Teebs. Born in New York to Malawi and Barbados origins, Mtendere (pronounced "ten-de-ra") (Chichewa for "Peace") Mandowa, is a producer and painter who bounced around the East Coast before finally planting his feet in the Southern California suburb of Chino Hills. An expressive member of the electronic scene and the experimental art lane, Teebs is an artist that's garnished respect from all over the world. Early in his musical pursuits, Teebs joined a group of like-minded friends and producers who went by the name My Hollow Drum. Within this crew, he was able to build new ideas, share works and perfect his production craft on the visual and sonic sides. Intrigued with what was going on in Los Angeles' evolving electronic scene, he never expected to fall directly into it, but that's of course what happened.
Shortly after he relocated to the west coast and began to find new souls in creative connection, Teebs began interning for the acclaimed online radio stream, Dublab. This sparked his self-expression, spirit and growth as an artist in a unique and healthy way. Being around music, art and a creative atmosphere while brushing shoulders with the artists he admired from the area was an important phase for Teebs, harnessing his skills to an even higher degree.
Teebs was accepted into the Red Bull Music Academy for their 2008 edition in Barcelona, Spain, and this opened a lot of doors as well. Upon arrival back home, Teebs became even more focused on his music and art. A chance meeting with Flying Lotus led to his involvement and joining of the newly founded Brainfeeder collective, solidifying his ranks as one of the premier entities in the Los Angeles electronic scene.
Main releases for Brainfeeder includes his debut album Ardour (2010), the compilation release Collections (2011), and his sophomore full-length Estara (2014). Teebs has stayed active in both art and music mediums, recently giving the world the 2017 single "Everyone Alive Wants Answers." His remixes have also become a staple of his output, completing official revision work for Nosaj Thing, Flying Lotus, Shlohmo, Hundred Waters, Jaga Jazzist, and The Orb.
Milo was born in Chicago, Illinois to parents under 21, gathering pieces of his vivid and complex lyrical structures as an MC from the type of upbringing he experienced after he moved. Shortly after his birth, he relocated to Saco, Maine, where he would spend most of his early life. Here, at age 12, he was introduced to hip hop through his uncle, who showed him Nas. Milo then moved in with his father, living at Kenosha, Wisconsin during the time. This was a stretch in which Milo found his sense of creative independence and the display of such energy. Hip hop cyphers to school orientated functions, art was always a constant for Milo during his high school tenure.
By the time he got to college, Milo had been to thirteen different schools, feeling the affects of constant moving and the change of life that follows. He first began rapping as part of the Kenosha and a Wisconsin hip-hop trio Nom de Rap, which additionally consisted of rappers Nicholas J and AD the Architect. While attending St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin for Philosophy, he dropped out to pursue a music career and the world has seen the artistic evolution of Milo since.
Milo's musical output has been in a constant stream of momentum since 2010, with Nom de Rap releasing their first joint mixtape, Greatest Hits Vol. 1. Milo would release his first solo mixtape, I Wish My Brother Rob Was Here, in 2011, and would quickly follow up with Milo Takes Baths in 2012. The song "Kenosha, WI" was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in a 2012 issue of the journal Postmodern Culture, beginning the deep philosophical impressions his music would have on various intellectual communities around the world. Milo released two EPs, Things That Happen at Day and Things That Happen at Night, in January 2013, and The Cavalcade mixtape followed in July 2013. His first official album, A Toothpaste Suburb, was released on Hellfyre Club September 23, 2014, and the momentum didn't stop with 2015's critically acclaimed So The Flies Don't Come, produced entirely by Kenny Segal.
Josef Leimberg, a Los Angeles-based musician and producer, started playing the trumpet at 5 years old. His introduction to the trumpet led him to a deep passion for music and an obsession with hip hop. Josef’s obsession with hip hop was nurtured and blossomed at Hamilton High School, where he free-styled and beat-knocked on tables at lunch prior to joining jazz band daily rehearsals. He also belonged to the Chamber Music Ensemble and found a love for keyboards while attending there.
After graduating from high school, Josef was accepted at Cal Arts in Valencia, California, where his love for music was enhanced and his love for jazz took over. While at Cal Arts during the early '90s, Josef joined a rap group named Mad Kap. He exposed his lyrical and trumpet skills as. “Dr. Soose.” Josef would later graduate with a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Cal Arts. After his stint with Mad Kap, Josef’s obsession with hip hop had reached an all-time high. The very next step would be producing.
Josef’s father, who also played the trumpet, saw something in his son that others saw. When Josef commenced his journey in producing, his father felt he needed a space for his creative process to flourish. Hence, Iron Worx Creative Recordings Studio was born. Josef has recorded with a vast variety of artists and musicians including ERYKAH BADU, OM'MAS KEITH, CHANCE THE RAPPER, BILAL, ZAPP MAMA, ROBERT GLASPER, THUNDERCAT, NATE DOGG, ANGIE STONE, MIGUEL, SA-RA, MALIAHFRANKILIN, MIGUEL ATWOOD-FERGUSON, SUGA FREE, TERRACE MARTIN, SZA, EAST SIDERZ, FRANK OCEAN , GEORGE CLINTON, LYNN COLLINS, MADLIB, IMAN OMARI, JIMETTA ROSE, SHAFIQ HUSAYN and XZIBIT.
