Thud Rumble + Euphonic Conceptions Present
Re:Creation w/ Dan The Automator + DJ Qbert
Thursday, May 18, 2017
8:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)The Great Northern
$10 - $15
This event is 21 and over
Join us for a night that will be nothing short of a cerebral experience. Legends Dan The Automator and Dj Qbert come together for a VERY RARE collaborative set at San Francisco's newest and most beautiful venue, The Great Northern.
More details to be announced.
Limited Early bird tickets on-sale now for $10.00https://www.thegreatnorthernsf.com/event/1468140/
Dan "The Automator" Nakamura was born and raised in San Francisco. A chance meeting with Kool Keith in San Francisco resulted in Keith hiring Dan for some work on his own record. Keith then suggested Dan assume production duties for his Dr. Octagon alter-ego, and Dan started to put tracks together for the record that would ultimately aquaint him with a much larger audience.
A fusion of hip-hop beats and bizarre atmospherics, Dr. Octagon was released on the Bulk Recordings label in 1996. Propelled by Kool Keiths' rhymes and mind-bending meter, the record owed its' success in equal measure to Dan's inventive production. Dan's studio, the Glue Factory, also served as the workshop for recordings by Mo'Wax's DJ Shadow and for various artists on the latter's Solesides label.
As Dr. Octagon spread through the underground scene, DTA found himself collaborating with directly or remixing for a wide variety of artists: Primal Scream, the Eels, DJ Krush, Cibo Matto, Dust Brothers, Mike Simpson, Cornershop, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Stereolab, and more. Dan then teamed up with hip hop guru Prince Paul for a project called Handsome Boy Modeling School. An album titled So, How's Your Girl? was released by Tommy Boy Records and was an instant underground success. 2000's Deltron 3030 project followed, a collaboration with rapper Del tha Funkee Homosapien and DJ Kid Koala.
In 2001, DTA reached his widest audience yet with the Gorillaz, an eclectic collaboration with Blur's Damon Albarn and artist Jamie Hewlett. The self-titled debut was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, going platinum in the U.S. and spawning Dan's first major hit single, "Clint Eastwood", featuring Del tha Funkee Homosapian.
In 2002 Lovage, a collaboration with former Faith No More singer Mike Patton and smoky vocalist Jennifer Charles was released. A mixtape of many of his favorite remixes called Wanna Buy A Monkey? followed, featuring remixes of Black Rob, Air, Zero 7, Tortoise, the Doves, De La Soul, Dilated Peoples, and more.
After reaching worldwide success with Gorillaz, demand for Dan as a remixer and producer grew exponentially. A known genre-bender, he worked on singles from acts ranging from Blink 182 to Sarah McLachlan, and co-wrote songs with artists such as Mos Def, Beanie Man, Beck, Busta Rhymes, and more. Additional collaborations with Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Pharrell, RZA, Mars Volta, Casual, Cat Power, and Linkin Park were the beginnings of what would be the second Handsome Boy Modeling School album, which was released on Atlantic Records in 2005, and followed by a sold-out U.S. tour.
Hip-hop is a genre that has proved itself far more flexible and groundbreaking than anyone might have predicted at its genesis: from its massive worldwide popularity to its seemingly endless "next levels", as it were, hip-hop music continues to be full of surprises, thanks largely in part to record producers like Dan The Automator. While paying homage to his heroes and influences, Dan has crafted a career as unique as his records, always walking the line between music that makes a serious statement and music that delivers undeniable hooks and knows when not to take itself too seriously.
DMC World Championship appearances since 1991-1994 gave global exposure to DJ QBert's unbelievable skills and performances. Since then no other has matched his command of the DJ scene on and off the turntables. Hailed as the ambassador of skratching for today and to the future, he has been recognized by his peers as innovating more styles and systems of skratching. He comes from the era of experimental battle DJs who in the mid-90's gave shape to the infinite sounds of 2 turntables and skratching vinyl. Honorably knighted "Grandmixer" by legendary pioneer GrandMixer DXT. An honor dignified by hip-hop's most hallowed Knighting tradition; securing his place as one of hip-hop's living legends.
