On last week’s episode of the R.O.A.D. Podcast, the crew spoke to former Red Bull 3Style world champion, Four Color Zack. The Seattle native explained why he shouts out fictitious names during his DJ gigs.
Zack also spoke about his hesitancy to DJ live venues again and why he recently signed to SKAM Artist.
Watch an excerpt above and the full interview here.
A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs perform at The Roxy in Los Angeles on a Fools Gold Records tour in 2007. (Credit: Steven Meiers Dominguez)
Throughout December, Red Bull Radio will be hosting Hollerboard Redux 2.0, a series of performances featuring an impressive lineup of DJs. The Hollerboard was a late-2000s message board that united an underground collective of selectors, many of whom went on to become critically-acclaimed pros.
Tastemakers like A-Trak, Louisahhh, Jubilee, and YehMe2, plus current Twitch streaming favorite Four Color Zack, are on the lineup. Fool’s Gold Records co-founder Nick Catchdubs will be spinning, as will OG indie DJ trendsetters Dances With White Girls and Cosmo Baker. Dirty South Joe and Lowbudget, two Philadelphia DJs who many cite as vital to the roots of the 2010s underground-to-mainstream evolution, are performing as well.
The schedule is as follows, and DJ sets will be posted on Red Bull Radio’s Mixcloud.
12/15 – Louisahhh @ 6AM PST + Dances With White Girls @ 11AM PST
12/16 – Jubilee @ 6AM PST + Nick Catchdubs @ 11 AM PST
12/17 – Dirty South Joe @ 6AM PST + Lowbudget @ 11AM PST
12/22 – YehMe2 @ 6AM PST + Four Color Zack @ 11AM PST
12/23 – Cosmo Baker @ 6AM PST + A-Trak @ 11AM PST
Check out the flyer for Red Bull Radio’s Hollerboard Redux 2.0 mix series below.
Former Red Bull 3Style world champion Four Color Zack connects with DJ Spider on this week’s episode of The 20 Podcast. The Seattle native discusses talks why Twitch is best live streaming platform for DJs, competing in Red Bull 3Style, plus more.
Watch the interview above. An audio version of the podcast is also available on all major platforms.
Four Color Zack dropped an action-packed set for Flosstradamus‘ HDYFEST on April 20th. The “virtual smokeout,” which was co-sponsored by the Brownies and Lemonade collective, saw Floss, Zack, 4B and others take over Mad Decent‘s Twitch channel.
In the 20-minute set, the former Red Bull 3Style world champion throws down hip-hop and trap mixed with his signature wordplay and tone play. Watch above.
On last week’s episode of the R.O.A.D. Podcast, co-host DJ Crooked spoke to Red Bull 3style champions Four Color Zack and J. Espinosa. The two renowned turntablists explained how live streaming could provide creative freedom for DJs to experiment and showcase their talents to a broader audience outside of the club scene.
Zack and Espinosa also shared some stories and experiences from their recent Red Bull tours in Indonesia and Russia.
Watch an excerpt above and the full episode here.
Jazzy Jeff wears a Genre BNDR face mask. (Source: Genre BNDR)
Recently, the rapidly-spreading Coronavirus has begun to impact the global music community. The cancellation of Austin, TX’s SXSW festival, Miami’s Ultra Music Festival, Red Bull 3Style’s World Championships, and France’s Tomorrowland Winter are likely only the beginning. DJcity spoke with a few notable DJs to find out how they are handling these cancellations and contemplating their next steps.
Four Color Zack:
“I’m fully expecting [the rash of cancellations] to trickle down to other kinds of gatherings and venues. [It’s] probably just a matter of time,” says Four Color Zack, a former Red Bull 3Style World Champion who was expecting to head to Moscow for the Red Bull 3Style world championships. Zack also notes that he had a recent tour of China canceled because of the coronavirus, and adds, “it would have gotten canceled anyway since the sponsors and venues are all stopping in their tracks.”
Fellow former 3Style World Champion Hedspin adds, “I’ve been touring Asia at least two-to-three times a year for almost a decade now. The only people I’ve noticed that are affected are my DJ/promoter friends in Mainland China and Hong Kong. A lot of them have taken a hit financially because a lot of the nightclubs have temporarily stopped operating, and the general public is just staying home.”
Regarding the spread of coronavirus into Europe, Hedspin is concerned about that marketplace too. “Switzerland just got a notice from the government that all events with more than 1000 people present will have to be canceled or delayed until further notice. This announcement will also affect the European tour dates I had lined up.”
In a recent Twitter post, DJ/producer Dani Deahl summed up the thoughts of many artists:
Musicians make the bulk of their income from touring.
Cancelled festivals and shows bc of Coronavirus will be big financial losses for indie artists this year.
Please consider buying a piece of merch to support your favorite indie act(s) and help art thrive. ❤️
— Dani Deahl (@danideahl) March 6, 2020
When asked about developing other revenue streams in coronavirus’ wake, DJ/producer Spryte says, “Luckily, I have multiple revenue streams outside of tour DJing. However, if this weren’t the case, I would probably look into more local gigs or work with local venues to provide their music in some manner. Everything going on right now is very similar to what happened with the swine flu back in 2009. I try to stay optimistic that my travel schedule won’t be affected much, but I do think everyone should be asking themselves this question just in case.”
Three months in, the concern about coronavirus’ impact are possibly overstated but not without merit. DJ Scene has his own tips for staying healthy while traveling. “I’ve been carrying disinfectant wipes in my backpack for many years. I always wipe down tray tables, armrests, seatbelts, headrests, and walls if I have a window seat. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve given wipes to other people when they comment, ‘that’s a good idea.'”
When asked about a solution for fans of live sets, he offered a simple solution. “I think it’s a great time to dive into DJ mixes. Whether it’s audio or video, people can enjoy them on-demand while working out, driving, cleaning their house, etc. There are tons of new and classic content to explore. Boiler Room sets are a killer example.”
Ultimately, when thinking about this, or any terrifying situation, the idea that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure becomes relevant. Four Color Zack instead opted to quote Neil McCauley, a career criminal portrayed by Robert DeNiro in the 1995 film, Heat. “Don’t let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner. Always have an exit strategy.”
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