October 24th @ The Plaza
The Lafayette date of the Return of the DJ Tour features:
QUEST (Live Human / B.P.S.H. / Space Travelers - San Francisco, CA.)
DJ T-ROCK (1200 Hobos - Los Angeles, CA.)
DAVE PAUL (Bomb Hip-Hop - San Francisco, CA.)
DJ PONE ('89 Skratch Gangstaz - Oakland, CA.)
CHEAP COLOGNE (Minneapolis, MN.)
BAVU BLAKES (Austin, TX.)
Mr. Fingerz (Ill Onez - Lafayette, LA.)
Mic. Dagger, DJay Scuba & Cros (Prhymemates - San Antonio, TX.)
DJ Ambush & Truth Universal (New Orleans Finest - New Orleans - LA.)
Mr.Ish & Lower Life Form (Houston, TX.)
DJ Witnes (Houston, TX.)
Trey-C (Independent Grove (Lafayette ,LA.)
plus special guests to be announced
Born in El Salvador, Quest moved to the San Francisco bay area in 1982. He started out as a bedroom dj in 1987 and quickly began performing as a mobile dj. In the early nineties the second stage of his career took place when he began competing, producing and independently releasing turntable music. Quest is also known as one of the founding members of one of the original scratch crews in the bay area (Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters/Space Travelers). In 1992, at dj battle that was staged for the popular tv show Home Turf, Quest gave birth to the term "Hamster Style" which refers to the reverse set up of the turntables. Today the term remains popular and is recognized by djs worldwide. Quest and the BPSH produced "Hamster Breaks", the first record of its kind, designed specifically for scratch and battle djs. Since its release in 1993, hundreds of dj tool records have imitated the arrangement of this classic album. In late '96 Quest further expanded his musical horizons by teaming up with Albert Mathias (percussion) and Andrew Kushin (cotra bass) to form the experimental jazz/hip-hop group Live Human. In 2001 Quest won the SF Weeklys' "SF's Best Hip-Hop DJ" award and last year Quest teamed up with DJ Shadow for the song "Holy Calamity (bear witness II)" with Handsome Boy Modeling School (Tommy Boy).
DJ Quest has performed at various festivals in Europe, including the "Montreux Jazz Festival" in Switzerland, the "Roskilde" festival in Denmark, and "Transmusicales Music Fest." in Renn, France to name a few. Quest has also traveled throughout Japan, Australia, and the U.S. performing with Latyrx, Live Human, Space Travelers, and solo. In addition to workshops, guest apperances on live and internet radio shows Quest has collaborated on many recordings by numerous artist including Dan the Automator, DJ Shadow, Blackalicious, Rob Swift (X-ecutioners) and has appeared on many albums including ones by Peanut Butter Wolf, Blackalicious, Handsome Boy Modeling School, the Future Primitive Sound Collective's 12" (Black Hole) & Urban Revolutions comp, and the recent Variable Unit comp. to name a few. Quest who is featured in the Doug Pray directed documentary SCRATCH (palm pictures) is one of todays most talented and versatille turntable artist.
click here to listen
to an excerpt from DJ Quest's mix cd Mutation Mann
click here to read
an interview with Quest
Since 1988, hip-hop's golden era, DJ T-Rock (1200 Hobos) has built his foundation of turntable skills from the ground up. T-Rock is one of the most talented DJ's on the turntablist scene. He has been honing his craft for more than 15 years, mastering the turntable as an instrument. T-Rock is best known for his full length albums Who's Your Daddy (Bomb Hip-Hop) and Sikinthehed (Nu Gruv/Stereotype Records), as well as his appearances on Bomb's pioneering Return of the DJ compilations volumes 3 and 4. He has also produced songs for Deeper Concentration Volume 3 (OM Records) and Billy Jam's Scratch Attack (Hip Hop Slam) and most recently appears on new albums by the Warp Brothers (Warp Factor) and Mr. Dibbs (The 30th Song).
