SAT. (10/7/17): “A STABLE SOUND” – A LIVE RECORDING WITH CUT CHEMIST & SHORTKUT FROM BJIOS!

Join us Saturday Oct. 7th from 6-8pm @beatjunkieios for a LIVE recording of @cut_chemists radio show “A Stable Sound”

Come though and wish Cut and Shortkut a Happy Birthday and vibe out with them, more special guests TBA, LIVE from the LONGTAGON!

RSVP: bit.ly/ASTABLESOUND
Current BJIOS Students and Members are Free, please contact BJIOS to sign up!

Remember to check out Cut Chemist and Shortkut at the Echoplex, Sunday Oct. 8th, as they celebrate 20 years of#FuturePrimitive brought to you by @footlongdevelopment

SUNDAY (10/8/17): FUTURE PRIMITIVE 20TH ANNIVERSARY w/ CUT CHEMIST & SHORTKUT + J.ROCC at THE ECHOPLEX!

Sunday October 8

2 of the most innovative DJ’s of the last two decades, rocking the party as 1!

20TH ANNIVERSARY of
LIVE AT THE FUTURE PRIMITIVE
‘SOUND SESSION’

CUT CHEMIST (Jurassic5/Ozomatli)
&
DJ SHORTKUT (TheBeatJunkies/ISP)

w/ Special Guest
J.ROCC (TheBeatJunkies/StonesThrow)

Hosted: MC SUPERNATURAL

Openers: DJ EXPO (TheRootDown/MOM LA) & DJ Skeme Richards (Philly)

@ The Echoplex
1154 Glendale Bl.
LA 90026

7PM-12AM / 18+

Tickets Available:
http://ww.FootlongDevelopment.com/
& Amoeba Records in Hollywood

TONIGHT (7/25/16): MOTOWN ON MONDAYS LA w/ special guest: SHORTKUT

Tonight (July 25th) is another installment of Motown On Mondays LA on Sunday at The Short Stop in Los Angeles with residents Dj Expo, Dj Jedi, & Monalisa + special guests: our very own Shortkut.  If you love classic Motown music, this is a perfect way to start off your week!

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 ‚ÄĎ Shortkut has long-surpassed icon status. And so should the only member of not one, but three of the world‚Äôs 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‚Äôs why the DJ‚Äôs there.”

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

TONIGHT (6/30/16): THE 45 SESSIONS w/ PRINCE PAUL

Tonight (June 30) is a special The 45 Sessions event. Their special guest, the legendary Dj Prince Paul (Stetsasonic/De La Soul/Gravediggaz/Handsome Boy Modeling School/Dirty Disco Squares) along with residents Dj Platurn, Mr. E, & our very own Shortkut.  Hosted by Fran Boogie.  All happening at The Uptown in Oakland.  For more info & tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/45-sessions-presents-prince-paul-tickets-26000321662  This is event that you do not want to miss!

TONIGHT (6/24/16): KUT UP FRIDAYS w/ SHORTKUT + special guest: DJ UMAMI at THE ROCK STEADY

Tonight (June 24th) is a presentation of Kut Up Fridays at The Rock Steady in Downtown Oakland with our very own Shortkut as the resident DJ along with Le’ Swindle plus special guest Dj Umami. Come start off your weekend for a FREE night of dope music & fresh vibes!

TONIGHT (4/15/16): THE LAST MIGHTY SF PARTY w/ DJ MASEO & DJ SHORTKUT!

Tonight (April 15) is the Last Hip Hop Party¬†at Mighty SF. Yes, people‚Ķ.it‚Äôs the really the finale at The Mighty SF. The venue has taken new ownership and will be going through some changes. This is our very own Shortkut‘s Bay Area Residency for the last 7 Years….so to go out with a bang, he brought our big brother, Dj Maseo aka Plug 3 aka Vinny Merlot of the legendary De La Soul to rock a 2×4 set with him all night, plus opening set by Papalote HiFi‘s own Mr. E & the one & only Fran Boogie handling the mic duties!¬†For tickets, go to eventbrite.com.¬†You won‚Äôt wanna‚Äô miss this! Shoutouts to Derek Hana & Carey Kopp for their time & service to the Bay Area Music Community!

