Patradoon / Kadhja Bonet / Suzi Analogue / Faimkills / DJ Morse Code 

 

AUDIO: SOUNDCHECK EP. 25 (2.23.16) w/ TUAMIE & NICK SPEED

The Beat Junkies present:
 Soundcheck
Broadcasting Live from Los Angeles
 7-10PM PST
Every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Of The Month
On The Beat Junkie Radio channel
Exclusively on Dash Radio.
Download the Dash Radio App for free or listen to us on the web: www.dashradio.com.

Special Guests (2.23.16) is Tuamie & Nick Speed. Special appearance by Houseshoes, Eric Bobo (Cypress Hill), Planet Asia, Phil Da Agony, & Knxwledge

Dj Babu set

Action Bronson x Westside Gunn- Dudley Boyz
Guilty Simpson – The D
Mr. Lif – Whizdom
Black Milk -For 4ever
Nikobeats – Can U Stand The Rain
Your Old Droog – Listen
Anderson.Paak – The Season/Carry Me
D.I.T.C – Get With The Program
Jay Electronica – #TBE The Curse of Mayweather
Nikobeats – Come Around
O.G.ology – I Wanna Tell You Something
Curren$y x alchemist – Cartridge
J-dilla – The Introduction
Busta Rhymes – We Home ft L.O.N.S
Anderson.Paak – Come Down
NxWorries – Link Up

Special Guest – Tuamie

Dj Rhettmatic set

Cookbook x Evidence  – Phillip Drummond
Asher Roth Ă— Nottz – Goin Down
Nikobeats  – Maybe So Maybe No
D.R.U.G.S – Untitled
Rim (of Da Villains) – Llamas
Fisher aka G Fisher – Mercenaries ft Chris Rivers
Mick Jenkins – Ps & Qs
TallBlackGuy – Ojaymoneystack
D.R.U.G.S – Wiggy Wiggy
Hezekiah – I Love Kanye
Lyric Jones – Fly Aura ft Sean Rosati
Willie Evans Jr – Creepers Anthem
The Black Ppera – Somethin Outta Nuthin
Bishop Lamont ft. Xzibit – Back Up Off Me
Mentplus – DillaCation
Lex (nyre) – Time Is Now
Nikobeats – Anniversary
Johaz – Anything ft Blu
D.R.U.G.S – I Can Make You Dance (thank you)
Villain Park – Brain Cells
Dertbeats – Days Go By

Special Guest – Nick Speed

J.Rocc set

Blackstar – You’re  Welcome
Dilla – What (a capella)
Dilla – Things You Do
Dilla – Roots 93
Dilla  – World Full of Sadness
Pete rock – Niggaz
X-Clan – Heed The Word Of The Brother
The Black Voices – I’ll Stop Calling You Niggas
Kareem Riggins – 30 Hours beat
The Black Voices – Funny How Things Can Change
Tall Black Guy – The Big Payback

TONIGHT (3/2/16): DJ ECLIPSE’S “HALFTIME SHOW” 18TH ANNIVERSARY & SERIES FINALE

Tonight (March 2nd) is our good friend, Hip Hop Scholar, Dj/Producer, Dj Eclipse‘s “The Halftime Show” 18th Anniversary & Series Finale.  Yes, this is the last show and probably the last Hip Hop Radio Show from the classic 90’s Indy Era on terrestial & college radio.  Eclipse (as well as Sucio Smash‘s “Squeeze Radio”) help broke a lot of indy Hip Hop records over the college airwaves in the same tradition of the legendary duo, Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Garcia.

Eclipse has been a big supporter & a good friend of the Beat Junkies.  We truly thank him for all his hard work & dedication to our culture, & congratulations for doing the show for 18 years! Don’t fret tho, he will still continue his other radio show on Sirus/XM, “Rap Is Outta Control” as well as doing artist management & DJing for Non-Phixion, Ill Bill, & La Coka Nostra.

Shoutouts to Dj Riz, Lynn Gonzales, Dj Skizz, Petey Cologne, Mars 1, & Devoni.

Make sure you turn into tonight’s show on 89.1FM WNYU from 10:30pm-1:00am EST or online at www.wnyu.org orwww.ustream.tv/channel/thehalftimeshow

Meanwhile, here’s some old footage that Eclipse has put together for the 15th anniversary 3 years ago.

VIDEO: MOS DEF & TALIB KWELI AT FAT BEATS LA 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY (1997)

Our good friend Dj Eclipse of Non-Phixion/Rap Is Outta Control just released this vintage footage of Mos Def & Talib Kweli from the Fat Beats LA 1 Year Anniversary party at the old Crush Bar in Hollywood. Eclipse worked at the flash ship in New York, while Babu, J.Rocc & Rhettmatic worked at the LA store. This footage shows the 1st time that Mos & Kweli performed in LA. This is an early manifestation of Black Star. You can see J.Rocc spinning for Mos & Kweli…this is also how J became ‪Black Star‘s official DJ. If you look closely, you can see a young Mr. Choc, Melo-D, Dj Nu-Mark, J.Rocc, Babu, & Rhettmatic…lol. The Beat Junkies & Invisibl Skratch Piklz also performed that night. We can’t wait when Eclipse drops that footage. Until then, enjoy this piece of Hip Hop history! Shoutouts to Dj Jab, the owner of Fat Beats!

AUDIO: DJ QSTN, DJ MANWELL, & KID DRAGON: “THREE THE HARD WAY” MIXTAPE

Just released, a special mixtape from the Mellow Orange camp called “Three The Hard Way” featuring Djs Qstn, Manwell, & Kid Dragon.  This mixtape is full of Funk, Breaks, & dope scratches…..this is a celebration in honor of turntablists & Battle Champs Dj Manwell & Dj Kid Dragon joining the Mellow Orange collective.  It’s Dope!! Beat Junkies Approved!

Download The Mix: http://www.melloworange.com/blog/2016/2/16/pre-order-limited-edition-3-the-hard-way-mixtape-on-cassette

AUDIO: J DILLA TRIBUTES BY J.ROCC, HOUSESHOES, & DJ DSTRUKT

It’s the final week of Dilla Month (but everyday is Dilla Day).  To close out the week, here’s a couple of Audio Treats by the Funky President J.Rocc, the one & only Houseshoes, & the young gun Dj Dstrukt to pep up your week. J Dilla Forever!

Adventures In Stereo w/ J.Rocc: Dilla Month, Week 3 w/ Mrs. Yancey (2.21.16)
Click on link & search for “Adventures In Stereo” : http://archive.kpfk.org/

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Houseshoes: King James III (The Final Chapter):
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Dj Dstrukt: “Donuts Are Forever” Live Set:

Download Audio: http://bit.ly/1R8tSUO