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
Worldwide sold out shows would be enough for most DJs, but not Z-Trip. Please do not call him a celebrity DJ. His career is too full of impressive producer/artist milestones for that. In 2009, Z-Trip appeared as an in game character in DJ Hero; for which he also supplied several original remixes and songs. In 2009 "Victory Lap" his last album did over 500,000 copies. "Victory Lap" (his homage to Obama) was reviewed favorably and recommended by Wired, Urb, BPM, and XLR8R to name a few. Z-Trip's longtime friend and collaborator Shepard Fairey supplied the art.
Z-Trip's major label debut "Shifting Gears" was given 4 stars by Rolling Stone — it's highest honor in 2005. Shifting Gears featured Top 10 singles in the US and abroad. With appearances from many of Z-Trip's friends; Chuck D, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, Murs and Soup of Jurassic 5.
"Uneasy Listening" was his first record to receive critical acclaim and helped propel Z-Trip to national attention in 2002. It made album of the year lists in Spin, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Wired and XLR8R.
Shepard Fairey is the man behind OBEY GIANT, the graphics that have changed the way people see art and the urban landscape. What started with an absurd sticker he created in 1989 while studying at the Rhode Island School of Design has since evolved into a worldwide street art campaign, as well as an acclaimed body of fine art.
The OBEY GIANT campaign is rooted in the DIY counterculture of punk rock and skateboarding, but it has also taken cues from popular culture, commercial marketing and political messaging. Fairey steeps his ideology and iconography in the self-empowerment of those who refuse to be manipulated by the machine of manufactured consent. With biting sarcasm verging on reverse psychology, he goads viewers, using the imperative "obey," to take heed of the propagandists out to bend the world to their agendas.
In 2003, Fairey founded Studio Number One, a creative firm dedicated to applying his ethos wherever art and enterprise intersect. Building from Fairey's approach to design striking, thought-provoking work, the company has since evolved into its own creative beast and become one of the top boutique agencies in the country.
Fairey's art reached a new height of prominence in 2008, when his "HOPE" portrait of Barack Obama became the iconic image of the presidential campaign and helped inspire an unprecedented political movement. The original image now hangs in the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
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 reaches its 20-year mark in 2009, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston has honored him with a full-scale solo retrospective (on display through August 16). Entitled Supply and Demand, the exhibit shares its name with Fairey's career-chronicling book, now in its second edition (Gingko Press).