DJ Big Whiz, Chuck D, DJ Parler, DJ Johnny Juice
Hip hop artists celebrate J&R Musical Instrument Store Grand Opening.
Thursday June 18th, 12:00 noon DJ Big Wiz will demo in J&R Musical Instrument Store, 33 Park Row, 1st Floor.
DJ BIG WIZ started DJing in late ’83. Since then he has worked as a DJ in many aspects such as community and college radio as well as at one of the biggest commercial radio stations in the US. He was also down with two of the original 3 groups on the Rap-A-Lot Records (home of the Ghetto Boys) in the mid to late ’80s.
WIZ has spun at clubs around the world and has DJ’d for several bands, groups and
solo artists. Along with a couple of friends, he was responsible for designing the RANE TTM series mixers. WIZ has also worked closely with SHURE and KORG as well as a few other equipment companies.
WIZ moved from Houston to NY in 96 and quickly made his name known there in the competitive NY battle scene during the golden age of DJ battles with his crew the SteelWorkerz. He has also appeared in several DJ/Turntabelist videos such as SHURE Turntablism 101 and others.
WIZ became known as the “go to” DJ in NY and has been the in-house DJ for the independent hip hop label Def Jux, DJing EL-P, Cage, Mr. Lif and everyone else on the label. He is currently DJing for Aesop Rock and just finished touring past year in the US and abroad. Also making appearances on MTV, Fuel TV and rocking festivals such as Coachella, Sound Set, Treasure Island Music Festival and more.
Wiz can be heard on Aesop Rock’s recent album, “None Shall Pass” scratching on just about every track. His work is also featured on the latest albums by Rob Sonic and El-P. Currently off the road for a while, Wiz is back in the studio working on a few new projects for ’10.
Thursday June 18th, 2:00 pm, Meet Chuck D and Johnny Juice of Public Enemy in J&R Musical Instrument Store, 33 Park Row, Basement (Free T-shirt to the first 50 people).
Roosevelt Long Island can claim many celebrated figures, and chief among them would be famed, and now iconic rap group Public Enemy. An outfit known for their revolutionary lyricism and groundbreaking production, are still sought after representatives. PE’s fiery rhymes and unique stage show won millions of fans across the globe and having helmed the main mic for a legendary period is Chuck D. If Hip Hop were a nation Chuck D would be the president, democratically nominated by an inspired generation of musicians and music followers, around the world.
The critical and commercial success of Public Enemy opened the doors for MistaChuck to deliver a message through a number of different mediums, extending a reach to all segments of the population. From a featured host on the Fox News Channel, to best-selling author of his autobiography, “Fight The Power.” He is a highly-sought after and popular speaker on the college lecture circuit (universities ranging from Harvard to Howard), a prominent member of music industry non-profit organization’s MusicCares and Rock The Vote and founder of the SlamJamz label.
Chuck D has led the musical and social movement as national spokesperson for Rock The Vote, the National Urban League and the National Alliance of African American Athletes; while appeared in public service announcements for HBO’s campaign for national peace and the Partnership for the Drug Free America as well as a regular guest on numerous television shows including Nightline, Politically Incorrect and on CNN. The Public Enemy 20th anniversary album, tour and subsequent international media presence have livened yet another generation, as MistaChuck strives to use his diverse and dedicated presence within the digital and technological realm to forge a musical path for said generation. From a book imprint with partner Yusuf Jah, to subsidiary labels such as SHEdigital; the innovative empire born of twenty years of serving the people with power is set to launch even more unique vehicles for new talent.
DJ Johnny Juice is an Emmy-Nominated Composer, Producer, Turntablist, and Engineer. Raised in the Bronx, he witnessed the birth of Hip Hop right on his doorstep. His work, especially with the first two Public Enemy albums, has been embedded into Hip Hop history. With over 25 years in the industry, he has contributed to some of Hip Hop’s greatest works. Over the years he has lent his production and scratching skills to projects by other legendary Hip Hop artists such as the Beastie Boys, Slick Rick, Leaders of the New School, and DMC. He was recently inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame as a member of Public Enemy.
Friday June 19th, 6:00 pm, DJ Parler demo in J&R Musical Instrument Store, 33 Park Row, Basement
NYC based DJ Parler (par-lay), producer of the acclaimed SAMPLOLOGY Mixtape Series, has rocked audiences and tastemakers from coast to coast, South Africa, Italy, Brazil, Mexico and beyond. Parler’s eclectic style and ability to move a crowd allow party goers to experience a musical journey that ranges from Hip Hop, Funk, Soul, Breaks & Rare Grooves, Reggae, Rock, 80′s & 90′s, International Sounds and more.
He’s shared the stage with the likes of Wyclef, Ludacris, Akon, Busta Rhymes, Michelle Williams (Destiny’s Child), The Clipse, Solange, Kidz In The Hall, Dead Prez, Yung Berg, Three Six Mafia, and Skillz to name a few. Parler’s mix series SAMPLOLOGY has collectively garnered over 125,000 downloads, and been featured at such major outlets as Okayplayer, HipHopDX, 2DopeBoyz, SOHH, MTV, and Sirius XM Radio.
Saturday June 20th, 4:00 pm, IE01 (I Eat Zeroes And Ones) demo in J&R Musical Instrument Store, 33 Park Row, Basement.
I Eat Zeroes And Ones produces electronic music. Drawing from techno, electro, house, ambient and experimental music sub-genres without being dedicated to any one specifically, IE01 delivers a unique blend of danceable beats, driving bass lines, and melodic synths. IE01 performs live PA sets of original material and also DJs in the Philly and NYC areas. He releases tracks on the Tyrannosaurus Wax (TWAX) label.
Musical Instruments Store Grand Opening also includes guitar, drums, piano and other gear demos, plus performances by Marshall Crenshaw, Shadows Fall, Chico Hamilton, Kodomo, Machel Montano and Leslie Mendelson. See the entire schedule.