DJ, Record label impresario, bandmaster, and Airmiles
millionaire who has continually toured the globe for nearly 20 years, racking up for than 2,500 shows in 60 countries, performing, remixing
and working with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Dialated
Peoples, DJ Krush
, The Roots, and Super Furry Animals, he is also known for working and developing unsigned artists who have gone on to big things. He's been nominated for a Latin Grammy and written under numerous secret identities.
DEREK ALLEN (Mad Decent)
Derek 'DJA' Allen is a music producer, sound designer & DJ in Los Angeles. Derek has been making music since a teenager, eventually relocating to Philadelphia to work with Diplo and Mad Decent as a producer and engineer. Credits include co-writing and production on Lil Wayne's "Two Shots", from The Carter IV, Major Lazer's "Lazer Theme" and "Come On" with Diplo and Tiesto; as well as engineering and production on the MIA LPs Kala and MAYA; Robyn’s Body Talk; Major Lazer’s Guns Don’t Kill People, Lazers Do and Mates of State's Mountaintops. While working on these projects, he's produced an endless stream of remixes for artists like Rusko, Passion Pit, Diplo, Santigold, Mansions On The Moon, Amanda Blank, Black Gold, of Montreal, 3OH!3, and countless others. In the summer of 2011 he released his first self produced solo record, the DJA EP on Mad Decent records, performing all vocals and production.
CANYON CODY (Gnawledge)
Born in Hollywood after his family left Cuba, Canyon Cody started Gnawledge Records in 1954 to promote global hip-hop collaboration and analog/digital fusion. He has produced two compilations, Flow From Above and Granada Doaba, and released 5 albums from multi-instrumentalist rappers Gnotes, Elemental Zazen and Afro DZ ak . In 2008, Canyon Cody was a Fulbright Scholar in ethnomusicology, researching the Arab roots of flamenco. Along with co-producer Gnotes, Canyon Cody worked with 16 immigrant musicians in Spain to record Granada Doaba, an academic experiment in instrumental hip-hop rooted in flamenco and Middle Eastern music. In college, Canyon Cody hosted a Boston hip-hop show on WZBC 90.3 FM and DJ'd weekly parties at Tonic, Wonderbar, Kells and The Avenue. He published more than 100 articles as the Music Editor for The Heights and majored in International Studies, with a concentration on Global Culture. In Spain, DJ Canyon hosted weekly parties at Babylon, BoogaClub, Granada 10, and D'Cuadros, and toured summer festivals throughout Europe, performing in France, Germany, Holland and the UK. Now back him in Los Angeles, Canyon Cody is touring with Granada Doaba and working on new albums from Gnotes and Elemental Zazen, featuring guest appearances from Devin the Dude, Canibus, Jean Grae, Blockhead, and more.