Z-Trip is considered to be one of the best live performance DJs in history, by both fans and peers. Fans voted him "America's Best DJ" in 2009, beating out over 100 other DJ's in; DJ's Times highly acclaimed readers poll. It's a fact that many call him the "godfather of mash-ups", as he is one of the originators of the genre. His worldwide sold out shows continue to set attendance records while drawing critical praise.
"One of the great musical moments from Coachella (2002) was the frenzied set by turntable wizard Z-Trip. He had fans howling and bobbing, closing his set with a surprise appearance by Beck." - The LA Times
The LA Times review was well deserved as Z-Trip performed to a jam packed tent of over 10,000 that day.
He has crisscrossed the globe numerous times since Coachella 2002, chalking up tons of rave reviews along the way. He returned to Coachella 2010, for his 4th appearance at the festival headlining the Sahara Tent.
"Even against two of the biggest draws on the schedule, Z-Trip raked them in, filling the Sahara with over 15,000 revelers." - Daily News
Z-Trip is often referred to as the Rick Rubin of the DJ world. His roots are based in Hip Hop, but he covers and loves all music styles. Considered by many as the godfather of mash-ups, his style of mixing and producing reaches way beyond that. Z-Trip received the title of "America’s Best DJ" and still remains on the top 10 lists year after year. Above that, he helped design his own signature series DJ mixer, the Rane 62Z. Just like Rick, Z-Trip has collaborated with some of the very best to ever do it: Nas, Bassnectar, Public Enemy, DJ Shadow, Rakim, Shepard Fairey, Talib Kweli and many others.
Z-Trip’s sound has a unique place in todays music scene. As a performer, he is one of the very few able to play traditional festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonaroo, SXSW and Australia’s Big Day Out, as well as the EDM circuit. His Electric Daisy Carnival and Electric Zoo sets were both festival highlights.
Z-Trip’s artist debut album “Shifting Gears” received 4 stars in Rolling Stone. As a producer, he worked on Activision’s DJ Hero series. He is a featured avatar in the game alongside Daft Punk, Tiesto, Grandmaster Flash and Deadmau5. Z-Trip also remixed tracks for Nirvana, The Beastie Boys, Dead Weather and The Jackson 5 to name a few. Most recently, he collaborated with Lee Scratch Perry to rework Bob Marley’s classic “Punky Reggae Party” and with Brillz for Jay Z’s hit “Dirt Off Your Shoulder”.
No stranger to TV, Z-Trip closed out the 2013 Grammy Awards alongside LL Cool J, Chuck D, Tom Morello and Travis Barker. He has appeared on Jimmy Fallon, Carson Daly and Jimmy Kimmel Live, as well as in various documentaries and films.
In today’s expanding DJ scene, Z-Trip’s versatility, music and style continues to be a breath of fresh air.
Shepard Fairey was born in Charleston, SC. He received his B.F.A. at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. While at R.I.S.D., he created the Andre the Giant has a Posse sticker that transformed into the OBEY GIANT art campaign with imagery that has changed the way people see art and the urban landscape. He is also the founder of OBEY Clothing. His work has evolved into an acclaimed body of art, which includes the 2008 "Hope" portrait of Barack Obama which can be found in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait gallery.
Since the beginning of his career in 1989, he has exhibited in galleries and museums around the around the world, indoor and outdoor. His works are in the permanent collections of the MoMA, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Boston ICA, and many others.
Along with the Obama campaign, Fairey has also donated artwork and other contributions to charitable organizations such as the ACLU, MoveOn, Hope for Darfur, the Chiapas Relief Fund, marriage equality reform, 11th Hour Action , Hurricane Katrina relief, Southern California fire relief, shelters for L.A. teens, children's charities in Iraq and the U.S., Free the West Memphis 3, Feeding America, Adopt-a-Pet.com and the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation.
As Fairey's body of work reached its 20-year mark in 2009, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston honored him with a full-scale solo retrospective. Entitled Supply and Demand, the exhibit shares its name with Fairey's career-chronicling book, now in its second edition (Gingko Press).