Cut Chemist

September 1, 2009 by bryan

This July Stephanie and I were at The Getty Center in Los Angeles. What an inspiring location. Mix it with warm weather, gorgeous architecture and a live FREE show by one of the best DJs, it was an epic day.

To our surprise, The Getty Center offers a cool event called Saturdays Off the 405. On Saturday, July 25 Cut Chemist was performing. I will let The Getty describe it:
Celebrated DJ Cut Chemist took to the decks to create an audio feast featuring vocalist Hymnal with video by Cinefamily's VJ Pimpadelic Wonderland. Cut Chemist—a.k.a. Lucas MacFadden—is an L.A. native who was a founding member of both the rap/hip-hop group Jurassic Five and the Latin funk outfit Ozomatli. He plays music and rhythms from around the world while keeping strong the hip-hop tradition.
We are still talking about the magic of that night. Part of the magic was how well VJ Pimpadelic mixed old film archives of kung fu movies, 70s cartoons and other fun visuals perfectly to the spins of Cut Chemist. Here is another blogger, On the Hush who loved it:
The multi-media combination of lights, sound effects, and video screens made for a science lab where experimentations are bound to explode over the heads of the unrealizing. Cut Chemist did things with beats that only a scientist is capable of. Mixing just the right amount of rare grooves and converting them into funk, techno joints. Pulsating bass lines and sound effects forced bodies into an ineluctable groove beyond the pavilion.
We first discovered Cut Chemist on LA's Morning Becomes Eclectic on KCRW with then DJ Nic Hardcourt. He performed live on the show and blew my mind. You can watch how we scratches and mixes live. You can still watch it since KCRW is so good at archiving.

Ever since the show we have had the songs in our head so we had to buy some of his work. We recently bought The Litmus Test andThe Audience is Listening. This is inspiring work and definitely will get you in a good mood. We highly recommend picking up his album today!

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