Tag Archives: DJ Skee

Skeetox 10 or 11

1 Jun

Last night we played another Skeetox event on the Sunset Strip. This was for the AT&T Daybreak web series.

It was a crazy rush getting everything together for it, but as usual it went off without a hitch. Here are a couple pics I stole from people’s Twitters:

Right half of the stage as Kid Ink performed

Me and Skee on the left half of the stage


Skeetox 9 or 10 (not sure)

14 May

I got to play a last minute Skeetox gig with DJ Skee and my partner in crime Dru Decaro on Friday. It was an event for Swatch US. Although it was a last minute affair, the set came together nicely and we pulled it off. I also got some hands on experience programming my MicroKorg, which I hadn’t really done in over a year since picking that board up at a garage sale.

Here is a vid that Swatch produced to recap the night. Some cool shots between 2:15 and 2:30:

And here’s a pic us Dru and I with the Regulator, Warren G:

I Was Just on TV

27 Feb

Up in L.A., on KTLA 5 for a segment about technology. It was an interview with DJ Skee and has some shots of me in the studio tracking with Yoni last week. Naturally, I’m repping the Padres. I’ll post the video if they put it up later. In the meantime here’s a screenshot.


11 Jan

My friend/homie/partner in crime, Dru Decaro and I have been collaborators in many senses of the word. In 2008 we spearheaded a pro jam session at ‘The Viper Room’ and later ‘The House Of Blues’ every Sunday night. We had a band of sick nasty killers and we shed our asses off every week to devise crafty new setlists of timeless RnB and modern top 40. The House Band smoked, but what was so great about this night was that we had seasoned vets swinging through and sitting in like Bobby Brown and Tony Royster Jr.. Later on Dru and I helped build the Skeetox band with Dj Skee and Ryan Tomlinson. That band has been chronicled well in this blog, so I won’t retread it all here.

But lately we have been collaborating in a different sense: as producers. We have branded ourselves ‘The Smashtronauts’ as a production team. Soon, everybody will want to mess with the Smashtronauts.

Here is one of our first fruits, a song called ‘Future’ that we wrote and produced:

Expect to hear a lot more from the Smashtronauts soon.

George Lopez Show ‘Lopez Tonight’

27 May

On Monday I got to perform on ‘Lopez Tonight’ with the Skeetox Band as we backed the rapper ‘Game’.

Here is an excerpt from something I posted while I was backstage:

I’m sitting in one of the green rooms backstage with the dude from Supersize me who ate 25,000 big macs, Jerry Springer, the band, and some other pretty faces who I don’t know. Jerry Springer just cruised from back here to the stage and GLo is interviewing him now.

It is absolutely bananas here. This is the coolest T.V. set I’ve ever been on, hands down. Most TV sets are a big disappointment when you actually see them in person. They are all tiny and only look like they do on T.V. if you see them from one specific angle. By contrast, this place is cavernous and even cooler than it looks on T.V.. The ‘backstage’ here is a couple huge sexy rooms with T.V., open bar, a ping pong table, and catered grub. (scroll down to see a video of the backstage) Everyone is sitting around watching Jerry tape his interview. He’s doing 2 segments and then we’re on. We watched George do his rehearsal earlier, and he is a coldblooded no B.S. taskmaster. There’s a reason he’s got his own show.

The coolest thing about doing this whole gig though is watching Michael Bearden put his band through its paces. I sat right in front of them a couple hours ago and there were just working cues out and all ridiculously on point. He pulled up the theme from ‘The $25,000 pyramid’ on his laptop on youtube, and he figured it out on piano. About a minute later the whole band was playing a sick little version of it. Michael’s rig is: A yamaha baby grand, a NEKO on top of that, 90 degrees from that a B-3 with a Korg M3 on top of it, and at 90 degrees from that a Motif XS. MB must be a Korg guy because the Yamaha is taped out, and the horn players also have Korg M50s for some reason. We cruised up to these guys and they were super cool. I didn’t get a chance to rap with MB much, but his bass player and drummer were super cool. The drummer even said, ‘where’s your drummer? I need to introduce myself and make sure he has everything he needs.’ Oh and Lenny Castro’s playing percussion. Sick.

