Cut Chemist

All Good Presents

Cut Chemist

El Dusty, Shortkut

Sat Apr 28

Doors: 10:30 pm / Show: 11:00 pm

Union Stage

$20.00 - $30.00

Cut Chemist
Cut Chemist
Cut Chemist has been recording and performing for nearly 30 years. He started djing in 1984, at age 11. In '87, 14 year old Cut started recording with his friends including Chali 2na (Jurassic 5). Cut first became known as a founding member of both the rap groups, Jurassic 5 and the Grammy award winning Latin funk outfit, Ozomatli. Keeping his involvement with both groups in tandem with one another, Cut has developed a taste for music and rhythms from around the world while keeping his ethic for the hip hop tradition. His mix-tapes and remixes became critically acclaimed. His ‘Chemist’ moniker was fully realized with his instrumental, Lesson 6: The Lecture. A musical journey that challenged hip hop production with music theory ideals. Cut also found time to collaborate with DJ Shadow on what would be one of the world's most sought after mix cd’s, Brainfreeze, soon to be followed by its sequel, Product Placement.

Eventually Cut left both Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli to pursue a solo career, starting with Warner Bros. where he landed his first solo LP, The Audience’s Listening in July, 2006. The title track was quickly placed for the first Worldwide Apple Nano commercial with Cut performing at all major US and European flagship Apple stores, while the single, “The Garden” became a favorite amongst tastemakers and the single “What’s The Altitude” became one of the most viewed videos on YouTube at the time.

In 2007 Cut Chemist supported Shakira on her “Oral Fixation” tour where he dazzled her audience with his selection of world music and a cut ‘n’ scratch audio visual presentation, something that no one has ever done before or since, garnering Cut Chemist with the reputation of pushing the boundaries of what a ‘DJ’ can do. Upon returning to LA he made a cameo appearance as the chemistry teacher in the academy award winning movie Juno, as well as other Jason Reitmanproductions, Jennifer’s Body and Up in the Air. Meanwhile, Cut also concentrated on making marks in LA of the highest praises by headlining the Hollywood Bowl with DJ Shadow. there they began the year long campaign for the third instalment of their mix cd series this time entitled “The Hard Sell” which toured all around the world to sell out venues and Festivals.

Since then Cut has been back in the lab re-inventing his sound, he had the opportunity to remix of Nat King Cole’s “Day In Day Out,” Quantic and his Combo Barbaro’s “Un Canto mi Tierra,” and more recently Tune Yards' "Gangsta."

Cut ended 2010 with a new concept mix. Originally intended to be a one time performance for Mochilla‘s ‘Timeless’ concert series opening up for Ethiopia’s Mulatu Astatke in '09, Sound of the Police, was different than any conventional DJ mix using two turntables, this offering was created live using only one turntable, a mixer, a loop pedal (for live sampling) and all original vinyl pressings. Cut thought when performing this mix live it would challenge the contemporary DJ as well as himself. The music chosen for this mix goes deeper into the crate than his other contributions. Driven by his passion for Ethiopian, Colombian, Sudanese and Afro-Brazilian sounds respectively, this mix also features a few classic tunes you might recognize. Sound Of The Police proves Cut Chemist is still pushing the envelope when it comes to live DJing and he still gives fans a piece of this challenging performance often at shows. "It’s like walking a sonic tight rope and the audience gets to see me fall if something goes wrong,” Cut says. “The interesting parts are when I mess up and fix it. The audience goes crazy and appreciates what a difficult balancing act this actually is...It’s important to widen peoples musical vocabulary and I feel its my job as a DJ to do so.”

In 2012 Cut Chemist was featured in Rolling Stone when he put out a surprise 12" and/or 7" EP for the rapid paced tune with a tough sound, "Outro (Revisited)" featuring Blackbird, plus Deantoni Parks (Mars Volta) on the drums and Lonnie Marshall on the bass. "I had a strong urge to run so I made a song that made me feel like I was being chased." Later that month he was invited to DJ at the United Nations on Earth Day in support of his contribution on the film One Day on Earth.

As promised Cut returned in 2013 with the first reissue from his own label A Stable Sound titled, FUNK OFF: Vox Populi and Pacific 231, which would become the source to everything that would soon follow. FUNK OFF is a definitive compilation of French minimal synth groups, Vox Populi! and Pacific231. The material on this compilation has been the source for some of Cut’s most notable work like “The Storm" (ft. Edan & Mr. Lif) and was mega-mixed with unreleased material and remix work on the rare 12", FUNK OFF MEGAMIX, a mix of French Synth and Drum Machine based music from cassettes and records remixed into a seamless dance party. In spring of 2017 Funk Off took over Friday Nights with 24-hour lifestreams of Tom Fitzgerald's FUNK OFF MOVIEMIX hosted on Cut Chemist's Facebook Live, he shortly followed up with the internet premier of the predecessor film, Edan's Echo Party also directed by Tom F., for another 24 Facebook live event.

Along the way Cut toured his Tunnel Vision a curated show featuring Edan, Paten Locke, Mr. Lif, Myka 9 and Deantoni Parks. Jurassic 5 worldwide, and with a whole new show with DJ Shadow. On the Renegades of Rhythm tour Cut and Shadow played directly from Afrika Bambaataa's crates considered to be the 'ground-zero of hip hop'.