TONIGHT (4.1.16): TRIPLE THREAT GRAND FINALE AT MIGHTY SF

Tonight (April 1st) is the Triple Threat Grand Finale at Mighty SF. Yes, people….it’s the last Triple Threat DJs’ Residency at Mighty San Francisco.The venue has taken new ownership and will be going through some changes. So to celebrate their 7 year residency, Dj Apollo, Vin-Roc, Shortkut, & Fran Boogie have decided to go out with a bang!!¬†RSVP on eventbrite.com for NO COVER before 11pm and OPEN BAR from 9-10pm!¬†You won’t wanna’ miss this! Shoutouts to Derek Hana & Carey Kopp for their time & service to the Bay Area Music Community!

TONIGHT (3.5.16): DJ MR. E PRESENTS “WORD” w/ special guest DJ SHORTKUT

Tonight (March 5th), Papalote Hi Fi‘s own Dj Mr. E presents “Word”, an 80’s & 90’s night with resident Dj Umami, and special guest, our very own Dj Shortkut. Hosted by Fran Boogie. ¬†All happening at The Parliament in Oakland. ¬†Bay Area, if you want to get your groove on to the classics, this is the place to be.

TONIGHT (2.22.16): MOTOWN ON MONDAYS SEATTLE w/ special guest: DJ SHORTKUT

Tonight (February 22nd), our very own Dj Shortkut will be doing a special guest set at Motown On Mondays Seattle at Bar End with residents Djs: Supreme La Rock & Dj 100Proof. For some serious get down with the Motown Sound, this is the place to be. Shoutouts to all the Motown On Mondays Massive Nationwide!

TONIGHT (2/6/16): J DILLA TRIBUTES IN SF & LA w/ J.ROCC, SHORTKUT, & RHETTMATIC

Tonight (February 6th), during the Superbowl Weekend, it’s Dilla Weekend in both San Francisco & Los Angeles to celebrate 10 years of life & music of our fallen brother, J Dilla.

First one, the Funky President J.Rocc & Shortkut will be throwing down at Mighty in San Francisco in honor of Dilla, along with Mr. E, Dj Haylow, & hosted by Fran Boogie. Bay Area, you don’t want to miss this.

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Also tonight in Los Angeles, Rhettmatic will be doing a special set at the 9th Annual “Doin It For Dilla” at Boombox with residents Inka One, Ben Diggin, & Dj Analog. All happening at The Grand Star Jazz Club.

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Wherever you are in the world, put one up for the one James Yancey aka J Dilla….one of the greatest music producer of our time!

 

TONIGHT (1.22.16): “DO IT” w/ DJ EXPO & SEAN O + special guest: DJ SHORTKUT

Tonight (January 22nd) during the NAMM Show Weekend, is another installment of “Do It”¬†with residents Dj Expo & Dj Sean O¬†at The Shortstop in Los Angeles. Their tonight’s special guest is our very own Dj Shortkut. Come thru for a night of good music, dancing vibes, & good peoples! All Styles, All Smiles!

AUDIO: INVISIBL SKRATCH PIKLZ – “CLASSICAL MOOG” (RED BULL 20 BEFORE 16)

Our very own D-Styles & Shortkut along with the incredible Dj Q-Bert are some of the members of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, one of the dopest DJ crews in the world. They’re finally dropping a new album called “The 13th Floor”. Their first official single just dropped, courtesy of the Red Bull Music Academy.

