Next up in my best of series is my top five concerts of 2011:
The Smuggler’s Tour LA stop at The Roxy
I chose this one for mostly personal reasons, and it’s understandable why. My favorite acts out of LA were on a show that I produced.
Prince at The Forum
After MJ passed, I told myself that I wouldn’t miss the opportunity to see my favorite artists live. And that’s why I saw Prince. 3x.
Alicia Keys at The Pantages
For one night, Alicia Keys performed a set with just candles and her piano. Doesn’t get anymore intimate than that.
Sade at The Staples Center
See Prince’s reason. But real talk, I don’t think I’ve ever felt so connected to a concert in my life. I swear she put me in some kind of trance.
Lauryn Hill at Rock the Bells, SF
Lauryn Hill is my favorite, enough said. I don’t care what anyone has to say about her, she can still get it. Plus she closed out the set doing Fugees material, and If I Ruled the World with Nas.
As in any business, you’ve got to build a network. I have the guys from Everybody’s Rival in mine. I met KB at Soul Assassins. He was part of Malcolm and Martin who performed at the Smuggler’s Tour LA stop I produced. KB then introduced me to ER and his business partner, Spintelect. Spintelect is Alexander Spit and Talib Kweli’s DJ, and he had a guest set at LIFESWELL last October. The guys run with the clothing brand DYNT (Do You Not Them). DYNT threw an anniversary party last night with ER. We were invited.
Spintelect is good friends with Thurzday, whom I know through Truth Studios. His DJ is Ro Blvd, who - if you read his interview yesterday - is from the valley and has known some of my friends even before I did. Thurz and Ro performed a quick set last night.
And here I was, quietly building another network by putting on that t-shirt I’m wearing in the photo below. That’s the Destroyers baseball tee by Hundred Weight Classics. Don sent me it to me a couple days ago. He’s laced Pac Div, Bambu, and soon, the rest of my squad. He’s friends with Esta (who’s friends with my girl, Jerilene), the producer who has worked with Bam and Rhythm Natives. HWC is thriving. Their new line is slated to release in January, and CA will be doing a full length interview on Don very soon.
Of course I had to show the entire fit.
So what did I learn from my night out last night? That everything is an opportunity. You just gotta see it like that.
So my crew and I throw this party called LIFESWELL. We book really good guest DJs and sometimes we have live performances. Last April, I asked Thurzday to be our musical guest. He obliged and brought his DJ/producer Ro Blvd. I caught up with Ro, found out he grew up in the valley, and knew most of the members of Rhythm Natives. Since then, I’ve featured him here, I’ve produced a concert that included him and Thurz, and I’ve seen him soundtrack several parties all over LA. Next Thursday, he’ll be back at LIFESWELL, this time as our guest DJ. Get to know him a little bit:
1. When/how did your career begin?
I started to produce in 2001 doing tracks here and there for friends and any artist(s) that was willing to work with me. Then years later hooked up with U-N-I and did “A Love Supreme”. From that day forward my passion soon turned into a career and I feel blessed everyday to go to work.
2. Tell us about your upcoming album “Heart Pounding Panic” slated to release January 2012.
Heart Pounding Panic is an album from a producer’s perspective. It is sonically engineered to bring out one’s emotion when listened to. With a great supporting cast such as Krondon (Strong Arm Steady), Thurz, and Free Speech to name a few, Heart Pounding Panic is more than just an album; it’s an event. Not for the faint of Heart. YOU’RE GONNA BUY IT WHEN IT COMES OUT. THANKS.
3. URB magazine branded you as one of the next 100 to reach musical success. What does that mean to you?
That I better not FUCK this up.
4. What does a typical day with Ro Blvd look like?
-Breakfast while watching Kitchen Nightmares
-Head to my office for work
Then repeat the next day.
5. What are your daily essentials?
Great company and great food.
The full length interview can be found on the LIFESWELL website. Go!
Last night some of us were in DTLA for a Dirty Bass holiday party thrown by Far East Movement. DJ Virman and DJ Quik were on deck, there was a hosted bar, there were tacos, and there were lowriders.
My company for the night.
Then Far East Movement closed out the night.