T-Rock has been featured in numerous international magazines including URB, DJ TIMES, XLR8R, Mass Appeal, and Elemental. In addition to his work as a scratch DJ and producer T-Rock is an accomplished mixing dj that can rock any house party or club venue. His classic record collection and quick mixing skills have enabled him to perform with such greats as Cut Chemist (Jurassic 5), Mix Master Mike (Beastie Boys), DJ Swamp (Beck), Afrika Bambaataa, Kurtis Mantronik, Z-Trip, The Xecutioners, DJ Craze, Babu (Dilated Peoples), Shortkut (Beat Junkies) and many others. T-Rock moved from Atlanta to Los Angeles in 2003 to work with the new hip-hop/rock hybrid band Graffiti Death Threat and dj for Virgin recording artist Amanda Perez. He's just released a new mix cd Hip-Hop Sundae and T-Rock has a new track that appears on the forthcoming Return of the DJ - Volume V.
click here to listen to The Inkredible Turntablist by DJ T-Rock
click here to listen to an excerpt from T-Rock's mix cd Hip-Hop Sundae
click here to read an interview with DJ T-Rock
"T-Rock needs no MC's, no gimmicks, no outside producers whatsoever. Like Terminator X before him, T-Rock takes music to the edge of panic with his musical opus Sikinthehed. - RapReviews.com
"T-Rock's Sikinthehed is one those rare CDs that reflects hip hop's early days while still marching ahead to the future. There's no rapping, no bling-bling or tales of urban folklore or misogynistic boasting. Rather, Sikinthehed is mainly beats, samples and scratching that seems to have been done in a lab in outer space, not a basement here on earth." - Independent Weekly
Dave Paul began his hip-hop career in 1985 as a mobile dj and then evolved into a prominent college radio dj & club dj in San Francisco. His fresh style of party rocking and extensive record collection has kept him booked over the years at various hip-hop events. In 1991 Dave Paul launched the now legendary company Bomb Hip-Hop. He has been featured in URB, CMJ, Undercover, XLR8R, Blast, appeared on the front cover of Billboard, and is featured in the movie SCRATCH. With the b-boy's revenge and the DJ's return, the one man army of Dave Paul is a true hero of the global independent scene, having unleashed upon the world the pioneering Return of the DJ series as well as a slew of artists and producers from the UK, Australia, Europe and the US. All with one thing in common - the true ethics of b-boyism. With an emphasis on the four elements of the hip-hop Dave Paul has created the archetypal independent company, encompassing everything from management to a mail order catalog, concert promotion to magazine, merchandise to a record label.
click here to listen to an interview with Dave Paul on Brave New Waves/CBC Montreal
click here to read an interview with Dave Paul
"David Paul and Bomb Hip-Hop have helped define one of the most exciting forms of music in the '90s: turntablism" - Pulse Magazine
"David Paul has been a trendsetter for 10 years, his projects have defined genres and jump-started now legendary careers" - SF Weekly
"Starting in 1991 as a 'zine and later evolving into a full-fledged record label, Bomb put San Francisco on the underground hip-hop map. The label was also one of the first to champion deejaying as an art form with it's groundbreaking Return of the DJ compilations." Stance Magazine
The Bay Area's DJ Pone is part of the '89 Skratch Gangstaz, whose turntablist recordings and performances are well-known to other DJs worldwide. He has spun at shows throughout California, performing alongside such acts as Arrested Development, DJ Swamp, The World Famous Beat Junkies, The X-ecutioners and appearing on The Wake Up Show, as well as numerous college and commercial radio stations throughout California. DJ Pone also performs with the reggae band Dub FX (www.dubfx.com), playing at the famous Reggae on the River festival, and opening for such prominent reggae acts as Toots & the Maytals, Yellowman, and Sean Paul. He also appears on DJ Qbert's newly released Do It Yourself Volume 2 - Skratch Sessions DVD.