“The phrase “legends in the game” gets chucked around a lot, but there really isn’t any other way to describe the Invisibl Skratch Piklz. ¬†The crew captivated the attention of a generation in the early 90’s with their fast-evolving definition of Turntablism. ¬†Recently, the current incarnation of the group consisting of Dj Q-Bert, D-Styles, & Shortkut hit the Red Bull Studios in Tokyo to record the first Piklz album in 20 years. ¬†The same trip included an appearance at this year’s Red Bull Thr3estyle World Finals, as well as taking part in a Guinness World Record-breaking Team Scratch routine with the Finalists – their heirs from around the world. ¬†“Classical Moog” is a exclusive peek at three truly inspirational¬†pioneers coming full circle into a new era of technique technology”

Listen & Download “Classical Moog” here:¬†http://20before16.redbull.com/invisiblskratchpiklz/

VIDEO: THE RETURN OF THE INVISIBL SKRATCH PIKLZ – PRESENTED BY REDBULL

Yes….the stars have been aligned!!! It’s the return of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz! The Grandmixer himself, Dj Q-Bert, along with our very own D-Styles & Shortkut are part of legendary DJ dynasty who’s roster that also includes the incredible Mixmaster Mike, the talented Dj Apollo, Dj A-Trak, just to name a few. ¬†Peep out the video below and the rest of the documentary here:¬†http://www.redbullthre3style.com/article/return-invisibl-skratch-piklz

“DJ LEGENDS! The Invisibl Skratch Pikilz have reformed after a twenty year hiatus to record a new album and perform at the Red Bull Thre3style world finals in Tokyo, Japan.

 
Regarded as music’s most influential turntablist crews, the trio behind ISP – QBert, Shortkut and D-Styles – are respected members of the extended Thre3style family, having performed and judged at events across the world.
 To create the new record, the group set up shop at Red Bull Studios in Tokyo in spring this year, where they crafted the LP over the course of a week.
¬†Fans will get to see the ISPs perform the album (and probably some old favourites) when they perform at the Thre3style grand final on September at Tokyo’s Sound and Vision museum.
 
For the first time ever, the event will be live streamed via redbullthre3style.com bringing the energy of the competition in to people’s homes.¬†
 
Shortkut, D-Styles and Q-Bert also star in an awesome web series the Japanese team have worked on which shows them hard at work on their first LP in two decades.”

THROWBACK THURSDAYS (VIDEO): THE GODFATHERS aka RHETTMATIC & SHORTKUT – NAMM SHOW 2013

What’s up folks…..yes, another installment of “Throwback Thursdays”.

For those that do not know, Shortkut & myself call ourselves “The Godfathers”, not because we’re like ‘Godfathers’ in the DJ/Turntablist scene, but because we are actual Godfathers (or as the Filipinos would traditionally say, “Ninongs”) to Babu‘s oldest son, Niko….and we were also roommates at one time….LOL!!

Back in the early 2000’s, Short & myself came up with some 2 man tag-team routines while we were roommates. ¬†We eventually took our little set on the road while on tour with The Visionaries in Europe. ¬†Fast forward to 2013, our sponsors Rane asked the Junkies to perform at their booth for the NAMM Show. ¬†Short & myself took the opportunity to try to come up with some stuff that’s similar to what we did back in the 2000’s. ¬†A couple of things tho that was standing in our way. ¬†(1) We forgot some of our old routines, (2) Short lives in the Bay Area, I live in the LA County, & (3) because of our busy schedules, we only had 1 day, yes…ONE DAY, to come up with something. ¬†So Short flew down to LA the day before we were schedule to play at the NAMM booth, so we can practice and try to come up with something. ¬†We rented out a rehearsal studio, came up with something, & practice for 6 hours. ¬†We were able to remember & incorporate some of our old 2 man routine, and with Short’s suggestion, we reflip a classic routine of The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel. ¬†After brainstorming & stressing, this is what we came up with.

