Filed under: Events | Tags: bambu, blu monkey, dj bonds, endo, noel lopez, o-dub, sessions la, ultraman, wreckloose
Saturday December 8, 2012
DJ PHATRICK & NOEL LOPEZ BIRTHDAY PARTY
+ SESSIONS LA FUNDRAISER!
I don’t usually publicly celebrate my birthday, but I figure this’ll be a good way to get the homies together, listen to some of my favorite DJs, and raise some much needed funds for our youth program, SESSIONS LA. The party starts at 9pm BUT, if you come to The Blu Monkey a little earlier, we’ll be showing a certain sporting “main event” [wink, wink]!
$5-$20 Suggested Donation
(No one will be turned away for lack of funds.)
ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT SESSIONS LA!
9pm-2am (Bar Open At 6pm For “Main Event”)
THE BLU MONKEY BAR & LOUNGE
5521 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Here’s some footage I shot of the Native Guns reunion at the 20th Annual Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture (FPAC) last September. When it was announced that they’d be the headliners, I was happy to hear it, but also not as hyped as I thought I would be. I’ve seen them a bunch of times since ‘05 and have a lot of their songs memorized, so I figured it wouldn’t be anything new, but boy, was I wrong.
Once the intro started playing, it brought me back to when I was first exposed to their music, which was also when I started getting more politicized. Prior to them, the only other Filipino I knew about in hip hop was apl.de.ap from Black Eyed Peas, and he never really dove too deep. With Native Guns, they dropped so much knowledge about Fil-Am issues (like identity), our people’s history, and the country’s colonial relationship with the United States — it was mind blowing.
As an MC, who also happens to be Filipino, they had a major impact on my music and inspired me to document my own self-discovery via hip hop. Their music really started me on the path of toward a cultural (re)awakening that still continues to this day, which is why I always say that they’ve been the most influential hip hop group for me…hands down.
Filed under: Music | Tags: aldo, bad man's world, bambu, colby evans, gleech, nv fame, professor noah, remgee, sessions la, tripz, willy wonka, x the unknown variable
BAD MAN’S WORLD is the new album written, produced, & recorded by my SESSIONS LA youth. The music sheds light on the realities of life for a young person growing up in a Post-9/11 + Recession plagued Los Angeles. Please listen, download, and spread the word!
SESSIONS LA is a music writing, production, & recording program for youth and young adults in Los Angeles. Our mission is to promote youth development and nurture critical thinking through the process of creating music.
Filed under: Music | Tags: 1995, bambu, kiwi, native guns, o-dub, soul sides, stray bullets mixtape vol. 2
Recently, O-Dub interviewed me for one of his Sidebar Podcasts and put my remix of “1995” in the intro. I just realized that it’s been almost 5 years since we put out that mixtape. As fate would have it, this was the last project we put out before everyone went their separate ways as musicians.
This is the first and probably last time I’ll ever do a “jacking for beats” DJ remix for anything. I am really proud of how it turned out and hope folks recognize the amount of work it took to do something like this using only turntables, records, and Pro Tools.
DOWNLOAD: Native Guns – “1995” (DJ Phatrick Remix)
From Stray Bullets Mixtape Vol. 2 (Barrel Men, 2007)
Filed under: Music | Tags: 21, adele, bambu, beatrock music, exact change, international womens day, short changed, someone like you, something
I don’t make beats often, but after hearing Adele’s “Someone Like You” from her just-released second album, 21, I knew I had to sample it. Bam heard it and wrote one of the most personal songs I’ve ever heard from him. This is in honor of International Women’s Day & Women’s History Month.
FYI: This is the correct version of the song. The one posted on 2DopeBoyz is an older mix.
March, in case you were unaware, is Women’s History Month. Los Angeles’ own, Bambu, leaks a song that takes a look at domestic violence from a personal perspective. The song speaks on his family history with violence in the home, as well as his own struggles with it, even touching on the normalcy of such violence against women in our own Hip Hop culture. For this one, DJ Phatrick stepped out from behind the turntables to produce, sampling Adele’s “Someone Like You.” A video is set to drop at the end of the month and the song will also be included on Bambu’s …Exact Change… re-release bonus EP, Short Changed, dropping on April 29, 2011 through Beatrock Music Label.
Filed under: Events | Tags: bambu, Devil's Pie, raichous, roland, tr-808, verdugo bar
…soul by the slice…
3rd Wednesdays Soul Party
***DECEMBER 15, 2010***
This month, we have Pilipino American revolutionary emcee, BAMBU, in his first ever DJ set, showing love to his favorite drum sound: the 808. The Roland TR-808 drum machine redefined the meaning of bass when it came out in 1980 and became an essential tool for every hip hop producer. From its beginnings in songs like Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” to its overuse on almost every song played on Power 106’s rotation today, the 808 is undeniably one of the greatest inventions and sounds of our time.
3408 Verdugo Rd
Glassell Park, Los Angeles