The Low End Theory crew have been putting on amazing, innovative shows in Los Angeles for 10 years+. They introduced the music community to some pretty amazing artists, and have kept Los Angeles’ music scene, thriving. I have been very familiar with Low End Theory because I played one of the first shows there with Big Sir and Ikey’s band Free Moral Agents headlined!
It is truly amazing to watch something so grass roots evolve into a scene that influences the rest of the music world so profoundly. DJ Daddy Kev, the ring leader of the LET, has been putting on shows Wednesday nights in Lincoln Heights, slowly growing this musical empire at the smartest pace. Over time, he built up the PA system at the venue, works with the city of Los Angeles to make sure he can open his doors to the huge lines that have continued to grow over the years. He has to handle the guest artists who have come to perform or just hang out (from Thom Yorke to Prince and many more). It is a huge undertaking and then to grow his own 808 festival from last year’s 808 that was at the Echoplex (less than 1500 capacity venue) to this year’s sold out Shrine Auditorium event (that was around seven or eight thousand) is really remarkable!
So I was lucky enough to be asked to perform with JonWayne at the 808 festival and I felt it was something cool to share. I have been recording with JonWayne over the past few years and his recent EP, JonWayne Is Retired, has a couple of tracks with me on it. The standout for me is the song, Green Light, that features my Landscape Fretless Bass over one of Jon’s awesome beats. Anderson Paak raps on it too and I can’t tell you how proud I am of this cut.
So we all performed this track at the festival without the drum track. JonWayne and I rehearsed and after just warming up with just bass and vocal, Jon said “let’s do it this way! Just bass (with the DOD Meatbox) and vocal.” I was totally down for it and he let Anderson know. Here we are rattling the Smokers stage on Saturday night.
THANK YOU FOR SURE TO DJ DADDY KEV, DJ NOBODY, GASLAMP KILLER AND ALL THE LOW END THEORY RESIDENT ARTISTS!