Three years ago, DJs Low Key and Sounds Supreme started the Solution as a way to create the kind of party they'd want to go to. And while the weekly, underground hip-hop parties have gotten bigger and better over the years, Low Key says, it's the still the same party.
But after two and a half years at Funky Buddha, the duo are moving the Solution to bigger digs: Bar Standard (1037 Broadway).
"In almost two and a half years at the Funky Buddha we were able to do a lot of cool events," Low Key says, "but we've definitely reached a point where there's not a whole lot more we can do there. The rooftop is great and all, but it is somewhat limiting. Plus, two and a half years is longer than most nightclub's or bar's lifespans, so we felt it was time for something new and exciting, for both us and the people who come out to the party every Friday."
Low Key says they plan to take advantage of Bar Standard's stage, the bar's multiple rooftop bars and the fact they now have a little bit of a budget to play with. "Me and Sounds Supreme plan on bringing out a lot of national acts and DJs, as well as getting some of our favorite local artists more involved with the night," Low Key says. "With that said, we want to make it clear than regardless of who we bring out to perform, the Solution will always be a party first and foremost, and just because we're going to bring out rappers sometimes, that doesn't change what the party is about or how it works. Our intentions with the move are to take the next step forward with the party, not change the fundamental way that the Solution works."
The duo kick things off at Bar Standard Friday, March 5 with a J Dilla tribute featuring Slum Village. The DJs also teamed up with the J Dilla Foundation, a charity created by Dilla's mother, Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey, to promote music education in inner city schools after he passed away from Lupus related health complications in 2006. The same night, there's a raffle for the foundation with contributions from Akomplice, Frank151/Denver Diggers, Stones Throw Records, Family Affair, Hapa Sushi, The Gro Project and more. Sound College J Dilla tees available for sale with proceeds also going to the J Dilla Foundation.
Low Key and Sounds Supreme -- who have about twenty years of club, radio and mixtape experience between them -- recently launched a new Solution web site where you can download The Solution Tape #1 that includes songs recorded exclusively for their parties by national and local acts like Donnis, Tanya Morgan, Exile, Whygee, Kid Hum and more.
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