As a founding member of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz, he has been the focus of two major documentary films Scratch and Hang The DJ, both of which were selected at Cannes and Sundance Film Festival. DJ QBert's acclaimed first album, Wave Twisters was reverse engineered from sound into visuals also becoming his first feature film, which was also selected into the Sundance Film Festival.
Through his partner Yogafrog and company Thud Rumble, QBert has been able to expand his influence in the culture; designing and releasing innovative DJ products, collaborating with the most successful DJ companies in the industry seeking his stamp of approval, teaching on his online DJ school QBert Skratch University, appearances in various video games including DJ Hero 2 and doing post -production for the animated feature Turbo.
His latest albums, which started as a Kickstarter project, is the most successful hip-hop project to date and Top 20 all-time music project on the popular crowdfunding platform. Partnering with iTunes, Morning Breath Inc. and Novalia UK, DJ QBert will be changing the way music albums are presented. The possibilities are endless as the culture continues to grow far and wide with DJ QBert leading the way.
DJ QBert was officially awarded the title America's Best DJ in 2010. With a well-documented and successful DJ career, he is considered as one, if not "The Greatest DJ Of All Time".
"Whatever it was QBert displayed, it was more than just a hard-won modesty. QBert is a world-class musician in a world overwhelmed with the novelty of celebrity and the distraction of success."
Martin Azevedo, Rolling Stone Magazine
"Qbert had earned a reputation for putting the jockey into "disc jockey," manipulating records in a rhythmic way that spun a path for talented DJs to finally be seen as musicians. With a scratching style that was more percussive than, say, the average rock drummer.."
Delfin Vigil, San Francisco Chronicle
DJ YODA ON WHY QBERT IS THE GREATEST DJ OF ALL TIME:
"Why is Qbert the best? It comes down to one thing: scratching. Ask anyone involved in rhythmic manipulation of records and they'll tell you the same thing: no one is coming close or has ever come close to Qbert. My first exposure was through his mixtapes when I was learning to scratch aged about fifteen. He'd put film samples on top of classic B-boy breaks and cartoon samples and scratch up random spoken word stuff. Without that I wouldn't be doing what I do now. The cool thing is his whole focus has been on developing the art form of turntablism. Qbert's out there keeping it real and passing on that knowledge and creativity to a younger generation through his online scratch academy, which is really important."
Mophono aka DJ Centipede wanted "to take the mystery out of the legend that says electronic music is an art that is esoteric, exclusively reserved for a few initiates, an elite of avant-garde intellectuals and artists" he adds "it deserves to be raised to the level of popular music, a music designed for fun and relaxation" and so Circuit studios was born in Lower Haight, San Francisco for the experimental researches of Thug Jazz and Dirt Wave.
While electronic and sample based music matured In the nineties, so did Mophono's career as the most successful experimental electronic dance music DJ in the bay area. Booked at many of the underground raves until April of 1998 when one Oakland warehouse dance floor collapsed during one of his epic DJ sets, ending an era and starting a new one. DJ Centipede aka Mophono then focused his attention on the growing bay area beat scene, perfected his production and beat juggling skills while promoting San Francisco's most forward thinking events.
Since then Mophono has released two full length albums and a slew of singles giving birth to two new genre's Thug Jazz and Dirt Wave and a new standard in the record industry called Skip on Beat.
Inspired by 60's psyche and experimental electronic music, Mophono Is known for his destructive drum breaks and heavy and orchestral instrumental compositions. With his legendary weekly "Change the Beat" party in San Francisco, Mophono is so deep in the beat culture melting pot he is stirring it. Performing live at the Brainfeeder festival (Flying Lotus brain child) with long time partner Gaslamp Killer and sharing the stage with DJ Shadow Amon Tobin, Edan, DJ Food, DJ Krush, Dabrye, Diplo and De La Soul with his Skip on Beat records, drum machines and moogs, Mophono intends to set a new standard in live electronic music performance.
The Great Northern
119 Utah St.
San Francisco, CA, 94103