Kevin “DJ Battlecat” Gilliam is a legendary music producer, DJ, and musician, created from the landscape of Los Angeles, California. DJ Battlecat was an original member of Uncle Jam’s Army and the 1580 KDAY Mix Masters. He was key in developing the “West Coast” sound while working with artists such as Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Tha Dogg Pound, E-40, Tha Eastsidaz, WC, Nate Dogg, Xzibit, and music icon, Dr. Dre. DJ Battlecat also fused his sound with dynamic artists like Brian McKnight, Lucy Pearl, BJ the Chicago Kid, Talib Kweli, Kenny Lattimore, Deborah Cox, and Faith Evans.
Early in his career, DJ Battlecat quickly built his repertoire by producing songs such as Kurupt’s “We Can Freak It,” the majority of The Eastsidaz debut album Snoop Dogg Presents The Eastsidaz including the hit single “G’d Up,” and their follow up album Duces ‘n Trayz: The Old Fashioned Way including the hit single “I Luv It.” Add Tyrese’s “Just a Baby Boy” from the soundtrack to the hit movie Baby Boy and co-producing Xzibit’s “Get Your Walk On.” DJ Battlecat has a distinct sound derived from the early influences of funk, soul, R&B, Hip-Hop, and Jazz enhanced by his dedication to musical truth and frequencies. His signature sound remains in high demand but his versatility is always evolving.
Currently, DJ Battlecat is an elite member of Dr. Dre’s The Pharmacy on Apple Beats 1 collaborative team. He produced Game’s “Up On The Wall” featuring Problem, Ty Dolla $ign, and YG from The Documentary 2.5. DJ Battlecat continues to tour and support artists like Tha Eastsidaz and DJ Quik as a DJ with his cultured, crowd igniting style. He is working on the completion of his own untitled album which will have a powerful roster of impactful artists, producers, and musicians.
Moniquea (MoFunk, Austin Boogie Crew, Omega Supreme)
Moniquea was born in Gary, Indiana and raised in Pasadena, California, and has also been featured in a number of music articles, magazines, websites and blogs, including: AllMusic, Do Androids Dance, Impose, Noisey Music by VICE, Okayplayer; and in Los Angeles’ biggest music publication, LA Record, where she landed on the front cover in 2015.
After independently releasing her self-titled debut in 2011, she partnered with producer XL Middle-ton and released the album Yes No Maybe in 2014, followed up by Blackwavefunk in 2017. It is through these records and her current and future musical endeavors that she delivers modern funk, as refracted through the lens of her early influences. What Moniquea creates is not ‘pastiche’ nor ‘retro,’ but a faithful reinterpretation of sounds that came from the dawn of the synth, perfectly balanced with one eye focused squarely on the future.
XL Middleton (MoFunk)
XL Middleton is a musician from California whose format falls into the funk-laden style the region has long been recognized for. The Pasadena-based artist/producer has been hard at work for years crafting melodic, chord-heavy tunes which have earned him accolades on major websites such as Uproxx, Okay Player and HipHopDX, where a collaboration with Eminem signee Crooked I made the rounds, as well as national print coverage in the Washington Post and major local print coverage in LA Weekly, where his album Tap Water made it to a Best of 2015 list. He has toured internationally in Japan, Canada, and throughout Europe, catering to fans of the funked-out West Coast sound – a fan base which, although not the norm in mainstream music, has been nding its way back to notoriety, with artists like XL at the cusp of what has become known as the modern funk movement. XL has released volumes of work, the sound of which largely embodies a party feel, bringing music back to where it was before it found its way into upscale clubs, while at the same time mixing it with a futuristic brand of funk inspired by legends such as George Clinton, Roger Troutman, & Cameo, not to mention hip hop funksters like Battlecat & DJ Quik.
He evolved from his beginnings as a hip hop artist to a full--edged modern funk musician, educated by the music he once sampled in the course of creating rap beats. At an XL show, you might find him singing notes through a vocoder, rapping, or shredding solos on a shoulder synth, or "keytar." He operates his own label, MoFunk Records, dedicated to furthering the modern funk sound, as well as a subsidiary label, Cavi Sounds, a home for any music XL seeks to put out that may not fall strictly within the modern funk canon, including hip hop, g-funk, and soul. He has also released music in conjunction with noteworthy labels such as Bastard Jazz, Omega Supreme, and Voltaire, effectively bridging the gap between fans of modern funk/80's boogie and 90's g-funk, both of which have been tremendously influential to the XL Middleton sound. In addition to his own solo material, XL produces music for modern funk songstress Moniquea, and is gearing up to release a hip hop/g-funk album, his first in many years.
Brian Ellis' Reflection (LIVE)
Hailing from Escondido, CA, Brian Ellis is set on a mission to push authentic drum machine synthesizer funk to the livest, rawest level. His gear list is strong, his output is prolific, and his work ethic is unrivaled…armed with his oberheim DX, oberheim Matrix-1000, Roland SVC-350 Vocoder, and an arsenal of various guitars, synths, and outboard effects, Brian and his group Reflection (a modern funk group founded by Brian Ellis alongside brothers Adam Chini and Jordan Chini, Conor Riley, and drummer Andrew Satterlee) are ready to unleash an array of utterly devastating jams onto the dancefloor.
The Funk Freaks Crew
Orange County’s (and beyond) biggest and best funk crew, playing that street funk as always all vinyl, all funk, all live!!! Funk Freaks took that love of backyard boogie funk and turned into a worldwide collective, clothing and record label.
Hotthobo (Hobo Camp, Voltaire)
Randy "Hotthobo" Ellis is a co-owner and label manager of Hobo Camp Records and Voltaire Records in California, longtime vinyl DJ/collector, host of the NTS radio program "Mint Condition", as well as a producer, re-mixer, arranger, event promoter/coordinator and frequent contributor/collaborator to projects like Loose Shus, Chautauqua, Elegant Borzoi and
Relish. His DJ sets journeys deep into an abyss of new, classic, and obscure 12" and 7" records, with a focus toward high-end boogie, disco, two step, sweet soul, italo, house and modern funk.