Tuxedo is Grammy nominated renaissance man Mayer Hawthorne (Aquarius) and Grammy nominated producer Jake One (Taurus). They are descendants of the one-word moniker family of funk, where you will find groups such as Chic, Shalamar, Plush & Zapp.
The Tuxedo collaboration began with an exchange of boogie funk mixtapes back in 2006. ‘They had a lot of the same songs on them.’ said Jake. ‘I couldn’t believe there was another person in the world that cared about this style of music.’
The fruits of a long-standing kinship were three tracks that mysteriously showed up on Internet doorsteps nearly two years ago. In between Mayer’s solo albums, and Jake’s productions for Drake, Fun., J. Cole, etc., these three tracks became a full album’s worth of Tuxedo. The album was mixed by original disco don dada John Morales at his home studio in South Plainfield, New Jersey. ‘I flew out there,’ Mayer says. ‘John made me spaghetti and everything.’
The duo is excited to release the upcoming album on Stones Throw Records, which also marks Mayer’s return to the label since his debut release of A Strange Arrangement in 2009.San Francisco’s Sweater Funk DJ crew have been the city’s most dedicated purveyors of the funky subgenre known as BOOGIE since the summer of 2008. Their vision to bring boogie, strictly on vinyl originals, to the masses has earned them a diehard following who pack the house every Sunday. They’ve won SF Weekly’s Best new club 2009, hosted artits such as Leroy Burgess, Dam-Funk, Steve Arrington, Daz-I-Kue, DJ Spinna, Mayer Hawthorne, Peanut Butter Wolf, Kon and Amir, Onra, Benedek, and Cool Chris. Come down Sunday nights, have a dance and introduce yourselves to our little family of bon vivants!MoPo is a master craftsman and his building material is the world’s most precious commodity: TIME. Consider yourself fortunate If you get a chance catch a Motion Potion DJ set these days. An enormous amount of thought, planning, and scheming has to occur to make them happen. MoPo approaches his shows like a college professor, or a football coach, putting hours of preparation and thought into exactly who will be listening, and how exactly to reach into their souls. Every set is different, and each can unfold in hundreds of different ways, and this intense focus on preparation makes him so versatile, so intense, and so much damn fun. These are “DJ sets” in the classic sense, unfolding like poems with every song a word and every mix or drop a bit of punctuation. Once known as the “DJ for people who hate DJ’s” it would be more accurate to say that this is the DJ for those who love live music.DJ King Most got his start in music over 12 years ago, when he caught the DJ bug from his older brother. For years he paid his dues deejaying house parties, school dances and lugging around equipment until finally he became one of the consistently booked dj’s in the San Francisco bay area. Armed with a record collection and tastes that span every genre and style (Hip-Hop, Soul, Disco, Latin, etc), King Most can be frequently seen and heard bringing classic anthems and new sounds to the masses up and down the west coast. From Seattle, to the Bay Area, to Los Angeles he’s had no problem making good people dance . In a night expect to hear everything from Stevie Wonder, De La Soul, Missy Elliot, Ray Barretto, Cymande, War and dozens of other forgotten musical heroes from past and present.
When not sharing the stage with artists like Madlib & Peanutbutter Wolf, Pete Rock, Aceyalone, Freestyle Fellowship, J-Live, Crown City Rockers/Mission, Haul & Mason, DJ Zeph, J-Boogie, The Clipse and others, he’s in his home studio working hard on beats, releasing records with Kero One such as Keep it Alive 12′ and Check The Blueprints Japan Only remix 12′, putting in work for PLUG LABEL, and is set to release a brand new album due out this year featuring rap heavyweights such as Elzhi from Slum Village.San Francisco based DJ Señor Oz has been rocking dancefloors from cities like Rio de Janeiro to New York City to festivals like Burning Man. His eclectic selections mix up dance music from genres ranging from funk, Afrobeat, disco, house, Latin, Hip-Hop and reggae, the unifying factor being the breaks that make the party move.
As a tastemaker, producer and promoter he has helped garner worldwide respect for the Afrolicious party he co-founded has gained critical praise for his mixtapes and original production and remixes that have come out on Six Degrees Records and Akwaaba Records.