Ankh Marketing presents
DJ Qbert, Shortkut & DJ Apollo
Art & Visuals Hosted by Justin Bua, feat. Justin Bua's new book release "The Legends of Hip-Hop"
Thu, November 10, 2011
Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pmThe Independent
This event is 21 and over
Due to a family emergency, Mixmaster Mike is no longer on the bill. Shortkut and DJ Apollo have been added in his place.http://www.theindependentsf.com/event/66883/
DJ Qbert, Shortkut & DJ Apollo
Richard Quitevis was born October 7, 1969, in San Francisco, California. Known by his stage name DJ Qbert or Grandmixer Qbert, is a Filipino-American Turntablist and composer. He is often referred to as the Jimi Hendrix of the turntables, known to make them sing in complex and unimaginable ways. He has invented the most scratching techniques and musical innovations than any DJ in history. QBert is credited for being the world ambassador of the DJ as a musician and turning the turntable into a respected musical instrument.
Hip-Hop's founders created a set of rules and created a tradition for champions, it was proven during DJ battles, and it was put on wax as the DJ's & MC's paved the path proclaiming their DJ was the best. To prove themselves, DJs would be judged on their scratching cuts.
A former DMC World Champion and DMC Hall of Fame inductee, DJ QBert has developed some of the most important works that have shaped the Hip-Hop and Electronic music landscape to what it is today. From the early beginnings, with the 1994 release of Demolition Pumpkin Squeeze Musik, hailed by Source Magazine as the best mixtape of all time. To his innovations with his very own skratch records that set the stage for DJs to rebuild all their elements ready to manipulate through custom created vinyl. With Mix Master Mike, Dj Apollo & Shortkut, He Help created a DJ group to play pieces of his turntable band, giving rise to the Invisibl Skratch Piklz. In 1998, he released his album Wave Twisters, while immediately an animated film to sync with the music was drawn by legendary San Francisco artist Dug-1, drew the movie as he heard it. While in production of Wave Twisters the Movie, another film, Scratch, by director Doug Pray, was being filmed about the history and culture of the Hip Hop DJ, featuring DJ QBert as he is Knighted by GrandMixer DXT. Both films premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.
In the musical technology circles, DJ QBert is the most sought after stamp of approval. His inventions for Vestax hold as today's blueprints for turntablism. In 5 years, 5 different designs broke the 1 million sales mark, unheard of designing mixers above the $500 price tag, five times more than the price of battle mixers at the time. On the other side of the world, in an almost century history in the phonograph industry, Ortofon chose DJ QBert to represent the first needle ever made celebrating his achievement and design. DJ QBert's last hardware concept was the QFO for Vestax, a lightweight all in one turntable and mixer combination. Limited to only a few thousand made, it set the explosion of portable musicianship for the digital disc jockey.
DJ QBert was also first to breakground for DJs in gaming. In 1998 EA Sports brought him in as the first turntablist to score several of their titles which led to the DJ/Producer invasion inside the gaming industry. QBert has been featured in Street Fighter 4, Frequency by Harmonix, Tony Hawk Underground by Activision, and rumors abound about his next projects with Activision for 2010.
Apple Computers with the comeback of Steve Jobs started series of smart and forward thinking ad campaigns and brought in the likes of Will Ferrell, Yo Yo Ma, Tony Hawk, Kelly Slater, and the one and only DJ QBert. The campaign showed today's influential contemporary's who have made the switch from PC to Mac. It solidified Apple's "cool" effect on it's brand standing by leaders in their respective markets.
DJ QBert live performances are to be witnessed by jaw dropping fans in total standing about-face solidarity. Entire dancefloors stop and just amaze in the turntable wizardry that no other DJ can perform. Throughout his entire career, his style has never veered away to explore the current trends and the latest fads, but stay true to the skills of two turntables and a mixer, these are the official instruments of Hip-Hop.
Friends and fellow turn tablists Triple Threat - Apollo (Apollo Novicio), D-Styles (Dave Cuasito)and Shortkut (Jonathan Cruz) - joined Mike and Q-Bert to form the Invisible Skratch Picklz (ISP), the most influential and recognizable turntablist crew in history. Though the ISP no longer exists, the five founders still remain close to this day.
Art & Visuals Hosted by Justin Bua
Groundbreaking artist Justin BUA is internationally known for his best-selling collection of fine art posters--The DJ being one of the most popular prints of all time. Born in 1968 in NYC’s untamed Upper West Side and raised between Manhattan and East Flatbush, Brooklyn, BUA was fascinated by the raw, visceral street life of the city. He attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Performing Arts and complemented his education on the streets by writing graffiti and performing worldwide with breakdancing crews. BUA went on to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California where he earned a B.F.A in Illustration.
Starting in the world of commercial art, BUA designed and illustrated myriad projects, from skateboards and CD covers to advertising campaigns. He developed the look and feel of the opening sequence for MTV’s Lyricist Lounge Show, EA Sports video games NBA Street and NFL Street, and the world of Slum Village’s award winning music video “Tainted” among others. He designed the BUA line of apparel and a limited edition shoe line with PF Flyers that sold out completely. Currently, he teaches figure drawing at the University of Southern California, while continuing to be a leading innovator in both the fine and commercial art worlds. BUA’s energetic and vocal worldwide fan base ranges from former presidents, actors, musicians, professional athletes, and dancers, to street kids and art connoisseurs.
In his first book, The Beat of Urban Art, BUA lays out his unique vision, melding urban rhythms, graffiti, and classical art training. This visually arresting book is about his life, his work, and the birth of Hip-Hop. As we follow BUA through his turbulent youth, navigating the streets and underground worlds of the urban jungle, we recognize the powerful evolution of BUA’s distinct style—“New Urban Realism.” Following in the footsteps of the great masters, BUA represents the lives of both the revered and the marginalized, the heroes and the underdogs of his time—New York City during the 1970s and ’80s. With an autobiographical narrative illustrated with photographs, drawings, sketches, studies, and explanations of how many of his paintings were created, The Beat of Urban Art takes you into the head of the modern-day Toulouse-Lautrec.