Anyway, we’re on in a minute here so I gotta go. I’m going to pour myself a drink (go figure George Lopez has 10 types of tequila 3 types of rum and no vodka).

So that was right before we went on and taped our segment. You can see that segment by CLICKING HERE by the way. I’ll also add that after the show George came backstage and we got to chat with him a bit, and although he IS ruthlessly efficient at running his rehearsal, he was plenty nice to us guests and is on top of his game. We had some good conversation with him and he was real cool.

In case you were wondering, Michael Bearden was Michael Jackson’s musical director or MD. In fact a couple of the guys who played with MJ were on this gig, the bass player and the guitar player. These guys have one of the great dream gigs, getting to roll into an amazing stage where their gear is set up night after night, play some tight stuff, and be done by 6 PM. They were all ridiculously accommodating too.

Bobby Cressey and Michael Bearden

So this experience was incredible. If you want to see a quick tour of the backstage, I’ve uploaded a secret video of it that isn’t publicly listed. You can see it by clicking on the footage below. I didn’t want to get in trouble from the show so I’m keeping this info kind of on the down low.


20 Oct

That’s right, we’ve done 6 of these now.

This is a well shot video that documents the night nicely. What the video doesn’t include is the hours long sound check, the pre show Souplantation discussion of Prop 19, and the insanity going on in the VIP after the club is shut down. It also is light on footage of yours truly. I must not have rocked hard enough. I’m at stage left behind Dru the guitar player.

Do not watch if you have an aversion to go go dancers and scantily clad club folk.

100 Posts, 44 Days of Silence

14 Oct

This is technically my 101st post, meaning that my last post was the 100th. That was 44 days ago.

No matter. The past 44 days have been full of gigging developments and happenings, so there is loads to talk about.


-Gigged with a new corporate band in SD. Great band, great $$, great location.
-More Skeetox madness in Orange County
-Played with ICE CUBE
-Played my last Throwback Thursday game
-Wrote a proposal for the PADRES for a program called ‘Baseball Through Music’
-Did two gigs with Jane Lui for her CD RELEASE including one last night in San Francisco.
-Played a wedding for my friend Mike Giardina’s sister
-Got some cool new students
-Got a new computer
-Made more beer can chicken
-Had dinner with some old friends that I hadn’t seen in a very long time
-Played a nice Bar Mitzvah gig in PV in some insanely oppresive heat.
-Watched the Padres choke away the season (rather a market correction than choking)

Right now I’m in the middle of a waiting game, awaiting word on a number of ‘potential irons’ I have in the fire. Stay chuned.

Long SKEETOX Rehearsal Last Night, More Tonight

28 Jun

Last night we rehearsed HARD for Skeetox. It was almost laughably hard that we rehearsed. It was like studying for finals after a quarter of not trying that hard. We hit at 8 and left around 1, and there wasn’t much time for goofing off in between.

But this group is sounding sick. We have ludicrous transitions from song to unexpected song, and all kinds of filthy mashups on the agenda.

Rhianna and Chaka Khan?

Eminem and The Police?

No that's not me behind the keys, that Cash. My rig is to the right

Ryan, Dru, Carter's Back

Skeetox Part III Part I Part II

5 Apr

No time to post more Skeetox details. Today I’ve been running around SD county looking for the cheapest organ I can find for the Padres. I’ve checked out a residence, a thrift store, and will be heading up to San Marcos to check out another one in just a minute here.

I am trying to post video from Skeetox meanwhile on Facebook, and it’s not going well. It should be up soon. When it is, I’ll hit you with the links.

One pic of Snoop at Skeetox

Skeetox Part II Part II — Thursday Load In/Sound check/Sneak Preview

2 Apr

Looks like the light show is real. Just like everything these cats has promised on. This is no joke folks!

Lights initialized.

View from my rig

Me making last minute adjustments

LED curtain

DJ Skee's Rig

Catered Lunch. Been to many Huge gigs, only a few ever catered!

Tonight we will see how it looks when the lights are actually coordinated with our performance. We’ll also see what we are gonna wear which remains a mystery. I’m headed up in an hour or so with my game face on. Would you believe that even now I am learning parts for this thing? I have to cop the high synth line on T.I.’s ‘What You Know’ which I haven’t been doing. The learning never stops!