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Westword Music Showcase 2005

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Website: www.MixingInAction.com and www.DJLowKey.com (under construction)

Personnel:

Me, myself and I (c) De La Soul.

Native or transplant?

I'm originally from outside of Atlanta, but I've lived in Colorado for about twelve years.

What's in a name?

Low Key has been my attitude and demeanor as a DJ since day one. I'm not the DJ who will walk into a place and start hyping himself up. I'd much rather let my work speak for itself.

When did you form/start performing?

I've been playing at clubs and shows in Boulder and Denver for about five years now.

Releases/discography:

I've dropped quite a few random mix tapes over the years -- nothing too official, though. I'm working on my first all-out project, right now, a mix tape and website called "Mixing in Action" that focuses on "middle of the road" (i.e., not too commercial and not too backpack) type hip-hop.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

In a club, my style is maybe like a Mark Ronson or a DJ Hollywood-type DJ: all over the place in terms of music, with a lot of mixing. Gotta keep the crowd guessing, but also feeling the vibe.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Over the last few months, I've done shows with Slick Rick and the Pharcyde, promoted, produced and spun at a successful club night up in Boulder, pushed past eighteen months as a resident at Rise, had my Mixing in Action #0 mix tape downloaded over 5,000 times, and began working with talented MCs from around the country on my Mixing in Action #1 mix tape -- and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Resurrection (Common); Doggystyle (Snoop Dogg); Da Dirty 30 (Cru); Stakes Is High (De La Soul); Sign of the Times (Prince); Paid in Full (Erik B. & Rakim); The Great Adventures of Slick Rick (Slick Rick); Reasonable Doubt (Jay-Z); Jewelz (OC); Thriller (Michael Jackson).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

The Radio Bums, DJ Spinbad, Jazzy Jeff, Jay-Z, Common, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Mark Ronson, De La Soul and, lately, Little Brother and Median.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

Spinning records, strictly. E-mail me at [email protected]'s.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Jubilee and Fresh Pants.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Personally, David Sanborn, Micheal Brecker, Mark Russo, as saxophone players. In general, I would say Bob James, Larry Carlton, the Yellow Jackets, Dixie Dregs, Chicago and Bruce Hornsby.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Music has been our full-time vocation for almost fifteen years. Gigs, Gigs, Gigs.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Take my wife to Australia, learn how to surf, and open a Red Rocks-type amphitheater on the beach.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Watching the Avalanche in the Stanley Cup finals.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Snoop Dogg, faschizzle.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Colorado is always home, will always be home, but there is a whole world out there we need to explore.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That we are smooth jazz. We are contemporary jazz, with all the hard edges. There ain't nothing smooth about Dotsero.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Everybody loves sports, except for Tom, the keyboard player, who went to Rennslear Poly Tech.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

MaryAnn.

Weezer or Winger?

Winger. Colorado rules.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

What?

Football or foosball?

Football!!! Football! Football!

Parting shot?

Tell Kenny Be: The likeness of Dotsero on his cartoon in reference to the Convention Center Grand opening was incredibly accurate. We have all gone to the gym to do something about our man tits.

DJ SHAKE
NOMINATED IN DJ: TURNTABLIST -- HIP/HOP
6:45 P.M., VINYL PATIO

Website:www.sceenmag.com (truly an original DJ website)

When did you form/start performing?

Started deejaying six years ago after watching an adult video with Snoop Dogg.

Releases/discography:

Diverse -- what can I say? You're gonna love it..."the way a real mix cd should be done."

Who or what do you think you sound like?

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