DJ Pone first appeared on the national scene in DJ competition, competing in the 1999 DMC US Finals. As part of the '89 Skratch Gangstaz, DJ Pone has been featured on numerous turntablist compilations, including Bomb Records' groundbreaking Return of the DJ series, as well as several releases by Hip Hop Slam, including Turntables by the Bay, Scratch Attack, and Global Turntables. DJ Pone has several remix credits, including remixes of "Lesson 3" by Double Dee & Steinski (Hip Hop Slam label), "DJ DJ" by the punk group Transplants (Epitaph), "Earthcrusher" by Mr. Lif (Def Jux), and a forthcoming remix of Public Enemy's "Son of a Bush". DJ Pone's latest project is the turntablist composition "Directors' Cut", which will be featured on the upcoming Return of the DJ - Volume V.
click here to listen to Director's Cut by DJ Pone and Snayk Eyez
click here to read an interview with DJ Pone
A native of Minneapolis, Cheap Cologne has been in the Minnesota music scene for years. Music was in his blood from the start, as a kid too young to stay up late to listen to the hip-hop radio show on sunday nights, he would tape songs off the radio while he was asleep and then make mixtapes on cassette. Then he got some turntables and started DJ'ing for various artists in the Twin Cities and eventually he evolved into a producer. He has played shows at venues like First Avenue, The Quest, The Cabooze, and The Red Sea with artists Atmosphere, Heiruspecs, The Shapeshifters, Oddjobs, and Dosh & Sole of Anticon. Cheap Cologne has been compared musically to RJD2, his debut album Just A Little Sample features guests: Slug from Atmosphere, Awol One & Circus of the Shapeshifters, Elias, Gentle Jones, DJ T-Rock of the 1200 Hobos, Unsung, and LA Symphonys' Pigeon John.
click here to listen
to Believe Me
by Cheap Cologne
click here to listen
to Poke @ The Art
by Cheap Cologne
click here to read an interview with Cheap Cologne
"Cheap Cologne's bombastic beats are the treat. Wear your helmet and your dancin' pants at the same time because this beat warfare will put your body into submission". - Barry Braun KVSC St Cloud
"CHEAP COLOGNE "JUST A LITTLE SAMPLE" (Bomb/US/CD) Dave Paul always comes with the good shit, like his latest installment of the seminal Return of the DJ, Volume 5, but this here Cheap Cologne is something else entireley. Part indie rock/hip-hop with turntablism and jazz licks and MCs, they've just gotta be from someplace bizarre like Minnesota or Chicago. Tracks to check are "Sobercab", the lovely "Wheezing" and the almost indescribable "Poke @ The Art"." - #2 on Toph One's Lucky 13 (XLR8R)
The tours' host emcee Bavu Blakes, dubbed "One of Texas' brightest new stars" by legendary rapper The D.O.C., is the ultimate wordsmith. The baritone-voiced emcee has been reading and writing since he was three years old and writing poetry since he was five. Bavu Blakes originally released his debut album Create & Hustle independently and sold 2,000 units on his own at live shows and record stores in Texas. Now Create & Hustle has been re-released nationally as a joint venture between Blakes' Word4Word Music and Bomb Hip-Hop Records, distributed by Caroline (home to strong independent hip-hop labels like Battle Axe, Ninja Tune, Def Jux and Stones Throw). Blakes has been a sure and steady opener for national headliners and touring acts since the late 1990's. He has performed with Snoop Dogg, De La Soul, Jurassic 5, The Roots, GURU, Blackalicious, Common, Blackeyed Peas, DJ Krush, Tha Liks, J-Live, Supernatural, Nate Dogg, Living Legends/Mystik Journeymen, Eyedea & Abilities, Jungle Brothers, Atmosphere, Anti-Pop Consortium, Company Flow, Black Sheep and many more. Clear Channel/Pace Concerts books Bavu Blakes regularly, and Bavu was recently featured in the Source Magazine.
click here to listen to Only Your Life by Bavu Blakes
click here to watch the music video "bah-VOO" by Bavu Blakes
click here to read an interview with Bavu Blakes
"Unlike other MCs who get hung up on the past, leaving the context enlightened but relatively light, Bavu incorporates his knowledge while letting the listener know that he has his eyes, ears, and mind firmly focused to what's going on" - Austin Chronicle
"One of the brightest new stars in Texas" - The D.O.C.
"Definitely one of the hottest up and coming artists to date. It's REAL southern hip-hop, str8 with no chaser!" - Steve Nice, 104.5 FM "K104" Dallas