Nu-Mark began DJing as a teenager in Los Angeles. Over the course of the last two decades, he has amassed a collection of over 35,000 records and refined his technical skills and performance style to the point where he is widely recognized as one of the key figures in the late-90s DJ explosion which pushed the DJ to the front of the culture’s awareness. As a result of this distinction, Nu-Mark has been featured in a diversity of publications and in several films: the critically acclaimed documentary “Scratch,” “KeepinTime” (which features impromptu collaborations with Mad Lib, Cut-Chemist, Babu, J-Rocc, and drummers James Gatson and Paul Humphrey), “Coachella: The Movie,” and “Rock the Bells – The Documentary.” Recognized for his membership in the gold selling group Jurassic 5, Nu-Mark is best known for his production on the raw anthem “What’s Golden” and the smooth and soulful “Work It Out,” featuring Dave Matthews. Nu-Mark is responsible for half of the production of Jurassic 5’s entire body of work: Jurassic 5 EP (1997), Quality Control (2000), Power In Numbers (2002), and Feedback (2006). Additionally, his innovative DJ routines and creative on-stage antics have made him a favorite of crowds all over the world. Perhaps best known for their thrilling stage show, Jurassic 5 toured the globe several times over, and have made numerous television appearances. With Jurassic 5, Nu-Mark has performed at many of the world’s most important and exciting music festivals – Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza 2003, Australia’s Big Day Out, The UK’s Reading Festival, and Japan’s Summer Sonic – where his mastery of a complex, six-piece DJ rig and his playful incorporation of children’s musical toys have amazed and delighted crowds of up to 50,000 fans. Jurassic 5 has appeared alongside many of music’s greats, including A Tribe Called Quest, the Wu-Tang Clan, Outkast, The Roots, Run DMC, Green Day, and even Bruce Springsteen. Nu-Mark has also released his own projects: Blend Crafters, an instrumental album created in the spirit of allowing beats to speak for themselves, and Hands On, a mix-CD. Hands On assembles a diverse and eclectic set of sounds, everything from soulful breaks to comedic skits, as well as classic underground jams, and includes a special section devoted to hip-hop from around the world. By turns hilarious and impressive, this project displays both Nu-Mark’s eccentric sense of humor and his devotion to solid, simply dope music. Currently, Nu-Mark is placing his beats on a number of projects in a variety of genres. Today, Nu-Mark is well-known for his innovative plays on sound – attaching a rubber band to his turntable’s needle and playing it like an upright bass or tapping on the turntable’s dust cover to simulate a bass drum. Incorporating a wide range of musical styles – soul, funk, hip-hop, and samba effortlessly blended together – Nu-Mark revels in surprising an audience with a forgotten gem, an unknown banger, or a fresh take on a well-known hit. From Sao Paolo to Sydney, from Toronto to Tokyo, Nu-Mark’s carefully crafted, explosively energetic DJ sets never fail to get a party rocking.
Fort Knox Five
The Fort Knox Five have the midas touch for producing heavy-hitting records. Since 2003, they have released an arsenal of floor rocking singles and remixes from their Washington DC based label, Fort Knox Recordings.
Sid Barcelona, Jon Horvath, Rob Myers and Steve Raskin are the masterminds behind the Fort Knox Five. Their signature ‘Fort Knox Sound' seamlessly interweaves live instrumentation with funky electronic breakbeats. In 2006 they released the critically acclaimed ‘The New Gold Standard' to showcase the groundbreaking sounds from their premier funk and soul label.
The Fort Knox Five's talent for organic hooks has made them highly sought after producers and remixers. They have over 20 remixes to their credit, including monster mixes for A. Skillz and Krafty Kuts, Kraak & Smaak, Ursula 1000, Dynamo Productions, and Mo' Horizons, as well as remixes for the legendary Tito Puente, Louis Armstrong, and Bob Marley. The Fort Knox Five has coined the term ‘Reminted' to represent their signature remixing style. They released the first ‘Reminted' CD showcasing some of their favorite productions in a continuous DJ mix
Further cementing the Fort Knox Five's reputation, Afrika Bambaataa—the godfather of hip-hop—asked them to produce four tracks on his latest album Dark Matter Moving at the Speed of Light released on the legendary Tommy Boy Label.
Tapped by URB Magazine for its annual "Next 100" list, the Fort Knox Five's music has been featured on major compilation, films, television shows, commercials and video games. Most recently their music has been featured in the FRINGE tv show on Fox, and video games Tiger Woods 2009 & Facebreaker. They also finished exclusive production on six original interactive tracks in the Fort Knox style for EA Sports' Skate 2 & Skate It game soundtracks.
As DJs, they know how to rock a party with infectious grooves that effortlessly move from funk, reggae, and hip-hop to prime time beats & breaks. Their unique DJ style has proven irresistible to clubgoers worldwide. They have performed on 5 continents, and in over 25 different countries. Their music & skills caught the attention of Gwen Stefani, who asked the Fort Knox Five to be her tour DJs for her Harajuku Lovers tour with the Black Eyed Peas.
For their highly anticipated debut album, RADIO FREE D.C., the Fort Knox Five took things back to their roots, and kept the vibe centered around the city they love, Washington D.C. Home to many pioneering artists like Marvin Gaye, Chuck Brown and Fugazi, they draw upon their city's rich musical heritage of funk, soul, punk and hip-hop for their inspiration. The Fort Knox Five invited their close friends from around the Nation's Capitol, including Asheru (Unspoken Heard), Mustafa Akbar, Rootz & Zeebo (See-I), Sleepy Wonder, Javier Miranda, and Ian Svenonius (Nation of Ulysses/The Make Up) to help them create a record that captures DC's musical diversity.
