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Friends of Amoeba DJ Quest + BPSH, Live Human & Horizons Unlimited Youth DJ Project Crew Present Turntable Jazz Jam Session

Posted by Billyjam, June 28, 2019 01:03pm | Post a Comment

Frequent in store performers / friends of Amoeba Music DJ Quest & both his Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters (BPSH) and Live Human crews along with multiple members of the Horizons Unlimited youth non-profit, community outreach DJ Project crew will present a special Turntable Jazz Jam Session this weekend. Happening tomorrow/Saturday (June 29) afternoon at San Francisco's Intersection For The Arts (1446 Market St.) the free, all ages event (with complimentary snacks and soft drinks) runs from 3pm to 7pm. More info on venue here.

A multifaceted affair that will be part jam session, part BPSH documentary screening, and part record release party for DJ Quest's brand new (download only) electro-flavored album Biotronic the event will feature many friends of Amoeba Music. "Between performing solo, with Bullet Proof Space Travelers, Live Human, with Z-Man as well as with the DJ Project I've performed at Amoeba probably ten times in all over the years," DJ Quest told the Amoeblog today. At tomorrow's event his two musical partners in the pioneering turntable jazz trio Live Human, bassist Andrew Kushin and percussionist Albert Mathias, will be performing and improvising as both a duo and with a myriad of different turntable artists.

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Final Round in 2019 DMC US Regional Battle Series, Exemplified High Level DJ Skills & Evolvement of Regionals in DMC History

Posted by Billyjam, June 19, 2019 08:13pm | Post a Comment

The final US 2019 DMC Regional DJ Battle in advance of the upcoming 2019 DMC US Finals, that was held recently in the Bay Area, exemplified two major points. First it demonstrated just how much the level of turntablism skills has steadily risen over the decades in the prestigious long running DJ battle organization that formed way back in the (pre-digital era) 1980's. Secondly the 2019 DMC Bay Area Regional, held at the Uptown in Oakland on May 26th (where the 2019 DMC US Scratch Finals were also held), spotlighted the progressive changes to the meaning of “Regional” DMC DJ battles; in an age when air travel has become relatively cheap and competitors are hungrier than ever for a chance to qualify for a coveted slot in the DMC US Finals; happening September 8th 2019 in Denver CO.

Traditionally limited to competitors from corresponding geographic regions, the modern era US DMC Regionals have a distinctly more national flavor as they routinely feature out of state competitors alongside local turntable talent.

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3 DJ Stef Tributes of Past Week Honoring Late Bay Area Hip-Hop DJ Reinforced How Widely Beloved A Person She Was [Photo Version]

Posted by Billyjam, October 24, 2017 08:14pm | Post a Comment

This past week in the Bay Area there were three different hip-hop themed gatherings honoring the legacy of the late great Stephanie Gardner Ornelas, aka DJ Stef: Sunday afternoon at Fabric8 Luna Rienne Gallery, Saturday afternoon at Drake's Dealership in Oakland, and Tuesday last at the Elbo Room in San Francisco. At all three bittersweet events, which also acted like Bay Area hip-hop reunions, the common thread of conversations was the recurring tales shared about the kindness and generosity of spirit of the Bay Area hip-hop DJ who died suddenly October 1st (Amoeblog report). As noted in that report, since DJ Stef's passing three weeks ago there's been an unprecedented outpouring of grief and shock in response to the DJ/writer/hip-hop ambassador's unexpected passing from a heart attack.

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2017 DMC Bay Area Regional DJ Battle: Illustrated Report by Photojournalist James Mak @ Joysco Photos

Posted by Billyjam, April 25, 2017 01:08pm | Post a Comment

Frequent Amoeblog contributor, photojournalist James Mak of Joysco Photos provides all of the images  for this illustrated report on the 2017 DMC Bay Area DJ Battle that took place over this past weekend at
The Uptown in Oakland. The annual regional battle, for which the winner goes on to represent the Bay Area against DJ from all over the US in the national DMC US Finals during the summer, was won by Ichy The Killer. The hard working, talented turntablist is pictured above during his winning set and also in winners pic left after the battle results were announced in which he is pictured center with second place contestant DJ LazyBoy (left) and runner up/third place battle DJ Mike Cee (right).  The many photos below, for which you can scroll over for additional text data, include various Bay Area battle DJ contestants, guest performer DJ Traps, battle host  BAS-One, US DMC boss Christie Zee who flew out from NYC for the battle, judges including DJ Cue, Quest, Pos Red, Shortkut, Vin Roc, Snayk Eyez, Mista B, and Teeko, and event attendees including DJ Marz, Davey D, and DJ Daryl of 415 and No Limit and producer of 2Pac's "Keep Your Head Up" fame. These wonderful photos by James Mak capture a night that was more than simply a 2017 DJ battle, but also an historic gathering of different generations of Bay Area hip-hop DJs, tracing this rich regional cultural movement all the way back to the early 1980's. Thanks to photojournalist James Mak of Joysco Photos for sharing his work with the Amoeblog.  For more on the upcoming 2017 DMC battles watch this space and visit the official  DMC DJ Champs website.

Pioneering Experimental Turntablist Jazz Trio Livehuman Celebrate "scratchBop" With March 16th Amoeba San Francisco In-Store

Posted by Billyjam, March 11, 2017 02:28pm | Post a Comment
Livehuman celebrate "scratchBop" with Amoeba SF in-store Thursday March 16th @ 6pm

San Francisco progressive jazz trio Livehuman have been together now for two full decades. In that time the turntablist/bass/percussion experimental ensemble, comprised of DJ Quest, Andrew
Kushin, and Albert Mathias, have performed countless concerts both locally and internationally including at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival and released a string of critically acclaimed albums. But it is only now with the recent release of their 2017 album scratchBop that these hard-working musical perfectionists feel that they've finally found their proverbial groove. They will celebrate the new album with an Amoeba San Francisco in-store Thursday March 16 at  6pm.
"Livehuman was born of an inspiration I had listening to Miles Davis' doo-bop record," percussionist Albert Mathias told the Amoeblog this week. Added the artist who cites among his other "jazz heroes"
as Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Sun Ra, and The Art Ensemble of Chicago, "That was a long time ago and for me scratchBop is what I dreamt might be possible….though I didn't realize it would take most of my adult life to achieve it." This insight by the gifted percussionist should not come as a total surprise to longtime fans of the band, familiar with such past album releases as Monostereosis: The New Victrola Method or Elefish Jellyphant, since scratchBop displays somewhat of a new musical chapter for the trio. Or as bassist Andrew Kushin calls it, "an uncovering" of sorts following years of tirelessly playing together and honing a distinct innovative jazz style. 

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