While his studio business was growing, his production business took off as well. At this point, Josef was introduced to Snoop Dogg; he would later produce numerous tracks on Snoop’s platinum albums Rhythm and Gangsta and Paid Tha Cost to Be The Boss. While achieving platinum status with his production, he also toured the country with Snoop as a part of Snoop’s legendary band. After completing numerous tours with Snoop, Josef would then pick up again and start touring with critically acclaimed artist Robin Thicke, becoming a dominant force in the horn section. He continued to create and produce while touring.
After touring for over 10 years consecutively, Josef began to totally commit to his production and making genuine soul enhancing, real music. Tragedy struck in 2012 when Josef’s beloved mother passed. She was a major influence in his life and always told him: “You know, you play like that for a reason, you know?” Josef’s mother pushed him to make what she called a "blue's album." The album was born…The blues album his Mom encouraged him to make became his first solo project. Putting his heart and soul and a lot of instruments together, he titled it Astral Progressions.
While creating Astral Progressions, an old friend and fellow talented musician, Terrace Martin, reached out to Josef in regards to collaborating on Grammy award-winning Kendrick Lamar’s upcoming project. Josef and Terrace have been friends since the '90s and both toured with Snoop throughout the years. They both decided to create an alias, LoveDragon, which produced President Barack Obama’s favorite song of 2015, 'How Much A Dollar Cost.' The two also committed work to 'You Aint' Gotta Lie' on the Grammy award-winning album, To Pimp A Butterfly.
Josef’s baritone vocals can also be found on 'Wesley's Theory' and 'For Sale?,' both on Kendrick’s acclaimed album. His multiple trumpet contributions are also sprinkled throughout the entire album. Astral Progressions is a superb blend of jazz, ballads, hip hop, funk, meditation, and of course, progressions, released with the Alpha Pup Records jazz imprint World Galaxy.
DJ Nobody has been a pillar in the modern hip hop and electronic movements of Los Angeles for two decades now. A founding member and weekly resident of Low End Theory, he also released the first instrumental beat album out of Los Angeles in the 2000 LP Soulmates (Ubiquity Records). A seasoned musician capable of creating in multiple genre fields, Freestyle Fellowship, Anderson Paak, Busdriver, Anna Wise, Free The Robots, Prefuse 73, and Omar Rodriguez Lopez are just a few of the people he's collaborated with during his career. He has continued to produce solo albums and tour over the years as well, conducting physical and digital releases through indie labels Plug Research, Ubiquity Records, Alpha Pup Records, and Dome of Doom.
Departing from the jazz loop based sound of his debut, Nobody would release 2003's Pacific Drift, which featured a psychedelic sound that would characterize his work throughout. 2005 marked a year of creative growth and exploration in new avenues for DJ Nobody, touring with Grammy Award winning band The Mars Volta through Europe in spring of 2005. He would also provide remix work for The Mar Volta's critically acclaimed LP Bedlam In Goliath. 2005 also saw the release of And Everything Else, a collection of beats and songs that fused samples with a psych sensibility. "Wake Up and Smell the Millennium" from the album became a sonic highlight in the the stoner documentary classic Super High Me. In 2007, DJ Nobody would go on to form his own experimental band Blank Blue, following in the legacy of groups such as modern experimental bands Broadcast, The Mars Volta, and Dungen. The band features frequent Flying Lotus collaborator Niki Randa, and was introduced with the 2008 LP Western Water Music Volume II (Ubiquity Records). The 2010's mark DJ Nobody's transition into different sounds, starting with his first all vocal album One For All Without Hesitation (self released), and continued with Vivid Green (Alpha Pup Records) in 2013. Features on Vivid Green include Baths, Nocando, Cedric Bixler Zavala (At The Drive-In and The Mars Volta) and frequent Kendrick Lamar collaborator Anna Wise. His latest release is the Prodigal Son EP (Alpha Pup Records) and is a nod back to the foundations he poured with his first works.
DJ Nobody's momentum as co-founder and resident with Low End Theory has continued to flourish in every year. An annual music festival held for thousands in Los Angeles has been in motion for three years, seeing headliners in Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah. The Low End Theory organization has also toured through Japan, select locations in Europe and New York. With over 500 weekly shows in the books and numerous sold out events through every year, DJ Nobody's Low End Theory has entered a legacy few club nights hold. Low End Theory isn't the only endeavor he has co-founded, recently initiating the hip hop distribution arm and record label The Order Label. Created in conjunction with Self Jupiter of Freestyle Fellowship and Daddy Kev of Low End Theory / Alpha Pup Records, the new imprint is distributing and releasing content from Jonwayne, Milo, Vritra, The Kleenrz, Self Provoked, Asad Ill, Sahtyre, and many more.