Short & myself have always talked about doing a Godfather show, hopefully we can still do one in the near future. ¬†Hope you like this little ditty from 2 years ago….oh yeah, peep the other footage below of our original 2 man tag-team routine, back in the early 2000’s when we were using vinyl, 2 Vestax mixers, & 3 Vestax turntables….ah yes, memories….LOL!

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From The Visionaries European Tour (2004) in Hamburg, Germany

THROWBACK THURSDAYS (VIDEO): XMEN (THE XECUTIONERS) vs. ISP (INVISIBL SKRATCH PIKLZ) – 1996

What’s up folks….it’s another installment of Throwback Thursdays. ¬†In honor of the official Invisibl Skratch Piklz reunion at A-Trak’s Fool’s Good “Day Off” Party at the Shrine Auditorium¬†in LA this Sunday, October 12th, I thought I post up one of the best Dj battles in the history of mankind…..The Xmen vs ISP.

This happened at the first ITF World Championships during the 1996 Rock Steady Crew Anniversary. Babu & myself competed in this battle, but THIS was the hightlight of the event….this was litterarlly the “Clash Of The Titans”. ¬†They broke up it into 2 parts, solos & teams. ¬†Both catagories were incredible and both crews were going all out with new techinques & routines. ¬†I remember watching this battle in person and the energy in the place was crazy!!!

On the Xmen side: Roc Raida (RIP), Rob Swift, Mr. Sinista, Total Eclipse, & Diamond J.  For ISP: Q-Bert, Mixmaster Mike, & Shortkut.

This is the team battle…..remember folks, this is 1996……these skills are still relevent in today’s times…..always timeless, always classic! ¬†Enjoy!

Rhettmatic

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE RBMA CULTURE CLASH SF CHAMPIONS: TRIPLE THREAT DJS!

This past Wendesday, October 1st was the Redbull Music Academy Culture Clash San Francisco and it was epic! 4 Soundsystems: Dirty Bird, Dub Mission, Tormentia Tropica, & the homies, Triple Threat Djs competed for the coveted clash.  Triple Threat consist of our very own Shortkut, the legendary Dj Apollo, the incredible Dj Vinroc, & their mic handler Fran Boogie.

Peep the details & the profiles of the crews here: http://www.magneticmag.com/2014/10/red-bull-music-academy-culture-clash-san-francisco-crews-highlights/

The odds were up against the Triple Threat Djs especially when Dirty Bird brought out the big guns with Dj Craze, Diplo & Major Lazer, Too Short, Pharoahe Monch, & get this…..Daft Punk. ¬†Triple Threat had a couple of other surprises of their own: Lyrics Born, Zumbi from Zion I, & Souls Of Mischief….but the real shocker of the night (at least to us) was bringing out the legendary Crystal Waters to perform “Gypsy Woman” live!

Congratulations to our family, the Triple Threat Djs for winning the Redbull Music Academy 2014 Culture Clash San Francisco with such honor…..much deserved!

 

RedBull Music Academy SF Culture Clash 2014 Champions :: Triple Threat Djs sizzle from OpenLineMedia on Vimeo.

MIXTAPE MONDAYS: SHORTKUT – LIVE AT THE BOILER ROOM (1.21.14)

Whats up folks…..

Thought I would start something in the same vein as our “Throwback Thursdays” Video Series….this time, it’s “Mixtape Mondays”. ¬†During these segments, I’m going to post up some of old & new mixes from the crew, as well as the homies, & other mixes that I think that they’re dope. ¬†If you’re at work or just cleaning the house, just press play & hopefully you like our latest blog series.

Our first mix is from Shortkut, in honor of him & the Triple Threat DJs competing in the Redbull Music Academy Culture Clash this Wednesday (Oct. 1st) at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. ¬†This recording is from his live set from The Boiler Room TV audio/visual show……Enjoy!

Rhettmatic

THROWBACK THURSDAYS (VIDEO): THE D-STYLES SEXTET – A NIGHT AT THE KNITTING FACTORY (11/1/02)

What’s up folks…..

