Mix Master Mike

Scout Bar Presents

Mix Master Mike

Cure for Paranoia

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Scout Bar

Houston, TX

21.00-25.00

This event is all ages

Mix Master Mike
Mix Master Mike
One of the premier scratch artists of the day, Mix Master Mike got his initial itch for vinyl while growing up in San Francisco listening to his uncle's extensive record collection, the sounds of which would regularly welcome him home after school. Years later, the moment that had the most impact on him was catching Grandmixer D. ST. on stage with Herbie Hancock.

With his newfound love of hip-hop and his foray into scratching, Mike got involved in the mobile DJ business playing house parties, weddings and all those other "cutting the chops" types of gigs, some for experience and the exposure. It was at one of those parties that he met Richard Quitevis, better known as DJ Q-Bert. Q-Bert wasn't a DJ at the time, but was so impressed with Mike's scratching technique that it had the same effect on him as watching Grandmixer D. ST. had for Mike. The following day, Richard went over to Mike's to watch him practice and it was there that the two quickly became friends.

In 1992, Mike was the first West Coast DJ to become World Champion by winning the New Music Seminar DJ Battle for World Supremacy in New York City. That same year, Mike, DJ Apollo and Q-Bert known as the first ever scratch band won the DMC World title. In 1993, Mike and Q-Bert decided to take the competition to the next level by teaming up as a scratch duo known as "The Dream Team" and won the title once again. In 1994, after winning three consecutive world titles and consistently coming out on top, Mike and Q-Bert were asked to step down from further competition as their domination was too much for the rest of the pack. The two performed an amazing "farewell" set and were honored to become DMC judges.

Shortly thereafter, friends and fellow turntablists Triple Threat, DJ Apollo (Apollo Novicio), D-Styles (Dave Cuasito) and Shortkut (Jonathan Cruz) joined DJ Disk, Mike and Q-Bert to form the Invisibl Skratch Piklz (ISP), the most influential and recognizable turntablist crew in history. Though the ISP no longer exists, the five founders still remain close to this day.

It was a chance meeting at the Rock Steady Anniversary Jam in NYC in 1994 with Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys that would propel Mike to the next level. The two exchanged numbers and Mike often left crazy scratch messages on Adam's answering service. Fellow Beasties Mario C. and Mike D caught on to his scratch message craze and in 1997 requested Mike's studio work for their multi-platinum album Hello Nasty. Soon after completion of Hello Nasty's recording, the Beastie Boys offered Mike to become their resident DJ.

In the summer of 1999, the International Turntablist Federation honored Mike with a lifetime achievement award for the advancement of the turntable as a musical instrument. The new millennium brought more amazing things from Mike. In March 2000, the Eye Of The Cyklops EP dropped to brilliant reviews winning the California Music Awards as "Best New Electronic Album," with his first-ever mix CD Spin Psycle following in 2001. Also released was Return Of The Cyclops, a special anthology of Mike's works recorded before and after his seminal album, Anti-Theft Device. His most recent album, Bangzilla, was released in 2004.

Never one to take a break, Mike's credits also include his weekly "Spin Psycle" radio show on KROQ-FM Los Angeles, as well as working with EA Sports on the "SSX" and "SSX Tricky" video games and on "Jet Grind Radio" for Sega Dreamcast. He also produced music for the motion picture soundtrack for Jail, Hospitals & Hip Hop, hosted the ESPN Action Awards and is also prominently featured in the indie film Scratch.
Cure for Paranoia
Cure for Paranoia
Cure for Paranoia started with friends making music on a road trip. They were looking for doomsday shelter in a half-serious attempt to protect themselves from a comet rumored to be on a collision course with the earth. From there, they quickly started recording music everyday and performing live every night. By all accounts, Cure for Paranoia is one of the best groups to emerge out of Dallas in recent memory.

Like a commune or tribe, four musicians live under one roof in Oak Cliff and all they do is make music. In every way, Cure for Paranoia start their own group instead of joining someone else’s and the results are impressive. Some believe that bands should worry about oversaturation with live shows. But by demonstrating talent and dedication night after night, Cure for Paranoia quickly earned the respect of virtually every promoter, venue owner, and artistic director in North Texas’ music mecca, Deep Ellum—ask any of them.

Cameron McCloud is a hip-hop artist who looks like a ’60s rock star. Rapping with a thousand-yard stare and couture reminiscent of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, or even Tom Waits, McCloud has a presence that is somehow both unapproachably intense and magnetic. His delivery is hyper and unpredictable. McCloud also has a fan in Erykah Badu. Backstage at The Bomb Factory in October, he approached the Queen of Neo-Soul and freestyled a verse for her in front of a
very large group of people. Naturally, it was caught on video and tens of thousands of people watched it online.

In February, Cure for Paranoia appeared at Badu’s sold-out birthday show at the Bomb Factory in front of a crowd of over 4,000. A month later, they returned to the venue for another sold-out show opening for Ludacris. Cure for Paranoia are a group of people addicted to music, and this is an infectious energy captured in their live shows and recordings. Stanley Francisko’s vocals bring an invaluable spirituality and pop sensibility to the group. JayAnalog and Tomahawk Jonez, also known as The Institute, compose and record all songs and provide live production during performances.

This is a wicked fusion of hip-hop, rock, pop, funk, and R&B built with an organic approach. Songs are figured out in equal parts while they are written, recorded, and performed live. It is not unusual for Cure of Paranoia to write a song in the afternoon, test it out in front of a crowd that night, and get back to work on it the next day.

Almost any night of the week, Cure for Paranoia can be seen performing live in Deep Ellum. They are featured on bills or showing up for weekly residencies at places like Drugstore Cowboy, High & Tight Barbershop, and one of the best places to hear live music from up-and- coming acts in the neighborhood, Three Links. On nights off, it is not unusual for Cure for Paranoia to perform on the street. It’s a surprisingly effective way to make new fans and spread the word about the next
show. They even met Grammy Award-winning producer Jah Born during one of these street performances and started collaborating with him.

“Normal Person” is a showcase of harmony, heavy beats, flawless production, wild mood swings, and musicality. A virtuosic mix of music genres is the perfect backdrop for the battle between McCloud’s steely enunciations as a rapper and the good vibes of Francisko’s vocals. McCloud is raw, Francisko could be a pop star, and they find common ground to make the most of their differences.

Through collaboration, audience interaction, and countless remixes, Cure for Paranoia is perfecting a self-titled album planned for a vinyl record release. In the meantime, you can hear these songs unfolding live. No two performances are the same and, as “Normal Person” demonstrates, Cure for Paranoia meticulously agonizes over songs until they have something special.

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Venue Information:
Scout Bar
18307 Egret Bay Blvd
Houston, TX, 77058
http://scoutbar.com/2012/