In July of 2009, RADIO FREE D.C. REMIXED was released and featured 16 dancefloor remixes of original tunes from the RADIO FREE D.C. album. Such luminaries as The Nextmen, A Skillz, Nick Thayer, Deekline & Ed Solo featuring Shunda K, Malente, and Sub Swara lent a hand to rework these songs into a completely new form.
The Fort Knox Five have just released their next label compilation, The New Gold Standard 2, which features 4 new Fort Knox Five songs along with new tunes from their Fort Knox Recordings label mates.
All Good Funk Alliance
When it comes to All Good Funk Alliance, always expect the unexpected. This spring AGFA is set to drop a new album with Fort Knox Recordings—a genre-spanning release featuring go-go drums, spaced-out synths and funky bass-lines. It marks a new direction for All Good Funk Alliance, and is somewhat of a departure from their signature sound, but fans needn't stress—this is one duo that never leaves the funk behind.
Made up of Frank Cueto and Rusty Belicek, All Good Funk Alliance has opened up for the legendary James Brown, written songs for Coca-Cola and appeared on the Breakspoll Top 50 list. In other words, these guys are no strangers to the funk. And while their musical tastes range the gamut, when Frank and Rusty join forces the end result is always the same: they deliver a sound that is funky, fun and fresh.
All Good Funk Alliance has long been lauded by critics and fans alike, and DJs looking to inject flavor into their sets invariably seek out that unmistakable AGFA sound. Their remix of big band legend Woody Herman's track, "Mambo Herd," was met with critical acclaim, and the boys recently signed a major remix deal to put their indelible, funk-infused spin on Kraak and Smaak's hit album "Plastic People." When AGFA's release, "REC," dropped in 2007, Properly Chilled described it as "modern funk mixing the best of hip hop and funk [with] lots of percussion breakdowns." Turntable Lab has also raved about the duo's sound, summing it up as: "continually hitting the head-nodding nape."
Since 1999, All Good Funk Alliance has released music on a host of labels, including its own heavyweights: Funk Weapons, Super Hi-Fi Recordings and Baffin Island Beat Brigade. Frank and Rusty have played at clubs and festivals around the globe—from Canada to Australia—and the pair has even opened up for the iconic godfather of soul himself, James Brown.
Recognized as influential pioneers of the Nu-Funk and mid-tempo breaks sounds, AGFA's innovation and originality has earned them universal respect across the breaks industry. Now, poised to unleash a fresh new album brimming with unreleased music that encompasses multiple genres, All Good Funk Alliance is ready to kick off the latest chapter in their book of funk.
Nappy Riddem are the Original Rastars. Rex Riddem, Mustafa Akbar, and Ashish "Hash" Vyas formed this ragga-soul electro-funk super group. The trio is a unique combination of longtime collaborators with independent music industry stalwarts Afrika Bambaataa, Thievery Corporation, Thunderball, Fort Knox Five and Gogogo Airheart. The three cherry picked an all-star cast of D.C. artists to record with for their debut album "One World Sovereignty". Edgy guitar riffs by Rob Myers (Thievery Corporation, Fort Knox Five, Thunderball), funky saxophone from Frank Mitchell jr. (Thievery Corporation See-I), and Rhymes from Asheru (Unspoken Heard, "Boondocks" theme song) are all included. Something special is created when the contributions of these superstars are blended with the sultry soul of Akbar's voice, Hash's dubby basslines, and Rex's funky afro-Latin percussion.
Nappy Riddem was recently nominated for a Washington Area Music Association award as 2010 best performance artist in electronica. The Nappy crew just finished 2010 playing several sold out shows, headlining the Night Fever Wax Poetics party at the Scoot Inn Austin, opening for Bassnectar at the 9:30 Club in DC, and playing the CD release party for their label mates Los Empresarios at U St. Music Hall in DC.
Fresh from playing 3 showcases during SXSW, Rex Riddem recently finished mixing down Nappy Riddem's debut album, due to be released September 2011 on Fort Knox Recordings. Their recent releases, deemed "groovy" and "awesome" by Steve Aoki, are featured on Fort Knox Recordings "The New Gold Standard 2″ compilation featuring a guest appearance by Asheru. Nappy Riddem's sound, which is affectionately called "the Riddem Method" has even traveled as far as Budapest, receiving regular airplay on Hungary's FM 90.3 as well as nationally on KEXP in NYC and Seattle.
The Empresarios sound is best described as “Tropicaliente”, and that is the vibe that the band brings to the stage as well. Each and every time the Empresarios take the stage; there is a lively party that forms on the dancefloor. Mixing together the warm sounds of the Caribbean comes with ease for this group of talented musicians. Band leader Javier Miranda and lead singers Frankie Rosado and Felix Perez all hail from Puerto Rico, which comes through in the band’s unique blend of salsa, reggae, cumbia, dub and house. With several US tours and numerous solid releases under their belts, the Empresarios are ready to take the world by storm. A global fan base is growing with the help of the Empresarios having their album title track “Sabor Tropical” placed prominently on EA Sports’ FIFA 2012 video game. Most importantly, the Empresarios aim to have fun and bring a good vibe, so grab a mojito, hit the dance floor and let their sun drenched sounds warm up your body and soul.
Fort Knox Recordings and DC Brau proudly present the "Funk 4 Peace Ball". To celebrate the Inauguration, we are proud to present DJ Nu-Mark of Jurassic Five, who has just released his solo album "Broken Sunlight". Four years ago we paid homage to the Hip-Hop Generation with Afrika Bambaataa, and this time around we give our respects to DJ Culture. In addition to DJ Nu-Mark, there will be exciting DJ sets from Fort Knox artists Fort Knox Five, All Good Funk Alliance, Empresarios, Nappy Riddem and QDup Foundation. Once again, its time to Funk 4 Peace!!