Wanted to post something up in honor of the term “Throwback Thursdays”. These particular video footages are from D-Styles“Phantazmagoria” Album Release Party at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood on November 1, 2002.

A couple of things that made this night special: It was the first time that ALL 6 of us (D, Short, J, Babu, Melo, & myself) had performed together as a band, it was the release of D’s first solo album as well as making history as one of the first Scratch Instrumental album (all the music was made by scratches via multi-tracks) of it’s kind, & this event took place 2 days after the death of the legendary Jam Master Jay. As Babs said in the video “We’re performing songs written, produced, & composed by D, from his album ‘Phantazmagoria’…..it’s a real special night for us…it’s a groundbreaking album that D’s putting out….we’re just members of his band.”

Walk down memory lane with us & enjoy the footage……

Rhettmatic

A Night At The Knitting Factory

D-Styles Sextet Rehearsal #1

D-Styles Sextet Rehearsal #2

CHECK OUT SOME OF OUR MIXES AT MIXCRATE.COM

Bigups to our good friends at Mixcrate for always showing us love.  You can check out some of our mixes as well as individual Beat Junkie members here:

http://www.mixcrate.com/thebeatjunkies
http://www.mixcrate.com/djmelod
http://www.mixcrate.com/djshortkut
http://www.mixcrate.com/rhettmatic
http://www.mixcrate.com/mrchoc
http://www.mixcrate.com/dstyles
http://www.mixcrate.com/jrocc

Shout out to Randall Rufino

REDBULL THRE3STYLE WORLD FINALS DAY 1 RECAP: PHILIPPINES & THE INVISIBL SKRATCH PIKLZ

Our very own D-Styles & Shortkut along with the legendary Q-Bert performed as the Invisibl Skratch Piklz at Day 1 of the Redbull Thre3style World Finals in Azerbaijan.  Congratulations to the 1st heat winner, Carlos Atendido of the Phillippines, who now advances to the final round this week.

From the Redbull site:

The first night of competition heats kicked off Tuesday at the historic Baku Jazz Centre, with performances by the week’s host DJ Flipout, 2010 Thre3style champ, DJ Karve of Paris, and a rare set by the world famous Invisible Skratch Piklz from California.”

Listen to the audio sets here: 
http://www.redbullthre3style.com/article/night-1-philippines-and-invisible-skratch-piklz

WELCOME TO THE NEW BEATJUNKIES.COM!

Peace Everyone,

You may have noticed in recent months that we’ve been very active on social media with our videos and merchandise. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes for quite some time….we know that you’re curious to see what the Beat Junkies have been up to. Well folks, here it is……..

We’d like to welcome you to our newly designed, revamped website. It took us awhile to restructure, as we’ve been working very diligently for well over year to get everything ready. As you can see, we are back with a sleek new design along with several new additions to the site….but for the most part it’s business as usual, Beat Junkie Style!

One of the new features here at beatjunkies.com that we are proud to share is the Beat Junkies Digital Record Pool. Yes. The Beat Junkies started an mp3 record pool, personally curated by us for the DJ community and music enthusiasts alike. Collectively, we decided to combine our experience as DJs and tastemakers to provide a quality music service for DJs apart from existing record pools in the industry. As avid record collectors, we are definitely looking to fill in the gaps and share some of our most prized vinyl records with the public – custom edited in a DJ friendly format exclusively for you! Our digital record pool is a monthly subscription service, and was carefully designed for Professional DJ’s looking to expand their collection and deliver quality multi-genre DJ sets.

For official Beat Junkies product and apparel, be sure and check out our merchandise store!

We’d like to extend our thanks to our contributors, web design, and our web development teams for their creative effort and dedication to producing a quality website on behalf of the Beat Junkies. And of course, a very extra special thanks to you, our loyal friends and followers for your continued love and support. We encourage you to browse through our site at your discretion, and as always, your feedback is appreciated!

Welcome to the new www.beatjunkies.com