Often Cut dusts off many mixes and recordings held up in his horse stable turned studio for years and he releases never before heard material including The Audience's Following, the bizarro director's cut album that never was. Lesson 6: The Lecture EP, included a newly remastered version of Cut's mid-ninetys opus, a DIY Instrumental and the 15-minute practice tape that would eventually become the "Lesson 6." In Summer of 2017 Cut invited Beats of All-Nations and a group of up and coming producers to select music from his Colombian record crates and remix them on Going Back to Cali: Cut Chemist's Colombian Crates Remixed.
Since October of 2017 Cut has made himself more available to fans with a bi-weekly radio program A Stable Sound on dublab / 99.1 FM KZUT (LA). For over 20 years, Cut has toured the globe searching for music. Now he wants to share that collection with the public. The show features different segments to tackle different genres such as cassette culture new wave and rap demos, deep funk 45s, world beats and even contemporary artists, celebration shows for the music to the likes of Bob James, Clyde Stubblefield and David Axelrod, live guests have included Egyptian Lover, Arthur Baker, The Beat Junkies, Gaslamp Killer, Edan, Biz Markie and more. “I’ve been missing the ‘party in a box’ feel of mix shows that used to exist 20 and 30 years ago like NYCs Red Alert show or the LA and Bay Area’s Wake Up Show. This is my chance to bring it back and share all the great music and talent I’ve run across over the years.”

Forward to the present, we are on the heels of the long-awaited follow up to Cut Chemist's 2006 debut, The Audience's Listening. “Whatever comes next you can expect the same ethic of artistic integrity” says Cut. “Hip Hop is not a specific type of music, its how its presented. I feel I’ve always proved that and will continue to do so.”
El Dusty
El Dusty
Raised and rooted in Corpus Christi, producer, DJ, and nu-cumbia pioneer El Dusty translates the Southern Texas border experience into new barrio anthems where the MPC2000 sampler and chopped clips of Latin music history collide. With his major label debut on Universal dropping soon follow- ing the success of his single “K Le Pasa,” El Dusty’s self-taught approach is as collaborative as it is singular, drawing from a crate-digging and turntablist tradition that links Latin classics with the new genera- tion of bass-heavy soundsystem and hip-hop cultures. Critical acclaim has hailed El Dusty as Rolling Stone’s 10 New Artists You Need to Know, Billboard’s New Latin Act to Watch in 2016, and Pandora’s Latin Artists to Watch 2016.
As a producer, El Dusty’s aesthetic is an effortless rendering of his palette for old school sounds thanks to growing up in a home soundtracked by Tejano anthems, Chicano soul music, classic rock, ‘70s Latin soul. These classic sounds are balanced by a solid education in hip-hop, and house music in their earliest stages thanks to his older brother, with this combination of aesthetics and generations laying the groundwork for the massive sample catalog he’s been building non-stop for years.
El Dusty always wanted to be a DJ, inspired by DMC videos and top-notch turntablism routines from the likes of Bad Boy Bill and Richard “Humpty” Vission’s open format approach to mixing genres and razor-sharp scratching routines. He got his start practicing on a pair of Technic 1200s (that fortuitous- ly showed up from his brother) at home at the age of 12, teaching himself turntablism skills that landed him on the radio with his own mixshow by the age of 16.
When it comes to working in the studio, the sampler is his primary instrument, taking after the cut and paste aesthetic of the masters like DJ Premier, DJ Shadow, Alchemist, and Dr. Dre. El Dusty takes this collage technique to new territories to reflect the layered experience of Tejano border culture, using cut samples from his massive collection of old school Latin vinyl as the instruments for his original tracks with an MPC2000 sampler.
While El Dusty’s studio is rooted in Corpus Christi, he’s constantly on the road for live gigs and collaborative projects with new wave Latin artists like Ana Bárbara, Toy Selectah, Erick Rincón of 3BallMTY, MLKMN, DJ Buddha, and more, as well working on projects for brands like Pepsi, Jack Daniels, Miller Lite, and Red Bull. While preparing for his upcoming release, he’s also collaborated on a mixtape series called LOCOS ONLY to release tracks digitally with friends like Royal Highness, Alan Rosales, MLKMN, Chingo Bling, and Principe Cu. El Dusty is also part of the Peligrosa All Star DJ’s Collective, an Austin-based crew of DJs, producers, and visual artists reenergizing the sounds of Latin America’s past, present, and future.
With El Dusty’s first major label LP dropping soon, Made in Corpus, his steady travel and gig schedule is reflected in the collaborative nature of his music. These opportunities have linked him with guest appearances from reag- gaton innovator DJ Blass, Dominican bass producer Happy Colors, Camilo Lara of Mexi- can Institute of Sound, Trinidadian rapper/vo- calist Angela Hunte, genre-bending Mexican producer Toy Selectah, and even puppets from the webseries “Hey Vato.” In 2015, El Dusty released, Trapanera EP, “Cumbia Anthem,” “Orale”, “We Out Chea” & “Cinco de Mayo”. MADE IN CORPUS is set to be released in 2016.
Shortkut is a founding member of 3 of the most iconic and influential DJ crews in history - Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Beat Junkie Sound and Triple Threat DJs. He is a numerous West Coast/USA DMC title holder and is responsible for creating some of the most influential dj routines of all time, literally bringing new techniques to the genre.

2012 was one of the most active years of Shortkut's career including a national tour for the Beat Junkies 20th year anniversary, co-headlining the Heavy Boogie produced adidas Originals Breathe & Stop tour throughout Asia alongside Maseo (De La Soul) and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest) in August and a 2x4 set with the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff at the Do-Over in San Francisco.

In November, he also co-headlined the adidas Originals Laced Up tour throughout Asia with his Triple Threat crew members Dj Apollo & DJ Vinroc alongside DJ Tony Touch and Heavy Boogie, finishing off the year with a stellar NYE party in Moscow.

A diverse selection in music combined with his turntablist roots makes Shortkut one of the worlds most sought after party rockers on the planet.
Venue Information:
Union Stage
740 Water Street SW
Washington, DC, 20024