McKenzie Eddy

Late Show

McKenzie Eddy

Ski Beatz, Sean O'Connell, DD172, Da$h

Mon, February 13, 2012

Doors: 9:30 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY

This event is 21 and over

McKenzie Eddy
McKenzie Eddy
McKenzie Eddy is a double agent: businesswoman by day, musician by night. She is one of the original founders of DD172 along with Damon Dash and photographer and graphic artist, Raquel Horn.
The current president of Bluroc Records, McKenzie A&R’ed 2009’s Blakroc, a project featuring The Black Keys and a number of hip-hop acts including Mos Def, Jim Jones, Raekwon, to name a few. She also A&R’ed Curren$y’s Pilot Talk and Pilot Talk II (an album that she is also a featured singer on along with Wiz Khalifa) as well as Ski Beatz’ 24 Hour Karate School, all released in 2010.
In 2011, she A&R’ed Ski Beatz’ 24 Hour Karate School Part 2, as well as Murs’ “Love and Rockets”, Tabi Bonney’s “The Summer Years”, and Locksmith’s debut album “Embedded” – all to be released by the end of the year.
McKenzie has worked on collaboration projects with Adidas including Bluroc’s Brooklyn Bowl show in June 2010 and a 3-day tour in November of 2010 where she and fellow Bluroc artists played shows in Toronto, Burlington, VT, and New York. Additionally, she managed a project with DD172 and Pepsi that featured a music and art showcase in the Dash Gallery.
McKenzie also organzied the Bluroc festival at the 2011 Camp Bisco, which consisted of a number of artists: Ski Beatz and the Senseis, Rugz D. Bewler, GLC, Locksmith, Tabi Bonney, Ben Fagan and the Holy City Hooligans, Sean O’Connell, Kat CHR, and Da$h – and managed to do all of this even as she prepared for her own performance.
Most recently, McKenzie has organized the largest tour Bluroc has been apart of. The Hip Hop and Love Tour will kick off on September 27th hitting 51 cities across the nation for the following two months. McKenzie, as well as Murs, Tabi Bonney, Ski Beatz and the Senseis, Sean O’Connell, and Da$h will all be apart of the tour.
Musically, McKenzie is currently working on three projects: one produced by Ski Beatz, another by Marc Brownstein, bassist of The Disco Biscuits and and the third by Truth and Soul, most famous for their work with Lee Fields and Aloe Blacc. She has creatively worked with artists as varied as Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, The Disco Biscuits, Sean O’Connell, Da$h, Nicole Wray, Terri Walker, and Eric Church.
Ski Beatz
Ski Beatz
David Willis, otherwise known as Ski Beatz, is an African-American record producer. Discovered by DJ Clark Kent, Ski was originally known as "MC Will-Ski". In the 1980s, he was a member of the group Original Flavor, the first group managed by future recording industry executive Damon Dash. In the mid-90's, Ski was working on duo Camp Lo's debut album Uptown Saturday Night when Dame called him in to work on the debut album of his own artist, Jay-Z. Jay's album, Reasonable Doubt, was released in 1996, marking Ski's first major production placement.

After the critical success of Reasonable Doubt, Ski formed Roc-A-Blok Productions in affiliation with Jay and Dame's label, Roc-A-Fella Records, working with Camp Lo and Sporty Thievz. The producer crafted most of Camp Lo's debut, which dropped in 1997, and produced the Fat Joe single "John Blaze"; Ski continued to work with Jay-Z, on his sophomore album In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 as well as non-solo albums and compilation projects, until 1998, when Jay released his third project Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life without beats from any of his former producers except for DJ Premier.

Ski continued producing for artists such as Nature, members of the New Jersey crew The Outsidaz, Lil' Kim, Foxy Brown, Ras Kass and Proof. The producer has continued to produce for Camp Lo, providing most of the production for their second album Let's Do it Again, as well as their third album, Black Hollywood.

Recently, Ski linked back up with Dame Dash, joining the entrepreneur's DD172 collective, subsequently nicknamed the 24-Hour Karate School. Since the foundation of the studio enclave, Ski has worked with Mos Def, Jay Electronica, Jean Grae and others; on April 30, 2010, he announced that he will be producing upcoming albums for Jean Grae, Joell Ortiz, Ras Kass and others, and will be producing all but three songs on the rapper Curren$y's 3rd album Pilot Talk ; these artists are also all featured on the producer's upcoming solo debut, entitled 24 Hour Karate School in honor of the collective.

As of late, Ski has also produced Curren$y's 4th album, Pilot Talk 2. He is also working on 24 Hour Karate School II, a jazz and classical instrumentals album, as well as a collaborative project with the Disco Biscuits. Stay tuned for more.
Sean O'Connell
Sean O'Connell
Self-taught Brooklyn-based producer/engineer/singer/songwriter Sean O'Connell blends the rural theatricality of fringe '60s and '70s singer/songwriters like David Ackles and Lee Hazlewood with the modern indie pop sensibilities of bands like Bon Iver and Band of Horses. A self-described "musical extremist," O'Connell collaborated with Louisiana-based rap artist Curren$y on a film and album project called The Muscle Car Chronicles before releasing his full-length debut, Free at First Light, in January of 2012.
DD172
DD172
DD172 is an umbrella organization that redefines the term "media collective" by showcasing art on a variety of platforms. DD172 supports and participates in the creation and distribution of works by artists, musicians, athletes, writers, and filmmakers.
Da$h
Da$h
Now in a rap scene that’s overdosing off of flashy multi-syllabic wordplay, slick punch lines, and other obvious persona gimmicks, you aren’t going to find too many new artists who find their own individual voice through lyrics, beats, and style right off the bat; let’s face it, it’s hard for anyone to embrace their own individuality in a sea of conformity. But somehow Da$h has managed to convey himself in about 11 less-than-three-minute dark, poetic bangers that I have kept in repeated rotation since about Tuesday. His Caveman Files tape is pure dope with his candid, tangent infested spoken word-rap style that he weaves into Sean O’Connell’s eerie production. Da$h’s complex “dark” feel is undeniable, but at the same time his lyrics simply convey the blunted mind state of a hungry 18 year old in the process of a metamorphosis. I’m excited to see where this dude’s art takes him, expect him to be around for a while… He’s just getting started.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002
http://mercuryloungenyc.com